Monticello Police Officer Charged With Raping Minor

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Yermia “Jeremy” Solomon, an officer with the Monticello Police Department, has been charged with raping a minor, according to state police.

Solomon, 25, from Woodridge, had sexual contact with a minor under the age of 17, state police said in a news release.

An order of protection was issued, and Solomon is on paid leave, according to police.

Solomon was charged with third-degree rape, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct, both misdemeanors.

Under state penal law, a charge of official misconduct reflects an official’s “unauthorized exercise of his official functions,” for personal benefit, and with the knowledge that the act is unauthorized.

The investigation began when state police received an anonymous hotline report, according to Chris Thorpe, a senior investigator with the state police. Thorpe is not the investigator on Solomon’s case.

Thorpe said Solomon’s job “had nothing to do with how the suspect met the victim in this case.”

State police declined to say if the alleged contact happened once or multiple times, or if more charges are pending.

The investigation is ongoing, Thorpe said.

Monticello police Chief Robert Mir said Solomon, who has been with the department for about three years, is on paid leave indefinitely. Solomon made about $71,000 in 2016, according to

State police have not provided any additional information about the matter, Mir said. He said the department will “handle this appropriately” and cooperate fully with the investigation.

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Jury Awards $300,000 To Chicago Man Cop Punched While Handcuffed


A federal jury has awarded more than $300,000 in damages to a West Side man who was punched in the face by a Chicago police officer while handcuffed, fracturing his jaw.

After a three-week trial and more than two days of deliberation, the jury on Wednesday found that Officer Matthew Bouch used excessive force when he struck Devonte James during an arrest in November 2013, court records show.

James, whose jaw was broken in two places, was awarded $304,000 in compensatory damages as well as $7,500 in punitive damages that are to be paid by the officer himself, records show.

The jury found in the city’s favor on counts involving other officers who were at the scene.

During the trial, Bouch, who has since been promoted to detective, testified that James tried to break free and that to gain control of him the officer hit him with an open-handed strike.

An expert hired by the city also testified that striking a handcuffed suspect was within the use-of-force guidelines taught at the Chicago Police Academy.

James’ attorney, Jeffrey Granich, told the Tribune he was “pleased that the jury saw through the ridiculous testimony” of the officers and expert.

“If Chicago police officers think that it’s OK to hit handcuffed people in the face and break their jaw, then maybe it’s time for someone to look at their training,” Granich said.
Court filing: Chicago agrees to pay $9.5 million to man tased by officer

In an emailed statement Thursday, Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the Law Department, said “we are pleased that the jury found in our favor on most of the counts in this case and are evaluating our legal options regarding the verdict.”

James was sitting on his grandmother’s porch with a cousin in the Austin neighborhood on Nov. 17, 2013, when Bouch and several other 15th District officers entered the front yard and handcuffed both teens, records show.

While James was cuffed and being questioned, Bouch punched him twice in the face, according to James’ lawsuit. Medical records presented at trial showed that James needed three surgeries to repair two fractures to the jaw, including having a steel plate and screws inserted to shore up the bone.

Instead of taking James to a hospital for treatment, Bouch and the other officers brought him to the Austin District police station and charged him with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, according to the suit.

The charge was dismissed two months later after Bouch and the other officers involved in the arrest failed to appear in court, records show.

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Arkansas Deputy Pleads Guilty In Plot To Plant Meth On Suspect


A former deputy sheriff in southeast Arkansas has pleaded guilty to charges related to a plot to plant methamphetamine on an unsuspecting person.

Robert “Bo” Sanderlin, 26, was sentenced Monday to five years of probation on charges of use of a communication device in commission of a drug offense and abuse of office, an order filed in Drew County Circuit Court states.

A charge of solicitation of methamphetamine in an amount more than 2 grams was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

On Jan. 30, agents with the 10th Judicial District Task Force initiated an investigation into Sanderlin, then a deputy sheriff with the Drew County sheriff’s office.

According to an affidavit, someone had reached out to the agency, telling authorities that Sanderlin had called him and told him of a plot — one that involved the informant planting drugs on someone so the deputy sheriff could make a drug arrest.

The informant said that he was scared because he was on probation and that the deputy sheriff was reportedly blackmailing him using pending drug charges stemming from a vehicle accident Jan. 15.

The phone call between the informant and the law enforcement official reportedly included Sanderlin telling the would-be accomplice that he didn’t care how the drugs were obtained and that he would “handle it from there,” the affidavit states.

The drug task force asked the informant to call again Jan. 31 with authorities present.

Sanderlin detailed the plan: purchasing 1/8 ounce of methamphetamine and framing an unsuspecting passenger of a vehicle driven by someone he had named.

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Crazed Minnesota Cop Assaults Man & Pleads NOT Guilty


According to the criminal complaint, Worthington Police Officer Colby Palmersheim was driving his squad car when Promvongsa pulled up behind him “at a high rate of speed. Promvongsa was so close that Palmersheim could not see the hood of Promvongsa’s vehicle.”

The officer claims Promvongsa was attempting to pass him, so he moved over slightly, at which point Promvongsa swerved toward his car, says the report.

Palmersheim reported that Promvongsa continued to tailgate him, driving behind him at a fast rate, while sticking his hand out the window and making some type of motion. He claimed that Promvongsa then pulled up to Palmersheim, rolled down his window, and told the officer to “stay there as he was going to go get his boys and come back.”

A nearby police officer was aware, from prior contact with Promvongsa, that he didn’t have a driver’s license.

Agent Joe Joswiak of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional task force that includes Worthington Police, eventually gave chase. He claims he turned on his squad’s emergency lights, but Promvongsa did not stop. Joswiak eventually made the arrest.

None of these allegations leading to Promvongsa’s arrest were captured in independent traffic camera or dash cam footage, says his attorney Ginny Barron. She says the complaint relies on the officers’ word alone.

“[Promvongsa’s] obviously plead not guilty and we intend to try it. He maintains his innocence,” Barron says. “What I can say is while I believe there are definitely a number of honorable police officers in the community who are highly respected, we are seeing increasing, systemic problems of excessive force in the Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, and Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force that we don’t believe should ever be allowed or tolerated in a civilized society.”

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LA Deputies Shooting At Dog Accidentally Kill Teen


Deputies accidentally killed a 17-year-old boy while shooting at an aggressive dog outside a home in Palmdale early Thursday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

The boy, who was identified by family as Armando Garcia, was likely struck by a bullet that ricochet off the driveway, LASD reports.

The shooting occurred at approximately 3:47 a.m. in the 38500 block of 10th Street East, according to the sheriff’s department. Deputies were checking on a house party when they were reportedly confronted by a pit bull.

At some point, Garcia came outside to check on the dog, which had bitten a deputy on the leg, LASD said. Deputies opened fire on the dog, and one of the bullets may have ricochet off the pavement and struck the boy.

“It appears that as we are investigating this and looking at the evidence, that within that first six to eight feet, of where the shooting occurred with the dog, there are skip rounds in the apron of the driveway,” LASD Capt. Chris Bergner said at a Thursday morning news conference. “We believe that when the individual came out from behind the building, which was approximately 40 feet away from where the shooting occurred, he may have been struck by one of the skip rounds. And it is what we’re calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident.”

Garcia was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, where he was pronounced dead.

“My nephew was trying to save the dog because the cops started shooting at the dog,” the victim’s aunt Amber Alcantar told CBS2.

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Cops Trying to Kill a Dog, Kill Innocent Boy Who Tried to Save It Instead


Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies opened fire on a biting dog after responding to a call of a teen house party early Thursday morning — but a bullet ricocheted and killed a 17-year-old boy, who was trying to save the dog from gunfire.

Reports say the sheriff’s department received calls about the party and arrived on scene at an apartment complex around 3:47 a.m., local time; but a pit bull sprinted from inside the residence — biting one of the responding deputies on the leg.

Officers restrained the animal — but it broke from their grips.

Armando Garcia, in the meantime, attempted to bring the dog under control, when police unleashed a hail of bullets against the offending animal — one round allegedly grazed the pavement and ricocheted upward — killing the teenager who only wanted to protect the animal.

“We believe that when the individual came out from behind the building, which was approximately 40 feet away from where the shooting occurred, he may have been struck by one of the skip rounds. And it is what we’re calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident,” asserted Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Chris Bergner in a press conference Thursday.

Unfortunate in that the teen had been trying to do what the deputies apparently couldn’t — get the dog under control. And, after being rushed to the hospital, Garcia lost his life for the effort.

“My nephew was trying to save the dog because the cops started shooting at the dog,” Amber Alcantar, Garcia’s aunt, told CBS Los Angeles. “He put his life on the line for an animal that wasn’t even his.”

ABC 7 reports:

“Deputies at the scene said they initially responded to a report of loud music at a party. As they were conducting an investigation, a 60 to 65 pound pit bull ‘aggressively charged’ at deputies and bit one of them on his left knee. The deputy was not seriously injured.”

Officers then restrained the animal, but it broke loose — authorities say it charged at the deputies — two of whom then fired at the animal from a distance of just five seven feet. According to reports, the pit bull ran to a carport area behind the apartment complex, with deputies in pursuit — determined to hold the animal in a confined space to prevent any other attacks on bystanders.

“When they got to the carport area, deputies found the teen on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest,” ABC 7 notes.

Bergner also said the deputy relatively uninjured by the initial dog bite to the left knee was also treated for a gunshot wound from a ricocheting bullet to the right knee.

“This is an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident,” Bergner continued. “The bullet hit the apron of the driveway, traveled about 30 to 40 feet back, and potentially hit this individual who was coming around the corner.”

Of course, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has not made clear why spraying a dog with enough rounds to incidentally kill a teenager and wound an officer would have been a wise choice in an apartment complex, where — even given the pre-dawn hour of their arrival — shooting rather indiscriminately at an animal would seem feckless, at best.

Ill-fated, in the case of Armando Garcia — who lost his life to gunfire for trying to protect an animal from the cops.

The pit bull will be euthanized.

Neighbors told the media pit bulls are particularly common in the area, but the unnamed owner of the dog in question described the animal as “a big dog with a baby’s mind” — and it would never have meant any harm.

“Mando is a good kid,” lamented Garcia’s mother, Roberta Alcantar, of the teen who tried to save an animal from officer gunfire. “He did not deserve to die the way he died. I’m going to get to the bottom of it and it’s going to get handled.”

Armando Garcia will join a shamefully lengthy list of individuals who obviously know and love animals better than police — who should be trained to de-escalate animal situations, no matter the circumstances, given they encounter dogs and cats routinely — but who have had their lives cut short by frightened cops.

It seems the modus operandi for police in the U.S. is to shoot first, say something about being scared for life and limb, and don’t bother asking questions later.

And now another human being had his life untimely snuffed — unironically — for trying to protect a beloved dog, that wasn’t even his, from the police.

This is what it’s like to be an animal lover in a police state.

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WATCH: Police Drag Disabled People from Wheelchairs During Mass Arrests at Peaceful Protest

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Washington, DC — Mulitple disturbing images and videos have emerged from a peaceful protest over health care in the US Capitol on Thursday showing police forcefully removing disabled protesters, including many in wheelchairs.

The protest took place outside the office of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who proposed the health care bill. According to Capitol police, they arrested 43 people for their roles in the protests.

The protest was organized by ADAPT, a disability rights organization, whose protest targeted the bill’s cuts to Medicaid for low-income Americans.

“No cuts to Medicaid, save our liberties,” the protesters chanted, as reported by TIME. One protester who was in a wheelchair held a sign reading “life and liberty 4 disabled Americans.”

“The American Health Care Act caps and significantly cuts Medicaid which will greatly reduce access to medical care and home and community based services for elderly and disabled Americans who will either die or be forced into institutions,” said Bruce Darling, an ADAPT organizer taking part in the protest. “Our lives and liberty shouldn’t be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy. That’s truly un-American.”

During the protest, several videos show disabled people being dragged from their wheelchairs and arrested by police. The disturbing images paint a horrific image of what’s become of the First Amendment in the United States.

The freedom of speech is not reserved for some quiet protest in a cordoned off safe zone far away from politicians. It was, in fact, designed so that people could fill the halls of federal buildings and voice their grievances directly toward those who ostensibly represent them. Sadly, however, that notion is now dead in this country.

A police spokeswoman said in a press release Thursday night, that “many of the demonstrators, as part of their protest activities, removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor.”

While that was true, there were several instances of protesters being pulled from their wheelchairs.

Also in a statement on Thursday, the ACLU released their stance, noting, “We can’t believe this needs to be said, but it’s not okay to drag people out of wheelchairs when they’re protesting legislation.”

The Capitol Police are not like regular cops as their purpose is not to protect the citizens. They are there for the protection of lawmakers only. They are similar to the secret service except they can and will arrest people en masse for peaceful protests.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki released a statement Thursday in regards to the arrests:

Today, at approximately at 11:30 a.m., disability rights activists staged a planned “die-in” in the Russell Senate Office Building. Many of the demonstrators, as part of their protest activities, removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor, obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices.

U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers warned the demonstrators to cease their unlawful activities or be faced with arrest. Forty-three people (15 males and 28 females) did not cease their demonstration activities and were arrested.

The arrestees were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding. They were transported to USCP Headquarters for processing.

Let’s hope that these disabled protesters fared better than the journalists and protesters arrested during the Trump inauguration. According to a recent lawsuit filed on behalf of multiple victims, police allegedly used ‘rape as punishment’ during the mass arrests.

As Think Progress reports, once the protesters and journalists were arrested on inauguration day, a living hell ensued:

An officer ordered Horse, fellow plaintiff Milo Gonzalez, and three others to take their pants off before grabbing their testicles and then inserting a finger into their anuses while “other officers laughed,” the complaint alleges. Horse is a photojournalist, one of six reporters initially arrested and charged whose cases have been dismissed.


“I felt like they were using molestation and rape as punishment. They used those tactics to inflict pain and misery on people who are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty,” Horse said. “It felt like they were trying to break me and the others — break us so that even if the charges didn’t stick, that night would be our punishment.”

Let’s hope, for the sake people of ADAPT, that these same tactics weren’t used to punish them.


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Dashcam: Cop Beats Man in Fit of Road Rage As Fellow Cop Attempts to Cover It Up


St. Paul, MN — Dashcam video of a senselessly violent assault by a cop on a 21-year-old Laotian American has just been released and is the subject of an ACLU report this week. The video shows Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Agent Joe Joswiak stop Anthony Promvongsa in Worthington, Minnesota and immediately begin a violent attack.

The beating was captured on another officer’s dashcam who is caught disabling the audio to cover up Joswiak’s insanely violent fury.

According to police, Promvongsa was driving erratically for several city blocks sticking his head out of the window and yelling at Joswiak. Joswiak claims Promvongsa was swerving toward him repeatedly while making threatening remarks and unidentified hand signals.

None of this was captured on any of the dashcam footage involved in this case.

Joswiak claims he turned on his lights to make the stop and that Promvongsa refused to stop. However, from the dashcam, the young man appears to be driving quite safely and pulls over when he sees the actual patrol car with his lights on.

“Get the fuck out of the car, motherfucker. Show me your hands,” Joswiak screams as he immediately begins assaulting Promvongsa before he could even take off his seat belt. As he lays into the young man with knees, fists, and elbows — as if he’s in some UFC fight — the officer on the other side of the car is seen inexplicably turning off the audio recording.

Now, this entire incident is a case of the cop’s word against a 21-year-old who was beaten nearly to death on film.

One of the parties involved in this case is lying. However, only one of the parties in this case was captured on video violently attacking a barefoot young man half his size while another officer attempted to cover it up.

As City Pages reports, Promvongsa is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon (his car), one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, possessing a small amount of marijuana, and driving with a revoked driver’s license. He has pleaded not guilty.

“[Promvongsa’s] obviously plead not guilty and we intend to try it. He maintains his innocence,” Promvongsa’s attorney Ginny Barron says. “What I can say is while I believe there are definitely a number of honorable police officers in the community who are highly respected, we are seeing increasing, systemic problems of excessive force in the Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, and Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force that we don’t believe should ever be allowed or tolerated in a civilized society.”

“Promvongsa was not given proper time to obey the officer’s orders before excessive force was used against him,” said Teresa Nelson, executive director of the ACLU, in a statement.

“Agent Joswiak’s use of force against Anthony Promvongsa is disturbing and completely unnecessary. We are calling for an investigation of Agent Joswiak’s behavior and for him to be held accountable for his brutal attack on Anthony Promvongsa, up to and including termination and prosecution.”

Agent Joswiak has not been disciplined at all for the violent attack caught on video.

“I had no idea what was going on when I was approached and attacked by this officer,” Promvongsa said in a statement. “I did not even have the opportunity to take off my seatbelt before I was literally blindsided with this unnecessary attack. I immediately pulled over for the Worthington squad car and before I knew what was happening I was beat and ripped from my vehicle. I know I am not the first person to have this type of traumatic experience with law enforcement in Worthington. This type of violence with community members has to stop. This encounter was demoralizing and has left me scared of future interactions with the police.”

Watch the videos below, does it look like a case of necessary force from a cop protecting society? Or, does it look like a case of road rage — backed by a gun and a badge? You decide.

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They Were ‘Grilled Alive’: US Govt Exposed Running Nazi-Like Torture Program


An unprecedented report from the corporate press claims U.S. forces have participated in extreme torture and abuse of detainees accused of affiliation with Al Qaeda in Yemen — including “the ‘grill,’ in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire,” the Associated Press finds.

A network of secretive prisons in southern Yemen provide the backdrop for the alleged barbaric acts allegedly carried out by forces from the U.S. and United Arab Emirates — many of those detention facilities remain hidden in plain sight.

That some of the covert prisons sit inside military bases might not be much of a shock, but others are located in ports, an airport, private villas, and even a nightclub — and all, according to the AP, remain untouchable by the embattled Yemeni government.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden weighed in on the new revelations, tweeting,

“Biggest @AP scoop in a long time: US government behind UAE torture in Yemen, with some reportedly grilled alive.”

American officials unsurprisingly balked at the accusation troops have participated in the astonishingly heinous behavior described in the AP’s report.

Reports the AP:

“Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. Interrogating detainees who have been abused could violate international law, which prohibits complicity in torture.

“The AP documented at least 18 clandestine lockups across southern Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates or by Yemeni forces created and trained by the Gulf nation, drawing on accounts from former detainees, families of prisoners, civil rights lawyers and Yemeni military officials. All are either hidden or off limits to Yemen’s government, which has been getting Emirati help in its civil war with rebels over the last two years.”

Notably, this is the first ‘official’ acknowledgment the United States participates in interrogations inside the borders of Yemen.

Forces transported some detainees to an Emirati base in Eritrea, according to Yemen Interior Minister Hussein Arab.

Unnamed and unverifiable U.S. defense officials told the Associated Press ‘senior U.S. military leaders’ have been aware of alleged torture taking place in Yemen for some time — but have investigated the charges, and apparently found nothing amiss, as U.S. troops, they claim, were never present during detainee torture.

Perhaps beyond tellingly, neither the AP nor the anonymous officials elucidated on whether the lack of U.S. troop presence during the alleged grilling alive of detainees meant senior military leaders indeed discovered forces from other nations roasting people alive and said nothing, or that the torture allegations were completely baseless.

Those defense officials further “told AP that American forces do participate in interrogations of detainees at locations in Yemen, provide questions for others to ask, and receive transcripts of interrogations from Emirati allies.”

Torture this horrific, if proven true, harkens immediately back to Bush-era implementation of barbaric human rights violations by the CIA — which included waterboarding and other acts the agency, itself, knew to be utterly inefficacious — which temporarily halted adherence to the law and all semblance of ethics under the premise of extracting information from detainees following the attacks of 9/11.

“We always adhere to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct,” chief Defense Department spokeswoman, Dana White, told the AP on perusal of its report. “We would not turn a blind eye, because we are obligated to report any violations of human rights.”

In a statement, the UAE government also balked, insisting, “There are no secret detention centers and no torture of prisoners is done during interrogations.”

“The UAE was one of the countries involved in the CIA’s torture and rendition program,” reminds New York University Professor of Law Ryan Goodman. “These reports are hauntingly familiar and potentially devastating in their legal and policy implications.”

To repeat, the U.S. Department of Defense must report violations of human rights — yet the vagueness of the claim senior military brass investigated allegations of excruciating torture, but would only offer that U.S. troops had not been present. Without further explanation, that detail could indicate a troubling sin of omission — in short, a failure to report violations of human rights.

Not one of the dozens interviewed by the AP accused U.S. troops of witnessing torture, but the malicious, degrading, deplorable, torturous abuses described by former inmates of the secret prisons would seem impossible to have taken place without their cognizance.

AP continues:

“At one main detention complex at Riyan airport in the southern city of Mukalla, former inmates described being crammed into shipping containers smeared with feces and blindfolded for weeks on end. They said they were beaten, trussed up on the ‘grill,’ and sexually assaulted. According to a member of the Hadramawt Elite, a Yemeni security force set up by the UAE, American forces were at times only yards away. He requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.

“‘We could hear the screams,’ said a former detainee held for six months at Riyan airport. ‘The entire place is gripped by fear. Almost everyone is sick, the rest are near death. Anyone who complains heads directly to the torture chamber.’ He was flogged with wires, part of the frequent beatings inflicted by guards against all the detainees. He also said he was inside a metal shipping container when the guards lit a fire underneath to fill it with smoke.”

As in the first revelations on the renewed use of the gross physical and psychological abuses comprising torture, human rights advocates admonished such practices cannot be carried out without the broad knowledge of military and intelligence officials at the scene — particularly not for the duration described.

“It would be a stretch to believe the US did not know or could not have known that there was a real risk of torture,” Amnesty International Director of Research in the Middle East, Lynn Maalouf, told the Associated Press. Amnesty called for a swift investigation by the United Nations into the torture allegations against the UAE and other possible participants or knowledgeable parties.

Torture has been championed as acceptable by the president and other U.S. officials, despite its illegality internationally — almost exclusively as a tool of the War on Terror to extract information from prisoners — but torture has been proven repeatedly to be ineffective for that very purpose.

At least 2,000 people have vanished in Yemen — their families left agonizing over their fate, tragically wondering whether a torturous interrogation took their lives.

“Wives, mothers, and daughters in the north and south of Yemen want to know whether their husbands, sons, and brothers are all right, if they are even alive,” noted Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, after issuance of a similar report on torture in Yemen by her organization, on Thursday.

“Yemen, the UAE, Houthi-Saleh forces, and any other party disappearing people should immediately inform families of where their loved ones are and release those held arbitrarily.”

Despite denial of allegations by the United States military and government of the United Arab Emirates, the report from the Associated Press most likely will be remembered as the beginning of yet another torture scandal embroiling perpetually-ethicless entities during a complex and violent conflict — one, again, involving the U.S., which fights for freedom and against terror by, apparently, eviscerating freedom and waging terror.

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WATCH: Cop Walks Up to Unsuspecting Man, Sucker Punching Him in the Face


Wildwood, PA – A video posted on Facebook of a cop ‘sucker punching’ a man before handcuffing him has caused outrage in the community and prompted an investigation by Cape May County prosecutors.

Citizens Against Abusive Power Systems (CAAPS) uploaded the video Monday afternoon, saying the incident occurred June 18. The officer and the man arrested have not been publicly identified.

Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto told local NBC10 the man was suspected in a “disorderly persons complaint” and says we don’t know what happened beforehand. However, during the video we can plainly see that the man was simply standing there, when the cop suddenly punches the man in the face like a schoolyard bully.

It seems impossible to conclude that this is normal protocol in dealing with a suspect in a minor complaint. Even if the man was belligerent and insulting, cops are supposed to apply de-escalation tactics in order to reduce the likelihood of violence.

The department gave no other details, including what led to the arrest. Meanwhile, this officer is still on duty despite his clear proclivity for violence.

CAAPS is asking that anyone with more information come forward “so we can get this officer off the street.” The non-profit group based in Clifton Heights, PA “investigates, exploits, and fights corruption and abuse, and provides support services to victims of abuse,” according to their homepage.

As more and more examples of police brutality are exposed – such as suddenly punching a man in the face and knocking him to the ground – it begs the question of what gets these cops into a state of mind where violence is their first response?

A study published June 19 provides scientific evidence that cops with low self-control in their personal lives “are more likely to use deadly force on the job.”

“Researchers measured self-control based on eight indicators including whether the officer had financial problems or had been in a car accident. Each indicator increased the likelihood of an officer’s involvement in a shooting by 21 percent, according to the research…

Officers were more likely to be involved in deadly shootings if they scored lower in self-control based on the following factors: a history of a suspended driver’s license, involvement in a motor vehicle accident, had ever been behind on paying bills, had loans or debts over $1,000, been under any type of court order, been divorced or separated or received a traffic ticket in the past five years.”

This study only looked at deadly shootings. It would be interesting, and likely quite revealing, if we could also analyze the data with respect to all cases of police brutality. Who knows how many of the eight indicators were present in the aforementioned cop who sucker punched a man before handcuffing him?

What we see in criminology more generally is that a pattern of indicators tends to raise more of a yellow flag but not necessarily a red flag,” said co-author Dr. Alex Piquero. “But police departments can and should develop and employ screening devices to help them identify applicants who may need more additional vetting as well as continue to monitor their officers’ behavior and provide additional screening and training over the course of the officers’ careers. Done well, this should help departments recruit and retain the best officers who can work with the community to keep our cities safe.

Sadly, this advice is not likely to be taken seriously by many police departments. While there are ‘good cops’ who do everything they can to de-escalate and avoid violence, far too often we see violent, authoritarian behavior from cops, which results in innocent lives being lost and families shattered.

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