Update: Cincinnati Officer Tensing Pleads Not Guilty, Held on $1Million Bail

Ray Tensing pled not guilty today in a court appearance to murder charges in the fatal shooting of Sam Dubose during a traffic stop. Dubose had been stopped for not having a front license plate. (See below for the body cam videos.) Tensing has also been charged with the lesser crime of voluntary manslaughter.

According to ABC News:

Ray-Tensing-mug-and-Sam-DuboseRay-Tensing-mug-and-Sam-DuboseA University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder charges and was ordered jailed on $1 million bond.

People in the courtroom audience erupted into cheers and clapped when officer Ray Tensing’s bond was set at $1 million, drawing the ire of Judge Megan Shanahan.

“Ladies and gentlemen! This is a courtroom,” the judge said sharply.

Tensing is also charged with voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 shooting of Samuel DuBose of Cincinnati, who was stopped for not having a front license plate.

Defense attorney Stewart Mathews said there are two sides to the case and that the much-viewed body camera video of the traffic stop can be interpreted differently from the prosecutor’s version.

He described Tensing as “very depressed” and “in shock,” adding that the officer felt “like he’s been run over by a train from the start of this case.”

Tensing, 25, was fired soon after he was indicted. He had been with the University of Cincinnati for more than a year after starting police work in 2011 in a Cincinnati suburb. He has a UC degree in criminal justice.

The high bail amount, along the indictment itself is a rarity among cops who shoot people. All the attention focused on recent shootings, especially those of unarmed people and, in particular, minorities may have had some impact on that. Use of body cams by the University of Cincinnati police may have also played a big part in that. Obvious discrepancies between the body cam footage and the statements by other officers, as well as Tensing himself in the police report would have made it difficult for the police and district attorney to simply declare this murder justified.

According to the same article, the other officers, who made statements supporting Tensing’s account of the events, have been suspended during an internal investigation and the D.A. Joe Deters has called for the disbandment of the entire U of C campus police department:

Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt are on leave while the university police department conducts an internal investigation, she said.

Body camera footage from the two officers was released Thursday. Kidd can be heard saying he saw Tensing being dragged. And in other footage, Lindenschmidt can be heard telling another officer that Tensing “went down, got tangled in the car and drew his gun and fired.”

In Lindenschmidt’s video, Tensing can be seen on the ground and then getting up. But there is no indication on the video of how of how he ended up on the ground.

Joe Deters, the prosecutor who brought the murder charge, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that both Kidd and Lindenschmidt testified before the grand jury that indicted Tensing.

Deters said the university should disband its department and turn over policing to the city.

It is, of course, paid leave – A.K.A. paid vacation. So some things don’t change, regardless. However, the tendency of police chiefs to automatically defend police officers accused of misconduct, even in deadly shootings, seems to be one of those things that is changing for the better:

“This officer was wrong,” Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said Wednesday, adding that officers “have to be held accountable” when they’re in the wrong.

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Drunk Cop Puts Gun To Head of Good Samaritan Trying To Help

Last Saturday in Brooklyn Park, Maryland Michael Wojciechowski was returning home from the store with his girlfriend and their two small children when they saw their neighbor driving, seemingly in some sort of distress. Being a good neighbor, he got the man to pull over so he could make sure everything was okay.

The man, Fred Puryear, is a police officer. He became instantly irate at his neighbors goodwill, hopped out of this vehicle and aimed a gun at the family in the car who were concerned for his welfare. He continued to walk towards the car with his gun aimed and insisting the good samaritan put his hands where they could be seen, eventually putting it to the head of Wojciechowski, saying-

“I have my gun in your ear.”

Michael was in disbelief over his neighbors behavior and responded to Puryear-

“Is this for real? I have my kids in the car. You are scaring them.”

Officers responding to Wojciechowski’s report of the incident found the offending officer in a state of intoxication, slurring and speaking poorly, as well as having bloodshot eyes and smelling strongly of alcohol.

Puryears wife says the officer has thirteen guns stashed around the house, one of which Anne Arundel County Police took into custody because it matched the description of the gun used in this incident. It is not clear if that weapon was personal or state-issued, yet.

A separate complaint about the officer had been called in just 40 minutes before this one. According to The Washington Times:

…police were called to the area after Mr. Puryear allegedly yelled at Raymond Lilly, 16, and accused the teenager of taking pictures of his property and vehicles, according to a second and separate Anne Arundel County Police Department report.

“The suspect told Mr. Lilly to leave the area,” the report states. “Before Mr. Lilly could leave, the suspect pushed Mr. Lilly twice on the upper body.”

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation say they are investigating the incident, but will not release any further information, including the Puryear’s current status as an officer since the incident was a ‘personal matter’.

The drunken maniac cop faces fourteen charges, which include assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, firearm use felony-violent crime and reckless endangerment.

The stereotypical hyperbolistically machismo and ultra violent cop thing keeps popping up over and over again. That the field of law enforcement is so inviting to, and employs so many of these psychotic oafs, is an indication of the problem with our entire policing system. A monopoly on force, as the police enjoy, is an open invitation to the worst kinds of people. And that which attracts such human waste must itself be, well…total sewage.

FLUSH THE POLICE!

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Update: Special Prosecutor Named to Investigate Death of Judge’s Toddler

Update:  A special prosecutor has been named to investigate the case of the Juvenile Court Judge that left his toddler son in a hot car for four hours to die.   Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney for the 2nd Judicial District, has been named to investigate the case.

The autopsy on Thomas Naramore has been completed and the body has been released for funeral arrangements to be made.  Autopsy results are not being released yet, pending the toxicology tests.  Those results may take several weeks to come back.  It was initially reported that Thomas was two years old and it has now been confirmed that he was only 18 months old at the time of his death.

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Some comments on social media and websites have criticized lack of speedy action in the case, some in vitriolic terms.  Judge Naramore gets attention, too, because he was the presiding judge in a child endangerment case. This was the case in which seven children were removed from the home of Hal Stanley because of allegations of abuse.”   Several children were eventually returned to the family.

The story went on to report that:

Harris said there’d been a lot of misinformation about the investigation. She said the office had always moved carefully on child endangerment investigations and had not immediately filed charges, for example, in a recent case of an abandoned infant. “People should not rush to judgment,” she said. “He has not been given any special consideration.” She noted the need, particularly, for an autopsy before making a definitive judgment on such a case.

Ms. Harris ignores the fact that many times, those who leave their children alone in a hot car are arrested on the spot.  In these cases, they know that there is going to be public outcry for swift justice and they act on that by making an immediate arrest.  Where was the due process for those parents?

Prosecutors have some discretion as to whether or not to file official charges in cases.  Let’s hope that Prosecutor Ellington uses that discretion to file negligent homicide charges against Judge Wade Naramore and let a jury decide his fate.  This is a tragic case and I am sure Judge Naramore is dealing with some heavy emotion and regret after the death of his son, but he still needs to be held accountable for his role in the death of his son.

Let Prosecutor Ellington know that the public demands justice in this case.  He can be contacted by:  Phone:  (870)932-1513 or Email: [email protected]  Let’s keep the heat on and make sure that Mr. Naramore faces the swift hammer of justice.

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Resource Officer Used Position To Procure Teen Girls, Sodomy Charges Allege

A Watervliet, New York police resource officer used his position at Watervliet High School to engage in sexual relationships with two teenage girls, a seven count indictment brought before the state Supreme Court said Monday.

banner420banner42034-year-old Joshua Spratt was arraigned on four counts of a third-degree felony sex act for having oral sex with one of the girls, who was 16, as well as misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and official misconduct for his sexual involvement with another 17-year-old girl.

He was additionally charged with sodomy.

Prosecutors say the acts allegedly took place at cemeteries in Watervliet and Menands and in the parking lot of Watervliet Elementary School between February and April of this year.

The evidence against Spratt includes phone communications, text communications, and videos allegedly recorded by the victims.

“There’s three victims, only one that legally we can pursue on the criminal sex act and that’s the individual who is under the age of 17,” District Attorney David Soares said, adding that the third student is a 17-year-old witness.

Watervliet School officials have called the allegations an “egregious betrayal of trust” that came to light at the end of the school year, and say that a “crisis team” has been assembled to counsel students over the summer.

“As soon as the rumors hit my desk, I spoke with the chief of police. The Watervliet Police Department turned the case over to the New York State Police,” Superintendent Dr. Lori Caplan said.

“As always, our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of students. Our focus over the next few weeks will be helping them to come to terms with this betrayal.”

Orders of protection for the three girls were issued by New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin Monday, before Spratt, who entered a plea of “not guilty,” was released on $50,000 bail.

The officer is facing up to 16 years in prison, and prosecutors say they haven’t ruled out the possibility of additional charges or more victims.

DA Soares has urged any additional victims or anyone with more information to come forward.

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Officer Admits Lying To Grand Jury To Cover Up Fellow Cop’s Beating Of Cuffed Man

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Gary Wayne Hopkins was viciously beaten at the hands of a sadistic Huntsville, Alabama police officer. As we previously reported, Hopkins was awarded $22,500 in damages stemming from an excessive force complaint.

Gary Wayne Hopkins is pictured after his Dec. 23, 2011 arrest.Gary Wayne Hopkins is pictured after his Dec. 23, 2011 arrest.

Gary Wayne Hopkins is pictured after his Dec. 23, 2011 arrest.

Hopkins was handcuffed in the rear of a Huntsville police cruiser when he kicked out the rear window. According to a video of the incident, officers told Hopkins they were going to place him in leg shackles. The video then showed Hopkins being yanked from the vehicle and an officer kicking and beating him.

The officer involved in the beating, Brett Russell, subsequently lost his job before the city council, on appeal, overruled the decision by Police Chief Lewis Morris to fire him. The council required Russell to serve a 30-day suspension without pay as a condition of his return.

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Officer Russell, who is charged with excessive force and obstruction of justice, was dealt a major blow when a fellow officer confessed in open court to his participation in the cover-up. Officer Joshua Bates was a training cadet at the time of the incident. He broke down on the stand and admitted to the court that he lied twice to Internal Affairs, lied to an FBI agent, and then lied to a federal grand jury.

He further stated that the victim was not resisting in any way, and that officer Brett Russell lied about the victim spitting on and headbutting him.

When attorneys asked Officer Bates why he didn’t help the victim, he stated he just froze up and was afraid to lose his job if he interfered.

One of the videos that jurors saw contained a clip of Officer Russell saying, “You deserve to get that ass-whooping.” An Internal Affairs investigator also stated that Officer Russell kept some of the victim’s personal property in his vehicles as “trophies.”

Prosecution rests in HPD officer’s trial

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Cop Rams 69-Yr-Old Man’s Head Into Brick Wall






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CLAYTON COUNTY — A police officer has now been indicted on a battery charge after physically beating a 69-yr-old man, according to reports.

Officer Ryan hall was indicted on Wednesday and his bond was set at only $2k.

The incident began when Officer Hall and some of his fellow officers showed up to a residence after they claimed they received a “burglary call.”

Dhoruba Bin-Wahad was actually moving into the home and was not a “burglar.”

The officers believed he was anyway, and thought he was “lying,” according to reports.

The officers initiated violence on the elderly man despite his innocence.

At one point when Officer Hall was assaulting him, the man’s head was forced into a brick wall, according to reports.

Officer Hall wrote in his police report that Bin-Wahad was “uncooperative and verbally argumentative.”

Police regularly lie in their own reports to justify misconduct, so taking them seriously would be positively irrational.

Fortunately a neighbor was smart enough to pull out a cell phone and begin filming cops.

The video, contrary to police reports, shows officers yanking Bin-Wahad even though he had been seated on his front porch.

They then rammed his body up against a wall and then pulled him onto the ground, twisting an arm behind his back.

When the video was released to the public, Officer Hall was fired.

Charges against Bin-Wahad were dropped.

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Not Guilty! Logic Prevails After the State Charged a Man With Murder for Facilitating a Pot Sale

Kyler Carricker and his mother embrace after the jury read the verdict.

Kyler Carricker and his mother embrace after the jury read the verdict.

Witchita, KS — A bright light now brilliantly shines where there was once only darkness. An innocent man, who was being railroaded because of the state’s immoral drug war, has beaten the system, and justice has prevailed.

Kyler Carricker’s world turned into a nightmare on April 17th, 2013, when he and a friend had finished work and were headed out to go fishing. The pair was stopped by a train where they ran into Carriker’s former classmate and Carriker was asked if he could find any “smoke,” meaning marijuana. Carriker said he could try, so they exchanged telephone numbers.

What Carriker didn’t know was that his old classmate from school had since become an active gang member. This former classmate planned to rob Carriker and whomever else was involved in the marijuana transaction.

Kyler Carriker agreed to meet his former classmate at his friend Kyle Belts’ home to introduce his former classmate and the marijuana dealer. However, the former classmate arrived with several other gang members, and later testified in court to the fact that the plan was to rob Carriker, Belts, and Ronald Betts, the marijuana dealer and brother of former Kansas state Senator Donald Betts.

Almost immediately upon entering Belts’ home, the gang members began firing. Carriker and Betts were both shot and unfortunately Betts died from his injuries.

According to Carriker’s family, after leaving the home, the shooter bragged to the other gang members, saying that he had “killed them all.”

After the shooting, instead seeking actual justice for this killing, Carriker was charged with the murder of Betts because he acted as a middleman in the marijuana sale.

In a tyrannically absurd move, the state of Kansas added marijuana offenses to the list of inherently dangerous felonies, or crimes where death is likely to occur. The law was amended on July 1, 2013, three months after the incident involving Carriker. However, the state retroactively applied this nonsense to Carriker’s case.

Carriker did absolutely nothing morally wrong; he merely lined up a potential trade deal between two other people. In the process, he and his friend became victims of an armed robbery. For being victimized by gang members, Carriker was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison, without the possibility of parole.

He harmed no one.

A child could tell you that the death of Betts was a result of the robbery and not a marijuana deal, as deals do not involve one party killing the other. However, the court has ruled that Carriker’s attorney could not use this as a defense.

Despite the blatant railroading of Carricker by the local justice system, a jury found him not guilty on Thursday. Justice prevailed and the state’s asinine and tyrannical attempt at charging Carricker with murder was foiled.

Thanks to a rational and intelligent jury, this loving husband and father of two will now be able to live out a normal life instead of spending the next 20 years in prison.


 



 

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Cop Unleashes a Fury of Bullets at Car Full of Teens Who Accidentally Knocked on His Door

Sparta, NJ — A car full of teenagers had just left a party and were dropping off a friend when they accidentally knocked at the door of the wrong home. They meant to go to the house next door, and this honest mistake nearly cost them their lives, thanks to one of New Jersey’s finest.

An off-duty New Jersey state trooper fired shots at their car as it drove away from his home early Sunday morning.

According to the AP,

Jesse Barkhorn, 18, who was in the car that night, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that they attended a party earlier and were dropping off one of them at a friend’s house in North Jersey. He said they mistakenly knocked on the door at the house next to their friend’s house. He said they heard a man screaming from inside and they ran back to the car.

They turned around in the cul-de-sac where the home is located and saw the man standing with his weapon pointed at them, Barkhorn said.

“At this point we’re freaking out, ‘It’s a gun. It’s a gun,’” Barkhorn said. “I was like ‘Dude, get out of here.’”

The teenagers then drove off.

Despite posing no threat to the officer and attempting to leave, the trooper fired multiple rounds at the car full of teens. Luckily none of the occupants were hit. However, a bullet took out the car’s front tire and they car stopped a short distance down the road.

According to their report, the police describe the same story. Two 18-year-olds and a 19-year-old went to the wrong house, knocked on the door and fled after a verbal exchange. They got into their car and drove away as the trooper fired three shots with his personal weapon when the car did not stop, officials said.

One of the teens, who was scared for his life after being shot at, took off running after the car was stopped. However, hours later, all three teens would be taken to jail for being shot at by a cop.

After nine hours of interrogation, the boys were all released with no charges.

“It was traumatic. I really have never been in a situation like that,” Barkhorn said. “You don’t really appreciate things until you have a gun pointed at your head. It was really scary.”

The trooper who unjustifiably fired his weapon nearly killing three teenagers was not taken into custody, however. He was not charged, and he remains on active duty.

Defending your home from intruders is, without a doubt, an inalienable right. Most people, when hearing a knock on their door late at night would get defensive, and some would grab a gun. This is a normal reaction.

However, shooting at a car as it flees and poses no threat, is nothing short of attempted murder.

You can rest assured that these young men did absolute nothing wrong, as police, in an attempt to justify their fellow officer’s actions, likely gave them the interrogation of a lifetime. They made an honest mistake by knocking on the wrong door, and for this, a public servant attempted to kill them.

If this officer conducts himself in such a manner while he’s off duty, then he poses a significant threat to the public when he’s on duty.

Sadly, shooting at fleeing cars and killing people happens all too often during police stops. On Wednesday, University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted for the murder of Samuel Dubose. Dubose was killed as he attempted to drive off, and Tensing shot him in the head through the driver’s side window. He was never in danger.

On Thursday, the Free Thought Project reported on the story of Zachary Hammond, 19, who was shot to death through an open side window by a police officer attempting to kidnap him for possessing a plant. 

Shooting at fleeing individuals is the conduct of tyrants. It is the work of cowards and the antithesis of a heroism.


 



 

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Video Shows Man Being Attacked by Cops After Asking them to Stop Beating Up a Young Woman

San Francisco, CA — On the weekend June 27, in San Francisco, thousands of people took to the streets to take part in the 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues at the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. San Francisco’s celebration is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

During the event, just after the “Dyke March,” police and protesters clashed outside the old Lexington Club in the Mission District.

24-year-old Tony Nguyen happened to be walking out of a pizza joint when he saw this “clash.” Nguyen witnessed multiple officers on top of a young woman who was screaming in pain as officers attempted to restrain her.

“I said, ‘Hey, you’re using excessive force. It’s really unnecessary,’” Nguyen said.

Immediately after pointing out the excessive force to the cops, Nguyen was then met with his own serving of SFPD excessive force. The incident, which was captured on video, shows an aggressive officer grab Nguyen out of the blue and attempt to slam him into the patrol vehicle. He’s then jumped by multiple other officers who slam him to the ground.

He had done nothing illegal.

“He tried to slam me down on to the police car. I seen a bunch of the cops joining up, trying to take me down to the ground. The whole time, I’m telling them, I’m not resisting arrest. Like, I’m willing to comply like anything you want me to do you know,” explained Nguyen to ABC 7 News.

After being assaulted, kidnapped and locked in a cage for asking police to take it easy on a young woman, Nguyen asked the police why he was arrested.

“Why am I being arrested? What am I being charged with? And he told me yeah, I have no rights,” Nguyen said.

The video clearly shows that Nguyen was no threat to the officers, yet he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

“I didn’t lay a finger on him,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen’s Attorney, Kate Chatfield agrees and says that the video speaks for itself. “He came out and saw a woman being hurt,” Chatfield said, “and he acted best he could in a non-violent way as best he could to address this.”

After reviewing the case and realizing that there was no possible way to convict Nguyen of a crime, the prosecutors dropped the charges against him. However, and rightfully so, Nguyen is pursuing his complaint of excessive force against the San Francisco police department.

There was no investigation into the officers who attacked Nguyen, and they are currently out “protecting and serving” the citizens of San Francisco in full capacity.


 



 

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Judge Who Took Kids from Off-Grid Family, Same Judge who Killed his Own Son and Wasn’t Arrested

Hot Springs, Ark — On Monday, we reported on the tragic case of 18-month-old Thomas Naramore, who died after being left in a hot vehicle for four hours. The father, Wade Naramore, is a Garland County circuit court judge and has not been arrested despite the fact that he admitted to leaving his son in the car.

The lack of an arrest, coupled with the fact that other people have been immediately arrested in similar situations, raises suspicions that Naramore is being treated favorably because of his status as a judge.

In another twist to this story, Naramore is the same judge who presided over a child endangerment case in January that gained widespread attention. Seven children were taken from Hal and Michelle Stanley because the parents possessed a legal supplement called Miracle Mineral Solution, which Hal stated was not being given to the children. The Free Thought Project is not making a case for any perceived benefits of this substance.

Judge Naramore ruled that the Department of Human Services should keep the kids in custody, based on other allegations of abuse and neglect.  This is hard to believe after hearing the positive comments from neighbors. It could be that the Stanleys’ “off the grid” lifestyle and independence from government has something to do with their persecution.

Apparently the allegations have not stuck, as the Stanley family has regained custody of their youngest children in May, while the older three are allowed home on a part-time basis. It’s difficult to know exactly why the courts do what they do, since child welfare proceedings are surrounded by strict confidentiality laws.

It is sad irony that the judge ruling in a dubious case of child endangerment would put his own child in a far more severe state of endangerment, leading to the worst possible outcome.

Far too often, the state shatters lives by taking children away from their parents for no valid reason, putting them in the hands of state social services that can result in a far worse situation for the kids. There have been numerous instances of abuse while under the “care” of Child Protective Services.

While the State does not hesitate to interfere in the personal lives of so many citizens, it will take their time investigating Thomas Naramore’s death, assuring us that they “search for the truth with the ultimate goal of determining the facts, regardless of who might be a suspect in a given case.

The Hot Springs Police Department will “continue withholding investigative material…at the specific direction of Mr. Scott Ellington, the special prosecutor recently assigned the case.

The case could drag on for weeks before any charges are made, as investigators await the results of toxicology tests. The state’s Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission will also delay its probe until the criminal investigation is complete.


 



 

  1. Destiny Toole:

    Miracle Mineral Solution is BLEACH enemas. People forcibly give them to their children to remove “ropeworm” (aka lining from the inside of the stomach and colon).
    Those kids should of been taken away if that’s what their parents were doing to them.
    Not taking up for the murderer judge at all… but giving a child a bleach enema IS severe child abuse.

  2. Dominick Ricevuto:

    sick fucks were giving the kids bleach enemas. the judge probaly saved thier lives. you just lost almost all credabilty posting shit like this.

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