Veteran Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Buffalo Police Department

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Incident – June 3, 2013; Lawsuit filed August 22, 2015
Buffalo Police Narcotics; Detective Joe Cook
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Decorated Iraqi War Veteran files federal civil rights suit against dog killing Buffalo Police department for the slaughter of “his best friend”

BUFFALO, NY – On August 22, 2015, a 31-year old Buffalo man and Iraqi War Veteran filed an extensive civil rights suit against the Buffalo Police and numerous police and government officials for what he described as the unlawful killing of his 50 lb, 2 year old pit-bull dog, Cindy, and the cover up and subsequent slander of him afterwards by top members of City Government.

The lawsuit relates back to June 3, 2013, in which Buffalo Police executed a search warrant at Arroyo’s address and Detective Joseph Cook gunned down Arroyo’s dog Cindy while he was at his job with Allied Barton Security Services.


Cindy-deceasedArroyo, at the time, lived at 304 Breckenridge Street in the back upper apartment. He claims he had told his landlord, Crystal Rodriguez, about drug dealing that was going on in the upper front apartment over a period of time. Consistent with that assertion, a Tori Rockmore was arrested on April 17, 2013 by a Buffalo Police patrol unit for possessing crack cocaine with the intent to sell the substance while inside the upper front apartment. No drugs were found inside Arroyo’s apartment during the warrant’s execution, and Arroyo has never been arrested before.

Further, Rockmore, a black male, seems to perfectly fit the description of the target of the search warrant, which describes a black male of Rockmore’s age and size. Arroyo is a larger Hispanic male. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Buffalo Police spokesperson, Michael DeGeorge, at the time of the incident, stated that they believed they had executed the warrant at the right house at the time of incident.

Arroyo’s attorney, Matthew Albert Esq., an attorney whose primary areas of practice are animal and civil rights law, asserts that DeGeorge’s claims are fraudulent, disgraceful, and an affront to democracy.

“The irony should not be lost that my client fought overseas in the name of freedom, only to come home to Buffalo, NY and become the victim of government tyranny,” Albert said. “We will pursue this case zealously until everyone involved in this disgrace be held truly accountable for their roles.”

The nature of the kill also appalls Arroyo and his attorney. Arroyo states that Cindy was tethered and restrained at the time Cook discharged five bullets at her, and that he always restrained her before going to work as she had previously “gotten up to mischief,” when left at large in his apartment.

It has been confirmed through the release of Buffalo Police records that Detective Cook has shot at least 26 dogs over a three-year period, including Cindy, while killing 25 of them.

“Simply put, the kill was cold-blooded, and every piece of credible evidence demonstrates that this was a vicious and sadistic crime committed by Detective Cook,” Albert states.
Albert adds that he intends to file many more federal cases against the Department for what he describes as a government sanctioned practice of “sadistic thrill killing,” by certain members of the Department assigned to the Narcotics squad whom kill numerous dogs.

Arroyo recently obtained a new puppy, but said he still misses Cindy everyday. “She was my best friend. Every day without her is a day she should be enjoying with me. For no reason, the Buffalo Police cheated her and I of that opportunity.”

– Matthew Albert Esq.
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Florida Fair DUI Attorney Arrested Then Un-Arrested

Many of you may be familiar with Attorney Warren Redlich out of Florida from the Fair DUI flyer that he came up with to hold up to your window when going through a DUI Checkpoint earlier this year.  The story on the use of this flyer went viral and was even picked up by main stream media across the country.

Attorney Redlich is a criminal defense attorney as well as a civil rights activist.  He published a book in 2013 titled, “Fair DUI.”  Shortly after the book was released, he was getting questions from a lot of people about how to handle checkpoints and how to protect their rights.  This is when he came up with the Fair DUI Flyer.



He then put the flyer to the test in a video he uploaded earlier in the year that has over 100,000 views on YouTube.  Several Sheriffs in the state of Florida began publishing threats of arrest should he attempt to use the flyer in their jurisdiction.  The issue these officer seem to have with the flyer is that those using it have been keeping their windows rolled all the way up when going through the checkpoints and holding their driver’s license up to the window instead of handing it to the officer.  Florida has no law that states that you have to physically hand the license to an officer when requested, rather you only have to show it to them.

Other activists have been using the flyer for checkpoints and the videos produced from these encounters have resulted in YouTube videos receiving views in the millions.  One video even received over 3.2 million views alone.

According to Attorney Redlich in an article he published concerning his recent arrest, he states:

One key feature of my approach is that you do not roll down your window. Florida law requires you to “exhibit” (or show) your license to police. It does not require you to hand it over. I recommend people keep the window closed and press the license up against the window. Some prosecutors and police legal advisors decided to fudge that law (§322.15 of the Florida Statutes) and claim that you are required to hand it over. The Coral Gables legal advisor, attorney Israel Reyes, went further and recommended that anyone who refuses to physically hand over their license be arrested for a misdemeanor – resisting without violence. The City Attorney adopted this recommendation and it became formal policy.

The policy can be viewed by clicking on the link to his article above.

The policy ignored the fact that the violation of 322.15 was a noncriminal offense and was not an arrestable offense.  In fact, it is a noncriminal infraction punishable as a “non-moving violation.”

Redlich was informed of a checkpoint taking place in Coral Springs and decided to see how things would play out with the policy that they decided to enact.  You can see how the scene played out in the video at the top of the story.

Three hours after his arrest, Redlich was un-arrested and issued a citation for violation of 322.15.  Coral Gables is now in the cross hairs for a lawsuit in federal court.  Redlich says that the lawsuit is not about the money, but instead, “The goal is to get a federal judge to make sure that police follow the law, including 322.15 as well as Supreme Court cases on checkpoints.”

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Orlando Officer Filmed Beating Homeless Man Bloody

Video has surfaced showing an Orlando cop beating a homeless man bloody as he tries to defend himself in a vacant lot near the corner of Ossie Street and Parramore Avenue on Wednesday.

banner420banner420The footage shows 44-year-old Terre Johnson mounted by officer James Wilson who pins him to the ground, grabs his head and grinds it into the pavement as the man attempts to ward off his attacker.

Bystanders who can be heard on the video protesting the officers actions say the attack was completely unprovoked and that Wilson started the fight.

“[Wilson] and Terre [we]re standing on the edge of the road, face-to-face, talking and arguing, one witness said. “[Then] all of a sudden, [the officer] just grab[bed] Terre and slammed him into the ground.”

“Terre asked him, ‘Get out of my face, please,’ and [the officer] is like, ‘Whoa! What are you going to do about it? What are you doing to do about it?’ all up in his face,” another bystander, Andrew Ensminger said.

“Then he pulled out the Taser and pointed it at him like he was going to taze him and put it back in. That’s when [Wilson] grabbed [Johnson] and slammed him to the ground and started hitting him.”

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Orlando police maintain that Wilson was completely in the right and that it was Johnson who initiated the attack by swinging at the officer, and added that a statement from one witness supports that account.

“All you are seeing is one small piece of an incident, and that is it,” Sgt. Wanda Ford said, and added that Wilson was wearing a body camera she claims will clear him of any wrongdoing.

“This is one of those instances, where the suspect was aggressive,” said Ford. “He’s known to be aggressive. He’s been arrested before for battery and for resisting against an officer.”

Still yet, an additional witness – Austin Mells – has came forward and confirmed other testimonies from the scene that Wilson pulled out his taser before grabbing the man and taking him to the ground.

“When they fell to the ground, the officer got on top of the man, so Terre hit the officer,” Mells said. “Then the officer grabbed him by the hair and started hitting him like this.”

An internal review of the incident has been launched by Orlando police and Sgt. Ford says the full body-cam footage will be released after the investigation is completed.

Johnson is being held in the Orange County jail on $10,300 bond.

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Unarmed Man Shot in his Hospital Room By a Cop After Checking Himself in for Mental Health Help

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.
– Abraham Maslow, The Psychology of Science, 1966

Houston, TX — Last week, University of Houston medical student, Alan Pean, 26, was seeking help for a mental health issue. However, after encountering two off-duty police officers who were working security at St. Joseph Medical Center, Pean would receive the opposite of ‘help.’

“My brother went to the hospital as a patient and now is treated like a criminal,” said Christian Pean, Alan’s brother.

According to police, Pean had become “combative” in his hospital room. Officers then escalated violence first by hitting Pean with a taser and then resorting to shooting the unarmed man in the chest in the midst of his mental health crisis.

“He deployed the Taser, but it apparently had no effect on the patient,” said Kese Smith, a Houston Police Department spokesman. “He continued to struggle and injured the officers. That’s when his partner discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect.”

“The bullet just missed his vital organs, coming out his back,” Christian Pean said. “I was preparing myself for the fact that I was traveling to Houston to bury my brother.”

According to police, the officer was forced to fire. Apparently walking away was not an option. It’s a good thing these cops weren’t doctors. If doctors resorted to shooting every mentally ill patient who became combative, there’d be no need for mental hospitals.

“I was shocked. I was outraged. I was grief-stricken,” Christian Pean said. “We have lots of questions as to why there were lethal weapons in a hospital.”

Since the shooting, which happened on Thursday, the family has hired attorney Mark O’Mara to help answer some questions.

In a statement O’Mara said:

“Alan has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and I will be working with the family to navigate through this difficult matter. Please keep Alan and the two officers who were also injured in your prayers. There is no doubt that these were extraordinary circumstances and that Alan was experiencing a severe mental health episode at the time of the event.  In the meantime, we will be investigating how this tragedy could have occurred and how it could have been avoided.”

“He went to the hospital where he thought he was going to get appropriate care. Instead, he got a bullet to the chest,” Christian Pean said.

While Pean recovers from the hole in his chest, his bond has been set at $60,000.

It is important to note that had Pean become “combative” without police being there, that this incident could have likely been resolved without excessive violence or arrests.



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Cheney alert: Nuclear war likely, Obama violated 75-year bipartisan consensus on U.S. as ‘freedom’s defender’

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U.S. President Barack Obama’s capitulation to Iran in recent nuclear negotiations will likely result in “the first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki,â€� former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney wrote in an op-ed.

“Among the many dangerous deficiencies in his nuclear deal with Iran is the irreversible damage it will do to the international nonproliferation regime contained in the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty),â€� the Cheneys wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed entitled “Restoring American Exceptionalism”.

Dick and Liz Cheney

Dick and Liz Cheney

“Allowing the Iranians to continue to enrich uranium and agreeing to the removal of all restraints on their nuclear program in a few short years virtually guarantees that they will become a nuclear-weapons state, thus undermining the fundamental agreement at the heart of the NPT. President Obama is unraveling this international structure as part of an agreement that provides a pathway for the world’s worst state-sponsor of terror to acquire nuclear weapons.

“The Obama agreement will lead to a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East and, more than likely, the first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The op-ed charges Obama with weakening an America that has “guaranteed freedom, security and peace for a larger share of humanity than any other nation in all of history.” Obama’s weakness is particularly disturbing, the Cheneys say, because American leadership will be essential “for the defeat of militant Islam.â€�

“Yet despite the explosive spread of terrorist ideology and organizations, the establishment of an Islamic State caliphate in the heart of the Middle East, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and increasing threats from Iran, China, North Korea and Russia, President Obama has departed from this 75-year, largely bipartisan tradition of ensuring America’s pre-eminence and strength.

“He has abandoned Iraq, leaving a vacuum that is being tragically and ominously filled by our enemies. He is on course to forsake Afghanistan as well.�

With a nod to British historian Andrew Roberts, the Cheneys observed that “in the debate over whether America was born great, achieved greatness or had greatness thrust upon her, the only possible conclusion must be: all three.

“For the better part of a century, security and freedom for millions of people around the globe have depended on America’s military, economic, political and diplomatic might. For the most part, until the administration of Barack Obama, we delivered.�

Among Obama’s many missteps, the Cheneys highlighted the “sequestration mandated in the Budget Control Act of 2011, these cuts have, according to former Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, left the Army as unready as it has been at any other time in its history. Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert has testified that ‘naval readiness is at its lowest point in many years.’ According to Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh, the current aircraft fleet is ‘now the smallest and oldest in the history of our service.’ â€�

The Cheneys say Obama, in the wake of the nuclear agreement, “stands ready to gut� the NPT, which was signed by 190 countries, including Iran.

“The president has tried to sell this bad deal by claiming that there is no alternative, save war. In fact, this agreement makes war more, not less, likely. In addition to accelerating the spread of nuclear weapons across the Middle East, it will provide the Iranians with hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief, which even the Obama administration admits likely will be used to fund terror. The deal also removes restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program; lifts the ban on conventional weapons sales; and lifts sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the Quds Force, and on Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani. Under Mr. Soleimani’s leadership, the Quds Force sows violence and supports terror across the Middle East and has been responsible for the deaths of American service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We are living in what columnist Charles Krauthammer has called ‘a hinge point of history.’ It will take a president equal to this moment to lead us through. America needs a president who recognizes that everything the nation must do requires having a U.S. military with capabilities that are second to none — on land, in the air, at sea, in space and in cyberspace. The peace and security of the world and the survival of our freedom depend on it. We must choose wisely.

“As citizens, we have another obligation. We have a duty to protect our ideals and our freedoms by safeguarding our history. We must ensure that our children know the truth about who we are, what we’ve done, and why it is uniquely America’s duty to be freedom’s defender.�



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How should Israel proceed in forging an alliance with Saudi Arabia?

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By Norman Bailey

Answer: With a regime like that, very carefully.

While the world’s attention has been focused on the six-power agreement with Iran, collateral fallout has been taking place, both positive and negative, as a result of that diplomatic disaster.

Among them is a series of reports and rumors of an impending alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia, fueled by their common assessment of the threats posed on the one hand by Iran and on the other by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL):

Israel's Dore Gold, right,  and former Saudi Amb. to the U.S. Anwar Eshki  at a June meeting in Washington. /

Israel’s Dore Gold, right, and former Saudi Amb. to the U.S. Anwar Eshki at a June meeting in Washington. /

Confirmed are meetings between retired high-level political and military figures of the two countries in various venues as well as meetings between a still-influential retired Saudi major general and the director-general of the Israeli foreign ministry, Dore Gold.

Unconfirmed but insistent reports abound of a Saudi prince who has been dispatched to Israel to improve relations between the two countries as well as negotiations involving Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt with Hamas, directed towards the implementation of an agreement for a long-term armistice between Hamas and Israel, with Hamas disarmament overseen by Israeli and Egyptian forces, in return for the lifting of the Israeli/Egyptian blockade of Gaza and Saudi financial support for the bankrupt Hamas regime.

Whether such negotiations are in fact taking place, the top Hamas leader recently met with Saudi King Salman and the Palestinian Authority (PA) certainly believes it and is mounting a propaganda campaign against any such deal because it would, in effect, represent international recognition of a separate Palestinian entity in Gaza.

There have even been commentaries in such Israeli publications as “The Jerusalem Post” that the time has come for Israel and Saudi Arabia to establish diplomatic relations, presumably followed by others of the Gulf states, such as Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Of course on one hand, such an alliance would be an enormous triumph for Israeli diplomacy. But amidst all the potential celebration, a few important facts are at risk of being overlooked or underplayed:

(1) Saudi Arabia is, in many ways, the Sunni equivalent of Shi’a Iran. It is a highly repressive society in which human and civil rights are non-existent and routinely violated. In some ways it is even worse. Iran has a simulacrum of democratic procedures. Saudi Arabia has none. Saudi women are even more repressed than Iranian women, who at least are permitted to drive cars. In both regimes barbaric practices such as floggings and beheadings are routine.

(2) The Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam is in no way preferable to the Iranian version of shi’a Islam. And both are engaged in spreading their influence outside their home countries; in the Iranian case often by force; in the Saudi case peacefully, through propaganda, the building of mosques and madrassas, and so on.

This is not to say that diplomatic and security cooperation with Saudi Arabia should not be pursued and might well lead to economic, scientific and technological cooperation also. But the nature of a regime must always be kept in mind when designing cooperative agreements.

Having enemies in common is an important factor tending towards agreement, no doubt, but a regime such as that of Saudi Arabia can change its policies at any moment, based on one man’s assessment of what is good for him, his tribe and his country; Caveat emptor.

Norman A. Bailey, Ph.D., is Adjunct Professor of Economic Statecraft at The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C., and a researcher at the Center for National Security Studies, University of Haifa. This column was also published by Globes, the Israeli business daily.



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‘Supergiant’ gas field discovered off Egyptian coast called ‘game changer’

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Italian oil and gas major Eni has discovered what could be the world’s largest natural-gas field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast.

On Aug. 30, Eni said in a press release that it had discovered a “supergiant” gas field that could hold “a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas in place.”

Eni oil rig in the Mediterranean.

Eni rig in the Mediterranean.

Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, told CNBC: “It is changing the game for Egypt. It is very important for Egypt, but also for the Mediterranean in terms of stability.”

The Zohr field in the Mediterranean covers an area of about 100 square kilometers (60 square miles). Eni said the “supergiantâ€� field could fulfill Egypt’s natural gas demand for “decades.”

Descalzi did not give an exact date for when the gas might hit the market, but said developments would be quick as the gas field is close to Eni’s processing facilities.

“It is close to the facilities so the time to market will be very good… that is part of our strategy to continue to do our exploration in the mature area where we have a deep geographical knowledge and we can take advantage of our facilities and that will make the unit cost in terms of capital very positive.”

Eni signed an energy exploration deal with Egypt’s oil ministry in June that is worth $2 billion. The deal allows the Italian firm to explore in Sinai, the Gulf of Suez, the Mediterranean and areas in the Nile Delta.

“Gas has a big future because of the environmental constraints. The new environmental targets for emission will give gas more power because renewable with gas will be the future in terms of the sustainability of our energy system. I’m very positive on the gas market,” Descalzi said.



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Kanye West gets political action committee, presidential jokes go viral

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Images of Kanye West’s face on Mount Rushmore and a potential White House takeover by the Kardashian reality TV clan fired up social media on Monday, a day after the rapper virtually hijacked a rambunctious MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) show as he declared he planned to run for U.S. president in 2020.

West, who is married to Kim Kardashian, sparked dozens of satirical memes on social media after his rambling, 13-minute speech on Sunday – when he admitted he had “rolled up a little something earlier in the night – while accepting the Video Vanguard award for lifetime achievement.

Although most viewers saw West’s presidential declaration as a joke, a Maryland college student on Monday filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to set up a political action committee called Ready for Kanye.

Eugene Craig III, 24, chairman of the Young Minority Republicans Fund, told Reuters he hoped West would consider running as a Republican in 2020.

“We think he is a champion of a lot of issues and he has an interesting perspective. (The PAC) is not just a joke,” said Craig, a student at Bowie State University.

West, 38, scored the award show’s top hashtag, #Kanye2020, according to social analytics company NetBase. The show became the most-tweeted television program since Nielsen began tracking Twitter TV activity in 2011, with some 21.4 million tweets sent in the United States alone.

West’s declaration of presidential ambitions triggered images of his face imposed on Shepard Fairey’s familiar 2008 Barack Obama “Hope” campaign poster and pasted on Mount Rushmore alongside the sculptures of U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt.

Fantasy opinion polls showed West running ahead of Donald Trump, who has been leading polls among the many Republican presidential contenders, while another viral post placed Kim Kardashian, as well as sisters Khloe and Kourtney, outside the White House.

Music website suggested rapper Jay-Z could be West’s vice president and Taylor Swift could be installed in the State Department.

The annual VMA awards show, which honors achievements in music videos, has long been known for its outrageous moments.

Sunday’s show was replete with liberal cursing, skits about marijuana use, barely-there outfits, and an apparently accidental flash of bare breasts from host Miley Cyrus, 22.

The Parents Television Council, which says it aims to “protect children and families from graphic sex, violence and profanity in the media, responded with outrage.

“MTV … chose to perpetuate blatant sexualization – much of it self-inflicted by the artists – and to celebrate the use of illegal drugs,” council President Tim Winter said in a statement.

MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc, said it had no comment on the PTC statement.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bill Trott and Leslie Adler)

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