Mesa Police Officer Charged With Fatally Shooting Man to Start Trial


PHOENIX — The trial for a former Mesa police officer who was charged with second-degree murder after shooting an unarmed Texas man to death last year is set to begin on Monday.

Philip “Mitch” Brailsford will be on trial for fatally shooting Daniel Shaver at the La Quinta Inn and Suites near Superstition Springs Boulevard and the US 60 in Mesa in January of last year.

The shooting occurred after Brailsford and other Mesa officers were called to the hotel after reports came in of a suspect pointing a rifle out of a room window.

The officers then surrounded the room and ordered Shaver and a female suspect to exit. The woman complied and was arrested, but Shaver allegedly made a movement toward his waistline.

At this point, Brailsford allegedly opened fire, hitting Shaver five times and killing him.

No weapons were recovered from Shaver’s body, but officers found two pellet rifles in the hotel room, which they later determined were related to his pest control job, police said.

Brailsford was charged with second-degree murder in Shaver’s death in March. Maricopa County Bill Montgomery said at the time that the “use of deadly physical force was not justified in this instance.”

According to a police report released shortly after Brailsford’s arrest, Shaver allegedly said “please don’t shoot me” while sobbing and appearing panicked before he was fatally shot.

Maricopa County prosecutors and Mesa police declined to release video of the shooting from Brailsford’s body camera, saying that releasing the video could could have affected potential jurors in the case.

Media outlets argued for the video’s release, saying it is public record. Shaver’s widow, Laney Sweet, also wanted prosecutors to let her see the video. The judge denied Sweet’s request.

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[WATCH] Off-Duty Cleveland Police Officer Arrested Twice in Less Than 3 Hours


Below is a video from the night when a Cleveland police officer got arrested off-duty twice in two-and-a-half hours.

Earlier this month, on I-71, the Ohio Highway Patrol and Middleburg Heights Police stopped Eric Williams.

First, troopers pulled over Williams in Strongsville, finding he’d been driving drunk, and he had his service weapon with him. That happened at about 10 p.m., and records show Williams had a blood alcohol level of .13 which is above the legal limit.

Then, after midnight, Middleburg Heights Police say they caught Williams doing 90 in a 60. And they say, he shouldn’t have been driving because of the earlier arrest.

On the video, you hear a Middleburg Heights officer say, “So let me get this straight. You got popped for OVI tonight at 10 p.m….And now you’re out here doing 35 miles over the speed limit?” Williams can be heard saying, “I’m just trying to get home. Sir, what can I do to make this right? I’m sorry.”

The officer also says, “You are who you are, alright? I was pacing you at 90.” Williams responds, “I didn’t realize I was going that fast.”

It makes you wonder, how does someone get arrested for driving drunk with a gun, and then two and a half hours later get stopped for speeding in the same car? The highway patrol made the first stop and hauled in the driver. Then troopers released him to a woman he had with him. They got back in their car since troopers did not have it towed.

Middleburg Heights Police tested Williams after that second stop, and they found he was not drunk. As for the drunk driving case from the first stop, Williams has already pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of physical control. Records show he has also pleaded guilty to a charge for the gun. And he has other charges still pending.

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Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints


Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers’ use of force, at least in the nation’s capital.

That’s the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras on their collars or shirts.

“We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn cameras,” says Anita Ravishankar, a researcher with the Metropolitan Police Department and a group in the city government called the Lab @ DC.

“I think we’re surprised by the result. I think a lot of people were suggesting that the body-worn cameras would change behavior,” says Chief of Police Peter Newsham. “There was no indication that the cameras changed behavior at all.”

Perhaps, he says, that is because his officers “were doing the right thing in the first place.”

In the wake of high-profile shootings, many police departments have been rapidly adopting body-worn cameras, despite a dearth of solid research on how the technology can change policing.

“We need science, rather than our speculations about it, to try to answer and understand what impacts the cameras are having,” says David Yokum, director of the Lab @ DC.

His group worked with local police officials to make sure that cameras were handed out in a way that let the researchers carefully compare officers who were randomly assigned to get cameras with those who were not. The study ran from June 2015 to last December.

“This is a very methodologically rigorous study. It is very well done. And that’s not a small issue, because there have been many studies of body-worn cameras that are not rigorous,” says Michael White, a researcher at Arizona State University who has studied body-worn camera programs in Tempe, Ariz., and Spokane, Wash.

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  • There is one problem with police cams, they do stop working or have technical errors that often coincide with when they are useful. As a protestor I was beaten up by police, when I tried to hold them accountable the video was missing, cameras turned off or malfunctioning, SEVERAL CAMERAS. Don’t let the police use this as an excuse to stop using cameras they are still a good defense against abuse even if they are not perfect, make cameras impossible to tamper with or turn off.

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Palm Beach Sheriffs Office Deputy Stole Prescription Pills From Elderly Man


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Palm Beach County deputy who asked the community for donations when his child was sick is now behind bars accused of stealing from the people he swore to protect.

Rod Mattino enjoys his retirement spending time with his three grandchildren.

“My priorities are scheduling my life with my grandkids, so whatever they want,” he said.

His kindness extends beyond his family, when he saw a GoFundMePage set up to support Deputy Jason Cooke’s baby diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia he knew he had to help.

“You feel for that poor child, and you just hope that our medical technology where its gotten to can help a child like that,” Mattino said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office also took to their Facebook page to spread awareness of the infant’s situations. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is seen embracing Deputy Cooke in the photo.

However, Cooke is now locked up facing charges of grand theft and burglary.

A sheriff’s office report says after Hurricane Irma, deputies went to check on an elderly man who was passed out in his Boynton Beach home.

Paramedics took the man to the hospital. After everyone left, Cooke — who wasn’t on the original call — snuck inside the man’s home and stole a number of prescription pills, according to investigators.

The report said the incident was caught on video and when Cooke was confronted, he admitted to stealing the pills from that home and at another location during a death investigation.

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[WATCH] Louisiana Man Dies After Being Tased And Taken To The Ground By Police


A man died after being tased multiple times and taken to the ground by police officers outside a Walmart in Marksville, Louisiana on Friday.

A spokesman with the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office said deputies saw Armando Frank, 42, sitting on a tractor outside the store around 11:15 a.m. He also said Frank was wanted on several warrants, reported KALB.

Deputies said when they tried to arrest Frank, he resisted and was tasered 2 times before the 3 deputies were able to take him to the ground.

That was when Frank’s breathing reportedly became shallow, so deputies called for an ambulance, but Frank died at a hospital.

“We’re just going to wait for the autopsy to come back, which is scheduled for Monday,” the spokesman said. “And we will have a better idea of any other circumstances when the autopsy comes back.”

“We do have body camera footage and after the coroner’s report, the entire thing will be sent to the district attorney for review. As always, there is oversight in everything and we welcome any review,” the spokesman added.

The 3 deputies were treated for minor injuries they received during the scuffle with the man who is now dead.

Avoyelles Parish officials said a warrant for Frank’s arrest was issued on October 12 for simple criminal trespassing and attempted unauthorized entering of an inhabited dwelling.

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WATCH: Cop Drives 80mph in Neighborhood, Hits Elderly Lady, & House, Charges Her With Crash

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Columbus, OH — Joan Raye, 78, is lucky to be alive after a Franklin County Sheriff’s made the dangerous decision to speed over 80 mph through a neighborhood and plowed into her vehicle. In spite of the fact that the deputy hit her, however, this poor elderly woman is now being charged with a crime for his negligence.

According to the sheriff’s department, Raye failed to yield to the deputy who was traveling well above the posted speed limit on his way to an officer in distress call. The deputy’s concern for his fellow brother in blue appeared to clearly outweigh the safety of the countless families and bystanders he put at risk driving at such a high rate of speed through the residential area.

Because the deputy was traveling at such a high rate of speed, the elderly woman did not see or hear his lights and sirens and when she saw the chance to take a left turn onto her street, she did.

“The civilian car did not pull over but instead began to make a left turn as the cruisers were attempting to pass,” Public Information Officer for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Marc Gofstein said.

“It got clear. I could go. Then he hit me in the side,” Raye said. “It’s a wonder I wasn’t killed.”

Because the deputy was driving so fast, he was unable to avoid crashing into Raye’s vehicle. Had he hit her car a few inches back, Raye would’ve been killed.

“It’s a wonder some kid wasn’t killed,” Raye recalled.

Being that the deputy was in a residential neighborhood with small streets, after he smashed into Raye, his cruiser was still moving so fast that it slammed into a family’s home. Fortunately, he did not kill a child or anyone else.

Now, because this deputy made the dangerous and almost deadly irresponsible decision to speed through a neighborhood, in a likely move to protect him, the sheriff’s department charged Raye with the crash.

Raye is now being charged with failing to yield and is facing costs of over $50,000 and may even go to jail.

“I’m worried that I’m not gonna have enough money and that I don’t lose my house,” explained Raye, who noted that her husband is in a nursing home.

But Raye is not going down without a fight. She plans on challenging the charges and claims that it was the deputy who put the lives of countless children and innocent bystanders at risk by driving so fast through an intersection.

She has a good chance of winning too. As WSYX reports, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office guidelines on emergency runs do not list a cap on speed, but deputies are instructed to slow down at intersections.

As TFTP previously reported, a shocking report showed just how dangerous being an innocent bystander can be when there is a police chase going on.

On average, according to the report, one person every day is killed during a high-speed chase.

To put this into perspective, that’s larger than the number of people killed by floods, tornadoes, lightning and hurricanes — combined.

Contrary to popular thinking, high-speed chases aren’t only dangerous for those involved. Innocent bystanders are all too often the victims of these reckless pursuits.

According to the report, more than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979. Tens of thousands more were injured as officers repeatedly pursued drivers at high speeds and in hazardous conditions.

Aside from the 5,000 completely innocent lives lost, an additional 6,300 fleeing ‘suspects’ were also killed, bringing the total to 11,506 dead since 1979. Even this shockingly large number is likely an understatement, according to the report. The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uses police reports to determine if a crash is chase related, and many of the reports do not disclose that a chase had occurred at all.

Joan Raye nearly became one of those statistics.

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Let the Purge Begin: First Hollywood Big Wig Fired for Sexually Abusing Children

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As The Free Thought Project has predicted on numerous occasions, Harvey Weinstein’s demise is allowing for the era of secrecy and silence involving pedophilia in Hollywood to finally be exposed — forcing change.

On Friday, youth talent agent Tyler Grasham was fired from APA talent agency following sexual abuse allegations from many of the actors he represented. According to the Daily Mail, the allegations first surfaced on social media and expanded to include many high-profile actors. Grasham is a veteran of the industry and has represented child actors for decades.

Former child star Blaise Godbe Lipman posted a “#MeToo” open letter on Instagram and Facebook accusing Grasham of abusing him and leveling allegations that the APA knew about it, yet chose to do nothing. Following Lipman’s revelation, the allegation ran its own course, a route that has now led to Grasham’s firing.

Lipman said that he was a minor when, while attempting to get him to sign with APA, the talent agent got him drunk and then sexually assaulted him:

“Tyler Grasham, under the pretense of a business meeting regarding potential agency representation at APA Agency, fed me alcohol while I was underage and sexually assaulted me. [The] APA AGENCY HAS KEPT THIS MAN EMPLOYED, WORKING WITH KID ACTORS. I FIND IT INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE THEY DO NOT KNOW OF HIS PREDATORY BEHAVIOR, USING HIS POSITION WITHIN THE COMPANY TO PREY ON NAIVE KIDS.”

In a recent interview, Lipman described the incident in question, which took place when he was 17. “We were at his apartment when he got on top of me and fondled me. I pushed him off without trying to upset him,” he said. “It was a very precarious position to be in, not to insult someone who was in a position of power.”

Other young men have since come forward sharing similar stories of abuse, all involving Grasham. On Thursday, film and TV editor Lucas Ozarowski, 27, came forward with a similar accusation. He claimed Grasham attempted to get him drunk and take advantage of him. Ozarowski said the agent took him back to his home after the boy got drunk and then began to “aggressively grope” him until he forced the former APA agent off of him and left.

On Friday, following Lipman and Ozarowski’s allegations, Orphan Black star Jordan Gavaris, 28, also came forward and accused Grasham of sexually harassing him. Gavaris also took his allegations to social media.

“When I was 21, Tyler Grasham repeatedly harassed me about my sexuality, and forcibly implied he could ‘protect me’ if I joined his roster,” Gavaris tweeted, adding “APA was well aware of Grasham’s reputation, as was most of this town.”

Also on Friday, a more serious allegation of pedophilia was leveled by Brady Lindsey, 19, against Grasham. Lindsey reportedly said the talent agent wanted him to move from Utah to California and start a family with him when the boy was only 16.

“I didn’t know who he was. He said he was a big-time agent in L.A. and he worked at APA…It was all talk of getting me gigs, but not being able to sign me up at the agency until I was already getting work.”

But Lindsey said there was nothing sexual involved until after he turned 18 and moved to California where he met with Grasham who then allegedly invited Lindsey to his home for dessert. It was at Grasham’s home that Lindsey said the talent agent made “unwelcomed advances” to “kiss and cuddle” which Lindsey said he consented to.

After Grasham was outed as a serial sexual harasser with pedophilia leanings according to the allegations, Canadian child actor Finn Wolfhard, 14, who plays Mike Wheeler in the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” quit the agency altogether. Whether or not Wheeler was abused remains to be revealed.

While multiple accusations have been made by former child and adult actors alike, Grasham becomes the first one to be exposed and fired. Hopefully, this trend continues and these monsters fall like dominos.

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Landmark Study Shows Psychedelics Far More Effective at Reducing Crime Than Police

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In recent years the U.S. has seen a dramatic resurgence of research into the medical use of psychedelics, after the drug war put a decades-long halt on scientific advancement. Despite psilocybin, LSD and other hallucinogens still being labeled as “Schedule 1” drugs, researchers are discovering the astounding benefits of their medical application.

Last December, pioneering clinical trials found that magic mushrooms heal mental illness like a “surgical intervention.” Advanced cancer patients have “experienced immediate and dramatic reductions in anxiety and depression, improvements that were sustained for at least six months.” Psychedelics can treat addiction, ADHD and PTSD, and can replace years of depression therapy. Alongside medical cannabis, psychedelics can arguably solve the opioid epidemic.

Now, research is showing the positive effects of psychedelic use on social dynamics—by reducing criminal behavior. Researchers surveyed 480,000 people to produce some eye-opening results.

“Classic psychedelics such as psilocybin (often called magic mushrooms), LSD and mescaline (found in peyote) are associated with a decreased likelihood of antisocial criminal behavior, according to new research from investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The findings, published online Sept. 24 by the Journal of Psychopharmacology, suggest that treatments making use of classic psychedelics like psilocybin could well hold promise in reducing criminal behavior…

Having ever used a classic psychedelic was associated with a 27 percent decrease in the odds of committing larceny/theft, a 12 percent decrease in the odds of committing assault, a 22 percent decrease in the odds of arrest for a property crime, and an 18 percent decrease in the odds of arrest for a violent crime in the past year.

Interestingly, it appears that psychedelics are far more likely to reduce crime than putting more cops on the street. At most, increasing the police presence has preceded a 5% drop in crime, but other case studies show no correlation, and some have shown the opposite.

The idea that responsible use of psychedelics can heal both the individual and the society is fatal to Drug War propaganda. It’s also a direct threat to the profits of Big Pharma, which enjoys government-granted monopolies to keep Americans hooked on their far more dangerous drugs.

It is no wonder research into psychedelics—which mostly consist of natural plant/fungus extracts—remains prohibitively expensive and burdensome due to their designation as ‘Controlled Substances.’

During the 1950s and 1960s, great understanding was being made into the therapeutic aspect of psychedelics, before the War on Drugs was unleashed on humanity. LSD was successfully being used to treat alcoholism, neurosis, schizophrenia, and psychopathy.

Authors of the current study note that they are demonstrating what people have known for thousands of years.

“These findings are consistent with a growing body of research suggesting classic psychedelics confer enduring psychological and prosocial benefits,” [Peter] Hendricks said. “Classic psychedelics can produce primary mystical experiences—also known as primary religious experiences or peak experiences—and have been used for millennia across cultures with therapeutic intention.

Hendricks said his findings “suggest that clinical research with classic psychedelics in forensic [psychological] settings should be considered.” Science is showing that mystical experiences are indeed a benefit to the individual and society.

Fascinating research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows that, under the influence of psilocybin, the brain enters a pattern of activity similar to the dream state. Primitive areas of the brain linked to emotions, memory and arousal become more synchronized, while higher-level thinking and the “sense of self” become unsynchronized.

Our “default mode network” (DMN) which is involved in our ingrained thought patterns and behaviors, decreases in activity, which can allow people to break free from destructive brain patterns. Johns Hopkins Medicine stated, “A history of psychedelic drug use is associated with less psychological distress and fewer suicidal thoughts, planning and attempts…”

We are making leaps and bounds in understanding how psychedelics can treat mental illness, and now, how it can improve society by reducing crime. Government’s war on drugs—really just a war on people—is the biggest obstacle.

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