Busted Denver Cop Ryan Burke’s Priors Include Bone-Breaking Brutality Case

Officer Ryan Burke’s booking photo.

Denver police officer Ryan Burke was arrested last month after allegedly harassing his former girlfriend so persistently at an area hotel that representatives from the business called his fellow cops on him. But this is hardly the first time he’s been in trouble with either his employer or local officials. He’s been suspended twice during the past four years by the Denver Police Department, and the Denver City Council paid thousands to settle an excessive-force lawsuit that named him. The latter was used to help establish a pattern and practice of law-enforcement brutality by attorneys for the family of Marvin Booker, whose death in Denver jail resulted in a $6 million settlement — and the Booker case was recently sent to a grand jury because of new information about a potential coverup.

Burke became a member of the DPD in 1999, and he’s reportedly received the department’s Medal of Valor and other commendations during his time with the force. Yet he also was disciplined on multiple occasions prior to separate unpaid suspensions for incidents in 2013 and 2016.

The 2013 case is described in Burke’s unsuccessful appeal of his punishment, accessible below. The document says that Faithon Lucas, clad in a hoodie, showed up at DPD headquarters, at 1331 Cherokee Street, for a meeting with a detective — but he wanted to wait in the lobby rather than going through security, supposedly because he thought he might have medical marijuana on his person. Burke, who was working at the building’s entrance, subsequently ordered Lucas to empty his pockets and go through security protocols anyhow, and when he balked, the officer forcibly placed him under arrest, causing him to whack his chin on bulletproof glass in the process. He also forced Lucas to his knees, wrapped his arm around his neck and told him to “either comply or else he would pass out in twelve seconds,” the report states.

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Weehawken Settles Elderly Woman’s Police Brutality Suit For $75K


The Township of Weehawken settled an elderly woman’s police brutality lawsuit for $75,000 back in August, where the accused officer is contributing $5,000 out of his pocket.

In a 13-count federal lawsuit filed on January 20th, 2016, Weehawken resident Maria Tullo, 65 at the time, alleges that Police Officer Robert Jacobson infringed on her property and called her a “b****,” a “guinea c***,” and other vulgar names.

The incident, which allegedly occurred on April 25th, 2014 around 8 a.m., escalated to the point where Tullo was repeatedly struck, beaten and choked, before a neighbor called the police, the lawsuit says.

Police Sgt. Conrad Hablitz, Office Randy Hablitz, Officer Christopher Majewski and Officer Edward Vion then arrived at the scene around 8:15 a.m., who are then accused of detaining Tullo without probably cause.

“As a result of this incident, Plaintiff Maria Tullo sustained serious and permanent injuries as well as psychological and emotional trauma, fear and humiliation,” the suit says.

“She has suffered permanent damages due to the discriminatory acts and unlawful conduct of the Defendants mentioned herein.”

Through the suit, Tullo also alleged that she tried to file complaints against Jacobson with Weehawken police on at least four separate occasions, but city and police officials turned her away.

Furthermore, Tullo claimed that Jacobson had previously been indicted on assault charges in February 2000.

As a result of the alleged situation, Tullo said her civil rights were violated, and that she was a victim of assault and battery/excessive force, conspiracy, malicious prosecution, negligence, negligent supervision and a respondeat superior.

The settlement, in which none of the defendants admit any wrongdoing and also carries a confidentiality clause, says that Tullo will received $70,000 from the township’s insurance carrier and $5,000 to be paid for by Jacobson personally.

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[WATCH] Social Justice Groups Against ‘Police Brutality’ Take a Knee at Austin City Council


“End Austin Police Brutality” — a banner displayed at the beginning of Thursday’s Austin City Council meeting by groups like Grassroots Leadership, the Austin Justice Coalition and those who believe their families and friends have been victimized by police brutality.

They took a knee during the invocation. “We hope that we’ve been able to really clarify how take a knee is related to one thing and one thing only and that’s racial inequality and police brutality in this country,” said Chris Harris with Grassroots Leadership.

Harris says council should reject or make big changes to the city’s contract with the Austin Police Association.

“From what we’ve seen of this contract this new contract that will be coming, it will not address any of the serious transparency, accountability and oversight issues that have plagued it since its beginning,” he said. “Right now you have 48 hours as a police officer after a misconduct incident before you have to talk to an internal investigator. You have 48 hours with all the video, all the audio, all the witness statements to get your story straight. You get to talk to your union rep and to your lawyer. In that time if anyone else had that no crimes would be ever be convicted in this country it’s absurd.”

Harris is hoping they have support on council.

“We think that we do. We think we have some allies. Obviously Council Member Casar took a knee with us today. We’re hopeful that’s a sign he’s with us,” Harris said.

Cluren Williams spoke at the rally. His brother Lawrence Parrish is recovering after being shot by police in April. He says it was after a domestic disturbance call. Austin Police say his brother had a gun.

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ACLU Lawsuit Alleges Chicago Police Brutality ‘Magnified For People With Disabilities’


The suit seeks a permanent injunction to block the city from continuing what it calls its current policies and practices “of using unlawful force against black and Latino people and individuals with disabilities.” It also seeks to have all court costs covered by taxpayers.

The ACLU’s litigation comes after two other lawsuits were filed against the city in recent months urging Mayor Rahm Emanuel to allow a federal judge to oversee reforms within the Police Department following heavy criticism from the Obama administration’s U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Chicago’s police practices.

The Justice Department report, made public earlier this year, blasted the Police Department for its poor training of officers, lack of officer supervision and failures in adequately disciplining officers for misconduct.

Flanked by about a dozen leaders of community groups around Chicago, ACLU attorney Karen Sheley told reporters at a Wednesday news conference that two other lawsuits filed against the city in recent months over the Police Department’s reform efforts do not address officers’ interactions with people with mental and physical disabilities.

Since last year, the department has been requiring officers to undergo mandatory training for de-escalation and crisis intervention, skills that would be useful for dealing with people with disabilities.

But Sheley said the Justice Department probe made clear that reform efforts need wider input than just the Police Department and the city or are doomed to failure as past decades have shown.

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“Our goal is to have community members who are most impacted by these issues at the table ensuring that the reforms are meaningful and real, and that they are taking hold over time,” Sheley said at the ACLU’s downtown headquarters.

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White House: If NFL protests are about police brutality, players 'should protest the officers on the field'

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders suggested Monday that if NFL players who kneel during the national anthem at games are doing so because of police brutality, they should protest the officers instead of the song.

“I think if the debate is really for them about police brutality, they should probably protest the officers on the field that are protecting them instead of the American flag,” she said.

Later, Sanders was asked to clarify whether she was encouraging players to protest the police. She said she was only trying to argue that the flag should not be the target of the players’ silent protests.

“That’s not what I’m saying,” Sanders said. “I was kind of pointing out the hypocrisy of the fact that if the goal is, and the message is, that of police brutality — which they’ve stated — then that doesn’t seem very appropriate to protest the American flag.”

For days, the president has embraced and inflamed the controversy over professional athletes’ demonstrations. Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem in 2016 to draw attention to police brutality and racial injustice. Other players followed suit.

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At a rally Friday, Trump mused, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired.’”

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Trump continued tweeting about the issue, with multiple statements denouncing “certain players” who protest. He also took a swipe at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and publicly withdrew an invitation to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The point guard had already said he wouldn’t go, and his team, the reigning NBA champions, said they would similarly skip the White House after Trump’s tweet.

Meanwhile, NFL games across the country and in London Sunday saw more demonstrations than ever before. Some teams skipped the playing of the national anthem, electing instead to stay in the locker room and out of sight. Other players knelt or locked arms, sometimes with the team owners.

Though the players say they are protesting racial injustice, Trump tweeted Monday that “issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race.”

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Re: Censorship of photographic exhibition exposing Israeli brutality angers Scots

When Israeli soldier-medic Elor Azaria shot dead a badly injured Palestinian youth in a street in Hebron last year he had no idea that his war crime had been captured on camera. Once the shocking images were released they resulted in a trial and prison sentence which attracted international attention because of the cold-blooded nature of this very public execution.

It proved to be a hugely embarrassing moment for Israel and its supporters who, until then, had always vigorously denied accusations that Zionist occupation forces carried out street executions of injured Palestinians. Such denials were hard to maintain in the light of video evidence, and now last year’s controversy has been revived by Zionists who’ve tried to get a photographic exhibition depicting Abdul Fatah Al-Sharif’s execution closed down.

Whenever they are confronted with irrefutable evidence of Israeli brutality it seems that the only options for supporters of the Zionist State are censorship, abuse and intimidation. The pro-Israel lobby appears to have gone to astonishing lengths to get the exhibition outside an Edinburgh church banned. A barrage of intimidation, including abusive phone calls, vandalism and angry confrontations, has been endured by church staff since the photographs and explanatory captions went on display.

Now Police Scotland has opened itself to accusations of being used as a Zionist stooge after officers tried to shut down the hard-hitting photographic exhibition at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe festival. It seems that photographic evidence of Azaria’s street execution of the young Palestinian is still too much to stomach for supporters of the Tel Aviv regime.


Settlers look on as Israeli forces evacuate the body of Abdel Fattah Al-Sharif, killed by Israeli army medic Elor Azaria in Hebron , Israel on March 24 2016 [file photo]Settlers look on as Israeli forces evacuate the body of Abdel Fattah Al-Sharif, killed by Israeli army medic Elor Azaria in Hebron , Israel on March 24 2016 [file photo]

Settlers look on as Israeli forces evacuate the body of Abdel Fattah Al-Sharif, killed by Israeli army medic Elor Azaria in Hebron , Israel on March 24 2016 [file photo]

“This morning… Palestinians Ramzi Al-Qasrawi and ‘Abd al-Fatah Al-Sharif were shot after stabbing a soldier in Tel Rumeida, Hebron. The soldier sustained medium-level injuries. While Al-Qasrawi died on the spot, Al-Sharif was injured and fell to the ground. In video footage captured by Hebron resident ‘Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, (Al-Sharif) is seen lying on the road injured, with none of the soldiers or medics present giving him first aid or paying him any attention at all. At a certain point, a soldier is seen aiming his weapon at Al-Sharif and shoots him in the head from close range, killing him. Although this occurs in the plain view of other soldiers and officers, they do not seem to take any notice.”

(Source- 24 Mar 2016 B’TSelem)


“The Legacy of Balfour” is a documentary exhibition created by the Network of Photographers for Palestine (NPP) on show outside St. John’s Church in the Scottish capital’s Princes Street to highlight international human rights abuses. Since it opened, it has been targeted by vandals suspected to be from pro-Israeli lobby groups. This weekend, after a complaint to local police officers, an attempt was made to close it for good.

Police in Edinburgh were called after a member of the public entered the church and became verbally abusive towards the staff inside. A female complainant, whose identity is being withheld by the police, demanded that the exhibition be shut down. The police officers agreed until church staff intervened and a compromise was reached. Ironically, all of the pictures in the exhibition depicting Israeli atrocities towards the Palestinians were removed, whereas equally graphic images of British atrocities remained on view.

The aim of the exhibition is to depict the impact of the Balfour Declaration on the lives of millions of Palestinians. In 1917, the then British Foreign Secretary, Arthur J. Balfour – whose stately home is in Whittingehame, just 25 miles or so from Edinburgh – promised a “national home” for Jewish people at the expense of the Palestinians who were living and working on the land which they rightly regarded, and still do to this day, as home. The subsequent brutalities carried out by Zionist Jewish terror gangs followed by the Israel Defence Forces on the Palestinian population were caught on camera over the following hundred years; some are part of the exhibition which examines the continuity between Britain’s rule in Palestine during the Mandate Period (1921-48) and current Israeli policies in the occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Viewers at the exhibition which was organised by the Network of Photographers for Palestine (NPP) Viewers at the exhibition which was organised by the Network of Photographers for Palestine (NPP)

Viewers at the exhibition which was organised by the Network of Photographers for Palestine (NPP)

While no one was available from Police Scotland on Sunday to comment on the action of local officers in Edinburgh, MEMO understands that official complaints by members of the public and the Network of Photographers for Palestine have been lodged. NPP members say that they are outraged by the attempt to shut down their exhibition.

The curator of the exhibition and secretary of the NPP is Phil Chetwynd. “Bizarrely, the woman who was complaining objected solely to the pictures and not the written explanation beneath the images which were probably more damning of the Zionist regime,” he explained. “It seems that Zionist supporters find it easier to dismiss words as ‘lies’ but when confronted by images of the work that the [Israeli] regime carries out it’s not so easy to dismiss.”

He pointed out that the exhibition has been targeted by vandals since it opened. “We have simply replaced the damaged images but this woman – and we have no idea who she is – called the local police who tried to shut it down. Our enquiries indicate that the complaint was made against just one picture depicting the murder of a Palestinian man by an Israeli soldier, and yet all the pictures of Israeli actions against Palestinians had to be taken down.”

This happened, said Chetwynd, despite protests from members of the general public present at the time. “They insisted that the story contained in the exhibition should definitely be told in full.”

What puzzled NPP members was that the same police officers decided that the pictures of British atrocities in Palestine should not be censored and should be allowed to remain on view.

It is understood that the NPP and members of the public are now lodging complaints to the Scottish Police Investigations and Review Commissioner about the action taken by the capital’s police force. Officers, they believe, have been “manipulated into colluding with this clear infringement of freedom of expression in Scotland.”

The censored pictures have been replaced by the NPP which has published the full version of the exhibition on social media, so that it can be seen in its entirety should any further vandalism take place.

Far from being intimidated by the hostile reaction, NPP members say they are now open to offers from around Scotland and beyond from anyone who wants to display “The Legacy of Balfour” exhibition at their church, community centre, library, workplace or gallery. The full exhibition can be seen on the group’s Facebook page which is also the best point of contact for Phil Chetwynd.

The NPP has a second Fringe exhibition this year on Palestinian refugees and it is entitled “Displaced”. It will go on show in Inverness next weekend and on to Lochinver before it heads to Ramallah and Gaza City in October.



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