Surveillance Video Catches Cops Brutally Attack Innocent Elderly Man & Then Lie to Arrest Him


Long Island, NY — An innocent elderly man was yanked from his front porch, thrown down stairs, and then brutally attacked by those who claim to protect and serve. Then, after he was permanently injured, police charged him with a crime.

Robert Besedin, the 72-year-old Air Force veteran has since filed a federal lawsuit against police after he said two officers “pushed him, grab him by his neck, hurled him down four steps and body slammed him to the ground.”

The force with which the officers attacked Besedin was so brutal that it knocked his hearing aids from his ears.

After the officers savagely attacked the innocent elderly man, he was arrested, brought to jail, locked in a cage for days—unable to hear anything without his hearing aids—and charged with felony assault against two Nassau police officers. The only thing is, he never touched them.

The fact that Besedin was innocent was of no concern to the officers who charged him. In their sworn testimony and their written statement, the officers had accused Besedin of resisting arrest, stating that he “violently flailed his arms, kicked, screamed, and pushed Officer Mantovani down four steps” after a confrontation on Besedin’s front porch.

Luckily for Besedin, however, he had a surveillance camera on his front porch which captured the incident on video and proved the cops were lying thugs.

While in jail, Besedin told police that there was video of the incident but they never cared to look at it. The charges were held over this innocent man’s head for a year because the cops lied and the “investigators” couldn’t have cared less about video evidence exonerating Besedin. It was not until this week that all charges were dropped against Besedin, in spite of the original attack happening a year ago.

“These officers lied,”  Frederick Brewington, Besedin’s lawyer said. “And there’s no question they lied.”

Officers Stephen Beckwith and John Mantovani haven’t faced any discipline for their role in beating an innocent elderly man and lying about it in their report either.

According to Brewington, police responded to Besedin’s home that night because his phone “butt dialed” 911 several times.

“There’s a question of how all those calls were made,” Brewington said. “We believe that a good number of them were made accidentally, kind of what we refer to as ‘butt calls.’”

Regardless of what brought police to Besedin’s home that night, attacking an innocent, non-violent man and then lying about it to falsely charge him was a criminal act and the officers need to be held accountable.

Sadly, however, if history is any indicator, only the taxpayers of Long Island will pay for the crimes of Nassau’s finest.

Video footage surfacing days, weeks, or months after a violent incident involving police often disputes their original versions and prove that cops have no problem lying to justify their brutality.

One such incident involved an officer’s dashcam. In 2013, Officer Adam Lin spotted 19-year-old Dontrell Stephens in a “high-crime area” — the man’s own low-income neighborhood — riding a bicycle in a manner the deputy found suspicious.

Lin stopped the youth, who dismounted the bike with a cell phone in his hand and slowly approached the officer. Just outside the range of dash cam video, the officer shot Stephens four times — claiming he was in fear for his life — but footage and evidence clearly showed the claim to be baseless.

Three of the bullets remain lodged in Stephens’ body, according to the Sun Sentinel — two in his arm and one in his spine, which left him paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair for mobility.

Stephens won a massive $22.4 million settlement. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer, last year, however, set a precedent, and instead of the taxpayers being held solely liable, nearly everything this officer owned was seized to pay back Stephens — including everything from his furniture to his clothing.

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Woman catches man cheating, mistress freezes and pretends she’s a Sex Doll

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This has to be one of the funniest internet clips ever. A woman caught her boyfriend cheating with another woman, they caught them dancing together and all but they didn’t know that so when she stormed in the door, the mistress froze over and pretended she’s a robotized silicone sex doll, the problem is that they didn’t know the girlfriend saw them dancing and that there are no such advanced doll that can dance and move.

While silicone sex dolls have become more advanced and cheaper than ever they are still far from being able to dance and move.

When the couple was caught red-handed, the lover did not lose her cool, showing instead that she was an improvisational genius – and made up a brilliant excuse.

At the beginning of the clip, you see a furious woman approaching to the door, and seeing her half-naked boyfriend with another woman, who apparently had tried hard to seduce him with a dance. When she lashes out at them, asking, “what the f*** is going on in here?” the lover “freezes” in a bizarre attempt to look like a trendy sexbot.

The guy, for his part, tries to prove that he has the receipt for the doll, waving a piece of paper in his girlfriend’s face. When the latter hit the fake doll, the woman says in what she apparently believes is a robotic voice, “Please, don’t hurt me.”


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Disturbing Video Catches Cop Beating His Girlfriend in a Bar—No Charges, Dept Let Him Retire


Lafayette, LA — A woman beating cop was caught in the act thanks to a bar’s surveillance camera. However, thanks to a corrupt system that protects crooked and violent police officers, the high-ranking officers was allowed to quietly retire and will likely face no consequences.

This week, a video was uploaded to youtube by an anonymous source which showed Lafayette Police Department Captain Dwayne Prejean striking a woman in the head in a local bar. Conveniently for the police department, however, the video was removed by Youtube. However, it survived and was reported on by local media.

The department likely knew about the existence of the video well before it was reported on by local media. However, they chose to remain silent until the report aired.

This week, the department finally announced that they were conducting an internal investigation into one of their officers—who they conveniently refused to name. However, multiple sources identified the person striking the woman in the video as Prejean.

On Friday, LPD spokesman Karl Ratcliff said the officer was allowed to retire after he was given a brief paid vacation.

The disturbing video was taken on New Year’s Eve night in a local bar. It shows the officer, who was entirely unprovoked, strike a woman in her forehead. The woman then hit him back before storming out of the bar.

If a police officer was willing to hit a woman in public space like a bar, one can only imagine what he would do in private.

Predictably enough, this is not the first time Prejean has been in the news. In fact, according to KLFY, this woman abusing cop has a history of corruption and a history of covering it up.

In 2016, the officer was transferred from his post as Lafayette metro narcotics captain due to a circumstance involving a 15th Judicial District assistant attorney who was terminated over the matter.

Neither the district attorney’s office or the police department sought further disciplinary action, however, the nature of the relationship between the two individuals was never disclosed.

-In 2014, Prejean was named in a federal lawsuit filed by 15 former police officers alleging corruption and retaliation within the department.

One plaintiff, who was fired from the LPD in 2013, claimed former Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft terminated him for making allegations that Prejean was guilty of drinking and driving.

According to administrative documents obtained by The Daily Advertiser in 2013, the formal complaint concerning Prejean’s alleged impaired driving reportedly included video surveillance.

Because the officer who made the complaint would not reveal the identity of whoever provided him the video, which Craft claimed “to have possibly (been) edited”, the department said it could not prove that Prejean was under the influence.

Craft terminated the officer who made the allegations against Prejean for “violating three general orders of conduct”, according The Advertiser.

The suit and its appeal were both dismissed.

Now, this abusive and corrupt cop will likely get to keep his pension and retire on the taxpayers’ dime.

As TFTP has reported, police in the US beat their wives and girlfriends at nearly double the national average. And, a report by a government-appointed watchdog group shows that most of them do so with seeming impunity.

A study conducted by the Domestic Violence Task Force called Domestic Violence in the Los Angeles Police Department: How Well Does the Los Angeles Police Department Police Its Own? revealed that performance evaluations of cops with a history of domestic violence are largely unaffected. The study of the LAPD examined 91 cases in which an allegation of domestic violence was sustained against an officer.

  • Over three-fourths of the time, this sustained allegation was not mentioned in the officer’s performance evaluation.
  • Twenty-six of these officers (29%) were promoted, including six who were promoted within two years of the incident.

The report concluded that “employees with sustained allegations were neither barred from moving to desired positions nor transferred out of assignments that were inconsistent with the sustained allegation.”

Sadly, it is estimated that many of the abused women never come forward as they know the likely result — which is getting shamed by the department for reporting it and potentially more abuse.

Diane Wetendorf, a specialist on police abuse, points out the most common fears when reporting police domestic abuse in her handbook:

If your abuser is an officer of the law, you may be afraid to:

  • Call the police — He is the police.
  • Go to a shelter — He knows where the shelters are located.
  • Have him arrested — Responding officers may invoke the code of silence.
  • Take him to court — It’s your word against that of an officer, and he knows the system.
  • Drop the charges — You could lose any future credibility and protection.
  • Seek a conviction — He will probably lose his job and retaliate against you.

These fears can make someone feel incredibly trapped and feel like there is no way out.

If you or someone you know is a victim of this type of abuse we encourage you to no longer remain silent. As long as people go unpunished for their abuse, they will continue their abuse.

Film it, record it, expose it in any manner you can. Tell us your story and we will expose these abusive jackboots for the cowards they are.

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Trump Tower in Manhattan, NY catches fire (VIDEOS)

Footage from the scene shows a column of smoking rising from the skyscraper as firefighters stand on its roof. It’s not yet clear what started the fire, but there have been no casualties yet reported. The President himself is reported to be in Washington DC.

The fire was reported at the high-rise on Fifth Avenue just before 7 am, the New York City Fire Department told Fox News, and over 120 firefighters arrived at the scene.

Trump tower is on fire this morning #trumptower #trumpfire

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CBS Ignores Terror Attack on Pa. Police Officers, But Catches Up on Jerusalem

Over the weekend, several police officers were shot and injured in Pennsylvania in an apparent terrorist attack by a man from Egypt. CBS has so far managed to stand out by completely ignoring the story as ABC, NBC, CNN, FNC and MSNBC have all to some extent given attention to the subject.

On the bright side, after initially ignoring Guatemala’s announcement that it will follow the U.S. lead and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, CBS finally began catching up on Tuesday as CBS This Morning recalled the decision. And FNC’s Fox and Friends stood out as informing viewers that about 10 other countries are similarly considering recognizing Jerusalem.

Back to the Pennsylvania terrorist attacks, morning and evening newscasts on ABC, NBC, and FNC all mentioned the anti-police attacks on both Saturday and Sunday. CNN also ran two news briefs on its New Day Sunday morning show. But the CBS morning and evening newscasts have somehow managed to avoid mentioning the Pennsylvania attacks although, on the bright side, they did run reports on the thwarted terrorist plot that was planned to target San Francisco.

As most news shows presented the story to viewers in briefs of around a half minute each, Saturday’s NBC Nightly News spent almost a minute and a half on the story, and FNC’s Fox Report on Saturday gave it almost three minutes. ABC’s World News Tonight included it in a two-minute report that was mostly about the San Francisco terror plot.

Going back to CBS reporting on Jerusalem, on Tuesday at 7:06 a.m. ET on CBS This Morning, Chip Reid mentioned Guatemala’s decision to support the U.S. and Israel as the CBS correspondent included it In a larger report about President Donald Trump. Reid:

That includes confronting the international backlash that followed the President’s controversial decision to move the U.S embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. … That decision brought condemnation at the United Nations last week.

On Sunday, Guatemala announced their embassy would also move to Jerusalem over the objections of Palestinian leaders. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted that many other nations will do the same.

A similar report ran an hour later.

Below is a transcript of the report on the Pennsylvania attack on police officers from the Saturday, December 23, NBC Nightly News:

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JOSE DIAZ-BALART: Now to a motive mystery after a shooting spree in Pennsylvania’s capital city. A gunman taking aim at police officers before police took him down. Now, investigators are trying to figure out what set him off. NBC’s Ron Mott has our report.

RON MOTT: Officials say 51-year-old Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty took on state, local and capital officers moving through Harrisburg yesterday on a shooting spree.

ED MARSICO, DAUPHIN COUNTRY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: It certainly appears that there’s no doubt that he was directly firing at police officers.

MOTT: Shortly after 4 p.m., investigators say El-Mofty began his string of shootings, first firing on a capital police officer, hitting his vehicle. Thirty minutes later, the suspect opened fire again on a Pennsylvania state trooper, slightly wounding her. Later at a third location, the gunman engaged in a shootout with Harrisburg police, using two nine millimeter handguns. And officers returned fire, striking and killing the shooter. Afterward, the bomb squad was called in after a device was found near El-Mofty’s body.

MARISCO: This individual showed he was not afraid to fire at different law enforcement officers. We have no idea what the motivation was at this point. You know, the fortunate thing is, no one was seriously injured.

MOTT: Authorities say El-Mofty recently traveled to the Middle East, and are investigating if he has ties to terrorism. Tonight, FBI a nd local law enforcement are looking for clues as the what could have fueled the shooter’s dangerous attack, Ron Mott, NBC News.

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Gruesome Body Cam Catches Sadistic Cop Punch Handcuffed Man in His Genitals


Evansville, IN — In what many police accountability critics consider a measly slap on the wrist, Indiana’s Evansville Police Department (EPD) suspended one of their own for five days without pay. Sgt. Rob Hahn was caught on police body camera footage punching a handcuffed suspect in his testicles.

EPD spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum said Sgt. Hahn was called to assist a felony warrant arrest on a suspect who was residing at a local Evansville motel. Cullum said Hahd “did a couple of things that violated our use of force policy.” For starters, after handcuffing the suspect, Hahn shoved the suspect’s head against the wall.

As the Courier & Press reports:

The encounter started when officers were serving an out-of-county warrant on a man in August at the Arrowhead Motel on North Fares Avenue. Hahn and three patrol officers arrived to arrest the suspect.

When the man did not open his door, the officers went inside the motel room and found him standing in the bathroom on the phone.

Body camera video shows the man was promptly handcuffed. He was not resisting arrest when Hahn shoved and later hit him.

After manhandling the suspect, Cullum said Hahn threw the man on the motel room’s bed. As Hahn walked by the man laying on the bed, he punched the man in his genitals.

“As he walked by he punched the individual in the groin area,” Cullum said.

As TFTP reviewed the body camera footage, it was noted the suspect repeatedly objected to being punched in the privates. He demanded to speak with Hahn’s supervisor about the incident.

Adding insult to injury, when the suspect confronted Hahn, asking him why he did what he did, the officer of the law, who is supposed to operate with a high level of integrity, lied about having hit the man in the testicles.

In the video, one can clearly see Hahn walk by and punch the man in the genitals, and then someone can be heard laughing about it. We playback the video a few times in order to confirm our suspicions, but it appears as though someone is laughing during the time the suspect is writhing in pain from being punched.

After several apparently painful minutes, the man was able to regain his composure long enough to be able to get to his feet and make his way to the squad car. Then he confronted Hahn.

“That was wrong! Ya’ll were wrong for that!” “Why did you punch me in the nuts, man?” the man asked, to which Hahn responded, “I didn’t do shit to you! You’ve got the wrong motherfucker!” Hahn insisted, “I didn’t lay a hand on you buddy.”

Hahn insisted he should have simply turned himself in for the outstanding warrant, implying nothing bad would have happened to him if he had. The man responded, “That doesn’t mean you have to punch me in the nuts!” he said. Again Hahn lied, “I didn’t touch ya!”

The entire incident serves to illustrate what many people already know. Police will routinely victimize a suspect’s civil rights, treat them with indignity, and then lie about it when confronted. Fortunately, Hahn did the right thing and turned himself in. But we wonder if he would have done so if the victim, in this case, had just remained silent. We don’t think so.

It’s important that each citizen flex their rights and use all available measures to hold police accountable for their actions. As a result of Hahn’s misconduct, and his five-day unpaid suspension, the man will likely be able to file a civil lawsuit and collect a settlement for damages sustained in the contact with Evansville Police Department. Unfortunately, the Evansville taxpayer will likely foot the bill.

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Cop Pleads Guilty After Gruesome Video Catches Him Sic K9 on Subdued Man


Following the release of a gruesome surveillance video, a Toronto cop has pleaded guilty to assault for forcing his K-9 to maul a compliant and already subdued suspect. Ofc. Michael Partridge was originally charged with assault with a weapon — the weapon being the dog – however, because he took a plea bargain, his charge was reduced to simple assault. When watching the horrific video below, you will see that there is nothing simple about what happened.

A Toronto court heard that a surveillance video captured the incident that shows Partridge kicking and punching the suspect while the dog bit and clamped down on the man’s arm, according to CBC.

As the Star reports:

The officers followed the men to a condominium near the Gladstone Hotel where they were met by several Toronto police officers. Around 3:30 p.m., one of the suspects was arrested after he walked out of the condominium and a subsequent search revealed a baggy with loose ammunition.

Partridge was on scene with his police dog, Lex, to support the arrests, court heard. Officers then received information that another suspect had entered the condominium with another man, both of whom bolted when officers tried to arrest them.

Three officers quickly caught one of the suspects, but the other had gotten away. Several officers then began searching for him when bystanders on a rooftop pointed in the direction of a running man.

The suspect — Median Jackson — sprinted into an alley, and lay down, winded, near a set of stairs, which was captured on surveillance video from the Gladstone Hotel. That video was filed in court as an exhibit.

In the video, York Region police Const. Matt McLean arrives and orders Jackson face down until help arrives. Court heard that the officer didn’t have his handcuffs because he had used them on one of the other suspects.

“Jackson was compliant, lying face down underneath the stairs,” Crown attorney Peter Scrutton told the court.

At this point, however, Partridge sicced his K9 and then began kicking Jackson while he was down. His kicks only seemed to further enrage the dog.

“While these strikes did not cause any injury, they appeared to have served to incite the dog, which continued to grip and bite Mr. Jackson’s arm,” Scrutton told the court.

After he was beaten and mauled, Jackson was arrested and charged with breaking and entering. However, because of the officer’s actions as seen on the surveillance footage, all the charges against Jackson were dropped.

“Having heard the facts, in my view this would be an error of judgment, perhaps through inadequate training, rather than being premeditated or a loss of temper,” said Justice Harvey Brownstone.

According to the Star, Partridge said little during the proceedings, and his lawyer declined comment. The officer is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 27. He also faces three Police Services Act charges, including two for discreditable conduct and one for unnecessary exercise of authority.

Because Partridge was a cop in Canada, he was actually held accountable for his actions. Time and again, in the United States, however, officers are repeatedly seen siccing their K9s on surrendering, handcuffed, and even innocent people, and they face no accountability whatsoever.

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How the fishing industry gets away with everything from illegal catches to human slavery

When a fishing vessel can pass off its catch to another boat, it creates a host of ethical and environmental problems.

Fish is enjoying a renaissance these days. It is embraced by growing numbers of Americans as a wholesome dietary choice, packed with desirable omega-6s, and as an ethical source of animal protein (at least, relative to farmed mammals with more developed neocortexes).

Unfortunately, though, fish doesn’t have as clean a backstory as many would like to think. The seafood industry is dark and dirty, fraught with corruption that is only just beginning to be revealed by persistent groups like Greenpeace, Global Fishing Watch, Oceana, and satellite imaging non-profit group called SkyTruth.

In a fascinating article for The New Food Economy, Katarina Zimmer explores one particularly distressing aspect of seafood fraud – transshipment. This is the act of transferring fish from a large ‘mothership’ (or ‘factory’ ship) to a smaller vessel, usually on the high seas far from shore. While transshipment is technically legal for many ships, it is not closely monitored and has many loopholes through which illegal and destructive practices can develop.

What is wrong with transshipment?

As Zimmer explains, the practice allows the deepest parts of the ocean to be plundered because distance from shore refrigeration ceases to be an issue. One GPS tracker revealed a Korean vessel that stayed out at sea for a year and four months. (Greenpeace tells of an appalling two-year record.)

“As coastal countries have drained the fish stocks close to their shores, it has become increasingly lucrative to send fishing fleets into remote waters of the globe. To keep them fishing there for as long as possible, large carrier ships are sent out to resupply them with fuel and provisions and to collect the catch, which is frozen on board and brought back to port.”

This leads to another major problem – horrific human rights abuses. When a ship does not have to dock for months on end, it can lead to cruel and inhumane confinement for countless poverty-stricken, illiterate workers who were forced into signing contracts that they did not understand. (This was revealed in an influential research piece done by the Associated Press in 2015.) As written in TreeHugger about the Thai shrimp industry, “There are reports of 20-hour shifts, beatings, torture, execution-style killings, and enforced methamphetamines to keep going.”

Transshipment allows for illegally caught fish to slip into the supply chain undetected. Part of this problem stems from the fact that records are still mostly paper-based, signed off by captains who could be lying about the amount of fish they’re catching and passing on.

“Of the 300,000 tons of tuna estimated to be illegally harvested in the Pacific annually, over 95 percent is thought to be taken by licensed—not unlicensed—ships. That’s enough to fully load a thousand Boeing 747s each year.”

The organization that supposedly oversees transshipments is called the West and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), made up of 33 countries and territories. It fails to provide adequate oversight, however, because every decision must be made by consensus and not all WCPFC member countries are interested in cooperating. Japan, for example, vetoed a proposal last year to improve port inspections.

Formal observers are supposed to oversee transshipments on carrier vessels, but they’re only required on 5 percent of boats. The job is dangerous, too, because of the potential for bribery and even violence; one American observer, Keith Davis, disappeared mysteriously in 2015).

When observers do point out violations, these are kept secret by the Commission, much to the frustration of many activists. Says Francisco Blaha, an independent fisheries industry consultant:

“What is there to be seen that is kept secret? If I go and steal something, nothing stops the press from publishing a picture of me. If a country steals fish, why can’t we know about it?”

Possible solutions include digitizing records and installing mandatory on-board cameras to monitor transshipments. Smaller ships should be required to have the same GPS transponders that bigger ones do. Pressure from activist groups like Greenpeace must continue, as it has seen great success with Thai Union’s recent agreement to stop transshipments altogether. Other groups, like Pew Charitable Trust, want all transshipments to be banned until the WCPFC is able to regulate it appropriately.

In the meantime, as shoppers and seafood eaters, it is important to avoid anything caught with a long-line, since these ships, bizarrely, are not subject to the same regulations as those that use purse-seine catching techniques. This includes “canned albacore, as well as most fish we find at the wet counter, like ‘sashimi-grade’ bigeye, yellowfin and Bluefin.” Graham Forbes of Greenpeace adds:

“If you’re buying albacore off Bumble Bee or Starkist, it’s likely that it was transshipped at sea and there wasn’t an adequate oversight there and you can’t be confident that they are good products.”

Valuable, too, are seafood activist Paul Greenberg’s 3 easy rules for eating seafood: (1) eat American, (2) eat a greater variety than we currently do, and (3) eat mostly farmed filter feeders.

You can take a look at Zimmer’s entire piece and read Greenpeace’s best tuna guide here. Alternatively, check out my argument for why we shouldn’t even be eating tuna at all.

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WATCH: Footage Catches Jogger Pushing Pedestrian in Front of Double-Decker Bus

Captured by CCTV surveillance, the video shows the 33-year-old victim walking across the Putney Bridge in southwest London when – out of nowhere – a man jogging past pushes her into traffic.

Luckily, and at the very last moment, the bus was able to veer away from the woman.

“The victim was put in extreme danger when she was knocked into the road,” Sergeant Mat Knowles, the investigating officer from the Putney Safer Neighbourhood Team, said in a press release. “It was only due to the superb quick reactions of the bus driver that she was not hit by the vehicle.”

While the woman only received minor injuries, police noted that passengers quickly got off the bus and came to her aid after realizing what had happened.

According to the Metropolitan Police, the jogger returned 15 minutes later as he crossed the bridge again, but ignored the victim when she tried to speak with him.

Though the incident occurred in early May, officials are now appealing to the public for any witnesses to the incident or residents that recognize the jogger to come forward.

“We are keen to speak to the jogger in the CCTV about what happened that morning,” Knowles said. “We would urge him or anyone who recognizes him to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

The jogger, wearing a light grey t-shirt and dark blue shorts, is described as a white man, aged early to mid 30s, with brown eyes and short brown hair.

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Eponymously named Torch Tower in Dubai catches fire again

And once again it demonstrates the folly of foam.

Two years ago we wrote that a Spectacular fire in Dubai Torch Tower demonstrates the folly of foam. At the time I wrote that the building was covered with a polyurethane foam and aluminum panel; in fact, I was wrong. It was, and apparently still is, clad in Aluminum Composite Panels (ACP), similar to those that, according to the New York Times, are used on as many as 30,000 buildings in the United Arab Emirates built before 2012 and are similar to the panels on the Grenfell Tower in London.

In January, the building codes were changed again so that the panels would actually have to be replaced on older buildings. According to the UAE National:

A key new requirement is that builders will have to carry out regular maintenance on cladding panels and replace them after a certain date. “There is a timeline for all cladding and there is maintenance for everything. By that time they’ll have to change it,” Lt Al Taher [of Dubai Civil Defence] said. Under the new rules, buildings that catch fire must have all old cladding panels removed, and not just those damaged by the blaze.

Most of the Dubai fires didn’t result in deaths or many injuries; it was lots of drama but but superficial damage. However the Grenfell disaster has probably changed everything when it comes to combustible insulation and cladding. Everyone now recognizes how bad it can get.

It all comes down to money. ACP was an inexpensive way to get a shiny building; I specified the stuff myself when I was an architect. But it’s clear that the stuff doesn’t belong on tall buildings. In this case, they got lucky; the fire department responded quickly, had the right equipment and put the fire out in a couple of hours. But it is yet another lesson in why we shouldn’t use combustible plastics in tall buildings.

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