WATCH: Pinellas County Deputies Suspended After Excessive Force Caught on Dash Cam


Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Wednesday he has suspended two of his deputies for violating department procedures during a use of force arrest that was partially caught on dash cam video.

The video shows the deputies striking 25-year-old Jimarez Reed in May.

Sheriff Gualtieri said the use of force never looks good but that the deputies were justified in striking Reed, pulling his hair and hitting him with a handcuff.

The deputies had a good reason to believe Reed had a gun in his waistband and was refusing their lawful orders, the sheriff said.

Gualtieri did find problems with the incident, saying Deputy Alexander Edge should have never jumped on Reed from behind. It was a dangerous move that could have created crossfire, Gualtieri said.

Edge is being suspended for 15 days.

Deputy Jason Fineran is being suspended for five days for intentionally muting the audio on the dash cam video, the sheriff said.

“The reason why there’s no audio initially is because Deputy Fineran intentionally turned it off, which is a direct violation of Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office policy,” Gualtieri said. “Deputy Fineran testified for whatever the reason that he has a habit of turning off his microphone.”

Reed’s attorney, Michele Rayner said she is not pleased with the discipline issued. She released the dash cam video in October.

“Some things don’t add up for me,” Rayner said. “But I understand that he is doing his job and he’s protecting his deputies and also possibly trying to protect himself from a lawsuit and protect his department from a lawsuit. So I get what he’s doing.”

Gualtieri said Reed has plenty of blame for the incident and was even caught on a jail house phone call to his ex-girlfriend saying “he likes to bleed and he likes to fight.”

The sheriff said the incident began because Reed showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home with a gun. Deputies did not find that gun on Reed but did find it and another one in his car.

Reed was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, resisting an officer with violence and obstruction.

Source: http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2017/12/13/pinellas_county_depu.html

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Four Pinellas Sheriff’s Deputies Suspended After Neglecting Duties During Hurricane Irma


Four Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies were suspended after internal investigations found they neglected their duties during Hurricane Irma.

Deputies Jason Beetz, Kristen Spielmeyer and Brian Williams received 40 hours without pay with part of the punishments delayed if they stay out of trouble for the next year, according to the investigations. Beetz and Williams were also demoted to patrol deputies from their jobs as narcotics detectives, said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. Cpl. Hal White was handed down 16 hours.

Gualtieri said they all accepted responsibility and apologized, but their mistakes still warranted punishment.

“First responders make a decision to enter a profession that really is an ultimate inconvenience,” he said. “When everyone else was stepping up, they stepped out.”

The employees could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Spielmeyer has worked for the agency since 1992, White and Williams since 2005, and Beetz since 2013.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds employees to have a plan for themselves and their families every year at the start of hurricane season, Gualtieri said. As Irma barreled toward Florida, supervisors communicated with their employees to make sure their responsibilities during the storm were clear.

Beetz, 32, was assigned to patrol evacuation areas then shelter at the Sheriff’s Administration Building, according to the investigation. He told his supervisors that, while he was aware of the consequences, he wouldn’t report for duty. Spielmeyer, 45, evacuated instead of reporting for duty at the jail. Williams, 35, showed up at the beginning of his shift to patrol evacuation areas but went home an hour later.

The investigative summaries don’t state why, but Gualtieri said they all had family members at home and didn’t make necessary arrangements ahead of time.

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[WATCH] Sacramento Deputies Shot Man For Holding His Wallet Now Family Demand Answers


On the one-year anniversary of the day their father was shot and killed by two Sacramento sheriff’s deputies, sisters Bobbi Attaway and Sierra Rivera returned to the suburban street where he died, and where they thought they could still see traces of his blood staining the asphalt.

Official reports on the shooting last September had left the teenagers with questions they hoped to answer by standing in the place where Jesse Attaway’s life ended, at the same time he was shot. As the low fall sun dissolved the night, they debated what officers could have and should have seen in that gray hour, and why deputies felt threatened enough to fire about 20 rounds at a father the girls described as funny and non-confrontational.

How, they wondered, could the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office say in its review of the incident that Attaway was smirking at officers, when officers also said it was dark enough that they couldn’t distinguish that the object he held in his hands was a wallet, not a gun?

How could Attaway, 41, have methamphetamine in his system, as a toxicology report found, when his daughters never knew he did drugs?

Why wouldn’t the Sheriff, Scott Jones, let them see the dashcam video?

Daylight brought no answers.

“Every single bit of information I’ve heard from the police has contradicted itself,” said Rivera, 19, sitting at a nearby Starbucks a few weeks later. “First they said they put the spotlight on him. Then they said it was pitch black. Then they said there were street lights. Then they said they saw his face? They saw him smirk? How? You can see him smile or smirk at you in a sarcastic way …. But you can’t see what’s in his hand?”

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[WATCH] Video Shows Bexar County Deputies Wrestling Sick Deputy to the Ground


SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering after being restrained and stunned multiple times by another deputy at the Bexar County Jail.

A source contacted KENS 5 after witnessing the ordeal almost two weeks ago.

The BCSO employee tells us the sick deputy was mistaken for someone who was being disorderly.

Video shows the aftermath as the corporal struggled to free himself on September 29.

The video also shows Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) officers holding down the corporal who was handcuffed and had his legs shackled.

A sergeant is heard on the video saying, “He just popped him, he just popped him on my orders.”

According to an internal document obtained by KENS 5, a SERT officer used a Taser on the sick corporal three times.

The video shows Taser prongs still in the corporal minutes after being deployed.

The memo says this all started when the Sergeant found the corporal standing up against a wall.

The Sergeant told investigators the corporal was acting strange and ignoring him.

The Sergeant, according to the documents, ordered a SERT officer to pull his Taser, which was then deployed when the officer says the sick corporal tried to hit his leg.

“Take me out of the handcuffs, they’re cutting off my circulation. I’m asking for a little bit of help,” said the corporal while deputies tried to get him on a gurney.

According to the internal document, the corporal told investigators, “I was feeling dizzy, trying to hold myself up on the wall. I was spitting up blood. I didn’t have any time to respond.”

The corporal went on to say, “I have had this happen before, but I was taken care of by my fellow, first shift officers. I wasn’t wrestled to the floor and cycled for 3 times.”

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Sheriff & Deputies Indicted for Locking Down Entire School & Sexually Assaulting Kids

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Worth County, GA — In June, violated children and furious parents filed a massive lawsuit after the Worth County Sheriff’s office conducted an illegal search of 900 students, sexually abusing multiple children in the process. Now, after nearly half a year, a grand jury has finally indicted the people responsible for this heinous deprivation of rights.

A south Georgia grand jury indicted Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby on Tuesday for sexual battery, false imprisonment and violation of oath of office after he ordered a school-wide search of hundreds of high school students. Deputies allegedly touched girls vaginas and breasts and groped boys in their groin area during the search at the Worth County High School April 14, reports RARE. 

Two of Hobby’s deputies were also indicted this week in connection with the case.

Norman Crowe Jr., Hobby’s attorney claims the sheriff is innocent and conducted no searches.

“The sheriff’s position is that he’s not guilty,” Crowe said. “He’s committed no crime.”

As the Free Thought Project previously reported, an Atlanta attorney is now representing multiple students who were subjected to invasive and outright horrifying body searches during a mass — and warrantless — search for drugs at a South Georgia high school. Attorney Mark Begnaud, who filed the class-action lawsuit, called out the sheriff for conducting “900 illegal, suspicionless searches.”

“This was a textbook definition of overreach,” said Begnaud. “They pulled 900 students out of class. They did full, hands-on body searches.”

To highlight the sheer unnecessary police state tactics of the tyrannical Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby and his deputies — not a single bit of contraband was found.

As the Daily Report notes, Begnaud said the suit seeks certification as a class action on behalf of every student who was searched. It also asks for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a declaratory judgment that a law enforcement officer violates a student’s constitutional rights when he conducts a body search absent either voluntary consent or an individualized suspicion that the student has broken the law. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams.

On April 14, when the students of Worth County High School returned from spring break, they arrived at school to find a police state had taken over. The sheriff and his deputies — with no probable cause — detained and illegally searched every single child in the school, all 900 of them. More than 40 cops from five other law enforcement agencies participated in the raid — a handful of those cops were apparently sexual predators.

When kids went home that day to tell their parents what happened, naturally, they were furious as it is a gross violation of the children’s 4th Amendment rights.

“It’s essentially a fourth amendment violation,” said Begnaud. “It’s 900 illegal searches, suspicion-less pat downs, suspicion-less searches.”

Naturally, Sheriff Jeff Hobby is standing by this rights violation on a massive scale, noting that as long as a school administrator was present, the search of the children was legal.

Apparently, in the sheriff’s mind, school administrators can usurp the constitutional rights of children in favor of unlawful police searches.

But school officials and the student rule book disagree.

In the student handbook, it says school officials may search a student only if there is reasonable suspicion the student has an illegal item.

As WALB reported at that time, Worth County Schools attorney Tommy Coleman said in order for the Sheriff’s office to search any students, they’d had to have reason to believe there was some kind of criminal activity or the student had possession of contraband or drugs.

“If you don’t have that then this search would violate an individual’s rights,” said Coleman. “[It] violates the constitutional right and enforcing them the right against unreasonable search and seizures.”

Interim Worth County Superintendent Lawrence Walters said he understands parents concerns about the drug search at Worth County High school on Friday, according to WALB.

“I’ve never been involved with anything like that ever in the past 21 years and I don’t condone it,” said Walters.

Walters said he was notified that there was be a search but pointed out that he did not give permission nor did he approve the mass groping of children.

“We did not give permission but they didn’t ask for permission, he just said, the sheriff, that he was going to do it after spring break,” said Walters.

“Under no circumstances did we approve touching any students,” explained Walters.

Many of the charges faced by the sheriff and his deputies stem from the fact that several students complained that they got far more than just a pat down.

According to the complaint,

Defendants’ searches of students were intrusive, performed in an aggressive manner, and done in full view of other students. For example: a) Deputies ordered students to stand facing the wall with their hands and legs spread wide apart; b) Deputies touched and manipulated students’ breasts and genitals; c) Deputies inserted fingers inside girls’ bras, and pulled up girls’ bras, touching and partially exposing their bare breasts. d) Deputies touched girls’ underwear by placing hands inside the waistbands of their pants or reaching up their dresses; e) Deputies touched girls’ vaginal areas through their underwear; f) Deputies cupped or groped boys’ genitals and touched their buttocks through their pants. 8. Defendants had no warrant or other authority to perform a mass search on hundreds of public school children.

When multiple students complained about being groped by at least one sicko deputy, Sheriff Hobby ensured parents and school officials that “corrective action was taken to make sure the behavior will not be repeated.” However, it took six months and a grand jury to do that, no thanks to Hobby.

“I’m okay with them doing the search, if it was done appropriately like the school has done in the past,” said father of two Jonathan Luke. “But when they put their hands on my son, that’s crossing the line.” 

Aside from not finding a single bit of contraband, the sheriff’s search was also entirely uncalled for as the Sylvester Police Department did a search on March 17 — just a few weeks before — and found no drugs.

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[WATCH] Family Accuses Collier County Deputies of Beating Man to Death


COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -A Chokoloskee family is accusing Collier County Sheriff Deputies of beating a man to death after he died in their custody.

Devan Rewis, 31, was arrested on Sept. 15 after being pulled over for breaking curfew following Hurricane Irma.

The sheriff’s office said during the traffic stop, Rewis attempted to run from deputies and attacked officers as they tried to handcuff him.

Officers used a stun gun and needed to control Rewis forcefully.

“There’s no reason to Taser and beat and Taser and beat and pepper spray someone like that and refuse their call for help,” Rewis’ aunt, Martha Daniels, said.

The day after his arrest, Rewis was found unresponsive in his cell.

Deputies are now waiting for a toxicology report to determine the cause of death.

This incident wasn’t Rewis’ first run-in with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. He faced multiple drug arrests in the past. The toxicology report will indicate if drugs had anything to do with his death.

Rewis’ family believes that drugs had nothing to do with his death and that deputies targeted him due to his past.

The deputy that arrested Rewis has been disciplined the the sheriff’s office before, causing concern for the family.

Rewis’ family hopes the sheriff’s office investigates the case with this in mind.

The sheriff’s office is waiting on the full autopsy report which will include a toxicology report. There is an internal investigation underway at the sheriff’s office. No deputies involved in the case are on leave.

Source: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/36478713/family-accuses-collier-deputies-of-beating-man-to-death

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Man dead, 2 deputies shot after Rastafarian pot farm dispute

OREGON HOUSE, Calif. (AP) — A suspect died and two Northern California deputies were shot and wounded Tuesday in a shootout after the officers responded to reports of an agitated man pulling up plants in a Rastafarian church’s marijuana farm, authorities said.

Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor said three deputies responding to reports of an unclear disturbance arrived separately at the small farm in remote Oregon House, which is about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) north of Sacramento, beginning at about 8:40 a.m.

A resident pointed out the suspect to two of the deputies. The suspect then fled up a hill behind the farm and deputies lost sight of him after about 100 yards near another home.

The deputies were given permission to search the home and the gunman fired on the two who went inside while the third deputy took up a position at the backdoor. The third deputy raced into the house twice to pull his two colleagues outside to safety.

None of the deputies knew what happened to the shooter and so SWAT teams fired tear gas inside before entering and finding the dead man. The sheriff said they had not identified the shooter nor determined if the deputies killed him or if he shot himself.

The sheriff said the deputies were airlifted to a hospital and both were in serious condition, but each was expected to recover after undergoing surgery.

Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church leader Heidi Lepp said she received a call from church members who live on the marijuana farm saying a newly arrived worker had become erratic, was ripping up plants and holding a gun.

Lepp said she called the sheriff’s office and told the men on the farm to leave immediately.

Lepp said she knows the suspect only as “Sawyer” and he showed up at the farm about a month ago. The property is owned by a branch of Lepp’s church, she said.

The property is between 20 and 40 acres, Lepp said, and the church considers marijuana a sacrament. It does not have a permit to grow medicinal marijuana in Yuba County.

The shooting occurred a day after two police officers were shot and wounded nearly 200 miles (322 kilometers) south in the central California city of Los Banos during a struggle with a man who broke into his estranged wife’s apartment. Police fatally shot that shooter.

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Associated Press writer Paul Elias contributed to this story.

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This story has been corrected to properly spell Heidi Lepp’s name and her relationship to the farm. It is Lepp, not Leff. She does not own the property. It is owned by a branch of her church.

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“I’ll keep doing that until I run out of batteries” Tennessee sheriff’s deputies torture teenager with stun gun


This video is hard to watch. It shows a group of Cheatham County, TN Sheriff’s Deputies restraining a teenager in a chair and shocking him repeatedly with a stun gun.

The teenager has filed an excessive force lawsuit against the department.

Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove issued a statement:

As Sheriff, I want our citizens to know that any inappropriate behaviour that may have violated an individual’s rights will not be tolerated.

I have placed the employees involved on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted. We will work closely and cooperatively with the TBI and District Attorney’s Office to ensure all facts are provided and all angles of this incident are thoroughly investigated.

Lots of angles to be investigated here.

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