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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[WATCH] Atlanta Police Officer Fired Over Using Excessive Force During Arrest

Family of the teen beaten by an APD officer says he suffered a concussion. This photo shows him in the hospital.

ATLANTA – An Atlanta police officer was fired for using excessive force after he was caught on dashcam video repeatedly kicking and punching a teenage suspect after a police chase.

Only Channel 2 Action News has the video and documents that show the officer wasn’t even supposed to be at the scene to begin with.

Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez obtained the 503-page report that reveals the Atlanta Police Department terminated the officer on July 26, 2017 for something that happened a nearly year earlier.

It all unfolded on Sept. 15, 2016, in southwest Atlanta. Former officer Matthew Johns, who was a part of the department’s elite Apex Unit, arrived at the scene after the pursuit led by Zone 3 officers and Georgia State Patrol.

Johns, who we’ve learned is also a Marine, is seen jumping out of a cruiser and immediately runs up to one of the three teenage suspects in the stolen car and kicks him in the head.

The video also shows he kicked the teen more than once, struck him on his side repeatedly and then was seen kneeling on his neck before punching him in the head while cuffing him.

Johns told investigators he thought the teen was reaching for a gun. But one of his supervisors

WSB-TV didn’t think his story added up, especially when the other officers on scene said the three suspects never resisted.

The document shows they immediately placed him on administrative leave. But then, the case went cold until Chief Erika Shields reopened it after taking office.

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Woman Whose Eye Was Shot Out by Utah Police Officer Loses Excessive Force Lawsuit


A jury has rejected a claim in a lawsuit that a Morgan County sheriff’s officer used excessive force when he shot a woman in the left eye at the end of a 2012 police chase.

After deliberating for about an hour at the conclusion of a five-day trial in Farmington’s 2nd District Court, jurors returned a unanimous verdict on Oct. 27 that found Sgt. Daniel Peay did not violate the constitutional rights of Kristine Biggs Johnson.

“We are pleased with the verdict and appreciated the diligence of the jury and the court,” said attorney Julia Kyte, who with attorney Jeffrey Bramble represented Peay. “Sergeant Peay is an excellent officer and we believe the correct result was reached in this case.”

Johnson’s attorney, Robert Sykes, said Tuesday that he is considering an appeal. He said Peay’s assertion that he fired his gun because he believed a fellow officer — the sergeant’s brother, Deputy Christian Peay — was about to be run over by Johnson was a “made-up story.”

Johnson — who was a Colorado resident at the time of the shooting and now lives in California — was drunk on Nov. 24, 2012, and would not pull over when a Morgan County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop her for having a broken headlight, according to court records. She fled, setting off a 40-mile chase into Davis County and at times driving up to 90 mph on Interstate 84.

The 30-minute chase continued even after Johnson — who drove over spikes set up by officers that ripped off three tires on her pickup truck — ended on a road near South Weber. Blocked in by police vehicles, Johnson made a U-turn and struck two cruisers, according to court records.

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Excessive Celebration: ABC Falsely Claims NFL Not Making Players Stand

ABC
World News Tonight
October 17, 2017
6:31:27 PM Eastern

DAVID MUIR: And we begin with breaking news from the NFL. The NFL Commissioner coming before the cameras just moments ago here in New York City and revealing that owners today did not ask players to do what the President wants them to do, to stand during the national anthem. Moments ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell saying they were not asked to stand, and players who were there at the meetings saying progress was made on bringing attention to the reasons some were kneeling about in the first place. There were protests outside this high stakes meeting, and ABC’s Adrienne Bankert leading us off.

[Cuts to video]

ADRIENNE BANKERT: Late today, the NFL commissioner saying he did not ask the players to do what the president wants them to do. Stand for the national anthem.

ROGER GOODELL: We did not ask for that.

BANKERT: Team owners met face to face with players at NFL headquarters in New York. Both sides saying it’s a step in the right direction.

MALCOLM JENKINS: This is the first time we really gotten a chance to sit down in front of ownership. We felt like they were receptive. We felt like there was real dialogue.

GOODELL: We spent today talking about the issues that our players have been trying to bring attention to.

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BANKERT: It comes after President Trump said this –

DONALD TRUMP: Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, “Get that son of a [ bleep ] off the field right now, out, he’s fired.”

BANKERT: Today, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who says his players must stand or be benched, confronted by a protester.

PROTESTOR: Look at the videos of the police getting away with murder and tell me that the players are wrong to protest it!

BANKERT: Darius Butler of the Colts who has taken a knee in solidarity with protests of racial injustice, says players will make their own call.

DARIUS BUTLER: It’s going to be an individual choice. But I think the ownership, the team and the league and the players, I think we’re going in the right direction.

[Cuts back to live]

MUIR: And Adrienne Bankert joins us live from New York City tonight, outside those meetings. And Adrienne, the question tonight, is this final? They’re planning on more meetings?

BANKERT: You know what, they are planning on more meetings. The owners and players are expected to get together again to discuss specifically within the next couple of weeks. But they’ve got to come up with something definitive. There are still a lot of fans out there who believe that players who kneel are disrespecting the anthem and the military. David?

MUIR: But so far Adrienne, as you point out, the owners have not asked those players to stand. Adrienne Bankert leading us off tonight, thank you.

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Vietnam Veteran Wins $760,000 in Excessive Force Case Against Kremmling Police

Robert Mark Smith, center, and his legal team step out of the Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, after winning nearly $800,000 in damages.

Denver – A disabled Vietnam veteran has won a $760,000 jury award after Kremmling police brutalized him during an unjustified raid on his mobile home in 2013.

Robert Mark Smith was repeatedly harassed and victimized by the police, who were punishing him for his protests against their prior wrongdoings, according to a news release by the Denver law firm Killmer, Lane & Newman.

The jury made its decision Wednesday in Denver U.S. District Court.

Smith, a Marine, was permanently disabled in 1969 by shrapnel from a minefield explosion in Vietnam. He is a “heroically decorated Vietnam veteran,” the news release says.

“Mr. Smith became known in the Kremmling law enforcement community as a ‘dissenter’ by around the year 2000 because of his frequent, vociferous opposition to the selective enforcement of laws applicable to mobile home parks, and his opposition to the trumped-up accusations lodged against him and his business by law enforcement and certain
community members,” the complaint said.

On March 5, 2013, Kremmling police retaliated against Smith for his prior exercises of protected speech, unconstitutionally raided his home at night without a warrant, and brutally beat him, his 2015 complaint said.

Police Tased Smith and when he fell onto his stomach, they kicked, stomped and punched his ribs, head, and back, the lawsuit says.

Federal Judge Richard Matsch could also order the city to pay attorney’s costs of about $500,000, the news release says.

Source: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/11/vietnam-veteran-wins-760000-in-excessive-force-case-against-kremmling-police/

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