Cop Who Threw Handcuffed Man Into Lake and Watched Him Drown, Sentenced to Act in a Musical


Versailles, MO — Nearly two years after Trooper Anthony Piercy was charged in the death of Brandon Ellingson, who drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks with his hands cuffed behind his back, the case was closed. Predictably, the offending officer got off with less than a slap on the wrist—just 10 days in jail and 50 hours of community service.

For handcuffing a college student, negligently casting him into a lake, and watching as he drowned, Trooper Piercy avoided an involuntary manslaughter trial after he pleaded guilty to a simple boating violation in June of 2017.

Last year, Piercy was sentenced for his role in Ellingson’s death and he received just 10 days in jail and 50 hours of community service. The judge referred to this insultingly low sentence of only 10 days as “shock time.”

To Ellingson family and those who’ve been following this case, it was a kick in the teeth.

“Ten days is like a vacation,” Craig Ellingson said. “It’s a joke. … He knows he’s guilty and he’s damn lucky to get what he got.”

That kick in the teeth has become far worse now, however, as the family has just found out that this killer cop’s “community service” was spent working in a community theater—of which he was a part of before he killed their son.

As the Star reported at the time, Special Prosecutor William Camm Seay requested Piercy receive 30 days in jail and have his law enforcement certification revoked for life. But that did not happen.

“I wished we would have gotten what we asked for,” Seay told The Star after the hearing, and now he’s speaking out again.

According to the Star, records show that Piercy helped create the set of the musical “Moses and the Burning Within” for the Royal Theatre in Versailles, Mo. He did some acting. And the trooper who had dabbled in the town’s community theater before Ellingson’s death also helped tear down the set after the musical’s run.

“I thought it was a joke,” said Craig Ellingson, whose 20-year-old son died nearly four years ago in Piercy’s custody at the Lake of the Ozarks. “He had been in plays before, that was his hobby. That would be like me working at my company for community service. … Basically, it was a picnic for him.”

“What good is that?” Seay said. “I think it’s totally inappropriate. He shouldn’t be given credit for something that he’s a part of anyway. I don’t think that’s what is intended.”

What’s more, after the trial, the patrol noted that Piercy is still a cop and is merely on unpaid leave. What happens now with Piercy’s employment “is a personnel issue,” said Lt. Paul Reinsch, the Star reported.

No one involved in allowing Piercy to achieve his community service for the killing of an innocent young man by acting in a musical has responded to the incident. Calls to the theater and calls to Piercy went unanswered.

On May 31, 2014. Trooper Piercy arrested Ellingson under suspicion of OWI and negligently placed the wrong life jacket over the handcuffed 20-year-old’s torso. Piercy then drove his patrol boat away from the scene at a high rate of speed. Ellingson was thrown from the craft when it struck a sizeable wake, the life jacket came off, and he drowned with his hands still in cuffs while Piercy callously watched on.

During the investigation, it was determined that Piercy did little to nothing as he watched Ellingson drown.

As the Beast reported:

Piercy did not jump in to save him.

When a bachelorette party passed on a nearby boat, the passengers threw Ellingson a life ring “but they didn’t know my son was handcuffed,” Craig said. “Piercy didn’t say he was handcuffed.”

The women told investigators that they screamed at Piercy to extend a pole to Ellingson, which he did “but he knew he was handcuffed,” Craig said.

Piercy did not call a supervisor for help until an hour after Ellingson drowned. Footage from his boat shows Piercy having a chillingly casual conversation with his colleague, referring to Ellingson in profane terms.

“I’m banged up a little bit, but I’m alright. I don’t know if I’m sore from treading water with the bastard,” Piercy told a supervisor of the dead 20-year-old.

As The Free Thought Project previously reported, following the familiar full-court press to prevent officer accountability, the jury in a Coroner’s Inquest ruled Ellingson’s death to be accidental. It was subsequently revealed that Amanda Grellner, the prosecutor who declined to file charges against Piercy, had received a personal favor from the MHP three years earlier when the department declined to charge her then-18-year-old son with DUI.

In September of 2016, a circuit court judge found that the state had “knowingly and purposefully” covered up the crimes of Piercy, violating the state’s Sunshine Law in the act.

After seeing that they were getting zero help from the perpetrator and his subsequent conspirators, the family of Ellingson launched a campaign for justice. During this campaign, they were joined by Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant, Randy Henry.

Henry witnessed first hand, the incompetence, negligence, and cover-up and took to exposing it.

“We killed Brandon Ellingson,” Henry bluntly told the Lake Expo newspaper, following it with the question of “Why are we investigating ourselves?”

In a conversation with Piercy the day following Ellingson’s death, Henry expressed concerns about how the arresting officer had conducted himself. Piercy himself seemed remorseful, telling Henry,

“I feel like I drowned that kid…. I should have done more for him.”

In any other context, that comment would be treated as a confession to second-degree murder.

Henry then filed a report on the drowning and testified about the inadequate training Piercy and other water patrol officers received.

During an interview with patrol investigators following the drowning, Henry mentioned a state law dealing with the safety of people in custody and how the police are responsible for the lives of those they detain. An investigator interrupted Henry and insisted that the recorder be turned off, to deliberately prevent an official record of his disclosures.

The stiff arm of blue justice moved in and now we are seeing the results.

Instead of Piercy being held accountable for his negligence, it was Henry who was then run through the gamut of the thin blue line. He was cast out by his department, demoted to corporal, and forced to retire.

Now, the man responsible for the death of a star college student got off by acting in a play and can remain a cop!

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WATCH: Cop Smashes Handcuffed, Hooded Man’s Face In As Fellow Officers Watch


San Joaguin, CA — Surveillance footage has been released that shows a correctional officer at the San Joaquin County Jail striking the head of a handcuffed man who posed no threat, while multiple officers witnessed the assault.

The arrested man was sitting on the floor with his hands secured behind his back and a spit hood covering his head. Not only was it impossible for him to have posed a serious threat to the officers, but he appeared to be sitting calmly and was not struggling to free himself from the restraints.

The man was arrested for “intoxication,” and while it is unclear how long he had been detained, there are two Manteca Police officers standing nearby, watching him when the video began. Correctional Officer Matthew Mettler entered the room, walked over to the man who could not see him coming and hit the side of his head so hard that the man lost his balance and fell to the side.

A fourth officer entered the room and Mettler quickly pulled the man’s body back into a sitting position and then left the room. The two Manteca Police officers who watched the scene unfold appear to do nothing to stop or to criticize Mettler’s actions at the time. However, they proceeded to report the incident, and Mettler was suspended as a result.

In a statement, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the video of the incident, which occurred on Aug. 24, 2017. It revealed that the man, who was significantly intoxicated, was wearing a spit hood to cover his head because the officers claimed that he tried to spit on them.

The statement acknowledged that the arrested man was “apparently posing no threat” when Officer Mettler walked up to him and struck him in the head. It also noted that the two Manteca Police officers who witnessed that assault “immediately reported the matter up the chain of command,” and action was taken accordingly.

After the incident was reported, Mettler was placed on administrative leave. The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office launched internal affairs and criminal investigations, and the statement noted that the evidence gathered from the surveillance footage was crucial in its determination that Mettler’s actions qualified as assault.

After the Sheriff’s Office turned the evidence from its investigation over to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution, Mettler was charged with a misdemeanor count of “Assault by a Public Officer.”

In response to the incident, Sheriff Steve Moore condemned Mettler’s actions and insisted that his conduct does not reflect on the expectations for his fellow officers.

“As Sheriff, I don’t condone the actions as portrayed on this video by our jail staff,” Moore said. “It is inconsistent with the professionalism of San Joaquin County Correctional Officers, and of this department. The action taken by the DA’s office is appropriate and we support their position.”

This incident is notable because it shows a rare example of a police department openly condemning the wrongful actions of one of its officers after he is caught on camera abusing his power. In contrast, when two police officers in Coeymans, New York, were caught racing each other to see who could run over a scared raccoon in an open parking lot, their department took a different approach.

The Coeymans Police Department refused to admit that their officers had done anything wrong, and instead said that they handled the situation “as quickly and humanely as possible,” even when cell phone camera footage proved otherwise.

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Prison guard caught on tape punching handcuffed man in the head (VIDEO)

The county sheriff’s office shared footage of the alleged assault on Tuesday. The correctional officer at the center of case, Matthew Mettler, is due in court on March 26.

The video shows the victim apparently slumped on the ground in the holding area of the jail after he was brought in for intoxication by Manteca Police Officers. He is wearing a “spit bag” on his head because he allegedly attempted to spit on the officers.

“What happens next is one of our correctional officers enters the holding area and then, inexplicably, strikes the man in the head,” the sheriff’s office said. “The detainee was sitting, legs and arms cuffed, and apparently posing no threat.” Mettler was immediately placed on administrative leave after the incident was reported.

The district attorney’s office says Mettler has been charged with a misdemeanor count of assault by a public officer. “This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said. “Individuals who abuse their power and position will be tried and punished to the full extent of the law.”

“As Sheriff, I don’t condone the actions as portrayed on this video by our jail staff,” said Sheriff Steve Moore. “It is inconsistent with the professionalism of San Joaquin County Correctional Officers, and of this department. The action taken by the DA’s office is appropriate and we support their position.”

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WATCH: Cop Fired for Curb Stomping Handcuffed Man is Quietly Rehired as Taxpayers Foot the Bill


Columbus, OH — After being fired for walking up to a handcuffed man and stomping his head into the curb, an Ohio cop is back on the job thanks to an insultingly corrupt system that empowers and rewards bad police officers.

In July of 2017, Officer Zachary Rosen was fired after he was seen on video committing an atrocious act of assault. Now, however, the Fraternal Order of Police has managed to get the abusive cop reinstated to the Columbus Division of Police.

As TFTP reported at the time, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs had only recommended a 24-hour suspension for Rosen. However, the Public Safety Director, after reviewing the video, and Rosen’s past, decided he should be fired.

TFTP predicted he would be back on the job.

In April of 2017, the Free Thought Project was given the video by the man who filmed it showing Rosen walk up to Demarco Anderson — who was face first on the ground and handcuffed — and stomp his head.

“The strike/stomp was an untrained technique and was found to be unreasonable,” police said in a statement last month.

“Based on what we see in the video taken on Saturday, April 8, 2017, the action taken by one of our officers does not meet the standards by the Columbus Division of Police,” a CPD spokesperson told the Free Thought Project last year. “It appears to be inconsistent with the values and training we instill in our officers.”

However, it now appears, as we predicted, that none of these findings led to any significant form of discipline. In fact, the police union at the time actually recommended no punishment and has openly criticized the 24-hour suspension.

According to the union, no discipline was required — for curb stomping a handcuffed and compliant man.

As the video shows, the other officer appears to have Anderson under control as he puts handcuffs on the soon-to-be victim. After the cuffs go on, that’s when Rosen comes running up and stomps his face into the curb.

According to our source for the video, police were looking for Anderson for suspicion of firing a gun in the area. When they approached him, he ran. The police also confirmed this.

After a brief foot chase, Anderson was tasered, fell to the ground, and then placed in handcuffs. The video begins after the tasering.

After Rosen stomped on Anderson’s face, he starts looking around. At that moment, the officers realize they were just recorded committing a crime.

“Can I help you?” asks Rosen, in an obvious attempt at intimidating the man filming. However, he did not back down and continued to record.

After police needlessly assaulted Anderson, he tries to explain that he was running because one of the officers pulled out a gun and he got scared. He then accused the officers of planting drugs on his person as well.

Police claim to have found crack cocaine and a pistol on Anderson.

According to our open records request to the CPD, Anderson was charged with Improperly Discharging Firearm at or Into Habitation, Having Weapons While Under Disability, Obstructing Official Business, Resisting Arrest _ causing physical harm to law enforcement officer, Aggravated Menacing, and Possession of Drugs.

Whether or not any of these charges are true is unknown. However, it should be noted that police have been caught plenty of times planting drugs and guns on entirely innocent people.

It should also be noted that according to ABC, Anderson pleaded not guilty to charges including improper handling of a firearm and aggravated menacing.

“Anderson was a victim of a crime because of Rosen’s actions and the officer should be fired,” said Sean Walton, an attorney representing Anderson.

“Kids in school who are suspended or expelled are getting similar or worse punishment,” said Walton, who called the chief’s recommendation at the time “laughable.”

Indeed, this situation would be ‘laughable’ if it wasn’t indicative of a serious problem among police in America. Cops can terrorize, beat, and even kill innocent people — on video — and face no consequences.

As TV10 reports, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther criticized the decision to overturn Rosen’s firing. The mayor released the following statement Monday:

“We disagree with the decision of the arbitration of Columbus Police Officer Zach Rosen. We believe the Public Safety Director’s decision for termination was the correct one. However, we respect and will abide by the legally-binding arbitrator’s decision. The details and timing of his reinstatement are being determined by Police Chief Kim Jacobs.”

Whether or not Anderson is guilty of the crimes he’s been arrested for has yet to be determined. However, if he is guilty, his case is now tainted because of this officer’s choice to stomp his face into the ground.

Make no mistake, there will be someone punished for Rosen’s crimes. However, it will come in the form of a lawsuit and it will be the innocent taxpayers of Columbus who pay for this crooked cop and the crooked cops who refuse to hold him accountable.

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Cop Smashes Handcuffed Woman’s Head In, Photographs Her Injuries And Brags to His Friends


Schenectady, NY — A Schenectady police lieutenant — who should’ve been fired and arrested multiple times — is still on the job in spite of brutally attacking an innocent handcuffed woman, smashing in her head, and then lying on a report, claiming she attacked him. What’s more, after he split her head wide open, he took a picture of it so he could brag about it to his friends and fellow cops.

“This is what happens when someone hits one of my men,” Lt. Mark McCracken would say as he showed off his trophy photo, bragging about severely injuring an innocent handcuffed woman in the midst of an emotional breakdown.

The victim, then 39-year-old Nicola Cottone had been picked up by police because she had been staying with a friend overnight and the person called city police because he wanted her to leave and she allegedly refused. Cottone had not been charged with a crime by Schenectady police.

Two officers, McCracken and Andrew MacDonald were identified in court filings for their role in the attack. Surveillance video in the room in which the assault took place captured the officers in their most heinous act. Cottone’s hands were cuffed behind her back when the attack happened.

As the Times Union reports:

Two cameras that captured footage of the incident did not have an audio feed. One of the tapes showed her acting agitated and talking constantly to officers who were in and out of the room where she was sitting on a bench.

That video also showed two officers rush toward Cottone who stood up as the officers grabbed her, lifted her up and then slammed her onto the bench. Blood streamed down the bench and onto the floor of the room as the officers quickly lifted Cottone and dragged her to the doorway, where she was placed on the floor of a hallway for more than 20 minutes. Several officers looked on as the incident unfolded.

After the officer was seen on video savagely slamming the woman down, police then accused Cottone of kicking them and charged her with harassment “as a means to conceal the actions of the police officers,” said attorney Kevin Luibrand.

Once prosecutors viewed the footage, the egregious harassment charge was dropped.

“We didn’t think there was any cause to charge her in the first place,” Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said. “I reviewed the videotape … and I believe there was no cause to believe that she had committed the charge of harassment by kicking an officer.”

For viciously attacking an innocent handcuffed woman and then fabricating a story to justify their brutality, McCracken was given a five-day vacation in the form of unpaid leave. It’s unclear whether MacDonald had faced any discipline at all.

The internal affairs report summarized the encounter as follows: “(McCracken) pulling and swinging the feet out from (Cottone) while she was handcuffed caused (Cottone) to sustain the laceration to her head. … After the initial altercation (McCracken) hoists (Cottone) off of the bench and into the air by only her arms, which are still cuffed behind her back. He then carries her in this position out of the muster room and drops her onto her feet in the hallway in front of the Sergeants desk. These actions are egregious and placed (Cottone) at risk of injury. These techniques are not taught in training. A common technique used in this type of circumstance is a bar hammer or something similar. This use of force was excessive.”

Instead of being fired or charged for the incident described by police above, McCracken continued on at the department only to break the law again and receive yet another vacation.

In February, according to the Times-Union, McCracken was charged with intentionally violating an unrelated order of protection by approaching his estranged wife at the Union College hockey rink.

It appears that this problem cop has an affinity for targeting and harassing women and, instead of holding him accountable, the department he works for simply gives him time off. It is no wonder police in America cost taxpayers hundreds of millions in lawsuits while killing more than a thousand citizens every year—nearly all of which is done with impunity.

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Cop Pleads Guilty Disfiguring Handcuffed Man With a Flashlight, Pepper Spraying Kids


Bayonne, NJ– Officer Domenico Lillo of the Bayonne Police Department in New Jersey was actually raided by FBI agents and arrested in connection with a 2013 case of police brutality. With so much compelling evidence against him, Lillo pleaded guilty. However, the court is taking their time in the sentencing.

Lillo was scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday but the U.S. Attorney’s office extended the date until March 5.

To lessen his sentence, Lillo agreed to testify against a fellow officer. Ironically enough, the fellow officer’s only crime was covering up for Lillo by falsifying records and hiding the assault.

“It was my understanding… (that) when the incident report was written the flashlight strike would be omitted,” Lillo told the jury in his fellow officer’s trial last month.

The raid took place in 2015 and was highly unusual for a police officer. After a federal grand jury in Newark returned an indictment charging him with deprivation of civil rights under color of law and falsification of records, police swarmed Lillo’s house.

After having been armed and active on the force for over a year after the incident—thanks to his fellow cops covering for him—Lillo was busted and brought to justice.

On December 27, 2013, around 4:50pm, Lillo along with two other officers from the Bayonne Police Department went to an individual’s home to execute an outstanding arrest warrant.

Count one in the indictment stated that while acting under the color of the law, Lillo struck the handcuffed victim, who was not resisting arrest—with a flashlight—resulting in bodily injury.  According to a lawsuit filed by the victim, the other officers stood by and did nothing to stop the attack.

The officer’s also allegedly pepper-sprayed both the victim and his mother—hitting grandchildren in the process—causing her grandchildren and other relatives to get sick.

Count two in the indictment stated that Lillo, “acting with the intent to impede, obstruct, and influence the investigation and proper administration of a matter within the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, knowingly concealed, covered up, falsified, and made false entries on a Bayonne Police Department Use of Force Report about the individual, to wit, by not checking the box marked ‘Strike/Use of Baton or other object.’”

“This was something that you knew sooner or later was coming. And when you’re going to do something like that, this is what gives all police officers a black eye,” Bayonne’s mayor, Jimmy Davis, a former police officer, told at the time.

Lillo can be seen in video footage striking his victim, Brandon Walsh with a flashlight three different times. The footage shows Lillo hit Walsh in the forehead with his flashlight in clear view of Styles and Wade, who were also escorting Walsh away from the scene.

“I was aggravated, upset,” Lillo said during his testimony as to why he beat the handcuffed man.

He then went on to use Walsh’s injuries as a warning to others during the trial, telling the jurors, “Look what happens when you fuck with us.”

Before permanently disfiguring a man with a flashlight, the officer was sued for excessive force which resulted in a $100,000 settlement for the victims, but not enough evidence to fire him.

In 2007 the city of Bayonne paid a $100,000 settlement in a lawsuit that was filed by two men who reported that they were brutally assaulted by police while leaving a bar. The lawsuit claimed excessive force, malicious prosecution, wrongful arrest, failure to intervene, deliberate indifference, deprivation of property, deprivation of due process and conspiracy, reported.

The suit alleged that an officer “maliciously assaulted” one of the men, beating, kicking and throwing him to the ground while cursing at him as Lillo tackled the other man and punched him repeatedly in the face and head. The sister of the man Lillo was assaulting was pleading for the officer to stop the beating and when she tried to intervene, Lillo reportedly kicked her.

Prior to striking the plea deal, Lillo was facing upwards of 10-20 years for the charges against him. Lillo’s victims will now have to wait until March to find out if the dangerous police officer who put a man in the hospital with a flashlight will get justice.

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WATCH: Cop Attacks Handcuffed School Girl, Violently Slams Her Into the Concrete


La Mesa, CA – A school resource officer is under fire after a video was released online that showed him slamming a female student to the ground and then handcuffing her, while two other men stood nearby and did nothing to intervene.

After the video went viral, the La Mesa Police Department responded in a statement, claiming that the 17-year-old girl was arrested by a La Mesa Police School Resource Officer for refusing to obey a lawful order to leave school grounds and resisting arrest.”

The department claimed that the video released online showed a small segment of an encounter in whichHelix High School staff requested the assistance of the School Resource Officer to remove a student, who was on suspended status and non-compliant with staff directions to leave the campus.”

When the student refused to leave, the department claimed that the officer then made the lawful choice to arrest her:

“The officer arrested and placed the student in handcuffs and began to walk her towards the school office.  As they were walking, the student became non-compliant on two separate occasions and made an attempt to free herself by pulling away from the officer.  To prevent the student from escaping, the officer forced the student to the ground. After the student agreed to quit resisting and attempting to escape, the officer assisted her up and walked her to his patrol vehicle. She was transported to the La Mesa Police Department.”

However, witnesses have told a different story regarding the events that led up to the scene that was captured on video. Speaking on behalf of the girl’s family, Aeiramique Blake told the San Diego Union-Tribune that her sister is a student at the high school who filmed the incident.

Blake said that the problems started when the girl, who said she was anemic, told her teacher that she was not feeling well. The teacher responded by accusing the girl of “being on drugs,” and then sent her to in-school suspension for tardiness.

The teacher also demanded to search the girl’s backpack. The teacher did not find any drugs in the backpack, but Blake claimed that she found pepper spray and demanded to know why the girl had it.

According to the Union-Tribune, “The student said she traveled with pepper spray for protection since she took the trolley from southeast San Diego to school every day.”

It should be noted that this is not an uncommon occurrence, as many young women often carry pepper spray as a means of self-defense when they are too young to legally carry a concealed handgun.

However, the teacher argued that pepper spray is a weapon, and the girl should be forced to leave school because she had it in her backpack. Blake claimed that the teacher then called the school resource officer for assistance, and while the girl did not refuse handcuffs, she did refuse to leave campus, because she “felt the instructor’s behavior was discriminatory.”

While it does not appear that the girl was exhibiting violent behavior, or that she was attempting to harm the teacher in any way, the incident does raise questions about why the teacher felt the need to go through her backpack, and then use its contents against her, even when she did not find any drugs.

The actions of the school resource officer are also questionable, because although it does not appear that the girl was a threat to him or anyone around him, the officer slammed her to the ground and used the weight of his body to hold her down, while two men stood nearby and watched—refusing to intervene.

Family, friends and other community members are outraged by the footage that surfaced online from the incident, and Fox 5 San Diego reported that several people have called for the officer to be removed from his position as a school resource officer for the district. Students are also reportedly planning a walk-out on Monday morning in an attempt to demand that the school take action.

“No matter what was done or not done, that was not the appropriate way to handle a young lady. The community is completely outraged,” Blake told the Union-Tribune.

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WATCH: Cop Turns Body Cam Away as Fellow Cop Starts Beating Handcuffed Man’s Face


Newly released body camera footage is giving insight into the incident that led to a police officer being accused of using excessive force for beating a handcuffed man while his fellow officers turned away—with one of them even moving his Body Cam so that it would not capture the assault.

Police in Louisville, Indiana, located a car that they claimed was reported stolen around 3 a.m. on Sunday, and when they attempted to pull it over, driver Ray Maurice Bard, 36, led them on a chase that ended when he crashed into a concrete garage, according to a report from the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Bard then fled the scene. He jumped over a fence and ran through a backyard, and when police caught up to him, they Tased him and put him in handcuffs. The report noted that when searching the suspect, officers found “a plastic bag filled with a variety of narcotics including seven grams of methamphetamine, four grams of heroin and four grams of cocaine, among others.”

The footage from the body camera worn by one of the officers, which was recently released, is notable because it shows the officers’ attitudes during the incident. The officer wearing the body camera is joking, chuckling and laughing maniacally throughout the video, showing that he knew Bard was not a dangerous suspect.

“It’s the police! It’s the police,” the officer joked, telling someone who appears to be a nearby homeowner, “Yeah, man, he ran through your fence,” before laughing again.

The officer continued to laugh and joke as he helped another officer lead the handcuffed suspect around the side of the house, to the patrol cars. “What’s the matter?” the officer questioned when the suspect groaned in pain.

“Ta-Da!” The officer exclaimed when they brought Bard to the area where the car he was driving had crashed and other officers were waiting. Bard then tried to run from officers again, but he slipped on a patch of ice and fell.

The officer wearing the body cam continued to laugh maniacally as he watched the suspect fall, and other officers pounce on him and Tase him once again. However, the officer’s actions are notable because instead of physically assisting his colleagues, he stood guard and angled his torso so that his body camera would not capture the scene as officers pounced on Bard, and he cried out in pain.

Oh, why you do it to me?” Bard asked the officers after he was Tased a second time.

“Why did you run again?” an officer responded.

“You hurt my arm!” Bard shouted at the officers who tackled him.

“Well, stand up!” an officer replied.

“I can’t,” Bard said.

When Bard claimed he was unable to stand, the officers proceeded to drag him by his handcuffed arms back to the patrol car. As the officer wearing the body camera clearly tries to keep himself from filming the entirety of the scene, one of the officers strikes Bard across the face with his forearm.

Videotape this shit,” Bard is heard yelling, as he groaned in pain.

While there were multiple officers involved in the arrest, and it is unclear what type of conduct was used when Bard was on the ground, Sgt. Jason Tackett is now under investigation for striking Bard when he appeared to be complying with the officers and was not resisting arrest.

The Courier-Journal noted that Tackett claimed he “believed Mr. Bard was going to attempt to flee again on foot and I struck Mr. Bard to the right side of his head to prevent his escape, again.”

Given the officer’s excuse, it should be noted that at the time he hit Bard, the man was on his knees, with his handcuffed hands raised behind him, surrounded by multiple officers, and it did not appear from the video that he was making any attempt to flee the scene.

WDRB reported that after the incident, Bard was in need of medical care, and was taken to the hospital. He is now facing charges of possession of controlled substances, resisting arrest, criminal recklessness and reckless driving.

Tackett is a 12-year veteran of the Clarksville Police, and he has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the report. In other words, Tackett’s decision to physically strike a suspect has resulted in a taxpayer-funded vacation.

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Cop Caught on Video Smashing Handcuffed Woman’s Face to the Floor—No Charges


Coldwater, MI — Last July, Tiffany McNeil would walk into the Branch County Jail only to leave in a stretcher moments later after being brutally assaulted by a police officer and knocked unconscious while she was handcuffed. That police officer was identified in a report by TFTP last month as Coldwater police officer Lewis Eastmead and now it appears the department is letting him quietly slip away with no punishment.

As is the case so many times, officers who are facing potential punishment for crimes committed while on duty, they are allowed to quietly resign and become gypsy cops only to be hired at another department down the road. While we cannot confirm that is the case in Coldwater, it appears from the department’s tight-lipped statement that it is highly probable.

As WTVB reported this week, Coldwater City Manager Keith Baker said in a two sentence statement on Friday night that Lewis Eastmead was no longer employed by the City of Coldwater.

He did not say if Eastmead was terminated or if he resigned. All Baker said was that Eastmead was no longer employed by the city as of January 12th, 2018 and that as a result of ongoing litigation, no further comment will be made at this time, reported the WTVB.

Because of the heavy public backlash over this video, if Eastmead was fired, this information would’ve been released to show that the department cares about accountability and transparency. However, this move makes it quite obvious that they care about neither.

What happened while McNeil, 31, was being processed into jail that fateful day is now the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging that police used excessive force and then lied about what happened. The incident—in which a half dozen cops stood by and watched their brother in blue smash a handcuffed woman’s face into the pavement—was also captured on video.

“It was absolutely egregious, disgusting, thug-like conduct,” McNeil’s attorney, Solomon Radner, said. “You don’t expect that from police officers, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”

On July 24, police were called to McNeil’s home by her husband during an argument. According to the lawsuit, McNeil had been drinking which sparked the argument.

McNeil was arrested and brought to the Branch County Jail to be processed for the incident. As police bring her into the secured entrance, we can see this disturbing scenario unfold.

The woman-beating cop is seen shoving McNeil’s face into the concrete wall for several minutes. The entire time, McNeil is non-combative and not resisting in the least—not to mention, she’s in handcuffs.

All of the sudden, the officer begins pressing her face into the wall with both hands before pulling her backward and slamming her face-first into the concrete floor. McNeil was knocked out immediately.

During the attack on the restrained woman, five other cops watched as their brother in blue degraded the young woman by shoving her face into the wall and not a single one of them intervened as he slammed her to the floor.

In a most disturbing image, once Eastmead realizes McNeil is knocked unconscious, he rolls his victim over to reveal a puddle of blood on the floor coming from the massive gash in her head.

“I told you to relax,” the officer yells, with his knee now on McNeil’s back as she lay motionless on the ground.

For nearly 15 minutes, police prodded the unconscious woman as she lay entirely unresponsive on the concrete. Finally, EMTs arrive and bring her to the hospital where, according to Radner, McNeil received 17 stitches and was treated for a concussion.

After being treated in the hospital, police charged McNeil with felony resisting a police officer. To justify this charge, police then lied on their report, claiming McNeil was being “combative” and “actively resisting arrest,” according to the lawsuit.

Obviously, McNeil was not being combative as we can clearly see that fact in the video. She was doing nothing wrong when Eastmead attacked her.

“The cover-up started almost immediately. Unfortunately for them, we have audio and video recordings of what took place and they’re not going to be able to hide from that,” Radner said. “The bottom line is that officer Eastmead grabbed her, spun her around, threw her face first into the concrete with such force that it knocked her unconscious.”

Radner explained that police brought the felony charge against her to force her into taking a plea deal for the domestic misdemeanor charge to which she pleaded no contest. The felony resisting charge was then dropped.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Eastmead and about a dozen other officers and police department supervisors, including the officers who witnessed the incident, are listed among the defendants, with some identified by name and others listed as John Doe. McNeil is also suing the city of Coldwater.

Along with the excessive force claim, the lawsuit alleges unreasonable seizure; abuse of process and malicious prosecution; that the other police officers failed to intervene “to prevent the violation of Ms. McNeil’s constitutional rights,” and that city failed to properly screen, train and supervise its police officers. It seeks at least $75,000 in damages.

The Coldwater police department has yet to even announce that they plan on investigating this video and they have made no mention of any discipline Eastmead may have faced. As for McNeil, she is too scared to live and Coldwater anymore and has since moved.

Below is a video of what a woman abusing predator does when given unchecked authority and is accountable to no one.

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Video of Cop Beating, Sexually Assaulting Handcuffed Woman So Bad, He’s Now in Prison


Las Vegas, NV — Former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officer Richard Scavone pleaded guilty last year in federal court to assaulting a handcuffed woman in his custody. After the plea, authorities released the body camera footage of the assault. It is nothing short of infuriating and shows the level of violence a woman-abusing cop was willing to take to assert his authority.

This week, in a rare move, the former bad cop was actually held accountable and was sentenced to a year in prison. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware also ordered Scavone to serve a year of supervised release, pay a $20,000 fine and complete 300 hours of community service after his imprisonment, according to the Justice Department.

The encounter happened in January of 2015 after this abusive cop thought he had nabbed himself a prostitute.

The woman had done nothing wrong and was walking down the sidewalk drinking a coffee when Scavone attacked her for no reason. She was entirely compliant during the stop even though this sadistic predator kept abusing her.

“The hell you think you’re talking to?” he asks her in the video as he threatens her life.

After a brief radio call, this monster then asks his victim, “What else do you want me to do, tough guy?”

“Go ahead and take me to jail. That’s all I want you to do,” she replies, knowing that at any moment this maniac could kill her and jail is her only refuge.

“You got it,” he says, as he then puts his hand inside her bra and pulls out her personal belongings, sexually assaulting her in the process.

The woman was then arrested on false charges of littering. Once the truth came out, however, those charges were dropped.

Below is the report from the Department of Justice.

According to admissions made in the plea agreement, on January 6, 2015, Scavone, 50, was working as an LVMPD patrol officer, and was accompanied in his patrol car by an LVMPD jail corrections officer on a ride-along. At approximately 5:00 a.m., Scavone and the ride-along encountered A.O., who was talking on the phone and holding a cup of coffee. When Scavone told A.O. to “move along,” A.O responded that she was waiting on someone and threw her cup of coffee to the ground. Scavone, who was wearing a body-worn camera that recorded video and audio, exited his patrol car and approached A.O. with a Taser in hand.


Scavone admitted that during the interaction with A.O., and while A.O. was handcuffed, he: shoved A.O. to the ground; grabbed her around the neck with his hand and threw her to the ground; struck her in the forehead with an open palm; grabbed her by the head and slammed her face onto the hood of his patrol vehicle; grabbed her by the hair and slammed her face onto the hood of his patrol vehicle a second time; and slammed A.O. into the door of his patrol vehicle.


Scavone admitted that he took those actions without legal justification and that he knew his actions were against the law.


Scavone faces a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.  Sentencing will be held on January 11, 2018.


“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Nevada citizens, regardless of their backgrounds,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Myhre. “The defendant took an oath to serve and protect with honor and integrity. Misconduct such as this will not be tolerated and those who break the law will be held accountable for their actions.”


“As Mr. Scavone realized today, no one is above the law,” said Special Agent in Charge Rouse.  “Law enforcement takes an oath to protect and serve our communities.  We are, and rightfully should be, held to a higher standard.  Every day, the vast majority of police officers in our community uphold that standard under difficult, dangerous conditions.  However, when law enforcement breaks that vow, they will be held accountable.”


After conducting its own investigation into Scavone’s conduct, LVMPD terminated Scavone’s employment.

Below is the body camera footage showing the damage one abusive cop on a power trip can inflict.

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