WATCH: State Trooper Grabs Handcuffed 14yo Boy By the Neck, Punches Him in the Face

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Altoona, PA — Once again, an abusive police officer is in the news after he was captured on cellphone video bullying and then punching a handcuffed 14-year-old boy in the face. There was no spit, no head butt, and nothing in the video shows the boy doing anything other than complying and talking to provoke the cop into hitting him.

The officer is a Pennsylvania state trooper who is currently enjoying anonymity from the department. He and another trooper were at a residence last week to arrest Preston Weakland, the 14-year-old boy in the video below, for running away.

As the video shows, the child is compliant and peaceful as he says goodbye to his friends and simply stands up and puts his hands behind his back as the officer tells him to do so.

“Put your hands behind your back,” the trooper tells Weakland, who replies, “I figured,” and does exactly what he’s asked.

He is then handcuffed without issue when the boy’s friend can be heard asking, “Why did you guys handcuff him?”

A girl can then be heard trying to hush the other boy just as Weakland mutters, “Because he’s a pussy.”

This was a poor decision to make while in handcuffs and being arrested. However, it is not illegal and most certainly did not justify the officer’s response.

“What did you say? What did you say?” the clearly enraged trooper yells at Weakland as he grabs him by the collar and shoves him into the dresser.

“Don’t get in my face like that,” Weakland says as the trooper gestures toward his face with his flashlight.

Being asked to get out of his face apparently enraged the trooper even further who then appears to punch the boy in his face with the hand holding the flashlight. The smack of the trooper’s fist into the face of a 14-year-old handcuffed boy is chilling.

“Don’t fucking hit me!” yells the trooper, in a likely attempt to justify his seemingly unprovoked violence. How a handcuffed child who is only 5’8″ and barely weighs 140 pounds, could “hit” a trooper who is manhandling him remains a mystery. What’s more, the video shows no such hit.

“I didn’t hit you,” Weakland confirms.

In spite of the fact that the boy was handcuffed and no such attempt to hit nor any actual hit is captured on video, the trooper then states, “congratulations, you just got a felony.”

The two cops then escort the boy out of the room and the video ends.

The boy’s father Joseph Weakland posted the video to his Facebook page over the weekend which was filled with backlash toward the state police in the comment section.

“Thank God he’s not injured — mentally, maybe,” Joe Weakland said.

According to the Altoona Mirror, Preston Weakland said Friday he did make the comment about the trooper that seemed to spark the confrontation, but up until that point everyone in the room was calm and he was doing what he was told, even though the officers never told him where they were going or why he was being handcuffed.

“He was being compliant and it looks like that officer was instigating and antagonizing him,” the boy’s mother Tricia Reed said noting that the trooper’s actions were unacceptable.

His parents described Weakland to the Mirror as quiet and “a good kid” who has not been in any serious trouble, but has been defiant, and ran away because he doesn’t want to follow his mother’s rules.

Following the release of the video, the department responded by noting that there was an internal investigation underway.

“An internal investigation is being conducted to determine the facts and circumstances around the video,” Trooper David McGarvey, spokesman for Troop G in Hollidaysburg, said in a statement Friday.

Weakland’s parents are now asking that all charges over this incident be dropped as their son is the victim.

If you would like to voice your concern over what you see in the video below, you can do so at the Pennsylvania State Police Facebook page, here. 

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Cops beat handcuffed man so violently he lost his leg but it’s taxpayers who are held liable in lawsuit

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The citizens of the village of Green Island have been held liable for $375,000 to settle a federal lawsuit after police arrested a man so violently that he lost his leg.

Kevin T. Kavanaugh filed a civil rights lawsuit after a violent arrest that started when state troopers smelled marijuana. After police smelled the plant, Kavanaugh made the poor decision of fleeing in his vehicle and led police on a high speed chase.

According to the lawsuit, after Kavanaugh finally surrendered, he was brutally beaten for no reason, handcuffed and then an officer violently and unnecessarily began twisting his lower leg until the bones snapped apart.

“This wasn’t just a broken ankle. Kevin had pins and screws in his ankle (from a prior injury) and they basically twisted his ankle until they popped out of the bone,” said his attorney, Lee Kindlon. “They actually killed his leg, and it was dying from the toe up.”

After the violent arrest, Kavanaugh was denied proper medical care leading to severe complications. Multiple other parties outside of the arresting officers were complicit in his abuse, according to the suit.

As the Times Union reports, last year, several other police agencies that were involved in the arrest – or with Kavanaugh’s custody and treatment following his arrest – also reached settlements in the case. Correctional Medical Care, Inc., a Pennsylvania company which had previously provided medical services at the Albany County jail, agreed to pay $84,000. The other police agencies, including the State Police and Watervliet Police Department, paid smaller amounts that totaled roughly $13,000.

After Kavanaugh finally stopped his car, according to the lawsuit, he climbed out of the vehicle and surrendered. At this point, according to the suit, police officers threw him to the ground, beat him with a club, and began kicking him in the head.

According to police, they used the force necessary to subdue Kavanaugh. However, as TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, when people run from police, even after surrendering, police will kick, punch, or stomp a non-violent and totally compliant person.

After he was beaten and placed in handcuffs, according to the lawsuit, a Green Island police officer-who Kavanaugh could not specifically identify-grabbed his foot and began violently twisting it, causing the severe damage.

Even one of the Green Island officers, Paul Johnson, testified in a pre-trial deposition that when they were processing Kavanaugh at their station, he complained of extreme pain in his lower leg that the officer said “just looked like a dead leg, grayish white, like a wax museum leg or something.”

In spite of the severe injuries Kavanaugh suffered during the arrest, he was denied the proper care and his injuries got worse. According to Kindlon, this was standard procedure for the jail’s medical provider as a way to maintain their profit margin.

“CMC’s actions always bothered me the most,” Kindlon said. “The way Correctional Medical Care worked is they got money if they didn’t send people to the hospital, if they didn’t refer people out. It’s grotesque the way their contract with the county operated.”

Instead of receiving the surgery he needed to save his leg, Kavanaugh was sent to Albany County Jail where he was unable to walk and begged officials for days to help him.

Days after begging and being unable to walk, Kavanaugh was finally brought to the hospital where his leg had to be amputated.

As the Times Union reports, the jail has a history of neglect leading to severe consequences.

Last year, in an unrelated case, Correctional Medical Care and Albany County agreed to pay nearly $1.1 million to the estate of a Troy man who died when nurses waited more than 12 hours to call an ambulance after he suffered a stroke while being held at the county jail in August 2014.

A report issued by the Commission of Correction in 2016 determined that the care given to 24-year-old Mark Cannon was “so grossly inadequate … it shocks the conscience.”

Indeed, a man having his leg amputated is also quite shocking. Kavanaugh is set to be released at the end of next month after serving five years for the 2013 incident. Although he had ketamine in his possession as well, had Kavanaugh lived in another state with legal marijuana, he would still be free and would still have his leg.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/387687-Cops-beat-handcuffed-man-so-violently-he-lost-his-leg-but-its-taxpayers-who-are-held-liable-in-lawsuit

Taxpayers Held Liable After Cops Beat Handcuffed Man So Badly He Lost His Leg

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Albany, NY — The citizens of the village of Green Island have been held liable for $375,000 to settle a federal lawsuit after police arrested a man so violently that he lost his leg.

Kevin T. Kavanaugh filed a civil rights lawsuit after a violent arrest that started when state troopers smelled marijuana. After police smelled the plant, Kavanaugh made the poor decision of fleeing in his vehicle and led police on a high speed chase.

According to the lawsuit, after Kavanaugh finally surrendered, he was brutally beaten for no reason, handcuffed and then an officer violently and unnecessarily began twisting his lower leg until the bones snapped apart.

“This wasn’t just a broken ankle. Kevin had pins and screws in his ankle (from a prior injury) and they basically twisted his ankle until they popped out of the bone,” said his attorney, Lee Kindlon. “They actually killed his leg, and it was dying from the toe up.”

After the violent arrest, Kavanaugh was denied proper medical care leading to severe complications. Multiple other parties outside of the arresting officers were complicit in his abuse, according to the suit.

As the Times Union reports, last year, several other police agencies that were involved in the arrest — or with Kavanaugh’s custody and treatment following his arrest — also reached settlements in the case. Correctional Medical Care, Inc., a Pennsylvania company which had previously provided medical services at the Albany County jail, agreed to pay $84,000. The other police agencies, including the State Police and Watervliet Police Department, paid smaller amounts that totaled roughly $13,000.

After Kavanaugh finally stopped his car, according to the lawsuit, he climbed out of the vehicle and surrendered. At this point, according to the suit, police officers threw him to the ground, beat him with a club, and began kicking him in the head.

According to police, they used the force necessary to subdue Kavanaugh. However, as TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, when people run from police, even after surrendering, police will kick, punch, or stomp a non-violent and totally compliant person.

After he was beaten and placed in handcuffs, according to the lawsuit, a Green Island police officer—who Kavanaugh could not specifically identify—grabbed his foot and began violently twisting it, causing the severe damage.

Even one of the Green Island officers, Paul Johnson, testified in a pre-trial deposition that when they were processing Kavanaugh at their station, he complained of extreme pain in his lower leg that the officer said “just looked like a dead leg, grayish white, like a wax museum leg or something.”

In spite of the severe injuries Kavanaugh suffered during the arrest, he was denied the proper care and his injuries got worse. According to Kindlon, this was standard procedure for the jail’s medical provider as a way to maintain their profit margin.

“CMC’s actions always bothered me the most,” Kindlon said. “The way Correctional Medical Care worked is they got money if they didn’t send people to the hospital, if they didn’t refer people out. It’s grotesque the way their contract with the county operated.”

Instead of receiving the surgery he needed to save his leg, Kavanaugh was sent to Albany County Jail where he was unable to walk and begged officials for days to help him.

Days after begging and being unable to walk, Kavanaugh was finally brought to the hospital where his leg had to be amputated.

As the Times Union reports, the jail has a history of neglect leading to severe consequences.

Last year, in an unrelated case, Correctional Medical Care and Albany County agreed to pay nearly $1.1 million to the estate of a Troy man who died when nurses waited more than 12 hours to call an ambulance after he suffered a stroke while being held at the county jail in August 2014.

A report issued by the Commission of Correction in 2016 determined that the care given to 24-year-old Mark Cannon was “so grossly inadequate … it shocks the conscience.”

Indeed, a man having his leg amputated is also quite shocking. Kavanaugh is set to be released at the end of next month after serving five years for the 2013 incident. Although he had ketamine in his possession as well, had Kavanaugh lived in another state with legal marijuana, he would still be free and would still have his leg.

DASH cryptocurrency and The Free Thought Project have formed a partnership that will continue to spread the ideas of peace and freedom while simultaneously teaching people how to operate outside of the establishment systems of control like using cryptocurrency instead of dollars. Winning this battle is as simple as choosing to abstain from the violent corrupt old system and participating in the new and peaceful system that hands the power back to the people. DASH is this system.

DASH digital cash takes the control the banking elite has over money and gives it back to the people. It is the ultimate weapon in the battle against the money changers and information controllers.

If you’d like to start your own DASH wallet and be a part of this change and battle for peace and freedom, you can start right here. DASH is already accepted by vendors all across the world so you can begin using it immediately.

Source Article from https://thefreethoughtproject.com/taxpayers-held-liable-leg-arrest/

Witness Says Cops Sat Handcuffed Man Down In Back of Police Car—Then Shot Him

Matt Agorist–Spring Grove Police are being tight-lipped about a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon in which a man was shot while taking him into custody. According to a witness, who says she saw the entire arrest, police put him in the back of the cruiser and as he sat there, a cop pulled out his gun and shot him.

Amanda Cozio took photos during the arrest as well, which document her claims.

“He didn’t even warn him,” the 25-year-old woman said. “He pulled his gun out and shot … No warning, nothing. The guy didn’t do anything. He was sitting there … For him to be handcuffed and sitting down, why?”

Police have admitted to shooting the unidentified 33-year-old local. However, when asked if he was in handcuffs at the time of the shooting, they chose to remain silent.

While Southwestern Regional Police were there, “an officer fired his service pistol and struck the subject.”The man was then taken to York Hospital for treatment, state police said, according to the Evening Sun.

“At this time, we’re not confirming any information. It’s still an active investigation,” Trooper James Spencer said Thursday, when asked if the man was handcuffed.

According to Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean, the two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave and an outside agency is now investigating.

“Because of a department officer has used force, those cases are turned over to an outside agency to investigate,” Bean said. “In this case it’s the state police and so any questions just have to be directed to them because they are taking the lead here.”

In the images above, it appears that there is no struggle and the man appears to be cooperating.

According to police, and the 911 call below, officers responded to a disturbance call of a man who apparently refused to leave the bank.

Pennsylvania State Police issued a statement noting that “responding officers encountered a male subject inside of the bank that resulted in a confrontation.”

After engaging the man, officers are seen escorting him out, apparently without any trouble.

“I seen them bring a gentleman out in handcuffs,” Cozio said. “They walked him over to the car, slammed him on the side of the police cruiser and searched him.”

As the Evening Sun reported, Cozio said she did not see police seize anything from the man. Although the man was not physically resisting police, everyone was yelling — the man, the two police officers and a woman who was standing just feet from them.

The woman seen in the photo above was apparently yelling at the police, “He’s not in his right state of mind, you don’t understand,” Cozio said.

According to Cozio, after the brief spat of yelling, the man was placed in the back of the police car, but with his legs our and his feet on the ground. The car door was open, and the officer shot him.

“And they shot him,” Cozio said. “They shot him in the back of the car … while he was sitting down in the back of the cruiser … I don’t understand how this could happen.”

Moments later, according to the 911 scanner, the officer then radioed in “shots fired,” indicating that he’d shot the man in the leg. Police then asked dispatch to send EMS.

According to police, the man was shot in the leg and the bullet hit an artery, causing severe bleeding.

After he was shot, the man fell to the ground causing the woman who was with him to go into full panic mode. The woman began yelling, “You didn’t have to shoot him, why did you shoot him? He’s not in his right state of mind,” according to Cozio.

After watching this scene unfold, Cozio says she decided to step in and help the woman out so they didn’t shoot her too.

“I worried about, ‘Let’s get (her) back, so they don’t shoot her,” Cozio said. “She was crying and shaking.”

That woman then called York County 911 and asked for “regional police,” according to Cozio.

As the Evening Sun notes, a man then arrived and asked, “Who shot my son?” Cozio said she pointed to an officer and said, “Him right there.” The man then approached the officer and asked him, “Why did you shoot my son in handcuffs?” but the officer did not say anything, she said

The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he is in stable condition according to police. His charges, or what he did to get arrested, remain a mystery.

“Whatever he did inside the bank wasn’t right, but he didn’t deserve this,” Cozio said.

While we are not jumping to conclusions about all the facts to this story, it does make one wonder if some of these other instances of handcuffed individuals—shooting themselves in the head while handcuffed in the back of the police car—are true.

As TFTP reported in 2014, Victor White III, 22, reportedly “committed suicide,” while in handcuffs, in the back of a police vehicle, by shooting himself in the head.

“You can’t make me understand how my son took his left hand, when he was handcuffed behind the back, and shot himself. I don’t believe a thing they’re saying at this point,” Rev. Victor White II, the deceased’s father, said at the time.

Source Article from http://govtslaves.info/2018/06/witness-says-cops-sat-handcuffed-man-down-in-back-of-police-car-then-shot-him/

Horrific Video Shows Cops Release K9, Allow Him to Maul Handcuffed, Compliant Man

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Hayward, CA — A traffic stop for expired tags turned into a nightmare for a California man after Alameda County Police unleashed their K9 on a handcuffed man, who was not resisting. The attack was so horrific that the police did something they almost never do—they apologized.

The victim, Joshua Philips was driving a co-worker home early Monday morning when they were pulled over for having expired tags. The police then accused Philips of being intoxicated and placed him in handcuffs.

“He [an officer] asked me if I had a couple drinks. I said, ‘yes, I just got off work. I’m making sure my co-worker gets home safely,’” says Phillips.

Luckily for Philips, his co-worker decided to film the incident and the entire attack—from beginning to end—was captured on video.

In the video, the woman who is filming, is explaining that the police were profiling Phillips.

As the video shows, without warning, the dog is released from the car. It then circles the car once before it attacks Phillips.

Because he was in handcuffs, Phillips didn’t and couldn’t fight back, so he was at the officer’s mercy.

“He’s just biting and biting and biting. I’m not kicking because I don’t want to assault an officer,” said Phillips.

For nearly 30 seconds, the dog tore into Phillips’ leg as he screamed out in agony.

“I was asking questions and having a conversation with another deputy, so I don’t know why he attacked me. I didn’t have any drugs on me. I wasn’t being aggressive. I couldn’t wave my arms because my hands were handcuffed behind my back,” said Phillips.

According to police, they accidentally allowed the dog out of the car after an officer inadvertently pushed the release button on his remote.

For those who may not know, the police cruisers belonging to K9 handlers are often equipped with special doors that allow an officer to remotely open them in the event the officer is in a struggle.

“We feel very bad that this happened to this man. It was an unfortunate accident. The dog did everything the dog was supposed to do. Unfortunately, our handler pushed the button inadvertently with his equipment,” said Alameda County Sheriff Office Sgt. Ray Kelly.

Although police are calling it an accident, as the video shows, the officers appear to be unconcerned that their K9 is loose. The dog is also released as the officer is searching Phillips’ vehicle, suggesting that it could’ve been released to aid in the search.

Indeed, both Phillips and his passenger also responded to the police K9 being released by noting that there was nothing in the car. Phillips is not buying the official story and claims the officers deliberately released the K9.

“When I saw the dog I thought, ‘Oh, he’s going to use the dog to sniff for drugs – ha-ha-ha – I don’t have no drugs.’ That’s the only thing I’m thinking in my head, but he came and attacked me,” said Phillips. “I’m thinking it was on command.”

Also, as the video shows, when the officer points his flashlight at Phillips, the dog attacks as if to react to the light. Officers said that dogs aren’t trained to do this, however, and that it must have been a coincidence.

After they allowed their dog to maul him, police then arrested Phillips for DUI.

“This was a bad day for him and us. We didn’t want to make his day any more difficult, but he was cited for the drunk driving,” said Kelly.

Phillips told KTVU News that he is now planning on suing the department for damages. Because of the graphic nature of the video, it is likely certain that the taxpayers with be held liable for the negligence of these officers.

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DASH digital cash takes the control the banking elite has over money and gives it back to the people. It is the ultimate weapon in the battle against the money changers and information controllers.

If you’d like to start your own DASH wallet and be a part of this change and battle for peace and freedom, you can start right here. DASH is already accepted by vendors all across the world so you can begin using it immediately.

Source Article from https://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-k9-released-man-mauled-handcuffs/

Autistic 5th-Grader Handcuffed, Arrested for Playing With ‘Imaginary Gun’ at School

After the shooting in a Parkland, Florida high school earlier this year, the entire nation is on edge and is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Because authorities ignored the shooter’s threats, and essentially allowed the massacre to take place, police are being extra cautious now to ensure this does not happen again.

Since that fateful day, school children across the country have been arrested for threatening behavior. Now, however, a case out of Texas has many wondering if this reaction to fear is going to far as a 5th grade autistic student was arrested for “brandishing an imaginary rifle.”

On Monday, 12-year-old David Sims, a 5th grader in Conroe Independent School District’s Bozman Intermediate school, was handcuffed, hauled away and charged with a crime for motioning his hands like he had a gun.

The boy’s actions apparently threatened his art teacher who then called the police.

“She (CISD Police Officer) just put handcuffs on me and told me I need to go with her,” David told Fox 26.

“They just said, ‘We don’t tolerate that. We take it as a threat.’ A threat? He didn’t threaten anyone. He didn’t do anything but play,” said Amy Sims, David’s mother.

Sims explained that she was never notified of her son’s arrest until after he’d been booked. Sims noted that like many kids with autism, her son doesn’t understand that playing make believe guns on campus has become inappropriate behavior.

“Being put in handcuffs, not knowing what he did wrong, I could have had a talk with him and told him look, I know you like to play guns, but you can’t do it in school,” said Amy Sims.

Indeed, that is all that should have happened. However, this little boy is now facing criminal charges instead.

David was held for hours at the juvenile detention center on Monday wondering what it was that he did wrong.

According to Montgomery County Attorney, J.D. Lambright, the autistic child allegedly made a threat along with the make believe rifle. However, his mother disagrees.

Lambright told Fox 26 that because of David’s mental disability, he may be able to beat the charges.

“We want to get them turned around and on the right path,” Lambright said, implying that playing with an imaginary gun is how kids apparently get led astray.

Lambright explained that police are responding to similar incidents all across the district.

“Right after the Florida incident we were getting two a day, three a day and it wasn’t isolated to any particular school. We have six school districts in Montgomery County and they were coming in across the County,” said Lambright.

Although the school would not comment on this specific case, they did release a statement saying, “Situations involving students with special needs are responded to with consideration for each unique need.”

David’s mother believes that her son is certainly getting this special treatment, however, she calls it the discriminatory kind.

“Because he’s disabled, they automatically think he’s got something mental, so he might go shoot up a school,” said Amy Sims.

As for David, he will not be allowed back at the school and he must attend an alternative disciplinary school for the rest of the year.

Sadly, as schools across the country rely more and more on police to force student compliance, instead of training and common sense, this scenario becomes more common.

Last year, the Free Thought Project reported on 6-year-old Nicholas, who is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. Nicholas was kidnapped from his elementary school by police and imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital.

He was held, including multiple stints in a ‘seclusion room,’ for three days at River Point Behavioral Health — for a temper tantrum at school. 

If a 6-year-old boy was taken by police from a school and locked in an isolation room in the 90’s, you can rest assured that this would not fly. The same goes for a 12-year-old boy with autism getting arrested and charged with a crime for an imaginary gun. Now, however, police force as a reaction to childhood problems has become the go-to approach in the land of the free.

Source Article from http://govtslaves.info/2018/05/autistic-5th-grader-handcuffed-arrested-for-playing-with-imaginary-gun-at-school/

WATCH: Miami Cop Suspended After Kicking Handcuffed Man in Head on Video

Earlier today, the City of Miami Police Department issued an ominous statement: Chief Jorge Colina said he’d received a video of an officer clearly violating departmental policy. That cop had been relieved of duty, he reported, adding the department had sent the clip to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.

Now the video has surfaced. It shows an Miami Police officer taking a running start and then kicking a defenseless, handcuffed suspect in the head. A police department spokesperson confirmed this was the video in question.

Just before 5 p.m., MPD named the officer as Mario Figueroa, an officer who’s been on the force for two years. He is suspended with pay pending an internal investigation. MPD has so far declined to release any more information about his past Internal Affairs record or current salary and instructed New Times to file a records-request for more information.

The woman who posted the video, Lisa Harrell, wrote online that the officer was suspended after someone sent the clip to MPD. Harrell told New Times that the incident occurred around 9:40 a.m. today at an apartment complex near the intersection of NW Eighth Street and NW Seventh Avenue in Overtown, Miami’s historically black neighborhood. The area’s residents have complained for decades about overzealous and often brutal police tactics.

“So city of miami getting to reckless,” she wrote online. “He was down already. Didnt have to kick him!!! I will not let this go unnoticed. He was not resisting arrest he got on his knees and put his hands on his head. He WILLINGLY LAID DOWN. That fucking kick was uncalled for!!” [sic]

The victim of the officer’s kick is clearly not resisting during the video clip. It shows cops placing handcuffs on his limp arms as he lies face-down in a field of grass. Then, out of nowhere, a Miami cop sprints and kicks the man squarely in the head.

Chief Colina said the video “depicts a clear violation of policy.” The department waited roughly three hours after New Times requested the officers’ name to release that information to the public.

Just after 4:20 p.m. today, Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle — a prosecutor not exactly known for her tough stance on police-misconduct cases — announced that her office’s Public Corruption unit has opened an investigation into the beating.

“I have watched today’s Culmer Place video involving a uniformed City of Miami Police Officer and I was shocked and appalled by what I saw,” Rundle said in a news release. “Assistant State Attorney Johnette Hardiman, of my Public Corruption Unit, has been assigned to immediately open an investigation.”

Use-of-force complaints have long been a persistent problem at Miami PD. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a damning report that the department had “engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive use of force through officer-involved shootings in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.” (The DOJ is technically still monitoring MPD’s treatment of people of color, in particular.) Though shootings by cops seem to have dropped since the DOJ investigation ended, MPD has been repeatedly sued for alleged beatings, shootings, and other potential violations of the law.

Multiple videos published in 2018 have shown Miami officers choking suspects or grabbing them by the neck, for example. Just this week, the city’s Civilian Investigative Panel, a group that probes complaints against the police (but lacks power to punish officers) ruled a group of Miami cops violated both departmental policy and Florida law by strip-searching a woman in the middle of a busy Wynwood street. MPD’s internal affairs unit, however, cleared the officers of wrongdoing.

“This is outrageous,” the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida tweeted after this story was initially published. “This type of excessive and unnecessary use of force by police, particularly against people of color, fits a pattern that needs to end.”

Source: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/video-shows-miami-cop-kicking-man-in-head-10319164

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Cop Fired After Video Shows Him Kick Handcuffed Man’s Head Like a Soccer Ball

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Miami, FL – A police officer was relieved of duty on Thursday, hours after a disturbing video was posted on Facebook that showed him running up to a man who was handcuffed and restrained on the ground, and kicking his head like a soccer ball for no apparent reason.

The video was posted by Facebook user Lisa Harrell, and it showed a man lying on the grass in the yard outside of a house with his hands behind his back. A police officer was standing a few feet away, and he pulled out a pair of handcuffs from his belt and skipped over to the man who was already in full surrender position. The officer locked the man’s hands in the handcuffs, and the man did not appear to resist arrest in any way.

As the first officer finished putting on the handcuffs, a second officer came running up and he forcefully and intentionally kicked the man’s head as if it was a soccer ball, all while the man lay on the ground with his hands restrained, an officer sitting on his back, and no possible way to pose a threat to the officer who assaulted him, or to defend himself.

The officer who kicked the man then turned around, knelt down, and slammed the man’s head into the ground, assaulting him a second time as three other officers approached the scene, and the video ended.

You didn’t have to do all that, buddy. You tripping,” Harrell remarked after she recorded the encounter. In her Facebook post, she noted that the suspect “was down already” and that the officer “didn’t have to kick him.”

He was already in handcuffs, he was not resisting or anything,” Harrell told Local 10 News. “He was already in handcuffs and the other one came running out of nowhere and kicked him like a football and basically jumped on him.”

Harrell also said she hopes that by drawing attention to this incident, it teaches the officer a lesson, and deters police departments from hiring him in the future.

“I hope nobody else hires him because you can’t do stuff like that. That is against your job duties,” Harrell said. “You are not here to hurt people, you are here to protect people. If he did something wrong, I understand. He is a criminal he should go to jail. I understand. But you don’t have to hurt him.”

Police identified the handcuffed man on the ground as David Suazo, and the officer who kicked him as Mario Figuerroa. While police claimed that officers began chasing Suazo because they believed he was driving a stolen car, and they say he crashed it into a nearby wall and took off running, the video of the encounter shows a man surrendering to police and showing no signs that he was going to get up and run.

What’s more, none of the other police officers mentioned the kick in the police report. The report only noted that “while placing the defendant into the back of the police vehicle, the defendant started to tense up his body to avoid being placed in the vehicle.” What measures the officers took to get him inside the vehicle weren’t in the report either.

Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina confirmed that Officer Figuerroa, who has been with the department for two years, has been relieved of duty.

“The city of Miami Police Department received a video on an incident involving one of my officers,” Colina said. “The video depicts a clear violation of policy. The officer has been relieved of duty and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has been contacted.”

Suazo’s sister, Maritza Valerio, told CBS Miami that she was shocked to see the video on Facebook because police told the family that nothing happened during the arrest.

“I go home and saw it on Facebook and God, there’s the video of what the sergeant on the scene alleged didn’t happen, which is my brother being on the ground already handcuffed and being kicked in the face by another officer,” Valerio said.

It remains to be seen whether Figuerroa will face charges for his actions, but the fact that the department was quick to relieve him of duty following the release of the footage is a good start.

If you would like to contact the Miami-Dade Police Department to express your opinion on the chief’s response to the excessive force used by Officer Figuerroa, you can call
(305) 476-5423, or visit the department’s Facebook page.

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WATCH: Massive Cop Slams Handcuffed Teen Girl into Counter for “Mouthing Off”

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San Antonio, TX — A San Antonio police officer is under an internal investigation this week after cellphone video shows him slam a handcuffed 16-year-old girl into the counter in her school office and then force her down as she screamed for help.

According to the girl and the San Antonio police department, the entire incident allegedly began over cussing.

The incident occurred during school hours on Wednesday after an SAPD officer was called to Por Vida Charter High School. The officer was not called to the school to arrest the girl. Instead, he was there to remove a Spanish-speaking woman from the office for refusing to leave.

The 16-year-old girl, Tiffany Rodriguez explained to KABB news that the woman did not speak English and she thought the officer was treating her unfairly. So, she spoke up about it.

“Yeah I was mouthing off, but I was mouthing off to help the lady out like translating Spanish, because he didn’t know Spanish,” said Rodriguez.

This apparent mouthing off caused the officer to grab the young girl who is one-third his size and begin throwing her around like a rag doll.

“He slammed me against the door and I have a bump right here to show it. And when he had me against the door I told him to stop, like to let me go – he grabbed my arm and he twisted it,” Rodriguez said.

When the video begins, the officer has Rodriguez pinned in the corner on a chair and bystanders are asking why she is being treated in such a manner. A student, identified as Casandra Ortiz can be heard saying that the officer had her shoved in the corner because “she (Rodriguez) didn’t want to move over here.”

Ortiz and Rodriguez were in the office on Wednesday because they were in trouble for being out of uniform and cussing—two offenses that certainly warrant a trip to the office, but definitely not worthy of police action.

“I knew her for so long it hurt me to see her getting thrown around everywhere,” Ortiz said.

The woman taking the video was Ortiz’s mother, Jessica Villarreal who says she rushed into the office and began filming because she heard screaming.

“You can’t drag around a child like that, I don’t care how mad they get you, you’re an adult – you don’t grab a child like that,” Villarreal said.

According to Rodriguez, when she was brought to the juvenile detention center her arm and shoulder had to be examined for injuries. Now, for mouthing off, this 16-year-old girl will have a criminal record as she was booked on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

After the video was shown to the the SAPD, the department claimed they launched an internal investigation. The officer was also wearing a body camera, however, according to police on Thursday, they have not yet reviewed it.

As for Rodriguez, she feels strongly about what happened to her and has a recommendation.

“I just think that he shouldn’t be working as a cop if he is going to be doing that to kids,” said Rodriguez.

Sadly, this is the second video in only two weeks showing a police officer manhandling teenage girls.

As TFTP reported earlier this month, body camera footage of a Gloucester Township police officer in Pennsylvania was recently released which captured the disturbing assault of a small 13-year-old girl by a massive cop. The attack was so deeply troubling that the officer has actually been suspended and subsequently charged—after his own cops turned on him.

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

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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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