Disturbing Body Cam Shows Cop Murder Unarmed Mentally Ill Man With Hands Up—Cop Charged

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Oklahoma City, OK — Another homicide of a mentally-ill civilian has taken place again at the hands of law enforcement. And while most police officers enjoy special protections under the law, called “qualified immunity from prosecution,” this time, an Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with second-degree murder.

Police were called November 15th, to the 1400 Block of SW 20, to assist a suicidal man, 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon. Upon arrival, OKC officers along with officer Sgt. Keith Patrick Sweeney encountered Pigeon in his yard. The disturbed young man had doused himself with lighter fluid, yet was compliant with some of the commands the officers were giving him, just not the one to put the lighter fluid down. After being told to “put it down,” Pigeon said:

Back up, hey back up, I’ve got my hands up. My hands are up, my hands are up.

Body cameras caught the killing on tape. Pigeon was backing up, facing the officers as they approached. “I will fucking shoot you,” someone yells. And shoot they did. The first officer (unnamed) used a less-than-lethal beanbag, in a humane attempt to get Pigeon to drop the lighter fluid. The second volley of bullets came from Sweeney’s gun, who remarked after the shooting:

Is that a knife in his hand?

The question seemed to befuddle his colleague, the other officer, who simply said,

It’s lighter fluid.

Pigeon was killed instantly. Sweeney then commented he had no idea the first shot he heard was a bean bag round. The sergeant’s justification for shooting Pigeon was not enough to keep his superiors from charging him with second-degree murder.

The subsequent investigation into the shooting concluded Pigeon was no threat to anyone other than himself and the shooting was unjustified. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater then filed murder charges against the officer who is being held without bail in the county jail. Prater addressed the case against Sweeney.

Pigeon would not drop the lighter…But was substantially compliant with the officers’ orders. At one point, Mr. Pigeon dropped his hands to waist level…Sweeney should not have been yelling orders…They’re talking to him, trying to get him to drop it.

It’s one small victory for a killer cop to even be indicted, it will be an entirely different story for Oklahomans to convict Sweeney for 2nd Degree Murder. As in the case of Philando Castile, even with damning evidence, few juries have the courage to convict a police officer. Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty by a jury of his peers, even though dash camera footage and the other eyewitness at the scene testified he killed Castile in cold blood.

It was not the first time Sweeney was involved in an officer-involved shooting of a man with disabilities. Prater is reportedly reviewing the facts, according to the medical examiner’s report, in the case of the shooting of a deaf man, although no details of the case were readily available for the press. For now, Sweeney is saying he “feared for his life” because he believed Pigeon had a knife. Prater apparently does not believe Sweeney’s defense but would only say:

It will be a jury’s decision and duty to determine exactly the truth and voracity of that statement.

Trigger-happy police officers, such as Sweeney appears to be, need to understand they can no longer depend on the statement, “I feared for my life,” as reasonable cause to take another human’s life, especially those with special needs, mental illness included. No longer will district attorneys give police officers a free pass when it comes to officer-involved shootings. We applaud the bravery of DA Prater and hope other district attorneys will follow his lead and get these killer cops off the streets.

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[WATCH] Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Who Killed Man With Hands Up Wont Be Charged


Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers will not be charged after killing a Charlotte man in September who carried an unloaded gun but had his hands raised when he was shot, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray announced Friday.

Courtney Suggs and David Guerra have been on paid administrative leave since Sept. 6, when 29-year-old Ruben Galindo called 911 and was shot by officers responding to his call.

On the night of the shooting, Galindo told dispatchers he was trying to turn himself in for an upcoming court date involving an earlier arrest for pointing a gun at someone. In the 911 call released to the Observer, Galindo tells the dispatcher he has a gun on him, but repeats the phrase “I have no bullets” in Spanish.

In Murray’s report, he ruled Galindo failed to follow officers’ commands to put his weapon down. He also said Galindo was impaired during the encounter. (A toxicology report released Tuesday showed Galindo had a blood-alcohol level of .23 but no drugs in his system.)

“While it is entirely possible that Galindo’s intent was to surrender to police and give them the firearm, other alternatives that could have been lethal to the officers, neighbors in the community or other occupants of the residence were just as likely based on the information available to Officer Guerra in the seconds he had to evaluate the situation,” Murray said. “This officer-involved shooting was indisputably tragic, but it was not unlawful.”

Suggs has been working for the department since December 2014 and Guerra was hired in April 2013.

The police officers’ attorneys welcomed the decision, and said it was supported by fact, including Galindo’s refusal to put down the gun, his apparent drunkenness and that he had his upcoming court date.

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Saudi Arabia hands protest note to Germany over comments on Lebanon crisis

Riyadh will hand a protest note to Germany’s ambassador to the Kingdom rebutting comments by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday. Earlier this week, Gabriel criticized Saudi interference in Lebanon’s internal affairs. His statement has been described not only as “incorrect,” but also “outrageous and unjustified” by Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom’s ambassador to Germany has also been summoned to Riyadh for consultations following Berlin’s remarks, which were considered destabilizing by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to SPA.

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NYPD Cops Beat Man Who Had His Hands Up, Because They ‘Thought He Stole A Pizza’


New York City Police officers were caught on a grocery store surveillance video beating a young African American man who was holding his hands up. The police say that their reason for beating the youth, who was clearly trying to surrender to the violent NYPD thugs was because they “thought” he had stolen a $3 slice of pizza.
As it turned out, there was no pizza stolen.

But facts didn’t matter to Officer Lenny Lutchman and his partner Pearce Martinez, who administered the brutal beating to Thomas Jennings, 24, in a Brooklyn grocery store.

Right after Jennings raises his hands, suddenly, Lutchman’s partner Pearce Martinez charges in and delivers a running-right handed punch to Jenning’s head.

Punch after punch followed, as Lutchman quickly took his cue and began raining down punches and baton strikes as well.

The whole time, Jennings just curls up to endure the beating. He never once tries to fight back or even flee. This did not stop the beating.

Officer Martinez can be seen in the video handcuffing Jennings. All the while, Officer Lutchman continues beating him, even though Jennings has his hands behind his back the whole time.

“I didn’t ever know it was coming,” Jennings said to the New York Daily News.

Jennings was actually charged with “robbery” and was denied bail for nearly a week.

After that, prosecutors released him and declined to present the dubious case to a grand jury.

Amy Rameau, Jennings’ attorney, explained that she is confident the entire case will be thrown out or dropped, as there was no robbery whatsoever.

“It’s horrendous what they did to him,” Rameau said to the Daily News. “He had his hands up. He didn’t pose a threat to anyone in that store. It was an absolute use of excessive force.”

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Horrifying Video Shows Cops Kill Man as He Had His Hands in the Air

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Charlotte Mecklenburg, NC — Rueben Galindo, 29, wanted to turn in his gun to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police. No longer wanting to be in possession of his firearm, according to his wife Azucena Zamoraro, he decided to call police to make arrangements to turn it in. Little did he know calling 911 would be the last phone call he’d ever make.

Answering the 911 call, an unnamed police dispatcher asked Galindo (as police officers were en route to his apartment) if he had any guns in the home. He said he had a gun in his bag. He asked her if she wanted him to retrieve it and she said, “si, si”, meaning yes in English. Spanish-speaking Galindo had spent 15 minutes prior talking to 911 operators who decided police would have to come to the home.

Galindo was more than happy to retrieve the gun to give it to the officers when they arrived. Over and over again, he told the 911 dispatcher that he had no bullets for his gun. She also reassured him that they were there to help him. In her defense, she did tell the allegedly drunk man that he should leave the weapon. Clearly, he was confused, and possibly perceived her message to mean he must leave it with the policemen.

He explained to her that he would be happy to “leave” it with police but he didn’t know where they were. He asked:

Donde Estan? (Meaning where are the police so I can give it to them – implied)

When officers arrived, they began shouting to Galindo “manos” which means only “hands” in Spanish. Other officers told him to throw the gun down. Still, another officer told him to put his hands up, which he did. He had his hands up for several seconds before one officer opened fire, hitting him twice, killing him. Galindo can be heard taking his final gasping breaths as the 911 call ends.

Instantly, Galindo’s family went into hysteria, screaming, crying, cursing, expressing the only emotion they could at the horror they had just witnessed before their eyes. In the chaos, the very officers who’d just shot and killed their father and husband, now had their guns trained on them as well.

Experts and community leaders are now calling the officer-involved shooting a homicide and, understandably, they want the officers to be held accountable for their actions. They point to multiple camera angles of video footage obtained through court order by the Charlotte Observer as the proof they need to demand justice.

Standing with Officer David Guerra, who apparently fired the fatal shots, is CMPD Chief Kerr Putney. Chief Putney said at some point during the contact with police, Officer Guerra perceived Galindo to be a threat. The chief said:

I’m not going to second-guess how (officers) perceive a lethal threat

While it is clear the chief of police is standing by his officer’s decision to shoot and kill Galindo, others are calling what happened to the man who called 911 for help either manslaughter or murder. The Charlotte Observer consulted with former police officer and criminal justice expert Phil Stinson who teaches sat Bowling Green State University.

In and of itself, the video does not show that the officers are legally justified to shoot…Without legal justification you’re left with either murder or manslaughter. This one, I’ve watched it a dozen times and I question whether a murder has been committed.

From the body camera footage released this week, officers can be seen approaching the apartment with long guns, something that is not standard procedure arguably when people are attempting to surrender a firearm. The reason they did so, according to the Charlotte Observer, was because Galindo had been charged in April with assault for pointing a weapon at someone. Also, the dispatcher told them he did not want to put it down prior to their arrival.

Galindo’s death is the latest in a series of controversial shootings in the Charlotte area within the last few years.

Did Galindo have a death wish? Was the police shooting justified? Should police be charged with manslaughter or murder for shooting someone who refused to put down a gun that reportedly had no bullets inside? These questions and more remain. Feel free to like, share, and comment below.

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Remember when Barack Obama and Eric Holder allowed guns to be put in the hands of Mexican drug cartels in order to cause maximum violence?

Image: Remember when Barack Obama and Eric Holder allowed guns to be put in the hands of Mexican drug cartels in order to cause maximum violence?

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As Democrats and Left-wing “progressive” anti-gun activists continue to push for gun bans and other erosions of the Second Amendment following the terrible mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, it is well to remember that, once upon a time, a pair of notable Democrats did their best to ensure that kind of violence occurred as often as possible south of the U.S. border.

Early in President Obama’s tenure, he and Attorney General Eric Holder cooked up a scheme to send thousands of U.S.-based “assault weapons” — that is, semi-automatic rifles which cosmetically resemble real assault weapons — into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The goal was to ensure the guns led to maximum death and carnage so that the Obama administration could then push for far stricter gun control laws that included complete bans on certain weapons.

The operation was called “Fast and Furious,” and it was run by an agency that answered to Holder Justice Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

As reported by the New York Post, the operation was a Department of Justice-run program that allowed thousands of rifles including .50-caliber rifles with a range of nearly two miles and powerful enough to take down a helicopter to be sold to the cartels, allegedly so they could be “tracked” back to the illegal drug-running operations.

However, the Post noted, “internal documents later revealed the real goal was to gin up a crisis requiring a crackdown on guns in America. (Related: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Official story of Las Vegas shooting unravels; physical impossibility of lone gunman senior citizen makes narrative ludicrous.)

“Fast and Furious was merely a pretext for imposing stricter gun laws,” the Post noted — even if that meant scores of people would have to die in order to achieve the political objective of more gun control.

Talk about sick.

In fact, the guns did cause death, mayhem, and carnage:

…[T]he scheme backfired when Justice agents lost track of the nearly 2,000 guns sold through the program and they started turning up at murder scenes on both sides of the border — including one that claimed the life of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

While then-Attorney General Eric Holder was focused on politics, people were dying. At least 20 other deaths or violent crimes have been linked to Fast and Furious-trafficked guns.

The plot came to light after Terry’s death in 2010 at the hands of Mexican drug bandits; he was shot in the back with what was essentially an Obama/Holder-supplied rifle. But then, getting caught red-handed in the scandal, “the most transparent administration in history” lied repeatedly to Congress about the program, denying it ever existed. At one point, reported Newsroom American, Obama even extended executive privilege to Holder in regards to documents that were related to Fast and Furious. The site noted further:

[House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell] Issa [R-Calif.] and his committee have regularly demanded scores of documents from the Justice Department pertaining to the botched operation, in which the BATF allowed straw purchasers to buy guns from the U.S. and supply them to Mexican drug cartels south of the border.

The administration stonewalled on the documents, leading to a contempt of Congress citation for Holder.

However, as the Post noted, in May 2016 — when the Obama administration was gearing up to spy on the presidential campaign of then-GOP candidate Donald J. Trump — a federal court ordered the release of 20,000 pages of emails and memos that had been previously denied Congress and others looking into the scandal. “A preliminary review shows top Obama officials deliberately obstructing congressional probes into the border gun-running operation,” the Post noted.

Bottom line: Obama and Holder purposely created a situation that led to the slaughter of scores of people, including at least one federal agent, for the sole purpose of subverting the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

What disgusting treachery.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

Sources include:

TheNationalSentinel.com

NYPost.com

NewsroomAmerica.com

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Trump defends NFL tweets amid Puerto Rico crisis: 'I have plenty of time on my hands'

President Trump defended his barrage of tweets berating professional athletes as Puerto Rico reels in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Denying he was preoccupied by his feud with the National Football League, Trump said Tuesday, “I have plenty of time on my hands. All I do is work.”

The president has been embroiled in a five-day controversy stemming from his criticism of football players who kneel during the playing of the national anthem. Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, began demonstrating in 2016 to draw attention to police brutality and racial injustice, and other players followed suit.

At a rally Friday, Trump mused, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired.’”

In the days since, Trump has tweeted furiously about the issue, vilifying “certain players” who protest and demanding the NFL make a rule that players must stand during the playing of the national anthem.

“To me, the NFL situation is a very important situation,” Trump said Tuesday, rejecting the idea that his fixation on it has hobbled his response to Hurricane Maria.

The Category 4 storm made landfall in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, Sept. 20. Most of the island remains without power, and at least 16 people have died. Trump said Monday he will visit Puerto Rico, which he described as “literally destroyed,” next week.

“It’s the most difficult job because it’s on an island,” Trump said of aid efforts. “It’s on an island in the middle of the ocean. It’s out in the ocean. You can’t just drive your trucks there from other states.”

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Grandfather hands stranger's toddler $20 bill in Target for most tragic reason

A mother shopping with her young son in Target was caught off guard when an elderly man gave the toddler a $20 bill — but when he explained himself, she was reduced to tears.

Alyssa Hacker, of Coweta, Oklahoma, says she was visiting the Fort Smith Target with her son Owen when the gregarious child struck up a conversation with a fellow shopper.

“We were at target waiting on Grammi and we found some dinosaurs,” Hacker wrote on Facebook. “Owen grabbed all 3 and we were trying to pick out which one he wanted when Owen abruptly yelled ‘HI’ at this older man walking past us.”

Hacker says the gentleman began interacting with her son, which initially made her feel a bit uncomfortable.

“He turned around and said ‘hey sweet boy,'” she continued. “He proceeded to play dinosaurs with Owen and with this crazy world we live in I was a little hesitant as too (sic) how close he was with Owen.”

But when Hacker found out the reason why the man wanted to play with her child, her uneasiness turned into overwhelming emotion. 

“The man got his wallet out and pulled a $20 out, he put it in Owens pocket on his shirt and said ‘I just lost my 2 year old grandson last week. You take this money and buy this boy all three dinosaurs’ and rubbed Owens back, wiped his tears and walked off,” she wrote. 

Hacker says she “cried in the middle of Target” over the brief interaction — and apparently, she wasn’t the only one who was moved by the man’s actions.

At the time of writing, Hacker’s story has received nearly 330,000 reactions and almost 125,000 shares.

“There is still some good in this world,” she ended her post. 

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