New Jersey – A handcuffed man wearing a jacket and no pants was sitting on the ground outside a home he was allegedly trying to burglarize when a Penns Grove police officer kicked him in the face, according to newly-obtained video of the incident.
Officer George J. Manganaro, 29, was charged Nov. 28 with aggravated assault after the Thanksgiving morning incident in Carneys Point and has been suspended from the force.
In the one-minute dashcam video obtained by NJ Advance Media this week, the suspect, identified as Xaviel Ramos, 22 of Hopatcong, is seen in handcuffs with an officer holding on to his arm.
Ramos begins trying to walk away but is pulled back by the officer and put on the ground. A few seconds later, Ramos appears to attempt to get up when Manganaro, who was standing to his left, is seen kicking him in the head, knocking him down. Manganaro is then seen walking toward the patrol car to pick up the hat he knocked off Ramos’ head.
Police responded to the home on Courses Landing Road on Nov. 23. after a woman at the house called 911 to report that someone had either thrown a brick through their window or punched through it and that her boyfriend was holding on to him until police arrived.
“The guy punched through the window and I guess he was trying to get into our house,” the woman said on the call. “And when he did that my boyfriend grabbed his arm and said ‘oh no buddy you’re not going anywhere.’”
She also added that he appeared to be disoriented.
“Something’s wrong with him,” she said. “We think he’s drunk.”
Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan said Ramos had a minor cut to his face and was taken to Salem Memorial Hospital because he had been out in the cold, not because of the injury to his face. Hospital staff determined he was suffering from hypothermia.
Ramos had been traveling from North Carolina on his way home for Thanksgiving, Lenahan said.
“He had been out of his car for almost two hours walking through the fields trying to recover his dogs,” Lenahan said.
Ramos told the officers he was trying to break in to get warm.
“The Penns Grove Police Department finds this behavior unacceptable,” Penns Grove Police Chief John Stranahan Sr. said in a statement when the charges were filed. “Our officers must adhere to the core values established by our department policies.”
Ramos is scheduled to appear in court for his charges Jan. 18 while Manganaro is expected to appear for his aggravated assault charge Jan. 25.
“Xaviel and the rest of the family put this behind them,” Carlos Ramos, Xaviel’s father, said. “We have nothing to do with what’s going forward. That’s between the prosecutor’s office and whatever is going on.”
A man who was handed the phone at Manganaro’s listed number hung up when a reporter for NJ Advance Media identified himself seeking comment.
On the use of force report filed for this incident, it says Ramos was resisiting police officer control and was under the influence.
In September 2016, Manganaro sued Penns Grove, a community activist, councilwoman and the school district, claiming negligence after he was allegedly injured on duty.
It stemmed from a 2014 incident where Manganaro was responding to a call for reports of underage drinking at a basketball game at the school gym and Walter Hudson, a community activist got involved and resisted arrest by using physical force against Manganaro. A use of force report was also filed in that incident and Manganaro said on the report that he used a compliance hold on Hudson for self-defense, defense of another, to effect an arrest and to restrain for safety.
However, Manganaro claimed in his lawsuit he was permanently injured when Hudson, a school board member at the time, threw him to the ground. Hudson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault against a police officer and was sentenced to probation.
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Broward County, FL — Another unarmed citizen has been killed by police, helping to bring the total number of Americans killed by cops this year to 1,119. Jean Pedro Pierre, 42, was killed by Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Briggs after Pierre attacked Briggs’ colleague and fellow officer Sean Youngward, knocking him to the ground, and then holding his foot.
Most of the incident was caught on video. In one segment, Pierre can be seen taking a swipe at Youngward, an officer who showed incredible restraint, even though he was knocked to the ground, kicked, and attempting to fight off Pierre with a collapsible baton. His taser had already failed, apparently not making contact with Pierre’s skin.
Bystanders who witnessed the incident from upper floors of the complex also began recording. The video shows a dominant Pierre, who ultimately stopped kicking Youngward briefly while backup for Youngblood was arriving.
Several citizens can be heard attempting to reason with the deranged man in the hopes he would not be shot and killed. They told him:
Turn him loose dog…Don’t get yourself in no trouble…Bro, bro, Let go his leg, man…There’s more coming, bro…Think smart. Let go his leg bro…let him go bro. They’re gonna shoot you bro…they’re gonna shoot you, bro…Let him go, let him go! Be smart.
Quite possibly the most disturbing plea by the public was when bystanders pleaded with arriving officers not to shoot Pierre. They screamed:
Tase him. Tase him. Don’t shoot him. He don’t have a gun.
Pierre then begins kicking Youngward again. Briggs draws down on Pierre, and when the man charges him, the officer then fires three seemingly carefully placed shots into his torso. He later died in the hospital from his injuries.
The entire incident, once again, raises serious questions about how much violence police should endure before they are allowed to use deadly force. Youngward could have used deadly force. He chose not to do so and instead used a less lethal approach. He also didn’t attempt to wrestle his way out of the position where Pierre had control of his foot.
Another question which remains is whether or not Pierre was suffering from some mental break with reality, mania, psychosis, or otherwise. What is certain is that Pierre, according to his friends is:
…a loving, caring person. Loved his family, loved his kids. This is devastating to all of us, it’s not making sense.
The video quickly went viral, even before closed-circuit security footage was made available to the public which showed the first encounter whereby Pierre was seen attempting to punch Youngward.
Sheriff Scott Israel held a press conference and told the public the video being circulated did not show the entire encounter and while people can develop their own opinions they are “not entitled to their own set of facts” — facts he said which are indisputable:
Deputy Sean Youngward was attacked, attacked by Mr. Pierre. He was punched, he was kicked and he was knocked to the ground,” Israel said. It was a violent encounter.
What do you think? Could the police have resorted to “less than lethal” measures to end the incident peacefully? Should they be forced to attempt less than lethal measures first? Like, comment, and share.
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/unarmed-citizen-shot-police-caught-camera/
Another jaw-dropping report was released this week that draws attention to the staggering wealth of just a small handful of people as compared to everyone else. America’s richest one percent now own more wealth than the poorest 90 percent of the entire country—combined. Indeed, according to the most recent data by economist Edward N. Wolff, this very elite group of people owns nearly half of the entire country’s wealth.
The paper, written by economist Edward N. Wolff, used data from the federal Survey of Consumer Finances. The data showed that the wealth owned by the one percent shot up by nearly three percentage points since 2013, from 36.7 percent to 39.6 percent. That number represents the most wealth owned by the one-percenters in over five decades.
As the rich got richer, the poor got poorer as the data shows the wealth of the poorest 90 percent has decreased. As a result, the top one percent of households now own more than the bottom 90 percent combined.
To put this disparity of wealth in perspective, Wolff notes that the mean net worth of the top one percent is roughly $26.4 million while the mean net wealth of the poorest 90 percent is actually negative at -$8,900.
“The percentage increase in net worth from 1983 to 2016 was much greater for the top wealth groups than for those lower in the distribution… all in all, the greatest gains in wealth were enjoyed by the upper 20 percent, particularly the top 0.1 [percent],” Wolff wrote in the paper.
Wolff’s data is not an anomaly. As TFTP previously reported, just 20 people own more wealth than half of the entire country combined.
The report, titled Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us, “exposes the extreme wealth concentrated within the fortunes of the 400 wealthiest Americans and compares this wealth to the much more meager assets of several different segments of American society.”
Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, the authors of the report, described a compelling picture about the top 20 of those 400 people.
America’s 20 wealthiest people — a group that could fit comfortably in one single Gulfstream G650 luxury jet – now own more wealth than the bottom half of the American population combined.
Let that sink in. A group of people that could stand in your living room owns more wealth the 160,000,000 other Americans.
So why is that?
Of course, becoming rich is no reason for alarm. Many people work very hard to save money and acquire wealth. This is the beauty of the free market. However, it is how these few people gain such vast amounts of wealth, that is cause for concern.
The ruling elite in the United States quite literally hand-pick politicians and pay for their campaigns to put them in office. More than half of all donations provided to the 2016 presidential candidates in the year 2015, in both parties, proves this notion as they came from a mere 158 families.
The 158 families, who’ve donated billions of dollars to these candidates, have entirely different reasons for choosing their politicians versus Joe Sixpack. Consequently, it is for this reason that Joe Sixpack’s requests are completely ignored by the next puppet to be placed in office who claims to represent him.
The United States government is, by design, a machine to redistribute wealth. This wealth redistribution, however, is not what the political blowhards on the TV and radio say it is. Since the inception of the income tax and the Federal Reserve, the United States government has become excellent at separating you from the product of your labor.
While you’re told by the Sean Hannitys of the world that the government takes from the rich to redistribute to the poor, on the grand scheme, the reality is actually the opposite. The state fleeces the poor and middle class in America, and that money is, in turn, redistributed to the most wealthy Americans.
As Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, David Cay Johnson points out, the results of such a government system are,
“policies that take from the many and redistribute to the already rich few through stealth techniques that rarely make the news but can be found in the public record. Among these policies are a failure to enforce the laws of business competition, severe restrictions on unions and subsidies galore for big companies.”
When the topic of the ultra-rich controlling elite is brought up, most of the time the free market gets the blame. But most of these opinions fail to take the role of the state into consideration.
“Such massive inequality reflects not market economics but political influence that tilts the economic playing field,” explains Johnson. “And because of their political influence, those at the very top get tax favors, especially the deferral of taxes into the distant future, which transforms the burden of taxes into a bonanza of increased profits.”
The reason that nothing ever seems to get accomplished in Washington D.C. is due to the hard truth that your elected officials have no loyalty to you.
As we’ve seen from nearly every political candidate in the last century, including Trump, the “promises” made on their campaign trails are but fleeting memories once they get into office. After all, how can a politician keep true to their campaign promises when they are busy creating and passing into law, loopholes, and subsidies for the very small group of people who put them in power?
David Brunori, a Forbes contributor, noted three years ago concerning a report titled, “Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent,” that “three-quarters of all state economic development subsidies went to just 965 corporations since the beginning of the study in 1976. The Fortune 500 corporations alone accounted for more than 16,000 subsidy awards, worth $63 billion – mostly in the form of tax breaks.
“Think about that. The largest, wealthiest, most powerful organizations in the world are on the public dole. Where is the outrage? Back when I was young, people went into a frenzy at the thought of some unemployed person using food stamps to buy liquor or cigarettes. Ronald Reagan famously campaigned against welfare queens. The right has always been obsessed with moochers. But Boeing receives $13 billion in government handouts and everyone yawns, when conservatives should be grabbing their pitchforks.”
Grossly inflated subsidies are provided to the oil and gas industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the agriculture industry, or Big Ag. Corporations garner tax subsidies from state and local governments. And the biggest corporations fund lobbyists — and win hundreds of billions in federal contracts.
And those are only a few of the ways corporations and executives game the system to amass huge fortunes.
The fleecing is actually getting worse too. Politicians have become so addicted to stealing the product of your labor, that they have created a virtual black hole of debt that is impossible to ever pay back. It is a mathematical certainty that this unsustainable system of fascism and theft will come crashing to the ground.
The US government has become a snake – eating its own tail.
Johnson lays out this situation quite clearly as he expands on the analogy put forward by Collins and Hoxie,
So think about that image — a top-of-the-line Gulfstream G650 jet and 160 million Americans, each with the same net worth. Now imagine a much smaller jet, with 12 or so oligarchs, and ask yourself just why you are paying taxes to enhance their fortunes instead of your nest egg.
Unfortunately, the only solutions proposed by those within the system to offset the ruling elite and their fleecing of the citizens is, ironically, more legislation — because it’s worked so well in the past, right?
Attempting to change the system by using the criminals within the system is akin to asking a mugger to stop mugging you.
The good news is that people are beginning to understand this exercise in futility and they are creating and operating systems that exist outside of the state-controlled monopoly. Bitcoin is an excellent example.
As the thinkers in the world build new systems to act outside of the old ones designed to rob them, the government is constantly vying to shut them down. However, ingenuity and free enterprise—which the government lacks almost entirely—always wins, even though it may get worse before it gets better.
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/report-wealthy-1-percent-combined/
All adolescent women know the burden of having their menstrual cycles. But the end of these monthly periods is only the beginning when it comes to discomfort.
Menopause, a natural biological process, marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. It is diagnosed after 12 months without a period and usually happens in the late 40s or early 50s. While menopause may sound like a relief, it actually comes with its share of drawbacks. When the ovaries gradually reduce estrogen production, biological adjustments take place resulting in discomfort. Hot flashes, insomnia, breast tenderness, mood swings, fatigue and night sweats are some symptoms of perimenopause. Women are also prone to obesity or becoming overweight during this stage. Menopause lengths vary, so some women may experience years of sleepless nights while other women suffer other biochemical ordeals.
In the research entitled, “Adherence to Mediterranean dietary pattern and menopausal symptoms in relation to overweight/obesity in Spanish perimenopausal and postmenopausal women,” professor Alfredo Martinez and his team of researchers found that following a Mediterranean-style diet relieves the troublesome attachments of menopause. The study, which aims to enhance the quality of life among women in those stages, was published in the July 2015 issue of the North American journal Menopause. Researchers from the Nutrition Research Center of the University of Navarra, together with the General Council of Professional Associations of Spanish Pharmacists (CGCOF, in Spanish form) collected medical data from 8,954 perimenopausal and postmenopausal Spanish women including their nutritional habits and general lifestyle. After analysis, results showed that women who had healthy, “Mediterranean-style” lifestyles were less likely to experience perimenopausal or postmenopausal symptoms than women who had unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyles.
Hormone therapy is the only known medical treatment that can effectively relieve the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and sweating at night. However, hormone therapy comes with its share of negative side effects. According to several studies, long-term hormone therapy may heighten the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, stroke and other chronic diseases.
A Mediterranean diet is a health plan that emphasizes eating plant-based food such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, tubers (e.g. potatoes or yams) and abundant consumption of olive oil or flax seed oil. This health plan also encourages individuals to engage in regular physical activity, share meals with others and basically enjoy life. This type of diet promotes weight loss, prevents heart attacks and the onset of other chronic diseases. The study, as mentioned above, also associates the Mediterranean diet to lower risks of experiencing menopausal symptoms.
As suggested by the Mediterranean diet, below are some single-ingredient food items to include in your daily nutrition plan.
- Vegetables – Tomatoes, broccoli, kale, spinach, onions, cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers
- Fruits – Apples, bananas, oranges, pears, strawberries, grapes, dates, figs, melons, peaches
- Nuts and seeds – Almonds, walnuts, Macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
- Legumes – Beans, peas, lentils, pulses, peanuts, chickpeas
- Tubers – Potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, yams
- Whole grains – Whole oats, brown rice, rye, barley, corn, buckwheat, whole wheat, whole grain bread, pasta
- Fish and seafood – Salmon, sardines, trout, tuna, mackerel, shrimp, oysters, clams, crab, mussels
- Poultry – Chicken, duck, turkey
- Eggs – Chicken, quail, duck
- Dairy – Cheese, yogurt, Greek yogurt
- Herbs and spices – Garlic, basil, mint, rosemary, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper
- Healthy fats – Extra virgin olive oil, olives, avocados, avocado oil, flax seeds and flaxseed oil
Besides all this, the Mediterranean diet encourages having wine in moderation with meals.
Phoenix, AZ — In March of 2016, Mesa Police Officer Philip Brailsford was charged with second-degree murder for gunning down Daniel Shaver, an innocent husband, and father of two. The shooting was captured on body cam footage, part of which was released the following May. On Thursday, a jury, apparently blinded by the badge delivered a verdict of not guilty and the rest of the body camera footage was released—showing a cold-blooded murder.
In October, Brailsford’s defense claimed that the prosecution showing the jury the body cam during opening statements would be unfair to the killer cop. Apparently, this strategy worked.
Jurors deliberated less than six hours and despite the horrifying body camera showing Brailsford execute Shaver, they somehow returned a not guilty verdict. This is a travesty of justice and a testament to the system that protects killers who wear badges.
Last year, an Arizona judge announced that they would be releasing the body camera footage showing Brailsford murder Shaver. When they did release it, however, the city released two videos, both of which were clearly edited and portions redacted.
Now that he’s been acquitted, the full body camera was released showing Shaver being entirely compliant with police. Shaver was on his knees, crying and begging police not to shoot him when the coward opened fire on him, firing five times—killing him instantly.
Mark Geragos, Sweet’s lawyer, called the shooting an “execution.”
“The justice system miserably failed Daniel (Shaver) and his family,” Geragos said.
Police said Shaver, a 26-year-old from Texas staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites on a business trip on Jan. 18, 2016, had invited a couple he met to his room for drinks. No one was in any danger and the entire incident was a misunderstanding. For the majority of the video, police appear to be in a standoff with people who simply can’t hear them.
“Occupants of room 5-0-2, this is the Mesa Police,” the officer is heard yelling on the video, to which he receives no response.
“Listen to my instructions or it’s going to become very uncomfortable for you,” the officer said. “The female is to step outside the room.”
When ‘the female’ does step out the room, she is escorted away by an officer as she tells him how scared she is.
That’s when cops begin barking confusing orders at Shaver who is doing everything he can to comply. Police tell Shaver to keep his legs crossed and crawl forward, a near impossible feat. As he begins to cry from the stress and the ridiculous orders, Shaver becomes distraught and begs for his life. As he tries to crawl forward with his legs crossed, his pants appear to slip down so he moves a hand, at which point Brailsford executes him.
For several minutes, Daniel Shaver was face down with his hands on his head, all these officers had to do was to walk toward him and place him in handcuffs. Clearly, this did not happen and an innocent unarmed dad was taken from his wife and children at the hands of police.
During the trial, Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel portrayed Brailsford as a “killer” who claimed he feared for his life to cover up an unjustified shooting.
In her closing arguments, Charbel told the jury that an intoxicated Shaver looked “pathetic” before he was killed and didn’t get a chance to know who shot him, according to AZ Central.
“(Brailsford) doesn’t get a pass because he was wearing a police uniform that night,” Charbel said.
“The last thing in the world that Mitch Brailsford wanted to do that night was shoot. His goal wasn’t to kill Daniel Shaver,” Brailsford’s lawyer, Michael Piccarreta told the jury. “Shaver is not a bad person, but his actions are what brought the police that night.”
However, if we look at Brailsford’s custom AR-15, it was clear the first thing he wanted to do was shoot.
Shaver etched “You’re Fucked” into his AR-15 police rifle — illustrating his disregard for human life.
Conveniently, however, the judge did not allow the jury to see the above photo because he felt it was prejudicial. Had jurors actually been shown the real image of this sadistic killer cop, they would’ve likely been more inclined to see the reality of the execution.
Also, it was not Shaver’s actions that brought police that night. He had committed no crime.
On January 18, Brailsford, along with several other officers, responded to a call about a suspect with a rifle in a hotel room. The ‘rifle’ was nothing more than a pellet gun that was used in Shaver’s business of pest control, and Shaver was not in possession of the pellet gun when he was murdered in cold blood by officer Brailsford.
Brailsford was fired from the department in March of 2016 for multiple policy violations not associated with the murder of Shaver. After he was fired, we learned that he should have never had a badge that night he killed an innocent man.
Aside from his unsatisfactory performance, records released by Mesa Police revealed that Brailsford was accused of beating three people a few months before he killed Shaver.
Two children and a wife will now live the rest of their lives without their loving father because of the actions of this public servant. The one thing that could help get this family closure was to see the man who stole the life of their dad and husband put behind bars. However, because of a broken system, this will not happen.
Watch the video of this execution below, do you think this was an excusable accident in which no one should be held accountable?
Columbia County, OR — If you are a mentally ill, unarmed, and distressed inmate, it is entirely acceptable for officers to force their K9 to shred you to pieces for standing peacefully against a wall—according to Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.
“It starts with a bark,” Dickerson told the Columbia County Spotlight. “It’s similar to everything we do. There’s a whole range of force options out there that a deputy can use.”
The graphic video of Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies siccing their Belgian Malinois on mentally ill inmate Christopher Bartlett is now the center of a controversy as Dickerson claiming it shows cops acted appropriately.
“Incident reports indicate Christopher Bartlett, an inmate who had been combative with deputies and may have a history of mental illness, needed to be moved to a different pod in the jail,” the Columbia County Spotlight reported. “Dickerson says the August incident with Bartlett, who resisted and was documented to be combative, was reviewed and deemed a justifiable use of force. In fact, Dickerson says, it went exactly as it should have, with Lars seizing the inmate, and the inmate being removed ‘without serious injury.’”
However, that day, Bartlett was not combative when Deputy Ryan Dews sicced his K9 on the mentally ill inmate.
As the video shows, police were telling Bartlett to bring his hands to the cell door port so he could be placed in cuffs so they could move him to a new cell. However, likely due to his diminished mental state, instead of complying with the deputies’ orders, Bartlett remained with his back against the cell wall.
This apparently infuriated the deputies. “You’re gonna get bit!” a deputy warns Bartlett.
Seconds later, the cell door flies open as the K9 leaps in. Likely fearing the attack from the K9, Bartlett threw a plastic tub toward the door as the K9 latched on to his forearm and began tearing into him.
For over 20 seconds, Lars, the K9, tears into Bartlett’s skin. As is standard procedure when police force their dogs to tear into non-violent victims, a deputy screamed at Bartlett repeatedly to “Stop Resisting!” and “relax!” Bartlett—writhing in pain from the vicious attack—has a hard time laying completely still.
“Good boy! Good boy!” exclaims the deputy after his K9 just tore into a mentally ill man for no reason.
Naturally, the sheriff told reporters that Bartlett’s treatment and subsequent injuries were part of keeping his deputies safe.
“We bring the dog in and we give him a command to bark,” Dickerson explains. “We need people to realize there is a dog and the dog is ready to go at it if you continue to push the issue. The dog is trained so that the officer doesn’t have to get in there and get into a fistfight with somebody.”
Instead of applying a little bit of courage and walking into the cell with the two other officers to restrain a mentally ill man, the deputies sent in their dog to draw blood.
Predictably, the sheriff’s department investigated themselves and not only did they find they did nothing wrong, but, according to Dickerson, it went exactly as it should have.
“We do not relish having to resort to force,” Dickerson stated via email. “We do what we can to minimize the length and intensity of these confrontations to protect the staff AND the inmates from severe injury.”
The CCSO canine policy stipulates deputies may rely on a dog when a suspect poses “an imminent threat of violence or serious harm” which was not at all the case. However, in a ridiculous catch-all addition, the sheriff claims the authority to mutilate mentally ill inmates if they are “physically resisting” or even “threatening to resist arrest.”
Apparently, to the sheriff, standing against the wall was perceived as threatening to resist arrest and so a man was mauled by a dog.
Below is a video that shows how mentally ill people are treated in the land of the free.
Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/sheriff-gruesome-k9-attack-mentally-ill-man/
Toms River, NJ — A police officer has been suspended without pay and now stands indicted on charges of official misconduct after forcing his K9 to maul 60-year-old Wendy Tucker. After a long battle for its release, the dashcam video of the incident has finally been made public. It is nothing short of horrifying.
On January 29, 2014, Tuckerton police Cpl. Justin Cherry and another officer responded to a residence where Wendy Tucker was reported as an unwelcome guest. After agreeing to leave, Tucker said she would take the bus home due to the fact that her license was suspended. But shortly afterward, Cpl. Cherry observed Tucker driving and attempted to pull over her vehicle.
Asserting that she was distrustful of the Tuckerton police officers, Tucker did not immediately pull over and instead drove to the municipal complex in Barnegat before stopping her car in the parking lot. While in the custody of Barnegat police, Tucker remained sitting in her vehicle when Cherry and other officers dislocated her left arm by roughly pulling Tucker out of the car and throwing her to the ground.
After she stopped the car, two officers approached her vehicle, opened her door and were forcefully removing the entirely compliant woman from the car and ordering her to the ground. However, Cherry and his K9 partner apparently felt the then 58-year-old compliant woman was a threat.
As the two Barnegat police officers were laying Tucker to the ground, Cherry released his K9, Gunner, and proceeded to allow the dog to begin tearing Tucker apart.
The video shows Cherry force his dog to maul the woman for nearly 30 seconds. As the dog is tearing into Tucker’s flesh Cherry is heard screaming at the woman to put her hands behind her back—a near impossible feat while a German Shepard is ripping you apart.
Once the dog is finally pulled from Tucker, the woman appears to be briefly unconscious. Tucker, who was hospitalized after the attack has since filed a lawsuit against the department. She was arrested and pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense of eluding police.
In 2015, as TFTP previously reported, Cherry was charged with official misconduct, aggravated assault, false swearing, tampering with public records, and hindering his own apprehension. Instead of simply allowing Barnegat police to take Tucker into custody, Cherry has been accused of using excessive force and covering up his abuse by writing false police reports. Although the dash cam video from Cherry’s patrol car captured the footage of the brutal incident, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato fought to keep the video suppressed.
For several years, the department refused to release the video to the public, saying it would hurt the chances of Cherry receiving a fair trial if people saw it. However, John Paff, a private citizen from Franklin, who advocates for public access to government records, refused to back down and it was finally released this year.
The 35-year-old police officer, Cherry has been suspended without pay as his attorneys fight in court to get his indictment overturned.
Besides naming Cherry in her recent lawsuit, Tucker also accused Tuckerton Police Chief Michael Caputo and Barnegat Police Chief Arthur Drexler of failing to track complaints of excessive force by their officers or properly train them. She also blames the unidentified officers who witnessed the attack and did nothing to stop Cherry from using excessive force on her.
Cherry has filed a cross-complaint against the same police chiefs for any role they may have played in the damages suffered by Tucker. According to Cherry, he is not responsible for any injuries inflicted on the unarmed woman who was already in police custody when he ordered his dog to attack.
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.