Man accused of torturing his 10 children fires back from jail

“I’m not perfect. No one is perfect. But I am not an animal. I am not a torturer. And I’m not a monster,” Jonathan Allen says. He and his wife Ina Rogers are being accused of abusing and neglecting their ten children.

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Cop Caught Torturing Handcuffed Man in Disturbing Video and He’s Still a Cop

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If you are a police officer in the ostensible land of the free, you can beat, harass, kidnap, and even kill innocent people—including children—and never face consequences for your actions. As the following case illustrates, police can even be caught on video torturing their restrained victims and go on to collect six-figure salaries as public servants.

Officer Charles Caruso is a bad cop and has no business carrying a badge and a gun. This is an indisputable fact as he was caught on video severely beating a non-violent and handcuffed man. However, because America refuses to hold police accountable, this threat to society still carries that badge.

Shaymond Michelson learned the hard way just how bad of a cop Caruso was. In 2014, Michelson made the terrible decision to drive drunk. He was subsequently arrested for DUI and booked into jail.

Instead of simply locking the inebriated Michelson in a cell and processing him for his crime, however, Caruso took it upon himself to inflict pain and suffering on the Navy veteran.

Torture is defined as the infliction of intense pain to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure. As the surveillance footage from that fateful night shows, Caruso’s actions met this definition.

As the Oregonian reports, the video shows Michelson walking toward the door, handcuffed and swaying. He stops. The officer behind him is talking, nodding sharply. Then the officer shoves him. He lurches forward and plants his feet. The officer grabs his neck and throws him to his back on the concrete floor. The officer pins him there, a shin over his chest and throat. A jail deputy arrives, and Michelson kicks toward the deputy’s head. The deputy catches his foot and starts to roll him over. The officer punches him in the face. Then again and again and again and again and again.

Michelson was beaten so badly that he could barely talk from the swelling of his face. The beating was so over the top that the Eugene police department fired Caruso and gave Michelson $100,000 of taxpayer money.

While firing Caruso was a good first step, the department, nor anyone else in the city of Eugene went any further in holding this tyrant accountable. As a result, Caruso was immediately hired at another department.

If a common citizen is seen on video beating a non-violent person who poses no threat to them, rest assured they would be charged with assault and punished. If a common citizen was seen handcuffing a person and sadistically torturing them to the point of hospitalization, they would be charged with aggravated assault and would face the possibility of decades behind bars—not if you carry a badge, however.

According to the Oregonian:

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training wins national praise for holding police officers accountable for bad behavior. Academics, journalists and regulators in other states describe the department as a model.

 

But an investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive found that state regulators took no action to sideline dozens of officers fired for chronically inept police work. Or worse.

 

The department let fired officers remain eligible to work even after they accumulated records of brutality, recklessness, shoddy investigations and anger management problems.

 

Regulators quietly closed one case after an officer was fired for using excessive force on two handcuffed suspects and for driving 120 mph, at night, through a construction zone. They closed the case of another fired officer whose disciplinary records show he botched investigations, refused to finish police reports, failed to show up at court proceedings, abused sick time and earned a reputation for being volatile and rude.

Caruso is one of these cops.

After he escaped all accountability for the sadistic torture of Michelson, Caruso was hired on as a sheriff’s deputy in Contra Costa County in California. This public servant, who preys on incapacitated, handcuffed victims, currently collects an annual salary of $140,867.49 at a job at which he’s proven to be an utter failure and a threat to society.

As TFTP has reported, Caruso is one of many cops who is used to give the illusion of accountability. They are fired from their jobs for betraying the public’s trust only to be quietly rehired by another department. This practice happens so often that there is a term for these officers—gypsy cops. 

Until police adhere to the same justice system as the rest of society, then we can expect the problem to continue or get worse. Below is one of many examples of what happens when society utterly fails at policing the police.

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US Gov’t Caught Operating Floating Black Site Prisons, Torturing People in Int’l Waters—Outside US Law

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The war on drugs has produced the vilest police state one can imagine. From secret black site prisons—operating in Chicago—with no due process, to midnight raids in which babies faces are blown off by police grenades, attempting to stop Americans from self-medicating has proven to be a disastrous failure. Now, however, it seems to have gotten worse as an ad-hoc US detention system has recently been discovered — floating in the Pacific Ocean in international waters as to exist outside the realm of the US justice system.

These secret prisons, floating in international waters, to avoid the US justice system, exist because, under the guise of protecting you from yourself, the US government spends billions on enforcing the failed drug war—all at the expense of freedom.

A jaw-dropping report from the NY Times exposes these prisons, dubbing them “floating Guantánamos.” 

According to the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act of 1986, drug smugglers caught in international waters are considered to be committing a crime against the United States, even when there was no proof that the drugs, often carried on foreign boats, were bound for the United States. The Coast Guard was conscripted as the agency empowered to seek out suspected smugglers and bring them to American courts, the Times reports.

In their increasing effort to prove they are needed to stop the flow of drugs, the Coast Guard has continued to go further and further out into these international waters. When they capture these boats, the people on the boats—who are often indentured servants to drug lords trying to feed their families—are brought aboard these floating prisons and shackled to the deck outside, in the elements.

However, they aren’t shackled to the deck of a ship for a few hours or even a few days. These torturous waits can last for weeks or months, according to the Times.

The Coast Guard claims they can keep these folks in such torturous conditions because they aren’t under arrest until they get back to the United States. In the NY Times article, Seth Freed Wessler reported this story and covered the case of one person who happened to endure time on one of these floating prisons.

Wessler explained that Jhonny Arcentales, a fisherman who was paid to drive a boat South America and Central American, was caught up in one of these busts.

He is a fisherman from a coastal town in Ecuador and was having a particularly, economically, rough year and made a decision to take a job smuggling cocaine off of the coast of Ecuador. He really didn’t know all that much about what he was doing.

As he was driving the boat with an arbitrary substance deemed illegal by the state, Arcentales was intercepted by a coast guard vessel.

For the next 70 days, Mr. Arcentales and the other man he was detained with were held — always chained by their ankle to the deck of a ship or to a cable running along one of these large Coast Guard or Navy ships — for 70 days.

In an effort to keep you from having access to cocaine, the Coast Guard is kidnapping people trying to earn a living, shackling them to the deck of a boat in the elements, barely feeding them, forcing them to defecate in buckets and sleep in their own feces, essentially torturing them for months, until they get back to the US.

The Coast Guard has gotten away with this inhumane and horrific practice for years by claiming that logistics make it hard to get these people back. However, as the Times report notes, “when the Coast Guard has had to move people more quickly, they do. Very often, detainees are brought to port in one of these cutters, then placed in a hidden room in a helicopter hangar or in a room below deck and hidden there for the day while the Coast Guard cutter refuels or the Coast Guard crew get a bit of a break and then are brought back out to sea.”

Yes, the Coast Guard is actively hiding its prisoners so it can essentially keep them at sea indefinitely. Often times, the cocaine makes it back to the US well before the prisoners.

In the case of Arcentales, the cocaine made it back to the states 44 days before he did. For over a month, Arcentales and two other Guatemalans, Quijije and Payan, remained chained to the deck of their floating prison.

“I remember one time I asked the nurse officer if he could do me a favor,” Payan wrote later in a letter, “just shoot me and kill me, I would appreciate, because I cannot take this anymore.” As day after mind-numbing day dragged on, hunger began to rival their families as their central preoccupation. Food logs from Coast Guard ships and testimony from Coast Guard officers show that on some ships, detainees’ meals consisted of only small portions of black beans and rice, on occasion with a bit of spinach or chicken. Arcentales says that he learned to eat slowly, to fool his mind into thinking the plate contained more than it did. The men watched the guards discard their unfinished meals into trash bags hanging nearby and devised a plan. “Someone would ask to be taken to the restroom so that we could try to reach the trash and take the food,” Quijije said in testimony. They would pass a piece of leftover chicken down the line, each detainee taking a bite and handing it to the next, until the bone was picked clean. After more than two months of detention, Arcentales says, he had lost 20 pounds; Payan says he lost 50. Time began to warp for them. “We could no longer endure living in such conditions for that prolonged period of time,” Arcentales wrote later in a letter. “It did not matter to us where they would leave us; we were desperate to communicate with our family.” The Coast Guard and the Department of Justice maintain that all detainees are treated humanely and with accordance to the law. The Coast Guard adds that it shackles detainees and conceals them while in port for their own safety and the safety of the crew.

All of this horrific torture and inhumane treatment is done under the guise of protecting Americans. However, much of this cocaine was never even destined for America, yet Arcentales and thousands of others are now rotting in Federal prisons — after being senselessly tortured — all of which is at your expense. 

Instead of realizing how entirely ineffective, barbaric, deadly, and insane the war on drugs has proven to be, the US government shows no signs of slowing despite public opinion on the matter rapidly shifting.

As long as the state continues to lock people in cages and try to cure America’s drug problem with the barrel of a gun, this horrific scenario will keep playing out like a broken record.

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‘American Mercenaries Are Torturing’ Saudi Elite???






‘American Mercenaries Are Torturing’ Saudi Elite???


November 23rd, 2017

It’s the Daily Mail, so…

Via: Daily Mail:

Saudi princes and billionaire businessmen arrested in a power grab earlier this month are being strung up by their feet and beaten by American private security contractors, a source in the country tells DailyMail.com.

The group of the country’s most powerful figures were arrested in a crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman three weeks ago as he ordered the detention of at least 11 fellow princes and hundreds of businessmen and government officials over claims of corruption.

Just last month, the Crown Prince vowed to restore ‘moderate, open Islam’ in the kingdom and relaxed a number of its ultra-conservative rules, including lifting a ban on women driving.

DailyMail.com can disclose that the arrests have been followed by ‘interrogations’ which a source said were being carried out by ‘American mercenaries’ brought in to work for the 32-year-old crown prince, who is now the kingdom’s most powerful figure.

‘They are beating them, torturing them, slapping them, insulting them. They want to break them down,’ the source told DailyMail.com.

‘Blackwater’ has been named by DailyMail.com’s source as the firm involved, and the claim of its presence in Saudi Arabia has also been made on Arabic social media, and by Lebanon’s president.

The firm’s successor, Academi, strongly denies even being in Saudi Arabia and says it does not engage in torture, which it is illegal for any U.S. citizen to commit anywhere in the world.

The Saudi crown prince, according to the source, has also confiscated more than $194 billion from the bank accounts and seized assets of those arrested.















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WATCH: ‘Forgetful’ Cops Caught Torturing Multiple Women in Holding Cells—Get Slap on Wrists

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Denver – Surveillance footage has revealed a horrific ongoing epidemic in the Denver Police Department in which individuals are forced to spend the night restrained by handcuffs in “temporary holding cells” with no access to food, water or a toilet.

According to a report from Denver7 Investigates, the cruel treatment has happened at least three times this year, and the officers who were responsible for checking on the suspects every 30 minutes faced alarmingly short suspensions for leaving them to suffer for several hours.

When individuals are arrested, they are sent to temporary holding cells where they are supposed to stay for no more than one hour until they are transferred to the city jail. However, in the case of Victoria Ugalde, she was left in a holding cell for 13 hours.

They forgot about me,” Ugalde told Denver7. “I was looking in the camera, I was [saying] ‘Can anybody help me?’ And then, nobody.”

Ugalde was initially arrested in January for the crime of failing to pay a traffic ticket on time after she was riding in the passenger seat of a friend’s car that was pulled over by a police officer. When she was taken into custody, she was told to remove her jacket, sweatshirt and shoes before she was handcuffed to a bench in the holding cell.

“The only thing I wanted was [someone] to help me use the bathroom. Nobody was there,” Ugalde said, noting that after 6 hours of being chained to a bench, she was in such excruciating pain that she managed to pull down her pants and urinate on the floor.

The initial officer who was supposed to check on Ugalde every 30 minutes, did not do his job, and at least four officers who were supposed to check on Ugalde during the night, went through their entire shifts and failed to do so.

The surveillance footage from the cell shows the torture Ugalde was forced to endure as she finally managed to slip her hand out of her handcuff around midnight, which allowed her to curl up on the floor in an attempt to sleep. She later told Denver7, “she was so afraid of police catching her with her hand out of the handcuff that she later slipped it back in.”

The report claimed that Officer Sean Kelly said that even when checking the security monitors that were right in front of him, “he failed to notice she was there” for 13 hours becausehe was wrapped up in reading a book, titled ‘Emotional Intelligence 2.0.’

Yet even with such a ridiculous excuse, Kelly was slapped with a 3-day suspension, and he is now back on the job. The other desk clerks who also failed to check on Ugalde, and to report her situation to a supervisor, were given written reprimands.

In response to the inhumane treatment, Deputy director of the Denver Department of Safety Jess Vigil said, “It should not have occurred. It doesn’t sit well with me and it doesn’t sit well with the department.”

However, this is not the first or even the second time this has happened in the Denver Police Department—this year. According to the report, the next incident happened less than a month later when a woman was once again arrested after she was the passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by a police officer. The woman was forced to remain in a holding cell for 9 hours.

While the desk officer who was held responsible for the second incident, Officer Ramone Young, was suspended for 10 days, Denver7 noted that he was working desk duty after prior suspensions for inappropriate contacts with women on duty.”

The situation happened once again in July when a man was arrested for suspected domestic violence and forced to spend 10 hours in a holding cell. The desk officer in his case, Officer Brian Klaus, was suspended for 6 days.

As The Free Thought Project has reported, a similar incident occurred in Douglas County, California, in 2014, when two teenagers were left in a holding cell for an entire weekend in the dark, with no food.

An even more horrific incident occurred in San Diego, California, in 2012, when a man was arrested for allegedly smoking cannabis at a friend’s house, and he was left in a holding cell for 5 days. Despite that fact that the man almost died from dehydration, near-kidney failure, and a perforated lung from a suicide attempt, not a single DEA agent was fired or indicted on criminal charges.

In the case of Victoria Ugalde, her daughter told Denver7 Investigates that the family is considering a lawsuit against the Denver Police Department for the inhumane treatment Victoria endured after she was arrested for failing to pay a traffic ticket.

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Cops & CPS Caught Torturing Toddler with Forced Catheterization to Look for Drugs, ACLU Files Suit

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Pierre, SD — The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota has just filed a major lawsuit against the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, members of the Pierre Police Department, the Sisseton Police Department, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The lawsuit is important as it seeks to put a stop to the state’s forced catheterization program that indiscriminately victimizes adults and children alike — all to see if they have an arbitrary substance in their urine.

While it seems that a lawsuit to prevent the state from forcing extremely painful medical procedures on children may be a bit over the top, the fact is, it is entirely necessary. The state of South Dakota, as the Free Thought Project has reported before, has a sordid history of forcing catheterization.

As the ACLU notes, two lawsuits have been filed; one on behalf of a three-year-old child who was forcibly catheterized as a means to collect evidence of child abuse or neglect, and the other on behalf of five adults who were subject to forcible catheterization as part of criminal investigations. All plaintiffs were subjected by law enforcement and state officials to forcible catheterization in violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Dirk Sparks is one of the plaintiffs in the case. In an interview earlier this year, Sparks recalled that horrid night that it happened to him. “It was degrading,” Sparks said. “I was angry. I felt like my civil rights were being violated.”

The nightmare began when police responded to an incident, in which Sparks had done nothing wrong, at his home. However, one officer said he saw Sparks being “fidgety,” so police claimed the right to test his urine.

Because Sparks refused to pee in a cup for cops, they arrested him and brought him to the hospital.

“I didn’t actually think they were going to go through with it,” Sparks said of the event which left him in pain for weeks and an emotional toll which is still there today. “Even when we went to the hospital, I thought it was a threat.”

But cops followed through with their threat.

Once in the hospital room, four police officers held Sparks down while they placed a hood over his head. He was then chained to a bed with his pants around his ankles while a nurse at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre forcefully inserted a pencil-sized tube into Sparks’ urethra to extract his urine involuntarily.

Sparks recalls that through the mesh hood, he could see a fifth officer filming the sadistic torturous practice.

Sparks told the Argus Leader that the pain lasted for weeks and every time he tried to go to the bathroom he was reminded of that torturous event. The kidnapping and forced catheterization were so traumatic for Sparks that he moved away because he now fears the Pierre police.

The second lawsuit involves Kristin Hunter and her three-year-old little boy.

Police intervened after Hunter’s boyfriend was on probation and failed a routine urinalysis. So, multiple cops showed up at her house, along with a Department of Social Services employee and demanded she and her kids produce urine to see if they too had drugs in their system. Hunter’s children were 3 and 5-years-old at the time.

Police told Hunter that if her kids couldn’t pee on demand that they would be taken from her. Luckily, Hunter and her 5-year-old daughter were able to produce a sample. However, the young boy, who wasn’t potty trained yet, was unable to go.

Police and social workers then held down the child and sexually assaulted him via forced catheterization.

“They just shoved it right up there, and he screamed so bad,” Hunter said.

Because these sadistic cops and social worker were apparently filthy at the time, the poor young toddler contracted a staph infection from the process. “He’s still dealing with a staph infection, and we are still giving him medication,” said Hunter.

“Quite frankly, it’s cruel and barbaric to forcibly catheterize anyone, let alone a 3-year-old child, and this process raises serious constitutional concerns,” said Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU of South Dakota.

 

“Forcible catheterization is painful, physically and emotionally damaging, and deeply degrading,” said Smith. “Catheterization isn’t the best way to obtain evidence, but it is absolutely the most humiliating. The authorities ordered the catheterization of our clients to satisfy their own sadistic and authoritarian desires to punish. Subjecting anyone to forcible catheterization, especially a toddler, to collect evidence when there are less intrusive means available, is unconscionable.”

Force-catheterizing adults and children is the work of sick tyrants and has no place in the ostensible land of the free. Hitler, the Stasi, and their depraved scientists would be proud.

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