Court Decision Paves Way For Prosecution of DeKalb Cop in Death of Unarmed Vet


A precedent shattering prosecution of a former DeKalb County cop in the fatal shooting an unarmed veteran will resume following a ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court.

At issue: Whether prosecutors violated the principle of grand jury secrecy when they secured indictments against Robert Olsen — the first against a law enforcement officer in Georgia in at least five years.

Olsen’s attorney, Don Samuel, argued that by allowing unauthorized personnel with no connection to the case into the proceedings, then-DeKalb District Attorney Robert James put the former officer at a disadvantage.

But the Supreme Court, in an unanimous decision, found “no unlawful conduct … and no prejudice is demonstrated by the manner in which the prosecutor conducted the evidentiary stage of the grand jury proceedings,” wrote Justice Robert Benham.

It’s been 31 months since Olsen shot Anthony Hill, a veteran of the Afghanistan War who had been medically discharged from the U.S. Air Force after being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and bi-polar disorder. Hill, according to family and friends, was having trouble adjusting to his medication, which they blame for his actions on March 9, 2015.

Olsen arrived at the Chamblee apartment complex where Hill lived after neighbors called 911 reporting his strange behavior. Hill had climbed down from his second-story apartment nude and was roaming through the complex.

After watching for several moments in a marked police car, Olsen got out of the vehicle when he noticed Hill approaching him. Olsen told him to stop but Hill continued approaching the officer, who claimed he felt his safety was threatened.

Prosecutors say Hill had his hands in the air as he moved toward the officer, who was armed with pepper spray and a Taser. He chose instead to shoot Hill twice in torso from about five feet away.

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Minneapolis Police Officer Convicted For Kicking Unarmed Man In The Face Causing Traumatic Brain Injury


A former Minneapolis, Minnesota cop was convicted of felony assault Monday because he kicked a suspect in the face last year, causing a traumatic brain injury and breaking the man’s nose.

The jury came back with a verdict for Christopher Reiter, 36, in just 90 minutes, which Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said was unusually fast, reported Fox 9.

“We think the evidence justified the verdict,” Freeman said. “All Minneapolitans, including police officers, agree this conduct is not acceptable. You don’t kick a guy on his knees, in the face, especially when he wasn’t doing anything.”

Of course Reiter’s attorney argued in court that the use of force was justified, but 3 other officers who were there at the time of the assault said it did not require deadly force, which is how a kick to the head is classified.

Mohamed Osman, the victim, was unable to return to his job as a truck driver because of persistent dizziness and headaches.

According to the original criminal complaint, he was located outside an apartment building after allegedly choking and beating a woman inside to the point of unconsciousness, though bystanders told police that Osman was on his knees and complying with police orders when Reiter, a 9-year veteran of the force, kicked him in the face, according to Fox 9.

For this felony assault that caused a traumatic brain injury to a compliant man, the standard sentencing for a cop is probation, but Freeman intends to ask for prison time for the violent ex-cop.

In a civil case, Osman is also suing Reiter and the City of Minneapolis for $4 million in damages.

Source: http://countercurrentnews.info/2017/10/former-minneapolis-cop-convicted-for-kicking-unarmed-man-in-the-face/

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WATCH: Cop Claims Unarmed Biker Made Him ‘Fear For His Life’ So He Nearly Shoots Him

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Albuquerque, NM — All too often, as the Free Thought Project has consistently reported, police officers will use the term “fear for my life” to justify just about any insane and violent tactics they employ. Also, all too often, these tactics involve killing innocent people. A video submitted to the Free Thought Project this week shows just how insane those tactics can be and also just how close a man came to losing his life.

Bikers and cops have a sordid history and often times, when they meet face to face, police will resort to childish road rage tactics. The case in the video below is no different. However, it could’ve resulted in the senseless death of a man on a motorcycle.

It is important to note that motorcycle groups driving recklessly around high-traffic areas present a danger to themselves and those around them. That being said, the situation is not made any safer when a cop employs deadly force to stop it. However, that is exactly what happened.

According to KRQE:

The video shows a motorcyclist doing a wheelie on Tramway Saturday afternoon when a BCSO patrol car pulls alongside him. A passenger deputy can be see drawing his gun and aiming it at the motorcyclist as the two vehicles go through an intersection.

BCSO confirmed that is the deputy’s service weapon – not a taser. BCSO says deputies received several calls Saturday of this group of roughly 50 bikers racing and driving recklessly in the Heights.

Deputies says what’s not shown in this video is the bikers flashing gang signs and surrounding deputies as they tried to pull them over.

According to police, positioning one’s fingers in a certain way, to form what they call a ‘gang sign’ is somehow a threat to one’s life. According to their statement, these hand gestures caused the deputies to ‘fear for their lives’ and so one of them pulled out his pistol — out of fear, of course.

Deputy Felicia Maggard, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s spokeswoman never once said the deputy was wrong for pulling his gun and only noted that the gang signs made them think they were under attack.

“The motorcycles completely surrounded their patrol unit and began directing what deputies know to be gang related signs in their direction,” Maggard said. The horror.

The video does not show any of this, however. It only shows the cruiser speed up to the back of a biker who was riding a wheelie and threaten to kill him by pulling out his gun and aiming it at him.

While this act may seem crazy or rare, TFTP has reported on similar instances before.

Earlier this year, a video went viral after it showed a Chicago cop walking into the street and lob his piping hot cup of coffee into the face of a motorcyclist. The man on the bike goes by Elijah Bling on Facebook and the officer’s crime was captured on his helmet cam.

In March of last year, Fort Worth police confirmed that one of their officers was under investigation after a video was uploaded to Facebook showing him pepper spray innocent people as they drove by on motorcycles. In August, the Department quietly released a statement noting that they will not discipline the officer involved.

After Fort Worth police officer William Figueroa was seen shooting out pepper spray into the faces of motorcyclists as they drove by on a busy highway, he was placed on paid vacation pending an internal investigation. The investigation wrapped up in June. However, investigators left it up to Figueroa’s bosses to decide what, if any, punishment he would receive. He received nothing.

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Trigger-happy Cops Open Fire On Unarmed Suspects Over Pot, Shoot Innocent Woman in Her Home

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Bellaire, TX — An innocent neighbor became the victim of a reckless police chase after just about everything that could go wrong, did go wrong during a traffic stop in Bellaire, Texas.

Houston police officers attempted to pull over a Cadillac SUV that had allegedly made an “illegal U-turn.” The vehicle refused to pull over and actually sped up to attempt a getaway. When officers gave chase, they noticed bags of what they believed to be marijuana being thrown out of the window.

The fleeing vehicle lost control and crashed into a tree and a fire hydrant. But it’s what happened next that has the Houston police department under fire for its officers’ actions.

Once the Cadillac stopped, officers say the two female occupants then attempted to assault them by backing the vehicle up into the officers’ vehicles. Police opened fire, wounding the driver, a passenger, and striking a woman with bullets who was in her own home at the time of the shooting.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo held a press conference outside the scene of the shooting. He said the suspects, who were all doing well in the hospital, were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

But how can a simple moving violation end up with officers nearly killing three people? Many police departments have given orders to their officers not to give chase when they are in pursuit of a fleeing vehicle. The policy is called “no-pursuit” and usually takes place when the person fleeing is not known to be a convicted felon.

Innocent people, such as the woman, who was shot while minding her own business in her home, get hurt in the melee and confusion surrounding a police chase. The financial liability for police departments and cities skyrocket when police pursue and bad things happen.

According to the report by KHOU, officers did not recover the bag they said they believed to be marijuana, which is labeled a “narcotic” by the Drug Enforcement Agency of the federal government.

Narcotics officers with the Houston PD have opened an investigation into the plant material they supposedly saw being thrown from the vehicle in pursuit. But the War on Drugs has now claimed three more victims, all because federal officials classify a plant as a narcotic as powerful as meth.

Twenty-nine states as well as the District of Columbia have decriminalized cannabis, made it available as medicine, or have allowed it to be sold and consumed recreationally. Yet Texas is one of those hold-out states that follow federal law to the letter when it comes to marijuana.

The entire incident could have been prevented. First, officers could have called off the chase when it became apparent the pair of women were going to attempt to flee — especially considering the fact that they fled into a neighborhood. Too many innocent motorists are injured when police pursue fleeing vehicles.

Second, they could have stopped to retrieve the baggies they said were being thrown from the vehicle. And lastly, they likely should have held their fire when the suspect’s vehicle was reportedly backing up—or as they called it, ramming—into the police cruisers.

Just this year, Roy Oliver, a Balch Springs, Texas police officer was charged with murder for shooting into a vehicle filled with teens, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. His charges stemmed from the fact that he lied about the incident on his police report and his body camera did not back up his claims. The truth was he shot into the vehicle as it was going away from him, not as it was running into him as he claimed.

It is unclear whether or not the Houston officers fired in self-defense as they claim. It is only when and if the body camera and Dash Cam footage are released that the answer will become apparent. Until the investigation is complete, the officers have been placed on administrative duty, still earning their taxpayer-funded salaries.

While it is easy to place all of the blame on the fleeing suspects, others will likely conclude that the majority of the blame belongs with the officers who chose to give pursuit and to open fire on suspects in a residential neighborhood. Not only have two innocent-until-proven-guilty suspects been wounded, but a homeowner was injured when she was struck by the officers’ errant bullets. She will likely sue the police department for damages, and, once again, the taxpayers will be held liable.

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WATCH: Unarmed 17yo Boy Killed by Cop After Flashing His Brights—Judge Grants Excessive Force Suit

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Eaton County, MI — It was announced in 2015 that the officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Deven Guilford for flexing his rights, would not be charged with any crimes. His family was devastated. However, after a long fight in the courts, a judge ruled that the federal lawsuit against Sgt. Jonathan Frost can proceed to trial on two claims of excessive force.

As the Lansing State Journal reported:

Judge Paul Maloney heard oral arguments Tuesday from attorneys for the family of Deven Guilford and the attorney representing Sgt. Jonathan Frost. Frost’s attorney had previously filed a motion for summary judgment, asking Maloney to dismiss the case.

Maloney’s order issued Friday afternoon dismissed claims for unlawful stop, seizure, arrest, and excessive force prior to Frost’s decision to use his stun gun on Guilford. However, Maloney allowed two claims of excessive force to proceed, writing that “factual disputes” about what transpired after Frost fired his stun gun, and later, his service weapon, can be resolved by a jury.

Maloney detailed those “factual disputes” in his 38-page opinion and was pointed in his criticism, addressing what he described as inconsistencies between Frost’s account and the evidence. He added that a jury could find that some of what Frost says occurred was “almost inconceivable.”

That fateful night in 2015, Deven was traveling along the road and flashed his lights at an officer because his headlights were so bright that they nearly made Deven run off the road. He was then pulled over by Sgt. Frost of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, who stopped the young man for no other reason than the fact that he flashed his lights.

When Frost approached the car, Guilford explained that he was simply flashing his lights to be a polite driver, and let the officer know that his high beams were on so he didn’t cause an accident.

The officer began to get aggressive with Guilford when he attempted to flex his rights during the traffic stop. Guilford refused to show the officer his license and registration because he had broken no laws and the officer had no reason to stop him.

Guilford also began recording the encounter with his cell phone and let the officer know that he was filming for his own safety. He then asked the officer if he was being detained and for what reason. He was told that he was being detained because he refused to comply with Frost and show him his ID. However, not showing his ID is a secondary offense, meaning the officer would actually need a real reason to pull him over to begin with.

On a power trip, Frost violently ripped Guilford out of the vehicle and forced him down to the ground. Guilford attempted to remain filming while he complied with the officer’s orders and moved to the ground. Sadly, Guilford was not moving fast enough for Frost, so he tased the young boy. At this time, both the body camera and the cell phone footage cut out.

Off camera, Frost shot and killed the young boy. The known details are sparse because the killing happened out of the view of the dash-cam, and the body camera was turned off at that point. However, the officer claims that the young boy attacked him, so he “feared for his life” and killed him, firing 7 shots from his weapon.

The judge in the federal lawsuit apparently disagrees.

After the announcement that officer Frost would not be charged, the Guilford family released the following statement:

“There was no reason or necessity for the officer to physically remove our son from the car without considering other options to avoid an unnecessary violent escalation. It must be also noted that Deven was not in possession (of) any weapon and emphatically told the officer that he was not armed. We also have serious concerns about whether the officer used unreasonable force against Deven under the circumstances.”

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WATCH: Cowardly Cop Shoots Innocent Unarmed Man With His Hands Up—Gets Years in Prison

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Columbia, S.C. –Levar Edward Jones was shot by a state trooper in early September of 2014. Now, nearly three years after the cowardly and deadly actions by this trooper, he is finally being held accountable, and Jones is seeing the justice he deserves.

 

On Tuesday, former South Carolina State Trooper, Sean Groubert was sentenced to 12 years in prison. However, while that may seem substantial, 5 of them were suspended for time served, and Groubert will only spend 3 years behind bars for nearly killing an innocent man who was doing everything he was supposed to do during a traffic stop.

The incident, which the Free Thought Project reported upon initially after it took place on September 4, 2014, began when trooper Sean Groubert pulled Jones over for allegedly not wearing a seat belt.

Dash cam from the trooper’s cruiser recorded the interaction.

After being pulled over, Jones could be seen exiting his vehicle, at which point Groubert asked for his license.

When Jones reached to grab his license, Groubert began shooting at him.

While shooting at Jones, Groubert yelled, “Get out of the car, get out of the car.”

To which Jones replied, ”I just got my license, you said get my license.”

The trooper can be seen in the footage firing four bullets at Jones in less than five seconds.

Amazingly, Jones had enough composure to raise his hands up in surrender while being shot at, yet Groubert continued to fire on the surrendering man.

In the video, Groubert asks Jones if he was hit by a bullet. Then he tries to imply that it was Jones’ fault that he just shot at him, “Bro, you dove head first back into your car.”

When asked why he was pulled over Groubert told Jones that it was a “seat belt violation,” to which Jones responded, “I just pulled my seat belt off right there.”

Groubert was subsequently fired by the Highway Patrol shortly after the incident. The Department of Public Safety stated that the trooper had violated several patrol agency policies, used too much force for too long and misread Jones as a threat.

At the time of the shooting, South Carolina Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith, after viewing the video, called the actions of Groubert “disturbing.”

Luckily for Jones, Groubert is an apparent failure as a marksman and only one of the four rounds fired at point blank range struck him. He was hit in the hip and has since recovered.

With the egregious nature of the trooper’s offenses, it’s heartening to actually see a law enforcement professional being held accountable for their actions under color of law. The taxpayers were also held accountable for the Trooper’s actions. In 2015, Jones received a modest settlement of $300,000 for being shot by a cop for no reason.

As you watch the video below, remember that this stop was over an alleged seat belt violation. Unfortunately, incidents like this play out all across the country on a regular basis. However, many of them aren’t caught on dash cam and the officers are never held accountable.

Even when the incidents are caught on dash cam and the officer is seen shooting an unarmed person in the face — all too often, these incidents are ruled justified and the officers not held accountable.

Below is a video which epitomizes the shoot first and ask questions later attitude and training of police across the country.

Next time someone tries to tell you that “if you don’t break the law, you have nothing to worry about,” show them this video.

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