WATCH: Innocent Man Attacked and Arrested for Saying Cops Abuse Their Power

Lebanon Junction, KY — A video recently uploaded by the Oath Accountability Project (OAP) shows a Lebanon Junction police officer arrest Avery Williams for simply asking for his name and badge number along with the name and badge number of his supervisor and noting how this cop was abusing his power.

The video begins with Williams and a female friend at a Lebanon Junction, KY Pilot gas station. After Williams asks the police officer for permission to stand under the awning, he tells his female friend:

Police in this town, in this state, in this city, have nothing better to do than to rouse people for nothing…play the bully role because they wear badges.

A Lebanon Junction officer returns to speak to the couple. His badge states his name as Officer Hedges. The officer tells the man he’s, “free to go,” but the citizen wanted to apparently hold the officer accountable for his actions and asks for his badge number as well as the name of his supervisor. “This is going to go online so people can see truth and consequences, how you guys push your weight around,” the man says.

All of a sudden, the officer takes a defensive tone. “You are done! Get on the fucking ground,” he says as he throws the man on the ground, cranks his hand behind his back and then threatens to tase the man. All the while the man pleads for the reason why he’s being arrested.

It appears from the video that Ofc. Hedges didn’t like William’s promise to expose him to the world as the bully he appears to be. As a result of the OAP exposing the cop for his heavy-handedness, and likely unlawful arrest for questioning the quick-tempered officer’s authority, a lot of attention is now being given to the small Kentucky town. Ironically enough, this cop proved Williams’ point by acting in the manner that he did.

Hedges miserably explained to the young lady his reasons for arresting Williams.

I don’t know what to tell you. He did what he did. I tried to be nice to you all and he refused to go along with it.

As a result of the arrest, many people believe the young man should now sue the police department and the officer for infringing on his civil rights.

We called the Lebanon Junction Police Department. The telephone number published on their Facebook page rang and rang with no answer. According to the website Supporting Heroes, the department only has four police officers and serves a community of fewer than 2,000 residents.

We have since learned Williams was eventually arrested and charged with several criminal offenses. But many people critical of the officer’s actions are coming to his defense. They’ve taken to Google reviews and Facebook to voice their objections to the way the motorist was treated. Wade Oliver wrote the following Google review:

Officer Hedges should be fired and charged with assault and false arrest. This punk cop was picked on and stuffed in his locker as a child and now that he has a badge and weapon is taking out his childhood on law abiding citizens. What a shame the people of this town put up with his terrible behavior and by doing so they are condoning this behavior and will find themselves or their loved ones subjected to it one day.

In a TFTP exclusive, courtesy of the OAP, we had a chance to interview Williams. He said he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication controlled substance. He did not specify as to what substance it was he had in his possession after he was arrested. He said he was released after posting a $50 booking fee.

The woman with me is a life long friend her name is Toni…we were in the moving truck I was in the process of moving from Kentucky to Missouri. We had just arrived back in Ky to get another load after being on the road for 12 hrs When I stopped to get us drinks at the pilot truck stop in Lebanon junction KY.

He says all his problems with the law started after he won a cash prize with his lottery ticket and simply wanted to cash in his winnings.

I had attempted to redeem a scratch of lottery ticket when the attendant informed me she couldn’t I asked why and she replied that their lotto machine had already shut down for the night. I inquired as to why that the machine at every where else shuts down at 2am. To which she replied then just f***ing go to speedway. As I was walking away she screamed across the store “it’s not like you work here” to which i replied “no but i did for 4 years” I proceeded to go the McDonald’s which is attached to the pilot to get the drinks I was wanting. When I exited the McDonald’s the pilot attendant was standing out side and begin running her mouth. I don’t recall what she was saying but at that point I took out my phone and told her I’m recording you and I’m going to report you. She replied I have a cop inside that will disagree with you.

He says the gas station attendant made good on her promise to get the police involved. Williams’ earnings were quickly spent after he was arrested. Here’s how he described the incident and how much money he says he’s spent trying to get his case dismissed. It’s unclear how a lawyer worth his weight in salt could not successfully argue the arrest was made without probable cause. After all, Ofc. Hedges did say, and it was caught on camera that Williams was “free to go”.

 I have subsequently made 4 more trips to KY for court over this issue at an expense of over 1500 dollars only to have them repeatedly continue the case and give a new court date. My next court date over this issue is scheduled for Jan 2.

 

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[WATCH] Chicago Cop Faces Sentencing For Firing 16 Shots at Car Filled With Teens


A veteran Chicago police officer faces sentencing Monday for his excessive force conviction for firing 16 times into a moving vehicle filled with teens.

Marco Proano, 42, was the first Chicago cop in memory to be convicted in federal court of criminal charges stemming from an on-duty shooting.

His attorney is seeking probation, arguing the officer should not be punished for alleged systemic problems in the department and calling him a scapegoat “sacrificed to the furor” over police misconduct.

Prosecutors, however, are seeking up to eight years in prison, saying Proano could have killed the six teens when he fired indiscriminately into a reportedly stolen Toyota.

The 11-year department veteran was convicted by a jury in August of two felony counts of using excessive force in violation of the victims’ civil rights. The December 2013 shooting was captured on video by a police dashboard camera.

In asking U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman for probation, Proano’s attorney, Daniel Herbert, said in a recent court filing that Proano had a decorated career before it was derailed amid protests against police violence and a civil rights probe by the U.S. Department of Justice — all sparked by the court-ordered release in November 2015 of video of the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.

The timing of Proano’s September 2016 indictment “could not have been worse for him,” Herbert wrote, adding that he should not have to “shoulder the blame” for a Police Department that the Justice Department, in its scathing report earlier this year, said has a decadeslong history of mistreating citizens.

“It would be naive to ignore the facts here and fail to recognize that Mr. Proano served as somewhat of a scapegoat in this case,” Herbert said. “The situation was at a boiling point, and Mr. Proano was sacrificed to the furor.”

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[WATCH] Sacramento Deputies Shot Man For Holding His Wallet Now Family Demand Answers


On the one-year anniversary of the day their father was shot and killed by two Sacramento sheriff’s deputies, sisters Bobbi Attaway and Sierra Rivera returned to the suburban street where he died, and where they thought they could still see traces of his blood staining the asphalt.

Official reports on the shooting last September had left the teenagers with questions they hoped to answer by standing in the place where Jesse Attaway’s life ended, at the same time he was shot. As the low fall sun dissolved the night, they debated what officers could have and should have seen in that gray hour, and why deputies felt threatened enough to fire about 20 rounds at a father the girls described as funny and non-confrontational.

How, they wondered, could the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office say in its review of the incident that Attaway was smirking at officers, when officers also said it was dark enough that they couldn’t distinguish that the object he held in his hands was a wallet, not a gun?

How could Attaway, 41, have methamphetamine in his system, as a toxicology report found, when his daughters never knew he did drugs?

Why wouldn’t the Sheriff, Scott Jones, let them see the dashcam video?

Daylight brought no answers.

“Every single bit of information I’ve heard from the police has contradicted itself,” said Rivera, 19, sitting at a nearby Starbucks a few weeks later. “First they said they put the spotlight on him. Then they said it was pitch black. Then they said there were street lights. Then they said they saw his face? They saw him smirk? How? You can see him smile or smirk at you in a sarcastic way …. But you can’t see what’s in his hand?”

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[WATCH] Sergeant With The Fulton County Correctional Facility Arrested For Terrorist Threats


JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. – Fulton County Sheriff, Richard Giardino reports that Eric Sweet, a sergeant at the Fulton County Correctional Facility was arrested yesterday afternoon after an investigation into comments he made at the correctional facility on Tuesday.

He allegedly said he would go into the control room, get a secured weapon, shoot the control room officer, put the facility on lock down and then shoot a lieutenant. The rest of his potential plans included to then drag a captain through the facility, making the captain watch as he shot at inmates and other correction officers.

The sergeant admitted making the statements said it was a joke and that he was just venting.

Sheriff Giardino immediately placed him on administrative leave and he was arrested on making terrorist threats.

The sheriff said in this day and age just stating such things raises all kinds of red flags. It elevates seriousness when it’s a member of law enforcement.

According to reports, Sweet had had numerous issues with the administration last year. The fact that he was so detailed in his plan shows his intent and goes against the fact that it was just a “joke”. Sheriff Giardino said Sweet is innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Sweet is scheduled to be back in court next week.

Source: http://news10.com/2017/11/16/sergeant-with-the-fulton-county-correctional-facility-arrested-for-terrorist-threats/

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[WATCH] South Carolina Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Motorist to be Sentenced in December

North Charleston officer Michael Slager (L) and Walter Scott

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A former South Carolina police officer filmed as he fatally shot an unarmed motorist in the back two years ago will be sentenced on Dec. 4 on a federal civil rights charge, court officials said on Friday.

Ex-North Charleston officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty in May to violating motorist Walter Scott’s civil rights by using excessive force in the April 2015 shooting.

A widely distributed cellphone video of the shooting taken by a bystander heightened a national debate about police treatment of minorities across the United States.

The Dec. 4 sentencing hearing will be held in U.S. District Court in Charleston. Judge David Norton, who heard Slager’s guilty plea in May, has blocked out a week for the proceedings, his office said.

Slager, 35, faces a sentence ranging from zero years, or time served, to a maximum of life in prison on the civil rights charge. He has been in federal custody since his guilty plea just weeks before his federal trial was to start.

Slager fired eight shots at Scott’s back, hitting him five times. He opened fire after the motorist fled a traffic stop for a broken brake light and he and Slager fought.

Slager’s attorney Andrew Savage told Charleston’s Post and Courier newspaper on Friday that he would emphasize the fight and that the video did not show the whole story of what happened.

“He (Slager) certainly was not looking for trouble that day, with the idea to hurt somebody,” Savage was quoted as saying.

Justin Bamberg, a lawyer for the Scott family, said he favored a long prison sentence, perhaps life, as a deterrent to others in positions of public trust.

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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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[WATCH] Officer Earned $175,000 on Leave Since Controversial Police Shooting But Wants $5M More


It’s a standoff that has cost North Miami taxpayers close to $175,000, left the city with one less senior police officer, and remains a sticking point for a city trying to move past a controversial police shooting.

And now, 16 months after behavioral specialist Charles Kinsey was shot lying flat on his back with his hands in the air while trying to protect his severely autistic patient, it’s finally got a legal name: Police Cmdr. Emile Hollant vs. the city of North Miami.

Hollant, in charge of a chaotic July 2016 shooting that put the city in an unwanted national spotlight, hasn’t worked a single day since. Yet he hasn’t lost a paycheck or any benefits, either. The city, wading through investigations and trying to avoid a lawsuit, never fired him. Hollant, expecting a legal settlement, has refused to quit.

Now, trying to force the city’s hand, Hollant on Friday filed a lawsuit in federal court demanding $5 million in compensatory damages and claiming the city has violated his civil rights, inflicted emotional distress and is punishing him for a being a whistle-blower, among other things.

“Emile Hollant has been crucified and had his life destroyed and placed on virtual house arrest for almost two years,” Hollant’s attorney, Michael Pizzi, said on Friday. “They’ve engaged in a pattern of lies, deceit and an irresponsible witch hunt.”

The conditions of Hollant’s leave if he wishes to continue to be paid his salary and benefits, which add up to $131,000 each year: He must remain home during working hours. He can leave only with the consent of a supervisor. On nights, weekends, holidays and mornings before work, he’s free to do as he wishes. Holland, 55, also gets vacation time off.

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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt Insults Millions Who No Longer Watch It

In a Sports Illustrated “Off the Board” podcast released on Thursday, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt took several cheap shots at the network’s critics, in the process demonstrating how horribly out of touch he is with financial realities at his the network.

Van Pelt aimed particular venom at those who have decided that they didn’t need to have cable TV any more when ESPN selected Caitlyn-formerly-Bruce Jenner as its 2015 annual Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner, calling them “so dumb that I can’t even pray for you because you’re beyond hope.”

The podcast’s interviewer was SI’s Jimmy Traina, who did his part to smear those who claim they are avoiding ESPN as ignoramuses, hypocrites, or both.

In unexcerpted audio preceding the snippet which follows, Van Pelt contended that people who claim that they’re boycotting ESPN are in a “make-believe world where everyone talks s–t.”

The audio snip below (HT Mediaite) begins with Van Pelt telling Traina he has “never, not once” spoken with anyone who has harshly criticized his show or his network:

Transcript (bolds are mine throughout this post):

SCOTT VAN PELT, ESPN: Again, if that’s how people really felt, somewhere along the line, I would’ve intersected with someone that felt that way and came up and said, ‘Hey, I think your show sucks, I think ESPN sucks, and I think you guys are doomed. And, OK. Never. Not once.

Van Pelt’s own late-night Sports Center show is apparently doing well and experiencing ratings growth. So he’s probably not going to hear much criticism of his show. But if he really hasn’t had anyone tell him that the network has gone in the wrong direction during the past several years by engaging in political advocacy, he not only needs to get out more, he needs to talk to more of his coworkers.

One such coworker would be 25-year network veteran Linda Cohn, who in an April radio interview said that ESPN’s insertion of politics into its sports coverage “is definitely a percentage of” the reason why it has had to lay off employees, and that “if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they’re blind.” Cohn was quietly suspended for a weekend as a result of her frankness. An anonymous employee reacted to Cohn’s suspension, accompanied by the lack of any visible consequences beyond the equivalent of a wrist slap when Jemele Hill called Donald Trump’s administration a pack of white supremacists, as follows: “I’m tired of pretending this company is not full of sh*t.”

The Traina chimed in with his hypocrisy-ignorance shtick:

JIMMY TRAINA, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Yeah. And also, it is funny, because whenever I get into this topic on Twitter, I get people who say, “I don’t watch ESPN any more. Nobody watches ESPN any more.”

And I say, “OK, that means that you don’t watch college football playoffs, Monday Night Football, the baseball playoffs, the NBA.”

And then I get back, “Oh no, I just mean the talk shows. Well, that’s what — ESPN’s not just talk shows. It has a little bit of everything. So you haven’t stopped watching ESPN.

And I also get a lot of — I remember during the NBA finals last year, people saying they don’t watch ESPN any more. Oh you don’t watch the NBA finals. “Oh, that’s ABC.” It’s the same thing.

It’s just — I think most people who are doing it just don’t — you have those people who just don’t know the business, and then you have maybe people in the business who want to see ESPN fail, and those are the ones who are putting out the narrative that ESPN is dying, when if every media company was dying the way ESPN is, we’d all be thrilled.

Who does Jimmy Traina think he’s kidding?

He must surely know, or should know, that ESPN has lost over 12 percent of its subscribers in the past six years, and that it is currently hemorrhaging 15,000 subscribers per day.

One would hope that Traina is smart enough to know that ABC and ESPN are separate profit centers for parent company Disney, and that people who watched the NBA finals on ABC weren’t helping ESPN in any way, shape, or form.

Unless he’s been in a cave for the past year, he must know that some of ESPN’s live event broadcasts are not doing so well, either, especially Monday Night Football.

Finally, Traina certainly must know, since Sports Illustrated has covered it, that ESPN is currently in the midst of its third round of layoffs in the past two years.

I’d love to hear Jimmy Traina explain why any company with such a high level of fixed costs in the form of broadcast rights would be “thrilled” about a 12 percent shrinkage in its customer base.

Van Pelt then lowered the boom on cord-cutters and boycotters:

VAN PELT: Sure. Of course. I mean, right. Everything you said is true, I’m going to boycott this — And for the folks, if you truly wanna boycott the NFL or if you wanna boycott ESPN, the notion that some guy sitting out there, or gal, and they decide, “You know what, I’m gonna go ahead and cut my entire cable package because ESPN gave an award on a made-up show in July because there’s no sports to a woman who used to be a man, so I’m now not gonna have any cable TV at all, and I’m gonna sit around at night and read books by candlelight like olden times because of that.” That’s just, that’s not happening.

And if you did that, then you’re so dumb that I can’t even pray for you because you’re beyond hope. If that was your reaction to this — was to deny yourself the ability to watch television — I mean that just hasn’t happened and didn’t happen.

Van Pelt, in contending that cable TV cord-cutters have no alternative but to “sit around at night and read books by candlelight like olden times,” has apparently never heard of the following long but still incomplete list of entertainment and news alternatives: Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Fox Sports, the various broadcast networks’ subscription services, or the news rebroadcasts provided online by so many local TV stations.

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As a result of its ongoing ESPN’s insertion of politics into its sports coverage, many people who never realized it before and would never have investigated such things have learned that they’re paying $80 per year in their cable packages for ESPN alone, and deciding that they’d rather not have cable at all than continue to involuntarily fund “MSESPN.” I would contend that cord-cutting is happening at a faster rate than it otherwise would have.

Finally, Van Pelt’s statement that “there’s no sports” in July is an insult to fans of baseball, NASCAR, and other summer sports ensured that he left virtually no one uninsulted.

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

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[WATCH] 86 Year Old Man Gets $900,000 Settlement After Being Tased by Georgia Police


An 86-year-old black man injured after being jolted by a white officer’s Taser will get a $900,000 payout — one of the most significant for a stun gun case in South Carolina history — as video emerged Friday of the Kingstree encounter that raises further questions about police training on the use of force.

Albert Chatfield, who has dementia, put his hands in the air after a brief car chase Oct. 16 in the small Williamsburg County community, but he jogged backward from the officers trying to arrest him.

An officer said in a report that Chatfield was shocked with the stun gun to stop him from getting hit by passing traffic. But the only car in the video footage is backing slowly away from the action.

A federal court last year also declared unconstitutional any Taser use against someone who doesn’t present a danger to another person. Chatfield’s lawyer, state Rep. Justin Bamberg, said that an elderly man in a bout of confusion posed no threat and that the officers’ justification of the takedown contradicted the video.

Chatfield fell, and his head hit the pavement.

That a supervisor had ordered the officer to use the Taser shows a pervasive lack of training on the regulations, Bamberg said Friday.

“This is a learning opportunity,” he said. “It’s very unfortunate that such a learning session has to come at the expense of an 86-year-old grandfather. But it’s an opportunity to look at Taser training and try to stop it from happening from somebody else.”

The State Law Enforcement Division opened an investigation into the ordeal at the Kingstree police chief’s request, but no criminal charges were expected to come of it, a decision that Chatfield’s family did not oppose.

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WATCH: Man Swarmed by Cops, Detained, Cuffed—for Carrying a Pink Dildo

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A man was held at gunpoint, detained, and handcuffed by police at Los Angeles International Airport for being in possession of a bright pink dildo. The man, who has yet to be identified, packed his pink marital aid in a holster, strapped to his waist and held in place by a belt.

While it seems safe to say that the man was baiting police into arresting him for open-carrying a dildo in his gun holster, the encounter appears to be the work of First and Second Amendment auditors who were just as prepared to film the encounter as police were to respond to a possible “man with a gun” scenario.

“Jack,” as his friend referred to him, was approached by several officers with high powered rifles, pistols, and other weaponry. They were quick to detain him, placing him in handcuffs, and then rifling through his belongings.

They first removed the pink dildo from his holster, emptied out all of his pockets, and then began to correspond with him using written messages, because he was reportedly hearing impaired.

Jack’s friends were also prepared to film the pink pocket rocket event. They swooped in from many angles and refused to be shooed away from officers insisting they step back. One of Jack’s friends said, “I’m more than 10-feet,” adding the Supreme Court said he only has to be that distance away from official police business.

While being detained, Jack yelled aloud, “Why are you pushing me?” He can also be heard yelling, “You’re dealing with someone who is deaf!” It is unclear if Jack is actually deaf or also attempting to play the role of a hearing-impaired person who has made contact with police.

As TFTP has reported, police encounters with individuals armed with guns often end with the citizens being killed by police, and according to some, have been used to propagandize the issue of gun ownership in America.

Deadly encounters with police officers have also occurred when one party is hearing impaired. Jack and his team seem to know this and are exploiting their freedoms for the sake of bringing awareness to the methodologies of the police state when dealing with gun owners and citizens with disabilities.

The videos were uploaded by a group known as the California Guardian. In the caption to the Youtube video uploaded on Thursday, a description was given, which reads:

“While waiting for his flight from California to Texas TXsheepdog was detained outside the Tom Bradley terminal of Los Angeles International Airport for concealed carry of a pink dildo.”

Following the link to TXSheepdog’s channel we’ve uncovered a little bit more about the dildo packing activist known in the video as “Jack”. His channel describes him as:

“TXSHEEPDOG72 is an independent journalist based in Texas. I am devoted to protecting and advancing civil liberties and civil rights in the United States of America. My videos are intended to entertain and educate those who violate these rights and those who wish to enjoy those rights.”

It seems the group’s activities have more to do with being able to walk around freely without being stopped, questioned, detained, or harassed. For those who are novices to the work of activists, those freedoms are known as civil liberties.

While Jack was obviously attempting to draw attention to himself, by wearing a holster inside an airport terminal, he is also evidently very concerned about being able to have the freedom to protect himself and the public without having to depend on the reaction time of the police to keep the general population safe. Engaging in one’s Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, presumably for groups like California Guardian, should not stop at the airport terminal.

After about 12 minutes of tension-filled, adrenaline pumping, marital toy action, Jack was allowed to go on his way. But should he have even been stopped in the first place? Was his detention lawful? Should he have been placed in handcuffs? Were any of his civil rights violated at any time? Feel free to comment below.

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