Robert Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome, sat in a movie theatre after having watched a movie, acting as if he was going to sit through the movie again without buying another ticket.
That prompted three police officers to kill him.
Friday, a grand jury determined that no crime was committed, even though his death was ruled a homicide.
He was suffocated as three officers struggled to handcuff him and drag him out of the theater. A movie ticket probably costs $11.
NYPD target police brutality activist in an attempt to silence him
July 22, 2012
The NYPD and New York City courts are trying to silence you—and everyone who stands up for justice and against racism—by going after a leading anti-police-brutality and anti-racial-profiling activist, Joseph “Jazz” Hayden.
Jazz has been fighting police abuse and violence for years and is a founding member of the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow. Long before the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy started to become notorious nationwide and tens of thousands marched to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s house in protest, Jazz was one of the dozens of activists dedicated to organizing against it and documenting police racism. His website AllThingsHarlem.com has four years of his videos showing New York police as they target and search young Blacks and Latinos.
Now the NYPD is striking back. Two police officers conducted an illegal search of Jazz’s car in December of last year—the same police who Jazz videotaped a few months earlier conducting another illegal car search involving two other African American men. In the video, police can be heard trying to intimidate Jazz, saying, “We know your background. I know who you are.”
The cops let those two men go without any charges or tickets, having had no legal reason to stop them in the first place and being unable to charge them for the real reason they picked out: being Black.
But the police didn’t forget Jazz, and in December, when the same two officers stopped him, they said, “We know you.” Jazz was detained and held for nearly two days before a prosecutor tried to force him to post a $16,000 bond.
Jazz is facing two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, which could put him behind bars for two to seven years if he is convicted.
The weapons? A penknife and a commemorative mini-replica of a baseball bat. Both are absurdly harmless and completely legal to carry, unlike the car search the police conducted to “discover” them.
Autopsy Shows African-American Teen Kendrec McDade Was Shot Seven Times By Police
Last March, police received a report that a taco truck in Pasadena, California had just been robbed. According to a recently released autopsy report, the two officers who arrived to investigate this report ran down and eventually shot a young black suspect seven times:
Nineteen-year-old Kendrec McDade was shot at point-blank range by one Pasadena police officer and handcuffed after being struck by a total of seven bullets, according to the autopsy report released Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office… . Three of the wounds — two in his abdomen and one in his right arm — are considered potentially fatal because they lacerated arteries, according to Pasadena police. One bullet entered through the back of the right arm and another the back of the right forearm.
McDade, of Azusa, was killed when Pasadena officers Jeff Newlen and Mathew Griffin responded to a report of an armed robbery at a taco truck in northwest Pasadena. One of the officers pursued him on foot and the other from his police cruiser.
The first officer who fired did so while seated in the patrol car as McDade approached with his hand at his waistband. McDade and the officer were “within a foot” of each other, according to the autopsy report.
It is not yet clear whether McDade was actually involved in the taco truck robbery or if he was merely a bystander. It is clear, however, that the police who shot McDade did so under a cloud of false information. McDade was not armed, and the alleged theft victim later admitted that he lied about his assailants having weapons in order to provoke a faster response by police.
McDade also does not fit the profile of the kind of person who would normally commit armed robbery. He has no gang ties or prior arrests, was a star football player in high school, and was a student at Citrus College at the time of his death.
TRIGGER WARNING for Racism, Police Brutality & Violence
Crown Prosecution Service reviews decision not to charge officers heard boasting of strangling 21-year-old black man | Friday 30 March 2012 13.29 EDT
Scotland Yard is facing a racism scandal after a black man used his mobile phone to record police officers subjecting him to a tirade of abuse in which he was told: “The problem with you is you will always be a nigger”.
The recording, obtained by the Guardian, was made by the 21-year-old after he was stopped in his car, arrested and placed in a police van the day after last summer’s riots.
The man, from Beckton, east London, said he was made to feel “like an animal” by police. He has also accused one officer of kneeling on his chest and strangling him.
In the recording, a police officer can be heard admitting he strangled the man because he was “a cunt”. Moments later, another officer – identified by investigators as PC Alex MacFarlane – subjects the man to a succession of racist insults and adds: “You’ll always have black skin. Don’t hide behind your colour.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service on the basis that three officers, including MacFarlane, may have committed criminal offences.
The CPS initially decided no charges should be brought against any of the police officers. However on Thursday, the service said it would review the file after lawyers for the man threatened to challenge the decision in a high court judicial review. MacFarlane has been suspended.
The inquiry began after the victim handed his mobile phone to a custody desk in Forest Gate police station and told officers he had been abused.
Earlier, he had been driving through Beckton with a friend when he was stopped by a van containing eight police officers from Newham borough. London’s streets were flooded with police who had been drafted in to contain the rioting.
The officers arrested the man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and told him he was being taken to a police station to be searched. After being taken into the van, the man was also arrested for missing a previous magistrates court appearance. No further action is to be taken in relation to the suspected driving offence.
It was once inside the van and handcuffed that the man said he was assaulted by police. He described having his head pushed against the van window and said one officer placed his knees on his chest and began strangling him. “I couldn’t breathe and I felt that I was going to die,” he said.
The man said he decided to turn on the recording facility of his phone after MacFarlane allegedly made sexually explicit references about his mother and telling him he would be “dead in five years”.
In the recording, the man sounds agitated; he raises his voice to complain about his treatment and in places insults the arresting officers. The verbal exchange lasts several minutes.
When the man tells an officer: “you tried to strangle me”, the officer replies: “No, I did strangle you.”
One week after two Humphreys Co TN cops are indited for severely beating a handcuffed man, two more decide to follow an innocent man far out of their jurisdiction then beat him and search his business without cause or warrant
WAVERLY, TN (WSMV) -
A local county law enforcement agency, already facing federal indictment, may have another black eye. Once again it involves a Humphreys County sheriff’s deputy beating an unarmed man.
But this time, the accused deputy wasn’t even in his own jurisdiction. He was in another county.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the accusations after a tow truck driver named Glenn Capps says he was getting cigarettes at the Pilot station in Humphreys County.
Capps was then followed by Humphreys County deputies who said Capps was suspicious. He was followed all the way to Hickman County, where Capps was inside the Barnett’s Wrecker Service building.
Then, according to Capps, he told the officers to go away and that they had no jurisdiction. The officers then entered the building.
Now, Capps’ nose is broken, and he is charged with resisting arrest and driving on an expired license.
“With no probable cause, his face was smashed into a car and the building searched. All without a warrant and all outside of Humphreys County,” said 23rd District Public Defender Jake Lockert.
Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis fired one of the officers and suspended the other after he looked at the high quality surveillance tape at Barnett’s.
Mike Patrick, a city attorney in New Johnsonville, a judge in McEwen and a lawyer in Waverly, has filed an ouster lawsuit to remove Sheriff Davis.
“The county deserves better that we’ve got, and what we’ve got I think is escalating and deteriorating at the same time,” Patrick said.
Patrick contends there are so many things wrong with the beating and arrest of Capps it’s hard to decide what is most wrong.
“Without provocation, without justification, without the color of the law,” he said. “Throw the constitution out the window and call it a day. Nothing about this appears to be right, but thank God for video cameras.”
Patrick has subpoenaed the videotape. He has legal right, because of his ouster suit, and he is expected to get that tape from the TBI next week.
Last week, the Justice Department indicted two other Humphreys County sheriff’s deputies for allegedly violating the civil rights of an unarmed man.
Tim Hedge, 50, and Benji Lee, 32, face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison if they are convicted in the case of the videotaped beating of Darrin Ring in January 2011.
Ring was reportedly beaten and tasered for 19 minutes. He was then taken to jail where witnesses say he was beaten and tasered again.
Most of the beating and tasering reportedly came after Ring was handcuffed by the deputies, and his injuries included broken ribs and a punctured lung.
With well over 2 million people in jail - the U.S. has the world’s biggest prison population.
But some are seeing the inside of a cell because dodgy judges are getting payback from the private sector.
Russia Today’s Gayane Chichakyan reports on those dishing out justice for a fee.
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In Fort Collins, a police officers purposefully turns his back while his companion pretends to be assaulted by yelling “step back,” and shoving a person who clearly is not threatening him, touching him, or advancing toward him in any way. This is clearly caught on camera. Afterwards, the police officer who purposefully turns his back arrests the innocent man, and tells him to “stop resisting arrest,” even though he was complying with police orders.
1. You’re exercising your right to film police. You do have the right to film cops. This right is codified in the Constitution under the First Amendment. In the past year, New England’s highest Federal court ruled that filming cops is protected by the First Amendment. You don’t need any special reason for doing so. You don’t need permission from any bureaucrat. You don’t have to work for a big media outlet. Get a camera and a YouTube channel and you are officially media. Congratulations and film away. If you don’t exercise your rights, they atrophy. Exercise them.
2. In the case where you are recording someone else’s police encounter, like a neighbor or friend, you are significantly reducing their chances of being the victim of police misconduct. Police will be less likely to perform unwarranted searches, plant drugs, beat the person, rape the person, murder the person, or arrest them on trumped up charges if they know there are cameras around recording their every move. You’re reducing the extent to which the predatory armed enforcers are likely to harass their prey. Police-accountability activist Antonio Buehler was possibly facing years in prison for allegedly assaulting an officer until he later obtained video evidence from bystanders that refuted the claims of the cop.
3. In the case where you are recording your own police encounter, you could be saving yourself from a potentially life-destroying event. You could be preventing yourself from going to prison. Anyone who thinks they are not at risk of being arrested is quite oblivious to the number of “laws” on the books, as well as the vagueness of those laws and the ability of the state to interpret those laws however they want in order to put you in a cage. Every American is now at a palpable risk of being arrested and jailed at some point — unless you’re a cop.
My friend Tj was pulled over by police a year and half ago over a malfunctioning tag light. Immediately the gang of cops went into overkill mode and began ordering him out of the vehicle, were pulling on his door handle, and suspiciously claiming he dropped something out of the car window. Eventually the police began threatening to pull TJ out of the vehicle and claiming that he might be a danger to the officers (cop language for “get out or we can kill you”) — all over a tag light. You can see the video for yourself to see how Tj recording the encounter with his cell phone quickly deterred the cops from perpetrating further harassment.
4. You inspire others to stand up to cops and demand accountability. Standing up to cops is scary. They can quite literally kill you and get away with it, as well as everything below killing. When you film cops and deter them from engaging in misconduct you become a beacon of peaceful resistance to the police-state for other people to emulate.
5. You remind the cops (allow me to put on my minarchist hat) that they are our servants and we are their masters. We pay the police with our tax dollars to provide security and protect our rights. We are the employers and the police are the employees. We have every right to monitor our employees to make sure they’re doing their job right. This is especially essential now that police have become routine rights violators and are far more likely to violate people’s rights than private criminals are.
The state watches us, reads our emails, listens in our phone conversations, and is putting more and more cameras around to surveil us in public places — is it really that unreasonable for us to watch the watchers a little bit, especially when they are actively looking for ways to put anyone they can into cages?
6. You are exercising the only real check we have on the police-state besides civil disobedience (which is becoming more appealing everyday) and armed rebellion.
Police investigate themselves and are the arbiters of disputes involving themselves. How does the average person stand a chance against that? Bad cops are very rarely found guilty for their crimes and when they are found guilty the punishment they often receive is a modicum of what the average American would receive.
In the fall of 2010, Orlando Copwatch did a lengthy investigation of an incident where OPD officer Travis Lamont body-slammed an 84-year-old man onto pavement and broke his neck — simply because the old man committed the heinous crime of touching Lamont’s shoulder. Despite the fact that numerous witnesses called the police station in outrage and spoke to the media about the horrific behavior of Lamont, Orlando Police Chief Val Demings and six other senior officials cleared Lamont of any wrong doing and he lurks the streets of Orlando to this day.
The only effective method we have for dealing with bad cops is filming them in the act and putting it on YouTube so they can receive the shame and ostracism they deserve. If someone had been able to capture footage of Officer Lamont’s actions that night and put in on YouTube for it to go viral Lamont may have ended up in prison where he truly belongs.
7. You are preparing cops to get used to being filmed. Every year the price of cameras goes down, the quality goes up, the size of cameras goes down, the ability to conceal cameras increases, we now have the ability to upload live footage to websites like Qik.com, and there is a growing movement of people happily willing to use these tools to keep police accountable. There is nothing the cops can do about it. The bureaucrats can write whatever laws they want to stop us, but the market will help us get around them. When you get out there and start filming cops you’re giving police a friendly reminder that soon every cop’s every move will be monitored by the tax payers and that they better start acting more civilized. You’re stimulating a feeling among police that they are being watched.
8. You’re standing up for your rights and your fellow citizen’s rights and will feel damn good about it. You’ll be able to look back and know that you didn’t submit to the police-state like some slave. The preservation of your dignity and spirit is worth the risks of filming cops.
9. You are reducing the amount of tyranny that your kids will live under.
Yes, filming police is dangerous, but day-to-day life in the totalitarian Amerika that will develop as a result of our apathy will be far more dangerous. Now is the time to film cops; not later. The police-state will only get more severe if we don’t act now, which means it will only get harder to keep police accountable if we back down.
Early in the morning on Oct. 22, a Saturday, Ms. Zucker, 21, and her friend Alex Fischer, also 21, were stopped by the police in Riverside Park and given tickets for trespassing. Mr. Fischer was permitted to leave after he produced his driver’s license. But Ms. Zucker, on a visit to New York City with a group of Carnegie Mellon University seniors looking for jobs in design industries, had left her wallet in a hotel two blocks away.
She was handcuffed. For the next 36 hours, she was moved from a cell in the 26th Precinct station house on West 126th Street to central booking in Lower Manhattan and then — because one of the officers was ending his shift before Ms. Zucker could be photographed for her court appearance, and you didn’t think he was going to take the subway uptown while his partner stayed with her at booking, did you? — she was brought back to Harlem.
There she waited in a cell until a pair of fresh police officers were rustled up to bring her back downtown for booking, where she spent a second night in custody. […]
NAACP: The City of Philadelphia refused to allow us to publicize this ad in the Philly airport about over-incarceration in America. Share this to “run the ad” and take a stand for the First Amendment.
NYPD officer caught bragging about framing black man
A New York police officer allegedly stopped and frisked a black man without a proper reason before arresting him - just because of his race.
Michael Daragjati, 32, searched the man in April on Staten Island without proper cause before arresting him, a Brooklyn criminal complaint said.
Daragjati, who is white, allegedly arrested the man when he complained - and filed a false report saying he had resisted arrest.
This happens a lot more than people know, it’s nation wide. White cops believe they can do what they want with the minorities and they have - surprisingly that this is ongoing.
(Source: The Huffington Post)
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