Tag Archives: police violence

Scared cops are scary

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“The jurors who acquitted Philip Brailsford of second-degree murder last week were told to judge him based on ‘how a reasonable officer would act, versus a regular person with no police training,’ as The Arizona Republic put it. That distinction was crucial, because a ‘regular person’ would never get away with shooting an unarmed man who was crawling on the floor, sobbing, and begging for his life. Like other recent cases in which jurors failed to hold police officers accountable for the unnecessary use of deadly force, Brailsford’s acquittal shows that cops benefit from a double standard. Unlike ordinary citizens, they can kill with impunity as long as they say they were afraid, whether or not their fear was justified.” (12/13/17)


MI: Road pirate shot-caller bemoans victims’ un-subservient attitude

Source: WNEM 5 News

“[A Macomb County, Michigan sheriff’s] deputy pulled over a Chevy Cobalt in what police said is an area known for drugs. The deputy said he immediately smelled marijuana. Police said that’s when 22-year-old Jonathan Hadley got out of the car and began walking away. The deputy ordered him to stop several times, but Hadley did not. When the deputy caught him, Hadley began fighting and resisting. Then the driver, 19-year-old Yahaira Elisea-Moreno, ran up and began attacking the deputy. Then, 20-year-old Jordan Herrod came from outside of a house, shoved the deputy into a shrub, then got on top of him and began beating him. … [The sheriff] said if [the victims] would have just cooperated none of this would have happened.” (12/13/17)


AZ: Jurors acquit cop who executed compliant, unarmed victim on camera

Source: Arizona Republic

“A Maricopa County jury on Thursday found former Mesa police Officer Philip ‘Mitch’ Brailsford not guilty of second-degree murder charges in the 2016 shooting of an unarmed Texas man who was on his knees begging for his life. Jurors deliberated for less than six hours over two days, finishing Thursday afternoon. The eight-member jury also found Brailsford not guilty of the lesser charge of reckless manslaughter.” [editor’s note: Were the jurors selected for low IQ, or did they get friendly visits from The Thin Blue Line explaining what might happen to them if they convicted this walking human-shaped hunk of excrement? – TLK] (12/08/17)


MN: Taxpayers to shell out $800k in settlement for cop’s murder of motorist

Source: ABC News

“The girlfriend of Philando Castile, Diamond Reynolds, will receive $800,000 under a settlement announced on Tuesday, more than one year after a Minnesota police officer [murdered] Castile in front of her and their 4-year-old daughter, according to city officials. Reynolds, who live-streamed the gruesome aftermath of the shooting in July 2016, would receive $675,000 from the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota, along with an additional $125,000 from the city of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust as a part of the agreement, officials said Tuesday. The agreement, if approved by the court, would settle Reynolds’ claims of emotional distress and false arrest.” [editor’s note: It’s a crime that the killer, Jeronimo Yanez, won’t spend the rest of his life in penury to pay those damages himself – TLK] (11/29/17)


NYPD detectives indicted in rape of 18-year-old

Source: CBS New York

“Two NYPD detectives have been suspended amid allegations that they raped an 18-year-old woman. The men have been indicted in the rape of the woman who was picked up for drug possession, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported. … [Detectives Eddie Martins and Richard Hall] claim the sex was consensual and are expected to surrender next week.” (10/27/17)


OK: Cop convicted of killing daughter’s boyfriend after three mistrials

Source: New York Daily News

“An Oklahoma ex-cop has been convicted of killing his daughter’s boyfriend in a verdict that came after three previous attempts to put him in prison. Shannon Kepler was off-duty in August 2014 when he shot and killed 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, the young Tulsa man who had been dating his daughter Lisa. The 57-year-old police officer has said that he was acting in self-defense, saying at trial that he believed Lake had a gun and that ‘it was either him or me.’ No weapons were found on Lake or at the scene of the shooting. Lake’s aunt said that her loved one was extending his hand for a shake when he was shot.” [editor’s note: For some reason the headlines always seem to refer to people who were cops at the times of their crimes as “ex-” or “former” cops. Sort of like “former bank robber convicted of bank robbery,” since the guy hasn’t robbed banks since being arrested – TLK] (10/19/17)


The CDC, like the FBI, dramatically undercounts deaths at the hands of police

Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“The media do a better job at keeping track of who the government kills than the government does. Go figure. By ‘who the government kills,’ I specifically mean who the police kill. A new study released this week shows that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which tracks stats on causes of death in the National Vital Statistics System, seriously undercounts how many people in the United States are killed during encounters with police. The report was put together by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, who compared the CDC’s numbers for 2015 to The Guardian‘s database of people killed in police encounters in the United States. Not only did the CDC undercount the deaths, but it did so dramatically, catching only half of them. The researchers counted 1,166 fatalities that year. The Guardian’s database caught 1,086 of them. The CDC registered only 643.” (10/12/17)


UT: Cop caught on video assaulting nurse is fired

Source: New York Daily News

“A Utah police officer who was caught on video dragging a nurse out of the hospital after she refused to let him draw blood has been fired. Salt Lake City Police Det. Jeff Payne was given the boot after the department found he had violated its policies when arresting nurse Alex Wubbels on July 26, a police spokesman said. … The two initially engaged in a heated argument after Wubbels told Payne he either needed a warrant or the patient’s consent to draw blood. Lt. James Tracy, Payne’s supervisor, was demoted. He was at the scene and told Wubbels that she should’ve let Payne draw blood. The nurse was released and never charged.” (10/10/17)


UT: Body cam footage shows cop shooting man in the back

Source: United Press International

“Salt Lake City authorities released body camera footage last week of a police officer fatally shooting a man as he ran away and ruled the shooting to be justified. The incident occurred August 13 when Salt Lake police officers stopped Patrick Harmon, 50, for allegedly riding his bicycle in an erratic manner and not having a red safety light. Harmon had an open warrant for an aggravated assault charge and was placed under arrest. But before officers could place him in handcuffs, Harmon ran.” (10/09/17)


GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students

Source: Florida Times-Union

“The sound system squawked at 8 a.m., just as the school day was revving up at Worth County High School. The campus was now on lockdown, the announcement said. Neither the teachers nor students at the south Georgia school knew what was going on. For the next four hours, 40 uniformed officers — the entire staff of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office — fanned through the school in Sylvester, ordering students against the walls of classrooms and hallways, demanding the kids hand over their cellphones. All 900 students were searched, part of a drug sweep ordered by Sheriff Jeff Hobby. He did not have a warrant. … By noon, when cells phones were handed back and classes resumed, no drugs had been found. … students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed. And now, this week a grand jury indicted Hobby and two deputies for their part in the high school raid. Hobby faces charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office.” (10/06/17)