Out-of-Control Cops

Several years ago I attended a university lecture by the rapper artist Ice-T who told the audience that seeing a cop car in the rearview mirror while driving does not lend a feeling of comfort. I think that he was predominately referring to the experience of a person of color, which constitutes the highest percentage of cases of police brutality, though cops seem to be less discriminating with their rage these days.

I witnessed my (Mexican) brother-in-law being abused by two cops who tasered him several times. He was arrested on bogus charges and not allowed to defend himself. It was not until he was bent over the trunk of a cop car with his hands behind his back that the police began using a taser on him. When his wife and I protested we were threatened with it as well. And arrested for daring to speak out.

The number of incidents continue to grow at an alarming rate. Here are only a smattering of stories showing cops out of control.

Raw Video: Conn. Officer Beats Suspect

A Connecticut police department has released a video showing that a former Meriden police officer kept beating a suspect after the man had stopped struggling. (March 19)

Fascist Cops Beat Homeless Man

King County Sheriff beats 15 year old girl- Raw video with AUDIO

A security video released Friday shows a King County sheriff’s deputy shoving, kicking and punching a 15-year-old girl (Malika Calhoun) in a holding cell after her arrest. The deputy, Paul Schene, 31, has been charged with fourth-degree assault in connection with the Nov. 29 incident in a holding cell at SeaTac City Hall. Schene pleaded not guilty to the charge Thursday, and he was released on his own recognizance.

Bart Police shooting in Oakland

Fully Nude Strip Search by Cops
Hope Steffey’s ‘Abu Ghraib’ Treatment at the Stark County Jail

Study: 2,002 died in police custody over 3 years

More than 2,000 criminal suspects died in police custody over a three-year period, half of them killed by officers as they scuffled or attempted to flee, the government said Thursday. Full Story

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This story comes from a blog entry by the sister of Greg Laughon who was beaten into a coma by cops (for the charge of having twenty-six grams of marijuana in his possession) where he remains, four years later.

Greg Survived but at What Cost…

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8 responses to “Out-of-Control Cops

  1. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM ? IT IS EVIDENT THAT OFFICERS SHOULD TAKE A COURSE IN ANGER MANAGEMENT,( BEFORE )EING RELEASED FOR DUTIES FOR BETTER SELF MANAGEMENT OR EVEN MORE SO, CHARGES AGAINST THEM SELVES . BETTER EVALUATE THE SITUATION AT HAND AND THE CASES AGAINST THE POLICE DEPTS. WILL DROP DRAMATICALY , OR USE THIS FOR PRESCREENING EMPLOYMENT , OFFICERS ARE HIRED OFF OF THE STREETS ! ONLY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS ARE GED , OR EQUIVALENT SOME OFFICERS ARE MISDEAMNOR OFFENDERS(FIRST TIME OFFENDERS ) NO FELONIES! THEY MAY HAVE ISSUES TOO.WHY IS THE PUBLIC SUBJECTED TO CARELESSNESS? ALBQ.NM.

  2. Everyday there are stories of abusive cops in the news. A few days ago a 15-year old boy died after the police tasered him. Cops have far too much power and too little self-restraint.

  3. I believe this is the tip of the iceburg and that the leadership within government, courts and law enforcement is so poor and bought off by organisations like MADD and the Police Unions that the corruption is not only covered up but systematically promoted.
    I have been a victim and am aware of many others that have been, and the perception is that we are in a corrupt police state.

    • I’ve also been a victim of unlawful arrest after trying to get the cops to stop tasering and abusing my brother-in-law, who was arrested for no reason. It was then that i realized the depth of the corruption. Arrested without reason, and not allowed my basic rights. Fortunately, the charges were dropped by the DA’s office, but not for my brother-in-law.

  4. I have been looking into the Hope Steffey case for a long time now. While searching for stuff about that case I have run into stuff even worse! Some of it is almost unbelievable.

    I have contacted ALL my Reps about this, but I get the usual form letter replies, if that.

    As for the Hope Steffey case there was a lot that was never mentioned in the news even.
    Here’s an example:

    This is the BCI report that Agent Christy S. Palmer sent to John D. Ferrero, Prosecuting Attorney Stark County Ohio.
    Dated April 16, 2008 BCI Case #: SI-76-08-14-0147

    This is part of page 3

    Sheriff Swanson has ALWAYS maintained that Steffey was ASKED & REFUSED to remove her cloths.
    But here’s the BCI’s OWN REPORT that PROVES this is a LIE!
    And then they try to explain away their first lie with another lie, about why it was done this way without asking Steffey to do it voluntarily.

    They are trying to say that Steffey was resisting enough that EIGHT people (5 women, 3 men) couldn’t take the chance of ASKING her to remove her cloths, or EVEN TELL HER WHAT WAS GOING ON!!!
    What a crock!!

    I did NOT see any resisting in the video, I saw eight cops parading her to the cell, with her in cuffs.

    In fact EVERY video I have seen she is in cuffs!
    And the ONLY times I have seen her react to the cops is after they have assaulted her or in the process of stripping her naked.
    And all the rest of the jail videos are posted on YouTube to prove that these accusations are lies too. (Look for Zemo999’s videos)

    But apparently catching the sheriff’s dept in a lie isn’t a big deal to our “independent” BCI investigator, Christy Palmer, who seems ready to accept ANY excuse the sheriff’s dept wants to use.

    The report also goes on to say that they lowered Steffey in a slow controlled manner to the floor. Except that Steffey says she was thrown to the floor.
    She also told her husband in a phone call that she thought the cops had broken her nose.
    And she was treated by the nurse for the injury.
    And in page 4 of this report Christy Palmer even states that Steffey reported that her nose was making “crunching noises”.

    So I guess this is proof of a second LIE! (Or third)

    And still Christy Palmer, the “independent investigator” doesn’t think twice about accepting the word of the cops over the VICTIMS in spite of proof.
    BTW, Christy also references a video that she says “proves that she was lowered in a slow controlled manner to the floor”. As far as I know, THIS would have to be on the ‘non-existent’ beginning of the strip video.
    On May 5th when I asked about the “missing” video, I was told it would soon be released.
    Now here again it looks as though it’s referenced…even though they NOW claim it does not exist.
    Interesting. (I have filed a request for this video.)

    Its no wonder the grand jury found that the cop’s actions didn’t rise to the level of “criminal culpability”. How could they with the BCI investigator spellchecking the sheriff’s own reports and passing them on as FACT.

    This isn’t so much an investigation report as it is a smear campaign against Hope Steffey.

    The cops can polish this turd as much as want, this STILL STINKS!

    BTW I don’t know why they bothered to black out the names of Nurse Coren Lennon and the jail psychologist Thomas Anuszkiewicz, aren’t they PROUD of the work they do?

    UPDATE I have contacted the sheriff’s office, they are telling me that there is NO evidence that the jail psychologist Thomas Anuszkiewicz was ever called. And from the BCI reports, and testimony from Coren Lennon given to the BCI investigators, it looks as if even if he was contacted it would have to have been “after the fact” of when Steffey was stripped.

    • John — i appreciate you giving your attention to this issue, and to Hope Steffey’s case, and for letting us know what is going on. I am not able to answer your comment properly at this point in time, but wanted to put this information out there and encourage you to keep us updated. All injustices need to be exposed; thank you for helping do that.

  5. Every time I think about what our once proud nation has become it makes me want to do something about it, but what the hell can we do? The only power we have any more is in standing together so till that happens I can promise all of you that it will only get worse. In the mean time I will continue to be disgusted with the general attitude of those who are paid to protect and lead us. Are we REALLY beleiving that these cops have any excuse? I hope not; the facts are that they will do whatever they dam well please and have standard lies already established to get away with it. It is clearly now us against them.

  6. Well the Chicago cop that beat a woman bartender that was ALL OVER the net was sentenced…..2 yr suspended!!!!
    At the trial it was discovered that the reason she was trying to cut him off is that he had assaulted another man before the bartender!!

    The “Judge” said he didn’t give him any time because he didn’t think it “would do any good”…..is he frickin kiddin!?!?!? Wonder who bought him off??

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