- St.Louis PD Release ‘Suicide-By-Cop’ Shooting Clip (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2014):
As we noted previously, just days after the fatal shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, a 2nd officer-involved shooting ended in death for the suspect just miles from Ferguson. St.Louis Police Department – in the interests of transparency – have released video of both the alleged shoplifting and the so-called ‘suicide-by-cop’ shooting itself of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell..”Powell approached the officers when they arrived, yelling at them to shoot him already. When he ignored commands to drop the knife, the two officers fired a total of 12 shots.” Continue reading »
- The Founding Fathers Fought the Revolutionary War to Stop the Type of Militarized Police We Now Have In the U.S. (Washington’s Blog, Aug 20, 2014):
Founders Versus Ferguson …
Former Congressman – and Cleveland mayor – Dennis Kucinich wrote a must-read post yesterday:
The Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770, was a catalyst toward the American Revolution. Five civilians were killed by the British soldiers. The Declaration of Independence, in condemning the offenses against liberty by George III, stated:
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
- For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us
- For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states
Indeed, the top expert on the militarization of America’s police forces – Washington Post writer Radley Balko, who has testified to Congress and written books on the subject – confirms that the Founders would have seen the militarized police as an unconstitutional standing army: Continue reading »
- Ferguson Cop Points Gun At Protesters And Press, Screams “I Will F***ing Kill You”, Has Been “Relocated” (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2014):
In the aftermath of recent violent events and now that even the US Attorney General has arrived, one would assume that the Ferguson police had at least some “sensitivity” training about how to approach protesters, especially those “armed” with cameras. Not in this case. The footage below out of Ferguson shows a police officer pointing his gun directly at protesters and reporters while screaming “I’m going to f***ing kill you!”
- County officials refuse to pay medical bills for toddler burned by SWAT grenade (RT, Aug 18, 2014):
Officials in Georgia’s Habersham County are refusing to pay for the mounting medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured by a flash grenade after a failed SWAT team raid earlier this year.
Bounkham ‘Bou Bou’ Phonesavanh was just 19 months old when a Habersham SWAT team initiated a no-knock warrant at his family’s home at around 3 a.m. on May 28. Bou Bou was asleep in his crib at the time, surrounded by his family and three sisters. The toddler was severely injured when SWAT team officers broke through the house’s door and threw a flashbang grenade that ultimately landed in the Bou Bou’s crib.
When the stun grenade went off, it caused severe burns on the child and opened a gash in his chest. As a result, Bou Bou lost the ability to breathe on his own and was left in a medically induced coma for days after the incident. His extensive recovery necessitated stays in two hospitals before he finally went home in July. Continue reading »
- ‘Get the f*** out of here!’ Ferguson cops threaten to shoot, mace reporters (VIDEO) (RT, Aug 18, 2014):
As tensions continue to mount in Ferguson, police officers were captured on video threatening to shoot one journalist and mace another. Other reporters allege they were arrested while covering the protests.
Shortly before midnight Sunday, a police officer was recorded on video giving a reporter a verbal dressing down for flashing a light from a video camera into the officer’s face.
“Get down, get the f*** out of here and get that light off, or you’re getting shot with this,” the officer could be heard yelling at Mustafa Hussein, a reporter from KARG Argus Radio.
When Hussein demands to know the name of the threatening officer, he is told by another officer, who only identifies himself as “Captain Todd,” that the reporters should keep their camera lights away from the police. The identity of the police officer who allegedly aimed a gun at Hussein is never revealed.
Police in Ferguson appear to be very much on edge following over a week of thousands of people coming out onto the streets demanding answers over the death of black teenager Michael Brown, who was reportedly shot at least six times by white officer Darren Wilson on August 9.
In another incident on Sunday night, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was delivering a live report when a police officer is heard yelling: “Media do not pass us, you’re getting maced next time you pass us.”
Meanwhile, at least two journalists were also arrested before being quickly released Sunday night. Continue reading »
- State Of Emergency, Curfew Issued For Ferguson (ZeroHedge, Aug 16, 2014):
It was only a matter of time before Ferguson became the Americanized version of Gaza.
After last night’s looting in which the local police was inexplicably instructed to stand down by the state highway patrol, moments ago Missouri’s governor ,Jay Nixon, issued a local state of emergency and imposed a nighttime curfew lasting from midnight until 5 am. As the WSJ reports, at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in St. Louis, Gov. Jay Nixon said the overwhelming number of protesters have been peaceful. But the governor said he would not allow a small number of violent rioters to emerge again in the wake of a police-involved fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown one week ago. “If we are going to have justice, we must first have and maintain peace,” the governor said adding that this is a test if the “town can break the cycle of fear.” From where we stand, the answer so far is a resounding no. Continue reading »
- Congressman Hank Johnson Will Introduce Bill To Stop The Militarization Of Police (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 16, 2014):
Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia Will Introduce Bill to Stop the Militarization of Police
As I pointed out yesterday in my detailed thoughts on Ferguson, President Obama has once again proved his irrelevance and uselessness by failing to say anything meaningful on the disturbing events of the past week. In fact, he only decided to address it personally and publicly yesterday after being heavily criticized for issuing a press release about the party he attended in Martha’s Vineyard as civilians in Missouri clashed with a paramilitary police force.
Despite Obama’s complete apathy, there are some Congressmen forcefully speaking out against the trend from “both sides” of the increasingly meaningless Republican and Democrat divide. The most noteworthy thus far appears to be Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia’s 4th Congressional district. In fact, he has sent a Dear Colleague letter to fellow representatives of his intention to introduce the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act in September when Congress returns from recess.
- Attitude is Everything (Armstrong Economics, Aug 15, 2014):
Part of the war cycle is just the general feeling or attitude that shifts due to economics. We seem to be headed for such a fateful turn. The police domestically have turned militaristic. This is a very serious issue far beyond what most people would even guess. It tends to show the changing attitudes within society. Couple this with Obama who seems to think he was elected to start a war. We are approaching a serious turning point that may reshape the world as did 1932 following the economic trend of the Great Depression. Continue reading »
An Al Jazeera television crew, covering demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, scramble for cover as police fire tear gas into their reporting position on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)
- Press freedom? Police target media, arrest and teargas reporters at Ferguson protests (RT, Aug 14, 2014):
Two reporters were detained at the Ferguson protests, and police behaved as “soldiers” with the “enemy combatants,” journalists said. Outrage over the incident spilled into both the media and social networks.
- Anonymous Releases Police Audio From Day Of Mike Brown Murder (ZeroHedge, Aug 13, 2014):
The hackers’ group “Anonymous” has released the full audio recordings of the St.Lousi Police Despatch from the night of Mike Brown’s murder.
Via Anonymous ( @TheAnonMessage )
These files compiled in this video contains audio of St. Louis police dispatch from the date of August 9th 2014, the day Mike Brown was murdered by a Ferguson PD officer.
We have released these tapes to the public so as they are able to get a sense of the atmosphere the moments before and the hours after Mike Brown was shot.
These raw audio files have been compiled and long quiet moments have been cut down. Time stamps are available within the video.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE DISPATCH AUDIO TAPES, AUGUST 9TH 2014 11:05 AM – 6:05 PM, INCIDENT IS REPORTED AS “CROWD CONTROL PROBLEM”
AT 12:05PM, NO SHOOTING MENTIONED UNTIL IT IS CALLED IN TO DISPATCH BY WITNESS. FERGUSON PD DENIES IT KNEW ANYTHING AT THAT TIME. NO EMS WAS CALLED.
“be advised officer involved shooting… observation came from the news!”
44min mark in clip – “all cars, be advised we are switching over to the riot channel. riot A” Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Here’s the update. The Ruling was not predicted. The police response was.”
- Eyewitness in NYPD Chokehold Murder Arrested on “Unrelated” Charges: “You’re mad because I filmed your boy.” (The Daily Sheeple, Aug 5, 2014):
On July 17, Eric Garner, a 43-year-old NY resident, was confronted by the NYPD for allegedly selling “untaxed” cigarettes.
Garner questioned the
thugsofficers about why he was being harassed. At least two witnesses filmed the incident, which clearly shows Daniel Pantaleo, one of the NYPD bullies, throw Garner into a chokehold – a move that was banned by the police force in 1993.
Last Friday, the New York City medical examiner’s office confirmed what many of us already knew. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Now this proves they are hiring ignorant thugs to intimidate people.”
Published on Jul 14, 2014
This abusive Govt. paychecker, tells me that it is against the Law to film, the gate of Marine Corps Base 29 Palms , while I cover the missing Marine wife story. He actually detains me, and puts his nasty ass hands on me several times
From the article:
“In sum, the American police state is a multi-billion dollar boondoggle, meant to keep the property and the resources of the American people flowing into corrupt government agencies and their corporate partners. For those with any accounting ability, it’s clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer’s account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms. It’s time to seriously consider a plan to begin de-funding this beast and keeping our resources where they belong: in our communities, working for us.”
- The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress (The Rutherford Institute, July 21, 2014):
By John W. Whitehead
“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.”
– Author Tom Clancy
Call it what you will—taxes, penalties, fees, fines, regulations, tariffs, tickets, permits, surcharges, tolls, asset forfeitures, foreclosures, etc.—but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft.
We’re operating in a topsy-turvy Sherwood Forest where instead of Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves stealing from the rich to feed the poor, you’ve got the government and its merry band of corporate thieves stealing from the poor to fatten the wallets of the rich. In this way, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. All the while, the American Dream of peace, prosperity, and liberty has turned into a nightmare of endless wars, debilitating debt, and outright tyranny.
What Americans don’t seem to comprehend is that if the government can arbitrarily take away your property, without your having much say about it, you have no true rights. You’re nothing more than a serf or a slave. Continue reading »
(Photo credit: NY Daily News)
- Man Dies After NYPD Thugs Put Him in Chokehold (The Daily Sheeple, July 18, 2014):
A New York man died after an NYPD thug put him in a chokehold and other officers slammed his head into the ground.
Eric Garner, a 43-year-old married father of six and grandfather of two, died of a heart attack during the altercation with officers on Thursday. Continue reading »
- 10 Facts About The SWATification Of America That Everyone Should Know (The American Dream, June 25, 2014):
The number of SWAT team raids in the United States every year is now more than 25 times higher than it was back in 1980. As America has conducted wars overseas in recent years, our police forces have become increasingly militarized as well. And without a doubt, many of our cities have become much more dangerous places. Thanks to relentless illegal immigration, drug cartels are thriving and there are now at least 1.4 million gang members living in the United States. But there are many that believe that the militarization of our police forces has gone way too far. Almost weekly, SWAT team brutality somewhere in America makes national headlines. You are about to read about a couple of horrific examples of this below. Once upon a time, police in America were helpful and friendly and the public generally trusted them. But now our police forces are being transformed into military-style units that often act like they are in the middle of Iraq or Afghanistan. The following are 10 facts about the SWATification of America that everyone should know… Continue reading »
- FBI Raids Home of Dangerous Doomsday Prepper: Agents Find Legally Owned Firearms, Barrels of Food (SHFT Plan, June 22, 2014):
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies blasted alerts all over the country earlier this week advising Americans to be on the lookout for ‘Doomsday Prepper’ Martin Winters, who police say was stockpiling over fifty “high powered” rifles, deadly booby traps and food in preparation for an “end times” event. Neighbors interviewed by mainstream news were terrified about the allegations, leaving some with the impression that Winters was “crazy” because he allegedly claimed that he would kill federal agents if necessary.
While SWAT officials indicated the likelihood that they would have to engage Winters in a firefight was high, friends and family suggested otherwise, saying that Winters may have had views different from most people but insisting that he is a “good guy” who wouldn’t hurt others unless it was necessary to do so in self defense. Continue reading »
NYPD DI Johnny Cardona and the moment prior to his punch
- Cop who punched Occupy Wall Street protester gets tax-free disability pension (NY Daily News, June 13, 2014):
Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona has been granted three-quarters tax free disability pension of roughly $120,000 a year for injuries suffered during his violent encounter with Felix Rivera-Pitre n the Financial District in October 2011.
A NYPD cop caught in a violent confrontation with an Occupy Wall Street protester has been granted a tax-free disability pension for injuries suffered during the confrontation, the Daily News has learned.
Video captured Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona, punching Felix Rivera-Pitre during a demonstration in the Financial District on Oct. 14, 2011. Continue reading »
- Arrogant & reckless’: London mayor buys England’s first water cannons(RT, June 11, 2014):
London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced the purchase of first water cannons for the Metropolitan Police. The move triggered uproar in the UK as deployment of the cannons has not been authorized and reportedly 98 percent of Britons are against their use.
Johnson’s decision to give the go-ahead for the purchase of three secondhand water cannons has prompted accusations of arrogance and recklessness as their use has not yet been sanctioned on the UK mainland. Metropolitan Police have submitted an application to the Home Office asking for authorization. Continue reading »
- The City Where Blacks Suffer Under ‘Stop and Frisk on Steroids’ (The Atlantic, May 30, 2014):
Police abuses in Miami Gardens, Florida, are staggering, but few Americans seem to care.
Last year, police in Miami Gardens, Florida briefly made headlines after surveillance video captured their harassment of a black clerk at a convenience store. They stopped and questioned the man, Earl Sampson, a ludicrous 258 times. On 62 occasions, they arrested him for trespassing at his place of employment, a pattern of abuse that confounded his employer, the store’s owner. After the Miami Heraldexposed this story, it made national headlines at numerous journalistic outlets, then quickly faded into obscurity at the end of one news cycle. The scope of the abuse taking place in the police department remained unknown. The vast majority of outlets that covered the story cared too little to follow up.
Now evidence of staggering citywide abuse has come to light. Continue reading »
(Source: CBS Los Angeles)
- SWAT locks down California school for 4 hours during class-by-class weapons search (Police State USA, June 2, 2014):
DANA POINT, CA — Students at a California high school were forced to hunker down as SWAT teams with weapons drawn searched their entire campus for weapons. The effort included a warrantless search of students’ vehicles, lockers, backpacks, and classrooms. The long 4-hour detention reportedly forced some students to urinate in darkened classrooms.
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The security frenzy took place on Thursday, May 29th, 2014, at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California.
The dramatic measures were not taken because of a threat, nor an act of violence, nor a crime being committed. Someone found a carrying case for a firearm in the parking lot — a perfectly legal object that millions of Americans possess. Continue reading »
- LAPD acquires drone capability (RT, May 31, 2014):
For a city infamous for circling police helicopters, Los Angeles Police were surprisingly late to the drone game. All that has changed, however, as the department quietly added two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to its arsenal.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced they had acquired two Draganflyer X6 aircraft as “gifts” from the Seattle Police, the department said on Friday.
“These vehicles were purchased by the Seattle Police Department using federal grants. There was no cost to the city of Los Angeles,” CBS Los Angeles cites police as saying.
The 3.5-lbs. UAV, which looks like a small helicopter, is about three-feet-wide and boasts a camera, video recorder and infrared night-vision capabilities. Continue reading »
- Video: Cops Taser Man 18 Times Then Pounce On Family Member As He Films Incident (Infowars, May 26, 2014):
Incident highlights how police are attacking those who document brutality
The family claim that the cops tasered the suspect up to eighteen times during the fracas. As they keep using the taser, the man tells the cops that he is worried that he is going to die, and the man with the camera phone becomes worried that they are “trying to kill” the suspect. Continue reading »
- Cries of ‘Injustice’ as Occupy Wall Street Organizer Sentenced to Prison (Common Dreams, May 19, 2014):
Cecily McMillan, the Occupy Wall Street organizer convicted of felony assault of the police officer she says sexually assaulted her, was sentenced Monday to three months in prison, five years of probation and community service.In a case that has shined a spotlight on what critics charge are systemic failures in the U.S. justice system, the sentence was met with immediate condemnation on Twitter: