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Police Leave Woman Stranded and Say “Its Not Our Job To Help” After Arresting Husband

Last February, Oregon police left a woman on the side of the road at 2 A.M with no money and a dead cellphone, after they arrested her fiance for a DUI and impounded their car.  23 year old Jessica Ojeda was told by police that they had no obligation to help her and that she would have to find her own way home.

Jessica even pleaded with the officer to arrest her along with her fiance, so she would at least have a ride to somewhere where she would be able to make a phone call.  The police refused and told her that she had to leave the area, knowing that she would have to walk the streets by herself late at night.

I don’t have any way to get home, can you book me?” Ojeda asked the officers as calmly as she could, obviously intimidated by the situation. She said that when she asked the question, one of deputies turned to Watkin, the arresting officer, and asked, “Is there a way we can work around this?” To which Watkin immediately responded by saying, “we’re not taking her home. It’s not our obligation, it’s not our job.” …

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Pregnant woman apparently put in chokehold by NYPD cop during dispute over illegal grilling

Police are investigating whether a cop put a seven-months-pregnant woman in a chokehold while busting her for illegal grilling in Brooklyn — an incident caught on film.

Photos released Monday by an East New York advocacy group show Rosan Miller, 27, struggling with a cop who appears to have his arm around her neck.

The NYPD prohibits the use of chokeholds.

Officers went to the home over the weekend because Miller was grilling on a public sidewalk in violation of local law, cops said. But a melee broke out that ended with her, her brother and husband all in handcuffs.

The brother, John Miller, was charged with harassment and obstruction of justice. Her husband, Moses Miller, 34, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction. Rosan Miller got a summons for disorderly conduct.

When former city councilman Charles Barron heard, he called cops to complain and “expedite” the Millers’ release, he said.

"This was all over a grill," Barron said. "This is about grilling in front of her house." …

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TED Talk Alumni & Motivational Speaker Brutally Beaten By Police For Asking a Question

… In May, Howard gave a commencement speech at San Jose State University and hosted a celebration at a venue on the corner of East San Salvador and South First Street, In San Jose. By all accounts, the gathering was a peaceful one, where a number of African American college students where enjoying themselves and celebrating some of their college achievements.

Police approached the venue where Howard was hosting his event late in the night on May 24th, and began to harass a number of his patrons. There has been no indication that the police had any actual reason to stop through the venue, and there has been no reports of police being called to the scene. It is likely that they just got the word that a party with young people was taking place, so they decided to go in and see if they could get any drug or alcohol arrests.

When Howard approached the police to ask what the problem was they responded with hostility, hitting him with a baton and throwing him to the ground. Howard was then immediately placed into handcuffs and taken into custody, even though he was not charged with any crimes and video evidence clearly shows that he was no threat to the officers.

Howard believes that him and his patrons were victims of racial profiling and police brutality, and he has since filed a lawsuit against the department. …

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Cop Arrests Man, Forced Him to Leave Family Pet on the Side of the Freeway to Die

On July 13, Josie Garcia’s husband was pulled over by Houston PD for failure to use a turn signal.

The routine traffic stop lead to a search and prescription drugs belonging to the passenger were found.  Both men were subsequently arrested and the SUV was impounded. Charges against her husband were dropped days later.

Unfortunately, Garcia’s 14 year old chihuahua, Guero, was along for the ride.

As the men were being taken into custody and the SUV towed, Guero was removed from the vehicle and left on the side of Highway 59.

Garcia’s husband plead with the officer to let him call someone to come get the dog or for the officer to call animal control, who’s shelter was only 2 blocks away.

The officer refused, claiming the dog would be fine.

For the next 3 days Garcia put up missing posters and searched for her beloved pet. Eventually, she received a call to let her know where he was.

Guero had been found, dead, on the side of the highway not far from where the men were pulled over.  The elderly chihuahua was nearly blind from cataracts and had been hit by oncoming traffic. …

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Family sues Orange County Sheriff's Office over violent SWAT...

A mother and her daughter are suing the Orange County Sheriff’s Office after one of them was injured during a SWAT team search.

The women, who didn’t want to be identified, said the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team came looking for a family member who didn’t live at the home back in 2010.

"I got up and went towards the door and literally once I went towards the door, boom!" the daughter said.

The woman was a minor at the time of the incident and said she was home alone when deputies showed up.

"I was 17. I was 5 feet 2 inches and 100 pounds wet," she said. "And they came in shooting."

The SWAT team apparently opened fire inside the home and a family dog was killed.

"The dog was startled and ran to the closet, to the room, and when he ran to the room is when they shot him," she said. …

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Man hospitalized after run-in with Ecorse police

Witnesses and lawyers say a man was attacked by Ecorse police Monday morning even though he was complying with police demands. 

"He throw his hands up like that? They taze him. He’s stunned; they put him on the ground. Once he was on the ground it was a wrap. They beat him constantly and did not let off of him," says Seretha Greeley. 

Allen Donald’s right jaw was fractured, his left eye orbit was broken and he needed at least a dozen stitches. It happened as officers responded to a domestic dispute between Greeley and her mother on the 3900 block of Seventh Street .

Greeley and Donald have a son together.

"As soon as one of my friends [came] to take the baby out of his hand, they instantly walk up on him across the street. Three guys, two officers on the side, one in the front. One in the front [had] the Taser pointed at him. Instantly, as soon as they walk up on him, he throws his hands up like this. He’s not resisting, he’s not fighting back, he’s not swinging, he’s not doing anything," says Greeley. 

But Greeley says the blows came anyway. And soon after - bullets. 

Oddly enough, someone opened fire during the melee from a black Tahoe, and sources from the Ecorse police department say Donald sustained some of his injuries when officers tackled him to the ground to protect him from the gunfire.

Greeley doesn’t buy it, though.

Allen was already on the floor, on the ground actually, before the shots [were] even fired,” she says.

The victim hired civil rights attorney Wolfgang Mueller to represent him.

"Ecorse has a history of abusing their citizens’ rights and we plan to vindicate this gentleman’s rights because there’s no need for that. There’s absolutely no need for what happened," Mueller says. 

Ecorse Public Safety Director Mike Moore released this statement, “At this time we are aware of the allegations against our officers and it is our intention to have an independent investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police.” 

In the meantime, Donald is facing several charges including assaulting an officer and obstruction of justice.

The victim plans on filing a citizen complaint and a lawsuit. The city has shelled out millions of dollars to settle out lawsuits against the department. 

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Cops Beat This Father of Three to the Point of Hospitalization. ‘Oh Sorry Wrong Guy’

Roger Carlos was taking pictures of a building in the 10600 block of Westover Hills Boulevard in San Antonio, TX, when his life changed forever.

Carlos was photographing a building of what was soon to be home to his wife’s medical practice when all of the sudden he was ransacked by an undercover drug task force officer and two SAPD SWAT members.

The officers were looking for Josue Gonzalez, who fled from police after they tried to arrest him for possessing a controlled substance.

Gonzalez had ditched his car in the parking lot of a restaurant that happened to be a few hundred feet from where this father of three was excitedly taking pictures of his wife’s new venture.

Officers approached Carlos and before he could comply with their demands, they began to pummel him, striking him over 50 times.

“All three of them started beating me on the head,” said Carlos, ”It was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me.”

Bleeding and in handcuffs he wasn’t released until a fourth officer approached and said that the suspect was in custody nearby.

Carlos meanwhile, was hospitalized after the beating. He was treated for a large gash above his eye and a broken tooth.

Swelling of his head was so severe, doctors performed a CT scan of Carlos’ head as well.

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Cop Detains Family as They Rush Their 2-Year-Old Son to the Hospital for a Scorpion Sting

Imagine that your 2 year old son has just been stung by a scorpion. He begins to react to the venom, seething in agony and vomiting.

Your first instinct would be to get him to a hospital as soon as possible. Knowing that every minute counts you do not have the time to wait for an ambulance to get you there, you drive yourself.

Most people would speed to the hospital in this position, which is exactly what Jennifer Garbet did when her two year old son Easton was stung by a scorpion while playing in the backyard.

A speeding ticket is an afterthought at this point. While speeding to the hospital Garbet and the family friend who was driving see a police officer on the side of the road. They decide to proactively contact the officer to ensure a positive and swift outcome. So they pull over and tell him that they are in an emergency situation, thinking that he will help them. …

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Testilying and Tribal Hatred: Cops React to the Murder of Eric Garner – LewRockwell.com

Eric Garner was seized in an illegal chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo, thrown to the sidewalk by several officers, immediately complained of breathing difficulty, and then left unattended by cops as they created a “crime scene” to prevent people from rendering aid. Emergency medical personnel who arrived later did not perform CPR, or otherwise render aid to the unresponsive victim, who died of cardiac arrest.

Garner, who was not suspected of a violent crime, had just broken up a fight. Having been arrested dozens of times for the supposedly grievous offense of selling untaxed cigarettes, Garner had done nothing to justify harassment by police on the day they killed him. The lethal outburst of unwarranted police violence was summary punishment inflicted on Garner for daring to assert himself by ordering one of the tax-feeding pests to stop harassing him. Those events were captured on video, and attested to by numerous eyewitnesses on the scene.

The internal NYPD report written immediately following the events, however, insisted that the victim was not in “great distress,” and that after he had been violently subdued by five or six officers his “condition did not seem serious and he did not appear to get worse.” Portions of that report were published by the New York Daily News. The author of that document engaged in the familiar police practice of careful omission, dissimulation, and outright dissimulation that has come to be known as “testilying.”

Although prominent mention was made that the “perpetrator” – the term of art used in the report to refer to the victim – “resisted arrest,” the use of the chokehold by Pantaleo escaped the notice of the trained observer and dutiful servant of the unalloyed truth who composed that document. This would mean that Garner’s death is one of those impenetrably mysterious incidents in which an individual somehow dies in police custody of causes unrelated to the aggressive violence inflicted on him.

Commentator Harry Siegel of the New York Daily News points out that the officers who killed Garner plainly saw him as a “skell” – a career criminal and burden on society. Those willing to wade through the feculence emitted by police in exclusive on-line chatrooms will find that “skell” is one of the least repellent epithets used to describe the murder victim. New York magazine tasked Joe Coscarelli, who apparently isn’t hindered by a gag reflex, to skim some representative samples of police sentiments.

“A more accurate headline would be `Non Compliant Fat Bastard Gets Just Due In Resisting Law Enforcement Officers,’” sneered one New York City cop. “I guess it’s the best thing for his tribe,” added another one. “He probably never worked a legit job. They city will pay off the family and they will be in Nigggaaa heaven for the rest of their lives!!”

“If the public isn’t willing to accept the fact that the officers did nothing wrong, they can go to hell,” groused one officer identified as Joe Hoffman, responding to another officer who protested that the treatment of Garner was unjustified and that the incident would engender a backlash. “I could care less how the public perceives us when we’re in the right and if YOU were any kind of law enforcement professional, you would understand that officer safety is FAR more important than public perception.”

As any “law enforcement professional” knows, there is no consideration more sacred than “officer safety” – and that the proper role of the public they “serve” is to offer unqualified praise for their costumed superiors, and to obey without cavil or question every directive that dribbles down their chins.

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Officers abusing power with driver and vehicle database

Action News obtained a list that shows every time a police officer abused their power to access a statewide database and look up your information.

Agencies across the state searched Jeffrey Gray’s name 296 times. “I document public officials in public spaces,” said Gray. Those agencies include the Jacksonville, Clay County and St. Johns County sheriffs offices. “I haven’t committed a crime. I’m not sure how it could’ve been legit,” said Gray.

A DAVID search is only for legitimate criminal investigations. Agencies across the state self reported 324 abuses since 2010. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office had 4 violations, including a dispatcher. According to a report we obtained, Molly Davis used the DAVID system 365 times in a three month span. All but one were suspicious and did not have a case number associated with them. …