Posts Tagged Police
July 31, 2012
July 25, 2012
Officials with the police department in Washington, D.C. issued a bold statement this week: their officers have been instructed to recognize the First Amendment rights of citizens. It might sound silly, but cops have been caught harassing and arresting Washingtonians for video-recording and photographing police, even though doing such is protected by the Bill of Rights. Will their latest statement actually bring transparency to the force? Or will accountability still be absent from law enforcement? To discuss this Steve Silverman of Flex Your Rights joins RT’s Liz Wahl.
July 24, 2012
Police Try to Buy Videos From Witnesses After Releasing Attack Dog on Families and Firing Rubber Bullets
by: Madison Ruppert
July 23, 2012
Police in Anaheim, California have a lot of explaining to do after attempting to buy the videos captured by witnesses after shooting people with rubber bullets and releasing an attack dog on a crowd including a mother and her child.
Trying to actually buy the video from the witnesses is, at least in my opinion, a novel tactic in the ongoing war on accountability.
The video (at the bottom of the post) is nothing short of disturbing as it shows police shooting seemingly wildly into a crowd which includes young children and, most troubling of all, it even shows police releasing a dog which heads straight for a mother and her child.
The mother was able to react quickly enough to get her child out of harm’s way but a bystander wasn’t so lucky. We see the dog clamp down on his arm in the video as he is struggling to break free from the jaws of the police attack dog while officers try to separate them.
The individuals gathered in order to protest the shooting – which they maintain was unjustified – of a young man at the hands of police.
The shooting occurred on Saturday around 4 PM in front of an apartment complex after a foot chase, according to Orange County Sergeant Bob Dunn, quoted by the Associated Press.
Dunn refused to even say why exactly they shot the man, instead opting to say that the details of the incident are currently under investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
While the family of the man shot by police as well as neighbors all identified him as Manuel Diaz, Dunn could not initially confirm the individual’s name.
However, later the above linked story was updated in order to reflect that24-year-old Manuel Diaz was identified although there is still an investigation into what actually led the police to kill him.
The 16-year-old nice of Diaz, Daisy Gonzalez, informed the Orange County Register that her uncle probably fled because he had previous negative experiences with law enforcement.
“an angry group of people began yelling and throwing bottles at them.”
While the people did not look all too aggressive, they were referred to as “an unruly crowd” and the scene was described as “a near riot.”
From the clips published from eyewitness video, we cannot see anything of the sort. We only see cops shooting rubber bullets left and right at women and children, releasing an attack dog and families fleeing the chaos.
July 23, 2012
July 17, 2012
Law enforcement and emergency response personnel are either being terminated or their wages cut to the federal minimum. Crime is rampant on our city streets, on Wall Street, and in the halls of our most hallowed institutions.
For those who just stepped away from reality TV into reality, heads up, your country and the world as you know it is collapsing right before your eyes.
In Chicago, Illinois police report that almost all of the violence in the city is originating from gangs and what’s been dubbed “tribal warfare” akin to the violence experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Former Obama Chief of Staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now having to plead with criminals to take mercy on the citizenry.
The Chicago police department, undermanned and outgunned, is doing what it can, but the odds are stacked heavily against them with some 100,000 gang members roaming the streets and only about 200 officers in the city’s gang unit – a ratio of 500 to 1.
At least 275 people have been killed in the city so far this year and many more have been shot, many of them innocent bystanders to the gang violence. Among the latest victims were 12- and 13-year-old girls shot Tuesday night. They survived.
Sgt. Matt Little leads one of the teams in Chicago’s Gang Enforcement Unit. There are about 200 such officers in the city– versus 100,000 gang members.
“Almost all the violence we’re seeing now is from the gangs,” Little said. “When there’s a shooting we’ll respond to the shooting. We’ll figure out where we believe the most likely area for retaliation is and we’ll work that area trying to both prevent retaliation and possibly build a case on offenders.”
“The gangs have lost their hierarchy, so to speak, and without a chain of command, there’s really nobody keeping things in check,” Little said. The leaders are mostly in prison — or dead. Those left are young, reckless, and often terrible shots.
“Instead of a bullet with somebody’s name on it, we have a bullet that reads ‘To whom it may concern,’” Little said. The result is a spate of shootings that have killed or wounded young children, even toddlers.
Sgt. Little is a decorated veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He said that parts of Chicago are comparable to what he saw in combat.
It’s “tribal warfare,” he said, “and it continues to build unless we manage to interdict it, and manage to stop it long enough for the blood to stop boiling, the heat to die down.”
by: Madison Ruppert
Sunday, July 15, 2012
In yet another case of witnesses completely contradicting the official story, the individuals who witnessed the killing of Rufino Lara at the hands of officers of the Houston Police Department disputed just about every single purported fact put forth by the police.
This entire case isn’t all that surprising considering that police in another urban area, New York City, identified people who exercise their right to film police as “professional agitators.”
Furthermore, this is the same department which employs the officers who arrested a woman for holding a sign warning motorists of an upcoming police speed trap.
According to the Houston Police Department, Lara was walking away and refusing to stop and recognize the commands of officer J. McGowan in both English and Spanish. McGowan was investigating an assault, and according to officials from the department, Lara kept one of his hands tucked under his shirt. When Lara turned around suddenly, allegedly with his hands still under his shirt, McGowan shot and killed him.
Now two witnesses have called just about every single aspect of the official story into question.
One witness is family friend Florida Ruvio who happened to bump into Lara while returning from a nearby liquor store in southwest Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle.
According to Ruvio, Lara said that some unknown men were pursuing him with a knife and asked him to call the police.