Imagine seeing the world through the eyes of taser-happy cops. Via the BBC: Colin Farmer, 61, was [tasered] by police following reports of a man walking through Chorley with a samurai sword….
Video surreptitiously filmed by a nearby security guard shows approximately a dozen men participating in a mass beating resembling a brutal gang initiation — except that the participants are Los Angeles police officers who went to town on 23-year-old Aibuidefe Oghogho, after he made the mistake of raising his arm in defense when an officer initially shoved him:
In the era of smartphone video, cities may no longer be able to afford their police forces’ misconduct. The city of New York now budgets a whopping $180 million a year for…
Ryan Dorm spent four months in jail after Corporal Donald Taylor claimed that the 19-year-old assaulted him and caused his gun to discharge in an incident last winter. Then surveillance footage was uncovered revealing what actually unfolded. Via Washington, D.C.’s FOX 5 :
Fox 5 has obtained surveillance video of a February 3rd incident involving a Prince George’s County police officer that seems to dispute his story about why his gun discharged.
A Cottage City 19-year-old spent nearly 4 months in jail after Corporal Donald Taylor claimed Ryan Dorm assaulted him and the gun went off as Taylor struggled with him. The surveillance video is from a business on Perry Street in the Brentwood area. Attorney Jimmy Bell, who represents Dorm, says the video shows Taylor out-and-out “lied” when he wrote up a report supporting assault charges against his client. Taylor has been indicted and faces a trial in November. Bell has filed a $10 million dollar civil lawsuit in the case.
Recently screened at New York’s Spectacle Theater, Protect and Serve is a mind-bending mashup film juxtaposing police behavior with the warped-reality instructional materials that perhaps shaped their outlook:
A short compilation of golden-age police procedural tutorials, self-defense training vids, and the most nightmarish amateur footage of macings, beatdowns, and brutal assaults ever captured by the public.
Neighbors used cell phones to film four LAPD officers brutally beating an African American college student who was handcuffed and lying on the ground, resulting in a concussion and broken facial bones. Ronald Weekley Jr. had been skateboarding in front of his family’s house, and a friend says that Weekley initially did not stop because he believed the officers were addressing a group of men standing nearby. He is now behind bars for resisting arrest, with the obvious question being, why would an arrest ever be made in the instance of someone skating in front of his or her home? KTLA-TV Los Angeles reports:
Via Raw Story: UPDATE: Video embed was disabled. Watch the video at NBC Washington. A couple of Maryland police officers have been caught on video using the buddy system to beat a…
Paranoia or conspiracy? OCWeekly attempts to root out a possible agent provocateur, seen in non-riot-instigating mode in the video below:
Facebook is currently abuzz with members of Kelly’s Army who were at the Anaheim protest on Tuesday alleging that they caught a police plant. We found video of the woman both in her pro-cop and anti-cop phase!
According to onlookers, a blonde woman was shouting pro-police slogans in front of City Hall, at one point flashing her wrist and showing off a tattoo that seemed to be a badge number. But an hour later, they claim the same woman was seen yelling anti-police slogans and throwing water bottles at the police.
Marlena Carrillo of Kelly’s Army…says she called the police immediately after seeing this; so far, they haven’t returned her calls.
In response to both the killing an unarmed young man this past weekend and subsequent police brutality against protesters, hundreds of demonstrators converged in from of Anaheim City Hall yesterday, and cops once again responded violently, blanketing residents and reporters with a barrage of pepper balls and bean bag rounds as unrest in the city continues to grow:
Terrible footage of police violence against a crowd which had gathered in protest after Anaheim police fatally shot an unarmed young man in the back. Men, women, and young children were sprayed with rubber bullets and mauled by a police dog:
Has medical marijuana truly been legalized if this is considered acceptable police procedure? Watch as police rampage through the THC Downtown Collective, a marijuana dispensary in Long Beach, California, which was operating in accordance with state laws but lacked a proper city permit. Officers do as much destruction as possible, knock out the facility’s security cameras in an attempt to cover their tracks, and step on the neck and back of a volunteer employee whom they had ordered to lie on the ground:
An adorable animation unveiling the ACLU’s free Police Tape app, available initially for Android and soon for iOS. You too can be a watchdog!
Citizens can hold police accountable in the palms of their hands with “Police Tape,” a smartphone application from the ACLU of New Jersey that allows people to securely record and store interactions with police, as well as provide legal information about citizens’ rights when interacting with the police.
By Samantha Tata and Michelle Valles, NBCLosAngeles.com, via MSNBC:
A raid on a marijuana dispensary in Long Beach was caught on video showing officers smashing surveillance cameras and stepping on a suspect, moves that prompted accusations against the officers of excessive force.
More than a dozen police raided THC Downtown Collective in the 300 block of Atlantic Boulevard (map) on June 19, officials said. The video was posted to YouTube by user “Long Beach Raids” on July 1. Officials said they learned about the video on July 3.
The two-minute-long video opens to show a man surrendering to police, three of whom surround him while two put him in handcuffs.
One of the officers is seen stepping on volunteer employee Dorian Brooks’ back with both feet before stepping on his neck, with what Brooks described as 300 pounds of pressure…
After reading the myriad racist comments on CNN’s story about Rodney King’s death, I feel a bit of pertinent info should not be flushed down the memory hole. King wasn’t the only…
The Infamous Brad on the damning report just released by UC Davis regarding the infamous police brutality (involving illegal, military-grade pepper spray) against students engaging in (entirely legal) protests this past year:…
Natalie W writes at Diatribe Media: An Open Letter To The St. Louis Mayor, Chief of Police, and Media Dear Mayor Slay and Chief Isom, My name is Natalie and I’m a…
Seattle’s KOMO 4 News reports on their city’s police department’s issue with tens of thousands of cop car dashcam videos “vanishing”. In the latest incident for which cruiser footage of critical moments was mysteriously lost, two innocent young men (both African American) were beaten and arrested at gunpoint for no legitimate reason. After they are taken to jail, an officer tells one that he will “make stuff up” and send them to prison for robbery.
But no worries, the police department investigated itself and found no wrongdoing by officers. A department spokesman comments that concerned citizens have to “trust the system, trust the process”.
Abby Zimet for Common Dreams:
The city council of Henderson, Nev. has approved a settlement of $158,500 after police brutally beat a man in diabetic shock after they stopped him for what they thought was drunken driving. Video shows five officers screaming at, pulling guns on and subduing Adam Greene as a sixth kicks him hard enough to break several ribs. Then they figured out he was ill. Who is it these guys work for again?
To sum up: the burning from so-called “pepper spray” is ten times more intense than that of the hottest peppers in existence, it can cause permanent respiratory, nerve, and eye damage, and…
Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly break down the tumult between police and students at UC Davis: the police sprayed the sit-in protesters with a “food product.” O’Reilly adds, “I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police, particularly at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.” Hear that? Violent police crackdowns are basically a big, fun, good-natured food fight!
The police use of pepper spray on peaceful protesters at the University of California Davis campus on Nov. 18 has seen many column inches devoted to it this weekend, but it’s still shocking to see the video (thanks Miles Jaffe for sharing):
In more on the mainstream media’s bizarre coverage of Tuesday night’s police brutality in Oakland, a number of blogs have commented on this — both ABC and CBS local affiliates had helicopters…
Also, protesters are “wearing out their welcome.” Via Wonkette: Yeah that captures the scene just right! Faced with endless photographic documentation of the insane violence of 500 riot cops against a group…