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Wtf

There might actually be repercussions on this one as the victim is not a young black male.
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/australian-woman-killed-minneapolis-police-094402554.html
MINNEAPOLIS — Relatives and neighbours of an Australian woman fatally shot by Minneapolis police over the weekend demanded answers Monday about the mysterious shooting in which the meditation teacher was reportedly killed by an officer who fired from the passenger seat of a squad car as the woman stood outside the driver's door.
Authorities released no details about what led to the shooting of Justine Damond, whose fiance said she had called 911 to report what she believed was a sexual assault in an alley near her home.
Police said officers were responding to a call about a possible assault late Saturday when she was killed. There were no known witnesses other than the two officers in the squad car that showed up. A newspaper report said Damond was shot while standing alongside the car in her pyjamas .
Neighbour Joan Hargrave called the killing "an execution" and said there was no reason for a well-trained officer to see Damond as a threat.
"This is a tragedy — that someone who's asking for help would call the police and get shot by the police," Hargrave said.
Officials said the officers' body cameras were not turned on and that a squad car camera did not capture the shooting. Investigators were still trying to determine whether other video exists.
 

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it has nothing to do with police state more of an offended police officer.
The Victim was in her PJs speaking to a male officer unaccompanied by another male that was related to her, in an alley as well as speaking to the officer as a peer. Which is unacceptable to the Somalia officer. in his faith woman must be modestly attired, keep her head down, never look a man in the eye or smile because they misconstrue this as an invitation or disrespect

so he shot her - plan and simple.. hence the reason the body camera was turned off.
First Somali-Muslim police officer in Minnesota KILLS blonde yoga instructor in cold blood - Geller Report


https://milo.yiannopoulos.net/2017/07/justine-damond-mohamed-noor/
 

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it has nothing to do with police state more of an offended police officer.
The Victim was in her PJs speaking to a male officer unaccompanied by another male that was related to her, in an alley as well as speaking to the officer as a peer. Which is unacceptable to the Somalia officer. in his faith woman must be modestly attired, keep her head down, never look a man in the eye or smile because they misconstrue this as an invitation or disrespect

so he shot her - plan and simple.. hence the reason the body camera was turned off.
This is not only ridiculous, it also doesn't make any sense.
 

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This is not only ridiculous, it also doesn't make any sense.
the officer in question has been under investigation several times for 'handling' women inappropriately - each time with camera off..
so i am not shocked he took it one step further.
 

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One Tiny step. Long read between the bits I quoted.

The police report would claim it all kicked off at 7:38 a.m., but Bob Harte later thought it had to be earlier.
His 7:20 a.m. alarm had just yanked him awake. Got to get the kids - a boy in seventh grade, a girl in kindergarten - ready for school. Then he heard, like a starter's pistol setting everything into motion, the first pounding on the front door of his home in Leawood, Kansas, a bedroom suburb south of Kansas City. It was thunderous. It didn't stop. Should I get up? Bob thought. Should I not? Sounded like the house was coming down, he would recall later.
Wearing only gym shorts, the stocky 51-year-old left his wife in bed and shuffled downstairs. The solid front door had a small window carved at eye-level, one-foot-square. As he approached, Harte saw the porch was clogged with police officers. Immediately after opening the door, seven members of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) pressed into the house brandishing guns and a battering ram. Bob found himself flat on floor, hands behind his head, his eyes locked on the boots of the cop standing over him with an AR-15 assault rifle. Are there kids? the officers were yelling. Where are the kids?
"And I'm laying there staring at this guy's boots fearing for my kids' lives, trying to tell them where my children are," Harte recalled later in a deposition on July 9, 2015. "They are sending these guys with their guns drawn running upstairs to bust into my children's house, bedroom, wake them out of bed."
Harte's wife, Addie, bolted downstairs with the children. The Hartes' son put his hands up when he saw the guns. The family of four were eventually placed on a couch as police continued to search the property. The officers would only say they were searching for narcotics.
Addie had a thought: It's because of the hydroponic garden, she told her husband, they are looking for pot. No way, Harte said, correctly reasoning marijuana wasn't a narcotic. And all this for pot?
But after two hours of fruitless search, the officers showed the Hartes a warrant. Indeed, the hunt was for marijuana. Addie and Bob were flabbergasted - all this for pot?
"The defendants in this case caused an unjustified governmental intrusion into the Hartes' home based on nothing more than junk science, an incompetent investigation, and a publicity stunt," Lucero wrote in his opinion. "The Fourth Amendment does not condone this conduct, and neither can I."
The judge went on to question the department's claim of probable cause for the raid - particularly on the issue of the supposedly "positive" field-tested tea leaves. "There was no probable cause at any step of the investigation," the judge wrote. "Not at the garden shop, not at the gathering of the tea leaves, and certainly not at the analytical stage when the officers willfully ignored directions to submit any presumed results to a laboratory for analysis."
Glad to see the district judges allowing the lawsuit to proceed.

EDIT: See I forgot the link. See below:
'We'll never be the same': A hydroponic tomato garden inspired police to raid a family's home | Colorado Springs Gazette, News
 

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That's monstrous behaviour.
 

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Officers who shot Che Taylor sue Kshama Sawant for defamation - seattlepi.com
Officers who shot Che Taylor sue Kshama Sawant for defamation
My first reaction to the headline did a 180, when I read the opening paragraphs:

Two Seattle police officers accuse socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant of defamation for decrying their fatal shooting of Che Taylor during a February 2016 confrontation in Wedgwood.

The two police officers who fatally shot Che Taylor during a confrontation in Wedgwood in February 2016 now blame Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant for defamation and emotional distress.

Scott Miller and Michael Spaulding name Sawant as an individual and seek no compensation from the city government or city council -- they call Sawant an "ambitious politician" who smeared them for "personal gain," according to the complaint.

"The plaintiffs do not want one red cent of public money," the lawsuit reads.
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My initial reaction was WTF. Suspension with pay does not cut it here.

Utah officer who arrested nurse over blood test put on leave* | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah nurse said she was scared to death when a police officer handcuffed and dragged her screaming from a hospital after she refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient.

After Alex Wubbels and her attorneys released dramatic video of the arrest, prosecutors called for a criminal investigation and Salt Lake City police put Detective Jeff Payne on paid leave Friday.

"This cop bullied me. He bullied me to the utmost extreme," Wubbels said in an interview with The Associated Press. "And nobody stood in his way."
Payne wrote in a police report that he grabbed Wubbels and took her outside to avoid causing a "scene" in the emergency room. He said his boss, a lieutenant whose actions also were being reviewed, told him to arrest Wubbels if she kept interfering.

The detective left Wubbels in a hot police car for 20 minutes before realizing that blood had already been drawn as part of treatment, said her lawyer, Karra Porter. Wubbels was not charged.
Now if you or I left a dog in a hot car at this time of year, you can bet we would suffer consequences far more serious than paid leave.
 

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I watched the video, and read a few different treatments of this incident.

That jerk with a badge needs a serious attitude correction. There was zero call for his aggression. She was doing her job, backed up by hospital policy and administrators giving her clear instructions - and the policy was one that the police department had agreed to follow. Buddy was just pissed that a woman in a position of authority denied him his way.

A second officer has now been suspended - unidentified, put possibly the Lt. who was ordering him to get the sample - or perhaps his partner at the scene, who stood by like a dumbass.

Now off on slightly related tangent: anyone see the last season (3) of Fargo? This cop looks an awful lot like Ewan McGregor's character, the bail bondsman....


 

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OK, the gal has a boyfriend who gets himself shot. She's probably nowhere near having creme de la creme status. She probably went so far as to mouth off at the idiot arresting her for no reason.

OTOH the bums in blue need to have thicker skins or find a different way to make a living if they think this is acceptable behavior.

Lawsuit alleges Aurora cops assaulted woman who drove boyfriend with gunshot wound to the hospital | Colorado Springs Gazette, News


An Aurora woman says after she rushed her boyfriend who had a bullet wound to the hospital, a police officer threw her to the ground, choked her and stomped on her head, according to a federal lawsuit.

OyZhana Williams sued the officer and two others Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver claiming the officers used excessive force.

Williams seeks compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and injunctive relief, according to the lawsuit filed by Denver attorneys Adam Frank and Faisal Salahuddin.

The lawsuit says that Officer Jose Ortiz, one of three defendants, also filed a false affidavit claiming Williams assaulted the officers. Faced with a video offering “irrefutable evidence,” prosecutors later dismissed all charges, the lawsuit says.
 

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Original story here:
Seahawks' Michael Bennett alleges excessive force by Las Vegas police - seattlepi.com

Whether or not the incident was racist is more or less irrelevant. Given that there were reports of gunshots, one does wonder why the officers body cam was not turned on. When someone tries to blame the victim I get suspicious, especially if he was doing what others were doing in the same situation. I would certainly have been crouched behind cover and I would also have tried to bolt from a building if I thought a shootout was in the making.

Vegas police union calls for investigation of Michael Bennett - seattlepi.com
Grammas repeated Las Vegas police claims that Bennett's actions during the incident — taking cover behind a gaming machine before running out of the building — constituted "reasonable suspicion" to detain him.

"As our uniformed officered entered the casino, they observed Bennett hiding behind a slot machine," Grammas wrote. "When officers turned towards Bennett, he bolted out of the casino, leaped over a four-foot barrier wall, and hid from officers as he crouched close to the wall on the sidewalk."

"I am sure that your attorney will tell you our officers had reasonable suspicion, which is the constitutional standard, to detain Bennett until they could determine whether he was involved in the shooting," Grammas continued. "Our officers, who are both minorities, had the legal right, and obligation, to detain Bennett based upon the nature of the call and Bennett's unusual and suspicious actions."

The letter did not address a key component of Bennett's claim, that an officer leveled a gun at his head and threatened to "blow my (expletive) head off" if he moved. In a Wednesday press conference, Las Vegas police Undersherriff Kevin McMahill said the department was reviewing 126 pieces of video evidence from the scene.
 

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Not sure where to begin on this one. The cop guns a deaf man down for not obeying orders, while ignoring witnesses who were shouting: "He can't hear you." If the cops could not hear the witnesses then how could they possibly expect the target to hear the cops???

Sorry, but a hit and run that involved only property should never turn into a capital offense, especially when the man gunned down was not the hit and run driver.

Other than that it is a perfect illustration as to why not obeying a cops orders, should never be considered provocation to use lethal force.

Witnesses yell 'he can't hear you' as cops shoot deaf man | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn't hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said Wednesday.

Magdiel Sanchez, 35, wasn't obeying the officers' commands before one shot him with a gun and the other with a Taser on Tuesday night, police Capt. Bo Mathews said at a news conference. He said witnesses were yelling "he can't hear you" before the officers fired, but they didn't hear them.
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Witnesses could hear the officers giving Sanchez commands, but the officers didn't hear the witnesses yelling that Sanchez couldn't hear them, Mathews said. When he was about 15 feet (4.5 meters) away from the officers, they opened fire — Lindsey with his Taser and Barnes with his gun, apparently simultaneously, Mathews said.
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My initial reaction was WTF. Suspension with pay does not cut it here.

Utah officer who arrested nurse over blood test put on leave* | Colorado Springs Gazette, News


Now if you or I left a dog in a hot car at this time of year, you can bet we would suffer consequences far more serious than paid leave.
Oh my! The union thinks the culprits are not getting a fair shake. Seems the recently released bodycam video makes them look like common thugs.

In the long run it would be far more productive to let them take their lumps like any other common thug. That is the best way I can think of to put an end to this sort of crap.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/police-union-blasts-handling-utah-nurse-arrest-probe-223920964.html
 

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Mystery Surrounds Metal Towers Popping Up In Tunnels & Bridge



Mysterious metal towers are popping up at local tunnels, and soon they’ll start appearing at bridges, too.

But even people on the MTA board in charge of the towers can’t say why they’re being used or what’s in them, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reports.

Jose Lugo said the tall metal towers quickly appeared up after the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel tolls booths came down.

“We don’t really know what’s the purpose of this,” he told Carlin.

It’s a $100 million MTA project shrouded in secrecy, with 18 of them for tunnels and bridges. So what are they exactly?

The MTA’s man in charge of the bridges and tunnels, Cedrick Fulton, dodged Carlin’s questions Wednesday.

“I said no comment,” he said.

Some MTA board members, including New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, say they know too little about the towers – even with half the money already spent and some of the towers already up.

“A lot of the board members felt they didn’t have all the details they would have wanted, myself included,” she said.

Residents suspect there is much more going on in the towers than meets the eye and wonder if they’ll ever really know what’s going on inside of them.

“I’m going to guess that it’s not just a decoration,” Alyssa Renkas, of the Upper West Side, said.

“It’s a bit mind-boggling that the MTA is approving $100 million for what appears to us to be big, decorative pylons,” says John Kaehny, the leader of the watchdog group Reinvent Albany. “What we’re asking for is transparency from the MTA.”

CBS2 demanded answers from MTA Chairman Joe Lhota.

Carlin: “Some of your own board members say they don’t know the specifics.”

Lhota: “The base of these new pieces that are going up include whatever fiber optics are necessary for those Homeland Security items.”

In other words, anti-terror technology. Could that one day include facial recognition? We don’t know and Lhota won’t say.

 

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That Utah cop who arrested a nurse over a blood draw dispute? He's toast.

Utah police officer fired for treatment of nurse who refused blood draw



A Utah police officer was fired Tuesday after being seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw in an incident that became a flashpoint in the conversation about use of force by police.

Salt Lake City police Chief Mike Brown made the decision to fire Det. Jeff Payne after an internal investigation found he violated department policies when he arrested nurse Alex Wubbels and dragged her screaming from the hospital, department spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Shearer said.

Brown said in a disciplinary letter that he was "deeply troubled" by Payne's conduct, which he described as "inappropriate, unreasonable, unwarranted, discourteous, disrespectful" and said brought "significant disrepute" on the department.

"You demonstrated extremely poor professional judgment, especially for an officer with 27 years of experience, which calls into question your ability to effectively serve the public and the department," Brown wrote.

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Payne was also fired from a part-time job as a paramedic after he was caught on camera saying he'd take transient patients to the University of Utah hospital where Wubbels worked and transport "good patients" elsewhere.

Payne had previously been disciplined in 2013 after internal-affairs investigators confirmed that he sexually harassed a female co-worker in a "persistent and severe" way.
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/georgia-...s-over-school-search-suspended-203203193.html
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor on Monday suspended a sheriff who faces charges including sexual battery after a drug search at a high school earlier this year.

In an executive order, Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby pending the final outcome of his case or the expiration of his term of office, whichever comes first.
According to the lawsuit, Hobby arrived at the school with a "target list" of 13 students that he suspected of having drugs. Only three of the listed students were at school that day, and Hobby had them brought to administrative offices and searched. The lawsuit says Hobby then put the entire school on lockdown; students were confined to classrooms, hallways and the gym. Their cellphones were confiscated so they couldn't call their parents.

Approximately 900 students were searched, but no illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia were found. Sheriff's deputies conducted intrusive body searches, touching students' private parts and lifting their clothing in view of others, the lawsuit says.
Suspending the bum is a good start but as long as this attitude prevails we still have the Stasi, and Gestapo plying their trade on American soil.
Lawyers representing the sheriff and deputies in the civil case argue say their clients are entitled to official immunity and have asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
NOTE: Despite all the abuse there were no drugs to be found.
 
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