Police atrocity blogInbox
|Your message has been sent.|
Francis L. Holland, Esq.
|24 November 2009 19:04|
|Your message has been sent.|
Francis L. Holland, Esq.
|24 November 2009 19:04|
Although Tasers were used in the arrest of a 30-year-old man in East Grand Rapids on Monday night, they have not been confirmed as playing a role in his death.
The Electronic Village Web site documents 47 taser-related deaths in the U.S. in 2009. Two of them were in Michigan.
African American Political Pundit reports that:
According to Cameron Langford at the Court House News Service, Police in Texas public schools are increasingly using force against children, including Tasers and pepper spray, and the "overwhelming majority" of police "interventions" involve "low-level, non-violent misdemeanors like disruption of class or disorderly conduct," a public interest group says.
AAPP says: I'm glad to see that a watchdog group wants Info on Police Use of Force Against Schoolkids. It's time to stop the torture of school children in our public school system. Where is the U.S. Department of Justice when we need them to protect our children? Texas is not the only state torturing our children.
ENOUGH is ENOUGH
Join up with:
- Black Perspective.net
- Black Women In Europe
- Charly Miller 's Taser Collection of Articles of Tasers
- Educate yourself about tasers
- Electronic Village
- From My Brown Eyed View
- It All Goes Here
- No More Tasers
- Pam's House Blend
- Petition for Congressional Hearing on Taser Torture
- Petition to Ban Taser Use by Police in U.S.
- Police-brutality Blog
- Prevent Dangerous Harm
- Stop Taser Torture
- Taser Deaths In Canada
- Taser Deaths.org
- Taser Watch
- Tasered While Black
- The Duck Shoot
- The Superspade
- Truth Not Tasers
- THE INTERSECTION OF MADNESS & REALITY
Let's build a blogger movement to stand in the gap for our children!
The 29-year-old victim said she is outraged that her accused attacker, former Ocoee police Sgt. Tom Maroney, is seeking leniency in court.
Maroney made a deal in court nine months ago that reduced the charge to battery, gave up his police license and was sentenced to one year of probation.
Maroney is now asking a judge to remove him from probation.
The victim said she feels like Maroney should have faced stiffer punishment.
"I was like, 'Stop. Stop. Let me go. Let me go. Leave me alone. Get off of me," the victim said. "I just hope that the judge gives him what he truly deserves."
The victim hopes to tell a judge on Nov. 13 that Maroney should remain on probation.NBC2 News Online
Watson Black: The Court finds you IMPATIENT!The above is a fictional account. Any commonality between police abuses recounted above and those that take place daily in the United States of America are strictly coincidental. Nat Turner is an historical figure.
It seems to me that one person in a checkout line often holds receives more goods for which to pay while another person in their group grabs more things off of the shelf. If the white woman behind Heather Ellis did shove Heather, why wasn't she arrested and charged with assault and battery? If the skin colors of those involved had been exchanged, would the white woman have been arrested instead of the Black woman? These are some of the questions regarding color-aroused ideation, emotion and behavior that must be asked in cases such as this one.
ST. LOUIS -- Nearly three years after Heather Ellis switched checkout lines at a southeast Missouri store and touched off what she calls a racially charged dispute with white customers and authorities, the young black schoolteacher faces a trial that could send her to prison for 15 years.
Witnesses have told authorities that Ellis cut in front of waiting customers at the Walmart in Kennett on Jan. 6, 2007, shoved merchandise already placed on a conveyor belt out of the way, and became belligerent when confronted, according to court filings.
Ellis maintains she was merely joining her cousin, whose checkout line was moving more quickly. She claimed in a written complaint to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that she was then pushed by a white customer, hassled by store employees, called racial slurs and physically mistreated by Kennett police officers.
( . . . )
Ellis' written account to the NAACP describes [her] and her cousin getting into separate checkout lanes before Ellis switched into the faster-moving line. The woman behind them had placed items on the conveyor belt, and Ellis alleged the woman pushed her when she tried to put her own items down. WaPost
Officers eventually followed her to the parking lot, she said, using racial slurs and telling her to go back to the ghetto. As her aunt and uncle drove into the parking lot, Ellis said, the officers "jumped" on her even though she said she was not resisting.If the police referred to Heather Ellis using color-aroused epithets, that certainly would demonstrate color aroused ideation, emotion and behavior. Police who demonstrate color-aroused ideation, emotion and behavior in public should be screened for Extreme Color-Aroused Disorder (ECAD) before their verbal insults lead to jumping on people, and jumping on people leave the victims of police brutality stone-cold dead on the asphalt.
Tim Rand / AP
JERICHO, Ark. - It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn't hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps.Are police and police departments out of control (lawless and acting with impunity)? Obviously, at least some of them are.
The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in court. MSNBC
people of varying ethnic and educational backgrounds and attitudesI'm left wondering whether having a police force that includes "various ethnic groups" is suggested as a potential risk factor for a force that acts with lawlessness and impunity. I'm not sure what "various ethnic groups" has to do with the premise. Likewise, I'm not sure that various "educational levels" is a significant part of the problem. Medical doctors, who have more education that most people in our society, nonetheless have been proved to provide less agressive and less appropriate medical care for members of minority groups (and women) than they provide to white men, in spite of the fact that doctors have immense education, particularly in the area where they seem to discriminate against minorities and women.
Join us on December 4, 2009!
Here are just a few of the blogs who have signed up this far.
We have almost 2,000 signatures at: http://www.petition2congress.
We want to expand the discussion on the issue of tasering and how the issue threatens us all. Register via email: StopTaserTorture@gmail.com or send me a return email. AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit
LIVE RADIO: KKDA33 NEWS
Abstract: Police used a Taser gun to restrain a resident outside of his home on Crain Avenue as it burned at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
The resident, Mike Bartlett, said he was returning from downtown for his cell phone when he noticed his sister's room on fire. He ran in to make sure she was not there and continued to find his friends in the basement and alert them of the fire....
Originally posted by
WOW ,,, just wowI mean come the f*** on!!! How many of these events have to happen till people learn?? It's bloody obvious something needs to be done and it needs to be done FAST! These moron cops seem to be nothing short of 'Gunslinging Sherifs' which are causing nothing but havoc and have this idea that they rule the world. Bushe's term in the office is over we don't want a f***ing Police State, thank you.
Moreover, tasers should be permanently removed from use across all states, it's obviously being misused by the police not to apprehend uncooperative persons but more precisely to torture them for what ever reason even if they maybe innocent *points to this story*.
But what's the bloody point this story will just be another of many more to come ...
There is a major public rally taking place on Saturday, November 7th to protest the fact that the police officer who killed this young man has not been punished by her department.
Rory McKenzie is a 25-year old Black man who was killed in a taser-related incident by Kern County Sheriff deputies. Kern County coroner John Van Rensselaer ruled the death a homicide. [SOURCE]
McKenzie did a bad thing on July 2. He was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife. However, the penalty for domestic disputes is not death.
There needs to be some consequences for Sgt. Otis Whinery, a 24-year veteran; Senior Deputy Douglas Jauch, K-9 Handler, an 8-year veteran; Deputy Edward Tucker, a 12-year veteran; and Deputy Patrick McNeal, a six-year veteran. The district attorney should bring criminal charges against them for this homicide.
These deputies used a taser gun to subdue McKenzie. Deputy Jaunch also let his K-9 dog bite McKenzie on the leg before they took him into custody.
After the 50,000 volts of electricity coursed through his body ... and he was bitten by police dog ... and he was handcuffed ... McKenzie began to have difficulty breathing. The deputies knew that they went to far. They performed CPR on McKenzie.
An ambulance arrived and took McKenzie to Kern Medical Center, where he died.
McKenzie's wife accused the deputies of using excessive force, but would not say if she is filing a formal complaint.
Have you noticed that more of these taser-related deaths are being ruled 'homicide' nowadays? There was a homicide ruling down in Ft. Worth TX where police killed a 24-year old man in his front yard. There is a major public rally taking place on November 7th to protest the fact that the police officer who killed this young man has not been punished by her department.
Also, I encourage all villagers to join us on December 4th as we particpate in a Day of Blogging for Justice: Stop Taser Torture.
But the "dog evidence" is used to put put people in jail "in many states, including Alaska, Florida, New York and Texas, said Lawrence J. Myers, an associate professor of animal behavior at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine."
HOUSTON — A dog’s sniff helped put Curvis Bickham in jail for eight months. Now that the case against him has been dropped, he wants to tell the world that the investigative technique that justified his arrest smells to high heaven.The police told Mr. Bickham they had tied him to a triple homicide through a dog-scent lineup, in which dogs choose a suspect’s smell out of a group. The dogs are exposed to the scent from items found at crime scene, and are then walked by a series of containers with samples swabbed from a suspect and from others not involved in the crime. If the dog finds a can with a matching scent, it signals — stiffening, barking or giving some other alert its handler recognizes.
The handler, Deputy Keith A. Pikett of the Fort Bend County, Tex., Sheriff’s Department, is “a charlatan,” said Rex Easley, a lawyer in Victoria, Tex., who represents a man falsely accused by the police of murdering a neighbor. Deputy Pikett, the lawyer said, “devised an unreliable dog trick to justify local police agencies’ suspicions” for producing search warrants and arrests. NYT
"has documented 45 taser-related deaths in the United States since the beginning of the year:I personally do not understand why Electronic Village prepares a list of 45 electrocution deaths and then says that "Tasers" should be classified as "near lethal". The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines lethal as "capable of producing death." If Tasers were not "capable of producing death", they would not have produced the 45 deaths documented by Electronic Village. I also question whether attacking the semantics of police guidelines that police obviously are not following anyway will be a successful strategy for attacking pre-trial, extra-judicial electrocutions and executions.
I think it is worth noting that 42% of these taser-torture killings occurred against African American men. We make up about 6% of the total population, yet 42% of the taser-related deaths in America this year are Black men.
- Jan 9, 2009: Derrick Jones, 17, Black, Martinsville, Virginia
- Jan 11, 2009: Rodolfo Lepe, 31, Hispanic, Bakersfield, California
- Jan 22, 2009: Roger Redden, 52, Caucasian, Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
- Feb 2, 2009: Garrett Jones, 45, Caucasian, Stockton, California
- Feb 11, 2009: Richard Lua, 28, Hispanic, San Jose, California
- Feb 13, 2009: Rudolph Byrd, 37, Black, Thomasville, Georgia
- Feb 13, 2009: Michael Jones, 43, Black, Iberia, Louisiana
- Feb 14, 2009: Chenard Kierre Winfield, 32, Black, Los Angeles, California
- Feb 28, 2009: Robert Lee Welch, 40, Caucasian, Conroe, Texas
- Mar 22, 2009: Brett Elder, 15, Caucasian, Bay City, Michigan
- Mar 26, 2009: Marcus D. Moore, 40, Black, Freeport, Illinois
- Apr 1, 2009: John J. Meier Jr., 48, Caucasian, Tamarac, Florida
- Apr 6, 2009: Ricardo Varela, 41, Hispanic, Fresno, California
- Apr 10, 2009: Robert Mitchell, 16, Black, Detroit, Michigan
- Apr 13, 2009: Craig Prescott, 38, Black, Modesto, California
- Apr 16, 2009: Gary A. Decker, 50, Black, Tuscon, Arizona
- Apr 18, 2009: Michael Jacobs Jr., 24, Black, Fort Worth, Texas
- Apr 30, 2009: Kevin LaDay, 35, Black, Lumberton, Texas
- May 4, 2009: Gilbert Tafoya, 53, Caucasian, Holbrook, Arizona
- May 17, 2009: Jamaal Valentine, 27, Black, La Marque, Texas
- May 23, 2009: Gregory Rold, 37, Black, Salem, Oregon
- Jun 9, 2009: Brian Cardall, 32, Caucasian, Hurricane, Utah
- Jun 13, 2009: Dwight Madison, 48, Black, Bel Air, Maryland
- Jun 20, 2009 Derrek Kairney, 36, [skin color, natl. origin]: Unknown, South Windsor, Connecticut
- Jun 30, 2009, Shawn Iinuma, 37, [skin color, natl. origin]: Unknown, Fontana, California
- Jul 2, 2009, Rory McKenzie, 25, Black, Bakersfield, California
- Jul 20, 2009, Charles Anthony Torrence, 35, Caucasion, Simi Valley, California
- Jul 30, 2009, Johnathan Michael Nelson, 27, Caucasion, Riverside County, California
- Aug 9, 2009, Terrace Clifton Smith, 52, [skin color, natl. origin]: Unknown, Moreno Valley, California
- Aug 12, 2009, Ernest Ridlehuber, 53, [skin color, natl. origin]: Unknown, Greenville, South Carolina
- Aug 14, 2009, Hakim Jackson, 31, Black, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Aug 18, 2009, Ronald Eugene Cobbs, 38, Black, Greensboro, North Carolina
- Aug 20, 2009, Francisco Sesate, 36, Hispanic, Mesa, Arizona
- Aug 22, 2009, T.J. Nance, 37, Race: Unknown, Arizona City, Arizona
- Aug 26, 2009, Miguel Molina, 27, Hispanic, Los Angeles, California
- Aug 27, 2009, Manuel Dante Dent, 27, Hispanic, Modesto, California
- Sep 3, 2009, Shane Ledbetter, 38, Caucasian, Aurora, Colorado
- Sep 16, 2009, Alton Warren Ham, 45, Caucasian, Modesto, California
- Sep 19, 2009, Yuceff W. Young II, 21, Black, Brooklyn, Ohio
- Sep 21, 2009, Richard Battistata, 44, Hispanic, Laredo, Texas
- Sep 28, 2009, Derrick Humbert, 38, Black, Bradenton, Florida
- Oct 2, 2009, Rickey Massey, 38, Black, Panama City, Florida
- Oct 12, 2009, Christopher John Belknap, 36, [skin color, natl. origin]:: Unknown, Ukiah, California
- Oct 16, 2009, Frank Cleo Sutphin, 19, [skin color, natl. origin]: Unknown, San Bernadino, California
- Oct 27, 2009, Jeffrey Woodward, 33, [skin color, natl. origin]: Unknown, Gallatin, Tennessee
However, nothing seems to be able to stop the continued taser-related killings. I remain convinced that the 'Use of Force Continuum' needs to show tasers as 'near-lethal' ... definitely an error to claim that they are 'non-lethal'.
Something is wrong. Join us in asking for congressional hearings on taser torture."
Another reason why I urge you to join the “Stop Taser Torture, blogging for Justice Day – 12.4.09″
Our goal is to unite the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day – Taser Torture in America, Canada and throughout the world.
Join us on December 4th. “Stop Taser Torture, blogging for Justice.” as we raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.
Contact us at: StopTaserTorture@gmail.com to register your blog.
Don’t forget to support the petition to the United States Congress calling for public hearings on the systemic human rights violations occurring with Federal funding for the use of Tasers® against American citizens. The United Nation’s Committee against Torture has declared that Taser use can constitute a form of torture, while USA: Amnesty International has an on-going concern about the use of tasers on American citizens. More HERE
Have a question? Need additional information? Want to participate? Register via email: StopTaserTorture@gmail.com
The Police Brutality Blog has been rated among the "Top 100 Criminal Justice Blogs" by the Criminal Justice Degrees Guide.