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Police use Taser on deaf crime victim | Kirotv.com

6 Aug

By KIRO 7 Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne

TACOMA, Wash. —

KIRO TV’s investigative unit has discovered Tacoma police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 for their help.

Instead of an apology, she ended up bloody and in jail for nearly three days without an interpreter before a prosecutor declined to press charges.  

After months of digging, investigative reporter Chris Halsne found significant discrepancies in the official police version of events leading up to Lashonn White’s arrest.

Late in the evening on April 6, White said she called for police assistance after a guest reportedly attacked her in her own apartment.

Deaf since birth, White used a special video-equipped phone, connected to a TV and a Web camera, to call 911. A certified American Sign Language interpreter on the other end verbally relayed White’s pleas for help to a Tacoma police dispatcher.

“I said, ‘Please hurry! There’s a person here beating me up,’” White explained to Halsne during a television interview last month.

A recording of White’s 911 call from that evening reveals her urgency.

“Right now! This is serious!”

“She’s fighting at me, then she chokes me. She’s coming right at me!”

Computer-aided dispatch (CAD) logs show Tacoma police officer Ryan Koskovich and his partner, Michael Young, were outside White’s apartment complex in about six minutes.

It also reflects that officers received texts along the way stating, “Person doing the hitting is a Sophia” and “Vict. is Lashonn White.”

In addition, it appears from internal police records obtained by KIRO Team 7 Investigators, Koskovich and his partner were repeatedly given information that the victim could not hear a thing.

On the 911 calls, White herself made it perfectly clear.

“I’m deaf.  I can’t hear if they’re out front knocking or whatever … I can’t—are they going to the front or back? Where are the police at?”

Dispatch: “They want her to go outside the front door.”

“Oh, they’re here? Okay, I’m on my way to meet them. I’m going right now.”

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12-year-old tased inside Victoria’s Secret | ksdk.com

2 Aug

 

By Mike Rush

South St. Louis County (KSDK) – A police officer tased a 12-year-old girl inside a Victoria’s Secret Wednesday afternoon at South County Center.

Police say the officer came into the Victoria’s Secret looking for the teenager’s mom, who had warrants for her arrest. But it was the teen who got tased.

“This one goes in my chest. It was stuck in there so she had to keep on pulling trying to pull it out,” said Dejamon Baker, as she pointed to a small wound on her chest.

Baker has a matching wound on her stomach.

“I had fell on the floor and I couldn’t control myself I just kept on shaking and stuff,” said the girl.

Baker, her mother Charlene Bratton, and some other relatives were in the Victoria’s Secret.

Bratton had just tried on some shorts and was about to buy them when she says a St. Louis County officer came looking for her. Bratton had warrants, she says, for numerous unresolved traffic tickets.

“He said, put your hands behind your back. I said for what. Next thing you know he tackled me down on the ground,” said Bratton.

Baker said, “I was just crying. I guess he got mad because I was crying or something, then he just took it out and just tased me.”

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ANAHEIM POLICE SHOOT AT WOMEN AND CHILDREN, UNLEASH K-9 ATTACK DOG

24 Jul

Everyone is focused on the joker nut ball, who is strangely not as spry and nimble as he was the day he wielded three guns, wounding 58 and killing 12. Meanwhile, US police officers ARE SHOOTING at WOMEN AND CHILDREN …in AMERICA…in 2012.

ANAHEIM POLICE SHOOT AT WOMEN AND CHILDREN, UNLEASH K-9 ATTACK DOG – YouTube.

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Deadly police shooting in Anaheim sparks violent protests – NBC News

23 Jul

Photo: Mindy Schauer/Orange County Register

“The deadly police shooting of an unarmed man in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday sparked a series of violent protests over the weekend, aggravating already high tensions between police and citizens.

More than a hundred residents of northeastern Anaheim reacted to the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Manuel Diaz by police by setting fire to garbage dumpsters in the street and throwing bottles at police officers Saturday night.

Police fired pepper balls and bean bags to control the crowd. The unrest escalated when a police dog escaped a squad car through an open window and bit at least two people. Five people were arrested.

The protests continued on Sunday, with dozens of people lining the streets outside police headquarters and then storming into the lobby chanting “shame,” “no justice, no peace,” and “cops, pigs and murderers,” as officials went into a press conference regarding the controversial shooting.

Protesters said they wanted to know what threat Diaz posed to officers.

The protest at the Anaheim Police Department was the latest in a series of actions by families of shooting victims, some of whom have been holding weekly protests for nearly two years at police headquarters in Orange County, NBCLosAngeles.com reported.

Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said two officers were placed on paid leave after one of them shot Diaz around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Welter said officers were patrolling a neighborhood in northeastern Anaheim when they approached three men allegedly acting suspiciously in an alley, NBCLosAngeles.com reported.

As police started questioning Diaz, who was standing outside a car talking to the two men inside, the car drove off and Diaz started running. Police chased him down and shot him.

“He was shot first in the back, but he was down,” Diaz’s mother, Genevieve Huizar, told NBCLosAngeles.com through tears Sunday, “then they shot him a second time. They shot him in the head.”

Welter said he can’t say why police shot Diaz during the chase, but he did confirm no weapon was found at the crime scene.

“At this time, there’s no information that he was armed when he was shot,” Welter said at a press conference, “but we don’t know what was thrown away as he was running away from the officers, and that was not found, according to the district attorney’s office.”

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait called for an independent probe into a fatal police shooting, asking the state attorney general’s office to get involved.

“Transparency is essential,” Tait said during a press conference at the Anaheim Police Department. “The investigation will seek the truth, and whatever the truth is, we will own it.”

Anaheim was one of six California cities with populations greater than 100,000 that saw a big spike in violent crime last year, according to an analysis of FBI crime data released in June.”
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Police accused in 3 Twin River cases – WPRI.com

9 Jul

Here is just one example of how the government impacts the health of the people while keeping us all safe. Donna Levesque, April Lima, and Daniel Finn can attest to how tender and loving the government’s hand really is. Coma, brain damage, shattered bones? Sounds like top notch care to me.

WPRI.com

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) – Lincoln police officers are now accused in three alleged excessive force incidents involving Twin River customers who claim they were seriously injured by the officers.

Two of the three confrontations were caught on video. Edward Krawetz is seen kicking Donna Levesque in the head in May, 2009 in front of the slot parlor. Krawetz was convicted of felony battery in January. His sentence did not include time in the ACI.

The 20-year veteran, who was convicted of misdemeanor assault in 2001, is fighting to keep his job through a Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights hearing that is scheduled to continue in August.

Before the Krawetz case, on December 30, 2007, April Lima alleges she was “slammed face first into the casino floor” by two Lincoln police officers. She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest but the charges were later dismissed. Her lawsuit was filed in December, 2010 after the criminal case was completed.

The third case involves Daniel Finn, 42, of Pawtucket, whose attorney, Mark Dana, sent the town of Lincoln notice of intent to file a lawsuit last week. The town has 40 days to respond before an actual lawsuit is filed in court.

Finn claims he was left in a coma from injuries allegedly caused by three officers during an arrest at Twin River last November. According to Lincoln police reports, officers allege Finn threatened police and hurt himself by banging his head inside a police car. Finn has not been charged.

According to Dana, Finn has “permanent brain damage” from the injuries.

Lima’s attorney, Kevin Bristow, said the injuries were caused during a struggle while she was being handcuffed by one of the officers. He said Twin River surveillance video shows Lima being thrown to the floor. Since then, she has been operated on twice for a shattered tibia and injuries to her MCL and ACL.

A total of six officers are allegedly involved in the three incidents and one of those officers is named in both the Lima and Finn documents.

Levesque has not filed a lawsuit. Dana was unavailable for comment. Bristow said he is limited on what he can say but he does see a possible connection that ties the three incidents together.

“The failure here is systemic. The officers are not trained to handle the types and volume of cases they encounter at Twin River,” said Bristow.

Target 12 reached out to Twin River, Lincoln Police and the Lincoln town administrator but none of them would comment on the incidents.

Simon Harwood trial: Pc’s ‘blood was up’ when he hit IanTomlinson at G20 protests | Mail Online

18 Jun

Simon Harwood trial: Pc’s ‘blood was up’ when he hit IanTomlinson at G20 protests | Mail Online.

From the article:

  • Newspaper seller collapsed and died in April 2009
  • Jurors told Tomlinson collapsed after ‘forceful baton strike’ from officer
  • Pc Harwood’s actions were described as ‘more akin to thuggish behaviour than proper reasonable policing’
  • Court heard Pc Harwood’s ‘blood was up’ minutes before incident
  • Pc Harwood had minutes before tried and failed to arrest a protester, leaving him ’embarrassed of not humiliated’
  • Police officer denies manslaughter

The police officer who struck Ian Tomlinson with a baton minutes before the newspaper vendor died did so when his ‘blood was up’ after being ‘humiliated’ by a protester who had escaped as he was trying to make an arrest, a court heard today.

 

The actions of Pc Simon Harwood, who is charged with manslaughter, were described by the prosecution today as being ‘more akin to thuggish behaviour than proper reasonable policing’.


The jury was told that he allegedly sent the homeless newspaper seller flying with a ‘forceful baton strike’ and a ‘powerful push’ as he stood with his back to police and his hands in his pockets during the G20 protests.

Pc Harwood, 41, had been ’embarrassed if not humiliated’ after trying to arrest a G20 protester who was daubing graffiti on a police van, only for the vandal to wriggle free, to the cheers of a watching crowd.


After being struck, 47-year-old father-of-nine Mr Tomlinson fell to the ground during the April 2009 demo before staggering 70 metres away, where he eventually collapsed and died minutes later near the Royal Exchange Buildings in the City of London.

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R.I.P. Rodney King 1965-2012

17 Jun

R.I.P. Rodney King. We won’t forget you.

AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Rodney King Dead: Face Of LA Riots Dies At Age 47 _ HuffingtonPost.com

Rodney King, the man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots, was found dead this morning, TMZ has reported. He was 47.

According to TMZ, King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelly, found him dead at the bottom of a swimming pool. CNN has confirmed his passing.

King recently marked the twentieth anniversary of the Los Angeles riots — the mayhem that took place after four police officers were acquitted of beating King in 1991. The beating, which was caught on camera, sparked national outrage and put King at the center of heated debate about the state of race relations in America.

CBS Los Angeles has released a radio interview with Rialto, California police Captain Randy De Anda, who says that King may have had some verbal contact with his fiancée, at which time she went outside and found him at the bottom of the pool.

“Rialto police officers responded to the location and removed him from inside of the pool and began CPR. The Rialto Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Mr. King to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. this morning,” De Anda said.

Preliminary information showed no signs of foul play, he added.

In his memoir, “The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption,” published earlier this year, King detailed the high-speed chase that led up to his beating on March 3, 1991 and how he went on to receive a $3.8 million settlement from the city of Los Angeles. Most of the money was lost, however, to bad investments, including a hip-hop record label he founded.

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The 1992 riots, which were set off by the acquittals of the officers who beat King, lasted three days and left 55 people dead, more than 2,000 injured and swaths of Los Angeles on fire. At the height of the violence, King pleaded on television: “Can we all get along?”

In the two decades after he became the central figure in the riots, King was arrested several times, mostly for alcohol-related crimes. He later became a record company executive and a reality TV star, appearing on shows such as “Celebrity Rehab.”

In an interview earlier this year with The Associated Press, King said he was a happy man.

“America’s been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all,” he says. “This part of my life is the easy part now.”

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