It was Daniel Martin Jr. who called 911 the day he died, to report vandals in his driveway. The decorated Army veteran’s voice is frenzied and at one point, the dispatcher tells him to calm down.
“They’re still at my front door,” he said.
The dispatcher asks if the vandals have a firearm, and Martin says he can’t tell. “But I have one,” he adds. “I’m inside with my weapon.”
A female dispatcher relayed that to responding officers. But when Martin opened his front door for the police, someone shouted “gun,” and Lawton police officers Elijah Garcia and Anthony Edwards fired multiple rounds, killing Martin, 47.
Lawton police shooting justified; man answered door with a gun
Guy is in his house, scared, and calls police, and tells them he is going to protect himself with his gun.
He is hyped up, scared and on drugs..
Scanner traffic details a dispatcher’s report to the officers. Damage to property. 4111 Park Ridge Blvd. Reporting party has a firearm.
However, rather than sort the scene out, the cops blow him away on sight.
Martin’s body was returned to Chicago, where he was buried with full military honors.
A Georgia woman was mistakenly jailed for one month after cops confused her SpaghettiOs for meth.
Georgia woman mistakenly jailed for more than a month after cops confused SpaghettiOs for meth
So the cops tells the guy to "get his hands out", and when he does, he kills the guy.
Body cam helps justify fatal South Salt Lake police shooting
Oddly, the police say the video proves the shooting was justified. So I guess "being hyped-up on hair trigger" is now considered "normal and acceptable police behavior."
Video shows Florida police officer shocking woman with stun gun
Cop tells a 62 year-old woman to leave the scene where he is doing an investigation. She refuses, then when he tells her she's "under arrest" she starts to leave.
Well, there you go. That's what the cop wanted - the woman to leave, right? Everythig good?
End of story?
But nooo.... You must respect my ator-it-tay
Then this cops TAZES the little old lady as she's walking away.
The men, two dressed in black SWAT team gear and one wearing a sheriff’s office uniform and brandishing a gun, went to the Winterport property, the location of which police are not releasing to protect the privacy of the landowner, around 7 a.m. Sept. 21 and had a verbal confrontation with the landowner, who is a medical marijuana patient.
State police identify 2 suspects in Winterport fake cop medical marijuana thefts
So, when this guy comes to your house and shouts at you - do you "follow police instructions"?
Darned if you do, darned if you don't, I guess.
I can understand how the dope grower could have mistaken the guy for a sheriff.
Like most of the donut demons, he is obviously on the level.
His bubble is in the middle.
the power of the camera and why it may be more powerful than the sword.
When you are about to pull off a caper and your victim pulls out the smart phone and starts photographing you what do you do then. Play the tough cop and put them in cuffs and bring them to the county lockup?
It is laughable, if it wasn't for the camera these guys might have got away with it.
Definately a gotcha moment, they will have a fun time explaining their stupidity to the other inmates.
“They wonder why they’re hated.”
A fitting end :
"I don't see the evidence that (Weekley) willfully disregarded the results to others," Hathaway said. "The entire trial has basically been about the carelessness of the defendant, based on his skills.
Charge Dismissed in Detroit Police Shooting
Storming a house where a family (including a small child) lived, after midnight in a crime-ridden neighborhood, with a squad of hyped of cops on hair-trigger.
Who could have forseen that something might have gone wrong?
I'm sure it was well-thought out mission, with cool and rational consideration of the matter, planned with detailed precision, carefully taking into account all aspects of tactics involved.
I'd be surprised if a deadly military-style police assault would be undertaken hastily, without taking the time to thoughtfully consider all aspects and dangers, especially dangers to the public.
A camera crew from the A&E TV show “The First 48,” was embedded with police, filming their every move prior to and during the raid.
That event led to the raid on the Jones home, as police hurriedly tried to solve the crime “within 48 hours.”
STUNNING REVELATION IN COP KILLING OF AIYANA JONES, 7
It does seem rather strange that ONLY the little girl was shot. Did they find anything out of order at the home after having entered or were they at the wrong address? just askin'.
An hour after getting the search warrant, Shook said David Hooks’ wife saw camouflaged men in her yard with guns and told her husband.
David Hooks’ final act was to arm himself with a shotgun.
Man killed by cops after car thief alleges meth find
Did the cops look like this?
Police searched the home for 44 hours and found no drugs, says Shook, who says the “true facts of this tragedy are in stark contrast to … reports released by law enforcement.”
Well, the police are conducting an INVESTIGATION, so we'll let you know how THAT turns out.
Rand Paul challenges fellow Republicans to rethink their reflexive support of law enforcement.
Must Conservatives Be Cop Lovers?
‘Comply or die is not the law’ — Utah police shootings come under fire
Not only comply, but comply to confusing, unintelligible and sometimes contradictory instructions, and comply before you have time to react - or die.
Sometimes you WILL be shot if you "comply with police instructions". For example - "Show me you hands" or "Get out of the car" has resulted in people being shot by a cop when the citizen tried to follow those instructions.
A pair of dog owners in Flint have filed a federal lawsuit against a state investigator, alleging he shot their 15-year-old dog in the face while raiding the wrong house.
Police shot dog while raiding the wrong house.
Well, as long as they were there - why waste the trip?
The owners went to the vet, then got a lawyer: Royal Oak attorney Christopher Olson, who has filed several similar dog shooting lawsuits.
Wow. I guess it happens enough, I didn't know it had gotten to the point where there were specialists in it.
"Let's see, I need a lawyer, lets look in the yellow pages. Oh, this is nice, they have different catagories, what do we have here.... Ummm, Anti-Trust Lawyers, Bankruptcy Lawyers, Criminal Lawyer, Divorce Lawyer... here we go - Dog Shooting Lawyers!"
A surveillance video recorded the encounter, unbeknownst to police, showing that Cox hadn’t taken a swing at officers before they pummeled him.
$562,000 jury award against Portland police is largest brutality verdict in city history
It's all fun and games until the video shows up.
So add another body to the pile.
Four years ago, I described another fatality at the hands of a Georgia anti-drug task force — the death of pastor Jonathan Ayers.
Eight years ago, a narcotics team from Atlanta killed 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston during a drug raid on her home, then attempted to plant drugs in her basement to cover its mistake. The team had been relying on a tip from an informant and did no corroborating investigation.
In 2010, a Polk County, Ga., drug raid team put a 76-year-old woman in intensive care with congestive heart failure after raiding the wrong house.
In 2008, a Gwinnett County tactical team terrified a couple and a baby when they raided the wrong home.
In 2000, a Georgia police raid team shot and killed Lynette Gayle Jackson when she held up a gun as they broke into her home. Jackson had recently been robbed.
In 2006, Deputy Joseph Whitehead was shot and killed during a surprise raid on a suspected drug house. The men who shot him, Antron Fair and Damon Jolly, argued that they thought they were being robbed by a gang. They later pleaded guilty to murder to avoid the death penalty.
And, of course, last May, 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh was critically wounded when officers deployed a flash grenade in his crib during a drug raid on his home. That raid, too, lacked much in the way of investigation.
Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug raid fatality
And that's just in Georgia.
But don't worry, I'm sure they'll be another "investigation". And then everything will be all right, again.
(CLARIFICATION: The above video is from the Laurens County SOUTH CAROLINA Sherrif's Department, rather than the Laurens County GEORGIA Sherrif's Department which conducted the raid that killed the citizen)
My sense is the police are clueless to the fact that they killed an innocent man in his own home, and instead are spinning in their own minds the "good shoot" idea. "He brought it on himself!" or even better: "This rests completely on the car thief, the result of his actions that are totally to blame!"
And of course, the inevitable: "The officers followed procedure".
Well, if your "procedure" has resulted in about a half-dozen inncent citizens getting killed, then, gosh, MAYBE there's something wrong with it. Just a thought.
Admit No Error.
Go Pro, be a Hero.
Saw the Windham shoot results in 2 million lawsuit by wife against Sheriff Dept, but supposedly the woman is only bringing the lawsuit to "arouse public emotions", according to the Attorney for county.
All we are doing is stirring emotions apparently, because like they say they already have done 'the investigation".
In the Windham case, my understanding is the citizen was standing in his driveway, waving a pistol around, and fully aware, and least as far as he was capable of being aware, that the police were there.
In the Laurens County case, however, we have an innocent citizen, acting lawfully, killed by hyped-up cops. What I find most astounding is the brain-dead, tin ear response by the Laurens County Sheriff's Department. If I were a family lawyer in any SWAT killing, Exhibit One would be that stupid video.
As far as just the public reations part, a better response would be the Oxnard Police Department response to the Alfonso Limon Jr. shooting. That situation was fraught with stupid police behavior and excuses (for example, the Policemen's Benevolent Association withdrew it financial support to the local community fair because they didn't like the fact they were critisized for killing an innocent citizen, and the police pumped many bullets into the inncent, unarmed bystander apparently due to the mere fact they needed to shoot SOMEONE,) but the statements by the chief have been better than most of the victim-blaming we usually hear.
It would be to the public's benefit if there were some public service announcements to the affect.
We are the police and sheriff departments in your area. If you call us to your home, expect that we will use deadly force upon anyone or everyone that could pose a threat to our officers. If a person has a gun, a club, a knife in his hand , a cell phone or even a wallet in their hand, they will be shot at the discretion of the officers.
Maybe if the wife knew this, the last people she would have called would have been the police.
Never call the police
This new chapter posted yesterday in the Chicago area--better to wear your seat belt and submit to authority.
We all need to learn to submit, it is for our own good, says Barack Ebola
Mike G I like that, barrack ebola....it's kinda catchy.
Remember when they first passed the seatbelt laws? It wasn't going to be a primary infraction, you could only get a ticket for it if you were pulled over for something else. Then they did away with that, and they could pull you over for just that.
Then they started running "public service" commercials, "Police are on the lookout and cracking down on seatbelt violators."
Now they just beat citizens or gun them down when they catch them not wearing their safety belts.
Twelve parents and students have given written statements stating that Bousquet did not assault Smith and that Smith assaulted Bousquet and used excessive force, according to the notice of claim.
Woman charged with assault in Lubec school bus incident notifies sheriff of pending lawsuit against him
I predict this woman is in line for a very large settlement.
As someone on the radio said the airplane that brought the disease to America can be named the Ebola Gay. It may be just as deadly.
Family of ex-South Carolina mayor shot dead by police officer are rewarded $97 MILLION in damages...but the officer avoids charges
Bert Reeves was shot in the chest with a service revolver belonging to Officer Randall Price in May 2011, along a rural dirt road. Price, who has not been charged in the death, is no longer a police officer.
Authorities have said Reeves had objected after Price arrested an employee of his construction business.
The family had said in the lawsuit that the town should never have hired Price after his troubled employment history in different departments, including being fired.
In February 2010, the Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Price insisted that he had been victimized by vendettas in the small towns where he cycled through eight jobs in 11 years.
Cottageville, SC, population (2013) . . 743. They're on the hook for the first $60 million. The former peace officer is on the hook for $30 million and I'm guessing they'll split the balance proportionally.
(I hope TJC sees this) Does anyone know if any cop is (likely) covered by insurance for this kind of thing? No criminal charges but . . the investigation is ongoing.
From the article:
'You certainly should be able to complain about a cop without fear of being killed,' McLeod told the jury.
Well, sure, you SHOULD, however, the police call that "interfering with an officer" (actually, the cop-speak now is something like "impediing government admistration," or some stupid thing like that) and subjects you to immediate tazing, beating and arrest.
Police claim Lenard Joye was interfering with an arrest and that led to him being pepper-sprayed.
But now new video is raising serious questions about what actually happened.
Second video revealed in case where man says cop stole his money
VIDEO: 33 Police Officers Fire 600 Bullets into Car Knowing It Contained a Hostage, Killing Her
The attorney for the family of Misty Holt-Singh spoke at a press conference, questioning the police department’s actions.
By MintPress News Desk | October 21, 2014
A female hostage kidnapped during a Northern California bank robbery was killed by police in an ensuing chase and shootout, likely during a final gun battle where the lone surviving suspect used her as a human shield, authorities said Monday.
The results of a preliminary ballistics report show that police in the city of Stockton fired the 10 bullets that struck Misty Holt-Singh, 41, and all her wounds likely came during a final burst of gunfire, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said at a news conference.