Posts Tagged ‘cops’

Don’t get busted selling cocaine while getting your hair done.

June 21, 2009

Because you can end up looking like this.  The gentleman above took a time out from the barbershop to go and (allegedly) sell some crack cocaine.  Police didn’t even allow him to get his braids finished before booking.  Man, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a 1000 times.  Selling narcotics can wait until after you’ve had your hair fully braided….or your wax done.  What?  Too much?  Look, you’ll thank me one day.

Via Evansville Courier & Press

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Knives (of unspecified origins) vs. Cops (of Canadien origin)

April 26, 2009

Very odd training video from Canada, detailing the dangers to cops from knives.

“Carousel”-the coolest frozen-motion cops vs. clown shootout you’ll see today

April 21, 2009

An awesome short film released to promote Phillips new Cinema 21:9 LCD TV.  The new LCD TV will produce an image far closer to what you’d see at a movie theater.  Also, clowns suck.

Steve the Drunken Lawnmower Man: The Final Act

February 3, 2009

Dear Steve the Drunken Lawnmower Man,

I want to thank you for the many laughs I have had watching you and your arrest video footage.  Some would condemn your first offense of driving a lawnmower while intoxicated, but I am not one of them.  And others, far more pious than I, would scold you for being arrested a second time for a lawnmower DUI.  I will not judge you for those crimes.  However, Steve, you get no sympathy from me for your final offense.  Just.  Plain.  Dumb.

Newark, New Jersey cop chokes photographer while photographer is cuffed. Photographer’s “crime”? Filming on a public sidewalk.

November 23, 2008

Newark, NJ cop apparently forgets about the First Amendment as he arrests cameraman for filming.  In broad daylight.  On a public street.  I’m sure this is an isolated incident.

More on this story here.

The Onion: Cop to hunt down citizen who filed brutality complaint

August 23, 2008

The Onion is making itself irrelevant as its stories continue to grow closer and closer to reality……

Cop Vows To Hunt Down Punk Who Successfully Pressed Brutality Charges Against His Partner

August 18, 2008 | Issue 44.34

DETROIT—Christopher O’Dell, a 16-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, told reporters Monday that he will not rest until he exacts revenge on the man who got his long-time partner, Officer Rick Noonan, 38, suspended for using excessive force during an arrest at a peaceful demonstration last March. “That punk is going to get what’s coming to him again,” O’Dell said. “If it’s the last thing I do, I’ll make sure that scumbag is taken off the streets, not properly informed of his Miranda rights, chained to a radiator beneath the station, and kept awake for days of interrogation without being formally charged.” O’Dell added that the suspect in question is going to wish he had never filed a complaint for sustaining a concussion and broken collarbone after O’Dell is finished breaking his leg and giving him a concussion.

Pacino and Deniro: trailer for “Righteous Kill”

August 18, 2008

In theaters September 12.

St. Louis police driving impounded vehicles around for months at a time

July 20, 2008

Naturally, there appears to be no consequences and in fact the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners said there were no laws broken. No blood, no foul I guess.

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Missouri: Police Caught Driving Impounded Cars
Police in St. Louis seized cars, then freely drove them for months at a time. Perk extended to troubled daughter of police chief.

Aimie Mokwa 2007 booking photoCars seized from motorists are being used as the personal rides of police officers and their relatives in St. Louis, Missouri. St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigative reporters uncovered the scandal while tracking down how Aimie Mokwa, 33, daughter of Police Chief Joe Mokwa, ended up driving vehicles registered to St. Louis Metropolitan Towing and its subsidiaries.

Like many cities across the nation, St. Louis has adopted an ordinance giving police officers the ability to grab automobiles from people suspected, not necessarily convicted, of certain crimes. Cars not recovered within thirty days are declared the property of St. Louis Metropolitan Towing, which splits profit from towing fees with the city. Such arrangements can generate millions in revenue for municipalities.

The St. Louis program had an additional benefit. The tow yard became a virtual rental car agency for local police officers who would take out “abandoned” cars for their own free, personal use for months at a time. The “test drive” privilege extended also to Aimie Mokwa.

If the officers and their relatives enjoyed the vehicles, they were offered the opportunity to purchase them at discounts of up to 75 percent. For example, Aimie Mokwa “rented” a one-year-old Dodge Neon that had been impounded in May 2001. In September 2002 when she flipped the Neon after crashing into two parked cars on perfectly dry pavement.

Aimie Mokwa replaced the Neon with a 1999 Ford Escort that she purchased from the tow company for $1100, even though its book value was at least $3750. She rear-ended another car with the Escort in January 2003. Officers investigating the collision determined she had a blood alcohol level of 0.17, but they did not charge her with drunk driving. In December 2006, Aimie Mokwa bought a 2004 Chevy Malibu from the tow yard for $1500, despite the vehicle having a book value of at least $5850. Last October, she bought a 1999 Dodge Dakota for $850, even though the vehicle was worth at least $5025.

On Friday, the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners released the report of a private law firm hired by the department to investigate the free car program. It concluded no laws were broken.

“The most that can be said would be that [the towing firm] is endeavoring to create a reservoir of future good will with the 4th District and the Department generally,” the report said, as quoted by the Post-Dispatch.

Caught on video: Memphis police officer beats the living hell out of transsexual

June 18, 2008

Video and story

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) –Video obtained by Action News 5 shows a Memphis police officer beating a suspect at 201 Poplar in an apparent case of police brutality.

The video, recorded February 12th, shows Duanna Johnson in the booking area at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center after an arrest for prostitution. The tape clearly shows a Memphis police officer walk over to Johnson – a transsexual – and hit her in the face several times.

“Actually he was trying to get me to come over to where he was, and I responded by telling him that wasn’t my name – that my mother didn’t name me a ‘faggot’ or a ‘he-she,’ so he got upset and approached me. And that’s when it started,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the officer was attempting to call her over to be fingerprinted. She said she chose not respond to the derogatory name the officer called her.

“He said, ‘I’m telling you, I’m giving you one more chance to get up.’ So I’m looking at him, and he started putting his gloves on, and seen him take out a pair of handcuffs,” Johnson said.

The officer hit Johnson several times with the handcuffs wrapped around his knuckles. In the video, you can see the flash of the metal. The tape shows another officer holding Johnson’s shoulders as she tries to protect herself.

After taking several blows, Johnson stands up and swings back.

“I was afraid. I had had enough. Like I said, I thought the other officers that were witnessing this would at least try to stop him,” Johnson said. “I mean, he hit me so hard. Like the third time he hit me, it split my skull and I had blood coming out. So I jumped up,” Johnson said.

But then she sat back down, and the officer her in the face again. Then he maced her. On the tape, other people in the room are seen turning away and fanning their hands because of the smell.

“We wanted some acknowledgement – my client did – so she would know that the Memphis Police Department didn’t condone this,” said Murray Wells, Johnson’s attorney. “We were optimistic that they would be as outraged about this as we are, and we haven’t gotten any indication that they’re interested in it at all.

“These are the people we depend on to protect us, and I think the majority of officers in Memphis are good officers, and when you see what you see on that video, it’s a scary sight to see that that could happen to any one of us,” added attorney Arthur Horne.

On the tape, Duanna is eventually handcuffed and left on the floor. A nurse comes in, and goes directly to the officer.

“I couldn’t breathe, and they just made me lay there,” Johnson said. “Nobody checked to see if I was okay. My eyes were burning. My skin was burning. I was scared to death. Even the nurse came in and she just ignored me, and I begged her to help me.”

The video clearly shows the nurse walk right past Duanna as she’s rocking back and forth in pain in the background.

A copy of the tape was reviewed by both the FBI and the District Attorney’s office, the latter of which dropped all charges against Johnson. An FBI investigation into possible civil rights violations is still underway.

Meanwhile, the Memphis Police Department confirmed to Action News 5 that the officer holding Johnson was on probation, and has been fired. The officer who threw the punches is currently on non-enforcement status pending an administrative hearing.


Wednesday morning, the following statement was released by the Memphis Police Department:

The Memphis Police Department does not condone any misconduct of a police officer that will compromise official law enforcement duties or the rights or safety of our citizens.

As it relates to the February incident that occurred at the jail facility, the police department has been conducting a thorough internal investigation. The details surrounding the complainant, witnesses and law enforcement officials’ statements are part of an ongoing investigation and can not be released at this time.

As a standard departmental policy, a full, impartial hearing will be held with the accused officer.

Memphis Police can confirm the work status of the two primary officers involved in this complaint. Officer J. Swain was a probationary officer and has been separated from the Memphis Police Department. Officer B. McRae has been placed on non-enforcement status pending an administrative hearing.

Memphis Police can also confirm the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been notified and requested to look into the complaint further.

Regards,

Detective Monique Y. Martin
Memphis Police Department
Office of Public Information/Media Relations

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