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Cops Gone Wild!

Taser victim’s mom awarded $3 million – KHOU Channel 11 Houston 3/2/09

Local jurors have awarded $3 million to the mother of Joel Don Casey, 52, who died after being Tasered. This is the first civil case dealing with a deadly Taser incident in the county….Her son died on his birthday in 2005. Nagel said it happened after Harris County Precinct One deputy constables arrived at their home with a mental health warrant.  Casey was described as a highly functioning schizophrenic.  Officers said that he resisted arrest so they used a Taser on him. Reports indicate the deputies shocked Casey 18 times and bound his hands and feet…“Like an animal, on the ground, and had an officer snap his neck and break his C7 vertebrae, and then hold him down ‘til he suffocated to death,” said Spence.

Supreme Court could decide Taser future – AP/Google 2/27/09

Jail Sentences for Cops Who Planted Pot on 92-Year Old They Killed in Botched Drug Raid – Alternet 2/26/09

‘Shocking’ video shows cops grabbing cash during raid – Raw Story 2/3/09

“A shocking video showing NYPD cops raiding a bar, smashing gambling machines and shoving confiscated cash into their pockets has become an Internet hit and led to an internal probe of the officers involved”

 

Video: Cop Punches Woman In Face Four Times During Arrest For Riding A Bike – InfoWars.net 2/4/09

 

Cops Are Using Tasers to Enforce ‘Socially Acceptable’ Behavior  – Alternet 12/1/08

The police have no right to shoot people with electricity for having a “bad attitude.”

 

Fresno drug squad cops suspected of auto theft – Freep 1/31/09

About a third of the Fresno Police Department’s drug squad is suspected of auto theft, authorities said Friday — a development that could interfere with many past and present drug cases.

 

 

Police to receive 10,000 Tasers to tackle violent crime – Guardian, UK 11/24/08

 

Ohio Organic Co-op Raided by Local Law Enforcement – Treehugger 12/14/08

 

Wrongfully convicted, man can’t sue prosecutor – Daily Tribune 1/26/09

The Supreme Court says a man who was wrongly convicted and spent 24 years in prison may not sue the former Los Angeles district attorney and his chief deputy for violating his civil rights.

 

Police fire Taser at man, 89, who fled care home – Daily Mail, UK 1/14/09 

City to fire 11 cops in search warrant case – Raw Story 1/16/09

Oakland officers allegedly lied to obtain search warrants in drug cases.

Study: 80% stopped by NYPD, black and Hispanic – USA Today 1/15/09

Do police have the right to confiscate your camera? – Indybay 1/23/09

Seconds after BART police officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, police immediately began confiscating cell phones containing videos that have yet to see the light of day. In fact, the only videos that have been seen by the public were filmed by people who managed to leave the scene before police confronted them.

Police Have No Duty To Protect Individuals – Fire Congress 12/30/08

And that is why they don’t.

 

“Warren v. District of Columbia is one of the leading cases of this type [people who expect the police to ‘protect and serve’]. Two women were upstairs in a townhouse when they heard their roommate, a third woman, being attacked downstairs by intruders. They phoned the police several times and were assured that officers were on the way. After about 30 minutes, when their roommate’s screams had stopped, they assumed the police had finally arrived. When the two women went downstairs they saw that in fact the police never came, but the intruders were still there. As the Warren court graphically states in the opinion: “For the next fourteen hours the women were held captive, raped, robbed, beaten, forced to commit sexual acts upon each other, and made to submit to the sexual demands of their attackers.”[4]There are many similar cases with results to the same effect. [5]”

The three women sued the District of Columbia for failing to protect them, but D.C.’s highest court exonerated the District and its police, saying that it is a “fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.” 

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