Power Of The State
In December 2012, 26-year-old Daniel Johnson questioned Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies about the harsh punishment they threatened against his disabled father for dropping a cigarette outside his home. In response, Johnson alleges, the officers asserted their authority by attacking his genitals.
Curtis Reeves is learning that there are two sets of rules. One is for the uniformed enforcers sanctioned by the state. The other is for everyone else. The 71-year-old former Tampa police captain is charged with shooting to death Chad Oulson in a Wesley Chapel, Fla., theater Monday.
The phrase “Don’t Tase Me, Bro” has been emblazoned on T-shirts and routinely featured on blogs in discussions of police abuse of power. It has served as a sort of unofficial rallying cry for many people seeking to draw attention to the overzealous police-state tactics that have been institutionalized in many parts of the country. We can thank Andrew Myer and his fateful 2007 encounter with University of Florida police officers for the phrase.
Meyer — who since obtained a journalism degree (from the university where he was stunned with a Taser) and a law degree (from Florida International University) — has now taken a position with Photography Is Not A Crime, a growing blog that seeks to lessen police misconduct by filming encounters between law enforcement and civilians.
A mother and father in coastal North Carolina called the police to help get control of their teenage son, who suffered from depression and schizophrenia. He allegedly was experiencing a psychotic episode and had grabbed a small screwdriver.
We’ve reported this year on plenty of outrageous crimes for which cops have received little or no punishment. Such was the case of Milwaukee officer Michael Vagnini, who was sentenced to 26 months in prison earlier this year for conducting a series of illegal strip searches over the course of at least two years.
I’m a good citizen, work hard, own a house and property and pay my taxes. Why then, did FBI Special Agents visit my private shop Tuesday?
It was retribution, pure and simple — an attempt to intimidate me because I use my 1st Amendment right to free speech by writing letters to the local newspaper, illuminating the morally bankrupt local government.
A Garden City, N.Y., man was trying to wash his car in the driveway of his home when the cops showed up. Apparently, his neighbor wanted to get the guy in trouble, so he (or she) called the police to report the man was violating a local ordinance by washing his car on his own property.
The police were happy to oblige.
It’s a good idea to try not to do anything that could lead to your arrest. But if you do find yourself unfortunate enough to be placed into police custody, take it from Florida DUI suspect James Duckworth: Don’t make any sudden movements; in fact, don’t even clear your throat in the presence of your captors.
A New York City woman is suing the New York Police Department for officers’ behavior in a Labor Day 2012 incident in which police allegedly broke windows to gain warrantless access to her home, beat and pepper sprayed her family members, and intentionally killed her pet parakeet by crushing it underfoot.
“Oh, you’re gonna shoot me,” were allegedly the last words, delivered “like sarcastic almost,” of 23-year-old San Antonio honor student Robert Cameron Redus before Alamo Heights police officer Cpl. Christopher Carter fatally shot him.