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TAZED: Police In California Caught On Video Brutalizing Cooperative Couple In Their Home

May 16, 2013 by  

TAZED: Police In California Caught On Video Brutalizing Cooperative Couple In Their Home
SCREENSHOT

When was the last time you heard a story about police who’d gone to the trouble of ganging up at someone’s front door simply walking away when their suspicions turned out to be unfounded?

Don’t add the story of this California couple to your short list.

Far, far better informed about the Constitutional relationship of the citizen to the state than most victims of police violence, these homeowners knew their rights, and they said so.

That makes what ensued all the more outrageous, because it’s obvious from the video that the cops’ knowledgeable quarry, who recited portions of the 4th Amendment, had the goon squad very frustrated.

On May 10, cops in Cotati, Calif., received a domestic violence call — an alleged complaint that evidently didn’t come from either of the people inside the home — and converged on the residence. There were four of them.

There was a child playing happily in the front yard. The homeowners informed police their other child was with them in the home.

The cops knocked on the door and announced they were there because they’d gotten a domestic violence call. The husband and wife both reply, without opening the door, that there hadn’t been any violence at all — simply an argument “with yelling.” That assertion would jibe with the circumstances: There was the happy child out front, who didn’t appear traumatized by whatever had recently transpired.

As the police persisted in their demand to be allowed access, the homeowners became alarmed and began recording everything, at first while speaking to police through the window, then later at much closer range. The homeowner reiterates that there hadn’t been any domestic violence, that there had simply been an argument.

 

 

On the video, what appears to be the alpha cop tells the family, still from outside the home, that they’re coming in if someone doesn’t open the door.

Another cop asks the couple why they won’t come out.

“Because we don’t live in a police state, sir — martial law has not been established in this country,” came the reply.

Agitated cops typically don’t walk away from someone’s front door once their blood is hot — whether they have a right to be there or not — without extracting a cathartic pound of flesh. What cop can be expected to abide a citizen who stands his legal ground, to perceive a citizen’s conscientious and well-informed acquittal of his own rights as anything but mockery and sass?

Not these ones.

Despite the fact that the police had no warrant and had no probable cause to enter, the police ordered the couple to go ahead and get down on the ground and put their hands in the “cuff me” position behind them, because “we’re gonna kick in the door.”

And that’s what they did. The couple hadn’t gotten on the ground and they didn’t have their hands behind their backs; nor did they offer any physical resistance — even though their home had just been illegally invaded by armed strangers hiding behind dark sunglasses and a badge. The cops used a Tazer on the wife first, then used a Tazer on the husband.

That’s when the video gets shaky, before ending abruptly.

Cotati Police Chief Michael Parish said a criminal investigation is ongoing, though he didn’t say whether his own thugs were the subjects of the investigation. He also said there would be an “administrative review” of the cops’ adherence to policy and procedure.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • independent thinker

    I read of another incident in Kalifornia (Bakersfield I think) where several cops beat a man to death with their night sticks because he was too drunk to stand up. Wish I had noted the source of the article.

  • Harold Olsen

    Cops these days seem to think the badge they wear gives them the right to do as they please and treat people as they please. Even here in Seattle, cops can murder unarmed people and after it is investigated, it gets determined that the cop “did nothing wrong.” Polls here in Seattle show that the majority of people are more afraid of the cops than the criminals and believe that the only difference between them is the cops carry badges. It is becoming an epidemic. Sooner or later, people are going to decide that enough is enough and declare war on the police. Then the cops are going to wonder what the hell happened. The most irritating thing is that it is only a few cops doing this crap but the rest of the cops in any department cover for them making them just as corrupt as the cops who commit the crimes. I consider Seattle PD to be a very corrupt police department and it did not surprise me when Holder’s Justice Department investigated them and, while agreeing that some of their methods where a bit extreme, SPD had not really done anything wrong.

    • Gary

      Every day there is more evidence on the easiest way to create a bully. Give a coward a badge, a gun and a government pay check

    • hughcapet

      Remember a scene in the movie “V” for Vendetta when a state security goon shot in cold blood an innocent little girl just for wearing the costume of Guy Fawkes? The security goon immediately found himself surrounded by regular citizens who witnessed the murder. In panic, the goon flashed his state security I.D. as if that was to immune himself from harm. The mob mutilated him. Carrying a badge, and a gun does not immune or excuse any rogue cop from committing unconstitutional violence against innocent people.

      • garygerke

        Eventually citizens across the country will rebel against these criminal thugs with badges. There will be blood in the streets.

  • Peter

    Where is the swastika on their shirts? There should be a swastika on their shirts.

  • peter

    Just practising until Obama declares Martial Law. These cops need to be prepared for that day and practice makes perfect. Those dudes need to be perfect to serve the Master!

  • Karolyn

    It seems that the majority of the cases I’ve seen like this are in CA. Have you seen some of the others? One, where the cops beat a guy to death? All bystanders’ cells were confiscated; and now the chief says some of the videos have disappeared.

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/05/intoxicated-man-beaten-to-death-by-cops/?cat_orig=us
    Another where they pull a guy out of his wheelchair and throw him to the ground?
    I think that one was in Chicago or Detroit.

  • rendarsmith

    False accusations of domestic violence, does anyone think they do no harm?

  • Lew

    Now ask yourself why OUR GOVERNMENT wants you to give up your weapons! For our safety or there’s? I will never Comply with UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANDATES! NEVER!

  • jdn

    Hasn’t everyone figured it out yet ?: You have no rights in the moment other than to submit to the brutal authority and pray you survive . After its all said and done a judge will determine if you had any rights . Land of the free , home of the brave .

  • Darral

    This really comes as a surprise to people, Recently a Cmsgt was attacked by police in Texas, we are becoming a police state nationally, with zero zip no rights none, and where do most of these occur, In democratic controlled states, counties, cities, But not all mind you not all, we do have some Rinos as well , what to do about it is the question, Answer, Abolish the Destructive Treasonous Democratic party. would be good start. And fire the Traitorous RINOs.

  • garygerke

    They will continue until they start getting shot!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Trav

      They’re already starting to get shot,havent you heard? Remember Dorner? That cop shot sitting in his car? That corrupt DA and his wife killed at their home? And many other times where people just walked up to a cop and shot him. I hope this continues to grow because they obviously havent gotten a clue yet that bullying can backfire…just like these morons in the schools. Best not to bully a person, it may just backfire like it did at columbine and these other schools..

  • Frenchie

    When I was young the police were public servents now it looks more like the gistapo

  • Average_Joe56

    Just more of the same…welcome to the “New and improved” Amerika.

    http://gothamist.com/2013/05/15/video_suffolk_county_cop_chokes_man.php

    http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20130508/NEWS/130509801/1040?p=1&tc=pg

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

    John F. Kennedy

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.greger Lee Greger

    This is what happens when you heir collage kids on a police force to be beat cops. Kids who grow up in regular homes that have respect for people can get the information needed to defuse a possible dangerous situation. Collage kids don’t have the proper social interaction that is required to understand certain signs, that can lead to abuse or a violent and explosive temper. I rather see kids who want to do into police work go to a trade school. As for the behavior of the LEO’s I feel they acted as if it was a hostage situation or worse. Or the wanted to get this over and do something else. All in all it was a black eye for that departments officers!

    • Wellarmed

      There is much wisdom in your statements about recognizing that a situation is escalating, and learning how to peacefully diffuse it. Best way to win a fight is to avoid it altogether. I do feel for this current generation because the vast majority have zero street smarts or common sense when it comes to such matters.

  • Guest

    Cops are out of control all over the country and probably won’t slow down till they start getting shot at. It’s so sad that those that are supposed to protect and serve are the biggest violators of our rights and don’t follow the law themselves.

  • 1pappap

    If Obama and his ilk have no respect for the Constitution, why think the police the would. Why let that old outdated document get in the way of carrying out their Fascist agenda.

    • hughcapet

      These cops were probably part of Obongo’s photo-op in his demand to control the right to bear arms.

  • Chester

    A domestic violence call DEMANDS visual proof of no violence to either party. Might want to look up policies and procedures for any police department concerning domestic violence calls, regardless of who initiates them. Too many people have died as a result of the police “just walking away” from such a scene as is described here.

    • vicki

      The problem is not that they didn’t walk away but that they kicked down the door and shot (with tazers) the unresisting people inside.

      They could have just stayed outside till they got a search warrant. Only needed one of them to verify no physical violence and they could see thru the windows just fine.

      • Wellarmed

        Agreed Vicki, This incident was handled very poorly, and these residents may have a good case against these officers. Although I agree with other posts that department policies may not have allowed the officers to leave without a separate interview for each person, unless the officers witnessed someone actually attacking or having been subject to an attack (bruises, bleeding,broken bones, etc…) then I see no reason why they could not acquire a search warrant and handled this matter peacefully.

        I think they need to be reminded that they are PEACE officers, not force officers, and I also wonder how pack mentality plays into many of these types of situations.

  • Wiley2

    There should no longer be the slightest doubt in anyone’s mind that the purpose and motivation of the police and of government in general has changed completely from “protecting and serving the people” to controlling, dominating, and subjugating the people. It’s now entirely up to us to protect ourselves from the “protectors”.

  • Allan

    The Police are required by State Mandated Requirements (That are built in to their Department Policy and Precedure Manuals) on what they “HAVE” to do on Domestic Violence Complaints. One of the requirements is to talk face to face with the husband and wife seperated to ascertain if anyone has been hurt or abused.. In this case the people refused to talk to them face to face.The Police don’t have a choice about forcing way in if residents don’t open the door. Many Police Departments have been SUED for not doing this. Don’t take my word for it, google it if you really care to see the truth. From what I have read here most of you are only interested in bashing Cops and making up stories. This is my first time for this newsletter and reading the comments. The majority of you say things and wite like low life Morons. So I will unsubmit from this newsletter just so I won’t have to read the idiotic comments here.

    • Wiley2

      First, you don’t have to read the comments if you don’t want to.
      Second, because the state mandates a violation of Constitutional rights does not excuse the violation of those rights, nor does it excuse the initiation of violence against those who are no physical threat, but are simply refusing to comply with the unconstitutional demands of costumed thugs. Those who are too weak-minded and weak-willed to oppose any dictates of the self-important little gods of government are destined to be both enslaved and the tools of the slavers, as many of those in law enforcement have become.

    • vicki

      Bye. Don’t hurry back. When they come to your door for a (false) domestic violence call you might begin to understand.

    • Trav

      You must be one of “them” if you feel they had the right to taze these people simply because they didnt open the door. Sick

    • garygerke

      You have no respect for the countries constitution, you believe the police have the right to usurp the bill of rights in favor of rules that the police dept. has made up. You should leave this site, in fact you should this country!

  • Quester55

    These Troubled days, More & More, ” Home Invasions “, are happening due to Unlawful Police Actions, than by Criminals !
    Being a fact, can a true Police State be just around the corner?
    However, To help stamp out such actions in the Future, One should invest in: Steel Safety Doors that Swing Outward……..
    Security (Hidden) WEB Cams, that run24/7 on the internet, on your own home page. These will allow Millions of us to be Witnesses, To your next Home Invasion by The Unlawful actions of the Police or Government!

  • Quester55

    The True Culprits in this story are Those Hardly mentioned, 2-Legged Snoopers that turned in a FALSE REPORT!, The Neighbors!
    All Family’s have Arguments from time to time, & Neighbors have been known to be the cause of said Arguments most often.

    The SAD point of this Report is, COPS Rarely Punish their own!!
    And DON’T Rely on ” Internal Affairs “, To Sort things out, As They are Nothing but COPS Themselves” !!
    Your Best Bet, Call 911 & leave the phone off the hook! That way Everything WILL be Recorded!

  • Quester55

    Last Suggestion,

    Quietly Invest & Install, Poly-carb. Windows, Steel (Out-ward Opening) Doors, Security Cams, Both indoor & outdoors Coverage With Microphones, and have a 1TB HDD Recorder, recording everything.
    Next, find a local News Desk that has 24Hour coverage, so you can call them & have them record the invasion!
    Just Hope you don’t have Dogs, Calif. Cops just love Shooting any dog that might Bark at them!
    Lastly, Invest in a PA System, And Address the Offending Cops over it, That way the Whole Neighborhood will be in on the Action, Including that Nosy Neighbor that started the whole mess!

  • Michael

    Cops continue to prove they are nothing more than thugs with a badge and a gun. I can only hope these people sue that town for every red cent they have.

  • Iman Athole

    Gary, They will continue until they start getting shot!!!???
    And then what? They will then come at you with even more force and have even more reasons (read excuses) to steal even more of your rights and to make the case for killing you even easier.

    • Trav

      And then more cops will be shot…

    • garygerke

      AHAHAHAHA…I can see them storming Sun City Grand in AZ, 35,000 home owners!

  • WTS/JAY

    I think that in this case, the “couple” would have been well within their rights to shoot the police-officer!

  • csaaphill

    Ya but it need to be more organised.
    But ya seen this a week or so ago that just pees me off something fierce when police go against what they’re supposed to be doing.
    Seattle is a place these things happen also. But it’s not jsut in big cities either I bet it happens in small towns as well if people report it more.

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