Police misconduct lawsuits cost taxpayers, not cops, millions

From big cities to small towns, American taxpayers are footing the bill for police gone rogue. When an officer or department is sued for police brutality or an in-custody death, the municipality is the one to pay up. And it’s costing taxpayers millions. Property taxes that would otherwise be used for schools, recreation centers, fixing potholes, cleaning up graffiti and other problems are instead being spent on lawsuits and settlements claiming police abuse or neglect. Inkster, an impoverished suburb of Detroit, Michigan, is issuing a one-time property tax assessment of nearly $200 levied on its residents’ properties… to cover settlements in police brutality cases, RT’s Manila Chan reported. One of those lawsuits involved Floyd Dent, a 57-year-old African-American man who was driving home one evening in January when he was pulled over and badly beaten by Inkster Police Department. The incident was all caught on the officer’s dashboard camera. […] Read More

2015: Underage Girl Brushes Off Cop’s Flirting Attempt, So She’s Swarmed by Cops, Groped and Arrested

New York City, NY — A teenager from the Bronx was recently paid $45,000 after she was wrongfully arrested and sexually harassed by a police officer. The officer was also assisted by a number of other NYPD cops who helped him take her into custody. The incident occurred on November 4th of 2013 when a young girl named Natalie Erlich, who was 17-years-old at the time, was walking home from school. During her walk, she was approached by Officer José Peinan and another cop who were not in uniform and did not identify themselves as police officers. According to court documents, Peinan made several attempts to flirt with the girl but was immediately brushed off, much to his disappointment. After the rejection, Peinan became aggressive with the girl and arrested her on bogus charges. The officer claimed that since the girl asked if he was a police officer, that she […] Read More

2015: NYPD Caught Red-handed Editing Wikipedia Entries About Eric Garner and Other Victims of Police Brutality

It appears to be a concerted effort to rewrite history. Friday morning Capital New York published a blockbuster story about how the New York Police Department has apparently been doing its own damage control on Wikipedia. The reporters there found that “Computers operating on the New York Police Department’s computer network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality.” Entries found to have been edited by IP addresses associated with the NYPD include pages related to the shooting deaths of Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. In all, Capital New York identified 85 separate NYPD addresses that have edited Wikipedia, which indicates that this may very well have been a coordinated operation and not simply the work of a rogue officer. Here’s a selection of edits Capital New York documented on the Eric Garner page: “Garner raised […] Read More

2015: License plate tracking corporation asks cops to stay mum on their use of controversial surveillance tool

The New York Police Department is the latest police agency planning to pay private license plate tracking corporation Vigilant Solutions for access to the company’s nationwide location database, according to a report in the New York Daily News and documents unearthed by Ars Technica’s Cyrus Farivar. By contracting to access Vigilant’s rapidly growing National Vehicle Location Service (NVLS), where police will find over two billion records of ordinary Americans’ movements, the NYPD may also sign on to some very questionable secrecy provisions found in the company’s terms of service agreement. It’s been very difficult to discern exactly which public agencies dip into and feed Vigilant’s massive location tracking database, or how much police departments and federal law enforcement pay to access the treasure trove of sensitive information. It now appears as if that’s in part because, as with the high-tech cell phone tracking Stingray tool, agencies that contract with Vigilant are asked to keep mum […] Read More

2015: Group of retired & former law enforcement officers demand accountability & reform

Article first appeared in laprogressive.com The National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers For Justice Reform & Accountability (NCLEO) is a multi-cultural group of retired and former law enforcement officers. The NCLEO will meet with Rep. John Lewis (D. Alabama) in Washington, DC, next week, to further the discussion started by FBI Director James Comey in his speech on race relations between the police and the black community. The NAACP urges national reforms & recommendations to address police abuse. Click here to read more. This historic and unprecedented event will include retirees from police departments across the nation: St. Louis, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC Metro, Albuquerque, East Orange, New Jersey, Brockton, MA and the US Marshal Service as well as family members of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man whose murder was the subject of the movie Fruitvale. In addition, we are also supported by Kevin Murphy, former Alabama police chief who […] Read More

2015: NYPD Forced To Pay $3.9M For Shooting Unarmed Bronx Teen

Leona Virgo, the sister of Ramarley Graham, gave a passionate message to the people of New York City about her brother Ramarley Graham. Speaking at a vigil for her deceased brother, she explained that the African American youth was killed by police for nothing other than flushing marijuana down the toilet. Graham, 18, was shot and killed by police in his grandmother’s bathroom, after NYPD officers busted down their door without a warrant. Graham was unarmed but had attempted to flush a small stash of marijuana down the toilet when police barged in. Suspecting that he had a weapon, officer opened fire on the Bronx teen. Last Friday, the city settled on the figure of $3.9 million for the 2012 killing, bringing the federal lawsuit to a close. “This was a tragic case,” New York Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci said. “After evaluating all the facts, and consulting with […] Read More

2015: NYPD Cops Throw Man To The Ground and Arrest Him For Tossing Cigarette On The Street

A disturbing video was recently sent to of us that records a man being thrown to the ground and arrested, all over a cigarette. The video purports to show New York Police Department officers harassing a man over something that very few people would even thing of as a crime, let alone an arrestable offense. Check the video out below… The same video has been making the rounds on the Facebook page for El Grito De Sunset Park, with a preface from the man who was assaulted and arrested by the NYPD: Post by El Grito De Sunset Park. “All I know is it’s wrong to target people for little things in life.” Share if you agree. (Article by Moreh B.D.K.)

2014: Bad Cop: NYPD officer caught on camera violently tackling pregnant woman onto her stomach (VIDEO)

The five-months pregnant woman, Sandra Amezquita, was trying to intervene in the arrest of her 17-year-old son early Saturday morning in Brooklyn, police said. Residents told WABC that Amezquita is nearly six months along. Cops from New York City’s 72nd Precinct had spotted Amezquita’s son, 17-year-old Jhohan Lemos, with a clip – one often used to hold a knife – on top of his pants pocket, and a corresponding bulge below. The NYPD officers were arresting the teen for carrying an illegal knife in front of a bar where his parents and family friends were hanging out before coming out to help the teen, the New York Post reported, citing law enforcement officials. The altercation began around 2:15 a.m., when Amezquita asked the police to “stop using excessive force” on her son, family lawyer Sanford Rubenstein said, according to Lohud.