2015: SWAT Raid Wrong Apartment, Hold Naked Woman At Gunpoint: ‘Stop F*cking Crying’

Police recently broke down her door in a no-knock raid that terrorized a naked woman and her children. But it turns out that the SWAT team had the wrong apartment all along. That didn’t stop SWAT cops from holding the terrified family at the ends of assault weapons, and verbally abusing them, while they sorted out their mistake. “Stop f*cking crying and take care of your f*cking kids,” Marianne Diaz, 23, recalled one of the SWAT officers saying. Diaz says it all started at 5:30 a.m. when the SWAT team awakened her. Wednesday, SWAT officers executed a “no-knock” raid on her apartment in Worcester, Massachusetts. Diaz recalled that her 7-year-old daughter was trembling – terrified and terrorized by the black-clad SWAT officers. She clutched her 18-month-old daughter tightly, still relatively unclear on what was happening and why. As it would turn out, the officers were just as unclear, as […] Read More

Police SWAT Raid On Organic Farm After Tomato Plants Mistaken For Marijuana

A SWAT team composed of between 15 to 20 officers raided an organic farm, named the “Garden of Eden” and it was all because they mistook tomato plants for marijuana! The commune in Arlington, Texas, was subject to a raid all because police had convinced themselves that the community “must” be growing marijuana. A federal lawsuit filed by five victims of the SWAT raid, noted that the justification for this armed assault on their farm all boiled down to the police mistaking tomato plants for marijuana. In the search warrant affidavit, Exhibit A in the lawsuit, Arlington Detective Magdalena Perez stated that commune leader Quinn Eaker possessed “a usable quantity of marijuana of two ounces or less” in Arlington “on or about July 30, 2013.” The Houston Chronicle reported that “a search of Arlington court records turned up no marijuana or other drug charges in Eaker’s name.” Reason magazine notes that Perez cited the Garden […] Read More

Gitmo In Chicago Revisited

An discussed London Guardian revelations about Chicago police operating an “off-the-books (Homan Square) interrogation compound” – a “nondescript warehouse” using “CIA black site” practices. Police brutality victims are lawlessly arrested, detained, denied access to lawyers, and tortured during secret interrogations. From September 2004 to July 2015, only three arrestees were visited by attorneys. Unless all others waived their constitutional right, the facts show Chicago police lied saying “any individual who wishes to consult a lawyer will not be interrogated until they have an opportunity to do so.” “An arrestee or person-in-custody will be notified as soon as practicable upon the arrival at the police facility of his or her legal representative.” On August 5, the Guardian published a  titled “Chicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility.” A Guardian FOIA lawsuit revealed “overwhelming racial disparity” affecting Blacks unfairly, often for alleged offenses too minor to matter, never […] Read More

2015: Rules Of The Road

“Police Authority vs. Driver’s Rights” On July 23rd CNN featured an article titled; “What are your rights during a traffic stop–and is it wise to exercise them?” Not unlike the endless other commentaries from ‘talking heads’ and so-called experts the article sadly falls seriously short in living up to its header. Judges, ex-law enforcement and criminologists also continue to avoid revealing the actual rights drivers have in ‘routine traffic stops’. Many, actually don’t know. Others simply don’t want to inform the general public what their rights are. The story of Sandra Bland is less about her and more about the gray area which prevails in our society governing the interaction of law enforcement and the driving public. The “pull-over” of Ms. Bland is an arrest not unlike those which occur thousands of times every day in the United States. When unknown laws are ignored, outcomes too often escalate and […] Read More

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

Cops Say They Were ‘Completely Justified’ Aiming Guns At 11-Year-Old Who Was Playing With Toy Gun

It’s apparently not just BB-guns that can get little kids shot by the police these days. An 11-year-old African-American boy in Illinois was recently arrested by police who drew and aimed their guns at him, all because he was playing with a toy gun. Police claim that they were “completely justified” in handcuffing the boy, and aiming their weapons at – ready to shoot him if he made the slightest “wrong move.” The police say that one driver claimed the toy had been pointed at him, and that this justified more or less any and all militarized police response by the Granite City Police Department. The 11-year-old, Chris Fulton, says he never pointed the gun at anyone but his friends, because they were outside playing – using their imagination. Just as in the case of Tamir Rice, 12, in Cleveland, Ohio, this gun was a toy. But the police say none of […] Read More

2015: US police shot dead almost 400 people in 5 months

At least 385 people ranging in age from 16 to 83 have died at the hands of police across the US this year, The Washington Post revealed. One in six victims were unarmed, mostly black or Hispanic, and officers were charged in less than 1% of cases. Using a variety of sources, including police reports, local news and one-to-one interviews the publication discovered that the daily officer-involved killing rate across the US since the beginning of 2015 stands at 2.6. This number stands contrary to the FBI statistics over the past decade that recorded 400 fatal police shootings a year, or an average of 1.1 deaths a day. “These shootings are grossly under­reported,” Jim Bueermann, president of the Washington-based Police Foundation, told the paper. “We are never going to reduce the number of police shootings if we don’t begin to accurately track this information.” In more than 80 percent […] Read More

2015: DEA Steals Cash From Innocent Black Man Who They Claim ‘Must Be A Drug Dealer’

They found no drugs on him whatsoever. They never saw him selling drugs or committing a crime of any sort. But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) claims that they are “certain” that 22-year-old Joseph Rivers is a “drug dealer.” What makes them so sure? When the young African American man set out to make a music video in Hollywood, after scraping together the funds, the Michigan native had the $16,000 for the shoot on him. That’s it. Nothing else. Having the money for this video on him, as he traveled from Michigan to Los Angeles was sufficient “evidence” that he was a drug dealer, even though no drugs were found on him, and even though there was no link made between him and any criminal element. Just the mere existence of that much money in a young African American’s possession – on his way to try to make it […] Read More

2015: Police Arrest Man For Asserting His Rights, Then They Raided His Business

Fernando Smith never thought that a trip to the movies with his son would result in his own arrest, and lead to police raiding his business. But that’s exactly what happened. Back on May 17th, at the Country Club Mall, in Cumberland, Maryland, Smith was confronted by a mall security guard who thought he was up to no good. As it turned out, Smith was just giving his vehicle a minute to warm up – a quirk of his vehicle, as he explained to the security guard. That didn’t seem to matter much to the rent-a-cop, who promptly called the police. When they arrived, the police demanded identification from Smith, who asserted his rights. He had been at the movie theater at the mall, and was a paying customer. That didn’t stop the police from charging him with Trespassing and “Disorderly Conduct.” “I could have never imagined taking my […] Read More