Cop Who Leaked Video of Fellow Officers Beating Innocent Man Now Faces 7 Years in Prison

A Gold Coast police officer who leaked the CCTV video footage showing police brutally beating an innocent man is now facing seven long years behind bars. Sergeant Rick Flori is being threatened with seven years in prison after the leaked video surveillance footage was released, which clearly showed his fellow officers beating a young chef named Noa Begic. Begic was handcuffed in the Surfers Paradise Police Station basement during the entire ordeal. There was simply no way the officers could get away with claiming self-defense on this one… at least not once the video was released. That’s why they hoped it never would be. Officers for the Gold Coast, Australia Police Department had expected Sergeant Flori to be like the rest of them and cover up the police brutality. But instead, Flori took a stand – and now they are trying to lock him up for it. Flori leaked […] Read More

Cop Slams Mom’s Face to the Ground as She Dropped Her Kids Off at School Over Tinted License Plate Cover

Gratuitous violence. Tampa, FL — As Liz Vargas was walking her daughter into school on November 5, officer Kevin Fitzpatrick heroically swooped in to protect the citizens of Tampa from Vargas’ tinted license plate cover. Not having done anything wrong, and upset that she was being harassed in front of her children, Vargas voiced her discontent. “Then  because I was in my pj’s he called me bummy, and he accused me of illegal drugs, that’s why I got argumentative,” Vargas said of the incident. Within 34 seconds of his encounter with Vargas, Fitzpatrick grabbed her wrist and had slammed the innocent woman to the ground, face first. After being brutally assaulted in front of her child by police, Vargas retained attorney Brett Szematowicz. “At best that could be explained away that he thought there was an officer safety issue with her pointing up at the sky, but he never said […] Read More

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

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

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 discoveredthat 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 of […] Read More