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Cuffed at her cross: Heartbroken father arrested for erecting a barricade on bridge where his daughter, 16, plunged to her death in a car accident last month

 

  • Shannon Hamilton was arrested on Sunday attempting to build a barricade on a bridge in Georgia where his 16-year-old daughter had died
  • Cecily and her friend Taylor Swing died just three weeks ago after their vehicle plunged off the bridge and into the river
  • Hamilton, who had grown fustrated waiting for the local authorites to act, has been charged with interference with government property
  • White County Commissioners have approved a motion to add guardrails, but there is no exact timetable for when construction will begin

 

A grieving father was arrested on Sunday attempting to build a barricade on a bridge in Georgia where his teenage daughter had died just three weeks ago.

Cecily Hamilton, 16, and her friend Taylor Swing, 18, died on March 15 when their car plunged off the bridge in White County and into the water below.

Shannon Hamilton, who had grown fustrated waiting for the local authorites to act, was arrested by deputies on Gene Nix Road on Sunday.

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Shannon Hamilton was arrested on Sunday attempting to build a barricade on a bridge in Georgia where his 16-year-old daughter had died
Hamilton, who had grown fustrated waiting for the local authorites to act, has been charged with interference with government property

Shannon Hamilton was arrested on Sunday attempting to build a barricade on a bridge in Georgia where his 16-year-old daughter had died

Taylor Swing died on March 15 when the car she was in plunged off the bridge in White County and into the water below

Cecily Hamilton died on March 15 when the car she was in plunged off the bridge in White County and into the water below

Cecily Hamilton, right, and her friend Taylor Swing, left, died on March 15 when their car plunged off the bridge in White County and into the water below

‘Every day that goes by is another day that we’re risking a life that goes into that creek,’ he told AJC.com.

Hamilton, together with friends and family members, had traveled to the bridge to errect a temporary barrier he had created to prevent cars from driving off the roadway.

But before he could complete the work, Hamilton was arrested by deputies.

His 18-year-old son, Kale, captured the moment his father was charged with interference with government property on his cell phone and posted the footage on Facebook.

On Monday Hamilton told 11Alive that he doesn’t condone breaking the law, but he has no regrets about attempting to prevent another tradegy.

‘I pleaded with them to…put some concrete barriers up, some kind of temporary safety measure in place to prevent another father to have to walk across that bridge and identify their baby girl on the other side,’ Hamilton said.

Man arrested for attempting to put up temporary barricades

Hamilton's son captured the moment his father was charged with interference with government property on his cell phone and posted the footage on Facebook

Hamilton’s son captured the moment his father was charged with interference with government property on his cell phone and posted the footage on Facebook

Since the teens' deaths, more than 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for safety features on the bridge

White County Commissioners have approved a motion to add guardrails, but there is no exact timetable for when construction will begin

Since the teens’ deaths, more than 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for safety features on the bridge

Since the teens’ deaths, more than 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for safety features on the bridge.

Two weeks ago White County Commissioners approved a motion to add guardrails, but there is no exact timetable for when the construction will begin.

‘We’ve talked to our engineers and they recommended that we do a permanent fix and not something temporary,’ said White County Manager Mike Melton.

He is confident that construction will start in the next week or two, but  Hamilton says it isn’t quick enough.

‘I think to not have something in place immediately by the end of the day, or a week ago, two weeks ago, or the day after this happened, I think that’s disgusting. I think that’s disrespectful and I think that’s reckless disregard,’ Hamilton said.

The district attorney has stated that he will keep in mind what Hamilton has had to endure when it comes time for sentencing.

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Cop Sobbed After Killing Unarmed Man, Cleared Of Wrongdoing In Death (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

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Montana police have released a graphic dashcam video of a Billings police officer sobbing after killing an unarmed man who was high on methamphetamine last April. The jury in a coroner’s inquest found the officer was justified in the shooting.

Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison killed Richard Ramirez, 38, in April 2014 after he thought he saw Ramirez reach for a gun. The victim was high on methamphetamine and riding in the backseat of a red sedan. The footage of their interaction and Morrison’s subsequent reaction was captured on the police car’s dashboard-mounted camera.

Morrison pulled the car over, then told the four occupants to put their hands up – a command he repeated seven times throughout the incident. He realized quickly that Ramirez, whom he had met at least once previously and who was suspected in a robbery and shooting the previous night, was one of the passengers.

“What are you doing? Why are you moving your hands so much?” Morrison says in the video. “Get your hands up. I will shoot you. I will shoot you. Hands up!”


The five-year police veteran then fires into the car, hitting Ramirez three times.

After the shooting, Morrison walks toward his vehicle before appearing to collapse just off-screen. He can be heard saying, “I thought he was going to pull a gun.”

Minutes later, another officer is seen attempting to comfort Morrison as he begins sobbing on the hood of the patrol car with his head in his hands.

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Two bags containing a small amount of methamphetamine and a syringe were later found near where Ramirez had been sitting, News.com.au reported. The victim did not have any weapons, however.

During a two-day coroner’s inquest, Morrison related the events of the night.

“I shot him…I thought he was going to kill me,” he told the seven-member jury, the Billings Gazette reported.

“I was getting very scared,” Morrison said. “He pulled away from me, and he again did the exact same thing. He shoved his hand down to his side and started jiggling it up and down. I told him I was going to shoot him if he didn’t listen to me and put his hands up.”

The officer, who is now assigned as a prescription drug diversion task force officer and is working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, noted that he regretted killing Ramirez.

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Man Detained, Choked and Thrown to the Ground by NYPD – For Dancing Behind A Cop

“What are you dancin’ in the street for? What the f**k is wrong with you?” barks the NYPD cop as he assaults a man for dancing.

New York, NY — A harmless and humorous dance challenge by TV personality Ellen Degeneres, goes brutally awry after the NYPD gets involved.

Ellen’s #DanceDares have brought humor and laughter to so many people, until now.

The premise for the #DanceDare is simple, dance behind someone without them noticing.

Most of these interactions simply make people smile, or at worst walk away. However, when YouTube personality, Alexander BOK attempted this playful stunt behind an NYPD officer, he was accosted and assaulted.

Accosted and assaulted for dancing in the street on Christmas Eve.

In what looks more like a gang bullying than a police detainment, BOK is immediately thrown up against the NYPD van while a hand clinches his neck – for dancing.

During his detainment he was both physically and verbally assaulted by the heroes claiming to protect and serve him. After realizing that they could not arrest him, because he had committed absolutely no crime, BOK is thrown to the ground like a piece of trash.

This type of brutal behavior by the NYPD is exactly why there are tens of thousands of complaints a year and a lawsuit is filed against them every 2 1/2 hours. 

When the police look more like schoolyard bullies than public servants, there might be a problem.

In case anyone thinks that BOK was targeting police in order to solicit a reaction, the full video of all of Alexander BOK’s attempts at dancing is below.


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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: North Side family says prized puppy was unjustly shot by cop

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) –FIRST ON FOX: A North Side family is furious over what they claim was an unjustified police shooting of their 7-month-old miniature bull terrier, Colonel Phillips, known to the neighborhood as “The Colonel.”

Residents are also upset, not just because police shot a puppy they all knew, but also because the shooting occurred not far from a preschool, on a street where pedestrians including children could have been hurt.

The dog’s father was a champion show dog and his owners hoped he would one day be a show dog himself.

“They look like Spuds Mckenzie. You’ve seen the Target ad? One of those, but they’re miniatures,” owner Al Phillips says of the breed.

But on Saturday afternoon, the Colonel became a target himself. He was shot by a Chicago Police officer in front of his owner’s gated, North Side home. Police were writing a parking ticket for a van belonging to Al Phillips, so Phillips came out to move the vehicle.

“My little bull terrier followed me out,” Phillips explains. “Then, all I hear is boom! Boom! Two shots. You shot the dog!”

One eyewitness, Charlene Dezego, told FOX 32 News that she heard the officer warned Phillips about the dog being loose, but the officer never sounded like he was in danger.

“All of sudden I heard him say, ‘get your dog,’ and then the next statement was ‘get your dog,’ and then he just pulled out his gun and shot twice,” says Dezengo.

Morgan Phillips, Al’s daughter, rushed the dog to an emergency vet.

“He needed five hours surgery. They took shrapnel out of his stomach. He had shell casing in his leg. It lacerated his muscle. We were going to show him, but we can’t now,” Morgan says.

While FOX 32’s Larry Yellen was interviewing the dog’s owners, two police officers drove by the home. 90 minutes later, they came back, asked why Phillips why he had contacted the media and gave him a ticket for not keeping Colonel on a leash.

“They were giving us a ticket, three days after the fact,” says Phillips. “So I think they’re probably trying to cover their rear ends.”

A police spokesman says the shooting is being investigated by the independent police review authority, which investigates all police shootings.

The Phillips family says they’re considering a petition drive to have the officer who shot their dog taken off the streets.

They also say that after shooting the dog, the officer put his gun back in his holster, and calmly finished writing the ticket for their van.

NC prison warden suspended after inmates say guards forced them to rub hot sauce on genitals

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The warden of a North Carolina prison has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that inmates were forced to rub hot sauce on their genitals, officials said Tuesday.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker said that Sampson Correctional Institution administrator Lafayette Hall has been placed on paid leave while the State Bureau of Investigation reviews what happened at the Clinton facility. A correctional officer, David P. Jones, has also been put on leave, officials said.

“I have zero tolerance for unprofessional conduct by any state employee,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said Tuesday. “I have directed the Department of Public Safety to cooperate fully with the SBI review of the allegations and to take appropriate action if these allegations prove to be true.”

In July, six inmates from Sampson sent a hand-written letter to the U.S. District Court in Greensboro complaining that staff had forced them to perform numerous humiliating acts for the entertainment of guards, including stripping nude and pretending to have sex. The medium-security facility houses about 500 male inmates in Clinton, which is about 60 miles southeast of Raleigh.

The inmates also reported being forced to gulp a super-hot “Exotic Hot Sauce” purchased off the Internet and slather it on their testicles, as well as being forced to grab and kiss wild snakes while working on a road crew and throwing captured bunnies in to oncoming traffic.

Those who performed for the guards were rewarded with preferential work assignments, food, cigarettes and beer, the inmates alleged. Both tobacco and alcohol are banned in North Carolina’s prisons.

In their letter, the inmates ask for the court’s assistance in finding lawyers to help them file a lawsuit against the state and said they feared retaliation from the prison staff.

It is not immediately clear if the inmates have a lawyer.

Walker said the prison system first learned of the allegations through internal grievances filed by the inmates, not from the letter to the court.

Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans’ text messages

via CNET: 

State and local law enforcement groups want wireless providers to store detailed information about your SMS messages for at least two years — in case they’re needed for future criminal investigations.

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and other wireless providers would be required to record and store information about Americans’ private text messages for at least two years, according to a proposal that police have submitted to the U.S. Congress.

CNET has learned a constellation of law enforcement groups has asked the U.S. Senate to require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement “can hinder law enforcement investigations.”

They want an SMS retention requirement to be “considered” during congressional discussionsover updating a 1986 privacy law for the cloud computing era — a move that could complicate debate over the measure and erode support for it among civil libertarians.

As the popularity of text messages has exploded in recent years, so has their use in criminal investigations and civil lawsuits. They have been introduced as evidence in armed robbery,cocaine distribution, and wire fraud prosecutions. In one 2009 case in Michigan, wireless provider SkyTel turned over the contents of 626,638 SMS messages, a figure described by a federal judge as “staggering.”

Chuck DeWitt, a spokesman for the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, which represents the 63 largest U.S. police forces including New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago, said “all such records should be retained for two years.” Some providers, like Verizon, retain the contents of SMS messages for a brief period of time, while others like T-Mobile do not store them at all.

Along with the police association, other law enforcement groups making the request to the Senate include the National District Attorneys’ Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, DeWitt said.

Excerpts from court opinion in Rhode Island murder case

“Sgt. Gates sent a letter to T-Mobile in advance of obtaining the warrant for the T-Mobile phone records to ask the service provider to preserve the information that he expected to request by the warrant. T-Mobile produced the requested information on October 20, 2009, and the records show that Defendant’s use of the T-Mobile cell phone was almost exclusively for text messaging. The results also reveal that T-Mobile does not store, and has no capacity to produce, the content of subscriber text messages.

“Unlike T-Mobile, Verizon was able to produce records with text messaging content in them. The content of the LG cell phone matches the photographs taken on October 4, 2009 by Det. Cushman, including a text message which reads, ‘Wat if I got 2 take him 2 da hospital wat do I say and dos marks on his neck omg,’ which is the message that Sgt. Kite testified to having seen that morning.

“Sprint/Nextel responded on October 13, 2009. It produced two preserved text messages, both of which were unrelated to this case, and no voice mail messages.”

“This issue is not addressed in the current proposal before the committee and yet it will become even more important in the future,” the groups warn.

That’s a reference to the Senate Judiciary committee, whichapproved sweeping amendments to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act last week. Unlike earlier drafts, the latest one veers in a very privacy-protective direction by requiring police to obtain a warrant to read the contents of e-mail messages; the SMS push by law enforcement appears to be a way to make sure it includes one of their priorities too.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the law enforcement proposal is to store the contents of SMS messages, or only the metadata such as the sender and receiver phone numbers associated with the messages. Either way, it’s a heap of data: Forrester Research reports that more than 2 trillion SMS messages were sent in the U.S. last year, over 6 billion SMS messages a day.

The current policies of wireless providers have been highlighted in some recent cases. During a criminal prosecution of a man for suspected murder of a 6-year old boy, for example, police in Cranston, R.I., tried to obtain copies of a customer’s text messages from T-Mobile and Verizon. Superior Court Judge Judith Savage said that, although she was “not unfamiliar with cell phones and text messaging,” she “was stunned” to learn that providers had such different policies.

While the SMS retention proposal opens a new front in Capitol Hill politicking over surveillance, the principle of mandatory data retention is hardly new. The Justice Department has publicly called for new laws requiring Internet service providers to record data about their customers, and a House of Representatives panel approvedsuch a requirement last summer.

“We would oppose any mandatory data retention mandate as part of ECPA reform,” says Christopher Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. That proposal is “a different kettle of fish — it doesn’t belong in this discussion,” he says.

An internal Justice Department document (PDF) that the ACLU obtained through the Freedom of Information Act shows that, as of 2010, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint did not store the contents of text messages. Verizon did for up to five days, a change from its earlier no-logs-at-all position, and Virgin Mobile kept them for 90 days. The carriers generally kept metadata such as the phone numbers associated with the text for 90 days to 18 months; AT&T was an outlier, keeping it for as long as seven years, according to the chart.

A review of court cases by CNET suggests that Justice Department document is out of date. While Sprint is listed as as not storing text message contents, the judge in Rhode Island noted that the company turned over “preserved text messages.” And in an unrelated Connecticut case last year, a state judge noted that Sprint provided law enforcement with “text messages involving the phone numbers.”

An e-mail message from a detective in the Baltimore County Police Department, leaked by Antisec and reproduced in a Wired article last year, says that Verizon keeps “text message content on their servers for 3-5 days.” And: “Sprint stores their text message content going back 12 days and Nextel content for 7 days. AT&T/Cingular do not preserve content at all. Us Cellular: 3-5 days Boost Mobile LLC: 7 days”

Sprint and Verizon referred calls last week to CTIA – The Wireless Association, which declined to comment. So did the Justice Department. T-Mobile and AT&T representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

Katie Frey, a spokeswoman for U.S. Cellular, said:

Due to the volume of text messages sent by our customers every day, text messages are stored in our systems for approximately three to five days. The content of text messages can only be disclosed subject to a lawful request. We comply with every lawful request from authorities.

We have a dedicated team of associates who are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to handle requests for information in emergency situations. Law enforcement must be able to show that it’s an emergency and complete an Exigent Circumstance Form prior to receiving data. If a situation is not an emergency, law enforcement must submit a lawful request to receive the data.

Over the past five years, U.S. Cellular has received more than 103,000 requests in the form of subpoenas, court orders, search warrants and letters regarding customers’ phone accounts and usage.

Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said he would be skeptical of the need for a law mandating that text messaging data be retained.

“These data retention policies serve one purpose: to require companies to keep databases on their customers so law enforcement can fish for evidence,” he said. “And this would seem to be done against the wishes of the providers, presumably, since…some of the providers don’t keep SMS messages at all.”

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Report: Cops Want Wireless Carriers To Save Text Messages, You Know, Just In Case

via Consumerist: 

That thing you texted to that person the other night which you deleted out of overwhelming shame the next day? Messages like that could be pored over in the future by cops if various law enforcement officials have their way. They’re reportedly asking Congress to make wireless carriers record and store customers’ private text messages for at least two years, in case police need that info for a future investigation.

CNET says it’s learned of a bunch of law enforcement groups who have given the U.S. Senate a proposal that would require wireless companies to hang on to Americans’ text info, because the fact that there isn’t such a law now “can hinder law enforcement investigations.”

The proposal was submitted while Congress is mulling over updates to a 1986 privacy law in light of the era of cloud computing. Text messages already play an important part in many cases, including one 2009 Michigan case where SkyTel handed over 626,638 messages.

A spokesman for the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, a group that includes 63 of the largest U.S. police forces, says those records should be saved for two years, regardless of your wireless provider. Right now it varies — Verizon saves messages for a short period while T-Mobile doesn’t hang on to them at all.

CNET notes:

An internal Justice Department document (PDF) that the ACLU obtained through the Freedom of Information Act shows that, as of 2010, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint did not store the contents of text messages. Verizon did for up to five days, a change from its earlier no-logs-at-all position, and Virgin Mobile kept them for 90 days. The carriers generally kept metadata such as the phone numbers associated with the text for 90 days to 18 months; AT&T was an outlier, keeping it for as long as seven years, according to the chart.

(That document might be a bit of out date, as CNET consulted a recent court case said that Sprint had turned over “preserved text messages.”)

It isn’t clear whether the new proposal would aim to save the actual content of the messages, or just info like who they were sent to, but we’re willing to bet most consumers wouldn’t want text messages they send today to be used against them tomorrow, or a year from now.

East Cleveland: Rapid fire lasts longer than 20 seconds

 

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EAST CLEVELAND — One mysterious gunshot adds up to more than 137 bullets fired and two people dead.

Dash camera video released to Channel 3 shows police fired on the suspects for longer than 20 seconds.

Police say the incident started on St. Clair Avenue on Thursday night near the Justice Center.

An officer saw the car drive past and one of the occupants appeared to have fired a shot at or in the vicinity of the officer.

An East Cleveland Police detective told Channel 3 that the suspects who were shot and killed are Timothy Ray Russell, 43, of Maple Heights, who was driving, and Malissa Williams, 30,  who was the passenger.

The Medical Examiner removed the bodies from the car about 5 p.m. Friday, Spotts said.

Late Friday night, East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts confirmed that no gun or weapon was found in the car.

In a 7 p.m. press conference, Spotts said no shell casings were found in the car.

At the press conference, Cleveland Police Chief Mike McGrath said that the pursuit lasted 25 minutes, that 13 Cleveland police officers were involved in the situation, and 137 rounds were fired by police.

All 13 police officers were placed on administrative leave.

McGrath said it was determined that the bullet holes in the police cars were caused by police weapons.

Spotts said no East Cleveland police officers were on the scene when the pursuit ended.

Two Cleveland Police officers outside the Justice Center say the shot came from the suspects’ car.

Police chased the suspect car first west, then south, then east along I-90.

At least 26 officers from Cleveland Police and Bratenahl were involved by the time the chase ended near the intersection of Terrace Road and Wymore Avenue, by Heritage Middle School.

“I’m hearing these sirens and everything, and the sirens they sounded like they was real close and what not. By the time I get and look, I see the lights flashing and everything. Here comes the car zooming straight up the hill,” said William Greer, who lives nearby.

Then an explosion of gunfire followed.

East Cleveland detectives say up to 137 bullets were fired, leaving the windshield littered with holes — like a scene in a mob movie.

“It was the gunfire that didn’t stop that scared me. As soon as I heard it, I just grabbed my son and hit the floor and waited… until it was all over with,” said another neighbor.

When police ceased fire, both suspects were dead.

Investigators are processing evidence from the car, and the medical examiner is completing autopsies on the two victims.

East Cleveland police are leading the investigation into the deaths, which will include interviews with all the officers involved. No officers were injured.

The car involved, a 1979 Chevy, was not reported stolen.

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Veteran abandoned in Oakland jail with a ruptured spleen, lawsuit claims

 

via Raw Story: 

 

Veteran abandoned in Oakland jail with a ruptured spleen, lawsuit claims

A war veteran who claims he was falsely arrested, beaten, and almost died due to neglect in an Oakland prison has launched legal action against the jail, claiming his pleas for help were ignored.

Kayvan Sabeghi, 33, was arrested during an Occupy rally in Oakland, California, in November last year. Video footage shows him being beaten with batons and he suffered a lacerated spleen which his attorney Dan Siegel says almost killed him after he was left without treatment for 18 hours in prison.

Siegel estimated damages in the case will be upwards of $1m but said his main aim was to change the practices at the jail. “The greater concern that he has is that there be some changes at the jail. It’s a big problem that the county has privatised health services in a public jail and that the company that’s doing it is more concerned about making money than providing quality care.”

 

A private company, Corizon, is hired by the prison authorities to take care of the medical needs of prisoners at Glenn Dyer. Corizon is named as one of the defendants in the suit, along with the county of Alameda, Sheriff Gregory Ahern and an officer at the county sheriff’s office.

On arrival at the prison Sabeghi told medical officers that he had been beaten by police and he offered to show them his injuries.

Corizon staff are accused of refusing to look at Sabeghi’s injuries.

The suit claims that his condition deteriorated and that despite showing severe distress and vomiting, Sabeghi did not receive treatment for 18 hours and was mocked by prison guards who dismissed his suffering as heroin withdrawal symptoms. It further claims that one officer filmed Sabeghi as he lay on the floor in agony and vomiting.

By the time his friends posted his bail, at 2pm the following day, he was so ill he could not lift himself from the concrete floor of his cell. Four hours later his friends came to the prison to get him out and an ambulance was called.

“There are a lot of people taken to jail who have substantial medical problems,” said Siegel. “There are a lot of people with drug and alcohol problems and they need to be adequately cared for … When you have guards who ridicule people with health problems, that’s a setup for failure. Maybe there are some who exaggerate their symptoms but I think they should all be checked out and if someone continues to complain, they should be given the benefit of the doubt. At least get a doctor.”

 

The suit further claims that a medical staffer did take Sabeghi’s blood pressure but reported, wrongly, that he was a diabetic and alcoholic and sought no further treatment for him.

But the authorities in Oakland have rejected the claims. Sgt JD Nelson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, denied any mistreatment and insisted video footage would show officers promptly assisting Sabeghi and arranging an examination. “As his condition worsened, we got an ambulance there,” Nelson said.

Yet Siegel responded that it was clear to other prisoners that Sabeghi was in genuine distress and they asked guards to get help but were ignored.

He added: “Contrary to what the sheriff department’s spokesperson said, it was not the case that they responded with any urgency. They only took it seriously when his friends bailed him out and he was unable to leave.

“He came close to dying. His doctors said so. He had a ruptured spleen and he was bleeding internally, which is why he got progressively weaker.”

Sabeghi served tours as a ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq and is no longer in the army. On his return to civilian life he ran a bar in Oakland for a time but has since given that up.

He has said he was not participating in the Occupy rally the day he was arrested, but merely trying to get home when he was confronted by police in riot gear. When he refused to change direction he was beaten.

Video footage posted on YouTube shows him receiving a number of blows with police batons before being arrested. He was not charged with any crime.

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Larry DePrimo, NYPD Cop, Buys Homeless Man Boots (PHOTO)

via Huffington Post: 

 

You have to like what NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo did for a barefoot man in Manhattan one frigid night this month. In fact, more than 260,000 Facebook users have “liked” DePrimo’s actions, a number that’s growing every day.

After a tourist from Arizona snapped a photo of DePrimo, of Holbrook, giving the man socks and boots to ward off the cold, the image became an instant hit on the NYPD’s Facebook page.

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As of late Wednesday, the photo had been shared 47,716 times, boosting subscribers to the department’s 5-month-old page by 7,000, to 95,000, officials said.

“I had two pairs of wool winter socks and combat boots, and I was cold,” DePrimo, 25, said Wednesday, recalling the night of Nov. 14, when he encountered an unidentified, shoeless man on the sidewalk on Seventh Avenue near 44th Street.

DePrimo offered to get him socks and shoes.

“I never had a pair of shoes,” the man replied, according to DePrimo, who’s assigned to the Sixth Precinct and has been on the force nearly three years.

The officer walked to a Skechers store on 42nd Street and shelled out $75 for insulated winter boots and thermal socks. He returned to the man, knelt down and put the footwear on him.

“He smiled from ear to ear,” DePrimo said. “It was like you gave him a million dollars.”

The officer asked the man if he wanted a cup of coffee, but he graciously declined and went on his way.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” DePrimo said of his generosity.

But during dinner that night, he got a text message from a friend. The photo had gone viral.

“I was absolutely shocked,” he said. ___

California Man Jailed Four Days for Recording Cops

via Photography is not a Crime:

 

 

 

A California man was jailed for four days for attempting to record police officers on a public street.

Daniel J. Saulmon was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer but the video shows he was standing well out the way of a traffic stop and was only arrested when he failed to produce identification to an approaching officer.

And there is no law in California that requires citizens to produce identification. And even if there was, it would require the officer to have a reasonable suspicion that he was committing a crime.

But prosecutors have already dropped the charge against Saulmon as well as a few other minor citations relating to his bicycle such as not have proper reflectors on the pedals.

And they most likely knew who he was considering he won a $25,000 settlement from the same police department after they unlawfully arrested him on eavesdropping/wiretapping charges in 2005.

This time, it appears the Hawthorne Police Department will be dishing out much more, thanks to officer Gabriel Lira’s abuse of authority.

“They knew exactly who I was,” Saulmon said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Saturday, adding that he has recorded them on a regular basis since the 2005 arrest when he was jailed after attempting to file a complaint inside the police station.

“They always address me as ‘Mr. Saulmon’,” he said.

Hawthorne Police Chief Robert Fager (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

 

Judging by his Youtube channel, which is filled with videos of police officers from Southern California jurisdictions, his latest arrest was an obvious case of retaliation.

The arrest took place on November 8, a Thursday, close to midnight. Because it was a holiday weekend, he would have had to wait until Tuesday to see a judge. He bailed himself out on Monday with a $1,000 he did not want to spend.

It took police a week to return his camera and his bicycle, and only after his attorney sent them a letter informing them that they had no legal basis to maintain possession of his personal property.

Even though he is still facing a citation for not having a headlight on his bicycle, he says he has video evidence from when he picked it up that shows it had two working headlights.

Saulmon is not one to be deterred by their abusive behavior. On the day after his 2005 arrest, he walked back into the Hawthorne Police Department to file a complaint with a hidden recorder that reveals he was nearly stripped searched in the lobby as you can hear in the video below.

The irony of that arrest is that they based their evidence on a secret recording one of the officers had made.

California Man Jailed Four Days for Recording Cops