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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-04-06 12:45 PM
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Esteban Carpio? Police Brutality or Not?



Trial to begin for man charged with Providence detective's death

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) June 4,2006
Jury selection could start this week in the trial of a man accused of shooting a Providence detective with the detective's own gun.

Defense lawyers have told the court that Esteban Carpio may use an insanity defense, although his lawyers haven't spoken recently about the strategy.

After Carpio was charged with killing Detective Sergeant James Allen last year, his family and girlfriend said he was mentally unstable, suffered from hallucinations and heard voices.

Officials said that once in prison, Carpio refused to eat, attacked guards and banged his head against a wall. An officer who questioned him after the shooting said Carpio talked about devils jumping into bodies.

Prosecutors are seeking to put Carpio in prison for life without parole.
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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-05-06 06:11 PM
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1. My God.
Did he do that to himself?
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-07-06 06:10 PM
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2. It is startling. (n/t)
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jmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-09-06 06:43 AM
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4. No. The police claim it happened in a violent struggle
here's an article from when the story first broke.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/04/19/ma... /

The main thing that got me suspicious about their side of the story is that his face seems to be the only part of his body that was visibly injured. Here's the best picture I could find of him online-



I remember seeing his arms and hands on the news and they were injury free. I highly doubt a jump out of a window during a violent struggle with police would result in his face being so battered yet leave his arms and hands fine.
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-10-06 07:13 PM
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5. In a word,
AMEN!

:hi:
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-14-09 07:30 PM
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15. Whoops! wrong spot
Edited on Mon Sep-14-09 07:34 PM by Number23
But still want to send thanks for the updates on this OP.
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-07-06 06:40 PM
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3. Carpio will use insanity as defense

Journal photo / Gretchen Erlt
Esteban Carpio appears in court at police headquarters last April (2005)


Carpio will use insanity as defense

Jury selection is under way in the trial of the man charged with killing Providence police Detective Sgt. James L. Allen last year.

01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, June 7, 2006

BY GREGORY SMITH
Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE -- Esteban Carpio is going to argue that he is innocent by reason of insanity even if the state can prove that he shot to death Providence police Detective Sgt. James L. Allen.

Superior Court Judge Robert D. Krause made that announcement yesterday to potential jurors at the outset of Carpio's murder trial. Carpio's lawyers previously had said only that they might mount a defense that Carpio was insane or suffering diminished mental capacity at the time of Allen's slaying in April 2005.

The insanity defense sets up a two-part trial with differing burdens of proof. In the first phase, the state needs to prove Carpio is guilty of four charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Krause reminded potential jurors that Carpio is presumed innocent and the state must prove otherwise.

In the second phase, Krause explained, the burden of proof shifts to the defense in its argument that Carpio cannot be held legally responsible for any of the alleged crimes.

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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 01:31 PM
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6. Lawer: Esteban Carpio Was "Insane"

Esteban Carpio, in a wheelchair, during his Arraignment in July, 2005

Lawyer: Carpio Was Insane

Testimony Begins In Trial Of Detective's Accused Killer

POSTED: 11:20 am EDT June 8, 2006
UPDATED: 7:01 pm EDT June 8, 2006

PROVIDENCE -- A man accused of killing a detective inside Providence police headquarters with the officer's weapon is psychotic and should be acquitted by reason of insanity, his lawyer said Thursday during opening statements in his trial.

Esteban Carpio, 27, is accused of shooting Detective Sgt. James Allen last year as he was being questioned about the stabbing of an 84-year-old woman.

"Your job is to decide the basic issues: Crazy? Nuts? Looney Tunes? Or was he not?" defense lawyer Robert Sheketoff told the jury, as he conceded that there was "overwhelming" evidence showing that Carpio shot Allen and stabbed the woman.

<snip>

He said, "Carpio tumbled into the grass and took off by foot, heading for a friend's apartment and then trying to get a taxi to take him out of town."
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-14-06 07:35 PM
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7. Trooper testifies he punched murder suspect Carpio


Trooper testifies he punched murder suspect Carpio

07:17 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 14, 2006

BY GREGORY SMITH
Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE -- A state trooper testified today that he punched Esteban Carpio in the face three times because he feared the suspect in the murder of Detective Sgt. James L. Allen only hours before was armed and dangerous.

"I struck him because he was trying to strike me. And I thought he had a weapon,'' State Police Detective Chistopher Zarrella said in Superior Court today from the witness stand in Carpios murder trial.

Zarrella said that Carpio continued to struggle after the beating, but not as forcefully.

Until today, the police hadnt publicly acknowledged punching Carpio during the apprehension. The public never knew who injured Carpio the night of the arrest.

According to today's testimony, Zarrella broke bones in Carpio's face.
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-13-09 06:21 PM
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11. Intense Ongoing Interest in Rhode Island's Infamous Esteban Carpio Case

The Police Brutality Blog is the second most-visited blog in the Google universe for people wanting to learn more about Esteban Carpio. Perhaps it is because this blog looks at the case holistically, considering the inexplicable violence of which Esteban Carpio was accused; the color-aroused hammering of his face by police at some point before he went to court, that resulted in broken bones in his face; and the defense's argument that Esteban Carpio behaved like a deranged man because he WAS a deranged man, unable to understand the wrongfulness of his acts and unable to control them.

Watch this video, but be prepared to see before and after photos of Esteban Carpio's viciously beaten face. It leaves me wondering whether Esteban Carpio jumped from third floor window or was heaved out of the window. Was the police officer's gun available to Esteban because police were threatening him with that gun during questioning?

We all heard police initially say that Esteban Carpio's face was turned to hamburger when he jumped out of a third story window. Subsequently, a police official acknowledged having punched Esteban Carpio in the face over and over again, breaking bones in his face.


Intense Ongoing Interest in Rhode Island's Infamous Esteban Carpio Case
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-14-06 07:35 PM
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8. Trooper testifies he punched murder suspect Carpio


Trooper testifies he punched murder suspect Carpio

07:17 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 14, 2006

BY GREGORY SMITH
Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE -- A state trooper testified today that he punched Esteban Carpio in the face three times because he feared the suspect in the murder of Detective Sgt. James L. Allen only hours before was armed and dangerous.

"I struck him because he was trying to strike me. And I thought he had a weapon,'' State Police Detective Chistopher Zarrella said in Superior Court today from the witness stand in Carpios murder trial.

Zarrella said that Carpio continued to struggle after the beating, but not as forcefully.

Until today, the police hadnt publicly acknowledged punching Carpio during the apprehension. The public never knew who injured Carpio the night of the arrest.

According to today's testimony, Zarrella broke bones in Carpio's face.
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-15-06 03:17 PM
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9. DARE disputes FBI findings about Carpio's treatment
Edited on Thu Jun-15-06 03:20 PM by undergroundrailroad


DARE disputes FBI findings about Carpio's treatment

04:30 PM EDT on Thursday, June 2, 2005

projo.com staff

PROVIDENCE -- A Providence community group unhappy with the FBI's investigation into police treatment of the man accused of killing a city detective is calling for an independent investigation.

The group, called Direct Action for Rights and Equality, or DARE, says it does not accept the results of the FBI investigation, which last month cleared police of using excessive force in arresting and detaining Esteban Carpio.

"There needs to be an independent investigation," Sara Mersha, executive director of DARE, said at an afternoon press conference also attended by Carpio's girlfriend, Samein Phin.

DARE officials complained that the FBI was incapable of conducting an unbiased investigation because one of its agents was involved in Carpio's arrest.

<snip>

DARE also contends there's a lack of strict guidelines on the treatment and handling by law enforcement personnel of the mentally ill.

The group has also complained about Carpio's treatment at the Adult Correctional Institutions, where he is being held.

DARE contends that mentally ill inmates do not get the specialized health care they need in prison. They claim it is often because of mental illness and the prison's inability to address those issues that inmates incur disciplinary infractions.

Last week, correctional officials said Carpio would spend more than 1,000 days in "disciplinary confinement" -- unable to receive visits or calls from family and friends -- because of unruly and violent behavior since arriving at the ACI in Cranston.

<snip>

Jeannine Lyles, a youth organizer for DARE, said her organization and the community it works with "mourns" Allen's death, but "we are deeply troubled that emotions surrounding this loss have blinded many people from seeing the many tragedies that this community experiences on a daily basis."

-- With reports from Journal staff writer Cathleen Crowley

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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 12:48 AM
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10. Carpio found guilty





Esteban Carpio after conviction

Carpio found guilty

The jury rejects Esteban Carpio's insanity defense, convicting him of the murder of Detective Sgt. James L. Allen and the stabbing of Madeline Gatta.

01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, June 28, 2006

BY GREGORY SMITH
Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE -- A Superior Court jury yesterday convicted Esteban Carpio of the murder of Providence police Detective Sgt. James L. Allen and the stabbing of an elderly woman, concluding that he was not insane at the time.

<snip>

The verdict by an all-white jury of nine women and three men was reported at 3:25 p.m. on the 14th day of the trial, after about nine hours of deliberation over two days.

Carpio's relatives in the gallery began crying, including Yvonne Carpio, his mother and a teacher in the Boston public schools, who had taken the stand in her son's defense. She recalled how she had him picked up in an ambulance and treated at a hospital when he began acting strangely in the weeks before Allen's murder.

She and her son's girlfriend, Samein "Soul" Phin, who lawyers for both sides called a prostitute during the trial, testified that they warned Allen and other officers who took Carpio into custody for questioning in the stabbing that their suspect was mentally disturbed.

When Carpio's guards stood him up at the defense table after the proceedings yesterday, he turned to his mother and mouthed the words, "I love you, Mom." "I love you, Stevie," she called out, using the English translation of her son's first name.


Yvonne Carpio
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-13-09 06:36 PM
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12. Police Brutality Blog
The Police Brutality Blog is the second most-visited blog in the Google universe for people wanting to learn more about Esteban Carpio. Perhaps it is because this blog looks at the case holistically, considering the inexplicable violence of which Esteban Carpio was accused; the color-aroused hammering of his face by police at some point before he went to court, that resulted in broken bones in his face; and the defense's argument that Esteban Carpio behaved like a deranged man because he WAS a deranged man, unable to understand the wrongfulness of his acts and unable to control them.

Watch this video, but be prepared to see before and after photos of Esteban Carpio's viciously beaten face. It leaves me wondering whether Esteban Carpio jumped from third floor window or was heaved out of the window. Was the police officer's gun available to Esteban because police were threatening him with that gun during questioning?

We all heard police initially say that Esteban Carpio's face was turned to hamburger when he jumped out of a third story window. Subsequently, a police official acknowledged having punched Esteban Carpio in the face over and over again, breaking bones in his face.


Police Brutality Blog
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-13-09 06:38 PM
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13. Intense Ongoing Interest in Rhode Island's Infamous Esteban Carpio Case
The Police Brutality Blog is the second most-visited blog in the Google universe for people wanting to learn more about Esteban Carpio. Perhaps it is because this blog looks at the case holistically, considering the inexplicable violence of which Esteban Carpio was accused; the color-aroused hammering of his face by police at some point before he went to court, that resulted in broken bones in his face; and the defense's argument that Esteban Carpio behaved like a deranged man because he WAS a deranged man, unable to understand the wrongfulness of his acts and unable to control them.

Watch this video, but be prepared to see before and after photos of Esteban Carpio's viciously beaten face. It leaves me wondering whether Esteban Carpio jumped from third floor window or was heaved out of the window. Was the police officer's gun available to Esteban because police were threatening him with that gun during questioning?

We all heard police initially say that Esteban Carpio's face was turned to hamburger when he jumped out of a third story window. Subsequently, a police official acknowledged having punched Esteban Carpio in the face over and over again, breaking bones in his face.


Intense Ongoing Interest in Rhode Island's Infamous Esteban Carpio Case
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Raineyb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-13-09 10:39 PM
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14. Let me guess, no cop was punished for what happened to Carpio
while he was in custody.
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undergroundrailroad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 11:57 AM
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16. No. n/t
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