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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 10:42 PM
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Gay man claims Parkersburg officers beat him

Timothy Mazza displays the bruises on his ribs that he says appeared after he was kicked by Parkersburg police officers.

By Gary A. Harki, Staff writer
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A gay Parkersburg man says three of the city's police officers attacked him at his home, breaking his rib and calling him homosexual slurs.

Timothy Michael Mazza, 37, says police had been questioning him about a confrontation with his neighbors and he was trying to go inside his house when the three pulled him to the ground. One of the officers then grabbed him by the neck and kicked him in the ribs, both Mazza and his partner, Kevin Swearingen, said.

"He kicked me in the ribs and he said, 'Now take that, you f--ing queer,'" Mazza said.

Mazza was then booked on two counts of assault and battery on a police officer - charges that were dismissed in magistrate court.

Mazza has filed a lawsuit in Southern District of West Virginia federal court over the allegations.

He has been off work since the alleged October beating, said lawyer John Bryan, who, along with Mike Clifford, is representing Mazza.

"Both his psychologist and his treating physician kept him off work due to his physical injuries and post-traumatic stress and depression," Bryan said.

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell and Police Chief Joe Martin dispute Mazza's claims. Newell said that if what Mazza claims is true, he should have talked to police - not to a lawyer and the news media.

Martin said there's no investigation into the incident because Mazza never filed a complaint with the department.

"We will let it work itself out through the civil action," he said.

Martin said he did not know of the allegations of gay slurs until questioned by a Gazette-Mail reporter on Friday.

http://wvgazette.com/News/201006260514


Invariably, police victims are charged with assault on the same cops who beat the shit out of them.

Anyone else notice that?
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 10:46 PM
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1. Holy cats!
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HillbillyBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 10:52 PM
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2. Fear of this kind of shit is why I left WV
several hours after I graduated High School..having had the crap beaten out of me all through school, not every week, but often enough and when I did fight back I was the one that got the official beating err paddling. Slurs, shit put in my locker.....
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 11:43 PM
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3. It's pretty much a given that if you accuse a cop of brutality that they will drum up an assault
offense against the real victim. It's beyond the pale, but it becoming SOP in the new Uhhmurika.
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 12:13 AM
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4. Recommended.
:kick:
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timtom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 06:11 AM
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5. I've been stalking your threads, and recommending them
Because you're doing a fine job of highlighting those things that need to be brought to light.

I shan't comment on the incidents themselves, as I am unable to express blind rage.

Thanks for your reporting.

(These attitudes held by today's "law" enforcement is untenable! It must not be allowed to stand.
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 06:12 AM
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6. i hope he wins. those cops should get fired and locked up
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Heywood J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 05:14 PM
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7. "he should have talked to police"
Yeah, take your complaint about being beaten to the same people who beat you. They'll investigate themselves quite well!

Really, this is a city of 53,421 people. How many police officers do they have who can investigate and aren't good friends of the officers accused? How likely is it that he'll get a fair and impartial investigation from the force whose sworn representatives kicked him and called him epithets?
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