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Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:19 PM

 

Cop Arrested After His Own Body Cam Refuted His Report, Shows Him Pummeling Teen

In his report, Fraser wrote that his victim, 19-year-old Michael Roquet “struck me with his left elbow in my chest,” and later “he hit me again with his elbow…. so I struck him [with a baton] in the leg and upper body” and then handcuffed him.

However, according to the body camera footage of the incident, it is clear that there is no violent struggle, and only a drunken college kid serving as an outlet for this cop’s rage. At no time in the report did Fraser mention that he struck Roquet in the head. Nor did Fraser mention that Roquet fell to the ground after the devastating blow and that he proceeded to pummel his inebriated victim as he curled up in the fetal position to protect himself.

“He [Roquet] is not resisting at that point, he is on the ground,” said Police Chief Scott Freeman as he watched the video of this beating.

Amazingly enough, when the department investigated themselves, they actually found wrongdoing. In the report investigators issued to Fraser after the incident they stated that “You violated… policy…. You used hard control strikes from an impact weapon… on an individual who was actively resistant, but was not assaultive…. a strike to the head from a baton is considered use of deadly force…. You used more force than necessary.”

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Reply Cop Arrested After His Own Body Cam Refuted His Report, Shows Him Pummeling Teen (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 OP
Kablooie Aug 2015 #1
NutmegYankee Aug 2015 #2
tk2kewl Aug 2015 #3
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #6
JDPriestly Aug 2015 #19
Arugula Latte Aug 2015 #4
FuzzyRabbit Aug 2015 #22
7962 Aug 2015 #23
FuzzyRabbit Aug 2015 #26
4lbs Aug 2015 #28
7962 Aug 2015 #34
truebluegreen Aug 2015 #5
jberryhill Aug 2015 #30
truebluegreen Aug 2015 #32
Phlem Aug 2015 #7
mythology Aug 2015 #8
chknltl Aug 2015 #9
Beartracks Aug 2015 #10
jberryhill Aug 2015 #29
Lee-Lee Aug 2015 #37
Hassin Bin Sober Aug 2015 #11
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2015 #15
Hassin Bin Sober Aug 2015 #20
7962 Aug 2015 #25
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2015 #27
Brickbat Aug 2015 #12
7962 Aug 2015 #14
markpkessinger Aug 2015 #21
Nuclear Unicorn Aug 2015 #16
sub.theory Aug 2015 #17
jberryhill Aug 2015 #31
Democat Aug 2015 #33
Brickbat Aug 2015 #36
7962 Aug 2015 #13
aikoaiko Aug 2015 #18
malaise Aug 2015 #24
Lee-Lee Aug 2015 #35
gratuitous Aug 2015 #38

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:25 PM

1. I wonder when these cops will realize that the game has changed?

They can't just indiscriminately do what they want to anyone as they have always done in the past.

Boy do we need these body cams. There's a whole ocean of evil that needs draining.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:31 PM

2. I'm actually shocked the teen wasn't charged with resisting arrest for the fetal position.

Because believe it or not, they've actually charged people for reflexively responding to painful stimuli with resisting arrest.

At least this Dept actually gave a damn about justice versus corruption.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:40 PM

3. Evil and stupid

 

Did he just forget that he was recording himself?

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:46 PM

6. usually it takes a lot of pleading and work from the victim's lawyer to get the video

 

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:03 PM

19. I think that a lot of the brutality is due to the fact that emotionally immature people in the polic

force just lose control of themselves. That was what I saw in the Sandra Bland video. An emotionally immature cop who lost control.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:41 PM

4. "Filled with Irrational Male Rage" seems to be the number one qualification to be a cop these days.

 

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:10 PM

22. Roid rage

About 25% of police officers use illegal steroids. 'Roid rage is an everyday occurrence with police these days.

From http://www.menshealth.com/health/scandals-cops-and-steroids :
Officer Jimmy, however, is less constrained. "Steroid use is very pervasive in law enforcement," insists the 26-year-old cop. "I'd say, of the cops I know, 20 percent to 25 percent of them are using."

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Response to FuzzyRabbit (Reply #22)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:11 PM

23. I've been wondering about that. Are cops tested when they're involved in an incident?

 

If not, thats another step that should be taken

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Response to 7962 (Reply #23)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:22 PM

26. In Seattle they are not tested for steroids.

The city contract with the police officers union prohibits testing police for steroids.

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Response to FuzzyRabbit (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:26 PM

28. Well, that definitely needs to change. If all sorts of athletes are tested for steroids and PEDs,

then so should all law enforcement.

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Response to 4lbs (Reply #28)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 06:15 AM

34. Especially after they've been involved in a shooting. No brainer. nt

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:45 PM

5. I don't intend to inject levity where none is appropriate

 

but I remember Aasif Mandvi on the the Daily Show once, during a particularly bigoted interview, exclaim: "you know we can hear you, right?"

It is ample evidence of just how corrupt police culture is that this officer thought his bullshit would fly, despite the evidence of his body cam.

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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 11:55 PM

30. It's more about how people's minds work

 


What fight between any two people ended with one of them saying "I started it."

The difference with cops is that since a defendant is rarely going to take the stand, their version of "he started it" is the only one that the jury hears.

But people's memories are set up in such a way that self-justify.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #30)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 12:21 AM

32. That makes more sense

 

and would certainly explain the ability of cop perpetrators to justify their actions in a convincing way: they've already convinced themselves.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 08:41 PM

7. Oh come on now, Cops don't lie.

They are all virtuous beings that are flawless.

been there done that, and yes, they lie as good as any politician could ever hope.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 08:46 PM

8. Oops

 

Maybe he will try claiming the footage was doctored.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:10 PM

9. I hope things have reached rock bottom...

...that this is evidence of the change the citizenry rightfully yearns for.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:14 PM

10. This make me wonder: just as eye witness accounts can sometimes be faulty...

... is it possible that cops, too, can mis-remember things about their own adrenaline-charged encounters with suspects?



Otherwise, why bother lying about the episode? Of course, that would actually imply that the cop could have been in some sort of "blind rage" -- which is exactly the kind of loss-of-control cops should be trained to NOT have.

The other option being that the cop simply forgot about the camera and just defaulted into doing his "normal" thing.

In either case: Body Cams are a definite necessity!

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 11:48 PM

29. You make a good point

 


Memory is not objective.

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 07:23 AM

37. That's one thing many people forget

 

Generally they expect a cops memory to be flawless and have the benefit of perfect recall and perspective- while at the same time allowing any other witness or the suspect be be human and have imperfect memory.

Cameras are always great. The protect good cops from bogus complaints. People behave better and are less likely to lie or resist or be belligerent when they know they are on camera. And cameras expose bad cops.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:20 PM

11. Direct link to the YouTube video.

For some reason, these websites like alter net and raw story never display for me om ipad.

https://m.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #11)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:40 PM

15. Victim is white

 

or else the cop would have received a medal.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:04 PM

20. That thought had crossed my mind.

And/or the cop has enemies in the department.

Yeah, I'm cynical.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:18 PM

25. Jeeze, even when they get it right some folks STILL gotta whine.

 

If it wasnt for the camera, he'd have gotten away with it. THESE are the cases people need to SEE so they can believe that it IS happening everywhere.
What about the cop charged after his cam showed him shooting the guy in the car? That guy was black. Video is making a difference. be happy about it

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Response to 7962 (Reply #25)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:23 PM

27. When cops start actually going to prison

 

and serve real time I will be happy.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:29 PM

12. Body cameras clearly don't prevent bad behavior.

Different solutions are needed.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:38 PM

14. But WITHOUT the camera, he'd get away with it with no questions.

 

The cameras are another piece of the puzzle

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Response to 7962 (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:07 PM

21. Exactly . . .

. . . Nobody ever said body cams would be the total solution. But they are a valuable tool.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:48 PM

16. Nothing prevents bad behavior but if enough are caught and punished we can deter it.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:55 PM

17. Are you kidding?

The body cam WORKED! It showed the cop was lying. He would have gotten away with it otherwise. The body cam did its job perfectly.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 11:58 PM

31. And medical ID bracelets don't prevent car accidents

 


But if you are allergic to s medication, and are in a car accident, the bracelet is going to help.

The body cam, in this instance, is very likely to prevent this cop from doing the same to anyone else.

Prisons don't prevent crime either.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 03:18 AM

33. Yes they do

They prevent the cop from doing the same thing again the next day.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 07:09 AM

36. This post should have said "body cameras clearly don't always prevent bad behavior."

And "other solutions are also needed." I support the use of body cameras, but don't think they will end police brutality.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:36 PM

13. I guess he figured no one would ever LOOK at the video?? idiot. nt

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:02 PM

18. I'm convinced that body cameras on cops are absolutely necessary.


They will reduce violence and they will help bring justice to some who are violated by police.

A while back I was skeptical because I wouldn't want a camera on me while I was doing my job for 8 hours a day, but clearly they are needed.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:17 PM

24. Technology always changes the dynamics

Truth will out.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 07:07 AM

35. Good- cameras get rid of bad cops and help good cops

 

They are a win-win for all.

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Response to Lee-Lee (Reply #35)

Thu Aug 13, 2015, 08:02 AM

38. And maybe we're finally on the long trek to that point

We've all heard for years about how good cops are supposed to help rein in bad cops, for the good of the community and the integrity of force. But we've also seen how that doesn't work out so well in real life, as a cadre of bad cops can rule an entire force through threats, intimidation, and outright violence against their brother and sister cops.

Here's a tool that will help those good cops identify and weed out the bad ones. Let's use it, and get our society working toward that more perfect union I hear so much about, with the promotion of the general welfare and stuff.

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