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November 9, 2013

After woman pleads guity to DUI and reports to jail, male deputies punish her with a strip search

A LaSalle County judge in Illinois has ordered the state appellate prosecutor's office to review the controversial strip search of a woman by LaSalle County Sheriff's deputies, three male and one female.

According to an early story by NBC,
"Attorney Terry Ekl, who represents Holmes, said the deputies appeared to have violated state law for strip searching by not getting permission from a commander and not having reasonable belief she had a weapon or a controlled substance.
"They seem to think in this county that if they decide that you're not being compliant that they have a right to take your clothes off," Ekl said. "That, apparently, is their policy and that's crazy."


A second story by ABC indicates that the Sheriff is defending the practice by saying that the forced stripping of the woman did not violate Illinois law because it was not technically a strip search:
"Four more people are now suing LaSalle County for being allegedly being illegally strip searched.
"The LaSalle County Sheriff denies that Holmes was strip searched....

"Terry Ekl, who is an attorney for the plaintiffs, says all of them were stripped naked and forced to use a hole in their padded cell floor as their toilet.

"Tremendous human indignities occurred to all four of these people. Regardless of what the LaSalle County authorities are trying to peddle, they were stripping people who they felt needed discipline or were not being compliant with their instructions," said Terry Ekl, attorney.


November 8, 2013

Police Taze Dad Trying to Save Son While Burning in a House Fire, Twice After He Was Handcuffed.

The City Administrator for the river town of Louisiana, Mississipi said that a house fire started in an electrical outlet while a 3-year old boy's parents had fallen asleep. By the time they awoke, smoke and flames prevented them from reaching their son whose bedroom was at the front of the house. They fled through the back and the father tried to re-enter the home from the front.

A firefighter also tried to save the toddler, but the house was too hot for him to enter.

While the child was burning and the father, age 31, was trying to get back into the house, one of the cops zapped him with a Taser. His mother saw them zap her son three times, twice after they put handcuffs on him. The last time was after they put handcuffs on him and had him in the back of one of their squad cars.

What's response from the City Administrator?

"City Administrator Bob Jenne called the police response a 'judgment call.' Jenne said Thursday that he is waiting to review a police report from the fire."


They didn't discipline the cop in any way. They didn't even put him on paid leave.
November 7, 2013

When financing the NSA, Congress is violating the First Amendment.

Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... freedom of speech ...

"Heidi Boghosian of the National Lawyers Guild testified: "Revelations of NSA surveillance in the press has caused NLG members working on litigation and advocacy to restrict discussion of legal strategy, case updates and confidential information to in-person meetings or to written correspondence sent by mail. Practical restraints on the frequency of these meetings results-in less robust information to pass between attorneys and has potentially hindered Guild members from providing as vigorous a legal representation as would have otherwise been possible with secure electronic communication channels."

"Dinah PoKempner for Human Rights Watch said: "While it is difficult to get precise information about communications that did not occur, based on the concerns raised by others, I believe that some individuals may have refrained from reporting human rights abuses to us and some partners may have refrained from contacting us due to their concerns about security and confidentiality."
"Several organizations said that they have received markedly fewer hotline calls after Snowden's revelation.

"Acorn Active Media, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, Calguns Foundation, Charity & Security Network, Franklin Armory, Free Press, Free Software Foundation, First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, Greenpeace, Media Alliance, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, People for the American Way, Public Knowledge, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, TechFreedom, and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee also filed declarations regarding the chilling effect knowledge of NSA surveillance has had on their members' exercise of free speech.

"Section 215 is a simple statute designed to give the FBI something like the subpoena power available in criminal investigations," attorney Thomas Moore, an EFF special counsel, said in a statement. "It was not intended to authorize the dragnet surveillance the NSA has undertaken. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people should not be spying on the people."

October 29, 2013

The rise of government-sanctioned home invasions

“Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.”—Winston Churchill

"It’s 3 a.m. You’ve been asleep for hours when suddenly you hear a loud “Crash! Bang! Boom!” Based on the yelling, shouting and mayhem, it sounds as if someone—or several someones—are breaking through your front door. With your heart racing and your stomach churning, all you can think about is keeping your family safe from the intruders who have invaded your home. You have mere seconds before the intruders make their way to your bedroom. Desperate to protect your loved ones, you scramble to lay hold of something—anything—that you might use in self-defense. It might be a flashlight, your son’s baseball bat, or that still unloaded gun you thought you’d never need. In a matter of seconds, the intruders are at your bedroom door. You brace for the confrontation, a shaky grip on your weapon. In the moments before you go down for the count, shot multiple times by the strangers who have invaded your home, you get a good look at your accosters. It’s the police.
Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones was sleeping on her living room sofa, which was positioned under a window, when suddenly, the silence of the night was shattered by a flash grenade thrown through the living room window, followed by the sounds of police bursting into the apartment and a gun going off. Rushing into the room, Aiyana’s father, Charles, found himself tackled by police and forced to lie on the floor, his face in a pool of his daughter’s blood. It would be hours before Charles would be informed that his daughter was dead. The 34-year-old suspect the police had been looking for would later be found elsewhere in the apartment building.
During a raid in Ogden, Utah, police dressed in black and carrying assault rifles charged into a darkened home. Upon entering the hallway and encountering a man holding a shiny object that one officer thought was a sword, police opened fire. Three shots later, 45-year-old Todd Blair fell to the floor dead. In his hands was a shiny golf club.


Many more examples are listed.
September 27, 2013

As her husband begged them stop, Texas police repeatedly shot and Tasered a demented 67-year old

wife holding a letter opener.

The husband said he called the Dallas Alzheimer's Association hotline after his wife became agitated with him while holding a letter opener. In his federal complaint, he said that the Dallas Alzheimer's Association then contacted Lewisville police without his consent.

When the police arrived, a police sergeant "immediately attempted to remove David from the back yard while holding an orange shotgun in his hand." When the husband saw the shotgun, he tried to explain that he could calm her down and that no force would be needed. As indicated in his complain, he repeatedly pleaded with the sergeant to "put the gun away."

The police ultimately shot her with less-than-lethal rounds several times, including after she managed to get back on her feet while trying to walk away from the officers. They also Tasered her twice.

"After an ambulance took Delores to the hospital, David says, the police "declared 'exigent circumstances' and searched their home against his objections."

"While David continued to shout his disapproval at the officers, he was told that they 'saved his ass today, ...'".

{One of the officers} "then called the Dallas Alzheimer's Association and reported that David could not take care of Delores."

The husband also stated that his wife's wrist was broken in two places and she needed 17 staples inserted for injuries inflicted by the police. In addition, and what the husband says is worse, is that the episode "increased the severity of her Alzheimer's and she now requires around-the-clock nursing staff."


September 13, 2013

Police Use of Taser on Alzheimer's Patient Upheld by Trial Court, But Rejected by Appellate Court

An Indiana cop who was fired after using a Taser five times in rapid succession on a nursing home patient with Alzheimer's disease -- for a total of 31 seconds and contrary to certification instructions regarding the increase risk of death for such usage beyone 15 seconds -- challenged his firing in court.

A trial judge determined that he had acted reasonably and should not have been fired, even though the Alzheimer's patient was handcuffed after the third Taser application. That judge decided that the Board of Public Works and Safety for Peru, Indiana improperly fired the cop.

In contrast, at the appellate level, the Judge Bailey for Indiana Court of Appeals wrote

"Intervals to achieve compliance were very short, with only a two-second interval between the third and fourth deployments. Moreover, it is noteworthy that Howard was handcuffed after the third Taser application," ...

"The panel chided the lower court for having "disregarded evidence favorable to (the board's) decision, credited the testimony of witnesses that the trial court did not personally hear, and misstated evidence regarding the scope of Martin's training. In short, the trial court reweighed the evidence and reassessed the credibility of witnesses."


As shown by the actions of the trial judge, the cops are not the only ones out of control.
August 28, 2013

Do Some Pro-War Advocates Need Your Help?

Can it be that they just don't know how to find a military recruiter for themselves or family members?

We can help.

Here, for example, is the phone number to give them so that they can receive more information or learn the phone number and location of the nearest Army recruiter: 1-888-550-ARMY (2769).

Cyber-recruiters are standing by.


August 24, 2013

"Gun nut" kills 38-year old. (Cross-posted from General Discussion)

As noted in the Latest Breaking News forum http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014574762#post4 , a 71 yr old retiree shot and killed a prison escapee who was holding him and his wife hostage while on the run from authorities.

An escaped convict broke into the home of a southwest Iowa couple and held them at gunpoint for several hours before one of the hostages shot and killed the intruder, police said Tuesday.

Rodney Eugene Long, 38, broke out of the Clarinda Correctional Facility about 20 miles away on Friday. He is accused of shooting Taylor County deputy Sunday night after stealing a gun in a home burglary and led police on a 40-minute chase, triggering a massive manhunt Monday in the area.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/20/des-moines-prison-fugitive-killed/2675733/

Now let's hear the "gun-nut" attacks on the shotgun owning homeowner who saved his wife and himself.

The Mauderlys had a shotgun in the house and eventually decided to retrieve it, Mortvedt said. Jerome Mauderly, 71, shot and killed Long in the couple's kitchen.

Let's hear from the take-away-guns-from-everyone advocates.

Let's hear from the guns-should-not-be-owned-for-self-defense-in-the-homes advocates.

Let's hear it from those who want to revive the 1993 AWB and expect different results in the next election. Let's hear it from those who want to disregard Bill Clinton's analysis:

In his book "My Life," in which he analyzed the loss of Congress to the Republicans in 1994, he wrote:
"Just before the House vote (on the crime bill), Speaker Tom Foley and majority leader Dick Gephardt had made a last-ditch appeal to me to remove the assault weapons ban from the bill. They argued that many Democrats who represented closely divided districts had already...defied the NRA once on the Brady bill vote. They said that if we made them walk the plank again on the assault weapons ban, the overall bill might not pass, and that if it did, many Democrats who voted for it would not survive the election in November. Jack Brooks, the House Judiciary Committee chairman from Texas, told me the same thing...Jack was convinced that if we didn't drop the ban, the NRA would beat a lot of Democrats by terrifying gun owners....Foley, Gephardt, and Brooks were right and I was wrong. The price...would be heavy casualties among its defenders." (Pages 611-612)

"On November 8, we got the living daylights beat out of us, losing eight Senate races and fifty-four House seats, the largest defeat for our party since 1946....The NRA had a great night. They beat both Speaker Tom Foley and Jack Brooks, two of the ablest members of Congress, who had warned me this would happen. Foley was the first Speaker to be defeated in more than a century. Jack Brooks had supported the NRA for years and had led the fight against the assault weapons ban in the House, but as chairman of the Judiciary Committee he had voted for the overall crime bill even after the ban was put into it. The NRA was an unforgiving master: one strike and you're out. The gun lobby claimed to have defeated nineteen of the twenty-four members on its hit list. They did at least that much damage...." (Pages 629-630)

July 10, 2013

Out-of-Control Cop Just Had to Shoot After Escalating Unnecessary Conflict

More than an hour after a father called 911 in Sacramento County to calmly ask for assistance for his son who was stressed after meeting for the first time with a psychiatrist, and who had since taken his medication and fallen asleep on a mattress in the living room, a deputy arrived at their home, ignored the parents’ efforts to explain that an officer’s intervention was no longer necessary, barged into their home without permission, and twice yelled “Get up!”

The son, although starled, stood up as directed. Then, while apparently expecting to be handcuffed, faced the wall and put his hands behind his back.

The deputy then ordered the son, whose mental illness included an extreme phobia of germs, to “get on the ground.” The son, who the parents say was psychologically unable to lie down on a dirty floor, started to get down but then stood back up while asking the deputy to arrest him.

For purposes of understanding the events, the deputy’s name is McEntire, the son’s name was Johnathan, the father's name is Ted Rose. http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/07/09/59178.htm

"This was not a sufficient response for McEntire," {a} complaint states. McEntire, without warning or reflection, bear-hug tackled Johnathan into the wall with sufficient force so as to cause Johnathan to bust a hole through the wall. McEntire then hit Johnathan on the head with his metal flashlight, again without warning. Johnathan, with McEntire on top of him, fell onto his mattress on the floor. McEntire, on top of Johnathan, started to pummel him with punches. At that point, Johnathan attempted to defend himself by trying to block McEntire's blows, and he also threw some punches in response to McEntire's blows in a desperate attempt to try to stop the attack.

The father, who was reportedly shocked by the bizarre turn of events, grabbed his son in an attempt to end the physical confrontation.

"Then without warning, Deputy McEntire fired three shots in rapid succession into Johnathan while Ted Rose held his son.
The Roses say they asked McEntire to administer first aid to their son. He not only refused, but forbade the family from doing it, according to the complaint.
When an ambulance arrived, Johnathan was still breathing. But sheriff's deputies refused to allow any members of the family to accompany Johnathan to the hospital - detaining Theodore Jr. in the back of a police car and threatening to arrest Johnathan's sister Tiffany, who hadn't even been home at the time of the shooting.

The parents say that the deputy who killed their son lacked training. They said that any reasonably trained officer would have responded without escalating the situation and using unnecessary deadly force.

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