Archive for October, 2008

NYPD Accused of Sodomizing Man with Walkie-Talkie

October 24, 2008

As the story goes, five NY police see a 24-year old Michael Mineo smoking marijuana.  They chase him down, hold a foot to his neck and beat him, then yank his pants down and sodomize him with a walkie-talkie.  Then they wrote him a ticket for disorderly conduct (apparently he wasn’t smoking marijuana after all) and left him bleeding at the subway station.

Mineo’s coworker took him to the hospital, where he remained for four days for internal injuries.  His attorney says the hospital administrator contacted the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office because it appeared Mineo was the victim of a sexual assault.

The police department disputes the allegations.

Another source says the accuser claimed he was shocked by a stun-gun — something none of the officers involved apparently carried.  So perhaps Mineo is lying and caused enough damage to his own anus to spend four days in the hospital.  Let’s see those medical records.

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Michigan Police Shoot and Kill Mother Moose

October 7, 2008

Ishpeming, MI:  When a moose cow and her two calves wadered into Ishpeming, population appx. 6,500, police deemed they were endangering the public and ‘euthanized’ the mother.  DNR supported the decision.

“The curiosity of the public to see a live moose up close and personal was the main problem in controlling this situation,”  said Ishpeming Police Chief Jim Bjorne.  “Throughout the entire afternoon, people would show up, oblivious to the barriers we had put up, would not listen to commands to stay away, so they could take pictures of the moose with their cameras and cell phones. The reality of the situation was we had a 1,000-plus pound cow moose trying to protect its young while there were entire families with little kids who treated the situation like it was a day at the zoo.”

Assignment editor Richard Hill of WLUC-TV6 said there has been a huge outpouring of anger from residents.

Cop Who Ordered Naked Man Tasered Commits Suicide

October 2, 2008
Lt. Michael Pigott
Lt. Michael Pigott

UPDATE: Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly confirms suicide was Pigott.

He said that Lieutenant Pigott went to Floyd Bennett Field alone, early in the morning, and entered a locker room, where he gained access to a weapon that was not his: a 9-millimeter Glock. Then, he shot himself in the head, spokesman Paul J. Browne said. His body was discovered in the locker room by a service member who was coming on duty at about 6 a.m.

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Lt. Michael Pigott, the NYC police lieutenant who gave the order to fire a Taser stun gun at a man who then fell to his death in Brooklyn, committed suicide at Floyd Bennett Field early on Thursday.  Pigott, a 21-year veteran of the force, had been placed on modified assignment without his gun and badge after he gave the order to a sergeant to fire the Taser at a Bedford-Stuyvesant man, Iman (Inman?) Morales.

Police will only officially confirm that “a” lieutenant took his own life. But he’s been identified by other police sources as Lieutenant Michael Pigott.

High School Students in IN and NC Get Tasered

October 2, 2008

Fort Wayne, IN:  Sherriff Deputies tried to serve a warrant on a student for parole violation.  

We’re told the student cooperated at first, but became combative with police officers outside the building.  He eventually was able to escape their custody.  As the student ran from police, an officer used a taser gun to try and subdue the student. 

This in an interesting tidbit.  When an officer is serving a warrant, are you in fact, ‘in custody?’

Meanwhile, in Cary, NC:  Sean Elrod, 16, is charged with assaulting a government official.  No definition of what the assault entailed.  The officer then stunned the student, and both went to the hospital for minor injuries.

McCain, Like Bush, Aspires To Be A Dictator

October 1, 2008

In an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board on Sep 30, straight-faced John McCain said that he aspired to be a dictator, while decrying the Congressional rejection of the bailout bill.  It’s within the first minute of the featured video.

“I just want to make a comment about the obvious issue and that is the failure of Congress to act yesterday. Its just not acceptable,” said McCain. “This is just a not acceptable situation. I’m not saying this is the perfect answer. If I were dictator, which I always aspire to be, I would write it a little bit differently.”

An attempt at humor?  Possibly. 

But let’s not forget the times George Bush wished out loud about his dictator aspirations:

Bush infamously said, “If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator,” during a December 2000 speech.

He also remarked, “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it,” in a July 2001 Business Week interview.

When Bush was Governor of Texas in 1998 he stated, “You don’t get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.”

Squeegee Wielding Orlando Man Dies After Tasing

October 1, 2008

When Orange County deputies received a report of a man ‘charging cars with a hammer’, it turned out to be some dude with a squeegee.

Cmdr. Spike Hopkins said deputies found a wrench in the man’s vehicle and determined the suspect could cause someone harm.  “The bizarre behavior was indicative of someone who was overdosing,” Hopkins said.

Reports show the deputies tried to calm the man, but it didn’t work. He was Tasered twice and then arrested.

Commander “Spike?” 

When you only have the police report, you never have the entire story.  Let’s wait and see if the man was really overdosing.  Hide your wrenches.

UPDATE:

Kissimmee resident Jose Anibal Amaro, the suspect in the story, died at Florida Hospital this morning.  Further reports claim he was ‘foaming at the mouth’ had ‘ingested cocaine,’ and took three taser shots, some of which did not affect him.

“Is this a troubling thing to have happen in the middle of the ongoing investigation?” WFTV reporter Kathi Belich asked Jim Solomons, Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

“I think troubling is inappropriate. You don’t go out at night intending to take a life. It’s unfortunate when it happens,” he said.