Posts Tagged ‘police’

Minneapolis Cops Plant Gun On Teen After They Gun Him Down

April 1, 2009

 

fonglee

Fong Lee was 19, and riding his bicycle with some friends.  A cop says he saw a friend pass Lee a gun.   After colliding the patrol car with Lee’s bike, Lee fell off an ran. 

Police claim he turned to shoot at the officers.  So they plugged him four times.  After he fell, they shot him another 5 times.  Other officers found Lee dead on his back, spread eagle, with a .380 semi-automatic pistol about 3 feet from his hand.

No fingerprints or DNA was recovered from the weapon.  Eyewitness reports and video seem to support that Lee was not armed.

The gun owner reported it stolen in 2004.  It was found several days later, where it remained in police custody and never returned.  The gun was stored at the Fourth Precinct.  Jason Anderson, the cop who killed Lee, was assigned to the Fouth Precinct.

So, 10 days after Lee was killed, in typical CYA-mode, the police wrote a NEW report, and said that Lee’s gun was actually a different gun.

Oh, and by the way, Officer Anderson got a Medal of Valor for his connection with the case.

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Cop Draws Gun, Detains Moats Family Rushing to Dying Mother

March 27, 2009

The family of NFL player Ryan Moats rushed to the hospital after a call that their relative, 45-year-old Jonetta Collinsworth, was quickly succumbing to breast cancer.

Dallas police officer Robert Powell

Dallas police officer Robert Powell

Dallas Police officer Robert Powell saw them roll thru a red light near the hospital, switched on the siren, and followed for 20 seconds as they pulled into the hospital’s emergency entrance.  Then he drew his gun, and chastised them for running a red light, threatened to take the driver to jail, make his life difficult, and told him to shut his mouth many times.

Ryan Moats: “My mother is dying!”
Powell: “That doesn’t constitute running a red light.”

Powell made Moats sit around for about 10 minutes.  Even when the hospital confirmed that the woman was dying, Powell still wrote him the ticket, and tacked on an attitude lecture.  “Attitude is everything,” he told Moats.  The woman died before two of the family members made it up to the room.

Police chief David Kunkle called a news conference Thursday to apologize for the behavior of Powell.  But Powell doens’t believe he acted inappropriately.

Powell is now on PAID leave while under investigation.

 

Oh, and here’s the same scenario that happened in Memphis.  Except this poor guy didn’t get national attention, because he’s not an NFL player.

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.

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.

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.

NY Cops Admit ‘Mistake’ In Taser Death

September 30, 2008

After Inman Morales, a disturbed nude man, was tasered and fell off a 10 foot ledge to his death, NY Police have admitted that mistakes were made.  Says Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly:

“But we are human beings. Sometimes we make mistakes. Reporters even make mistakes, people on Wall Street make mistakes. So sometimes mistakes are made,” Kelly said.

Kelly takes a swipe at Wall Street, but does that make it better?  NY will probably lose a lawsuit on this one, and the taxpayers get the bill, as usual. 

Surprisingly, the lieutenant who ordered the fatal zapping of Inman Morales was stripped of his gun, shield and placed on desk duty last Thursday.  The police officer who actually fired the Taser was also put on desk duty but kept his gun and badge.

It’s intersting to note that police don’t even use the word ‘taser’.  In typical faux-military fashion, they prefer the term Conducted Energy Device, or CED.  Well, we know  what you mean.

Thanks to YOU, all the amateur camera users.  I doubt that anyone would be admitting ‘mistakes’ had the event not been clearly captured on camera.  It would have been another death swept under the rug or blamed on the victim himself.  Only the citizens can keep the cops clean.

“Isn’t That Cute…” Black Uniformed Officers Halloween Costumes

September 29, 2008

Ready to ‘take on crime’ single-handedly, your kid can dress as the Special Forces Officer, SWAT team member, or generic Police Officer for Halloween this year.  Scarier than any ghost, that’s for sure.

The Police Officer Kids Accessory Belt includes baton, gun, cuffs and more.  Or, you can buy the club alone for $1.99.  No tasers included.

Look, kids have always enjoyed being a police man for dress-up or Halloween.  But remember when police wore blue? 

Photograph Orlando Police? Get Baton And Taser

September 29, 2008
Orlando cops beat Mattiuzzo
Orlando cops beat Mattiuzzo

The scene: Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, FL

When police asked Juan Cartegena‘s out-of-town friend if he was stupid for parking in the wrong zone, Cartegena begain to dispute the treatment.   Police pepper spray and mace Cartegena while on the ground.

Filmmakers began to photograph the happenings, which, of course, police can’t allow.  Police told them to leave the public sidewalk or be arrested.  New York filmmaker John Mattiuzzo refused.  One police officer flexes his arm, and tells Mattiuzzo to ‘put THAT on YouTube.’  Mattiuzzo restorts something like, “My mom will like that.”  Cartegena overheard police say, “We’ve got a live one, time to have some fun.”  Mattiuzzo was chased by police, beaten with a baton, and tasered.  For photographing. 

Cartegena was not charged and released.  Mattiuzzo was charged with resisting arrest or some other bogus charge.

See amateur video of Mattiuzzo’s beating here.  See an interview with Cartegena here.  Read another account, with links to more photos.

Police Taser Naked Men, Only One Dies

September 25, 2008

One naked man was walking his dog.  He gets a taser.  He lives, and will go for mental health evaluation.

Another man, obvisouly distraught, gets a taser, and falls 10 feet to crack his head open. 

They didn’t try to brace his fall. They did nothing. I’ve seen a lot of things in my time. But what they did was wrong,” said neighbor Kirk Giddens.

Watch the video of him getting killed, if you’d like.

Man Farts On Cop, Charged with Battery

September 24, 2008

Is anyone surprised?

Man pulled over for driving without headlights, charged with DUI.  Cop claims he was farted on, and charges the man with Battery.