Why Is the Mainstream Media Ignoring This 14 Year-Old Beaten and Tasered In the Face?
The mother of a 14-year-old child claims the police of Tullytown, Pennsylvania left her son badly bruised, swollen, beaten and tasered in the face. Since the mainstream media has ignored this story, she began petitioning people online for help in getting the word out.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler tried to justify the abuse, saying that the Tullytown police were called to Wal-Mart for a shoplifting incident.
Three young males were taken into custody, but one, the child in question, got away and started running toward Route 13.
Police said that they “feared for his safety.” So what did they do? They tasered him… In the face.
How exactly they tasered a child in the face who was running away from them is unclear. Heckler acknowledges that the police fired a Taser barb, hitting the boy in the shoulder and cheek. Again, if he was far away from them and running away, the official police story makes little sense.
The police claim all of his injuries to the face were from the 14-year-old falling. But this too seems an unbelievable claim. The injuries to his face indicate multiple points of impact. It is clear someone beat this child up, just as it is clear he was facing the police when they discharged the taser in his face.
The big question is not how are the police getting away with this clear cover-up for illegal police brutality. The big question is why the mainstream corporate media are ignoring this story and giving these rogue cops a free pass.
An African American teen has accused police in Southern California of beating him for no reason. Two civilians on the scene caught the incident on videos that are embedded above.
Long Beach police said officers were responding to reports of a fight early Monday morning when they arrested Carlo Gonzalez, 18, KTLA reports in the exclusive video above.
But Gonzalez told KTLA that there was no fight and that he was just playing around with his friends. Gonzalez said cops tackled him, threw him to a curb and began beating him for no reason.
In the videos above, Gonzalez appears to be handcuffed and rolling around as officers beat him with batons. Police said Gonzalez was resisting arrest.
"He tased my leg, and they were just striking me with the batons in the back until it broke," Gonzalez said. "Then he started hitting me with a flashlight, and then I got kicked right here [pointing to his eye]."
"These people are supposed to be trained to be able to diffuse the situation," Gonzalez's tearful mother said to KTLA.
Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton said the department is reviewing the videos and will respond appropriately.
"Anytime you have use of force, it just doesn't look good," Eaton said to KTLA. "But we really have to just look at the context of what the officers were engaged [in] at that point."
Gonzalez was arrested for public intoxication, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. His mother said she bailed him out jail and then took him to the hospital for his injuries. She said that, until now, Gonzalez has had no criminal record.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A teenager who witnessed an Oklahoma police captain fatally shoot his unarmed friend testified Wednesday that the 18-year-old raised his hands and appeared to try to surrender before he was shot.
John Lockett, 17, was on the witness stand for a second day in the trial of Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison, 48, who is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the March 14, 2012, death of Dane Scott Jr. Harrison, a 23-year veteran of the police department in Del City, located southeast of Oklahoma City, has pleaded not guilty and faces a minimum of four years and a maximum of life in prison if convicted.
Harrison had previously arrested Scott on drug violations, and prosecutors say he seemed obsessed with the teen. A police affidavit says Scott posed no threat of death or great bodily harm when he was shot in the back, but the defense says Harrison's use of deadly force was justified because of Scott's actions before the shooting.
Lockett said Scott was running from Harrison when the officer opened fire. "He had his hands up like this," Lockett said, holding his hands up over his head. "He put his hands up like he surrendered."
Prosecutors say Harrison fired four bullets, one of which went through both of Scott's lungs and pierced his aorta.
Harrison had tried to pull over a car Scott was driving when the teen led Harrison on a high-speed chase. Lockett, who was in the car, testified Tuesday that Scott tried to hide marijuana and a gun he had. The car eventually crashed into a tractor-trailer.
After the collision, Scott and Harrison scuffled on the ground before Scott wriggled free, Lockett said. Authorities have said that during that scuffle, Harrison took a handgun from Scott and the teen was not armed when he was shot.
Another witness, Eric Thomason, 48, of Oklahoma City, testified that Harrison appeared to be fighting for his life as he struggled to disarm Scott. But Thomason said the teen did not appear to be a threat to Harrison or another officer nearby when the shooting happened.
"I never felt him as a threat to me," Thomason said.
Thomason, who was with a co-worker in a pickup truck that pulled up to an intersection where the struggle was taking place, said that when the two were wrestling on the ground, he thought Scott was trying to shoot the officer. "I was looking down the barrel of the gun they were fighting over," he said.
But Harrison was able to knock the handgun from Scott's hand before Scott broke free, Thomason said. Scott started running away from the officer and toward the pickup, Thomason said. He said he got out of the truck and tried to grab Scott as he ran by. Scott slipped his grasp and attempted to climb over a fence before he was shot and fell to the ground.
Thomason said he was frightened by the gunfire.
"The gun was being pointed in my direction," Thomason said. "I felt like I was in the line of fire."
After Harrison was charged last year, his attorney said prosecutors' decision was made in part to prevent the kind of racial discord that erupted after high-profile shootings in Florida and Tulsa. Scott was black; Harrison is white.
Scott was shot a few weeks after the death of Trayvon Martin, the black teen who was unarmed when he was shot in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer. And Harrison was charged within weeks of the arrests of two white men accused of fatally shooting three black people in Tulsa during a shooting spree that investigators described as racially motivated.
Bronx resident Kalief Browder was walking home from a party when he was abruptly arrested by New York City police officers on May 14, 2010. A complete stranger said Browder had robbed him a few weeks earlier and, consequently, changed the 16-year-old's life forever.
Browder was imprisoned for three years before the charges were dropped in June 2013, according to a WABC-TV Eyewitness News investigation.
At the time of the teen's arrest, Browder's family was unable to pay the $10,000 bail. He was placed in the infamously violent Rikers Island correctional facility, where he remained until earlier this year.
Now that he's free, the young man is speaking up about his experience.
"I spent three New Year's in there, three birthdays...," Browder, now 20, said in a recent interview with WABC, adding that he was released with "no apology."
In October, Browder filed a civil lawsuit against the Bronx District Attorney, City of New York, the New York City Police Department, the New York City Department of Corrections and a number of state-employed individuals.
The official complaint states Browder was "physically assaulted and beaten" by officers and other inmates during his time at Rikers Island. The document also maintains the accused was "placed in solitary confinement for more than 400 days" and was "deprived meals." In addition, officers allegedly prevented him from pursuing his education. Browder attempted suicide at least six times.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Browder's current lawyer Paul Prestia summarized his client's experience as "inexplicable" and "unheard of." Based off one man's identification, Browder was charged with robbery in the second degree, he notes. It took three years to dismiss these charges, even though it was, in Prestia's words, a "straightforward case to try."
"The city needs to be held accountable for what happened," Prestia said. "[Browder] had a right to a fair and speedy trail, and he wasn't afforded any of that. He maintained his innocence the entire time, and essentially got a three year sentence for that."
Still, when Browder was offered a plea deal in January, he refused to take it, because he did not want to plead guilty to the crime, WABC-TV notes. (Had Browder been tried in a timely fashion and pled guilty to the crime, Prestia told HuffPost, he might have spent less time in prison.)
Prestia adds that his client has suffered lingering mental health problems, and though he's currently going to school for his GED, he's "clearly way behind from where he would have been."
"We need someone to be held accountable," Prestia said. "This can't just go unnoticed. To the extent that [Browder] can be financially compensated -- although it's not going to get those years back for him -- it may give him a chance to succeed."
The District Attorney's office said it was unable to comment, as Browder's allegations are currently the subject of ongoing litigation.
Incidentally, Browder's claims about his experience at Rikers Island are consistent with findings from a recent report commissioned by the New York City Board of Correction. The report, obtained by The Associated Press, notes that the use of force by prison staff has more than tripled from 2004 to 2013, from seven incidents of force per 100 inmates, to almost 25. Additionally, the number of self-mutilation and suicide attempts by Rikers inmates have increased by 75 percent from 2007 to 2012. According to the report, 40 percent of the city jail’s 12,200 inmates are mentally ill, and many of these inmates are placed in solitary confinement "holes" as punishment
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. -- A local Detroit minister is demanding that police conduct a swift and independent investigation after demeaning videos surfaced online allegedly showing public safety officers compelling African-American men, to sing, dance and make animal sounds.
Malik Shabazz, head of the Marcus Garvey Movement/New Black Panther Nation and a frequent critic of race relations in metro Detroit, led a group of protesters and media through the Department of Public Safety offices in Grosse Pointe Park on Wednesday to photograph his meeting with police leadership.
Shabazz's protest comes about a week after a blog called Motor City Muckraker published videos and a photograph demonstrating the alleged harassment of African-Americans by police officers in this upscale neighborhood bordering Detroit. The Huffington Post reported on Friday the police department had opened an internal investigation.
Shabazz said that as a result of the meeting, officers of the public safety department -- which provides police, fire and EMS services to the town -- will all be individually questioned.
"We expressed our concerns, our outrage, our pain about what we saw, about human beings being, what we feel, violated and used," Shabazz said, calling the actions in the videos "racist" and abusive.
"This is a teachable moment," he said. "We've come so far, but these instances remind us that we have still so much further to go."
This photo, along with videos obtained by Motor City Muckraker, was allegedly taken by an officer of Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety. Courtesy of Motor City Muckraker.
One man who was featured in one of the videos and recorded being compelled to make chimpanzee sounds briefly appeared at Wednesday's rally. He identified himself as Michael Ronnie Scipo and thanked supporters for attending.
"They were saying all kinds of stuff but I don't know what they were talking about," Scipio said when asked about the recordings, according to MLive.
Others who called for justice at the protest Wednesday said the alleged mistreatment of Scipo and other black men by white police officers brought to mind their own experiences growing up in the Detroit area, which has been persistently segregated by race for the past half-century. Bearing their own stories of police brutality and mistreatment, they shared their concerns that history was again repeating itself.
Detroiter Ken Holloway remembered crossing Eight Mile Road into the neighboring city of Southfield on his bike as a young boy in the 1960s. "The cops would tell us to turn around and go back to where we came from," he said.
Redford resident Michael Bussey, who is Shabazz's accountant, said that when he was 16 years years old, three white Detroit Police officers stopped his car when they saw a child passenger was carrying a toy gun. Bussey was handcuffed and put in the back of their squad car. The cops told him they should have shot him, he said.
"That's been with me all of my life," said Bussey, who is now middle-aged.
The protesters said they believed the videos to be the work of one or a few bad cops, not the entire department. But they, and Shabazz, called for the immediate firing of anyone found to be involved.
"We shouldn't be judged by our color, by our physical or mental characteristics," Holloway said. "Especially by those who have the authority and responsibility to serve and protect."
The protesters sought an independent investigation by the Michigan State Police -- and possibly the federal government -- to make sure justice is served, they said. While Shabazz said he was told by Grosse Pointe Park Police that the Michigan State Police would provide assistance, at least one news outlet reports that state police are playing no role in the administrative investigation.
Shabazz said he would give officials a week to conclude their investigation and give the public answers.
Sheila Jones, a Detroiter who attended Wednesday's protest, said she often sat in the Grosse Point Park public safety department when she was waiting for transportation and noted that the officers always treated her kindly. She was surprised about the videos, and concerned.
"We all need to have a basic respect for another person's humanity," she said.
Malik Shabazz leads a crowd of protesters and media to the administrative offices of the Grosse Pointe Park Department of Public Safety on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (Ashley Woods/The Huffington Post)..