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Cop in Grand Rapids Pulls Gun on Teens Walking In Front of Their Homes

There really was no justifiable reason to do this. In Grand Rapids, 5 black teens are accosted at gunpoint by a Police Officer, supposedly looking for an armed black male. There are a lot of ways the Cop could have approached this issue without drawing a firearm. Especially since it seems he had substantial backup less than 10 seconds away.

This Cop just cemented any suspicion in these kids minds, that the Police are armed thugs instead of community protectors.

Hat Tip to “The Advise Show” on this one. Advise is a YouTube Channel out of Houston, with interesting content.

‘Stop crying, bro! They gonna think we did something!’: Unarmed black teens sob as cop holds them at gunpoint

Last month, officers in Grand Rapids, Michigan were responding to a call about an armed suspect when they pulled their gun on five teenagers minding their own business.

The body cam video posted by BuzzFeed revealed sobbing teens forced to lay on the ground as the officer pointed his gun at them.

“Guys, get on the ground. Keep your hands out,” a Grand Rapids police officer tells a group of youths in the video. “Just follow our directions and we’ll be all right, OK?”

The teens are seen raising their hands before laying on the sidewalk.

“Stop crying, bro! They gonna think we did something!” one of the boy’s friends can be heard saying.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Black Man Arrested and Tased by Cops…For Loud Music

Another case of what should have been a simple warning escalating into violence…

While I certainly don’t buy the excuse “my brakes are broken”, I also can’t buy the rapid escalation by the Police for what is a “nuisance” ticket.

‘I ain’t resisting, bro!’: Cops drag black man from his car and shock him with a Taser for playing loud music

The Mississippi County NAACP is asking for an investigation after police officers pulled a black man from his car before Tasering and pepper spraying him for playing music too loud, WREG is reporting.

Patrick Newbern has been charged with a violation of the city noise ordinance, fleeing by vehicle and resisting arrest after police attempted to cite him in a convenience store parking lot on Easter morning.

In video captured by a Blytheville police officer’s body camera, the officer accosts Newbern in the parking lot, then instructs him to stay put while he writes up a citation.

Newbern begins to drive out of the parking lot, but stops at which point an officer can be heard saying, “Get his ass out of the car.”

As he explains to the officers that his brakes don’t work, they begin pulling him from the car without allowing him to unbuckle his seat belt.

He is immediately thrown to the ground as one officer is seen pressing a Taser into his back. As he screams in agony, another officer pepper sprays him before he is held face down where he can be heard yelling “I can’t see!”

During the struggle, Newbern can also be heard saying, ‘I ain’t resisting, bro!” — a cry repeated by a crowd that soon surrounds the arrest as additional officers hold out pepper spray cans and instruct people to stay back.

According to Newbern, the police never gave him a chance to get out of the car.

“When you ask me to get out the car, you open up the door snatching me out the car without letting me get out my seat belt,” Newbern said. “How can I get out the car in my seat belt?”

He added, “I see another Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin situation if you ask me.”

Police say that Newbern was resisting arrest and reached for the officer’s weapon.

Tony Hollis, president of the Mississippi County Chapter of the NAACP, said he was disgusted by what he saw in the video, stating, “As soon as I saw the video, it made me sick to my stomach.”

Hollis has called for a rally and demanded the officer be disciplined.

A spokesperson for the Blytheville Police Department was expected to make a statement on Monday.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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NYC Cops Attack Man for Walking Dog Without a Leash

Another case in the seemingly never-ending story of over-the-top policing. In this case Nicholson Gregoire was walking his dog when the police noticed the dog was not on a leash. He went inside his home to retrieve his ID, when the police broke in and a fight ensued.

NYC cops beat up black man inside his own home for walking his dog off leash

In dramatic footage provided to the New York Daily News, a Queens man had his head repeatedly bashed into a wall and punched during a dog walking incident that escalated out of control.

According to 25-year-old college student Nicholson Gregoire, he had just exited his home to walk his 5-month-old pit bull when police noticed the dog was not on a leash.

After he was asked for his ID, Gregoire reentered his home to retrieve it only to have the police repeatedly ring his door — causing the young man’s grandfather to open the door to them. After refusing to give the cops his ID — despite his grandfather’s pleas — the two cops rushed Gregoire and tackled him, setting off a wrestling match that was recorded by Gregoire’s girlfriend.

According to Gregoire’s attorney, Mark Crawford, “The police are alleging that my client answered the door and dragged them inside, to justify coming into the house. They had no basis to enter the premises.”

In the video, Gregoire can be seen fighting off the police while holding his ID in the air, saying, “Here it is.”

At that point it was too late, as the officers can be heard yelling, “Stop resisting,” a sentiment echoed by Gregoire’s girlfriend while she also pleaded with the two cops to stop.

“I’ve been watching the video over and over. I didn’t use any foul language. I don’t think I should have been arrested in my home for walking my dog. I was scared for my life. They have the guns,” Gregoire explained.

At one point, Gregoire put one officer in a chokehold, before he was wrestled down a staircase where the officers are joined by over a dozen other cops who attempt to pile on him.

As Gregoire holds onto a banister, one officer can be seen punching him repeatedly in the head before slamming his head into the wall, causing a fist-sized hole.

Gregoire was eventually subdued and taken into custody, charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Police Office Slams Teen to Ground After Schoolyard Tiff

Another Over-the-Top reaction to what could have been handled as a “Sit down son, we are going to have a serious talk” moment in more rational times.

This is the reason Police should not be used to control kids. While I am perfectly in line with the need for a teacher to be able to bop them upside the head in certain situations, this sort of “criminalization” of a child by Law Enforcement has no benefits to society, or to the relationship between the community and its Police force.

Video shows officer grabbing student’s throat, slamming him to ground

A 14-year-old high school student says a school resource officer used excessive force when he grabbed the teen by the throat after the student and another boy were involved in a scuffle at a Texas high school cafeteria.

A cellphone video taken Thursday by a third student shows the officer placing his hands around sophomore Gyasi Hughes’ throat at Round Rock High School and taking Hughes to the ground. The video was given to CBS affiliate KEYE-TV, and can be seen in the above player.

Hughes, who was suspended for fighting but not charged, told KEYE-TV that the officer also pushed him.

Hughes’ father, Kashka, told KXAN-TV in Austin that what happened was “unacceptable” and that he plans to seek charges against the officer, who has not been identified.

“The police officer that was actually in this particular situation, he should have been trained well enough to know that this is a 130-pound child and that the action that was taken was totally unnecessary,” the elder Hughes said. The family didn’t immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Saturday.

Round Rock police said in a statement that a school administrator was unable to stop the two students from fighting and was forced to have police intervene. The officers were trying to calm Hughes and walk him to another part of the building, but the teen tried to circumvent the officers and continue the fight with the other student, according to the statement.

“Officers were forced to detain him for his safety and the safety of others,” police said, also noting that the incident is “under review.”

The family said the altercation was over prescription athletic eyewear that the younger Hughes had asked a friend to hold for him but didn’t return.

Gyasi Hughes told KXAN-TV that he later apologized to the officer for yelling at him.

His father said he lectured his son on how to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence.

“All of my family are teachers, my mother is a teacher, my father is a principal and was a superintendent for a long time before he retired,” Kashka Hughes said. “I’ve definitely seen how the guards in the schools as well as how my dad handled various situations when kids were in certain altercations.”

Hughes’ friend, Sebastian Vazquez told KEYE-TV that he was eating lunch when he heard the commotion.

“In the beginning, I heard people be like ooh and stuff, and it was Gyasi and this other kid, they were pushing each other around,” he told KEYE.

But Vazquez says it was never a full-blown fight, and things got more tense when the two school officers showed up. “Both cops got him in the corner, so I pulled my phone out to start recording because that seemed odd,” said Vazquez.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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