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Another $4.9 Million Tax Bill For Chicago’s Bad Cops

Been saying this for a while …At some point the expense of bad policing become unsustainable by the tax base. $250 million buys a lot of road repairs and upgrades to schools. $250 million is the payout Chicago is now on the hook for in lawsuits due to police brutality and misbehavior. And it is rising every day.

Chicago To Pay $4.9 Million To Family Of Man Dragged In Handcuffs

Philip Coleman died at a hospital in 2012, according to court records.

The city of Chicago has agreed to pay the family of a black man who died after being dragged by handcuffs from a cell in a police lockup and down a hallway more than three years ago, an attorney for the family said on Monday.

Philip Coleman, 38, was arrested for domestic battery against his mother on Dec. 12, 2012.

After he refused to go to court the next morning, several police officers struggled with Coleman inside a cell, and he was Tasered, court records showed. In an incident caught on video, an officer dragged a motionless Coleman by his handcuffs.

Coleman later died at a hospital, according to court records. The Chicago Tribune reported that an autopsy showed he died of a reaction to an antipsychotic drug and also had bruises and abrasions on his body. Reuters was not able to confirm the cause of death.

Ed Fox, a lawyer for the family, told Reuters by phone that Coleman’s family and the city of Chicago had reached a settlement over the family’s civil rights lawsuit, but declined to confirm media reports that it was for $4.9 million.

The city’s law department declined to comment.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Out of Control Policing in South Carolina

This is incredible. SC Cops stop a couple diving legally…Because the car they are driving has temporary tags. That devolves, based solely on an Officer’s belief that there “is something there” into illegal searches of the vehicle, and ultimately a roadside body cavity search.

Video shows white cops performing roadside cavity search of black man

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on an investigative series about police abuse in South Carolina. I’ve found a dizzying number of cases, including illegal arrests, botched raids, fatal shootings and serious questions about how all those incidents are investigated. Many of these cases were previously unreported, or if they were reported, the initial reports were a far cry from what actually happened. The series will run at some point in the next week. But in the meantime, I want to share one particularly horrifying incident that I came across this week while researching the series.

According to a federal lawsuit filed by attorney Robert Phillipswhat you see in the video below occurred in the town of Aiken, S.C., starting at about 12:20 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2014. The two occupants of the car are black. All the police officers are white.

See the VIdeo Here.

Here’s what happened: Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon were in Hicks’s car just a couple of blocks from downtown Aiken when they were pulled over by Officer Chris Medlin of the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Hicks was driving. She had recently purchased the car, so it still had temporary tags.

In the video, Medlin asks Hicks to get out, then tells her that he stopped her because of the “paper tag” on her car. This already is a problem. There’s no law against temporary tags in South Carolina, so long as they haven’t expired.

Medlin then asks Pontoon for identification. Since he was in the passenger seat, Pontoon wouldn’t have been required to provide ID even if the stop had been legitimate. Still, he provides his driver’s license to Medlin. A couple of minutes later, Medlin tells Hicks that her license and tags check out. (You can see the time stamp in the lower left corner of the video.) This should be the end of the stop — which, again, should never have happened in the first place.

Instead, Medlin orders Pontoon out of the vehicle and handcuffs him. He also orders Hicks out of the car. Pontoon then asks Medlin what’s happening. Medlin ignores him. Pontoon asks again. Medlin responds that he’ll “explain it all in a minute.” Several minutes later, a female officers appears. Medlin then tells Pontoon, “Because of your history, I’ve got a dog coming in here. Gonna walk a dog around the car.” About 30 seconds later, he adds, “You gonna pay for this one, boy.”

Moments later, a K9 officer named Clark Smith arrives. He walks around the car with his dog. A fourth police officer then shows up. The four officers then spend the next 15 minutes conducting a thorough search of the car. Early into the search, Medlin exclaims, “Uh-huh!” as if he has found something incriminating. But nothing comes of it.

After the search of the car comes up empty, Medlin tells the female officer to “search her real good,” referring to Hicks. The personal search of Hicks is conducted off camera, but according to the complaint filed by Phillips, it allegedly involved exposing Hicks’s breasts on the side of the road in a populated area. The complaint also alleges that this was all done in direct view of the three male officers. That search, too, produced no contraband.

The officers then turn their attention to Pontoon. Medlin asks Pontoon to get out of the car. He cuffs him and begins to pat him down. Toward the end of the first video, at about the 12:46:30 mark, he tells Pontoon: “You’ve got something here right between your legs. There’s something hard right there between your legs.” Medlin says that he’s going to “put some gloves on.”

The anal probe happens out of direct view of the camera, but the audio leaves little doubt about what’s happening. Pontoon at one point says that one of the officers is grabbing his hemorrhoids. Medlin appears to reply, “I’ve had hemorrhoids, and they ain’t that hard.” At about 12:47:15 in the video, the audio actually suggests that two officers may have inserted fingers into Pontoon’s rectum, as one asks, “What are you talking about, right here?” The other replies, “Right straight up in there.”

Pontoon then again tells the officers that they’re pushing on a hemorrhoid. One officer responds, “If that’s a hemorrhoid, that’s a hemorrhoid, all right? But that don’t feel like no hemorrhoid to me.”

The officers apparently continue to search Pontoon’s rectum for another three minutes. They found no contraband. At 12:50:25, Medlin tells Pontoon to turn around and explains that he suspects him because he recognized him from when he worked narcotics. “Now I know you from before, from when I worked dope. I seen you. That’s why I put a dog on the car.”

That was Medlin’s “reasonable suspicion” to call for a drug dog — he thought he recognized Pontoon from a drug case. Medlin could well have been correct about recognizing Pontoon. He has a lengthy criminal history that includes drug charges, although his record appears to be clean since 2006, save for one arrest for “failure to comply.” Of course, even if Medlin did recognize Pontoon, that in itself isn’t cause to even stop him, much less search his car, or to subject him to a roadside cavity search.

With no contraband and no traffic violation to justify the stop in the first place, Medlin concluded the stop by giving Hicks a “courtesy warning,” although according to the complaint, there’s no indication of what the warning was actually for. Perhaps it was to warn to steer clear of police officers in Aiken….Read The Rest Here

 

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Texas Cops Attack Dad, Then Lie About Arrest to Charge Him

Next time you get into a discussion with one of those conservative anti BLM types…Show them this video. It is likely the only reason the Texas prosecutor threw the charges out is the victim this time was white.

Here is hoping Mr Faulkenberry has a decent lawyer, and he is the one collecting $800,000.

WATCH: Video clears man accused by Texas cops of assaulting them resulting in bail set at $800,000

A Texas man who had his hands up, only to be leg-whipped and thrown to the ground by sheriff’s deputies, said he escaped years in prison after a prosecutor threw out all the charges after viewing surveillance video of the incident.

In an interview with Ars Technica, Larry Faulkenberry, 47, said he told the deputies he had a camera that captured the events the evening of Jan. 14, 2015 when he was taken into custody and wrestled to the ground by three Caldwell County sheriff’s deputies.

“I knew the camera system was capturing everything the entire time. It knew everything that happened,” Faulkenberry explained. “I told him, ‘You just messed up. You have no idea how bad.’ He told me to ‘shut up.’”

The officers were dispatched to  Faulkenberry’s home after his 16-year-old son called in a false report that his father was drunk and waving a firearm because the teenager was mad that his dad had grounded him.

In the video, Faulkenberry can be seen with his hands up the entire time as the three officers surround him, with one suddenly leg-whipping him, driving him to the ground where all three can be seen piling on him.

According to the police report filed by Deputy Michael Taylor, “I observed Lawrence Faulkenberry push Sergeant Yost with the left side of his body and elbow into a tree causing him to fall and injure his left shin and right knee cap. I observed Lawrence Faulkenberry to forcefully resist Deputies while attempting to lawfully detain him for officer safety. Deputies detained Lawrence Faulkenberry using the least amount of force necessary to gain compliance from Lawrence Faulkenberry.”

The video showed nothing of the sort happened.

After seeing the video, Caldwell County District Attorney Fred Weber dropped charges against Faulkenberry who had already spent ten days in jail and was held on $807,000 bail.

“Without the video I would be in prison. There is no doubt about that,” Faulkenberry said.

Weber did not indicate whether the three officers would be prosecuted for filing a false report.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Austin Cop Pepper Sprays Handcuffed Man

Here we go again. Absolutely no reason to pepper spray this guy who is already locked up in the “bus” on his way to be charged with whatever crime real or imagined got him arrested. This was at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Tx. where I am sure there was more than one drunk person walking around.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism

 

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Drinking Coffee While Black in Cincinatti

This arrest for walking down the street sipping coffee is supposedly under review…

Yeah…Right.

Drinking coffee while black: Ohio cop stops black man strolling down the street –then slams him into wall

Saying, “This is what we have to go through in Cincinnati,” a black man strolling down the street drinking a cop of coffee filmed a police officer stalking him, leading to  a confrontation that ended with him handcuffed and face-down on the ground.

In the video uploaded to YouTube, a man identified by The Free Thought Project as 29-year-old Charles Harrell, can be seen on screen with a police officer on a bicycle following closely behind him.

“You can’t be a black man and enjoy your morning, because the police are going to harass you in Cincinnati, Ohio,” Harrell explained. “Walking down the street, the cop just asked me if I have a problem.”

Off-camera the officer, identified as Baron Osterman, can be heard telling Harrell that he crossed against the light on the deserted street.

“Sir, you were scaring me, sir. I don’t know why were following me, anyway,” Harrell replied. “You were following me all the way down the street.”

Told to set his phone and coffee cup on the ground, Harrell refused before offering his ID to the officer only to be told “don’t reach around” when he went for his wallet.

Protesting that the officer was violating his rights, Harrell is told to put his hands behind his back, leading to a scuffle with Harrell slammed into a wall before being pulled to the ground where he is handcuffed

Harrell’s cellphone continues to record the altercation from the ground after it fell between the officer’s legs.

Harrell was arrested for a pedestrian violation, resisting arrest and a small amount of marijuana that was found on him.

Informed of the video, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac issued a statement the incident is being reviewed internally.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Say Their Names

The following author identifies 26 unarmed black men killed by police. We know this is a fraction of the number of killings, as we are well familiar with death by other means including Eric Garner (choking), and Freddy Gray. The use of firearms is just a small part of the problem.

Say Their Names – 26 Black Unarmed Men Shot By Police In 2015

As the  year is coming to an end  the country is  ablaze with protests, rally’s and the repeated chant of slogans such as “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice No Peace.”  Police officers are being charged and tried for the deaths of the very people they are there to protect.  The nation is  at unrest. We’re being told to watch out  for  foreign terrorists but to  some communities, the threat of a closer danger is focused on more. It  seems in the world we live in today black males are being picked off by police  more and more. In fact according to the government database of police involved homicides unarmed black people more than twice as likely to be killed by police than white people. That  number is striking when you take into fact that black people only make up 13.2% of the  American population.

According to The Guardian, to date 1063 people have been killed by the police in 2015. While there have been over 30 police homicides of  black unarmed men in 2015 there are even more I discovered during My research where the status of  if they were armed or not is  still unknown.

There are a few named that we all know as black unarmed men killed by police officers like Freddie Gray, Jamar Clark and Walter Scott but there so many more. Below  are 23  black, unarmed men who were shot  by the police  in 2015. Remember their names too.

Naeschylus Vizant age 38 Aurora, Colorado March 2015

Tony Robinson – age 19 Madison, Wisconsin March 2015

Samuel DuBose – age 43 Cincinnati, Ohio July 2015

Christian Taylor – age 19 Arlington, Texas August 2015

Eric Harris age 44 Tulsa, Oklahoma April 2015

Walter Scott age 50 North Charleston, South Carolina April 2015

Anthony Hill age 27 Chamblee, Georgia March 2015

Jeremy Lett – age 28 Florida February 2015

Lavell Hall –  age 25  Miami Gardens, Florida  April 2015

Frank Shepard age 41 Houston, Texas April 2015

Kris Jackson age 22 South Lake Tahoe, California June 2015

Spencer McCain age 41 Owings Mills, Maryland June 2015

Jamar Clark age 24 Minneapolis, Minnesota November 2015

Nathaniel Pickett age 29 Barstow, California November 2015

Keith Harrison McLeod age 19 Reisterstown, Maryland September 2015

Felix Kumi age 61  Mount Vernon,  New York August 2015

Albert Joseph Davis age 23 Orlando, Florida July 2015

Brendon Glenn age 29 Venice, California May 2015

These names are  just a few among those who  died  at the hands of  police officers  this  year. They may not all have  been  boy scouts  but they were not an immediate threat to a police officer either. We have  seen  people of other races commit  mass murders, police assaults and killings and still manage to make it to court. Don’t our  black men deserve the same?

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in American Genocide, BlackLivesMatter

 

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Before BLM – US Army Sergeant Isaac Woodard

The physical abuse and murder of black people by forces of “the law” didn’t begin with Trayon Martin…

The story of Isaac Woodard and the 1946 police beating that opened America’s eyes

On the evening of February 12, 1946, Isaac Woodard, a 26-year-old black Army veteran, boarded a bus in Augusta, Georgia. Earlier that day, he’d been honorably discharged, and he was heading to Winnsboro, South Carolina to reunite with his wife.

The bus driver made a stop en route. When Woodard asked if he had time to use the bathroom, the driver cursed loudly at him. Woodard would later admit in a depositionthat he cursed back.

Neither man said anything until the bus stopped in Batesburg, South Carolina. There, the driver told the local police about Woodard’s impudence. Woodard was ordered off the bus. When Woodard tried to give his version of events, a police officer struck him with a night stick. Woodard was escorted to the jail, where, he later testified, he was repeatedly beaten by the police chief, Linwood Shull. Woodard said that Shull pounded him in his eyes with the end of the night stick until he blacked out (charges Shull would deny).

Once Woodard regained consciousness, he couldn’t see.

Woodard was charged with disorderly conduct, with the police claiming he’d been intoxicated. Witnesses, however, said he hadn’t been drinking. After paying a fine, Woodard was driven to a veterans’ hospital in Columbia, where doctors told him he would be permanently blind.

The NAACP took on Woodard’s cause. A benefit concert for Woodward in New York City included such entertainers as Orson Welles, Woody Guthrie, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday and Milton Berle. Woodard’s fight for justice would reach the Oval Office, with its shadow even touching the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Over the years, Woodward’s beating receded behind more publicized stories like the lynching of Emmett Till. But with police brutality remaining a problem in many African-American communities today, it’s appropriate to highlight an important – and unappreciated – story of the civil rights movement.

A battle raging on the homefront

Woodard was one of the estimated one million African-Americans who served in the U.S. military during World War II. They fought for their country on foreign soil and for racial equality on their own soil. Black soldiers served in segregated units on segregated bases. In return for fighting for their country, black veterans believed they deserved nothing less than the equality granted to every other citizen under the Constitution.

But in the postwar years, many feared that any attempt to topple Jim Crow laws would result in prolonged racial conflict. Richmond Times-Dispatch editor Virginius Dabneywarned that overturning Jim Crow would leave “hundreds, if not thousands, killed and amicable race relations set back for decades.”

Blacks who challenged prevailing laws often found themselves jailed, beaten or worse. Some of that violence was directed against black soldiers, some of whom were murdered in their uniforms.

While Woodard lived to tell his story, his blindness left him unable to make a living. Woodard knew if he stayed in the South, he had no chance for justice against Shull, so he moved to New York City to live with his parents.

Once Woodard settled in New York City, he contacted Walter White, executive secretary of the NAACP, who wrote a letter to Orson Welles, the writer, director and star of the movie Citizen Kane. Welles also wrote a syndicated newspaper column and broadcast a weekly political commentary on the radio.

“We have had many horrible cases pass through this office,” White wrote to Welles, “but never one worse than this.”

Welles delivered a series of radio commentaries on Woodard’s behalf in July and August 1946. On July 28, Welles demanded that those responsible for Woodard’s attack be prosecuted. Welles vowed to fight for Woodard because he had fought for his country.

“The blind soldier fought for me in this war, the least I can do is fight for him. I have eyes. He hasn’t. I have a voice on the radio. He hasn’t,” Welles said. “I was born a white man, and until a colored man is a full citizen, like me, I haven’t the leisure to enjoy the freedom that a colored man risked his life to maintain for me. Until somebody beats me and blinds me I am in his debt.” …Read the Rest Here

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2016 in Black History, BlackLivesMatter

 

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