Prosecutor considers charges against DPD officer
DETROIT - The Wayne County prosecutor is considering charges against a Detroit police officer who was captured on video making a rough arrest at a gas station at the end of May.
Local 4 obtained the video Wednesday, and there are many questions surrounding its contents. Police Chief James Craig isn't talking about the incident, but the altercation happened at the end of May.
The officer is on restricted duty as the prosecutor considers handing down charges.
"Don't you ever put your hands on me," an officer in the video says.
The video starts with two officers from the Detroit Police Special Operations Unit looking like they're about to arrest a man, but then they let him off the ground.
"Y'all touched me, bro," said the man filming the video.
"Let me tell you something, you walk up on me like that again," an officer said.
The man circles around the gas pumps, with his friend recording as the police officer followed him part-way around. Meanwhile, the cameraman talked with another officer.
When the man walked back into the gas station, the officer followed him inside. The video doesn't show what happened initially, but it captured the officer breaking out his Mace.
"You done just Maced him, bro," the cameraman said.
"I'm going to need you to back up," the second officer said.
The first officer then threw the man against a rack of food and put him down on the ground.
Police said the officer is now on desk duty awaiting word on what might happen with the investigation. Meanwhile, Local 4 showed the video to security analyst and former DPD veteran Lt. Tom Berry.
"First of all, the guy is Maced and he doesn't react whatsoever," Berry said. "If a guy is maced or Tased and he doesn't react whatsoever, usually that's an indication there are narcotics involved. Most police officers know that."
As for whether this was a legitimate use of force, Berry said he can't know for certain without knowing what happened before the video began.
"At that point, this guy is in custody," Berry said. "He has the right to use whatever means necessary to effect that arrest."
Berry said once the officer broke out the mace, the man was technically in custody, and the officer is within his rights to use force if necessary. He said it's up to the prosecutor to decide if the force was excessive.
Video of an Ohio cop brutalizing an unarmed black man appears to undercut the initial police story about what happened.
The Euclid Police Department originally released a statement claiming that Richard Hubbard III had ignored Officer Michael Amiott‘s instruction to “face away” as he stepped out of his car and then began to resist.
Dashcam video, however, appears to show Hubbard fully complying. As Amiott repeats his instruction, Hubbard is in the process of turning away–and then the officer appears to snap.
Amiott grabs Hubbard’s arms, pushes him, kicks him, and with the help of another cop, wrestles him to the ground. As the two officers hold Hubbard down, Amiott slams his head into the pavement multiple times and punches him repeatedly. The other officer retreats as Hubbard’s girlfriend jumps out of the car, screaming.
All the while, Amiott continues to go at Hubbard–who was allegedly pulled over on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. Hubbard was ultimately charged for that traffic offense–and for resisting arrest.
Those charges have proven controversial. Protests ensued. Hubbard’s attorney, Christopher McNeal, said:
“Your own two eyes and common sense can lead to only one reasonable conclusion as to the propriety of the level of force used for a basic traffic stop and whether or not my client had a chance to comply.”
In light of the uproar, the Euclid Police Department released Officer Amiott’s personnel file. Its contents are not likely to accrue to the department’s benefit. The image painted by Amiott’s file is not particularly flattering. It shows an officer with a history of allegedly losing evidence, losing his temper and losing the ability to drive police cars without crashing them.
Amiott also resigned from his prior job–moments before he was slated to be fired–at the Mentor Police Department because he conducted a traffic stop allegedly without probable cause and then lied about it. He’s been accused of using excessive force before, too.
Post any interesting places that you've been, going or have an interest in visiting.
Ask any travel related question and hopefully someone who has been will answer with useful tips, etc.
I think the title summed it up...
Did a search and couldn't find anything. Going to Miami next week(staying on South Beach) for the first time and I don't know shiiit lol Help folks out. Where to party, eat, sites to see etc...
I know i'm not the only one that just wants to deck this guy for no valid reason.
Views from America's Team Right? Thoughts?
it is some fine mothers that come thru. Charlotte got some bad ass women.
And I'm at a dual language academy...booty booty booty everywhere... black and Latinas....
how many of yall stop thru open nights and don't know what the teacher talking about..
also..shout out to the black families that was reppin.
This Shocking Video Appears To Show Baltimore Police Planting Drugs At A Crime Scene
The defendant charged in the case involving the drugs shown in the video was scheduled to go to trial this week. The case has been dropped.
Shocking footage from a Baltimore police officer’s body-worn camera appears to show the cop planting drugs at the scene of a crime that officials have confirmed was used to implicate a defendant scheduled to face trial on the charges this week.
In the video, the police officer appears to place a bag of pills under some garbage in an alley. He then walks back out to the street, at which point he activates the body camera. But because the cameras are programmed to capture the 30 seconds prior to activation, the officer’s actions before returning from the alley were recorded.
“I’m going to check here,” he can be heard saying, before he walks back down the alley. After furrowing around in the trash for a couple seconds, the officer locates the bag inside a soup can and exclaims “yo!” as he holds it up to his two fellow officers.
Fox Baltimore reports that the defendant who was arrested in connection with the false drug bust was scheduled to face trial this week, but the charges were dropped after the man’s public defender reviewed the video and alerted the prosecutor.
According to Fox Baltimore, the prosecutor told the defendant’s lawyer that they were “appalled” by the footage and dropped the case the next day.
But the Baltimore Sun is also reporting that the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office that was prosecuting the case offered the defendant a plea deal after reviewing the footage.
“We take allegations like this very seriously and that’s why we launched an internal investigation into the accusations," a spokesperson for the Baltimore Police said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "We are fortunate to have body-worn cameras which provide a perspective of the events as reported.”
BuzzFeed News has also reached out to the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office and the Baltimore public defender.
Baltimore police also issued a statement:
“We take allegations like this very seriously and that’s why we launched an internal investigation into the accusations. We are fortunate to have Body Worn Cameras which provide a perspective of the events as reported.”
Police would not say if the officer in question is on active duty while the internal investigation is underway.
Will Lesean Mccoy led his team to a Super Bowl this year? Thoughts?
My uncle and my cousins are Muslim. They follow the 5 pillars and everything. I'm not too religious at all and they want to change that. They've been trying to get me to convert to Islam.
Well, my uncle told me they're planning going to Mecca in August for Hajj. They want me to go and experience it, even if I don't convert. My uncle says he can get me a written verification of my religion from his mosque (that's not honest) and if I choose to go he will help me study the Quran in case the authorities want to get trivial with me to prove my Islamness.
I don't know. My great uncle went and the stories he had from his trip in the 60s sounded like quite an experience.
Would y'all go if given the chance?
Well the last thread was deleted along with the rest of my content but the show must go on.
I'm proud of what the last thread became and how many posters got involved, you guys helped not only keep me motivated but keep other posters motivated as well so pat yourselves on the back for that.
Let's keep it up in 2015, what are some of your goals?
From what I understand when the Europeans came here the Native Americans were technologically behind. They didn't have any buildings. They didn't have metals. They weren't farming or raising livestock. They would go out into the woods and hunt down an animal or pick fruits and vegetables from trees but they had no agricultural advancement. They were basically hunters and gatherers in a time when Europeans were navigating the world. They lived in Teepees.
And before anybody accuses me of being racist or Eurocentric, I'm part Native American. But I'd have to admit, that if the Native Americans were living in teepees and hunting and gathering, the Europeans did a good job of taking the land and making it useful through technological advancement. The Europeans built railroads, telephone wires, highways and airports that connected California to New York.
From the research I've done, the Native Americans weren't on the verge of any technological advancements.
Mia Flores and Olivia Flores are married to the highest level drug traffickers ever to become U.S. informants. They are currently living in protective custody.
they berayed chapo and not only were imformants but joined el mencho chapo enemies and 2nd most powerful cartel in mexico lil back story how they got caught and chapo found out they were snitches tried to buy there freedom to killed em himself
Chapo, Mayo, and Vicente then got on a call together to figure out what to do. They realized they had $5 million sitting in a plane on a runway in Juárez, and if they rerouted that plane, they could get the money to Puerto Vallarta.
Vicente called the AFI office to negotiate.
“Keep the Flores brothers safe,” he demanded, “and we’ll pay you in exchange for their freedom. But it’s going to take about two and a half hours.”
“We don’t have that kind of time,” the official said.
Unfortunately, two and a half hours wasn’t going to work. The AFI and immigration officer had been serious about wanting to send Peter and Junior back to the United States, and they’d called the feds.
“The U.S. Marshals will be here in half an hour,” the AFI agent said. “They’re taking Peter and Junior. We can’t make a deal.”
The drug lords huddled together on the phone again and quickly came up with a plan B. They told Vicente to call the AFI officer right back.
“We could do this the easy way or the hard way,” he said, “but regardless, you’re not sending the twins back to the U.S. And since you’re apparently insisting on keeping them, we’re going to do things the hard way.”
As a matter of fact, the cartels were prepared to go to war to save Junior and Peter from being sent back to the United States; Chapo, Mayo, and Vicente had begun amassing an army to come get them.
The AFI agent knew he and his men were going to be outnumbered by whoever the cartels were sending, so they suited up in full war gear and shuttled Peter and Junior out of the station as fast as they could. They didn’t give them bulletproof vests, but they did push them into a bulletproof Suburban, with two armed agents stationed on either side of them. The U.S. Marshals were supposed to arrive by 1 p.m., and they had to meet them the minute they showed up.
The AFI agent got behind the wheel and began driving around the streets of Vallarta, frantic. After a few minutes, his phone rang. It was Músico, Arturo’s right‑hand man. Músico made all phone calls for Arturo and was one of Junior’s closest friends, and right then, he was demanding to speak with Junior.
The AFI officer handed the phone back to Junior and Peter. Then, Músico started talking.
“We have hundreds of men ready to fight for your lives. Every road that leads to the Puerto Vallarta airport is blocked off. Every street is barricaded. There’s no way you’re getting on that plane. There’s no way you’re going back to the US.”
As he listened in, Peter paused for a minute and realized just what was happening. But before he could say anything, Músico started to talk again, his voice cracking. “I don’t know if there will be a shootout. This might not end well. But whatever happens, Junior, please know it’s been an honor knowing you. Knowing the both of you.”
When Músico said that, Peter thought about a million things, but three really stuck out. First, he remembered what his dad always said to him: “Don’t ever let them take you to jail.” Next, he thought about me. Finally, he said to himself, Junior and I came into this life together, and I guess we’re going to leave this world together. Then he grabbed his brother’s hand, closed his eyes, and felt hot tears start to run down his face.
Junior choked up as he was talking to Músico. “But . . . our family.” Músico replied, “Don’t worry about your family. You have my word that I will guard them with my life and get them out of Mexico safely. I promise I won’t let anything happen to them.”
That was the signal for the AFI officer to make his move. He rolled down his window, put on his turn signal, and as he inched toward the side of the road, he motioned for his caravan to pull over, too. Then he jumped out of the car and made a call.
As he held the phone to his ear, he began pacing back and forth, clearly distraught. The U.S. Marshals were about to roll into town, guns blazing, ready to capture the Flores brothers, and they were going to run right smack into the cartel’s army. Something devastating was about to happen, and the AFI officer knew he’d put his men in the middle of it.
Then, he got back in the car and drove slowly toward the plaza in downtown Vallarta. As he rounded a corner, he saw almost a hundred men holding AK‑47s, their guns drawn. Probably half of them surrounded the AFI officer’s caravan, and Mencho walked up to where Junior and Peter were sitting.
“Cuate? Time to go.”
The AFI officer looked at Peter and Junior, put his gun on the floor, and exited the car with his hands up. As he opened their door, Mencho said, “Vamos,” signaling for them to get out.
Junior and Peter slid off the seats just as two of Mencho’s men took their places in the back. They were decoys, intended to throw off the Marshals, who were getting closer.
Then Junior and Peter walked quickly toward a waiting car. Before they reached it, though, Junior turned around, approached the AFI agent, shook his hand, and told him, “You did the right thing. Don’t worry, I’m not going to let anyone harm you. My brother and I are going to look out for you.”
There’s A Scripted Malcolm X Series In The Works
The show will be based on a Pulitzer-Prize winning biography about the Civil Rights leader.
The life of civil rights activist Malcolm X will be the focus of an upcoming TV drama that’s currently in development.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, independent studio Critical Content has bought to rights to the Pulitzer-Prize winning biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention written by Manning Marable.
“Boardwalk Empire” writer David Matthews has been tapped to write the pilot script for the series, which is not yet tied to a network.
Marable’s book, published in 2011, is widely considered to be the ultimate record of the life of Malcolm X. Deadline reports that the drama series will draw heavily on previously unknown details revealed in the book about the outspoken black activist.
Spike Lee’s epic biopic “Malcolm X” starring Denzel Washington is perhaps the best known onscreen depiction of the activist’s life. Washington received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for the film.
Here is David Matthews writer of the script
Has it become fashionable to lash out at police? Law enforcement advocates fear it’s a growing trend in some circles.
Whether they’re being shot at, cussed at, zapped with a stun gun or denied service at a restaurant, many police officers in Metro Detroit and across the country feel they’re being disrespected more than ever.
“Everybody thinks it’s cool to not talk to the police, and to hate the police,” Detroit Police officer Ki’Juan Anderson said. “The bad guys love this. A criminal will commit a crime, and nobody wants to tell us what happened. We’re trying to help them ... and they say ‘get off my porch; I hate the police.’ ”
Anderson, who is assigned to the department’s Gang Intelligence unit, was in the Special Operations crew of Kenneth Steil in September, when Steil was killed in a shootout with a carjacking suspect.
Since then, 10 Detroit officers have been shot in the line of duty, while shots were fired at several other officers, including an incident July 20 in southwest Detroit near Chamberlain and Elsmere. Officers were responding to a call of shots fired in the area when a man shot at them. The officers returned fire and the suspect ran away.
Since Steil was killed, “I feel like I’m going to get shot every day,” Anderson said. “But I have to put that aside and go out there and do my job.”
Nationwide, 143 officers were killed on duty last year, the most in five years, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The organization’s “Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report,” released last month, found a 30 percent increase in line-of-duty deaths in the first six months of this year over the same period in 2016.
On Friday, six officers in Pennsylvania and Florida were shot, two fatally, in the space of a few hours.
“Most citizens are supportive, but we have a criminal element that has no reservations (about) shooting at cops,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. “They buy into the ... anti-police rhetoric and they feel they have a green light to attack officers.”
Singer Trey Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of disturbing the peace after he punched a Detroit police sergeant following a December concert at Joe Louis Arena. He was sentenced to probation and will serve no jail time.
During a free-speech rally Saturday in Boston, city police tweeted: “#BPD is asking individuals to refrain from throwing urine, bottles and other harmful projectiles at our officers.”
Police say the anger against cops is manifested in ways other than violence. In several recent incidents, restaurant workers refused to wait on police officers. Late last month in New York, a Dunkin’ Donuts employee allegedly told two officers, “I don’t serve cops.” New York officers began a boycott of the chain.
“I think this is one of the more challenging times that I’ve seen in this profession and I’ve been in it a long time,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “I think there’s a false narrative out there that police officers are quick to use force, quick to violence, quick to improper behavior.”
Another indication cops have fallen out of fashion: Police departments in Michigan and across the country are having trouble recruiting.
Kenneth Reed, spokesman for the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, scoffed at the suggestion there’s a war on cops.
“There’s a war on the citizenry by law enforcement,” Reed said. “There’s an element of uneasiness and even fear among citizens, particularly among African descent and other brown people — especially when you have Donald Trump saying it’s OK to brutalize people when they’re taken into police custody.”
During a speech last month at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, New York, President Trump told a gathering of police officers: “When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over (their heads)? I said, you can take the hand away, OK?”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters: “I believe (Trump) was making a joke at the time,” but the president’s statement was roundly denounced by civil rights groups and police officials nationwide.
Videos shared on social media, including the April 2015 incident in which Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager fatally shot unarmed black motorist Walter Scott in the back, has fueled the perception that all cops are bad, police officials say.
Slager, who pleaded guilty in May of willfully using excessive force to deprive Scott of his civil rights, is awaiting sentencing.
“Are there some problem officers? Absolutely, and nobody wants a dirty cop off the street more than we do,” Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said. “But that’s the small minority. All police are not like that, despite the perception by some.”
Ray Winans, a former gang member who was convicted of manslaughter at age 15 and now mentors Detroit youths, said the chasm between police and citizens is the fault of both parties.
“There’s a mistrust that goes both ways: Police hear horror stories about community members and believe them, and community members hear horror stories about the police and believe them,” he said. “But it’s not near as bad in Detroit as it is in other cities. That’s because Chief Craig has done a good job being transparent and holding problem officers accountable.”
Black Lives Matter protestors rally at home of officer involved in fatal shooting
Activists call for punishment in the shooting of David Jones outside officer's home in quiet Bustleton neighborhood.
Calling for justice in the recent, fatal police shooting of 30-year-old David Jones, a small group of Black Lives Matter protestors marched in the streets in front of the Bustleton home of the police officer who caused Jones’ untimely death.
The events unfolded at about 7 p.m. on Thursday, when a group of protestors began pasting “wanted” posters for Philadelphia Police officer Ryan Pownall on telephone poles near his home along Bridle Road in Northeast Philly.
The posters featured a photo of Pownall and claimed the officer was “wanted by the people of Philadelphia for the murder of David Jones.”
According to the police report on Jones’ death, he was fatally shot in the back by Pownall on June 8th after a scuffle over a gun in Jones' waistband.
Pownall had stopped Jones after seeing him riding a dirt bike erratically near the intersection of Whitaker and Hunting Park Avenues in Juniata Park, notes the report. An alleged witness to the shooting has claimed that he saw Jones' gun drop to the sidewalk before Jones ran and Pownall shot the fleeing Jones fatally in the back.
On Thursday, Black Lives Matter organizer, Asa Khalif led a group of about ten protestors in chants of “No justice, no peace, no racist police” and “We demand justice for David Jones,” as police vehicles quickly filled the block.
It was mere moments after the protestors placed their first “wanted” poster when law enforcement officials arrived en masse, creating a line of officers along the sidewalk, separating protestors from the home they had targeted.
“We want justice for his kids. We want justice for his family,” shouted Khalif. “We want justice or else we are going to keep going into your motherf***ing neighborhood.”
During the protest, local residents emerged from their homes. Some confronted the protestors, with one man even attempting to throw several signs that read “Black Lives Matter” into a plastic garbage bag.
He shouted “I saw trash and wanted to pick it up,” when officers on the scene stopped him and walked the man back towards his home.
Though the event was mostly peaceful, at times protestors clashed with residents in prolonged shouting matches. Police on hand seemed content to monitor the situation and make sure to keep the parties separate.
When asked to discuss the police response to the protest, officers on scene declined to comment to a Metro reporter.
At one point, someone in the crowd shouted that, if Khalif wanted to have his point heard, he should go directly to the mayor’s office.
Khalif replied that he had indeed done that.
In fact, he had, in recent weeks, stopped press conferences, marched on City Hall and stormed into the offices of the city’s managing director, Michael DiBerardinis, calling for Pownall to be arrested for Jones’ shooting.
Khalif replied that they had decided to come to Pownall’s home in a further effort to seek justice.
“[Police] come into our communities and we are flipping the script. We are coming to your neighborhood,” he said.
The investigation into Jones’ death is ongoing and is being handled by the Office of the Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
After about an hour, as the sun began to set, Khalif gathered his small group of activists and left for the evening.
“Black lives matter also,” said Khalif as he closed the rally. “When you kill someone, you should go to jail.”
No arrests were made. Mayor Jim Kenney praised the conduct of the police officers who, he said, "peacefully defused last night's event."
"There are many Philadelphians and officers who are productively working to build police-community trust, including pushing for transparency and reform which Commissioner Ross and I both agree must continue," Kenney said. "What happened last night did nothing to move those efforts forward."
Following the display, some locals seemed upset by the protest.
"This is a disgrace. Don't come to our neighborhood!" shounted one neighbor as Khalif's vehicle drove off. The man refused to share his name with a reporter.
Yet, others seemed to believe that it was everyone’s right to protest if they feel there has been an injustice.
Citing the fact that protestors promised to return to the neighborhood in the coming days, a neighbor of Pownall’s asked to remain anonymous, but he said that he could understand the protestors’ motivations.
“We live in a free country, so you should be able to voice your opinion,” said the neighbor. “But, my father was a cop and you show up at a guy’s house to express your opinion? I don’t know… That’s tough.”
Pownall was called a "racist, bigot pig cop" and Khalif said he has "a murderous spirit" referring to another shooting that the officer was involved. That 2010 shooting left Carnell Williams-Carney paralyzed when a bullet hit him in the back. The shooting was ruled justified and Williams-Carney lost a federal lawsuit against police.
Thursday's protest riled police union boss John McNesby. He called Khalif a "punk" who shoud've been arrested for protesting without a permit.
"I can't use the words I want," McNesby said Friday. "To take it to someone's house, a police officer's house, he doesn't have any respect."
"He's a two-bit punk who doesn't have the respect of decent protesters, if there is any in this city."