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Two Broward Deputies Accused Of Using Excessive Force
April 30, 2014 11:20 PM
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Two Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies are under fire, accused of using excessive force—and all of it was caught on camera.
BSO is conducting an internal affairs investigation to find out if the two officers involved were justified in using force and are also questioning why Sheriff Scott Israel wasn’t notified until three months after the incident.
On February 18th, BSO says two of their deputies responded to a convenience store in Deerfield Beach for a report of a theft. 50-year-old David Gonzalez was their suspect.
The store manager, Mohamad Kabir, said a drunk and mumbling Gonzalez stole candy then tried to get beer, offering his watch as a trade.
“He was drunk,” said Kabir. “He said, take my watch give me the 12-pack beer.”
Kabir called police and asked them to give Gonzalez a trespass warning.
Surveillance cameras were rolling when deputies Justin Lambert and Mike Manresa arrived.
According to the deputies reports, Gonzalez was under the influence of alcohol and “acting very belligerent” towards them.
At one point, according to the complaint affidavit, Gonzalez raised his hand and lunged at the deputy while screaming profanities before resisting arrest.
Gonzalez was forced to the ground, according to the report, in order to secure handcuffs.
According to an arrest affidavit, Gonzalez was also combative with fire rescue and medical staff and had to be sedated because of his “belligerent and violent” actions.
One witness who wanted to remain anonymous, tells a different story.
AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) – One year after being accidentally shot in the face Britteney Miles shares her story.
On May 5, 2012, the Agawam resident called 911 after she thought someone was breaking into her apartment. It turned out to be her boyfriend.
“If I had known it was my boyfriend I would have never called the cops. I would have went to the front door and opened it,” said Miles.
Miles was shot as she was at the door to meet the police.
“I walked over to open the door and before I could get my door open, she fired her gun and it went through the door and hit me in the face,” said Miles.
She was pregnant and holding her two-year-old daughter at the time. She didn’t know she was shot until an officer told her what happened.
“They had me laying on the ground and I was still bleeding,” said Miles.
The whole time she adds the focus was on her children.
“I was afraid they were gonna go to DSS or a foster home and I was gonna die and my kids aren’t gonna know what happened to me,” said Miles.
Britteney has scars on her chin and neck. She is still in pain and worries about going out in public.
“Anything could go wrong, any moment and it makes if difficult to be out doing things,” said Miles.
The officer who shot her was Danielle Petrangelo. She was cleared by the District Attorney of any criminal wrong doing, but is no longer with the department.
Miles may testify at a jobs status hearing for the former officer in October.
Meantime, her attorney Bruce Milikian is reviewing the police findings and medical reports to determine if civil action should be taken.
“In this particular case, while there was no criminal wrong doing, doesn’t mean there wasn’t wrongdoing,” said Milikian
For Miles, every day is astruggle as her anxiety continues to get worse and the pain is a constant reminder of that terrifying morning. “Anything could go wrong at any moment and it makes it difficult to be out doing things,” she says.
A hearing is set for October for Officer Petrngelo to determine her job status. Miles may be testifying about what happened during the shooting.
We reached out to the Agawam Police Department for comment, but have not heard back.
SWAT team rammed wrong man’s car, lawsuit alleges
Posted: 6:01 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013
By Esther Robards-Forbes – American-Statesman Staff
Driving in the early morning hours to his job at a metal shop in Buda, Miguel Montanez at first thought the approaching lights were a school bus or a tow truck.
But Montanez says it was a Hays County SWAT truck that rammed his car head-on. As they collided, another police vehicle pinned him from behind, he says.
He heard a shot.
“I saw my windshield crack, and I ducked down as low as possible,” Montanez said. “I really thought I was going to die.”
Seconds later, he says, three deputies were pointing assault rifles at him. “That’s when I heard one of the officers say, ‘Oh, (expletive), we got the wrong guy,’ ” Montanez said.
Montanez, 39, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on May 6 against Hays County, the city of San Marcos and nine law enforcement agents for injuries he says he sustained that morning last summer, July 13.
Even after officers realized that he was not the suspect, he said, they kept him in handcuffs for half an hour while they questioned him and ran a warrant check that came up with nothing. Then they let him go.
Montanez, who lives in Guadalupe County, said that one of the officers told him they were looking for one of his brothers, who lives at a different address.
Sheriff’s officials in Hays County and San Marcos police declined to comment.
The county’s insurance company paid about $3,700 for the damage to the car, which was totaled, but has never offered an apology or to cover his medical bills. Montanez said he suffered a herniated disc in his back and other injuries during the stop, as well as psychological trauma. Most of all, he says, he wants to know what happened and why.
“It’s an example of government at its worst,” said Montanez’s lawyer, Adam Loewy. “The man was, I would submit, inches from being killed for no reason, and no one from the county or the city of San Marcos has ever come out here to apologize. The government is not supposed to attack its citizens.”
Hays County officials also declined to discuss details of the incident.
“We look forward to the opportunity to clarify some of the facts in the case,” said Mark Kennedy, an attorney for Hays County.
According to a heavily redacted report obtained by Loewy from the Hays County sheriff’s office, the SWAT team was in the area to find a suspect who had warrants out for his arrest. The report does not specify the charges or identify the wanted person.
According to the report, the suspect drove a blue 1993 BMW. Montanez drove a green 1992 BMW 318. When officers observed a dark BMW rounding the curve on Meadowbrook, they stopped the car, the report said.
“Due to the urgency of these warrants and the hazards to neighbors and bystanders, tactics were employed in order to maximize safety to community and swift apprehension of the suspect,” the report states.
The report does not include details about the stop or note whether any shots were fired.
The front end of Montanez’s green BMW is now crumpled from its impact with the SWAT truck. The windshield sports two spider-webbed cracks that look like bullet holes and burn marks that Montanez believes were from flash-bang grenades. The passenger window is gone, broken out during the stop, he said.
“I’m just glad my son wasn’t in the car with me,” said Montanez, who had been scheduled to drive his then 16-year-old son to his mother’s house that morning but had instead dropped him off the night before.
Loewy has represented plaintiffs in several high-profile cases involving allegations of police misconduct. He was the lawyer for the family of Nathaniel Sanders in a wrongful death suit against the Austin Police Department in an officer-involved shooting in 2009. The city settled with the family for $750,000 in that case.
Bravo to officer N Vasquez Badge 145
You win the “Dumb Pig of the Week” Award
Let’s hope you encounter a truly dangerous person real soon.
Ogden family distraught after police mistake husband for wanted man
Mistake » Officers were searching for a 23-year-old man wanted for desertion.
By Jessica Miller | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Dec 29 2012 01:01 am • Last Updated Dec 29 2012 01:01 am
Eric Hill woke at 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 20 to his scared daughter telling him she had heard knocking near her closet.
Hill thought the 10-year-old was hearing things, but then came the banging on the front door of his Ogden home.
He went from his basement bedroom to the front door and asked who was there.
Hill said he finally armed himself with a baseball bat and asked again who was there.
“Ogden Police,” a voice called out from outside the home, located in the 1000 block of Harrop Street.
“At that point, I didn’t believe it,” Hill said. “It took them so long to respond to me.”
But Hill opened his front door and was met with six men who he said were dressed in black, with no police identifiers that he saw. Three had assault rifles, Hill said; two were carrying tactical shotguns.
The men pointed their guns at Hill and told him to drop the bat and come outside.
“They just automatically placed me in handcuffs,” Hill said. “I [told] them my name, and they [kept] telling me my name is Derek.”
Hill said the officers told them that a felony arrest warrant was being served because he had gone AWOL from the military. But Hill, 28, had never been in the military.
The man police were looking for was a 23-year-old whom officers found a couple of hours later, according to arrest records. Second District Court records show the man has been charged with desertion.
While Hill was upstairs trying to reason with the officers that he was who he said he was, Melanie Hill, his wife, said she was in their basement bedroom with their two children, ages 4 and 10, trying to make out what the voices were saying upstairs.
She said she grabbed her phone to dial 911, thinking the voices were that of a distraught neighbor. But when she went to the stairwell, she was met with a man holding an assault rifle.
“I thought we were getting robbed,” she said. “I had no idea who the person on the stairs was.”
Melanie Hill said she was told to go downstairs and grab her husband’s wallet so he could prove his identification. She said her children followed her up the stairs and were terrified to see armed strangers in their home.
“After the [Newtown, Conn.] shooting that just happened, my [older] kid was already scared to go to school,” Eric Hill said. “They are just traumatized by it.”
Eventually, Eric Hill proved his identity to the officers, and they took him out of handcuffs, the couple said. But the couple said the officers never further identified themselves or explained why they had come to their house.
Melanie Hill said one of the officers made a comment about her husband coming to the door with a bat, saying that had it been a gun, the officers would have “blown you away.”
“It was a split decision to grab that bat,” she said. “They could have killed him in his house for no reason in front of me and my kids. There should be other tactics to handle this kind of situation.”
Ogden police Lt. Will Cragun said officers initially thought Eric Hill matched the description of the man for whom they were looking. He said once the officers verified Eric Hill’s identity, they released him and apologized for the error.
“These things are going to happen on occasion,” he said. “It’s unfortunate for Mr. Hill. His response [in holding a bat], I totally get. He has the right to protect his family. I would hope [the officers] are professional.”
Cragun said instances of mistaken identity are not common, but do happen. He said that the officers who went to the home were patrol officers working the night shift and would have been dressed in a patrol uniform, which includes a navy blue shirt with police patches, and tan pants.
Eric Hill said he received a phone call from police Chief Mike Ashment several days ago, explaining that the warrant was served at his house because it was the last known address of the man facing the arrest warrant.
The Hill family bought the house six months ago, Eric Hill said, but added that his neighbor told him the man police were looking for was the previous homeowner’s nephew, who had never lived at the home.
No formal complaint about the incident has been filed to the police department, Cragun said.
“If people think officers have done something in violation of our policy or violation of the law, they have the right to come and make a formal complaint,” he said. “We will do an investigation to make sure there wasn’t any violations or any wrongdoing.”
Here is look into the notorious stop and frisk program of NYC. There were close to 700,000 stop and frisks in the year 2011 alone and over 203,000 in the first quarter of 2012. The below video is a recording of one ‘250’ (stop and frisk). It has commentary from different police officers who are hounded daily to perform these unconstitutional searches daily or face reprimands. While the department “technically” doesn’t have a quota, secret recordings of departmental meetings shows there is a set number of stops and arrests that must be met. The consequences of not meeting your quota can range from desk duty to being put in a notoriously dangerous sector midnight shift alone. The second video also touches upon the little known practice of manipulating crime statistics. Felonies are turned to misdemeanors so people in office can claim crime is down. One of the whistleblowers was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward after Internal Affairs would not act and he claimed he would go public.
Cops assaulter, tased, and beat tiny Asian woman for buying too many iPhones.