Police Run Down Man With Cruiser @ 50 MPH

It has not been a good month for police “infractions” caught on tape: whether it is a cop shooting an unarmed suspect just because, or a cop shooting an unarmed suspect because “a taser was confused with a gun”, the latest grotesque act caught on dashcam is the following video taken on February 19 showing a police cruiser slamming into an alleged crime suspect, Mario Valencia, holding a gun (however not aiming it at anyone and certainly not the police) at a speed of about 50 mph from behind, in what was clearly a move intended to kill the suspect.

Miraculously, the suspect survived. Ironically, the Police in Marana, Arizona, where the dashcam video was taken, claim that they saved the suspect’s life. His lawyer, understandably, strongly disagrees.

“Everything in the video seems to point towards an obvious excessive use of force. It is miraculous that my client isn’t dead,” said attorney Michelle Cohen-Metzger.

That said, the video of the incident has stirred debate about what type of force police should have used to detain a man with a gun.

As CNN recounts, in one video, an officer who was tailing Valencia at slow speed reports over the radio that the suspect has fired one round in the air with a rifle he is accused of stealing that morning from a Walmart.

Another patrol car zooms past, runs into the man from behind then hits a short cinder block wall next to a driveway. Video from Officer Michael Rapiejko’s camera shows the officer running the man over and the windshield smashing as the car hits the wall.

“Oh Jesus Christ. Man down,” the officer in the first car says.

Police in Marana, which is about a half-hour from Tucson, have justified Rapiejko’s actions.

The police, as has now become the norm, will either shoot, or run suspects over, and ask questions later.

“If we’re going to choose between maybe we’ll let him go a little bit farther and see what happens, or we’re going to take him out now and eliminate any opportunity he has to hurt somebody, you’re going to err on the side of, in favor of the innocent people,” Police Chief Terry Rozema said. “Without a doubt.”

At least according to the Police, the suspect was engaged in a series of extended crimes before his read end’s fateful encounter with the Arizona police cruiser.

Tucson Police Sgt. Pete Dugan told CNN that Valencia was involved in several incidents in Tucson the day he was struck. At 6:45 a.m., Valencia robbed a 7-Eleven in Tucson with a metal object in his hand. Authorities said he was dressed only in his underwear. He was charged with theft.

A little more than an hour later, police said, Valencia set a fire at a church for which he was charged with arson of an occupied structure.

Just after that he entered a home and stole a car, police said.

Authorities said he drove to a Walmart where he stole a .30-30 rifle and ammunition. He fled the store with Walmart employees in pursuit.

It is here that things get “liquid.” Valencia, police said, walked away from the officer, turned a corner and stopped. Valencia pointed the rifle at the officer then walked away again toward a Coca-Cola bottling plant and another business.

None of that is on the tape. What is visible is the next part of the police report: “Brunenkant also said by phone that before Rapiejko’s encounter with Valencia, the suspect had pointed the rifle at his head multiple times and threatened suicide before fleeing.”

In other words, the driver of the police cruiser decided to take matters into his own hands and potentially kill someone with clearly… suicidal tendencies?

Valencia’s attorney was livid: “My client’s back was turned and the officer drove right into him,” she said. “It isn’t that dissimilar to a police officer shooting a fleeing suspect in the back.”

However, as recent events have demonstrated, shooting a fleeing suspect in the back is an all too normal occurrence.

Appearing later on CNN, a former NYPD officer Harry Houck said: “What if that (suspect) walks into somebody, maybe taking a potential hostage, maybe just shooting somebody.” After a man fires a gun in the air, officers have to make a decision how to detain the man, Houck said. Do they surround him with their cars and get in a gun battle? That would risk the lives of officers and bystanders, he said.

“I’m 100% behind this officer,” Houck said.

Well, that’s what cops do: they stand behind each other; they only shoot and drive at 50 mph into non-police officers from behind.

Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, told Cooper the suspect had to be stopped but not with a vehicle running into him.

And the understatement of the day: “I have to question this tactic a bit,” he said. “I think setting up a secure perimeter and at least making some attempt to negotiate may have been far more efficient.”

Then again what has become quite apparent in recent months, is that America’s increasingly militarized and weaponized police force, has also become Judge Dredd-ized, and is meant to not uphold the law and preserve the peace, but also to serve as judge, jury and exectuioner all at the same time. And hope that nobody is recording.

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Tulsa Police Shoot Unarmed Eric Courtney Harris

It seems America can scarcely get through a week without a new video of perceived police misconduct surfacing and one can only think the trend will continue as each incident only serves to reinforce the notion that law enforcement should everywhere and always be monitored if not by civilian cell phone footage then at least by dash cams that actually work and perhaps by body cams as well.

On the heels of the South Carolina “confrontation” which led to the shooting death of Walter Scott, we get a new video out of Tulsa in which one Eric Courtney Harris — who apparently sold an illegal firearm to undercover agents and who CNN compassionately describes as a “possibly PCP-addled felon” — is “accidentally” shot by a 73-old reserve deputy who apparently could not distinguish between his Taser and his glock. “Oh, I shot him, sorry” the deputy says although the other officers don’t seem to share the deputy’s remorse because when Harris (whose head is pressed between the ground and someone’s knee) says “I’m losing my breath,” the officers let him know, in no uncertain terms, that they are not concerned with his breathing.

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San Bernadino Sheriffs Beat Francis Jared Pusok – Rodney King Style

Source: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Man-on-Stolen-Horse-Stunned-by-Sheriffs-Deputies-in-IE-299250951.html


The San Bernardino County Sheriff ordered an internal investigation Thursday into an arrest caught on NBC Los Angeles’ NewsChopper4 video that showed deputies beating a suspect when they caught up to him following a wild desert chase on horseback.

Aerial footage showed the man falling off the horse he was suspected of stealing during the pursuit in San Bernardino County Thursday afternoon.

He then appeared to be stunned with a Taser by a sheriff’s deputy and fall to the ground with his arms outstretched. Two deputies immediately descended on him and began punching him in the head and kneeing him in the groin, according to the footage.

The group surrounding the man grew to 11 sheriff’s deputies.

In the two minutes after the man was stunned with a Taser, it appeared deputies kicked him 17 times, punched him 37 times and struck him with batons four times. Thirteen blows appeared to be to the head. The horse stood idly nearby.

The man did not appear to move from his position lying on the ground for more than 45 minutes. He did not appear to receive medical attention while deputies stood around him during that time.

The man, identified as Francis Jared Pusok, 30, of Apple Valley, was hospitalized with unknown injuries, authorities said.

His girlfriend, Jolene Bindner, said she hasn’t been able to get answers from the Sheriff’s Department about Pusok’s condition, let alone what hospital he’s at.

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Walter Scott executed by South Carolina officer Michael T. Slager

Michael T. Slager, homicidal maniac with a badge, executed Walter Scott by shooting him in the back 8 times.

The homicidal maniac then said he had feared for his life because Walter Scott had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. The above video clearly shows the maniac firing eight times as Walter L. Scott, 50, ran for his life.

The North Charleston mayor announced that Michael T Slager (homicidal maniac with a badge) would be charged with murder.

Something — it is not clear whether it is the stun gun — is either tossed or knocked to the ground behind the two men, and maniac Slager draws his gun, the video shows. When the officer fires, Mr. Scott appears to be 15 to 20 feet away and fleeing. He falls after the last of eight shots.

The officer then runs back toward where the initial scuffle occurred and picks something up off the ground. Moments later, he drops an object near Mr. Scott’s body, the video shows.

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New Jersey Police Dog Mauls Phillip White To Death

Phillip White

Phillip White

Name: Phillip White
Date of Execution: 4/1/2015
Executioner: New Jersey Police
Crime: Living in Police State USA

“They punched him, stomped him, kicked him and then they let the dog out of the car,” said Ricardo Garcia. “The dog bit him on his face and around his body. There’s no call for that. Once a man is handcuffed and unconscious, you should have stuck him in the patrol car and take him to the police station. Instead they decided to beat him right here.”

Another witness, Luis Martinez, also insisted White wasn’t doing anything wrong and that the officers used excessive force.

“The other cop let the dog out and they just kept punching him and the dog kept biting him at the same time,” Martinez said. “He was on the floor. Like, he was knocked out.”

A dog is heard barking on a police dispatch recording of the incident.

“118 West Grape,” the dispatcher says in the recording. “Subject…hyperventilating. Officers out.”
An officer is also heard on the recording.

“Slow all units down,” the officer says. “Subject under…tried disarming me…tried to grab my gun.”

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John Stossel – Policing America: Security vs Liberty

John Stossel discusses the police state:

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California Highway Patrol (CHP) Beats Woman

To Protect and Serve.

Two Broward Deputies Beat Man [Video]

Two Broward Deputies Accused Of Using Excessive Force
April 30, 2014 11:20 PM
Gaby Fleischman

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.

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One witness who wanted to remain anonymous, tells a different story.

Read full story: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/04/30/two-broward-deputies-accused-of-using-excessive-force/

TN Police STEAL $160,000 During Traffic Stop

Highway Robbery

Police Shoot Pregnant Woman In the Face

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.