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Brownback Vs. King.

In the summer of 2014, James King was on a break from school, working two jobs. As he was walking from one job to the other, he was stopped by two men. It is here that everything starts to go wrong.

On that fateful July day, a detective with the Grand Rapids Police Department and a special agent with the FBI approached King, mistaking him for a man wanted for breaking into the home of a former employer and stealing. According to King, they didn’t identify themselves but asked him questions, then pinned him against their SUV and took his wallet. King says he thought he was being mugged and attempted to run. The two officers then attacked King and beat him unconscious.

Bystanders who watched this happen also didn’t realize that King’s attackers were police. Some called the police and others filmed. When more police arrived, they ordered bystanders to delete video of the beating (some complied).

Rather than acknowledge they mistook King for someone else, police and prosecutors instead charged him with assaulting the police officers and resisting arrest. They tried to get him to accept a plea deal but King refused, forcing a trial and risking years in prison. While he was completely acquitted by a jury in 2015, the fight bankrupted his family.

King was taken to the hospital and handcuffed to the bed.
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Cop Hoax.

(Screenshot via KSNT)

On December 28, 2019 a police officer from Herington, Kansas Police Department ordered a coffee from a local McDonald’s.

What happened next is appalling.

Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday said on Saturday that a Herington Police officer went to the McDonald’s at 1127 South Washington Street on his way to work. He ordered a coffee and discovered that someone had written ‘f***ing pig’ on the side of it.

Hornaday said when the writing was brought to the attention of management at the McDonald’s, they offered the officer a free lunch.

In a statement, Chief Hornaday said the officer has worked in law enforcement for five years serving as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army. He’s worked at the Herington Police Department for only two months.

Our first reaction was “what is wrong with people? An officer wanted a coffee and someone decided to go the path of insulting him?”

We hoped the person who wrote the message would lose their position.
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Cop Allegedly Fondles Dead Woman’s Breasts. There Is Good News Though.

“Hatred” by Italian painter Pietro Pajetta, 1896

An Los Angeles police officer has been suspended from the force after his body camera allegedly recorded him fondling the breasts of a dead woman.

A veteran Los Angeles police officer is under investigation after his body-worn camera captured him allegedly fondling a dead woman’s breasts.

The officer, who is assigned to downtown’s Central Division, was placed on leave once supervisors reviewed the footage during a random inspection, LAPD officials said.
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When Seconds Matter, The Police Are 50 Minutes Away.

(Deanna Cook and Delvecchio Patrick)

This is a horrifying tale that illustrates the need for people to be able to defend themselves.

In 2012 32-year old single mother of two Deanna Cook called Dallas 911 due to the fact that her ex-husband Delvecchio Patrick was in her home and attacking her.

The relationship between Cook and Patrick can best be described as extremely violent.

Police and court records paint a grim picture of ever-increasing violence between Patrick and Cook.

In January 2009, Balch Springs police officers responded to a 911 call that he was holding Cook at knifepoint.

She told police that he kicked a bedroom door off its hinges, choked her and shoved her against a wall so hard that she started to black out. He picked up a knife and began yelling that he was going to “do it,” police records state.

Balch Springs officers arrested him. He was released on $25,000 bond the following month.

Accusations of violence surfaced again almost immediately.
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Crossing Guard And Vet Had Weapons Confiscated For Criticizing Police.

Stephen Nichols is an 84 year old Korean War Veteran, a widower, and a retired law enforcement officer. He was also a crossing guard at the Tisbury School in Martha’s Vineyard.

Nichols had a concern with the schools resource officer, a police officer named Scott Ogden. Specifically, Nichols’ concern was that when kids were arriving at school, Odgen was away getting coffee.

The MV Times explains what happened:

Nichols said he was unimpressed with the Tisbury School resource officer’s alleged trips to Xtra Mart to get coffee when children came to school in the morning. While dining at Linda Jean’s a couple of weeks ago, Nichols said he told a friend about this and suggested somebody could “shoot up the school” in that officer’s absence, which he described as “leaving his post.”

Nichols said the waitress made a complaint to Tisbury Police about what she overheard and on the strength of that, [Police Chief] Saloio and another officer relieved Nichols of his crossing guard duties while he was in the midst of performing them and subsequently drove to his home and took away his firearms license and guns.

“He came up and told me what I said was a felony but he wasn’t going to charge me,” Nichols said of Saloio.

The confiscated guns were later turned over to Nichols’ son-in-law, Nichols told The Times.

Asked if he was given a letter or any paperwork for the seizure of his license, Nichols said,

“No he just told me to hand it over so I took it out of my wallet and handed it to him.”

Nichols said he has been licensed for firearms since 1958.

He said he didn’t receive any paperwork or receipts for the seizure of his guns, either.

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Man Dies When 911 Doesn’t Respond To Correct Address. Five Times.

Louie Bradley was an elderly gentleman who lived in the Park Manor Apartments, a senior living community in Irving, Texas.

On the fateful day of July 11, 2019, Bradley fell in the shower.

The apartment was equipped with a sort of “panic button” which Bradley set off.

His neighbor Rose Rodriguez rushed to his room, but the door was dead-bolted and she could not get in.

This is where things go downhill.

At 8:44 p.m., [Rodriguez] called 911 for help.

“I made the first call after knocking on his door because I heard the buzzer going off,” she said. “And I knocked on his door and I said, ‘Are you OK? What’s going on?'”

Rodriguez said she could hear Bradley respond with yells for help.

“He said, ‘Help! Help!’ Yelling really with a strong, intense voice,” she said.

But when Irving police didn’t show up 11 minutes later, she called 911 again at 9:05 p.m.

She said Bradley was still calling out for help.

“And I said, ‘Don’t worry. We’re getting you someone, relax,'” Rodriguez said. “And I heard him say, ‘Thank you.'”

At 9:06 p.m., the apartment manager called 911. Four minutes later, the manager called again.
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Mike The Cop.

We first came upon the YouTube channel from “Mike the Cop” about a year ago.

One of the things that we like about this guy is that he not only is law enforcement and brings that perspective into issues, he is not afraid of saying “these cops screwed up.” Many of the videos he has not only explain what cops should be doing or not doing, but such things as what citizens should and should not be doing such as how to deal with a cop when you have a concealed weapon permit and how not to handle that situation. Or how to talk yourself into a traffic ticket. Or even the imaginary world of “sovereign citizens.”

He often communicates or makes his point through little skits and video shorts.

Here are some of the best of his work.

“Will you learn to drive?”

That’s just funny stuff.



“It Isn’t Clearly Established….” That Stealing Is Theft.

The Institute for Justices puts out a weekly newsletter called “Short Circuit” which is a review of some of the more “interesting” cases Federal Circuit Courts hand down. It literally is one of the highlights of our Friday afternoons when Short Circuit hits our mailbox. We highly recommend that you sign up for it.
One of the cases that Short Circuit focused on several weeks ago is “MICAH JESSOP; BRITTAN ASHJIAN v. CITY OF FRESNO; DERIK KUMAGAI; CURT CHASTAIN; TOMAS CANTU

Officers Kumagai, Chastain and Cantu of the Fresno Police Department executed a search warrant on three properties owned by Jessop and Ashjian as part of an investigation into illegal gambling machines. The warrant allowed for the:

…seiz[ure] [of] all monies, negotiable instruments, securities, or things of value furnished or intended to be furnished by any person in connection to illegal gambling or money laundering that may be found on the premises … [and] [m]onies and records of said monies derived from the sale and or control of said machines.

It is here the fun begins. According to the opinion of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals:
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Cops Behaving Badly. This Is Depressing.

Back on July 5, 2018, journalist and editor of the Colorado Independent observed a naked black man sitting handcuffed on the sidewalk surrounded by the Denver police.

She stopped her car and started to try and film the incident. She was then approached by Denver Police Officer James Brooks who told her to stop filming.

Below is body cam footage of the incident. Greene first appears in the shot at around the 0:11 second mark. Notice how far she is away from the man and the officers. She is in no way interfering with their dealings with the man.

[Brooks] continues to block her as she tries to keep shooting, at one point raising the camera high above Brooks’s head.

Brooks is quickly joined by Officer Adam Paulsen, and the two advise her that she can not take photographs because doing so violates the HIPAA rights of the nearly naked man they have cuffed. HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act outlines an individual’s rights to medical privacy.

“There’s also a First Amendment,” Greene responds. “Have you heard of it?”

“That doesn’t supersede HIPAA,” Paulsen says.
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New Meaning For “Protect And Serve” In New York.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is not a condemnation of all police. It is a commentary on bad cops, the power they wield contrary to the public trust, and those both in outside the ranks that support police blindly.

New York police in at least four precincts are either under arrest, suspended or being investigated for protecting a prostitution and gambling ring. For their services, the police allegedly received massages and sex for the officers’ complicity in the illegal activities.

Three sergeants, two detectives and two police officers were arrested and stripped of their guns and shields after they were taken in for questioning by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

Two other detectives were not criminally charged, but were placed on modified duty and forced to turn in their weapons and badges. They are expected to face departmental charges.

More than a dozen other cops are being investigated and could face internal charges later.

Sources said a large chunk of the investigation centered around the Brooklyn South Narcotics Squad.

The article states that the officers were brought into the crime ring by a retired NYPD Detective with ties to organized crime.

The officers allegedly provided a shady safety net for prostitution and gambling rings, which sources described as not being “high end.”

As part of the protection, the officers allegedly tipped off the honchos about investigations into their illegal business.

When we first read the article, we thought “New York has thousands of officers. Seven bad apples in the Big Apple is too many, but it is not like this was well known.”

That was before we read this line:
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