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More Voices Call For Release Of Edwards Video.

“The moment I release it, I give up all of the security features that are in my jail.” – Sheriff Wayne Ivey

More voices are calling for the release of the video of an incident at the Brevard County Jail where Gregory Lloyd Edwards, a 38-year-old army medic, died while in custody of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Brevard public defender, defense lawyers call on sheriff to release jail video involving Gregory Edwards and corrections deputies

Members of a criminal defense attorney organization, along with the Brevard County Public Defender are calling for Sheriff Wayne Ivey to release a jail video showing a violent confrontation between Gregory Edwards and corrections deputies.

Edwards died the next day.

Margaret Wagner, a criminal defense attorney and representative of the Brevard chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said that lawyers and prosecutors are frequently provided videos of jail interactions and fights as part of public trials and court cases. The group has over 50 members in Brevard.

Buffalo Chips.

You may have seen this video of alleged police brutality from Buffalo, NY.

Martin Gugino fell to the ground, hit his head on the sidewalk and blood could be seen as the contingent of officers walked by the fallen man. Officers Aaron Torgalski, 39, and Robert McCabe, 32, were suspended without pay and arraigned Saturday on second-degree assault charges and released on their own recognizance.

Initially, the Buffalo Police Department said the man “tripped.” When the video surfaced, the department changed their tune a bit.

In response to the two officers being charged, all 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team resigned from that team.

The police union said it was in response to the charges against the two officers.

Tinder Box.

(cartoon courtesy AF Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

We barely know where to begin. In a week that has seen the death of one man – George Floyd – ignite a country that has become divided along lines that make no sense to us and has resulted in the deaths of police and citizens, to say nothing of injuries to police and citizens.

We have no idea where it will end, but it is a law of nature that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The more violent the rioters and looters become, the more they will be met with violence from the police and property owners. The more violence exerted by the police and property owners, the more violence we will see from rioters and looters.

Lost in all of this is the legitimate message of protestors who say that changes must be made in the policing of America.

We agree.

UTAH: Just Say “No” To Drug Dogs.

A Federal Court has ruled that in the state of Utah, so called “alerts” by drug sniffing dogs are unreliable and cannot be used as a premise for a search of a car for drugs and anything else.

In the case of United States v. Jordan, the Court wrote:

Thus, the finding of probable cause here was based solely on Officer Moore’s subjective interpretation of what he believed Tank’s actions meant. Such a finding cannot be considered “reasonable” under the Fourth Amendment, as the Supreme Court has long held that more than such “inarticulate hunches” are necessary in order to permit “intrusions upon constitutionally guaranteed rights,” recognizing that “[i]f subjective good faith alone were the test, the protections of the Fourth Amendment would evaporate, and the people would be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, only in the discretion of the police.” See Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 22, 88 S. Ct. 1868, 20 L. Ed. 2d 889 (1968) (quotations and citations omitted). Indeed, even in the Tenth Circuit, where alerts may be sufficient to support probable cause, a court must find an officer’s testimony that he believed his dog alerted to be credible in order to sustain a finding of probable cause. See Parada, 577 F.3d at 1281.

The issue in this case was the initial training and post certification training the dog received. In the case, a dog by the name of “Tank,” was trained to “find” drugs in cars, “alerting” to the alleged presence of drugs, thus allowing the police to search a vehicle at a traffic stop. This has been standard procedure for some time. Courts have generally allowed that the dogs are reliable or at least have a “good faith” exception that there might be drugs in the car. This practice was thwarted somewhat by a Supreme Court case called Rodiguez v. The United States. In that case, the Court said that at a traffic stop, the police could not detain a person longer than it took to complete the initial traffic stop. What the police were doing was to stop a person, work on the ticket or whatever, and then detain a person until a drug sniffing dog could be brought to the scene. The Supreme Court said once the reason for the initial stop was done, they police could not demand the person wait until the drug sniffing dog got there. The police had to cut the person loose. The police in many jurisdictions responded to the Rodiguez ruling by seeing a traffic infraction and then instead of pulling the car and driver over immediately, they tailed the car while radioing for a K-9 unit. When the police eventually pulled the driver over, the dog and handler were nearby thus allowing the dog to walk around the car while the initial reason for the stop was being completed.

Stormtrooper Attacked By Police.

This happened in Alberta, Canada, but it has to make people wonder what in the galaxy the cops were thinking.

Star Wars fans all over the world celebrated the series on May 4th (“May the fourth be with you”) on Monday. Because it’s a Star Wars-themed pizza joint, Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina in Alberta took advantage of the occasion to drum up more takeout business by having an employee stand outside the restaurant dressed as an Imperial stormtrooper.

Then the police showed up.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Claims They Have To Do Whatever The County Commission(ers) Say. How Wrong Can They Be?

After our post on April 1, 2020 concerning the outrageous actions of County Commissioner Bryan Lober, Sheriff Wayne Ivey and an un-named Deputy Sheriff in removing one Robert Burns from a “press conference” / meeting, we received an emails from Burns forwarding both his complaint to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the response from email from Brevard County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct Commander Bruce L. Barnett.

We want to make it clear that we are not fans of Burns and his tactics, but this goes beyond our mutual dislike for each other. If the Sheriff’s Office thinks they can trample on the rights of people with impunity, that affects us all.

First, the Burns’ complaint email dated March 28, 2020:

Lt Simpkins,

I’ve been trying to reach you to get more information and file a formal complaint about the incident that occurred this past Tuesday at the press conference.

According to Sgt Hammond your subordinate, he was instructed by you to have me removed from the county press conference at the request of Bryan Lober.

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.

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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