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« Reply #106 on: August 19, 2019, 11:03:02 am »
Monday, 19th August 2019
New York police officer fired for deadly 2014 chokehold on Eric Garner

by Daniel Trotta and Jonathan Allen

(NEW YORK) - The white New York Police Department officer who used a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner while trying to arrest him in 2014, giving rise to the Black Lives Matter movement, was fired on Monday, Commissioner James O'Neill said.

The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was suspended earlier this month after a departmental judge ruled that the officer should be fired.

He had previously been on desk duty since he was seen in widely viewed cellphone videos using a banned chokehold on Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk during an attempted arrest.

Police believed Garner was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Garner's repeated dying cries of "I can't breathe," widely viewed on social media, became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests what its leaders call the disparate use of excessive force against black people across the United States.

His death, and the slow-moving investigations that followed, have generated some of the harshest criticisms of Mayor Bill de Blasio during his tenure and have spilled over into his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The case tested the liberal mayor's relationships with both civil rights activists, who have long complained that the city's black and Latino residents are harassed by police, and the rank-and-file police officers who work for him, some of whom say they have been made scapegoats by his office.

Firing was one of the few punishments left available.

A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in 2014 on criminal charges, and federal prosecutors said last month they would not bring charges because there was insufficient evidence.

In 2015, New York City paid a $5.9 million settlement to Garner's family to avoid a civil lawsuit.

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #107 on: August 20, 2019, 05:25:56 pm »
Tuesday, 20th August 2019
Phoenix police must now document each time they point their gun at a suspect
by Jason Hanna

Phoenix police officers must now document every instance in which they point a gun at a person -- a decision that the city long considered but now has been made after recent public outcry about aggressive police tactics in Arizona's capital.

From now on, Phoenix officers must fill out a form when an officer points a gun, and the incident will be reviewed by a supervisor, city officials announced Monday.

"When a gun is pointed at someone, that's a traumatic event," Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a news conference.

"I think this is a first step in being ... that accountable, transparent organization that is willing to share what we do and how we do it."

The decision comes two months after a tense community meeting where residents vented about a well-publicized incident, in which video showed an officer pull a gun on a family during a shoplifting investigation outside a Phoenix dollar store in May 2019.

City officials haven't linked Monday's announcement directly to that incident.

Two separate panels already had recommended that the police department record each gun draw, including the National Police Foundation this April.

The NPF made its recommendation after the city asked it to study a 2018 spike in officer-involved shootings in Phoenix (44 were reported that year, compared to a yearly average of 21 from 2009 to 2017).

"Our community has ... said that they want our police department to collect more data around the work they are doing in the field," Mayor Kate Gallego said at Monday's news conference.

"We know that what you measure is what you focus on."

Requiring officers to document when they point their guns at people is not unique. Cities with similar requirements include Dallas, Baltimore, Cleveland, New Orleans and Chicago, the foundation says.

A Phoenix community panel had recommended gun-pointing documentation in 2015, when it was studying police relations with city residents.

It was not immediately clear how the city would publicize the gun-pointing data.

But a co-chair of that 2015 panel, Carol Coles-Henry, told CNN affiliate KNXV on Monday the information could be useful.

City leaders and residents could use the information to learn how often guns are drawn, on whom they're drawn, and whether other actions could have been taken instead, she told KNXV.

"This gives an opportunity to tell the story factually," Coles-Henry said.

The police department initially resisted the panel's recommendation, saying in 2016 that it "had the potential to significantly affect officers' decision-making processes during critical incidents."

On Monday, Williams struck a more optimistic note -- suggesting that the documentation could also highlight what the department is doing right.

"I'm hopeful that we're about to articulate and document the number of times where we did, by policy ... point a gun at someone but at the same time de-escalated that, and didn't use that type of lethal force," Williams said.

Jeff Hynes, a Glendale Community College justice studies professor and a retired Phoenix police commander, is concerned that the new tracking could cause some officers to hesitate in life-threatening situations, he told CNN affiliate KPHO.

"If you have an officer take that reflective moment, that pause, it's going to reduce your numbers. But the other edge of that sword is, at what cost?" Hynes asked.

"If I pull my gun, the administration is going to look at it. The public is going to look at it. And that split second, that pause, could mean the difference between somebody being injured or killed or a fellow partner being injured or killed," Hynes said.

Williams, the police chief, said the May encounter outside the Phoenix dollar store still is under investigation.

"We are awaiting the results and awaiting due process to finish," she said.

In that incident, a Phoenix couple said officers drew guns on them in a parking lot after their 4-year-old allegedly stole a doll from the store.

Video from a bystander shows some of those moments:

As one officer handcuffed a man, another officer pointed a gun at a vehicle.

The officer holstered the weapon after a woman exited, holding a small child, with a second child by her side.

The woman had refused the officer's commands to put her hands in the air, and the officer feared that she was hiding something or was reaching for a weapon, according to a police report.

The couple filed a notice of claim against the city for $10 million, which serves as a precursor to a lawsuit.

The two children who were with them were traumatized by the experience, the couple has said.

Police said stolen underwear also was in the couple's car.

But the stolen property was returned, and store employees said they did not want to prosecute the case, so no one was charged.

The officers involved were put on desk duty, pending the investigation.

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #108 on: August 20, 2019, 06:30:22 pm »
Tuesday, 20th August 2019
California police shooting law propelled by Stephon Clark’s death wins Newsom’s signature

by Hannah White

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed what it is believed to be one of the toughest laws in the country regulating when police officers can use use deadly force.

The signing of Assembly Bill 392 concludes a legislative battle between law enforcement lobbyists and civil rights groups who, until May, could not agree on how strict the state’s deadly force law should be.

It was shaped by a string of deadly encounters between law enforcement officers and unarmed black men, including the March 2018 shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police.

Clark’s death shook the city, with a protest shutting down Interstate 5 one evening and another march leading to mass arrests in East Sacramento this spring.

“This is the Stephon Clark law,” said his brother, Stevante, after the signing on Monday.

“This is about his legacy. This is about legislative change.”

During a bill-signing ceremony, Newsom said AB 392 will reduce the number of lives lost by deadly force.

The law “stretches the boundaries of possibility and sends a message to people all across the country that they can do more,” he said.

“Training matters, yes. Accountability matters, certainly. Transparency, indeed. But culture. Changing hearts changing minds, changing our approach to dealing with one another.”

The new standard instructs officers to use lethal force only when it is “necessary” based on the totality of circumstances they encounter.

That’s considered a stricter standard than today’s practice, which instructs police that they can use deadly force when it is “reasonable” to do so.

The legislation also requires evaluating an officer’s conduct before and after deadly force is used and it emphasizes de-escalation tactics as effective alternatives to pulling a trigger.

The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat, joined Newsom, civil rights groups, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Democratic leaders at the California Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento during the signing.

Weber, who first introduced legislation to change the law in 2018 following the death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, said the bill was one of her life’s greatest challenges.

“For 400 years, people of color have often had a different kind of justice than others in this nation,” she said.

“After 400 years of demonstrating our commitment and humanity to this nation, we deserve fairness and justice.”

Weber at a ceremony with Newsom thanked the families of people who have been killed by police for their support of the bill.

“They have remained focused and committed to this work,” she said.

“They gave me what was most important in their life—the life of their children—to look after.”

During committee hearings, families of those killed or injured by police demonstrated their support for AB 392 during tear-filled testimonies, some while wearing t-shirts with their loved ones’ printed faces.

Law enforcement representatives argued the original draft created an “impossible” standard that would make police second-guess themselves in life-threatening situations.

But after Weber’s team accepted amendments this spring that rolled back criminal provisions and expanded on the term ‘necessary,’ powerful law enforcement groups rescinded their opposition.

Several Republicans then voted for the bill and Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, offered their support to all but ensure its passage.

Three of the state’s leading law enforcement unions and advocacy groups issued a joint press release Monday commending the Legislature for passing the bill and urging lawmakers to pass another measure, Senate Bill 230, that would provide training to police departments on the new use-of-force standard.

“With the passage of the AB 392 and SB 230 legislative package, California will go further than any other state in the country to provide our officers with the tools and training they have requested and deserve,” said Rick LaBeske, president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, in the news release.

“This legislative package will serve as an example for other states to follow when updating their own use of force policies.”

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #109 on: August 20, 2019, 07:58:20 pm »
Tuesday, 20th August 2019
Philly Police Commissioner Richard Ross Abruptly Resigns
by Richard Gonzales

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the abrupt resignation of his city's police commissioner Richard Ross Tuesday amid reports of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination within the police department.

Calling himself "disappointed," Kenney, in a statement, said Ross has been "a terrific asset to the Police Department and the City as a whole."

"New allegations of sexual harassment as well as gender and racial discrimination among the rank and file have recently been brought to my attention," Kenney added.

"While those allegations do not accuse Commissioner Ross of harassment, I do ultimately believe his resignation is in the best interest of the Department."

Kenney said that the city recently had implemented a new sexual harassment prevention policy and other reforms, but he suggested that something had gone awry.

"I do not believe the Police Department has taken the necessary actions to address the underlying cultural issues that too often negatively impact women—especially women of color," Kenney said.

The move appears to stem from complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a subsequent lawsuit by two female officers, Cpl. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer Allen.

They alleged they were subjected to "continuous and on-going" sexual harassment and discrimination from within the department.

McCowan is black and Allen is black and Hispanic, according to their complaint as cited by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The mayor's spokesperson, Deana Gamble, told the Inquirer, "According to the claims, Commissioner Ross was aware of the alleged harassment," adding:

"Commissioner Ross failed to act adequately after learning about the alleged harassment."

Ross joined the department as a patrolman in 1989 and worked his way up through the Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs.

He was named a deputy commissioner in 2005 and was appointed Police Commissioner in 2016.

Deputy Commissioner Christine Coulter was named Acting Commissioner while the city seeks Ross's replacement.

As the Inquirer reported:

"The resignation came less than a week after Ross helped negotiate the surrender of a gunman accused of shooting six city cops during a 7½-hour standoff last Wednesday in Tioga. At a news conference days later, Kenney said Ross was the best police commissioner in the nation."

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« Reply #110 on: August 21, 2019, 12:13:53 pm »
Wednesday, 21st August 2019
Sergeant in Garner case pleads guilty to departmental charges, loses 20 vacation days

by Rocco Parascandola

A sergeant slapped with departmental charges for her role at the scene of the chokehold death of Eric Garner has pleaded guilty to failure to supervise and will lose 20 vacation days, police sources said Wednesday.

Sgt. Kizzy Adonis’ supervision“was lacking in certain areas,” one source said, though Police Commissioner James O’Neill concluded “that nothing about her actions on that day either caused the use of the banned chokehold or delayed the arrival of medical attention for Mr. Garner.”

Adonis faced a departmental trial had she not pleaded guilty.

A police spokeswoman, Assistant Commissioner Devora Kaye, confirmed the case against Adonis “was adjudicated.”

Adonis’ lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Sergeants Benevolent Association head Ed Mullins has repeatedly blasted the decision to charge Adonis, noting she made the decision, on her own, to go to the scene when she heard about the confrontation between Garner and other officers.

By the time she arrived, Mullins said, Garner had already been taken to the ground for resisting arrest after he was accused of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said the loss of vacation days was akin to "no penalty at all" and that it doesn't much matter that Adonis's actions didn't play a role in the chokehold.

“She certainly did not live up to her oath and certainly did not do what was necessary to show she should continue on the force,” he added.

“And it certainly doesn’t speak to holding accountable those with rank to do their job and to make sure their job doesn’t even indirectly affect the safety as well as the protection of a private citizen like Eric Garner.”

On Monday, O’Neill fired Officer Daniel Pantaleo for using a banned chokehold on Garner, setting in motion the asthma attack that ultimately lead to his death July 17, 2014 on Bay St. in Staten Island.

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« Reply #111 on: August 22, 2019, 03:34:31 pm »
Thursday, 22nd August 2019
Cop who punched teen in face said he was resisting. But video 'raises concerns,' chief says

by Michael Brice-Saddler

As a police officer patted him down, 17-year-old London Wallace stood with his arms behind his head.
When another officer pointed and ordered him to sit, the teen walked in that direction.
It was then that Fresno, California, police officer Christopher Martinez grabbed Wallace's arm, punched him several times in the face and wrestled him to the ground.
In reports written after the incident, Martinez accused Wallace of resisting arrest and fighting back.
The flurry of punches, he wrote, were necessary to restrain him.
But Wallace's attorney, Nolan Kane, has disputed that account in a complaint filed in Fresno County Superior Court.
He cited newly released body camera footage as reason to doubt the officer's claims and accused the department of using excessive force while breaking up a party eight months ago.
At a Tuesday news conference, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer acknowledged the video was alarming and promised a complete investigation.
"The video I have reviewed certainly raises concerns and raises questions for me as a police chief," he said.
"Those questions will be answered."
The Jan. 23 incident unfolded after police arrived to Fenix Apartments, located just north of downtown Fresno, to conduct a probation search, according to a police report provided by Kane.
More than a dozen men within the second-floor apartment were ordered outside, including Wallace, who is seen on video being searched as his peers watch from the ground.
In the police report, Martinez said Wallace "was not listening" when instructed to sit with the others.
He alleged Wallace walked in the opposite direction and became combative when confronted.

"I believed Wallace was going to attempt to flee down the stairs . . . I gave Wallace a chance to sit on his own, but he still did not sit down as I told him to," Martinez wrote.

When Martinez grabbed the teen's right arm to "regain control," he said,

"Wallace pushed me back and took a fighting stance . . . I was in fear Wallace was going to push me and other Officers over the side railing as he was pushing forward."

He continued, "I punched Wallace approximately three times in the face in order to get him off me and to back him up."
In the body camera video, which was first published Tuesday by ABC30, Martinez appears to throw at least eight punches toward Wallace's head within seconds of grabbing his arm.
Kane alleged the punches left the teen with a broken nose and other facial injuries.

Later in the video, Wallace is shown bleeding from his face.

He yelled that he didn't do anything as he was placed in handcuffs.

In the report, Martinez wrote that he struck Wallace two more times "while he was on the ground and actively resisting, refusing to place his hands behind his back and trying to fight back."
Police charged Wallace with resisting arrest, but prosecutors dropped the charges, Kane said.

He added Wallace was not in possession of any weapons or drugs, as evidenced by the search shown in the video.

Other responding officers wrote in the report that the men inside the apartment were known gang members, but Kane says his client has no gang affiliation or criminal history.

Wallace, he said, posed no threat to the officer that warranted such a violent response.

"We're very fortunate we have this body camera video, because if we're going by just the words of the officers it'd paint a completely different picture," Kane said in an interview. 
At Tuesday's news conference, Dyer said Martinez was placed on desk duty and would not be allowed in the field, pending the results of an internal affairs investigation, according to the Fresno Bee.

He asked the community to bear with him as the department probes into the incident.

"What I am asking for, though I know a lot of people have concerns about what they saw on this video, as do I, and understandably so," Dyer said.

"I ask people reserve final judgment until the entire investigation is complete and findings are rendered."

Kane said Wallace is doing better but still shaken by the ordeal.

"You have a minor who has a clean record who is not only being contacted by police, but being attacked by police," he said.

"It was upsetting for him and his family."

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« Reply #112 on: August 23, 2019, 04:03:30 pm »
Friday, 23rd August 2019
Ex-Houston police officer charged with murder after deadly drug raid
by Doha Madani and David K. Li

A former Houston police officer was hit with murder charges after allegedly lying to justify warrants for a January drug raid that killed two people and wounded five officers, prosecutors announced on Friday.

Former narcotics officer Gerald Goines allegedly fabricated information in order to obtain search warrants on the belief suspects in a home were dealing black-tar heroin.

The raid resulted in a shootout that killed the house's two occupants, Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58.

Goines was charged with two counts of murder, while former partner Steven Bryant was charged with tampering with a government record, Harris County prosecutors said.

"Under Texas law, if, during the commission of one felony, in this case tampering of a government record a person commits an act clearly dangerous to human life ... that causes the death of another, in his case two deaths, it's first degree murder," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

"We call that felony murder. Today we charged Gerald Goines with two counts of felony murder."

Both ex-officers were expected to surrender on Friday.

Police documents say the warrant for the Harding Street home was justified by claims that a confidential informant bought heroin there and saw a weapon.

Investigators trying to find that informant were given two names by Goines, who was one of five officers wounded in the raid.

Both informants denied working on that case or buying drugs at that address.

Goines, wounded in the raid, later admitted there was no confidential informant and he was the one who purchased the drugs, Ogg said.

Goines also indicated in the search warrant that Bryant had identified heroin bought at the home.

But Bryant later allegedly told investigators he had retrieved heroin from Goines' police car.

Goines and Bryant later retired.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo vowed to end the practice of "no-knock" search warrants during a community meeting in February.

He said officers will need to request a special exemption from his office to conduct a no-knock raid.

Ogg announced in February that the office would review more than 1,400 criminal cases spanning Goines' decades-long career.

Prosecutors said in April that 27 of those cases, which were pending at the time, would be dropped.

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« Reply #113 on: August 25, 2019, 06:19:25 am »
Sunday, 25th August 2019
Sheriff's deputy admits he lied about being shot by sniper in Lancaster
by Richard Winton

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy falsely claimed that he was shot by a sniper in Lancaster this week and will now be the subject of a criminal investigation, officials said late Saturday.

"The reported sniper assault was fabricated by our deputy," Asst. Sheriff Robin Limon said at an unusual 11 p.m. news conference at the department's downtown headquarters.

Deputy Angel Reinosa claimed he was struck in the chest about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday as he walked to his car in the employee parking lot at the sheriff's Lancaster station, authorities said.

At the time investigators believed that Reinosa's bulletproof vest saved his life but that a bullet grazed his shoulder.

But investigators said that much of the deputy's statement "was self-serving and didn't make a whole lot of sense," said Sheriff's Capt. Kent Wegener.

No bullets were recovered from the scene.

"There were many things that didn't add up," Wegener said.

Though Reinosa was initially taken to the hospital for treatement, detectives said they later saw "no visible injuries," Wegener said.

Reinosa eventually admitted that "he was not shot as previously claimed," Wegener said.

The deputy said he used a knife to cut the two holes in his shirt.

Reinosa failed to provide an explanation for his motive for fabricating the story about the shooting, Wegener said.

He has been with the sheriff's department for a year and joined the Lancaster station in May for patrol training.

Reinosa has been with the Sheriff's Department for a year and joined the Lancaster station in May for patrol training.

On Wednesday, the deputy made a radio call from the helipad at the sheriff's station's parking lot and reported that two shots had been fired at him from a nearby apartment building, authorities said.

Reinosa managed to make it back to the station and get medical help.

The incident prompted a massive manhunt for the suspected gunman.

The case will be turned over to the district attorney and Reinosa will likely face charges for filing a false report about a crime, he said.

The incident drew a massive police presence, with a SWAT team and armored vehicles responding to the area.

Deputies blocked off an apartment building and believed the shooter was trapped inside.

Sheriff's officials spent hours overnight searching the apartment building.

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« Reply #114 on: August 28, 2019, 06:37:08 pm »
Wednesday, 28th August 2019
John Formisano, Newark NJ cop charged with murder

by Svetlana Shkolnikova

John Formisano, the Newark cop charged with killing his estranged wife, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in his first court appearance since last month's shooting rampage in Jefferson that police said targeted her and her boyfriend.

Formisano appeared in Superior Court in Morris County via live video feed from a county Department of Human Services facility, where he is receiving psychological treatment.

The suspended lieutenant, who is a 24-year veteran of the Newark police force, wore a T-shirt for the brief hearing and seldom spoke.

Anthony Iacullo, Formisano’s attorney, consented to his client’s continued detention and said he will petition the court for a detention hearing once Formisano is deemed fit for release.

Formisano was taken to the psychiatric unit of St. Clare’s hospital in Boonton Township shortly after the July 14 shootings of Christie Solaro-Formisano, 37, and her 40-year-old boyfriend, identified in court documents as T.S.

Formisano told police he went to his wife’s house to drop off glasses for one of their two children and “blacked out” when he saw a man in her bedroom.

He allegedly broke open the bedroom door and began shooting, striking the man in the abdomen, thigh and arms, according to court documents.

Solaro-Formisano fled after T.S. was shot, and Formisano followed.

As she ran to her neighbors’ houses on Mirror Place, screaming for help, Formisano allegedly shot her.

She was found dead on the front porch steps of a neighbor’s house, with gunshot wounds to her abdomen, arm, leg and head, court documents say.

Solaro-Formisano’s family declined to comment Wednesday.

Formisano was arrested during a motor vehicle stop on Foxcroft Drive in Livingston, 30 miles from the crime scene, hours later.

He was charged with murder, attempted murder, unlawful weapon possession and endangering the welfare of a child.

The Formisanos' children were nearby when T.S. was shot.

Court documents show that Formisano filed for divorce in state Superior Court in Morris County on June 7 after almost nine years of marriage, citing "irreconcilable differences."

Neighbors said their breakup had turned “ugly.”

Formisano will next appear in court on Oct. 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is requesting that he do so in person.

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« Reply #115 on: September 01, 2019, 11:48:19 am »
Sunday, 1st August 2019
Atlanta cop who beat 15-year-old black boy till he went unconscious gets 20-year sentence
by Michael Eli Dokosi

The non-white community has been alarmed about police brutalities against African-Americans with some recorded deaths.

Even more harrowing is seeing such rogue cops get away with zero or little punishment as if Black lives don’t matter.

But it has been good news for the African-American community when police officer, Matthew Johns was handed a 20-year sentence this week after he was indicted on eight felonies for beating 15-year-old Antraveious Payne in 2018. 

Antraveious Payne’s mother said her son’s behavior changed for the worse and he started to experience chronic headaches after Johns attacked him.

Johns was indicted on eight felonies, including four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of violation of oath by an officer and two counts of giving false statement for repeatedly kicking and choking a 15-year-old boy until he was unconscious and then lying about it.

Johns pleaded guilty on July 10, and was sentenced on Monday to 20 years with five to serve in prison in connection with the 2016 incident reports TFTP.

Disturbing dashcam footage revealed Johns beating the Atlanta teenager even when he offered no resistance, but what made the police officer’s case even bizarre is that Matthew had road crash with his cruiser a few weeks prior and was barred from driving, but managed to check out a vehicle and used it to ram another car, then beat the teen and lied about the entire ordeal.

Matthew Johns was part of the department’s elite Apex Unit doubling as a Marine and on September 15, 2016, in southwest Atlanta, WSB-TV reported then that Antraveious Payne and two teenage suspects riding in a stolen car were given a chase by Zone 3 officers and Georgia State Patrol.

It was during the chase that Johns alighted from his cruiser and kicked Payne in the head.

The video also showed he kicked the teen more than once, struck him on his side repeatedly and then was seen kneeling on his neck before punching him in the head while cuffing him.

Johns told investigators he thought the teen was reaching for a gun.

But one of his supervisors didn’t think his story added up, especially when the other officers on scene said the three suspects never resisted.

Prosecutors, using the video of the incident, agreed, noting that Payne got out of the car and laid on the ground with his hands up, showing he did not have a weapon and was willing to surrender.

Nevertheless, Johns still beat the hell out of him until the teen fell unconscious.

Payne was beaten so badly by Johns that he was hospitalized with a concussion and suffered multiple lacerations to his face.

According to the report, after the incident, Johns was placed on administrative leave and no action was taken until a new police chief took office and reopened the case.

Johns was then fired.

However, for beating a compliant suspect for no reason, he faced no criminal charges—until more than a year later.

A lawsuit by Payne or his family is likely to emerge which could cost the taxpayers of Atlanta despite Payne breaching the law by riding in a stolen vehicle because of Johns’ excessive use of force.

It does appear Johns actions are not unique as a recent investigation from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution analyzed 184 fatal police shootings in the state of Georgia since 2010 and according to the data, at least 70 people were shot in the back by police officers.

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« Reply #116 on: September 05, 2019, 04:48:09 pm »
Thursday, 5th September 2019
2 officers wore disguises, damaged cars of man who filed complaint against them: prosecutors
by Minyvonne Burke

Two New Jersey officers are accused of wearing disguises and damaging a man's vehicles after he filed a complaint against them, prosecutors said.

Asbury Park police officers Stephen Martinsen, 29, and Thomas Dowling, 26, allegedly vandalized two cars in two separate incidents in Ocean Grove and Asbury Park early in the morning on Tuesday, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release.

Both cars belonged to the same man, who several days prior had filed an administrative complaint against Martinsen and Dowling.

"The vast majority of law enforcement officers perform their duties with integrity and honor.

However, when a police officer takes advantage of the very citizens they are sworn to protect, it erodes public confidence and violates the public's trust," Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a statement.

The officers were arrested Tuesday and face charges of conspiracy, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, criminal mischief and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The owner of the vehicles, Ernest Mignoli, told that Martinsen and Dowling slashed the tires on his Jeep Liberty and Toyota Prius.

"I just wouldn't think it would be in the scope of police officers to do something like that," he said, declining to tell the outlet why he filed complaints against the officers.

"I'm a concerned citizen, outspoken critic of Asbury Park Police Department. But this goes behind the pale," he said.

When contacted Thursday, Gramiccioni declined to comment on the disguises or how the officers were caught.

Martinsen joined the department in 2013 as a special law enforcement officer and was suspended without pay following the charges, according to prosecutors. Dowling has been with the department since 2015.

His employment with the city of Asbury Park was terminated after he was charged.

The Asbury Park Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

Police Chief David Kelso said in a statement included in the prosecutor's office's release that Martinsen and Dowling's behavior is "not acceptable."

"We will not let the actions of these officers overshadow the great work and dedication by the men and women of this department," he said.

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Friday, 6th September 2019
800 Cases Linked To Gun Trace Task Force Could Be Overturned, Dismissed After Officers’ Convictions
by CBS Baltimore

(BALTIMORE, MD) — A corrupt task force is to blame for nearly 800 criminal cases that Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is hoping to throw out or overturn.

Mosby said the illegal work of the Gun Trace Task Force may have led to wrongful convictions and now the city is trying to right those wrongs.

Eight officers, all part of GTTF, now sit behind bars as convicted criminals.

Cases they worked on might get overturned or tossed out now that the states attorney’s office has been looking into whether the convicted cops played a role in tainting the evidence in the case.

Body camera footage played in court showed one of the convicted GTTF officers in action.

This video, used to convict Detective Jemmell Rayam, is just a glimpse of the evidence used to take down seven more GTTF officers.

Led by Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, all 8 were convicted of racketeering, armed robbery, selling drugs, falsifying overtime and planting evidence on suspects they arrested.

Baltimore families even lost loved ones due to the wrongful acts of the group.

Each officer is behind bars in federal prison, facing anywhere from seven to 25 years of incarceration.

Months ago, Mosby said these convictions would have a ripple effect on the cases these officers worked on.

But the numbers are in:

nearly 800 cases were tainted because of the GTTF.

Now might get thrown out or have convictions overturned, thanks to new legislation that empowers prosecutors.

“I applaud Delegate Erek Barron and the hard work of my policy and legislative affairs team for securing legislation which will allow us to finally right nearly 800 cases impacted by the wrongful and illegal acts of the gun trace task force,” Mosby said.

The bill passed in the Maryland General Assembly and takes effect next month.

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Monday, 9th September 2019
Minnesota man killed by police after apparently live streaming chase
by Tim Stelloh

A Minnesota man was killed by police on Saturday night after he apparently live-streamed a pursuit in suburban Minneapolis, according to authorities and video of the incident.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the man as Brian Quinones, 30.

In a statement, the medical examiner said Quinones died from multiple gunshot wounds in the city of Richfield.
The police department there said in a statement that a pursuit began at 10:22 p.m. local time in the nearby city of Edina.

Quinones died 10 minutes later, the medical examiner said.

No officers were injured in the incident, police said.
Additional details about what prompted the chase or the shooting were not immediately provided by authorities.

And it is not clear what may have happened before Quinones began his apparent livestream.

In an apparent live streamed video of the pursuit posted on Facebook, Quinones could be seen calmly driving and checking his rear view mirror.

Music blared while police lights could be seen flashing behind him.

Authorities have not confirmed the authenticity of the video, which has been removed from Facebook.

In the video, Quinones appears to have ended the pursuit when he stopped and got out of his car.

A police foot chase and apparent gunfire can be seen and heard shortly after he exits the car.

In emergency dispatch audio, officers could be heard yelling "drop the knife" before opening fire, the Associated Press reported.

Shortly before the video began, Quinones posted a note on Facebook that said, "So sorry," KARE reported.

Quinones worked for General Mills, KARE reported, and went by the hip-hop moniker Blessed The MC.

A local newspaper, the Star Tribune, reported that Quinones released an album called "T.I.M.E. (This Is My Everything)" on the same day he died.

According to the Star Tribune, he shared the album on Facebook, writing, "I Pray You Treasure It … My Hearts Inside It."

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