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wnd.com / By Garth Kant / March 5, 2013
Many people consider dogs to be part of the family, and citizens in Colorado are tired of police shooting those family members.
It has happened at least a half-dozen times in the past five years, and now lawmakers have had enough.
Two Colorado state senators plan to introduce a bill requiring police departments to adopt policies and procedures for dealing with dogs.
Lucia Guzman, a Denver Democrat, and David Balmer, a Centennial
Republican, say they want officers to distinguish between a barking dog
and a dangerous dog.
Balmer says, “Landscaping companies, delivery companies – they deal with dogs all the time, and they don’t shoot dogs.”
bill would require officers to take a two-hour training course and a
one-hour refresher course every year. The legislation would allow pet
owners to handle the pet before officers take action. It also includes
exceptions for using force, when the dog is dangerous or there is a
The bill was sparked by a series of dog shootings by police that caused public outrage.
Mar 7 13 12:00 PM
Stephen Slevin at the time of his booking (left) and his release (right)
Stephen Slevin spent 22 months in solitary confinement in a New
Mexico jail. During that time, his mental health deteriorated, fungus
grew on his skin, and he was forced to pull his own tooth after being
denied access to a dentist. A recent settlement with Dona Ana County
resulted in Slevin receiving $15.5 million.
Initially, Slevin was awarded $22 million by a jury, but Dona County
appealed. The two parties reached an agreement this week. According to NBC News,
Slevin's attorney Matt Coyte said his client's "mental health has been
severely compromised from the time he was in that facility. That
continues to be the same. No amount of money will bring back what they
took away from him. But it’s nice to be able to get him some money so he
can improve where he is in life and move on."
During his 22 months in solitary confinement, Slevin developed
bedsores and lost 50 pounds. He was arrested in 2005 on suspicion of
driving under the influence and stealing a car, which he says he
borrowed from a friend. Slevin was never brought before a judge nor was
he officially convicted of any crime. He said he wrote letters, begging
for help with his depression. The before and after photos show the
effect the 22 months of neglect had.
"Why they did what they did I'll never know," Slevin told KOB4-TV. "Walking by me, watching me deteriorate day after day after day, and they did nothing at all to get me help."
Slevin's attorney said his client was battling depression at the time
of his arrest. His health woes continue. He was recently diagnosed with
lung cancer. He also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder due to
his time in jail.
Jess Williams, Dona Ana County's public information director, told
NBC News that the jail is making an effort to improve the way it treats
prisoners with mental illness.
Black Blade: Now he has lung cancer and will likely never see the money before he dies.
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ericpetersautos.com / By Eric / March 12, 2013
Tzu counseled that it is madness – because pointless – to directly
confront a superior foe. A costumed goon with a badge and a gun, for
instance. You will lose (cue Dolph Lundgren voice from Rocky IV).
But that doesn’t mean you must cooperate with said goon.
that spirit, here are some practical tips and things to keep in mind
the next time you’re compelled to interact with one of America’s
* Never forget: Cops are not your friend; they are not there to “help” you. They are there tobust you. Don’t make it easier for them. Make it harder for them.
* Never forget that cops are legally permitted to lie to you. Take nothing they tell you at face value. Assume their intentions are malignant.
* Never forget that a cop is a law enforcer.
He is there to enforce the law – any law, every law. It doesn’t matter
whether the law is reasonable – or whether you’re a nice guy who doesn’t
“deserve” to be hassled. Cops are paid to enforce the law. Period.
Mar 12 13 10:15 PM
Police lineup (iStockphoto)
Chau Van was kept on the Oakland, Calif., Police Department's Most Wanted list for months, despite the fact that he wasn't actually wanted for any crime, a lawsuit contends.
According to the Oakland Tribune, 37-year-old Van was named one of Oakland's four most-wanted criminals allegedly for "nearly beating a man to death with a baseball bat in December 2011."
Gawker explains that Van, an accountant, wasn't aware that he was wanted for any crime until a friend told him he had seen Van's name and picture on local news station KTVU in February 2012. Justifiably alarmed, Van went into hiding for a week. He then turned himself in to the police.
According to the Tribune, the police "arrested him and sent him to Santa Rita Jail where he was released three days later" after prosecutors threw out the charge.
While Van was in jail, however, the Oakland Police Department released a statement saying, "One of Oakland's four most wanted suspects has been taken off the streets." It added that Van "is safely behind bars after turning himself in due to media pressure."
Even more bizarrely, after being released, he was kept on the Most Wanted list for six months. Van's attorney, DeWitt Lacy, told the Tribune that "they didn't correct the error and they didn't apologize for it." Lacy described his client as "an upstanding member of the community" who "has always lived a respectable life."
Van is suing for defamation, false arrest and imprisonment, violations of his civil rights and emotional distress. The lawsuit also contends that Van "lives in a state of embarrassment, depression and shame."
In an interview with Courthouse News, John L. Burris, one of Van's attorneys, said, "This is pretty outrageous. We don't know how this mistake was made. We don't know how this happened."
Mar 14 13 11:07 AM
March 14, 2013 by Sam Rolley
Recent headlines following up on some of the events tied to ex-Los
Angeles cop Christopher Dorner’s revenge-murder rampage last month
demonstrate the particularly disturbing willingness of the state to
trample innocent citizens whenever it feels it is threatened.
While Los Angeles police officers were on their trigger-happy hunt
for Dorner, it seems everyone in the City of Angels started looking a
bit like a 6-foot, 270-pound black man.
The city became a particularly dangerous place for anyone unfortunate
enough to own a pickup that looked anything like Dorner’s 2005 Nissan
Titan. Two women delivering newspapers found that out the hard way when,
early Feb. 7, LAPD officers riddled their blue Toyota Tacoma with
bullets. The officers managed to shoot 71-year-old Emma Hernandez in the
back and injure 47-year-old Margie Carranza with shrapnel and bits of
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck categorized the shooting as “a
tragic misinterpretation” by officers working under “incredible tension”
hours after Dorner allegedly shot police officers.
Of course, Carranza and Hernandez were not the only innocents
attacked by LAPD officers during the manhunt. The same morning the women
were shot, David Perdue, a white man, was on his way to go surfing in a
pickup similar to the fugitive’s when a squad car slammed into his
vehicle and an officer opened fire. Perdue was not hit.
LA blogger Davey D offered a good assessment of the situation:
TV news stations in LA are warning people not to drive
pick up trucks in LA and to obey all traffic laws or rick being shot by
police who are all stressed out and tense.. This is happening right
now.. Its no exaggeration… I don’t care whats going on, we pay officers
to be have professionally under the most stressful situations.. No
excuse for this bullshyt
Beck promised the mother and daughter whom his officers shot up that
their truck would be replaced regardless of whether they decide to sue
the department. But it seems the state wasn’t finished trampling on
Hernandez and Carranza after officers of the law recklessly pumped the
women’s vehicle and bodies full of lead.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Glenn Jones, an attorney representing the women, says they are still without a vehicle.
“After they shot my clients… this broken promise of a truck donation
and the nonsense that followed is a slap in the face,” he said.
According to the attorney, LAPD first attempted to give the women a
used truck; when that was refused, they were offered a Ford lacking
four-wheel drive to replace their four-wheel-drive Toyota.
The LAPD’s ill-attempted benevolence also comes with stipulations.
The women were told they would have to agree not to sell the truck for a
period of one year and that the new truck must be considered a gift
for tax purposes. That means, not only were the women shot and had
property destroyed by one agency doing the bidding of the State but that
they also must pay a tax collector for the privilege of being abused.
But, come to think of it, that’s really what we are all forced to do,
isn’t it? We pay taxes to cover the salaries of government officials,
militarize police departments and provide all of the tools necessary for
those in positions of authority to abuse their power.
Perhaps if the women are going to continue having to traverse the
streets of LA alongside officers notorious for using excessive and
unwarranted force with near impunity, they should request that LAPD
upgrade the Tacoma to something with armor and bulletproof glass.
Black Blade: These women need a good lawyer and sue the crap out of
the LA police seeking $millions in monetary damages. The LA cops fully
intended to murder these women and they are damn lucky to be alive
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