MORE POLICE MISCONDUCT

 

I found the story below on autoblog.com and it is horrific.    The police are at it again.  This lady’s story is both scary and sad.  AND… the video seems to back up her claims that the officers were very much out of line.  What really saddens me most is the fact that these “officers” act like they are on the playground and having fun when in all actuality, they are toying with the lives of individuals like you and me.  Watch the video and tell me if you would have reacted like Mrs. Brown.  I think I would have been terrified!

By Erin Marquis

Reverend Catherine Brown is suing the Chicago Police Department over a 2013 traffic stop where she says she was the victim of excessive force. Her lawyer released the dashboard camera footage of the May 2013 incident last week.

Brown told CBS Chicago she was pulling into her driveway with her two young children in the back seat from an alley when a speeding squad car without lights or sirens on blocked her path. Officers Michelle Murphy and Jose Lopez were in that squad car. She said Murphy jumped out of the car, cursing at Brown and demanding she reverse her vehicle from outside of her home.

“It startled me,” Brown told to CBS. “I reached for my license … the other officer takes the gun and points it at the front of my head.”

Brown called 911 several times. In the tapes, you can hear her 8-year-old and 1-year-old daughters crying in the background. Brown requested a lieutenant or police to come and help her. Instead of waiting for a supervisor, Murphy and Lopez tried to force Brown from her car. Brown reversed her vehicle quickly in terror. The police got back into their own car and chased after Brown. Brown stopped on the main street only to have her car rammed by the Chicago Police car. Brown popped out of her car and started shouting for her neighbors to help. Murphy then pepper-sprayed Brown while Lopez laughed. Murphy then jumped on to a nearby parked car and trained her gun on Brown. Lopez stuck her car with a metal stick, and then both officers participated in the beating.

“Beat me down to my underwear, pulled my skirt off me,” Brown says. “They beat me with the sticks and hit me with their boots in my head.”

Brown was charged with attempted murder because Murphy claimed Brown dragged her while backing out of the alley. She was acquitted on the attempted murder charge, but was convicted of reckless conduct a misdemeanor, for driving in reverse. She’s appealing the conviction.

The Chicago Police Department declined to comment, citing pending litigation. However, the Citizens Police Data Project shows both officers have a history with excessive force. Murphy has had 19 complaints made against her and Lopez has had 21.

DO DEAD PEOPLE NEED JEWELRY?

I can’t say that this world has changed.  What I will say is that because of social media and the current level of surveillance that exists, we are able to see more and more of the out of this world acts that we wouldn’t ordinarily see.  Consider the above video.  Who would ever think of going to a funeral home and stealing a ring off of a dead persons’ finger.  Well… this woman more than thought about it.  SHE DID IT!!!  In Odessa Texas, the family of Louise Hicks were surprised to learn that their deceased mom’s wedding ring had been taken off of her finger.  Video from Sunset Funeral Home showed that a woman came in to the funeral home and took the ring from the deceased lady’s finger…  then left.  I wished that somehow the dead lady would have come back to life, if only momentarily, to say “Leave my ring alone.”  That would have been sensational!!!

MAILMAN CUFFED IN BROKLYN, NY * CAUGHT ON VIDEO *

Glen Grays, a 27-year-old community-oriented African-American mail carrier is in the news as of late for an incident that occurred just last week on St. Patrick’s day.  According to reports, the incident went down this way:  On the afternoon in question, Grays was backing down off the steps of his mail truck (he is a postal worker) when he noticed a vehicle making a sharp right turn onto the street he was parked on, President St.  Grays immediately climbed back up the steps to avoid getting sideswiped and he yelled at the driver.  The driver in question was in a black car that happened to hold five plainclothes police officers.  In an interview, Gray indicated that the black car came tearing back his way in reverse and the driver said to him “I have the right of way because I’m law enforcement.”

By the time Grays had arrived at 999 President St., the four officers were approaching him.  An innocent bystander began taping the incident at this point and the video can be seen below:  **** WARNING**** VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE****

In the video, Grays is shown being handcuffed and taken to the unmarked police vehicle.  People can be heard in the background questioning why this incident is occurring.  The five plain clothed white officers can be heard telling Grays to stop resisting arrest.  The video does not show that Gray was resisting.

In a later interview, Glen Grays indicates that he was placed cuffed in the back seat of the unmarked car without a seatbelt.  His mail truck was left unattended.  He also indicated that the driver of the police vehicle turned around to taunt him and hit a vehicle in front of them.  At this point, Grays indicated that this caused him to bang his shoulder against the front seat of the police vehicle.  Grays was taken to the police department and issued a summons for disorderly conduct and then released.

The above video was released by a former police officer, Eric L. Adams (now the Brooklyn borough president).  Adams indicated that he was outraged over “the ostensible violations of the civil rights of yet another young black man, this one an employee of the federal government.”  During a recent press conference Adams said: “It is not a crime for someone to voice outrage after almost being struck by a vehicle … It is not a crime to state that you’re angry at someone who almost hit you. That is not a crime,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams stressed.  Here’s how federal law reads: “when any person interferes with the delivery of the US mail.Title 18, USC, Section 1701. Section 1701. Obstruction of mails generally, whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs or retards the passage of the mail, or any carrier or conveyance carrying the mail, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both”.  There is nothing in the code that states that cops are exempt from the law. I guess we will see if charges are filed by federal officials

Grays is the oldest of six males in his family. His mother, Sonya Sapp, recently spoke only to say, “I worry about them every day, every minute, every second of every day,” before fading off with, “I’m short on words; I’m just hurt.”

The Police Department has indicated that this incident is “under internal review.” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s deputy press secretary, Monica Klein, added that the mayor would be “in close touch with  Police Commissioner William J. Bratton over this incident’s investigations and findings.”

Mr. Grays’s fiancée is a New York City police officer he met while delivering the mail.  No word yet on her feelings about this incident.

 

 

BALTIMORE COP CAUGHT SLAPPING/KICKING STUDENT PART II

cop chargedThis photo provided by the Baltimore Police shows Saverna Bias. Bias and Anthony Spence, two Baltimore schools police officers, have been charged after cellphone video surfaced showing one of them slapping and kicking a teen at a school while a second officer stood by. Both are charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. (Baltimore Police via AP)

Anthony Spence                            Saverna Bias

COPS CHARGED

In a post that I published a week ago on March 3, 2016, the two officers seen in the video have been charged. The incident happened at Reach Partnership School, a middle school in Baltimore, Maryland. A police officer was caught on camera slapping and kicking a student.  At the time of the post, the head of the Baltimore school police force and the two officers seen in this video were placed on administrative leave. Since that time, charges have been filed.

Anthony Spence 44, was charged Tuesday with 2nd degree assault, 2nd degree child abuse by a custodian, and misconduct in office. Saverna Bias, 53, who can also be seen in the background of the video as the child was being assaulted, has been charged with 2nd degree assault and misconduct in office.

According to Baltimore Police Department spokesman TJ Smith, charges were filed after the Special Investigation Response Team investigated this incident.

“The team conducted interviews and gathered evidence related to this case. They consulted with the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office after they concluded their investigation. Charges were prepared and filed with the commissioner yesterday evening,” Smith said.

included in the charging document was information that “, a witness told investigators that Bias told her colleague he should smack the teen “because he’s got too much mouth.” Apparently, Spence then hit and kicked the young man. Police also indicated that Spence was not acting in reasonable self-defense or attempting to make an arrest.  Cellphone videos to the rescue…… again!

 

POLICE BRUTALITY AGAIN… ***WARNING VIDEO CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE***

I typically don’t post videos with foul language on this site but… this is one of those instances that I want to show the raw, bitter, real truth as to what happens to individuals, typically black men still here in America.  The police are sure to say that there is something that we don’t see on the video.  Surely you can see from what the man is saying even before the main confrontation… he is minding his own business.  Is that a crime?  “This is what we have to go through in Cincinnati, harassment”  29-year-old Charles Harrell said. “You can’t be a black man and enjoy your morning, because the police are going to harass you in Cincinnati, Ohio.”  Filming his trip, Harrell recorded his interaction with police officer Baron Osterman, who can be seen trailing behind Harrell on a bicycle. Sharing that the police officer asked if he “had a problem,” Harrell noted that this was a normal occurrence in his hometown.

This is senseless and I am so happy that cellphone cameras are now available so that we can see firsthand the injustice that is done in this country.  This really makes me angry and I think that something needs to be done with the overzealous cops.  I’m not going to let this ruin my day but this makes no sense whatsoever!

 

BALTIMORE COP CAUGHT SLAPPING/KICKING STUDENT

If this were my child in this video, I would be in some very serious trouble.  In life we are taught to be law-abiding and for the most part, I think most people are.  But… after seeing this disturbing video, God himself would have to grab and restrain me from reaching out to touch this particular officer in some manner.

Okay, before I get too far ahead of myself, let me give you more information.  At Reach Partnership School, a middle school in Baltimore, Maryland, a police officer was caught on camera slapping and kicking a student.  At this time, the head of the Baltimore school police force and the two officers seen in this video are on administrative leave.  This action was taken after the video became public.  No word yet as to what happened prior to the physical altercation but I can assure you that attorneys are lined up to try to represent this young man.  The teen and his parents are being represented at this time by attorney Lauren Geisser.  Reports indicate that Geisser said she has documentation identifying the teen as a tenth grader at the school.  Further reports indicate that the student suffered face and rib injuries as a result of this assault by the very unprofessional cop.  Geisser has been quoted as saying “the boy had a right to be at the school where he was an enrolled student.  With respect to refusing to leave the school, the student didn’t want to leave the school where he had a right to attend.”

“I am completely appalled and disappointed by what is depicted in the video,” the school system’s CEO, Gregory Thornton, said in the statement. “Our school police officers are entrusted with ensuring the safety of our students and staff, and I know that most of them take this job seriously while maintaining a high level of professionalism. The behavior in the video is completely unacceptable.”

You’ve got to share your thoughts on this one.  Tell me what you think.

 

 

 

$188 MILLION POWERBALL WINNER BEING SUED BY HER PASTOR FOR $10 MILLION

 

Powerball winner Marie Holmes became infamous for bailing out her boyfriend Lamarr “Hot Sauce” McDow four separate times. Now the lotto winner is being sued by her pastor for allegedly not fulfilling an oral agreement to give him $1.5 million to build a retreat facility.  This Pastor, Kevin Matthews, is apparently off his medication.  No one owes him any money for anything.  Too many of these “pastors” are after money and will do anything to get it.  According to Black America Web:

The 27-year-old mother of two took home a $127 million lump sum payment following her lottery win in February, 2015.

Pastor Kevin Matthews says he is experiencing emotional and mental distress due to her backing down from a verbal contract they had regarding $1.5 million to purchase land to build a retreat facility.

“Because of the emotional distress and mental stress, they put me through, I had to start taking more medicine for anxiety and depression due to this situation,” says Pastor Kevin Matthews.

Holmes’ attorney, Ruth Sheehan, of The Francis Law Firm, said she was not aware of the situation or the lawsuit. In a recent interview with EURweb, Pastor Matthews says: “God led him to her house and he prayed with her.”

He later met Holmes and ministered to her on several occasions at her new home. He also said he ministered to three other people at her home, and then he eventually asked her to consider giving him money to purchase land to build a retreat. He gave her three different amounts that he needed ($1 million, $1.5 million and $2 million). After several meetings, she agreed to give him $1.5 million to help purchase land to build a retreat center that he says he had been praying about for years.

ANN COULTER CHECKS RAVEN SYMONE OVER WATERMELONDREA

Watching this made my day.  I’m not a fan of Ann Coulter but she really puts her foot in the mouth of Raven Symone on this one. In light of Raven’s recent comments regarding her refusal to hire people with certain names, Coulter really shuts Symone…

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This is too funny.  If you want to go straight to it, go to the 2:30 mark.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE? YOU BE THE JUDGE

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Truthfully answer this question.  Imagine this scenario:  You have two kids who are now in their late teens and early twenties.  One day, they try to murder you and your spouse and then attempt to burn the house down.  You and your spouse have very visible injuries.  Could you forgive these MONSTERS???

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I did in fact call them MONSTERS! I brought this up because the Georgia parents who are in this situation, Yvonne and Zachery Ervin, recently spoke to the media and said that they forgive their sons for carrying out this heinous act against them. I originally posted their story on September 7, 2015.   “Those were not our boys that did that to us. We did not raise our boys that way,” Yvonne Ervin told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas. “We understand there are consequences for what they did. They understand that, but we’re just praying that the world forgives them in the same way that we forgive them,” said Mrs. Ervin. The young men are accused of drugging their parents, assaulting them, and trying to blow up their home which is located on Forbes Trail in Gwinnett County.

One of the Atlanta-area brothers accused of trying to kill their parents told investigators he had schemed to murder them “since he was 11 years old,” police said. Mrs. Ervin went on to say that “we forgive our sons and love them unconditionally. And we had to make sure that they understand that.” Okay, one thing I do know a lot about is forgiveness.  I also know that you can forgive someone without ever trusting them again.  I can’t imagine the parents ever letting these MONSTERS back into their home again.  As a matter of fact, if I were them, I would consider moving without ever letting them know where I moved.  These MONSTERS tried unsuccessfully to kill their parents the first time, and the parents may not be so lucky if their “sons” get a second chance to finish what they started.

I recently had a conversation with a few co-workers about this situation and several points were brought up that I had not considered. Is there something more sinister going on here that the media has not yet touched upon? Were these boys abused…sexually? Were they mentally abused?  Were they on drugs? These were just a few of the questions that my co-workers brought up. I really have no idea and I certainly do not want to victimize the victims. But…..who are the real victims here? I want to know your thoughts about this horrific situation.