Last week saw another “use-of-force” arrest caught on video, only a week after a previous video emerged, where the public debate over the very meaning of that phrase continues in its muddled rage.
This time, it was one unarmed man against five officers, all of whom have since returned to work after a short stint on paid administrative leave. Baltimore police insist the officers’ use of taser and baton was justified because the victim, Jamar Kennedy, had been reaching for the cop’s gun.
But then a cell phone video emerged showing Kennedy was just trying to defend himself from repeated blows with the baton.
Minutes after taking a panoramic photo with his new iPhone 5s from inside a public park Thursday, a pair of New York City cops drove up to Shawn Randall Thomas and began demanding to know what he was holding in his other hand.
Thomas was holding an e-cigarrette in his left hand, specifically an Innokin MVP with an Aspire Nautilus Tank, which can be purchased for $35 on the internet, but he didn’t feel obliged to inform the officer of the specifics, telling him “that’s my business” as he began recording with the phone from his right hand.
The cop then said, “now it’s mine,” as he stepped out of his car and swaggered up to Thomas, who has been arrested so many times for photographing or recording cops that he has lost count.
But he has yet to be convicted, his latest court victory less than three months ago for an incident in a subway that went viral involving a rogue cop named Rojas.
A California cop obtained warrants to search the phones and computers of two men who drove through a DUI checkpoint in August with a camera, refusing to provide identifications before being allowed to leave.
Napa Police Sergeant Brian Campagna, the cop who allowed the men to leave after photographing the car’s license plate, is now claiming the men “conspired to enter the checkpoint to commit a crime, specifically with the intent to resist/obstruct and delay officers at the checkpoint.”
A Tallahassee cop was caught on cell phone video tasering a 62-year-old woman in the back as she walked away from him –exactly what he had ordered her to do – causing her to fall face first onto the street as several shocked witnesses looked on.
The incident, which took place after 5 p.m. Tuesday, led to Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo calling a press conference at 3:15 a.m. this morning to announce the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation.
A complete contrast to how the department’s former chief handled an incident last year caught on dash cam video showing cops slamming a woman’s face into a car before slamming her to the street, resulting in facial fractures and swollen eyes.
At :46 of a minute into the video, Salt Lake City police officer Bron Cruz is ordering a man to remove his hands from inside his pants.
At :50 into the video, the man removes at least one hand from inside his pants, lifting up his shirt, showing no gun.
At :51, the officer shoots him dead.