POLICE BRUTALITY IN THE UK   1 comment


The controversy over alleged racism in Britain’s largest police force has deepened after it emerged that an officer of inspector rank has been arrested on suspicion of racist abuse.

The Metropolitan police said the inspector, who is based in north London, was arrested by officers working in the force’s complaints department on Tuesday. He has been suspended.

The incident in which he is accused of using racist abuse occurred in Barnet, at 7.40am on Monday, while the inspector was off-duty.

He is the highest ranking Met police officer to be placed under investigation since the latest controversy over racism engulfed the force.

It is the 13th case of alleged racism by Met police officers to emerge in the past four weeks. In total, 27 police officers are now under investigation or facing prosecution over alleged racism.

Some were investigated after complaints from members of the public about the use of alleged racist language, or claims of racially-aggravated assault – others, such as claims of racist bullying, have been reported internally.

Officers under suspicion include PC Alex MacFarlane, 52, who will face criminal charges after being accused of racially abusing a black suspect.

A mobile phone recording of the alleged incident was revealed by the Guardian four weeks ago, prompting the current scandal. MacFarlane also stands accused of the same charge – racially aggravated public disorder – and will appear before magistrates next month.

PC Philip Juhasz, 31, was recently convicted of racially aggravated public disorder after telling a Pakistani takeaway manager in north London to “go back to your fucking country” after he refused to serve him discounted goods.

Juhasz was convicted despite a number of fellow Met officers giving evidence in his favour; he now faces a disciplinary panel.

The latest case is likely to alarm the commissioner of the Met, Bernard Hogan-Howe, who has pledged to “drive out” racists from the force.

Of the 13 Met police racism cases to emerge in recent weeks, only five are being handled by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which has said the Met must take responsibility for investigating racism complaints.

Hogan-Howe recently told parliament he would try to resolve the current cases “within four weeks”. Nearly all of the cases are related to officers stationed in north or east London, with a concentration of complaints about police stationed in the Olympic borough of Newham.

Last week, a black firefighter, Edric Kennedy-Macfoy, 28, claimed he was assaulted and Tasered by a group of police officers because of his skin colour.

Kennedy-Macfoy, who has lodged an official complaint, said he was insulted and arrested without good cause when he went to assist six policemen while off-duty as they were dealing with a disturbance last September.

In a statement about the inspector arrested on Tuesday, the Met said: “The male officer was arrested on suspicion of a Section 4 Public Order Act offence (racially aggravated words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress).

“He is at present on police bail and has been suspended from duties pending the outcome of the investigation.”

The IPCC confirmed it was supervising the investigation by the Met’s department of professional standards.

Posted April 30, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

Prostitute has the last laugh after stealing $50,000 in Jewels   Leave a comment


The Queens gem dealer had the diamonds because of a deal that fell through that day to sell as much as half a million dollars of gems. He went to a bar to drink away his disappointment when he met the the 23-year-old Hispanic woman. He says that he may have been drugged, but realized that she was a prostitute. After getting to a hotel, Kaiser says that he put the 45 uninsured stones — 290 carats of diamonds — into a dresser to hide them. He woke up around 6 am and found both the girl and the stones gone. A video shows the prostitute leaving with Kaiser’s briefcase.

My first thought was that, if the $50,000 of diamonds were not uninsured, I would be highly suspicious of the account. It would have made for an interesting insurance claim. Going to a hotel with a prostitute and a bag of uncut diamonds would appear grossly negligent conduct. Question: if insured, would the company be able to deny coverage for grossly negligent conduct based on these facts?

Posted April 30, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

New Orleans Police Scheduled to conduct a walkthrough on the shooting death of Wendell Allen, 18   Leave a comment


The New Orleans Police Department’s internal investigative unit and members of the city’s police monitor’s office are scheduled to conduct a videotaped walk-through and re-enactment Tuesday inside the Gentilly home where an officer fatally shot an unarmed 20-year-old man last month. The walk-through is the latest step in the investigation into the death of Wendell Allen, who was killed by a single gunshot during a police raid for marijuana.

prentiss-avenue-police-shooting-women.jpgView full sizeRusty Costanza, The Times-PicayuneOn March 7, women grieve after a man was shot and killed by a New Orleans police officer in the 2600 block of Prentiss Avenue. The woman in the center said, ‘They killed my baby.’

Members of the police monitor’s office, as well as the Allen family’s attorney, both characterized the event as a re-enactment of the shooting.

Police spokeswoman Remi Braden declined to comment on the matter, citing the ongoing investigation. One police source classifying it as a “videotaped walk-through” rather than a re-enactment.

Whatever it is, the videotaping might be a first-of-its-kind investigative step for the NOPD, whose probes into officer-involved shootings have come under scrutiny in recent years amid a raft of unjust police killings and cover-ups.

The NOPD is handling the investigation into Allen’s death, and the city’s police monitor and the FBI are offering assistance and some oversight.

Police Chief Ronal Serpas talks about a police shooting  Police Chief Ronal Serpas talks about a police shooting New Orleans police chief Ronal Serpas talks about an incident where 20-year-old man was shot in the chest and killed by New Orleans police who arrived at a Prentiss Avenue home early Wednesday evening with a narcotics search warrant. The young man was identified as Wendell Allen, according to his grandmother, Deborah Allen. Watch video

Police Monitor Susan Hutson’s office on March 22 recommended that the NOPD stage a re-enactment, according to deputy monitor Simone Levine. That was 15 days after the shooting. Now, nearly four weeks after the shooting, the Police Department is doing just that.

“It’s a good idea to put people back in the situation they were in, in order to understand how this happened,” Levine said. She said her office did not have details on whether the officers involved in the raid and shooting would be present.

Ursula Price, spokeswoman for the police monitor’s office, said members of the office “couldn’t really draw a picture, visualize what the officers saw, or at least said they saw” — hence the suggestion of a re-enactment.

“We think this is a good practice, considering it is such a complicated scene,” Price said.

The monitor’s office met with the Allen family’s attorney, Lon Burns, who helped broker access to the house in the 2600 block of Prentiss Avenue in Gentilly.

Burns said Monday that he and the family believe the site visit will help shed light on what they view as an unjustified shooting.

“They are going to have to explain what they saw,” Burns said of the officers. “The truth is catching up with the lie.”

What exactly occurred that night is at the heart of the police probe. NOPD officials have yet to offer a clear narrative to explain what, if anything, prompted officer Joshua Colclough to fire on Allen.

City and police officials, while offering condolences to Allen’s family, have repeatedly vowed to conduct a full, transparent investigation.

Grandmother of Wendell Allen speaks about her grandson Grandmother of Wendell Allen speaks about her grandson A 20-year-old man was shot in the chest and killed by New Orleans police who arrived at a Prentiss Avenue home early Wednesday evening with a narcotics search warrant, according to police and family members. The young man was identified as Wendell Allen, according to his grandmother, Deborah Allen. Watch video

When the shooting occurred, the NOPD’s 3rd District narcotics unit was conducting a raid on the home, armed with information that marijuana dealing was taking place inside the house. Earlier on March 7, police followed the target of their investigation, Troy Deemer, from the home and arrested him for allegedly possessing a pound of marijuana.

They continued with their investigation, successfully sought a search warrant from a judge, and broke down the door just before dusk. Allen was one of eight people, five of them children, inside. The plain-clothed officers fanned out through the two-story house.

At some point, Colclough fired a single shot that struck Allen in the chest. Allen fell on a stairwell landing. He was unarmed and shirtless, wearing jeans and sneakers, according to the NOPD and Burns. He died quickly.

Officers reported later finding 138 grams — about 4 1/2 ounces — of marijuana inside a bedroom closet.

Police arrested Brandon Boles and Davin Allen, both 19, and booked them with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Police have not linked Allen directly to the marijuana.

He was convicted last year of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and was given a five-year suspended sentence and released.

Officers also recovered a gun allegedly “hidden” inside the home, though police have not linked it to the shooting, or indicated that it was illegal.

Colclough, a 4 1/2-year NOPD veteran, was reassigned to desk duty in the wake of the shooting.

Burns, the attorney, said Monday that he and the Allen family have faith that Colclough will be charged with a crime.

“With all these supposed reforms in place and these safeguards, we trust that the system will work,” Burns said. He said investigators have told him the case will be handed over to District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office within a few weeks

Posted April 30, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

Mother holds 7 week baby under scalding hot water!!! Some people should not have kids!   2 comments


Some people just don’t deserve to have kids  – period!

Can you imagine the indescribably torturous pain that little baby must have gone through with its head and upper torso directly under a tap gushing scalding hot water as it entered and burnt his eyes, face, ears and body? And just because he was crying!

Baby Emilio Jesus Bautista has suffered extensive burns to his head, chest and arms, as well as second-degree burns to his eyes and ears after his mother -  Chekayla Dampiehas,  placed him under hot water to stop him from crying.

The mother has since been arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and is being held on a $150,000 bond.

The baby’s skin was coming off and bubbling and a report filed with the police said that ‘the infant’s burns on his chest caused his left nipple to pull off when his shirt was removed”

Baby Emilio is still in critical condition and doctors at Tampa General Hospital have told investigators that it was too early to say how badly the child’s eyes and ears may have been damaged

Posted April 30, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

The Shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill man incites anger in the conmunity   Leave a comment


Demonstrators in Headland, Ala. gathered April 14 in an effort to draw national attention to the death of an unarmed, mentally ill man who was shot by police during an attempt to subdue him in January.

The death Jan. 31 of Patrick Humphrey, a 33-year-old schizophrenic, was the result of unnecessary use of lethal force, his family and local residents said. He was shot by local police who had been called to assist emergency medical personnel attacked during efforts to control him.

According to wtvy.com, police said they intervened when Humphrey attacked the paramedics who had been called by Humphrey’s mother. The man had been known to physically resist aid when an imbalance occurred in medication used to avoid deranged, sometimes violent, behavior.

“His mother called 911 to get help with her son. She did not call for anyone to come and kill her son,” said the Rev. Kenny Glasgow, a pastor in Dothan, and the brother of Rev. Al Sharpton, said, according to BlackAmericaWeb.com. “Patrick Humphrey did not have to die.”

Glasgow belongs to a group called The Ordinary People Society (T.O.P.S.), which spearheaded the march to focus on the need for police to be trained in the use of-non-lethal control techniques when dealing with mentally ill subjects. The group is a nonprofit, faith-based organization aimed at social reform.

“It’s not about race, it’s not about race, some people want to make it into a race issue but it’s not about race. The only thing we want is justice,” T.O.P.S. President Jeffrey Danzey told wtvy.com.

“They knew what they were dealing with when they came,” said Kesha Nix, Humphrey’s sister, told BlackAmericaweb.com.

“When the police came, they didn’t try to use any other method for restraining him or stopping him,” she said. The group said it wants police to be trained to control mentally ill suspects without lethal force. “We’re calling on the Alabama Legislature to make changes in the law so that no family in this state has to suffer the tragedy that Patrick Humphrey’s family has suffered,” Glasgow told BlackAmericaweb.com.

Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska told wtvy.com that while he is sending the case to a grand jury, he supports the police handling of the incident. “I want to make sure that the community knows, that the citizens of Houston County know there was a fair review,” he said. “…[But] in my opinion it’s a justifiable shoot.”

Posted April 30, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

WENDELL ALLEN, SHOT AND KILLED UNARMED   1 comment


The New Orleans Police Department’s internal investigative unit and members of the city’s police monitor’s office are scheduled to conduct a videotaped walk-through and re-enactment Tuesday inside the Gentilly home where an officer fatally shot an unarmed 20-year-old man last month. The walk-through is the latest step in the investigation into the death of Wendell Allen, who was killed by a single gunshot during a police raid for marijuana.

 

prentiss-avenue-police-shooting-women.jpgView full sizeRusty Costanza, The Times-PicayuneOn March 7, women grieve after a man was shot and killed by a New Orleans police officer in the 2600 block of Prentiss Avenue. The woman in the center said, ‘They killed my baby.’

 

Members of the police monitor’s office, as well as the Allen family’s attorney, both characterized the event as a re-enactment of the shooting.

 

Police spokeswoman Remi Braden declined to comment on the matter, citing the ongoing investigation. One police source classifying it as a “videotaped walk-through” rather than a re-enactment.

 

Whatever it is, the videotaping might be a first-of-its-kind investigative step for the NOPD, whose probes into officer-involved shootings have come under scrutiny in recent years amid a raft of unjust police killings and cover-ups.

 

The NOPD is handling the investigation into Allen’s death, and the city’s police monitor and the FBI are offering assistance and some oversight.

 

Police Chief Ronal Serpas talks about a police shooting  Police Chief Ronal Serpas talks about a police shooting New Orleans police chief Ronal Serpas talks about an incident where 20-year-old man was shot in the chest and killed by New Orleans police who arrived at a Prentiss Avenue home early Wednesday evening with a narcotics search warrant. The young man was identified as Wendell Allen, according to his grandmother, Deborah Allen. Watch video

 

Police Monitor Susan Hutson’s office on March 22 recommended that the NOPD stage a re-enactment, according to deputy monitor Simone Levine. That was 15 days after the shooting. Now, nearly four weeks after the shooting, the Police Department is doing just that.

 

“It’s a good idea to put people back in the situation they were in, in order to understand how this happened,” Levine said. She said her office did not have details on whether the officers involved in the raid and shooting would be present.

 

Ursula Price, spokeswoman for the police monitor’s office, said members of the office “couldn’t really draw a picture, visualize what the officers saw, or at least said they saw” — hence the suggestion of a re-enactment.

 

“We think this is a good practice, considering it is such a complicated scene,” Price said.

 

The monitor’s office met with the Allen family’s attorney, Lon Burns, who helped broker access to the house in the 2600 block of Prentiss Avenue in Gentilly.

 

Burns said Monday that he and the family believe the site visit will help shed light on what they view as an unjustified shooting.

 

“They are going to have to explain what they saw,” Burns said of the officers. “The truth is catching up with the lie.”

 

What exactly occurred that night is at the heart of the police probe. NOPD officials have yet to offer a clear narrative to explain what, if anything, prompted officer Joshua Colclough to fire on Allen.

 

City and police officials, while offering condolences to Allen’s family, have repeatedly vowed to conduct a full, transparent investigation.

 

Grandmother of Wendell Allen speaks about her grandson Grandmother of Wendell Allen speaks about her grandson A 20-year-old man was shot in the chest and killed by New Orleans police who arrived at a Prentiss Avenue home early Wednesday evening with a narcotics search warrant, according to police and family members. The young man was identified as Wendell Allen, according to his grandmother, Deborah Allen. Watch video

 

When the shooting occurred, the NOPD’s 3rd District narcotics unit was conducting a raid on the home, armed with information that marijuana dealing was taking place inside the house. Earlier on March 7, police followed the target of their investigation, Troy Deemer, from the home and arrested him for allegedly possessing a pound of marijuana.

 

They continued with their investigation, successfully sought a search warrant from a judge, and broke down the door just before dusk. Allen was one of eight people, five of them children, inside. The plain-clothed officers fanned out through the two-story house.

 

At some point, Colclough fired a single shot that struck Allen in the chest. Allen fell on a stairwell landing. He was unarmed and shirtless, wearing jeans and sneakers, according to the NOPD and Burns. He died quickly.

 

Officers reported later finding 138 grams — about 4 1/2 ounces — of marijuana inside a bedroom closet.

 

Police arrested Brandon Boles and Davin Allen, both 19, and booked them with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Police have not linked Allen directly to the marijuana.

 

He was convicted last year of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and was given a five-year suspended sentence and released.

 

Officers also recovered a gun allegedly “hidden” inside the home, though police have not linked it to the shooting, or indicated that it was illegal.

 

Colclough, a 4 1/2-year NOPD veteran, was reassigned to desk duty in the wake of the shooting.

 

Burns, the attorney, said Monday that he and the Allen family have faith that Colclough will be charged with a crime.

 

“With all these supposed reforms in place and these safeguards, we trust that the system will work,” Burns said. He said investigators have told him the case will be handed over to District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office within a few weeks.

 

Posted April 26, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

KENDREC MCCADE, AN INNOCENT KID KILLED   Leave a comment


“Somebody cut him down for no reason… As long as I’ve got life in my body I’m going to find out what happened to my son.”

These are the words of Kenneth McDade, father of Kendrec McDade, the unarmed 19-year-old who was fatally shot by Pasadena police on March 24.

About 150 people gathered at Pasadena City Hall Tuesday evening to call for justice for McDade and to call shed light on what they say is ongoing abuse by police towards young black men, the Pasadena Sun reports. The protestors carried candles and signs displaying the names of other men who were also killed by Pasadena police in the past.

The teen’s father, mother and grandmother were all present. While McDade’s mother fought back tears, his father told the crowd that it’s been difficult to explain what happened to his son’s siblings, who are now afraid of the police. Mr. McDade’s words can be heard in the video below.

Watch footage from Tuesday’s rally:

Posted April 26, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

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