Cleveland Responds to Tamir Rice Lawsuit by Blaming the Victims

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“The City of Cleveland on Friday responded to a lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice with several defenses, including that the 12-year-old died and his family members suffered because of their own actions.”

This is such an insult for the city of Cleveland, to continue to bash the victims of the brutality, their police department rei16558955-mmmaingns down on the people of Cleveland. To try to blame the 12 year old child for his own death in light of the DOJ report earlier this year is ludicrous.

Anyone who read the DOJ report, read about the rampant abuse over the last 10 years. Anyone who has lived it though,  knows first hand how diabolical, and malicious the Cleveland Police can be at times. We also know how the Cleveland police union and the city of Cleveland protects the police. Including the killers! Six hundred and some odd cases of abuse documented by the DOJ, and the city will tell you it’s all bullshit! Like the Justice Department had nothing better to do than to smear the Cleveland Police’s reputation, right? Even if the Justice Department is only half right about it. That is still three hundred some odd cases to explain. Cleveland has taken the position that NOT ONE is true!

I don’t know about you, but I find that a hard pill to swallow. Probability alone says at least one has to be true!

Speaking of tough pills to swallow, here is the video Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, of the Cleveland Police Dept. shooting Tamir Rice within seconds of arriving, then knocking down, handcuffing, and interrogating his sister when she came running, after having seen her brother shot dead.

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Cleveland Responds to Tamir Rice Lawsuit by Blaming the Victims

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Original article by Cleveland.com

“The City of Cleveland on Friday responded to a lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice with several defenses, including that the 12-year-old died and his family members suffered because of their own actions.”

This is such an insult for the city of Cleveland, to continue to bash the victims of the brutality, their police department rei16558955-mmmaingns down on the people of Cleveland. To try to blame the 12 year old child for his own death in light of the DOJ report earlier this year is ludicrous.

Anyone who read the DOJ report, read about the rampant abuse over the last 10 years. Anyone who has lived it though,  knows first hand how diabolical, and malicious the Cleveland Police can be at times. We also know how the Cleveland police union and the city of Cleveland protects the police. Including the killers! Six hundred and some odd cases of abuse documented by the DOJ, and the city will tell you it’s all bullshit! Like the Justice Department had nothing better to do than to smear the Cleveland Police’s reputation, right? Even if the Justice Department is only half right about it. That is still three hundred some odd cases to explain. Cleveland has taken the position that NOT ONE is true!

I don’t know about you, but I find that a hard pill to swallow. Probability alone says at least one has to be true!

Speaking of tough pills to swallow, here is the video Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, of the Cleveland Police Dept. shooting Tamir Rice within seconds of arriving, then knocking down, handcuffing, and interrogating his sister when she came running, after having seen her brother shot dead.

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“Not this again!” by Joseph J. Julicher

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This is another post by Joseph J. Julicher, from his website, “Hung by the Thin Blue Line.”

Now, I don’t have the exact date of this incident, because, well, my department sure as hell didn’t want to provide it. All I can say is that it happened, and it happened following summer after the Telly Heath incident.

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Somehow I became involved in a call that ended up on our Town’s east side. We’d received a call from an off-duty New York State Trooper about a mobile domestic occurring on the I-290 East. I arrived at Eggert and Colvin, where the Trooper had stopped a suspect vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler. The Trooper informed me that while he was making his way to a court appearance in downtown Buffalo, he observed the passengers of the vehicle engaged in a domestic, with the male striking the female as she drove. The Trooper explained that the case he was going to testify on was very important, and that he couldn’t get tied up in an arrest situation. (Note: this occurrence was in the days before New York State took a very proactive approach in domestics, there were no mandates of arrest, so the Trooper did nothing wrong in the case. We simply did things the old fashioned way; investigated it)

Clearly the boyfriend was agitated, and the female scared, but we couldn’t get her to implicate him in any criminal behavior. I got the kid calmed down, assured him that his rights weren’t being violated, obtained the necessary information to file my report, and started back to my car to write it up. As if it were some B movie, a detective car arrives on scene, and Flanagan gets out of the passenger side. Now mind you THE SCENE IS COMPLETELY CALM, CONTAINED, AND VOID OF ACRIMONY.

I see Flanagan make a beeline for this kid, and I’m like “What the Fuck?”. Next thing I know Flanagan has this kid up against the back of the jeep, patting him down, spins him around, and screaming in his face. Apparently, the only thing that I can see that this kid is guilty of is being a young black man in the company of a fair skinned, young, cute, blonde girl. The next thing I know Flanagan has his hand around this kid’s throat, rag-dolling him, and the kid ends up on the ground.

 

“Oh hell no, not this shit again!”

I don’t even make an effort towards the scene, about 50 yards away, instead I reach directly for my radio and call my supervisor over “Patrol 55; respond to Colvin/Eggert, IMMEDIATELY”. Captain Bob Burr had been my captain for most of my ten years. He was a decent guy, not a ball of fire, a pretty straight shooter, and didn’t go out of his way to screw with his guys.

Burr gets out of his car, with the typical “What’s Up?”

I respond “Flanagan’s up to his bullshit again”.

I’m fucking irate, and Burr knows this. My tone and demeanor let him know that I’m totally and completely serious. This is noteworthy, since I was always professional, but hardly serious. Furthermore, the LAST thing anyone could ever expect me to do was blow somebody in! I told Burr, “We had this whole mess all calmed down and then this idiot (Flanagan) comes riding in like John fucking Wayne and starts tossing this kid around. Not again, not with me here! I ain’t going through this bullshit again.”

It is important to note, that the “again” needed not to be explained, since EVERYONE KNEW that I was referencing the gun-in-the-mouth incident; it was department lore.

“Calm down”, he says, “I’ll go see what’s going on.”

So the good Captain has to go about finding out how he can get out of having to do any actually supervisory work. He speaks to Flanagan, the kid, and the Trooper. When he finally gets back to me, I already know that I’m not gonna like what he has to say. I mean, I didn’t want Flanagan in a jackpot, but then again, I didn’t need him to continually act a fool around me and jeopardize my career. The deal brokered on the street is that the kid’s not going to face any charges violating an old police axiom; if you put your hands on somebody, you better be taking them to jail. In exchange, there’ll be no complaint filed against Flanagan. Unfortunately, the Trooper claimed that he hadn’t seen anything (later, he came to me and explained that he didn’t know what was going on, but he didn’t want to get in the middle of another department’s problems, replete with IA).

“Fuck him! Fuck that little bitch! You tell that little motherfucker to stay away from my calls; order him!”

All Burr tried to do was calm me down and smooth things over, pretty much SOP. I told Burr that I had done all I could do, did what I was supposed to do, and he (Flanagan) wasn’t patrol’s problem, but so help me god, if he ever fucked with another scene that I was a part of with his bullshit, I promised that Flanagan was going away in cuffs himself! Apparently that little coward had a long memory and an intense need for vengeance!

*Hopefully Joseph will get back to me and continue the story here at CopBlock.org*

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Killer Cops in Wichita, KS Escalate Situation, Shoot Unarmed Man

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On January 3, 2015, my son John Paul Quintero was shot and killed by police. He was 23 years old and unarmed at the time of the shooting. I watched him die in front of me.

I received a call that John had been drinking at a birthday celebration and a fight began between him and his cousin’s husband – there was a knife involved and family members called 911 to ask for help. I arrived to the house before the police and was able to talk to John and completely diffuse the situation. It was unfortunate that this fight happened, but it was the result of intoxication and something we were all able to work out.

I was sitting in my truck with John Paul when the police arrived. Instead of trying to talk with us about what happened, police immediately escalated the situation and pointed a rifle at both of us. Within moments, John Paul, who had his hands in the air, was tased by one officer, causing his hands to drop down.

Almost immediately after this happened I heard the shots. An officer, using her high powered rifle, shot John Paul twice in the chest — later claiming she thought he was reaching for his waistband.

She shot him before his body could even fall to the ground after being tased.

It’s undisputed that my son was unarmed when he was shot and the knife in question was left in the house. Yet the Wichita Police Department is trying to smear John’s name — saying he was belligerent and wouldn’t comply with officers — though multiple witnesses said they saw him with his hands raised.

We just can’t trust the local and state officials to investigate our son’s killing. We are asking that the US Department of Justice open up a full investigation into whether our son’s rights were violated and they push to hold the officer accountable for any criminal actions taken.

Finally, through tapes that have been obtained by a person close to the source, we have learned that witnesses have been harassed by law enforcement here in Wichita. We have been transparent and cooperative with the Wichita Police Department, however feel that we cannot provide that information without immunity from prosecution. We do not have confidence that they can, or will do a complete, full and fair examination of the evidence and provide a zealous pursuit of the truth in this matter. We do not want there to be another Ferguson uprising.

Please sign our petition asking the Department of Justice to use the full weight of their office in this matter. The City of Wichita needs you, the nation needs you but most of this family needs you. Thank you and God bless.

Editor’s note: Before posting this story I researched the linked petition, which lead me to this story, which seems to support the statements that the police probably escalated this situation, IMO, that makes them nothing more than another killer cop. What do you think? Should cops be carrying high powered rifles onto a call from the start, or should this be a back up weapon?

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Rensselaer County Sheriff Standing and Parking

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A Cop Block.org submission by the relatively new Capital District Cop Block.

This deputy is ignorant. I was standing in a no parking zone, and he could not understand the difference. He wrote me a ticket which was dismissed in court! I filed a complaint with the Sheriff’s department and his Sgt. Anthony D’Agostino cleared him of any wrong doing. Well I later found out they both are criminals and nothing is ever done about them.

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So both these “fine” officers stole from other officers and nothing happens. It never ceases to amaze me. Why  people don’t respect cops any more?

 

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Join the CopBlock Network – Tell others that “Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights.”

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For many years those of us behind the front page here at CopBlock.org have done our work here without expectations and we’ll continue to do so because we truly care about spreading the message that “Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights.” The educational material, graphics and videos that have been created under the CopBlock banner are amazing. The chapters, groups and affiliates that have sprung to life due to start of this website, a contributors actions, or a shared story are also amazing. Yet, we can do more… much more.

Recently I re-launched “CopBlock Protection” and after some discussion with those close to me, I realized that CopBlock Protection didn’t blend with CopBlock.org’s mission – that Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights – all that well. Though I think the idea of CopBlock Protection might one day be a viable step to ending the police state, because at some point someone has to provide the alternative, I no longer believe that’s the direction for CopBlock.org – the website.

What would be effective is to simply keep doing what we’ve been doing, only bigger, more organized and better; producing blogs, podcast, radio shows, videos, graphics and flyers to spread the message. That being said, there are costs that are associated with producing such content and, with just a fraction of the readers here who share our thoughts that “Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights” donating $1/month to the CopBlock Network we can take several aspects of CopBlock.org to the next level.

For example:

  • More Boots On the Ground: Becoming a Network means having eyes and ears on the ground everywhere. Sending skilled CopBlockers to areas of breaking news, large events, and other points of interest will give the “CopBlock Network” the eyes and ears it needs to become not just an educational site, but also a breaking news outlet. We’ll also network with other offshoots to develop targeted education, networking, and CopBlock-related events throughout the world.
  • Expand Gear and Handouts: We’ve had a store for a while and there’s a solid base of educational material. These have obvious benefits in terms of spreading a police accountability message. Yet, with your commitment, we can obtain more informational materials in bulk quantities. The goal is to render the Network less dependent on donations and to obtain low-cost resources for local groups and individuals.
  • Create Original Content: CopBlockers are already producing content including, but not limited to original blogs, videos, the Police Accountability Report, and CopBlock Radio. With nearly 150 CopBlock offshoots sprouting up throughout the world, with your commitment, the Network seeks to expand the ability of such organizations to further develop CopBlock news, campaigns for victims of police abuse, and other activism based content.
  • NO LIMITS: Lastly, I could breakdown all the ideas possible at this time but the truth is, the sky is the limit. Will there be a CopBlock.org headquarters? A studio, newsroom, campaigns for victims, fundraisers, attorneys on retainer, among other things are all within the realm of possibilities, and we are committed to taking this message to as many outlets as possible.

The ideas above are aside from the standard operating cost of the site, which are currently funded by ads on the site, and cost hundreds of dollars per month. Yet, all the existing aspects can improve and those of the future can become a reality for just $1/month. As a donor to the CopBlock Network you’ll receive a monthly “Donors” only newsletter explaining donation allocations. If you feel the money isn’t being used to the fullest we encourage you to say so and/or withdraw your donation from the network.

Yet, if you know the truth about the police state and believe that “Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights” then consider donating $1 each month to the CopBlock Network. Help us be in the best position possible to make a larger impact.

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The Mind Set Podcast: Episode 228


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A weekly attempt at opening eyes, and trying to shed some light on what’s really going on in the world. All done by ripping apart the media madness that masquerades as news. All with a health dose of paranoia.

Hosted this week by Gareth Davies, Ben Emlyn-Jones, Trevor Murray, Joe Dunn and Reeves Cooke

Some of the topics discussed on this weeks show:

1. Russian Bombers “Buzz” UK

2. The United States And ‘Sovereign Citizens’

3. Fire rages in Dubai skyscraper

4. ISIS Funding

5. ISIS Organ Harvesting

6. ISIS School Girl Recruits

And so much more!

Until Next Week, Peace Out Humans…

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