Innocent people can be questioned by police in such a way that they end up convincing themselves that they’ve committed a crime. And this belief can be so strong, they can sometimes follow that belief up with a false confession.
Early last year, a team of lawyers and statisticians published a paper stating that 4.1 percent of criminal defendants who are sentenced to death in the US are falsely convicted. To investigate this phenomenon, a study led by psychological scientist Julia Shaw from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK investigated the possible cause, and found that, if questioned in the right way, innocent people can fabricate stories in their minds with so much detail, they can falsely convince themselves that they committed a crime.
“Our findings show that false memories of committing crime with police contact can be surprisingly easy to generate, and can have all the same kinds of complex details as real memories,” Shaw said in a press release. “All participants need to generate a richly detailed false memory is three hours in a friendly interview environment, where the interviewer introduces a few wrong details and uses poor memory-retrieval techniques.” …
“Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear .. kept
us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency.
Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was
going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it …" .. (attributed to General Douglas
Alabama cop paralyzed Indian grandfather; judge throws out case
After two previous mistrials, a federal judge has acquitted former police officer Eric Parker, who was charged with violating a Indian citizen’s civil rights after throwing him to the ground and partially paralyzing him during a sidewalk stop last year.
Sureshbahi Patel was walking on the sidewalk outside of his son’s home in an Alabama suburb on the morning of Feb. 6, 2015, minding his own business, when a white police officer approached him, frisked him and threw him to the ground, leaving him paralyzed. The neurosurgeon who operated on Patel said that, after the police attack, he was left unable to walk or grip things with his hands.
The 57-year-old grandfather had just arrived to the U.S. from a small town in India, and did not understand English. He reportedly said “no English” and repeated the address of his son’s home to the cop as he approached him. A neighbor had called Madison, Alabama police claiming they saw someone “suspicious” wandering around the neighborhood. They described him a “skinny black guy” who is “walking around close to the garage.”
Hank Sherrod, the family’s attorney, shot back at the allegation, which he insisted was racist. “This is broad daylight, walking down the street. There is nothing suspicious about Mr. Patel other than he has brown skin.”
“He was just walking on the sidewalk as he does all the time,” the man’s son Chirag Patel explained. Chirag noted his father had no health problems before the incident. The family filed suit against the police officer, Eric Parker. Police dashcam footage clearly shows Parker violently throwing Patel to the ground. He faced up to 10 years in prison on the charge of excessive force and a civil rights charge of deprivation of rights under color of law.
There were two trials for the case. Both ended with a deadlocked jury, and the results were racially charged. In the first trial, the 10 white male jurors said the cop was innocent, while the two black female jurors said he was guilty.
Defense attorney Robert Tuten began the second trial with comments critics called racist. “When you come to the U.S. we expect you to follow our laws and speak our language,” he said. “Mr. Patel bears as much responsibility for this as anyone,” the officer’s lawyer insisted.
Tuten defended the Parker’s actions with racially coded language, saying there was no way the cop could have known whether this was a “harmless Indian grandfather walking down Hardiman Place Lane.” “The government wants you to give Mr. Patel a free pass because he doesn’t speak English,” Tuten told the jury.
Federal prosecutors were preparing for a third trial, but there now will not be one. Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala threw the case out late Wednesday night, saying “The Government has had two full and fair chances to obtain a conviction; it will not have another.” (X)
This is so ridiculous. Apparently if a cop approaches you while you’re walking and you don’t speak english he can throw you to the ground, PARALYZE YOU and then blame it on you cause how could he have known that you were harmless????? “Mr. Patel bears as much responsibility for this as anyone,” LOOK AT THAT SHIT. IM SO DONE.
Cops Caught on Camera in Cowardly Gang-Style Beating of an Unarmed Man Lying Face Down
In August of 2014, multiple deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s office conducted a drug bust. During the bust, Derrick Price ran from deputies Jesse Terrell, Trevor Fitzgerald, James Amideo, Cody Hoppel and Adam Crawford. However, once he realized he could not outrun the pickup truck, he quickly stopped, put his hands up, and laid face down on the ground — completely surrendering.
Upon reaching the unarmed, nonviolent, completely compliant, and prostrate man, the deputies proceeded to unleash a furious beating composed of kicks to the head, knees to the body, and countless blows from fists.
Since the incident in August of 2014, deputies Fitzgerald, Amideo, Hoppel, and Crawford all pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations. However, despite the assault occurring over 18 months ago, not one of these officers has been sentenced.
Those cops where beating that man saying stop resisting. When he stopped running, got on the ground and gave up already! How can someone be expected to stop resisting while simultaneously being beaten?
The police are the biggest gang in America and they are getting away with murder quite literally…
“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
Nothing says “police state” quite like unmanned aerial vehicles patrolling the sky ready to deploy 80,000 volts to the nearest protester or dose entire crowds with chemical weapons. The idea of weaponized drones has long been a dystopian, yet fictional idea. However, thanks to House Bill 1328, in North Dakota, this police state hell from above is now a horrid reality.
Thanks to a police union lobbyist, the idea of police using drones for “less than lethal” weapons is now written into North Dakota law.
An Oregon Department of Justice investigator used a search tool to
racially profile Twitter users who used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag,
the state’s attorney general said in a letter
to a civil rights organization Tuesday in which she said she was
“appalled” by the practice and has suspended the investigator.