Deaf Woman To Get $750,000 For Hellish Ordeal With NYPD
A New York City woman, who is deaf and says NYPD officers
wrongfully arrested her and then ignored her pleas for an American Sign
Language interpreter, has settled her lawsuit against the city for $750,000, a
sum her lawyers say is the largest ever deaf discrimination settlement for a
“Due to the immense barriers they face when trying to
communicate with the hearing world, Deaf individuals often find themselves
without a voice to assert their rights,” Rozynski and Baum added.
“Deaf individuals have rights, and they do not have to tolerate
discrimination and injustices of any kind.”
Diana Williams and her husband, Chris Williams, both of whom
are deaf, are landlords of a building in Staten Island. On Sept. 11, 2011, when
the couple were trying to evict tenants who hadn’t paid rent, the boyfriend of
one of the tenants allegedly gestured that he had a gun.
Chris then called for police using a video relay service –
which the couple later argued should’ve signified to police that they would
need a sign language translator. But when officers arrived on the scene there
was no translator, and it was only the tenant and the boyfriend, both of whom
can hear, who could communicate their side of the story.
Some deaf tenants in the building later testified that the
officers rejected their offers to translate for Williams, who cannot hear,
speak English or read lips. Instead, Williams was arrested for allegedly
getting into a fight with one of the tenants.
Panicked, Williams attempted to scrawl “HOSPITAL”
in the dust on the window of the police cruiser, according to The New York
Daily News. She made it to “HOSP.”
Williams was detained for 24 hours, during which a
translator was never provided. She was released without charge.
Police officers don’t like to rack brains. If they deal with
unusual situation they prefer to act in a blast-it-all-manner. Cops arrest or
assault people whose behavior is alien to them. But it shouldn’t be so, because
the profession of police supposes that officers must provide peace and order
regardless of what kinds of people they deal with. Things must be changed.
Police must be trained to deal with all kinds of situations.
VIDEO: Cop Pepper Sprays School Kids as they Express Outrage Over Officer Assaulting 8th-Grader
In a blatant abuse of authority, a Las Vegas cop was recently caught on cell phone video pepper-spraying a group of high school students. Instead of committing a crime or threatening the officer’s safety, the teens were simply asking why he was physically assaulting an 8th grader when he suddenly fired pepper spray into their eyes.
On Friday, a student recorded a cell phone video of a Las Vegas police officer slamming an eighth-grade student’s head against the hood of his patrol car while pulling the kid’s hair. The 8th grader had been taken into custody after he allegedly trespassed onto the campus of Eldorado High School and refused to leave. According to police, a crowd of students gathered around the officer when the boy’s sister asked the aggressive cop to leave her brother alone. “What the f**k are you doing to him?” a girl asks the cop a moment before he shoots her and nearly half the students in their faces with pepper spray.
Seneca Police Chief John Covington is refusing to release the name of the officer who shot an unarmed teenager in the back over a marijuana sale on July 26.
The chief claims his officer acted in self defense, despite evidence showing otherwise, and considers him to be a “victim of attempted murder.”
The department claims that Zachary Hammond, 19, was driving his friend to meet an undercover officer with whom she had arranged the pot deal, not realizing they were being lured into a police sting operation in the parking lot of a Hardee’s fast food restaurant.
The chief claims that when they pulled up to the undercover cop’s car to make the purchase, another Seneca officer in uniform exited a marked police vehicle with his gun drawn, which they say is standard procedure for narcotics arrests.
But Hammond drove directly towards the officer in an attempt to flee, the chief claims, which is why the cop fired two shots into Hammond’s open driver’s side window at point blank range.
However, the family’s attorney, Eric Bland, stated this scenario could not possibly have played out that way based on findings from a private autopsy.
NYPD Cop Wins $15M After Fellow Cops Falsely Arrested & Beat Him at His Daughter’s Birthday
After suing his fellow officers for savagely beating and falsely arresting him at his daughter’s birthday party, an NYPD cop was awarded $15 million by a federal jury on Wednesday. Although he identified himself as an officer, his colleagues viciously struck him with batons and fired pepper spray into his face before bothering to check the badge and ID in his pocket.
On August 22, 2010, NYPD Officer Larry Jackson was off-duty at his daughter’s birthday party in Queens when an unidentified man with a gun appeared in the street breaking a bottle. Although Jackson did not have his gun with him, the off-duty cop confronted the armed man and asked him to leave while Jackson’s wife called 911. As Jackson attempted to calm down the armed man, a crowd of roughly 15 to 20 men armed with bats and sticks began to approach them.
Instead of attacking Jackson or the armed man, the crowd immediately dispersed as a marked patrol car arrived in front of Jackson’s house. Even though Jackson’s wife told dispatchers that her husband was a cop and Jackson immediately identified himself as a fellow officer, the cops ignored him while trying to assess the situation. Hearing an argument from inside Jackson’s home, one of the officers suddenly ran into his house without a search warrant.
After striking one of Jackson’s friends with a police baton, the officer ordered Jackson to step back. Standing his ground, Jackson again identified himself as a cop and informed the officer that they were in his house. Instead of requesting to see Jackson’s police ID or badge, the officer slammed the baton against Jackson’s throat and shoved him into the living room.
While repeatedly punching Jackson in the face, the officer accidentally tripped over a cooler leftover from the birthday party. As Jackson attempted to help the officer up, another cop placed Jackson in a chokehold. Unable to speak, Jackson tried to pull his police ID out of his pocket but another officer restrained his hands.
Falling backwards, Jackson and the cop choking him landed on Jackson’s 82-year-old mother-in-law, briefly knocking her unconscious. As the officer released his chokehold, Jackson again informed the cops that he was an NYPD officer when another cop struck him in the head with an ASP tactical baton. After stumbling down the front steps, Jackson remained on the ground as a group of bloodthirsty officers began beating him with their batons and pepper-spraying him in the face. While placing him in handcuffs, the cops repeatedly kicked his body and kneed him in the back.
Following the brutal assault, the officer who initially attacked Jackson asked him,“Yeah, you motherfucking dirt bag, if you are really a cop, where is your ID?”
“My ID has been in my front pocket the whole entire time,” Jackson responded. “I told you that in the house.”
After finally checking his pockets, the crowd of cops immediately dispersed upon the realization that they just brutalized one of their own without justification. Despite the fact that he had his police ID and did not commit a crime, Jackson was detained at the police station for 20 hours before being transported to a local hospital. According to his medical records, Jackson’s face and torso were covered in large bruises while his right hand was fractured due to numerous baton strikes.
The story shows the lack of trust to black people, the stupidity and recklessness of police and finally the lack of justice. NYPD Officer Larry Jackson got $15 million (!) while families of other victims of police are still fighting for compensations or receiving lower amounts of money. That’s America!
Read somewhere that serial killers often get their start torturing and murdering pets before moving on to actually killing people. Maybe cops with track records of excessive force and racial profiling should be taken off the streets before they “graduate” to killing people.
Cop Grinds Teen Girl’s Face into the Ground for Telling Him to Stop Assaulting Her Sister
Santa Rosa, CA – 18-year-old Gabbi Lemos was brutally
assaulted by a police officer after celebrating her graduation from high school
at her home. Hours after the party, Deputy Marcus Holton and six other officers
with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department arrived uninvited at the home and
began aggressively interrogating people who were outside.
Before approaching the house, Holton noticed that Gabbi’s
sister Karli was sitting in a parked vehicle outside with her boyfriend and he
began to question them. At one point during the interrogation, Holton opened
Karli’s door and attempted to physically rip her out of the vehicle. Gabbi
witnessed what was occurring outside of her home and shouted at the officer to
leave her sister alone, and demanded that a female officer be called to the
“It was scary seeing all his anger toward her in that
moment. That’s when I decided to say something,” Gabbi said.
According to a recent lawsuit filed by the Lemos family,
Gabbi “complained to the deputy that he had no right to pull her sister out of
the vehicle and he needed to ask her first.”
“I told him what he was doing wasn’t OK, that he couldn’t
touch us,” Gabbi later told reporters.
Gabbi’s mother Michelle Lemos then came out and told her to
go in the house. Next, according to the lawsuit, Holten “bolted around the
family and without a word caught Gabbi from behind the neck in a chokehold,
lifting her small body off the ground several feet before throwing her
face-first onto the driveway.”
“Deputy Holton put his knee in the back of Gabbi’s head and
began grinding her face into the gravel, despite her screams and her family’s
pleas to stop,” the lawsuit said.
To make matters worse, after Gabbi was taken to the hospital
she was arrested for battery on an officer and resisting arrest.
When asked by ABC News if she resisted, Gabbi said, “There
was no way I could have. He was on top of me with my hands behind my back.”
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said that the
officer’s body camera shows that he “behaved with restraint and professionalism
during a highly volatile situation.”
However, that same body camera footage ended up proving that
Gabbi was not resisting, nor did she attack Holten in any way, so the charges
against her were quickly dropped.
The day after the Lemos family filed their lawsuit, the
District Attorney responded by filing new charges against Gabbi Lemos, for
“obstructing, restricting or delaying a police officer.”
Lemos is facing a year in prison if she is convicted of this
new retaliatory charge.
Holten shot and killed a man in 2011 and was cleared of any
criminal wrongdoing because he claimed that the victim was reaching for his
I think that even for America this case is too aweful! Why
should the girl be charged for anything? Obviously she is a victim of excessive
force, she’s not a criminal! I see only one dangerous person in this story –
it’s Deputy Marcus Holton. Gabbi Lemos was going to help her sister and to
remind officer about the rights that we have, I cannot understand how could she
be charged for this and be brutally beaten for this? I’m sick of cops who get
away with all their disgusting crimes!
The eight Los Angeles police officers who shot at two women over 100 times will not lose their jobs. They won’t even be suspended. They’ll just get some additional training.
They’ll need it, since the shooting happened at the height of the manhunt for cop-killer Christopher Dorner, when police mistook two women delivering newspapers in a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck for one man hellbent on revenge in a charcoal Nissan Titan pickup truck and shot at them 103 times. One of the women, who was 71 at the time, was hit twice in the back. The second woman was hit by broken glass. I would say those cops should get some training in target practice, but then it’s probably best for innocent newspaper carriers that they don’t.
A commission found that the officers violated department policy when they thought the sound of a newspaper hitting the pavement was a gunshot and opened fire on two women who were, again, doing absolutely nothing wrong except driving a truck that didn’t even look like the one they believed their suspect to be in.
The officers faced suspension or even firing, but police chief Charlie Beck elected instead to let them all return to duty once they undergo some additional training, according to a memo obtained by the AP. The officers have not been named, so you’ll probably never know if the guy writing your speeding ticket once shot at an innocent senior citizen.
Shortly after the women were mistaken for Dorner, another police officer shot at another pickup truck. This one was black Honda Ridgeline. Brian McGee drove his cruiser into the truck and opened fire three times. The man inside the truck was not hit, but he sustained back and head injuries. The city of Torrance, where the incident took place, gave him $20,000 to replace his truck which was, again, a black Honda Ridgeline and not a gray Nissan Titan.
In January, prosecutors found that the officer was “justified in using force to stop the vehicle and in discharging his firearm” and declined to press charges.
After Video Shows Raging Cop Run Over and Kick a Compliant Biker, He’s Promoted to Captain
a Eugene man was awarded $180,000 by a jury after being run over and attacked
by an Oregon State Police officer.
video from the attack was also released along with the ruling. In the video,
Capt. Rob Edwards, with the OSP, is seen chasing down Justin Wilkens, running
his bike over, and then kicking the man so hard that he broke his collarbone.
dashcam video begins, Edwards, who is driving an unmarked Chevrolet Camaro, is
passed by Wilkens. Wilkens was seen passing cars in a no-passing zone, which
was a poor decision. However, an even poorer decision was for Edwards to do the
same thing in his vehicle that is several times wider than a motorcycle.
Wilkens realized he was being followed, he pulled off, at which point Edwards
rammed his vehicle into the motorcyclist. Edwards then exits the vehicle with
his gun drawn and front kicks the entirely peaceful and compliant Wilkens in
the chest so hard that it broke his clavicle and fractured his ribs.
to the Register-Guard, Wilkens, 41, denies trying to escape from the veteran
state trooper. He claims he didn’t recognize Edwards’ unmarked Chevrolet Camaro
as a police vehicle and did not realize he was being followed until moments
before he pulled the motorcycle to the side of the road and stopped.
being run down by the crazed cop, Wilkens testified that he thought he was
about to get a well-deserved speeding ticket. Instead, he got a hospital visit,
a damaged motorcycle, towing fees, and medical bills.
laughable testimony, Edwards admitted that Wilkens was complying with his
commands prior to unleashing the kick, but that he couldn’t stop his kick as he
“already had the muscles fired” in his right leg.
claiming his leg has a mind of his own wasn’t bad enough, Edwards then
attempted to tell the jury that the same thing happened to his brakes, which is
why he ran over Wilkens. In spite of the video clearly showing no attempt to
brake prior to his car ramming Wilkens, Edwards claimed that he “accidentally
bumped” the motorcycle as a result of “brake fade” — a term to describe
overheated brakes on older model vehicles.
actually experienced “brake fade,” Wilkens could be dead.
verdict last week, State Police released a statement that said the agency “is
disappointed with the (trial) outcome and feels the actions of our troopers
clearly did not violate established procedures or tactics. In situations like
these, officers have milliseconds to make what may be life-or-death decisions
and those officers should be shielded from the liability of civil damages.”
never suspended for this incident, and only received a written reprimand for
failing to report his use of force. In true blue privilege fashion, Edwards,
who was a lieutenant at the time of this stop, has since been promoted to
Captain and now he sits at the head of the entire OSP at their headquarters in
seen it? That’s crazy! One more brutal action against a peaceful unarmed man
was justified. What’s going on here? People who made Edwards a captain must be
retarded! This video shows very clearly that actions of Rob Edwards were
stupid, violent and excessive. Such manner of policing (?) is inadmissible and
such cop is inadmissible! Edwards was promoted but he should have been
suspended! Until such scumbags as Edwards beat people while on duty without
punishment and get the promotion we will never live in a free country.
Family Returns From Church To Find Dog Shot, Note From Police
After coming home from church on Wednesday night, an Owasso, Oklahoma family was disturbed to find their family dog bleeding on the porch from a gunshot wound.
The German Shepherd named Bruno had suffered a single gunshot wound that shattered its shoulder from a deputy with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office. Shockingly, instead to seeking medical attention for the animal, the officer simply attached a note to the front door and left it to suffer.
The note relayed this message:
We were investigating a crime and a dog attacked our deputy. The dog was shot and we need you to call us.
“They left him bleeding. He was here almost three hours bleeding,”
the dog’s owner, Angie Laymon said.
“It’s just not fair. He’s part of our family.”
Laymon said the animal was first found by her young children who called to tell her what happened.
She said she then called the sheriff’s office which told her that the animal attacked the deputy.
“I said ‘did he bite him?‘” Laymon said. “He said, ‘well he felt threatened.'”
Bruno was taken to Emergency Animal Hospital where the bullet was found lodged in his shoulder joint. Laymon says the shot shattered two bones and the animal now requires a shoulder replacement operation or an amputation of his front leg to fully recover.
“There’s a lot of things that could be asked,”
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said.
“Why didn’t he Tase him, why didn’t he pepper spray him? An officers weapon was the first thing that he drew. We don’t have time to go through this use of force ladder.”
Overreaction is the second name of American cops. How many times did they shoot at people or animals instead of use of non lethal weapon? This tendency should be criminalized ‘cause none of us is safe standing next to police officer though things should be straight opposite!
Police tackle Samaria Rice, grieving sister of Tamir Rice, as she rushed to brother's side
As Tamir Rice’s 14-year-old sister rushed to her brother’s side upon learning he’d been shot, police officers “tackled” her, handcuffed her and placed her in a squad car with the Cleveland officer who shot Tamir, her mother and a Rice family attorney told reporters Monday.
The mother, Samaria Rice, was threatened with arrest herself as she “went charging and yelling at police” because they wouldn’t let her run to her son’s aid, she said.
PBSO deputy had no justification for shooting Dontrell Stephens, expert testifies
Dontrell Stephens stops
10 seconds later Stephens was shot
Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Adams Lin properly assessed the threat posed by
Dontrell Stephens, the officer would have never shot the 22-year-old suburban
West Palm Beach man four times, leaving him paralyzed, a former police chief
told a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.
testified that he believed Stephens was reaching for a gun after he stopped him
in 2013 for riding his bicycle erratically on Haverhill Road, former
Tallahassee police chief Mel Tucker said the deputy had no reason to jump to
the conclusion that proved to be false. The “dark object” Lin saw in Stephens’
hand was a cell phone.
expert in police procedure, said officers are trained to size up situations so
they don’t have to make the proverbial “split-second’ decision to use deadly
force. Lin, he said, didn’t do that.
first saw Stephens he was riding his bicycle, talking on his cell phone. That
hardly fits the description of a dangerous person, Tucker said. Further, after
Lin pulled him over, Stephens complied with Lin’s commands.
make an accurate threat assessment – you see a young black man riding a bike
and talking on a cell phone, not an unusual thing for young people to do – you
don’t have to make a split-second decision about whether to use deadly force,”
Tucker said, if Lin was truly worried, he shouldn’t have approached Stephens.
Instead, he said, he should have stayed behind a car that separated him from
Stephens instead of walking alongside it. “You take cover so you’re not
exposing yourself to any danger,” he said of training that is drilled into
terrible that your whole life can be changed forever in few seconds by a
dumbass cop. Who do they think they are to shoot at people? Lin took away guy’s
ability to walk. That wasn’t self-defense. I don’t think that fear for life can
be excuse for the use of deadly force. Probably self-defense or defense of
others can be an excuse. But Dontrell Stephens posed no threat. Adams Lin
appeared to be the only dangerous and violent person in this case. That means
that he should be indicted.