2011 - A surveillance video was released showing Houston police officers relentlessly beating, kicking and stomping on a teen burglary suspect. The footage was released by Quanell X, a Houston activist with the New Black Panther party.
The video shows Chad Holley, who was 15 years old at the time, running along a metal fence away from police officers when a police car speeds towards him and cuts him off. The car slams into Holley. Holley’s body goes flying across the car onto the ground. His body rolls and he ends up on his stomach. He clamps his hands over his head. Policemen run up to him and begin attacking him.
The boy remains limp on the grass while police officers kick him from all sides. Only his feet move, apparently in reaction to the officers’ kicks. One police officer then begins stomping on Holley’s feet, and some officers kneel down on the ground beside him and start punching him. After being beaten for about two minutes by several police officers, Holley is handcuffed, and then picked up and thrown against the back of the police car.
The footage was captured on March 24, 2010 by a camera at Uncle Bob’s Self-Storage. The storage facility sent its surveillance video to the Houston Police Department and the District Attorney within a week of the incident.
Holley was found guilty in October 2010 of stealing cash, jewelry and a keyboard from a Houston townhouse. The surveillance video was not shown at his trial. He was put on probation for two years. His attorney, however, insisted that Holley had nothing to do with the burglary.
After the video was given to the police department last year, eight police officers were suspended without pay. Following separate investigations by the department’s Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, four officers – Andrew Blomberg, Phil Bryan, Raad Hassan and Drew Ryser – were indicted on misdemeanor official suppression charges and fired from the police department. Hassan and Bryan were also charged with violation of the civil rights of a prisoner.
Three other officers were fired, but not charged, and another five were suspended for two days.
The footage was released several months after local news organizations petitioned a federal judge to release the tape, arguing that preventing the press from airing the video is a violation of the First Amendment. Holley’s lawyer, Benjamin Hall, tried to stop the video from being released to the public. Judge Ewing Welein Jr. ruled that the video should not be released because it will prevent the police officers from having a fair trial, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Since the incident, Holley, his family and Quanell X say they have been working to raise awareness about brutality by police officers.
“One of the officers sued me for making inflammatory comments. I don’t remember what I said. In that lawsuit, I subpoenaed the videotape. Once I legally obtained the videotape, I released it,” said Quanell X.
On his Facebook fan page, Quanell posted, “Do you think it is appropriate that Houston’s mayor, Annise Parker, has called for the prosecution of Quanell X for releasing the Chad Holley videotape beating by the Houston Police Department?”
“I do believe it’s a travesty of justice that city officials and the District Attorney’s Office would work to keep the public in the dark based on what was on that videotape,” Quanell X said.
why must there be reciepts for when a woman has been accused of committing a crime? but not for men or trans people? are women just perfect little snowflakes in your world?
Lol what? Feminists circulate posts full of sources of violent and sexual crimes committed by transwomen or men who dressed as women to gain access to female facilities or just men entering female facilities in general. For example:
The few studies that have examined personality disorders among transsexuals usually have found that these disorders in general—and disorders in Cluster B, which includes Narcissistic Personality Disorder (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000), in particular—are more common in transsexuals than in nontranssexuals
A/N: A bit of a shorter chapter, hope you guys don’t mind!
For the rest of the week and the following week after, you ignored Spencer like you had said that you would. The air was filled with awkwardness and tension, that no one wanted to touch with a twelve foot pole.
Spencer had occasionally tried to speak with you, which in return you ignored him and walked away. He was the one who decided to break off your friendship and ignored you. You were only giving him what he wanted.
You and the team were currently in (Y/H/T) working a case. 3 women all kidnapped from their jobs, and turned up dead 2 days later. All raped, tortured, and one bullet between the eyes. The worst part? It was all videotaped and sent to the police. Garcia wasn’t able to track where it was coming from, because the UnSub was very tech handy.
When you guys had first started the case, you noticed that the women eerily looked like you. They all had the same hair and eye color, they also were petite women. All ranging from heights from 5′0 ft - 5′2 ft tall.
The team had suspected that it was a single man, in his early 30s killing women that resembled somebody that he was obsessed with. Whoever he was, he is one sick son of a bitch.
“Y/N.” you heard JJ call. You turned around from the board to look at her. “Yeah?”
“Do you think you could do a coffee run? Since you lived here, you probably know the best coffee place.” she asked, smiling at you.
Laughing softly, you nodded your head. “Sure thing. I’ll be back, okay?” you grabbed your purse and jacket, proceeding to leave the station. Once outside, you made your way to the coffee shop that you always went to when you lived here.
As you were slowly approaching the coffee shop, you started to think back to when you always went there after school. Since you didn’t have any friends, you always ended up going to the coffee shop and read books until it was time for you to go home.
You looked up and noticed that you were close to the coffee shop, the smell of coffee flowing through the nearby areas. But suddenly it was replaced with a strange sweet smell and everything went all black.
JJ ran into the conference room where the team was. “Have any of you seen Y/N?”
They all shared glances before shaking their heads. “No, why?” Hotch asked.
“I sent her out to do a coffee run an hour ago and she still isn’t back. I tried calling her cell but she isn’t answering.” JJ said hurriedly.
A wave of horror washed over the team. “Shit. Do you think it might have been the UnSub?” Morgan asked.
Hotch looked at the team and nodded. “Most likely. Y/N does fit the the type that the UnSub is kidnapping. We need to work fast. We only 72 hours before she is a goner.”
“Garcia, you got anything?” Morgan asked when Garcia’s face popped up on the big screen. She shook her head. “Sorry chocolate thunder. I can’t find anything linking Y/N and the other victims. However, I did find something odd about Y/N’s history.”
Everyone’s eyebrows raised. “What did you find Garcia?” Hotch asked. She typed away on her keyboard before speaking. “When Y/N was younger, she filed a restraining order against this guy in her neighborhood.”
“What was the restraining order for?” JJ spoke.
“It was for harassment and stalking. This guy was a creep to our little kitten. He sent love letters, claiming that he had been watching her and that he wanted to marry her. He even stated that he’d kill for her.” Garcia replied.
A loud beep was heard and a video notification popped up on the screen. “Garcia, what is that?” Morgan asked.
Clicking on the notification, a video of Y/N was pulled up. She was unconscious and tied to a chair. Her mouth was covered with a cloth and the ropes tying her to the chair, looked like they were cutting into her skin.
A hooded figure walked over to her with a bucket and poured water over her body. She woke up violently and looked up at the figure. “Good morning sunshine. Say hello to your team.”
Spotting the camera in front of her, she started screaming, the cloth covering her mouth muffling the sound.
The figure slapped Y/N hard. “SHUT UP. Stop screaming you little slut!”
Walking up to the camera, the UnSub faced the camera, his face covered with a mask. “I hope you like the show.” he said cackling loudly.
The team stood there horrified and in the back of the room, Spencer sat there feeling like his heart had been ripped out.
2008 - The videotaped beating of a transgender woman in police custody in Memphis last February led to charges against two officers and national condemnation from gay rights groups. The officers were fired, and the Police Department overhauled some of its procedures and began sensitivity training for the entire force.
But a week ago, the woman, Duanna Johnson, 43, was found fatally shot near downtown. Ms. Johnson’s death has revived scrutiny of the case as the department is under pressure to find the killer.
“Duanna Johnson’s case was tragic before, and now it’s an almost unimaginable loss,” said Jared Feuer, the Southern regional director of Amnesty International. “Her treatment demonstrates a culture of violence against transgender people that must be addressed.”
Ms. Johnson sustained a gunshot wound to the head late on Nov. 9, the police said, and officers found her body after responding to a shooting call in North Memphis. Investigators said three men were seen near the crime scene before the officers arrived, but police officials say they have no suspects, have made no arrests and do not have a motive for the killing.
Ms. Johnson’s case attracted national attention in June after local television stations obtained a grainy surveillance videotape that showed a police officer, identified as Bridges McRae, striking her repeatedly with a gloved fist with handcuffs slipped over his knuckles and pepper-spraying her in the face.
Another officer, James Swain, held down the 6-foot-5 Ms. Johnson during the assault, which occurred on Feb. 12 after she was arrested on a prostitution charge. Ms. Johnson, who was in a booking area at the Shelby County Jail in Memphis at the time of the attack, told the authorities that Officer McRae had also hurled antigay epithets at her.
Her lawyer had offered to forgo a lawsuit if the city settled with Ms. Johnson for $1.3 million. He said her estate might still proceed with a lawsuit against the city, the department and the two officers over the beating. [video]
2008 - After a beat down in an elevator, Joshua Daniel Ortiz ended up with his nose broken and facing a felony charge of battering a Fort Lauderdale police officer.
The 22-year-old Sunrise man was surprised and delighted to learn that Broward prosecutors were dropping the case against him after reviewing an elevator surveillance video showing three officers aggressively rush and beat Ortiz to the ground.
Once the Dec. 5 video surfaced, it altered the course of the case. It contradicted police reports that Ortiz provoked and attacked Officers Derek Lade, Stefan Silver and Steve Smith.
Fort Lauderdale police internal affairs investigators reviewed the incident more than a month ago and found no violations of policy or procedures, said Sgt. Frank Sousa, the department’s spokesman.
“It was not a beating,” Sousa said. “The video clearly shows that [Ortiz] made a movement toward the officer.”
The 4:10 a.m. incident unfolded in a bank lobby at 200 SW First Ave. as Ortiz, his girlfriend and friends piled into an elevator, heading to a parking garage after a night out. Acquaintances of Ortiz’s started fighting in the lobby, he said, drawing police to the scene.
According to Lade’s police report, Ortiz yelled at the officers from the elevator when they tried to break up the disturbance. Ortiz “walked right up to me hitting his nose to my nose,” Lade wrote, adding that he pushed Ortiz. "As I approached Ortiz to take him into custody, Ortiz spun around to face me and assumed a fighting stance (both left and right hand clenched into fists and body bladed),“ he wrote. However, the video shows Ortiz keeping his hands in his jacket pockets.
Ortiz said he exchanged agitated words with the officers, but the rest is fiction. "They were on a power trip,” Ortiz said. “I don’t trust them anymore." Ortiz’ lawyer said the officers embellished their reports to justify their aggression without knowing the videotape existed.
Like the shooting death of Michael Brown by a policeman before this, and the choking death of Eric Garner before this, and most recently the murder of Walter Scott in South Carolina, justice in the case of Freddie Gray seems to hinge upon camera evidence from bystanders.
With smartphones, we the citizens have in our pockets the power to hold our government responsible. Apps are cropping up to make it easier to videotape incidents like this.