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July 18, 2014

Cops Choke Staten Island Father of six to Death

Should selling untaxed cigarettes warrant the death sentence? Cops Choke Staten Island Father to Death | Mass Appeal
Yesterday in Staten Island, a 400-pound man passed away after one cop put him in a chokehold and other cops proceeded to slam his head against the pavement. The brutality was caught on video and submitted to the NY Daily News. The Daily News reported that the man’s name is Eric Garner. He is a 43-year-old dad to six children who had bad asthma. However, that did not stop cops from essentially choking the life out of him and slamming his head into the pavement. According to witnesses, Eric screamed “I can’t breathe!” repeatedly after multiple NYPD officer took him down due to resisting being handcuffed. Shortly after, Garner stopped his struggle with the cops, and looked to be unconscious. Only then did cops call paramedics to the scenes. (You can count on cops to worry about your health after the fact.) What makes the story even worse is that Eric Garner’s wife, Esaw, did not receive any details from the police until she went to the hospital to identify her husband’s body. According to the police, Eric Garner wasn’t even armed. The NYPD said Garner had a stem of past arrests for selling untaxed cigarettes, and they observed him selling said cigarettes which caused them to attempt an arrest. In the video, the bystander filming says Garner was being pressed by cops, despite stopping a fight moments prior. With so many witnesses to Garner being choked to death by the cops, along with discomforting footage of the takedown, one can only hope that those cops are brought to justice.

July 09, 2014

California Highway Patrol officer beats citizen for walking on the side of the road

California Highway Patrol punches woman in head on side of LA highway

June 05, 2014

Cops throw flash-bang grenade right into toddler's playpen

The cops said they didn't know any kids were on the premises, despite the presence of car seats and kids. Toddler Burned by SWAT Grenade After Raid On Home | ThinkProgress
A 19-month old Georgia toddler is in critical condition after a northeast Georgia SWAT team threw a “flash bang” grenade into his playpen while he was sleeping, causing him to suffer severe burns and later enter a medically induced coma. The tragic incident is part of a larger trend of innocent bystanders suffering injury and death due to the tactics employed by SWAT teams. Police stormed the Habersham County residence where 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh was sleeping last Wednesday night. Operating under a “no-knock warrant,” police threw the stun grenade after struggling to beat down the door with a battering ram. Upon entering the home, they realized the obstruction to the door was the toddler’s playpen, charred by the explosive grenade. The boy’s mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, reported that she and her family had been sleeping at her sister in-law’s after their Wisconsin home burned down. The police were searching for Wanis Thoneteva, Phonesavanh’s 30-year-old nephew, who sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant the previous day but who was no longer in the house. They were also unable to find any arms or drugs inside the home. While County Sheriff Joey Terrell has claimed that police “didn’t see anything to indicate that there was a child in the house,” mother Alecia Phonesavanh told ABC otherwise in an interview: “My son’s old playpen was right outside because we were getting ready to leave, we were going to throw it away… it was very, very visible,” adding that several car seats were also in plain sight. Still, Terrell has insisted that Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman, who has been tasked with investigating the incident, assured him “there’s nothing to investigate.” Rickman has since denied this claim. This is not the first time SWAT teams using flash grenades have caused harm to children and bystanders. In 2012, a 12-year-old girl received first degree burns after police detonated a flash grenade next to the bed where she was sleeping in her Billings, Montana home. 7-year-old Aiyana Jones was killed in 2007 when a SWAT team looking for a suspect in a murder investigation raided the duplex where her family lived and threw a flash grenade into her room, igniting her bed and setting Jones on fire. Neighbors claim they warned police children were present in the house, and the suspect was apprehended on the other side of the housing unit.