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Video captures Illinois cop throwing a woman headfirst into a concrete bench

She was very much not okay after this. The impact shattered every bone in her face requiring a lot of surgery and a titanium plate to be inserted in her cheek. This cop should be fired immediately and the woman should sue Skokie for every penny they will ever have. VIDEO: Police Hurled Woman Into Concrete Bench, Allegedly Shattering Several Face Bones | ThinkProgress
Surveillance video depicts a police officer in Skokie, Illinois hurling a woman named Cassandra Feuerstein into a concrete bench inside a jail cell shortly after she was arrested for driving under the influence. Immediately after crashing into the bench, Feuerstein lies nearly motionless in the fetal position on the floor, a pool of blood forming near her head, as several officers enter the cell to assist her. The incident occurs at 1:54 in this video.

October 10, 2013

Why don't LAPD police dogs ever bite white people?

Los Angeles Police Dogs Only Bit Blacks And Latinos In The First Six Months Of 2013 | ThinkProgress
A new report on the Los Angeles Sheriff Department Canine Special Detail finds that the number of minority individuals bitten by police dogs has dramatically increased between 2004 to 2012. In a department already plagued by accusations of racial targeting, 100 percent of dog bite victims in the first six months of 2013 were blacks and Latinos. In the past nine years, the minority-heavy, urban areas of Century, City of Industry, Compton, Lakewood, and South LA/Lennox, experienced more dog bites than 21 other agencies or stations combined. One of the more troubling aspects of the report found that police canines cause injuries at far higher rates than other weapons, such as batons, tear gas, and guns. The pressure from a dog bite is equivalent to “a car tire running over a body part,” as one federal judge put it. Dog bites are not the only police tactic blacks and Latinos in Los Angeles have to fear. The LASD has racked up a lengthy racial profiling record. The Department of Justice found that the LASD systematically singles out blacks and Latinos for stops, seizures, and excessive force at higher rates than other races.

October 03, 2013

Lawsuit: SWAT Officers Dragged 10-Year-Old from Bathtub, Made Him Stand Naked Next to 4-Year-Old Sister, Terrorized Family

It sort of seems like the police went all military on this guy because he insulted a cop. Since when do you need a SWAT team to apprehend someone for arguing with a drunk, off-duty cop? Lawsuit: SWAT Officers Dragged 10-Year-Old from Bathtub, Made Him Stand Naked Next to 4-Year-Old Sister, Terrorized Family - Liberty Crier
Pittsburgh SWAT officers must face claims that they raided a family’s home, violently dragged a child from the bathtub, and “terrorized” them at gunpoint, a federal judge ruled. Georgeia Moreno and her family sued Pittsburgh, its police chief and 14 police officers in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The events unfolded as Georgeia, her husband, William; and her stepfather, Mark Staymates were watching television in their living room as Georgia’s sick mother, Darlene, slept upstairs at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2010. They suddenly heard a loud explosion and saw bright lights, “as if grenades were going off,” the complaint states. Pittsburgh officers wearing helmets and facemasks then broke and “stormed through” the front and back doors of the home, according to the complaint. Those officers allegedly never identified themselves, pointed assault rifles at the family, shouted obscenities and destroyed their property. Although the team purportedly sought to arrest William for quarreling with a drunk, off-duty police officer at a local veterans club early that morning, the family says that their “terrorization” continued for another 45 minutes after William was apprehended. . . .