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March 30, 2012

68-year-old black man murdered by White Plains police after accidentally triggering his medical alert pendant

The police claim to have video showing the 68-year-old man who could barely walk rushing them with a butcher knife, but no one has been allowed to see the video. EVEN SO! They had no reason to bust down his door, taser him, fire beanbag rounds at him (which if you recall aren't exactly nonlethal, witness the Oakland veteran who was hospitalized for weeks after taking one to the head) and then shooting him twice in the chest. Fatal Shooting of Ex-Marine by White Plains Police Raises Questions - NYTimes.com
The string of events that night sounds prosaic, a who-cares accumulation of little mistakes and misapprehensions. Cumulatively, though, it is like tumbling down the stairs. Somehow the uncle, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a former Marine who had heart problems and wheezed if he walked more than 40 feet, triggered his medical alert system pendant. The system operator came on the loudspeaker in his one-bedroom apartment, asking: “Mr. Chamberlain, are you O.K.?” All of this is recorded. Mr. Chamberlain didn’t respond. So the operator signaled for an ambulance. Police patrol cars fell in behind — standard operating procedure in towns across America. Except an hour later, even as Mr. Chamberlain insisted he was in good health, the police had snapped the locks on the apartment door. They fired electric charges from Tasers, and beanbags from shotguns. Then they said they saw Mr. Chamberlain grab a knife, and an officer fired his handgun. Boom! Boom! Mr. Chamberlain’s niece Tonyia Greenhill, who lives upstairs, recalls the echoes ricocheting about the hall. She pushed out a back door and ran into the darkness beneath overarching oaks. He lay on the floor near his kitchen, two bullet holes in his chest, blood pooling thick, dying. . . . They say officers taunted Mr. Chamberlain. He shouted: “Semper fi,” the Marine Corps motto. The police answered with loud shouts of “Hoo-rah!” Another officer, the niece says, said he wanted to pee in Mr. Chamberlain’s bathroom. Someone, the niece and neighbors say, yelled a racial epithet at the door. Black and white officers were present. Kenny Randolph listened from his apartment across the hall. “They put fear in his heart,” he says. “It wasn’t a crime scene until they made it one.” The police say Mr. Chamberlain was “known” to them, although it appears he had not been convicted of a crime. . . . Mr. Chamberlain sounded spooked. His son recalls hearing his father say on tape: “This is my sworn testimony. White Plains officers are coming in here to kill me.” A few minutes later, a bullet tore through his rib and heart. The ambulance took him to White Plains Hospital, where he soon died. . . .

March 18, 2012

NYPD celebrates 6 month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street by beating peaceful Americans senseless, breaking ribs

Meanwhile, Occupy Oakland held a giant barbecue and rally in Arroyo park. But c'mon, it's St. Pat's day! Don't these cops have anything better to do than to attack peaceful protesters? Aren't there like a million amateur drunks in NYC that need some attention? Scores Arrested as the Police Clear Zuccotti Park - NYTimes.com
After clearing the park, police officers and private security guards began placing a ring of metal barricades on the park’s perimeter, as those who had been arrested were placed inside a city bus. At one point, a woman who appeared to be suffering from seizures flopped on the ground in handcuffs as bystanders shouted for the police to remove the cuffs and provide medical attention. For several minutes the woman lay on the ground as onlookers made increasingly agonized demands. Eventually, an ambulance arrived and the woman was placed inside. By 12:20 a.m., a line of police officers pushed against some of the remaining protesters, forcing them south on Broadway, at times swinging batons and shoving people to the ground. Kobi Skolnick, 30, said that officers pushed him in several directions and that as he tried t0 walk away, he was struck from behind in the neck. “One of the police ran and hit me with a baton,” he said.