peterkreder / photo on flickrA recently retired assistant chief for security at Rikers Island is on trial for ordering his men to brutally beat a prisoner who dared to “lock eyes” with him.The New York Timesreports:
After the second inmate slashing of the day, guards on Rikers Island were checking inmates for weapons — an exhaustive process that involves repeated strip searches and the use of screening devices.
Standing outside a search pen, the new assistant chief for security, Eliseo Perez Jr., locked eyes with an inmate.
“This guy thinks he’s tough,” Chief Perez said, according to prosecutors in the Bronx. And then he ordered his subordinates to kick the inmate’s teeth in, the authorities said.
Upon Chief Perez’s order, the inmate, Jahmal Lightfoot, was led into the search pen where five members from an elite correction unit were waiting for him, an assistant district attorney, Lawrence Piergrossi, said at the arraignments in State Supreme Court in the Bronx.
“He was tackled, brought to the ground,” Mr. Piergrossi said.“He was repeatedly kicked with his body in a fetal position, covering his head.”
Mr. Piergrossi held up photos of the inmate’s injuries, which included fractured eye sockets and a broken nose.
According to the Village Voice, which has reported extensively on Perez’s gang of thugs, this wasn’t the only incident in which an inmate was brutally beaten by Perez’s men. According to the president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, this is “simply a witch hunt into the Department of Correction and members of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.”
Florida deputies warned a man that if he dared publish a video showing a prison warden snatching his camera and refusing to return it, he would be guilty of a federal crime.
That, of course, is hogwash, but it just shows the extent that law enforcement officials will go to defend other authority figures when they’ve been caught breaking the law.
The video shows George Dedos, assistant warden at the Lake City Youthful Offender Facility, confronting Jeff Gray, who was standing on public property across the street from the prison, which is owned by Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in the United States.
Dedos walks up to him and snatches his iPod, not realizing at the time that Gray had another iPod recording from his shirt pocket.
Columbia County sheriff officials respond to the incident and tell Dedos that Gray has the right to record, but they don’t come close to arresting Dedos for strong-armed robbery, which would likely have been the case had Gray snatched Dedos’ camera.
According to the incident report, which Gray obtained Monday:
Upon arrival I spoke with Assistant Warden from CCA, George Dedos, who stated that a white male, later identified as Jeffrey Gray was videotaping the facility via cell phone. George stated that he confronted Jeffrey and Jeffrey refused to stop recording, so he grabbed the cell phone. George was advised that unless the person was on CCA’s property, the person could record if he wanted to. George was also advised that if Jeffrey did publish the video, it would be a federal violation because Jeffrey was standing on federal land while videotaping without a permit, which was confirmed by forestry ranger, J. Watson.
So not only was the camera-snatching caught on video but Dedos admitted to deputies he committed the crime.
But all deputies could do was try to find a way to make Gray the guilty party, even listing him as the “suspect” in the report.
Gray posted two videos from the incident Saturday night, only hours after it took place, and I posted it on this blog early Sunday morning.
Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel from the National Press Photographers Association, explained in an email why Gray was not guilty of any violation.
I see from the “offense report” that Jeffrey Grey may have been in the Osceola Forest picnic area. While some land operated by the US Parks Department requires a permit for photography or filming the Commercial Permits Section states:
“Permits are required for commercial use of the National Forests in Florida, such as filmmaking, wedding photography, and photography for use in advertising. Please contact the District Ranger’s office to determine your need for a permit and any fees that might be involved.” (see source)
“It is important to note that there is no permit required for most still photography or for non-commercial filming on National Forest Lands including wilderness areas.” (see source.)
My opinion is that if he did not have a permit and one was required (which should not have been the case) the most that could have happened is that he received a violation for not having a permit. I do not believe that posting such a video, especially if not for profit, would violate anything and certainly not federal law.
Their warning constitutes a prior restraint on his First Amendment freedoms and would most likely be struck down as it limits far too much speech than is necessary to achieve a governmental purpose. In this case I have no idea what that purpose would be other than far exceeding their authority.
Corrections Corporation of America is not having the greatest year, having recently lost four major contracts in Idaho, Texas and Mississippi.
Gray plans to file a complaint with the state attorney’s office and his lawyer is already looking into filing a lawsuit.
Click on George Dedos’ name to send him an email.
read more from Carlos Miller:http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/06/24/deputies-warn-man-not-to-publish-video-of-wardens-strong-armed-robbery/
Former Opa-Locka Sgt. German Bosque has been charged with kidnapping, tampering, and battery.
MIAMI — A notorious former Opa-Locka Police sergeant dubbed “Florida’s Dirtiest Cop” has been arrested for kidnapping a man who wanted to file a police brutality complaint against him.
German Bosque, 49, turned himself in to Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials Friday afternoon and was being held without bond at Miami-Dade’s main jail, according to an FDLE release.
Investigators say Bosque punched the victim in August 2011 while on duty, responding to a domestic call. When the man wanted to file a police brutality complaint at the Opa-Locka Police station, Bosque “forcefully escorted him from the lobby, handcuffed him and placed him into a holding area.”
The victim was held against his will for a short time and was never provided an opportunity to file his complaint, according to the FDLE. As a result, Bosque has been charged with first degree felony kidnapping, tampering with a witness, and misdemeanor battery.
In telling the story of a 2008 interaction with a teenager that led to a formal complaint, Bosque told a reporter it could have been worse: “I’m lucky he was a Hispanic kid. If he was black they would have rung me up for a civil rights violation.”
According to the Miami Herald, Bosque has been arrested three times previously, and had been fired at least six times already — including twice from other police departments before he was hired by Opa-Locka.
He has been appealing his October termination, given because officials discovered his city-issued AR-15 assault rifle and bulletproof vest were in the possession of his girlfriend’s father.
Note: As I continue covering the porngate scandal I am asking whistleblowers to do the right thing and still report tips on government corruption regarding child pornography set-ups and statistics padding to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am sure with Anonymous lurking around and making bold statements through mass emailing, they will likely start targeting government employees using internet hacking as that is their specialty then investigate government networks to find evidence that they are moving child porn files around to set people up with. I know many government workers and agents are afraid of getting in trouble and or being arrested on child porn charges themselves for speaking out but this trend cannot keep continuing as many innocent Americans will likely kill themselves or have permanent psychological repercussions as a result of these wrongful child porn raids and sex offender convictions.
Right now it appears that the hacktivist group named Anonymous with the Anonops decentralized branch has claimed that they have sent emails to all of the media around the internet world. They have claimed they will expose and gather evidence that government employees are directly or indirectly planting child pornography on people’s computers to pad the child porn bust statistics, taking care of political enemies in all isles of politics, and keeping up the police arrest quotas as a majority of child porn busts seems to be using local police and detectives for the ICAC while the feds conduct Operation Flicker.
So far the mainstream media has not made a peep which will make it hard to determine if Anonymous had really contacted the media around the internet world as there is so many alternative and mainstream media outlets, the amount of emails this group will need is likely in the tens of thousands however if they are committed to their cause, along with all the volunteer hacktivists, they will likely reach that anywhere between a week to three days.
Here is the pasted content and subject right from an email that appears to be an Anonops email address hosted on Tormail:
Subject: This is Anonymous, with a special Announcement for the Press and the world
Dear Entire News media of the Internet world,
We are now aware that thousands to tens of thousands of innocent children and adults are being set up with child pornography which includes Andrew Rose whom downloaded Mp3 files with child porn attached to the MP3 tags. We watch how so many innocent people are being paraded around in your news programs as child porn watching child molesters and this angers us. We wish to find out the truth then take action. Now the US Government plans to punish whistleblowers and any reporters whom meet with them so that they can continue to plant child pornography on more kids and adults computers to set them up as child sex molesters and offenders then parade them on the news as disgusting child sexing monsters when the truth is they been set up from the gitgo. Then added onto a sex offender registry and beaten and tarnished in their communities. Many to all have to live in dumpsters and homeless because they cannot find a job once they are tarnished on the registry.
We’ve heard the story of Andrew Rose and other mainstream media and alternative media reporters, political activists, and even small bloggers are being targeted and framed with child porn, drugs, or other felony conviction level contraband or people being paid off to start infighting or making violent political statements as a result of the corrupt establishment by the Bilderberg Group that has taken over various government and police departments throughout the world including the United States. These child porn busting task forces are a fraud. They didn’t even prosecute the over 5,000 Pentagon employees for their purchasing and downloading of child porn on the tax payers dime. These people don’t care about stopping child exploitation and are only used as a political tool of destruction to destroy good and innocent people’s lives through the corrupt and costly criminal injustice system which costs hundreds of thousands of dollars just to prove innocence with attorney fees. Poor folks can’t even get an attorney until they are indicted and forced to sit in jail for months and months until the prosecutor is satisfied with making innocent people suffer like hell. Some form of justice we’ve got eh!
We’ve sent emails to every alternative media, mainstream media, and other activists emails we got through various email collecting agents to get the message of Anonymous out to everyone.
Anonymous IRC chats and other mediums of contact had to keep turning away people begging us to prove them innocent of child pornography and they were set up by a trojan or virus that shares child porn. We hated this and now we have decided to send a message to the entire Internet World and to the corrupt FBI.
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Operation Flicker, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other tragedy law enforcement agencies, WE KNOW YOU ARE PLANTING CHILD PORN ON INNOCENT PEOPLE’S COMPUTERS using trojans, physical file set-ups using flash drives and sd cards, putting child porn inside the MP3 tag headers of music files on Limewire and eMule to entrap music downloaders as child porno possessors, and we know all the child porn fighting organizations get kickbacks and sustained funding for every arrest and prosecution you get according to various documents we have received through our agents we have everywhere in every level of government. How shameful you make money off of ruining people’s lives forever including twelve year boys, 17 year olds and other little kids and teens. You FBI people must love putting all your enemies on sex offender registries, that must really make you enjoy yourselves thinking of us all rotting in prison with the dumb juries doing blanket convictions on innocent people just for being accused of pornography.
We have a message for you, We will find out the truth!!!! We will find out who in the government is planting child porn on innocent people’s computers then we shall publish all their names on the real “Anonymous sex offender registry” which lists every government employee that has set up innocent people with child pornography and this also includes police officers on the task forces. This will also go out to all the media and all the child porn sharers in the force that had innocent people condemned to mandatory sex offender reporting, the truth will be known about ya. Beware you aren’t Anonymous crooked cops and agents whom enjoy setting up people with child pornography. You must be proud of yourselfs pedomakers or pedobuilders.
To all child exploiting government people whom set the innocents up: We shall expose the truth on YOU
We are Anonymous
We never forgive
We never forget
We are legion
Little does Anonymous realize that my friends alternative media website is no longer but nevertheless Anonymous wants the whole world to get their message that they are sick and tired of innocent people begin set up with child pornography including a autistic teen named Andrew Rose whom got in trouble when he was around 17 years old. Andrew’s family has run a support group on Facebook and amount of membership has grown exponentially since the Porngate scandal investigating articles started coming out on alternative media website with the exception of big name ones like Infowars and Activistpost as those are the most reputable and will take to research and confirm things before those websites start writing articles about the next big government scandal since Bengazigate, Climategate, IRSGate, and Watergate.
Blood stains are still visible on the sidewalk at the corner of Flower Street and Palm Drive, where a Bakersfield man struggled with as many as nine officers and later died this week.
David Sal Silva, 33 and the father of four young children, died early Wednesday morning after deputies say he fought with them and CHP officers who’d responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated man outside Kern Medical Center.
By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian
Chris Silva speaks about his brother David Silva, 33, who died while being arrested by Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies early Wednesday morning. The incident happened across from Kern Medical Center at the corner of Flower Street and Palm Drive. Family members are questioning how David Silva died.
By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian
Ruben Ceballos, 19, who lives a few houses from where David Silva and the KCSD had an encounter resulting in the death of Silva early Wednesday morning, said he was a witness to the incident.
By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian
Family members of David Silva speak to area residents at Flower Street and Palm Drive concerning an incident between Silva and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department that ended early Wednesday morning with the death of Silva. A memorial of flowers and candles has been set up near where Silva died.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office says Silva resisted, a canine was deployed, more law enforcement arrived, batons were used and the man later had trouble breathing. He was taken to KMC, where he died. An autopsy was slated for Thursday, but no results have been released.
Some witnesses apparently took cellphone video of the incident but deputies moved quickly to seize the phones. The Sheriff’s Office, after releasing a statement Wednesday and naming its officers Thursday, declined all further comment.
People who say they witnessed the incident as well as Silva’s family members described a scene in which deputies essentially were beating a helpless man to death. They were indignant that cellphone video had been taken away by deputies.
“My brother spent the last eight minutes of his life pleading, begging for his life,” said Christopher Silva, 31, brother of the dead man. He said he’s talked to witnesses but did not see the incident himself.
At about midnight, Ruben Ceballos, 19,was awakened by screams and loud banging noises outside his home. He said he ran to the left side of his house to find out who was causing the ruckus.
“When I got outside I saw two officers beating a man with batons and they were hitting his head so every time they would swing, I could hear the blows to his head,” Ceballos said.
Silva was on the ground screaming for help, but officers continued to beat him, Ceballos said.
After several minutes, Ceballos said, Silva stopped screaming and was no longer responsive.
“His body was just lying on the street and before the ambulance arrived one of the officers performed CPR on him and another one used a flashlight on his eyes but I’m sure he was already dead,” Ceballos said.
Other relatives demanded to know more.
David Silva’s mother, Merri Silva, 54, said, “If I don’t do anything about my son’s death then it will just be pushed to the side and I don’t want this to happen to another person.”
Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said a KMC security officer called deputies at about 11:55 p.m. Tuesday to report that there was a man in the area who was possibly intoxicated. A deputy with a canine found Silva at the southeast corner of the intersection and contacted him. It was then that Silva resisted and fought the deputy while the deputy tried to take him into custody, Pruitt said. More deputies and two California High Patrol officers arrived to help, Pruitt said.
Asked to respond to the family and witness allegations, Pruitt said no one from the Sheriff’s Office will comment or release information regarding the case until the investigation is over.
The office did identify the officers involved in the arrest as Sgt. Douglas Sword and deputies Ryan Greer, Tanner Miller, Jeffrey Kelly, Luis Almanza, Brian Brock and David Stephens.
The CHP hasn’t released the names of its officers at the scene.
On Thursday afternoon, Christopher Silva said the family had not yet been able to see his brother’s body, but had learned about different witnesses who had taken video footage of the incident.
“The true evidence is in those phones witnesses have that apparently the sheriff deputies already took,” Silva said. “But I know the truth will come out and my brother’s voice will be heard.”
John Tello, a criminal law attorney, is representing two witnesses who took video footage and five other witnesses to the incident. He said his clients are still shaken by what they saw.
“When I arrived to the home of one of the witnesses that had video footage, she was with her family sitting down on the couch, surrounded by three deputies,” Tello said.
Tello said the witness was not allowed to go anywhere with her phone and was being quarantined inside her home.
When Tello tried to talk to the witness in private and with the phone, one of the deputies stopped him and told him he couldn’t take the phone anywhere because it was evidence to the investigation, the attorney said.
“This was not a crime scene where the evidence was going to be destroyed,” Tello said. “These were concerned citizens who were basically doing a civic duty of preserving the evidence, not destroying it as they (sheriff deputies) tried to make it seem.”
A search warrant wasn’t presented to either of the witnesses until after Tello arrived, he said, adding that one phone was seized before the warrant was produced.
Tello said the phone of the first witness was taken after the deputies told him he was either going to give up the phone the easy way or the hard way.
“They basically told him they were either going to keep him at this house all night until they could find a judge to sign a search warrant or he could just turn over his phone,” he said.
The witness gave up his phone two hours before he had to get to work and was told by deputies that he could collect his phone the next day after they had extracted the evidence they needed, Tello said.
However, the witness never got his phone back, Tello said, and was told it could take years before he does because the investigation could take a long time.
“My main concern is that these witnesses are not harassed by deputies because this case can make others who see crimes happening not want to speak up because of the way law enforcement handles situations,” Tello said.
Local defense attorney Kyle J. Humphrey said, generally speaking, he believes law enforcement can seize cellphones or cameras at the scene under the theory that they’ve captured evidence of a crime. Because of the digital nature of the evidence, they could argue that it’s urgent they immediately take the cameras.
“It’s one of those murky areas that’s come about by the existence of modern technology,” said Humphrey, who is not involved in this case.
He said he thinks law enforcement officers would first ask for the person to voluntarily hand over the evidence, but they could just seize it and hold it until they get a court order to search it.
Silva left behind four children, ranging from ages 2 to 10 years old. As of Thursday afternoon, his mother said, they hadn’t figured out how to tell the children their father is dead. Merri Silva remembers her son as a happy person who loved his kids.
“We’re all hurt and it’s not something that I can comprehend and in part (it’s) because I feel that it still hasn’t hit me that he is gone,” the mother said.
The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.
Over the past couple days, cable news tabloid shows such as CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett have been excitingly focused on the possible involvement in the Boston Marathon attack of Katherine Russell, the 24-year-old American widow of the deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. As part of their relentless stream of leaks uncritically disseminated by our Adversarial Press Corps, anonymous government officials are claiming that they are now focused on telephone calls between Russell and Tsarnaev that took place both before and after the attack to determine if she had prior knowledge of the plot or participated in any way.
In an exclusive interview, I just finished speaking with key Boston Marathon eyewitness and running participant Alastair Stevenson, who has confirmed to me that drills were taking place the morning of the Boston Marathon complete with bomb squads and rooftop snipers.
Alastair’s initial statements towards the Alabama news publication regarding the Boston Marathon training exercises ignited a firestorm within the alternative media, despite being only around two sentences in length. Now, Alastair has been given a forum to voice the entirety of what he saw as a participant and coach during the Boston Marathon — something that Alastair says he has never seen before despite participating in much larger races around the world.
As you can watch in the video above, Alastair detailed what went on before the race began:
“At the start at the event, at the Athlete’s Village, there were people on the roof looking down onto the Village at the start. There were dogs with their handlers going around sniffing for explosives, and we were told on a loud announcement that we shouldn’t be concerned and that it was just a drill. And maybe it was just a drill, but I’ve never seen anything like that — not at any marathon that I’ve ever been to. You know, that just concerned me that that’s the only race that I’ve seen in my life where they had dogs sniffing for explosions, and that’s the only place where there had been explosions.”
And Alastair is speaking from serious experience. As a veteran of marathons and a coach at the University of Mobile in Alabama, Alastair knows about how marathons traditionally go down.
The interview with Alastair clarifies his former statements regarding the presence of bomb squads and bomb sniffing dogs that went mega viral on the web, and also serves to better understand what the reality is behind this situation. As Alastair details, there was definitely a drill taking place the morning of the marathon, and it appears police were likely aware of a dangerous threat that required a large degree of action to counteract.
Like several cases we have seen over the years, North Carolina resident Felicia Gibson was arrested for video recording a traffic stop from her front yard.
Salisbury Police Sgt. Mark Hunter even went as far as chasing Gibson inside her home where he arrested her for resisting arrest.
And when Gibson took the case to trial, Judge Beth Dixon further pissed on the Constitution by convicting her.
The story struck such a nerve with me that I launched an online drive to derail her re-election campaign in 2010, which included several blog posts, localized online ads as well as a Facebook page that still ranks in the top three when you Google “Judge Beth Dixon.”
The PINACWrath was so strong that she was forced to delete her campaign Facebook page as I wrote back then:
An onslaught of criticism on that page, much of it from Photography is Not a Crime readers, forced her to delete the page entirely on Tuesday.
At first she tried to keep up with the comments by deleting them every few hours. Then she tried to disable comments to her wall.
But that still allowed comments on her previous posts.
Finally, she just deleted the page altogether – exactly 24 hours after I launched the Defeat Beth Dixon on Rowan County District Court Judge Facebook page – and 11 days after she convicted Felicia Gibson for resisting arrest.
My efforts failed as Dixon was reelected anyway.
But late last year, Gibson redeemed herself by winning a $25,000 settlement after she had her conviction reversed upon appeal.
Rowan District Court Judge Beth Dixon convicted Gibson of resisting an officer in 2010, saying she had interfered with Hunter’s ability to do his job. That conviction was erased in January in superior court.
“After a thorough review of the evidence and relevant case law and after considering the circumstances surrounding the civil settlement between the Salisbury Police Department and the Defendant, the State is dismissing this charge in the interests of justice,” a dismissal notice signed by prosecutor Seth Banks said.
The only unfortunate thing is that Dixon and Hunter are not forced to foot the costs of the settlement
If you ever found yourself in a situation where you experienced any form of police misconduct and wanted to file a complaint, it’s possible that you learned the hard way that you can’t simply walk into the station and do it. When investigating the way police misconduct complaints were handled, several civilian testers were sent to different stations to try to file a complaint. The results were devastating – in most cases, the testers were harassed and sometimes even arrested on false accusations. To avoid any kind of problems, follow these useful tips when dealing with a complaint:
•When filing a “one of a less serious nature” report, the best way is to mail it to Internal Affairs as certified mail with return receipt. This way you’ll have proof of actually sending a report and make it harder for the police to “misplace” it.
•As soon as possible, write down all details about the incident. You need to answer the five questions – who, what, when, where and how.
•Provide the name and/or badge number of the officer, explain the nature of misconduct (drinking on duty, harassment, racial discrimination, accepting bribe etc.) and the exact time and place the incident had occurred.
•Finally, explain in detail how everything happened. Never lie in a complaint. If the police proves you were lying, they will dismiss this and all your future complaints and possibly even charge you with providing a false report. Wait for a couple of days to see if you remember any more details about the incident, then mail the report. The time limit for minor misconduct is 60 days and up to 6 months for serious ones, so a few days won’t make a big difference.
After they’ve received your complaint, the police might contact you via phone or e-mail and ask you to come to the station for further clarification. Never go down to the police station for an interview and don’t answer any questions. Tell them everything there is to know is in the report and stick to it.
If you have a more serious complaint, make sure you hire an attorney instead of addressing to a police agency. Pick an attorney who is not from your hometown or county because locals work with police officers an judges and might not get the best deal for you. You can also contact the Department of Justice or your State Attorney General. source:policebrutality.info
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