Category Archives: Cops Gone Wild
A jury convicted suspended state Trooper Ryan Luckenbaugh for simple assault and official oppression. It began when Luckenbaugh kicked a handcuffed Harrisburg man in the face.
Christopher Siennick was riding his skate board on May 16, 2015 when Luckenbaugh and his partner, Trooper Michael Trotta drove past Christopher, who gave them the finger.
Penn Live reports that Luckenbaugh and Trotta chased Christopher, tased, pepper sprayed, and handcuffed him. Christopher’s mouth was running with saliva in reaction to the pepper spray. When spittal fell on Luckenbaugh’s shoes, he responded by saying, “Spit on this” and he kicked Christopher in the face. At Luckenbaugh’s trial, Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen Zawisky said, “Certainly, Trooper Luckenbaugh knew he couldn’t kick a handcuffed man in the head.”
The incident was caught on dash cam.
It didn’t stop with the kick to Christopher’s head. Luckenbaugh filed an arrest warrant that alleged that Christopher ignored his verbal commands to get off the street, and threw something that hit his cruiser. Christopher spent two weeks in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Harrisburg police officers intervened to stop the abuse and contacted the District Attorney’s office that prompted the investigation into Luckenbaugh’s actions. The dash cam recording shows that both of Luckenbaugh’s claims are not true.
Christopher is known in the area as a local activist. At trial, defense attorney Edward Spreha Jr. called Christopher “the local leftist”. countered.
It took the jury 45 minutes to decide the verdict. Christopher Siennick had a one-word reaction to the verdict. “Cowabunga!” he said.
Luckenbaugh’s sentencing is scheduled for April. Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen Zawisky said he’ll probably seek jail time.
Luckenbaug’s partner, Trooper Michael Trotta, was terminated for misconduct.
These were kids. The physical restraint questions if what the off duty officer did was a violation of law.
The video on the original post has been removed by Youtube. Here is another video of the same.
An off duty LA Cop fired his service pistol into a group of teens after escalating an argument over a kid walking over his lawn. There were a lot of opportunities to deescalate this one, and the Cop chose none of them, manhandling an unarmed 13 year old teen as the crowd around him grew. This is one of those neighborhood spats that should have been taken up with the boy’s parents in a neighbor-neighbor discussion.
Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with Tuesday afternoon’s confrontation, but Gaby Hernandez, a spokesperson for a group that organized the protest, told The Huffington Post that activists want the “immediate arrest” of the officer for “child abuse” for the incident.
In the video, the off-duty officer can be heard saying that the boy threatened to shoot him…
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In December 2016, we followed the trials of Michael Slager and Dylann Roof. There was also another trial.
In August 2012, Officer Patrick Tuter of Garland, Texas led a vehicle chase of unarmed 25 year old Michael Allen. Tuter fired at Michael 41 times, reloading several times and hitting Michael 3 times. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Officer performed the autopsy and determined that Michael suffered gunshot wounds to his upper back, side, and left elbow.
Tuter’s official report was that he opened fired after Michael rammed a patrol car. The dashboard video however, showed that it was Tuter’s patrol car that rammed into Michael’s truck. Tuter fired his gun from the back, left-side of Michael’s truck.
Michael Allen’s body was pulled out of the cab of his truck by a K9 who chewed his face.
In March 2013, Tuter was fired for violating department policies on pursuits and use of force. He had been on the force 7 years.
Thanks for blogging about this. I read about it last night on Twitter but had not found time today to follow-up. It’s good to know they have an attorney. I also read that the officer has been suspended.
Where I grew up, any adult in the neighborhood, if they saw a kid doing something that might pose physical danger to themselves or others, transgress the law, or cause a problem disturbing the peace of the neighborhood, had the right to walk out to tell you to stop doing whatever it was. Usually a short mea culpa by the kid involved was where it ended. If you talked back, then the neighbor would almost always say something to your parents. at which point you were officially “in trouble”. Depending on what you did, that trouble might end up in a stern talking to or a but whipping. Talking back to a neighbor almost always assured it was the second consequence.
No neighbor would ever raise a hand to physically punish someone else’s kid.
The dumb ass cop in this case must have grown up with animals.
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On August 18, 2015, East Point, Georgia police officers Cpl. Howard Weems and Sgt. Marcus Eberhart were indicted on charges related to the April 11, 2014 death of 24-year old Gregory Towns. Eberhart resigned and Weems was terminated after the incident. Their trial began on December 5, 2016.
On April 11, 2014, Weems and Eberhart responded to a domestic violence call in the Atlanta suburb. Another officer was also present. Gregory Towns ran and was apprehended. According to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, after apprehending Gregory,the officers handcuffed him. They demanded him to stand and walk to a waiting patrol car. Gregory indicated that he was out of breath and could not stand. Both officers used their tasers on Gregory, and even after attempting to walk but collapsing, the officers continued to tase him.
Gregory was tased 13-14 times. Read the rest of this entry
I had no plans on writing any posts involving police use of excessive force for the rest of this year. We are currently following the trial of Dylann Roof, who murdered 9 people in their church. That came on the heels of following the trial of Michael Slager, who shot an unarmed running Walter Scott in the back. The jury hung. Slager’s trial came on the heel of the trial of Ray Tensing, who shot unarmed Sam Dubose in the head while he was sitting in his car. That jury hung.
It’s not only the subject matter, but the judicial results that can be a burden on the heart and mind. This afternoon, I threw off the burden when learning about another unarmed person killed by the police. He was a human being. He has a family. There are people who love him. He will be missed.
The reason for this post is because I did not hear of the incident through major news sources when it happened. There was no ticker across the bottom of the screen on CNN nor MSNBC. (I don’t watch Fox News.)
Because I look for professional views regarding cases in court, I subscribe to Law.com in Practice. Their Newsletters generally focus on what is happening in cases in courts and case decisions. So, it was interesting when reading in their Newsletter about a dash cam video and a law student being shot dead by a police officer in Ohio.
This incident is one to watch because it involves another country that is interested in how the State of Ohio is conducting its investigation into the death of Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri.
Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri was 26-years old. He was a student at Case Western Reserve University School of Law . Saif obtained a bachelor’s in law at the United Arab Emirates University. He was in the United States on a student visa and academic scholarship.
There are scant details. According to the National Law Journal and Arab news sources, the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a call about an erratic driver on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Alameri was driving on the Ohio Turnpike about 2:46 p.m. when he sideswiped another vehicle and flipped his vehicle, according to Hudson police. He then climbed out of his car and fled the scene before the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived.
Nearly one hour later, Officer Ryan Doran, a Hudson, Ohio police officer, found Alameri in a nearby wooded area off of Hudson-Aurora Road. Read the rest of this entry
If carrying a concealed weapon makes one a threat, then America is geared for slaughter on the streets.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN)The officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott won’t face charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, closing a two-month investigation into the killing that led to heated protests and divided the city of Charlotte.
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Michael Slager took the witness stand at his murder trial today. Following him were defense witnesses who tried to explain how Slager has selective memory.
Before watching Slager’s testimony, and if you have not yet watched it, here is the video captured by a bystander. It shows when Slager fired his gun at Walter Scott as Scott was running away.
Here is Slager’s testimony, giving his non-video version.
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Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati officer who shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop in 2015, will be retried on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges, prosecutors in Ohio announced Tuesday.
A mistrial was declared November 12, after jurors spent more than 25 hours deliberating but could not come to a decision.
Tensing, who is white, shot Sam DuBose in the head in July 2015 after pulling him over for a missing front license plate and asking for his license, an incident that was largely captured on body camera video.”
After careful consideration, I have decided that the Tensing case will be retried,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement Tuesday.
“This decision was made after review of the trial transcript, discussion with some of the jurors, and consultation with my staff,” Deters said.”I am hopeful that a second jury will be able to reach a decision to bring justice in this case for the victim’s family and our community.” Read the rest of this entry
The murder trial of ex-cop Michael Slager began on November 3rd, and you can find the videos of the trial at the following link up to Thursday, November 10th. There was no trial on Veteran’s Day.
Post and Courier reports that the trial has been contentious. Judge Clifton Newman has cautioned defense attorneys to not testify themselves, but the defense continues using that tactic.
During trial, you hear “SLED” allot. That is the acronym for South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Here are some highlights of the trial;
- The bystander who filmed the killing, Feidin Santana, has testified. He stood strong against the defense trying to get him to agree that there was a “fight,” and Santana continued correcting the defense that he saw no fight.
- Slager’s former colleagues have testified that he told them that Walter Scott managed to wrestle his taser away from him and pointed it at him, prompting him to fire his service weapon.
- On Tuesday, Almon Brown, a state crime scene investigator, testified that he was concerned when he examined Scott’s body because what he saw didn’t match what he had been told about how Scott died.
- Levi Miles, a private investigator for Michael Slager’s former defense lawyer, testified that Slager showed him during a re-enactment that Walter Scott was coming toward the officer before the gunfire. When he compared that with what he saw in a video of the shooting, Miles said, “That part of it seemed to be a lot different.”
On April 4, 2015, in North Charleston, South Carolina, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Walter Scott was pulled over for a non-functioning brake-light. At some point, Walter got out of his car and ran. He was pursued by police officer Michael Slager. The situation ended with Slager shooting 50-year old Walter 5 times in the back as Walter ran away from him.
A by-stander recorded the portion of the incident where Walter ran, Slager fired his gun, and then picked up a taser and placed it by Walter’s body. Slager’s defense centered around the taser. He alleged that Walter used the taser on him and was coming towards him, causing him to shoot Walter. Slager’s original lawyer, David Aylor, withdrew as counsel within hours of the release of the video. Read the rest of this entry
On July 19 2015, Sam DuBose was shot and killed by now former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing. Hamilton County prosecutors say that DuBose’s death was unwarranted and it was murder. Sam did not have a weapon or appear to be reaching for a weapon.
Tensing’s defense is that DuBose dragged him with the car.
Prosecutors say that Tensing’s bodycam shows that he was not dragged. A grand jury indicted Tensing on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. Tensing was terminated from the police department.
The murder charge carries the possibility of life in prison. The voluntary manslaughter charge carries the possibility of 3 to 11 years in prison.
In June, I reported on the conviction of former Colorado police officer James Adam Ashby. Ashby was found guilty for killing 27-year old Jack Jacquez in October 2014. Ashby’s sentencing was scheduled for September 23, 2016. There was a delay in sentencing. Ashby’s attorneys tried to have the conviction overturned, claiming there was insufficient evidence to convict, errors by the court during the proceedings, and several instances of juror misconduct. The Colorado Judicial Department says the motion for a retrial was denied by a judge on October 20, 2016.
The second-degree murder conviction meant that Ashby could be sentenced up to 48 years in prison.
Today, Otero County District Court Judge Mark MacDonnell sentenced 32-year old Ashby to 16 years in prison; a $10K fine, and 5 years of parole upon his release.
An autopsy concluded that Jack Jacquez died from a single gunshot to the back that struck his spinal cord and pierced his heart and a lung. Jack was in his home, which he shared with his mother who was home at the time. Ashby had no reason to enter the house and said that he feared for his life because Jack was holding a baseball bat. At trial, prosecutors argued that even if Jack was holding a baseball bat, that Ashby’s shooting him in the back evidenced that Ashby was not in fear for his life.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in some legal trouble. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. https://www.tytnetwork.com/join
“The longtime sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix was charged Tuesday with criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring a judge’s order in a racial-profiling case, leaving the 84-year-old lawman in a tough spot two weeks before Election Day as he seeks a seventh term.
Prosecutors promised two weeks ago that they would charge Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but the misdemeanor count wasn’t officially filed against him until U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed it.
On Wednesday, a federal judge set a Nov. 3 status conference — five days before the election — in the sheriff’s racial profiling case.
A formal trial date is scheduled for Dec. 6.
Arpaio could face up to six months in jail if convicted. A misdemeanor conviction would not…
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On September 2, 2015, West Penn, Pennsylvania Township police sergeant Melissa M. Ruch said that she was assaulted. She gave a description of the alleged perpetrator’s vehicle, and said that she deployed her taser which made contact. Ruch, 42-years old, was treated at the scene and then flown to a hospital.
During the minutes and hours after the alleged assault, numerous state and municipal police units from several counties, along with a state police helicopter, searched for the vehicle described by Ruch and also for the man she said assaulted her.
To commemorate Patriot Day, on Sept. 11, 2015, state Senator David Argall presented Ruch with an award for her service and bravery stemming from the September 2nd incident.
On December 23, 2015, Ruch was charged with one misdemeanor count of false alarms to agencies of public safety and three misdemeanor counts of false reports to law enforcement authorities. Ruch denied the charges saying, “The truth will come out.”
On October 19, 2016, Ruch pleaded guilty to one count of making a false report to law enforcement. Prosecutors withdrew a second count of false reports to law enforcement, plus charges of false alarm and furnishing authorities with false information.
On September 24, 2016, Jackson, Georgia police officer Sherry Hall was terminated from her job. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced a day earlier that Hall faced felony charges of false statements, tampering with evidence, interference with government property and a violation of oath of office.
On Monday October 3, 2016, Hall was arrested, charged with the 4 felonies above.
Sherry Hall had been on her job with the Jackson police department for approximately 3 months when, on the night of September 13, 2016, she radioed in that she had been shot. Hall described the shooter as a Black man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants. She said the bullet struck her vest, and she credited that with saving her life. Hall said that the man ran.
Authorities put out the description of the shooter and started looking for him in the small, peaceful community where the shooting happened.
Only, there was no shooter at large. Hall made up the story.
Some of you might remember this case that we originally reported in June 2015.
To recap, Phillip Seidle was a 22 year veteran of New Jersey’s Neptune Township Police department. On June 16, 2015, he chased his ex-wife as she was driving. The couple has 9 children ranging from ages 7 to 24, but the 7-year old daughter was the only child in the car with Phillip. He rammed his wife’s car causing her to crash into another vehicle.
Phillip Seidle got out of his car, drew his 40 caliber Glock service pistol, and fired several shots into the side of his ex-wife’s car. He then positioned himself in front of his ex-wife’s car and fired several more shots through the windshield. Tamara died. The couple had been divorced for 3 weeks.
Dash Cam Video
I first reported on this on November 8, 2015 when the news reported that two officers were charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Since then, I’ve mentioned the name Jeremy Mardis several times; once was in criticism for Blue Lives Matter, who supports law enforcement who are charged with using deadly force. The victims in this case are White, and the officers are Black. Blue Lives Matter has been silent.
CNN now reports that a Louisiana judge released body cam video Wednesday showing officers firing multiple rounds into the car of Chris few, wounding Chris and killing his 6-year-old, autistic son Jeremy Mardis.
The incident happened on September 2015 when Marshals saw an argument between a man and his girlfriend in front of a local bar. Chris Few got into his car. As officers approached the car, Chris drove away. The officers pursued. The video shows that when Few drove into a dead end street, he put his hands up, but the officers opened fire anyway.
Officers Norris Greenhouse Jr., and Derrick Stafford are charged with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. Their first story was that they were attempting to serve a warrant on Chris Few, however that has been proven false. Greenhouse knew Few before the deadly encounter. Investigators are looking into the extent of their relationship.
Jeremy was shot in the head and chest. At Wednesday’s hearing, State Police forensics experts testified that they determined 18 shots were fired; 14 from Stafford’s gun and four from Greenhouse’s gun. Experts testified that Jeremy was hit five times. Two of the bullets were too damaged to link them to a specific gun. Read the rest of this entry
In 1994, Chicago Heights Deputy Chief of Police Sam Mangialardi was indicted after four years of investigation by federal authorities. He was convicted on 16 counts of corruption that included racketeering, aiding and abetting a drug conspiracy, extortion to allow a drug ring to flourish, money laundering, theft of government funds, civil rights conspiracy, filing false tax returns, and witness tampering. Mangialardi accepted $10,000 monthly payments to protect the city’s top drug dealer.
In 1995, Mangialarid was sentenced to 10 and a half years in federal prison, ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution, and fined more than $20,000. Federal prosecutors described Mangialardi as being a “Godfather” like figure.
Sam Mangialardi, who was 46-years old when sentenced in 1995, was unapologetic and defiant. At his sentencing, he presented that he was awarded Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the American Police Hall of Fame for exchanging himself for a hostage and then overpowering his armed captor.
Mangialardi was not the only public official investigated, indicted and sentenced. Then an Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gallo said that the Chicago Heights Police Department was not run by the mob, but it was run like the mob. Gallo did not seek the maximum penalty for Mangialardi because Mangialardi promised cooperation with future investigations.
Former Chicago Heights mayor Charles Panici, along with 14 other public officials and 6 Chicago Heights police officers were convicted of federal charges including civil rights violations, racketeering, witness tampering, bribery, extortion, and money laundering. Read the rest of this entry
Under the post about the killing of Keith Scott, I mentioned a case where the commands of officers did not match with what the suspect was doing. I conducted searches here on the blog, as well as Google, because I thought I had written about the incident around late 2014 or early 2015.
I did find a comment posted in January 2015, so the case was discussed at some point on this blog, but it might have been in the comment section rather than an actual post.
So, here it is.
Before I go further, I want to say that this is not a general accusation that all members of law enforcement are dishonest. Rather, this case is one of many that causes citizens to question the honesty of what officers say was happening when giving commands. a
Or, as New Jersey Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler stated when sentencing one of the officers in this case,
“The public has to have confidence in their police departments.”
It was June 7, 2012. Police responded to a domestic-related call at the Bloomfield, New Jersey home of Marcus Jeter. Marcus’ girlfriend lived in the house, and it was his girlfriend’s sister who called 911 alleging that Marcus threw his girlfriend’s cell phone down a staircase during a verbal dispute.
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