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.
On January 13, 2013, 17-year old Kendrick Johnson’s body was discovered in a gym mat in Valdosta, GA. Local authorities and a government medical examiner determined that Johnson died of “positional asphyxia” due to an accident. They described the accident as Kendrick placing his shoes inside the gym mat and while retrieving them, he became stuck in the mat.
In October 2013, Kendrick’s parent had an independent autopsy performed. The cause of death was determined to be “apparent non-accidental blunt force trauma”. CNN reported on the independent autopsy.
Thereafter, the Department of Justice opened an investigation. In June 2016, the DOJ closed their investigation citing insufficient evidence.
During the DOJ’s investigation, two suspects were brothers Brandon and Brian Bell. Brian Bell now attends the University of Akron where he plays linebacker on the football team.
On September 22, 2016, Raycom News Network reported that Brian Bell was charged with misdemeanor assault. The charge stems from a May fight. The victim, a 24-year old, said that he had a disagreement with one of Bell’s friends. He alleged that Brian Bell yelled at him and sucker punched him in the face. The victim was taken to Akron General Hospital and treated for a cut on his nose and swollen eyes.
Bell was arraigned on September 30, 2016. Arrest Nation, which reports on the arrests of athletes, also reported the arrest.
The media then went silent.
According to court records, on October 12, 2016, Brian Bell entered a plea bargain for the lesser charge of disorderly conduct. His sentence included payment of costs to the victim, no contact with the victim, and a $247.00 fine.
Nothing is reported as to whether Brian Bell’s arrest and conviction resulted in temporary suspension or other penalty for the football team.
On Dec. 28, 2014, Baltimore police officer Wesley Cagle and three other officers responded to a commercial burglary. Authorities say 47-year-old Michael Johansen ran from the building and officers ordered him to show his hands.
Officers said that Michael reached down as if going for a gun, and two officers shot him. Prosecutors say that Cagle then approached Michael who was lying on the floor and shot him once in the groin.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought charges against Cagle. Michael Johansen survived and testified against Cagle at trial.
“In a rare conviction in a use-of-force case against a police officer, jurors found Wesley Cagle, 46, guilty of first-degree assault and a handgun charge. Prosecutors said Cagle shot Michael Johansen in the groin as he lay in the doorway of an East Baltimore corner store after two other officers had shot the man.”
The jury’s foreman was interviewed and said that the video where Michael had his hands up saying he was unarmed, helped the jury reach its verdict of guilty.
“There was no need for him to take that final shot,” said jury foreman Jerome Harper.
Michael testified that he was a heroin addict who was looking for money on the night he was shot. Read the rest of this entry
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged by police with misdemeanor battery for allegedly grabbing a reporter in Florida earlier this month.
A new surveillance video released by the Jupiter Police Department shows the altercation, in which Lewandowski is seen grabbing then-Breitbartreporter Michelle Fields by the arm as she is walking along side the candidate.
Lewandowski and the Trump campaign have repeatedly denied the incident, which was also witnessed by a Washington Post reporter, ever occurred. Lewandowski called Fields “delusional” at the time. She later posted a photo of bruises on her arm.
Lewandowski appeared Tuesday morning at the Jupiter Police Department at the Department’s request, police and Trump campaign officials said. Trump’s campaign denied that Lewandowski was arrested. “Mr. Lewandowski was issued a Notice to Appear and given a court date. He was not arrested,” the campaign said in an unsigned…
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Does Michael Brelo feel emboldened? This is like déjà vu. After George Zimmerman’s acquittal for killing Trayvon Martin, he acted invincible, and ended up getting involved with cops and the courts again, and again, and again and …
On May 23, 2015, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell found Michael Brelo not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter for the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
Now, Michael Brelo and his brother Mark have been charged for a physical altercation that happened on May 27, 2015. Michael and Mark have been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault. Mark also faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Donald Sterling’s Gal Pal V Stiviano Brutally Beaten Up In New York City, Her Lawyer Claims — Called The ‘N Word’ By Group Of Assailants
Thanks for alerting us to this story.
I would prefer not to post things like this because it is upsetting but if we remain silent and compliant we condone and allow evil to take over.
How many steps is it from this to Kristallnacht?
And do we as Americans want to find out?
Because if we don’t, then we had better stand up for what’s right instead of keeping our heads down until it’s too late. 😦
Woman Sexually Assaulted by NYPD Convicted of Felony Assault
by David Harris Gershon May 05, 2014 2:42pm PDT
If you have not been following the story of Cecily McMillan, you might suspect the above headline to be either exaggerated or tasteless satire. Tragically, it is neither.
The story of McMillan is a story of police brutality and the justice system’s propensity to insulate police from culpability, a story which takes place invisibly in urban centers in this country on…
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