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.
No one was arrested. No charges were filed. Read the rest of this entry
23-year-old Officer Nathanial Robinson pulled over 76-year-old Pete Vasquez. Vasquez works for a car lot, and was driving a car owned by his employer. Vasquez tried explaining to Robinson that dealer tags are exempt from inspection. That didn’t help. Robinson threw Vasquez on the hood of his cruiser and then took Vasquez to the ground. The dash cam caught the confrontation until Vasquez was on the ground. Out of the view of the dash cam, Robinson tazed Vasquez twice. Robinson is now on administrative leave. Read the rest of this entry
He was only 3 miles from the emergency room when Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin police pulled over the car for speeding through a red light. The car was driven by Leah Hryniewicki, Casey Kressin’s girlfriend. Casey was having a severe asthma attack. It was November 30, 2014, the last day of the 29-year-old Casey’s life.
A reeling Casey exited the car and kneeled to the ground and asked for his inhaler as he wheezed away, police said. Police said that Leah also jumped out and yelled to the officer that the man was having an asthma attack and that he needed to get to the emergency room. Read the rest of this entry