Representative Hank Johnson’s Poem: “I Can’t Breathe”

December 7, 2014
Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) recited a one-minute poem on the House Floor a few days ago:

Black men and boys killed by police.

I can’t breathe.

Impunity for the killers – no justice, no peace.

I can’t breathe.

Militarized police met peaceful protesters on their knees.

I can’t breathe.

Weapons of war – a show of force on our streets.

I can’t breathe.

Disenfranchised youth driven to violence as speech.

I can’t breathe.

Cynical media think this makes great TV.

I can’t breathe.

This cowardly Congress afraid of losing our seats.

I can’t breathe.

Half-hearted reform when there’s more that we need.

I can’t breathe.

Just thinking about the despair that this breeds.

I can’t breathe.

Black lives matter. Hear my pleas.

I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.


Police Gone Wild: Domestic Terrorist Edition [2014 Full Documentary]

October 19, 2014

hat tip bettykath. This video contains graphic material. posted by Crane-Station

 


Cop calls dog over to him then shoots it

October 19, 2014

by Crane-Station

 

This tail-wagging family pet was apparently seven months old and his name was Maximus. The police department has admitted that the video clip is legit.

 

The information that was posted to the YouTube video:

Published on Oct 17, 2014

This POS cop called a seemingly playful dog over to him and guns it down. The “Law enforcement officer” is from Cleburne PD. Please feel free to post their info in the comments, I will update when I have more info!

Update 1: In the report the officer claims that the dog was aggressive and coming at him

Update 2: several sources are saying that the perp is Officer Kevin Lynn Dupre, Cleburne TX PD.

Update 3: Petition against cop http://www.thepetitionsite.com/472/96…

 

If you scratch a police department like this, you will likely find an asshat underneath, who is trying to spin the video some other way, and come up with an excuse. Here is Cleburne PD trying to come up with an excuse, on their Facebook page:

 

The City is obviously concerned about the video showing an officer shooting a dog. As is often the case, the short video does not tell the whole story. The officer was responding to a 911 call for assistance. Three dogs had pinned some residents in a vehicle. One dog was secured without incident before the shooting. The officer was attempting to secure the other dogs until animal control arrived when one dog became aggressive.The City of Cleburne takes the safety of our residents, their pets, and our officers seriously. This incident is currently under review. The review will include interviews with witnesses and review of department policies. Once the review is concluded, any actions that may be warranted will be handled swiftly and appropriately.The Cleburne Police Department is seeking the public’s help if anyone observed this incident, please contact the Professional Standards Unit at 817.556.8894.
There is also a Justice 4 Maximus Facebook page. On that page, there are many comments, but here is one from a police officer in Pennsylvania. If you click on the link, it will take you to the Facebook page, where there are updates and links.

Justice 4 Maximus

This was posted only a few minuets ago by a Pennsylvania police officer. I asked him and he said it was OK to repost his comments.FredRick James
1 hr ·
First off I am a Police officer, a State Constable in Pennsylvania….This video if true is VERY appalling. I happen to also be a dog lover…3 dogs…2 pits and a rat terrier who are the nicest dogs, especially around children. I deal with dogs numerous times daily and unless I am physically being attacked there are other ways to handle them. In this case it appears that isn’t so..the dog is called over to be executed. If this turns out to be true he needs to be fired and criminally charged. I may take some flak from fellow law enforcement officers here but I want to make myself clear that if this is true and this dog executed for no reason I want something done to this officer!
I think this officer should have been fired already. What do you think about this incident and other incidents, where friendly family pets are killed by cops like this one?

Did Jesus Huerta, 17, kill himself or did police kill him? EDITED BELOW

December 22, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Good Evening:

How is it possible to shoot yourself in the head while seated in the back seat of a police cruiser with your wrists cuffed behind your back after you were searched for weapons and none were found?

Chief Jose Lopez of the Durham Police Department in Durham, NC says Jesus Huerta, 17, did that after being arrested on an outstanding warrant for second-degree trespassing issued last July.

Here’s Chief Lopez,

Chief Lopez said Huerta was searched by police prior to the shooting incident and the weapon was not detected. He said it remains unclear where the teen had the weapon.

“I know that it is hard for people not in law enforcement to understand how someone could be capable of shooting themselves while handcuffed behind the back,” Lopez said. “While incidents like this are not common, they unfortunately have happened in other jurisdictions in the past.”

CNN recently reported,

The chief said at the news conference that gunshot residue tests were conducted on Huerta and the arresting officer, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation “found that Huerta was wearing gloves and that his gloves had a saturation of gunshot residue on it. Officer Duncan’s revealed that he had no gunshot residue on his hands,” Lopez said.

I am not impressed by the gunshot-residue evidence since he probably removed Huerta’s gloves when he handcuffed him. He could have put the gloves on, fired the shot, and replaced the gloves on Huerta’s hands or he could have fired the shot and used Huerta’s gloves to wipe the residue from his hands.

I do not believe Huerta somehow managed to conceal the gun so that the officer missed it during the search before he was handcuffed and placed in the cruiser.

Officers go rogue sometimes and when they do, they carry all sorts of things like a small quantity of crack or powder cocaine and the occasional firearm to throw down on a suspect with a prior felony conviction or someone they decide to kill.

Huerta’s family, friends and supporters are calling bullshit and demanding a federal investigation into the shooting. Demonstrations in downtown Durham have turned violent with demonstrators accusing police of police brutality and police accusing demonstrators of throwing rocks and bottles.

Police arrested at least six people last Thursday night.

The demonstrators have vowed to march through downtown on the 19th of each month until they get answers and justice is done.

The case is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigators, but no report has been issued.

(h/t to Wendy Davis at Firedoglake for informing me about this matter)

EDIT: Upon reflection, I have deleted the last sentence, which erroneously asserted that Durham police had killed three civilians since July including Huerta, because it was erroneous and replaced it with the following:

According to CNN:

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has looked into three deaths in five months involving Durham police officers, and two of those killed were Latinos, according to CNN affiliate WRAL.

I apologize for the error.


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