US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11

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Statistically speaking, Americans should be more fearful of the local cops than “terrorists.”

Members of a police anti-terrorism team exercise on Thursday, March 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Though Americans commonly believe law enforcement’s role in society is to protect them and ensure peace and stability within the community, the sad reality is that police departments are often more focused on enforcing laws, making arrests and issuing citations. As a result of this as well as an increase in militarized policing techniques, Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, estimates a Washington’s Blog report based on official statistical data.

Though the U.S. government does not have a database collecting information about the total number of police involved shootings each year, it’s estimated that between 500 and 1,000 Americans are killed by police officers each year. Since 9/11, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by U.S. police officers, which is almost equivalent to the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

Because individual police departments are not required to submit information regarding the use of deadly force by its officers, some bloggers have taken it upon themselves to aggregate that data. Wikipedia also has a list of “justifiable homicides” in the U.S., which was created by documenting publicized deaths.

Mike Prysner, one of the local directors of the Los Angeles chapter for ANSWER — an advocacy group that asks the public to Act Now to Stop War and End Racism — told Mint Press News earlier this year that the “epidemic” of police harassment and violence is a nationwide issue.

He said groups like ANSWER are trying to hold officers accountable for abuse of power. “[Police brutality] has been an issue for a very long time,” Prysner said, explaining that in May, 13 people were killed in Southern California by police.

As Mint Press News previously reported, each year there are thousands of claims of police misconduct. According to the CATO Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, in 2010 there were 4,861 unique reports of police misconduct involving 6,613 sworn officers and 6,826 alleged victims.

Most of those allegations of police brutality involved officers who punched or hit victims with batons, but about one-quarter of the reported cases involved firearms or stun guns.

 Racist policing

A big element in the police killings, Prysner says, is racism. “A big majority of those killed are Latinos and Black people,” while the police officers are mostly White, he said. “It’s a badge of honor to shoot gang members so [the police] go out and shoot people who look like gang members,” Prysner argued, giving the example of 34-year-old Rigoberto Arceo, who was killed by police on May 11.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Arceo, who was a biomedical technician at St. Francis Medical Center, was shot and killed after getting out of his sister’s van. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Arceo “advanced on the deputy and attempted to take the deputy’s gun.” However, Arceo’s sister and 53-year-old Armando Garcia — who was barbecuing in his yard when the incident happened — say that Arceo had his hands above his head the entire time.

Prysner is not alone in his assertion that race is a major factor in officer-related violence. This past May, a study from the the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an anti-racist activist organization, found that police officers, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes killed at least 313 Black people in 2012 — meaning one Black person was killed in the U.S. by law enforcement roughly every 28 hours.

Prysner said the relationship between police departments and community members needs to change and that when police shoot an unarmed person with their arms in the air over their head, the officer should be punished.

Culture of misconduct

“You cannot have a police force that is investigating and punishing itself,” Prysner said, adding that taxpayer money should be invested into the community instead of given to police to buy more guns, assault rifles and body armor.

Dissatisfied with police departments’ internal review policies, some citizens have formed volunteer police watch groups to prevent the so-called “Blue Code of Silence” effect and encourage police officers to speak out against misconduct occurring within their department.

As Mint Press News previously reported, a report released earlier this year found that of the 439 cases of police misconduct that then had been brought before the Minneapolis’s year-old misconduct review board, not one of the police officers involved has been disciplined.

Although the city of Minneapolis spent $14 million in payouts for alleged police misconduct between 2006 and 2012, despite the fact that the Minneapolis Police Department often concluded that the officers involved in those cases did nothing wrong.

Other departments have begun banning equipment such as Tasers, but those decisions were likely more about protecting the individual departments from lawsuits than ensuring that officers are not equipped with weapons that cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries when used.

To ensure officers are properly educated on how to use their weapons and are aware of police ethics, conflict resolution and varying cultures within a community, police departments have historically held training programs for all officers. But due to tighter budgets and a shift in priorities, many departments have not provided the proper continuing education training programs for their officers.

Charles Ramsey, president of both the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, called that a big mistake, explaining that it is essential officers are trained and prepared for high-stress situations:

“Not everybody is going to be able to make those kinds of good decisions under pressure, but I do think that the more reality-based training that we provide, the more we put people in stressful situations to make them respond and make them react.”

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In order to help local police officers protect themselves while fighting the largely unsuccessful War on Drugs, the federal government passed legislation in 1994 allowing the Pentagon to donate surplus military equipment from the Cold War to local police departments. Meaning that “weaponry designed for use on a foreign battlefield has been handed over for use on American streets … against American citizens.”

So while the U.S. military fights the War on Terror abroad, local police departments are fighting another war at home with some of the same equipment as U.S. troops, and protocol that largely favors officers in such tactics as no-knock raids.

Radley Balko, author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” wrote in the Wall Street Journal in August:

“Since the 1960s, in response to a range of perceived threats, law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier.

“Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop—armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.”

As Mint Press News previously reported, statistics from an FBI report released in September reveal that a person is arrested on marijuana-related charges in the U.S. every 48 seconds, on average — most were for simple possession charges.

According to the FBI’s report, there were more arrests for marijuana possession than for the violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault — 658,231 compared with 521,196 arrests.

While groups that advocate against police brutality recognize and believe that law enforcement officials should be protected while on duty, many say that local police officers do not need to wear body armor, Kevlar helmets and tactical equipment vests — all while carrying assault weapons.

“We want the police to keep up with the latest technology. That’s critical,” American Civil Liberties Union senior counsel Kara Dansky said. “But policing should be about protection, not combat.”

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are more than 900,000sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. In 2012, 120 officers were killed in the line of duty. The deadliest day in law enforcement history was reportedly Sept. 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed.

Despite far fewer officers dying in the line of duty compared with American citizens, police departments are not only increasing their use of protective and highly volatile gear, but are increasingly setting aside a portion of their budget to invest in new technology such as drones, night vision goggles, remote robots, surveillance cameras, license plate readers and armored vehicles that amount to unarmed tanks.

Though some officers are on board with the increased militarization and attend conferences such as the annual Urban Shield event, others have expressed concern with the direction the profession is heading.

For example, former Arizona police officer Jon W. McBride said police concerns about being “outgunned” were likely a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” He added that “if not expressly prohibited, police managers will continually push the arms race,” because “their professional literature is predominately [sic] based on the acquiring and use of newer weapons and more aggressive techniques to physically overwhelm the public. In many cases, however, this is the opposite of smart policing.”

“Coupled with the paramilitary design of the police bureaucracy itself, the police give in to what is already a serious problem in the ranks: the belief that the increasing use of power against a citizen is always justified no matter the violation. The police don’t understand that in many instances they are the cause of the escalation and bear more responsibility during an adverse outcome.

“The suspects I encountered as a former police officer and federal agent in nearly all cases granted permission for me to search their property when asked, often despite unconcealed contraband. Now, instead of making a simple request of a violator, many in law enforcement seem to take a more difficult and confrontational path, fearing personal risk. In many circumstances they inflame the citizens they are engaging, thereby needlessly putting themselves in real and increased jeopardy.”

Another former police officer who wished to remain anonymous agreed with McBride and told Balko,

“American policing really needs to return to a more traditional role of cops keeping the peace; getting out of police cars, talking to people, and not being prone to overreaction with the use of firearms, tasers, or pepper spray. … Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in more than my share tussles and certainly appreciate the dangers of police work, but as Joseph Wambaugh famously said, the real danger is psychological, not physical.”

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LAX Shooting: Police trained for ‘exact scenario’ 3 weeks ago. False flag?

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Los Angeles – The rapid police response to today’s deadly shooting at a terminal in the Los Angeles Int’l Airport (LAX) was no accident, according to LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon, because his officers prepared for an event identical to the shooting weeks in advance.

“We practiced to this not more than 3 weeks ago,” said Gannon at a press conference hours after the shooting. “We took every one of our patrol officers and a couple hundred officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and we practiced the exact scenario we played out today.”

Photographs of the training exercise were published on October 18 on the Facebook page for Team LAX, which is the official sports and events page for the LAX police. The images from the drill show police officers drawing semi-automatic rifles in an simulated attempt to eliminate hostile threats and lead air travelers to safety. Officers at the Ontario, California airport conducted similar active shooter drills earlier in the month.

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LAX police officers prepared for the possibility of a shooting at the airport with training exercises like those shown in the images above.

According to Gannon, the practice helped ensure that the threat posed by the shooter was neutralized before he could increase the body count. “I was talking to the officers involved in this particular incident a few minutes ago, and they said that that training was critical to how they responded to this,” he added.

This isn’t the first time that a gunman has opened fire inside an LAX terminal. In July 2002, Egyptian national Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, a member of the Muslim brotherhood, shot and killed 2 people at the El Al Airlines ticket counter at LAX and wounded four others before El Al security officer Chaim Sapir gunned him down.

The connection between today’s airport shooting and the drills that preceded it is also reminiscent of the circumstances surrounding the 7/7 London transit bombing in 2005. Hours after the attack, British crisis management specialist Peter Power told ITV news that his company, Visor Consultants, was performing a simulation of the bombing of the London subway and bus system at the same time as the real incident occurred. “We based our scenario on the simultaneous attacks on the underground and mainline station,” he explained, “so we had to suddenly switch an exercise from fictional to real.” The company that Visor was consulting for at the time of the bombing has not been disclosed.

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That picture is from a PDF file of operation Urban Shield where they are training for these types of situations. Isn’t strange every time they have a drill there is either on the same day or just a little while later an event of the same nature? Just like the Boston bombing, they were having a “drill” that same very day. Is this event a False Flag? Not sure yet, as time progresses more information will surface, but there sure is an attack on the Second Amendment.

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Police shot unarmed man, drove an armored truck through his door when he did not exit his property on command

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SPRINGFIELD, VA — A paramilitary force was dispatched to a townhouse after a woman reported a domestic dispute between her and her boyfriend.  When her boyfriend stubbornly chose to stay inside his home, police shot him and drove an armored truck through his front door.

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The situation began on August 29th around 2:40 p.m. when John Geer — a 46-year-old kitchen designer and installer — was told by his girlfriend that she had decided to leave him.  The couple had two daughters together, ages 13 and 17.  Emotionally distraught over the breakup, Geer exacerbated the situation by throwing her belongings onto the lawn of their townhouse.

This led to her calling the police.  She informed the dispatcher that he owned a firearm.  A SWAT team was sent to the quiet cul-du-sac.

Geer’s home was surrounded by armored vehicles and uniformed personnel.  A police sniper was photographed lying prone in a neighbor’s yard aiming toward Geer’s residence.  Men in helmets and military fatigues cordoned off the neighborhood.  Police began making their demands.  An armored truck a topside gun turret parked in his yard and prepared for a strike command.  As time went on, helicopters whirred overhead and K-9 units were seen by neighbors.

SWAT vehicle at home of John Geer (Source: wusa9.com)

“We’re just here to help you — come out with your hands up,” recounted neighbor Edith Eshleman, of the police negotiations.

Fairfax County police officers spent approximately 40 to 50 minutes communicating with Geer, insisting that he either let them in his home or that he exit into their custody.  He did neither.  Geer was “a very stubborn man,” according to one of his relatives.

Geer’s girlfriend and two teenage daughters had already left when the negotiations came to an abrupt conclusion.  An officer shot Geer through a screen door as he stood facing outward at them.  Geer closed the door and retreated into his house.

An officer aims his pistol toward homeowner John Geer.  (Source: NBC4 Washington)

Around 4:30 p.m., with Geer sill “barricaded” inside his home, police used their $250,000 armored Lenco Bearcat to drive a long battering ram through the front door.  SWAT team members made entry and ultimately found Geer deceased in his home.

A sniper aims at John Geer's home (Source: ABC7 WIJA)

Don Geer — the victim’s father — watched the scene unfold from the front lawn of the townhouse where officers positioned themselves with their guns trained on his son. He confirmed that his son’s hands remained empty and resting on top of a screen door throughout the confrontation with police. When John lowered his hands about six inches, according to Don Geer, one of the officers fired a shot and hit John, causing him to retreat.

Police did not immediately say whether John Geer was armed or why the officer decided to open fire, nor would they discuss the details of the conversation between the officers and Geer before the shooting. Geer’s father says that he was too far away to hear the conversation, but claims that a detective assigned to investigate the case told him that his son that his son was not holding a gun at the time of the shooting and that he did not have one on his person.

“It was very scary because I’ve never seen coming down the street a SWAT team — I mean, a SWAT team?!” exclaimed neighbor Valerie Findley.

The armored truck mounted with a long battering ram.  (Source: ABC7 WIJA)

Neither Geer’s father nor his good friend understand why the standoff ended in the death of a man with no prior convictions for violence. They do not believe that John was armed at the time, though both acknowledge that he owned a gun. Geer’s father said that the detective in charge of the investigation told him that a holstered handgun was found on the stairway landing a “couple of steps” from the front door where he was shot.

“If he doesn’t have a weapon in his immediate possession, the officer should not have fired,” Don Geersaid. “He would have to have turned around, bent over and then picked up the gun to present a threat. It’s pretty hard to say the shooting was justifiable.”

The officer involved was placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues, and police are remaining tight-lipped about the details of the incident.  Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler said that the shooting is still an active criminal investigation adding that he could not provide more information about what happened, or address neighborhood concerns just yet.  They have not yet revealed what justification, if any, their officer had for shooting Geer.  The police said in a written statement, “Precise movements, contents of the discussion between officer [and the] man, and all pertinent matters relating to the incident are under investigation.”

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“It’s my goal when I can legally share that information with the community, I will,” Roessler told News4.  In September, investigators confirmed that Geer had been unarmed, according to WJLA.

The police response arguably escalated the situation instead of defusing it.  This is a recurring theme in a string of examples of how police suffer from a dearth of training in how to deal with unarmed, uncooperative citizens who had not been charged with committing any crime. What police lack in empathetic response, they more than compensate for with an excess of military toys and the use of force.

Their unsubstantiated concern for the safety of the public notwithstanding, the police are required to seek a warrant from an impartial magistrate before engaging in the search of private property and seizing of persons.  The allegation by an equally emotional girlfriend that John Geer was an owner of firearms does not constitute probable cause to violate his rights and ultimately end his life.  As John Geer had not yet committed any offense to warrant his arrest, and with his family already off-site, police should have defused the situation by themselves leaving the scene.

Refusing to be forced from your home or to allow agents of the state to enter without a warrant is not an offense punishable by execution. And though his mental state was, in the words of his friend Jeff Stewart, “emotionally wrecked that day,” the antagonistic response from the state cannot be touted as a positive outcome by any reasonable standard.

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Ark. Cop Chased and Tased Woman After She Refused to Show Him Her Breasts

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LITTLE ROCK – A city cop in Arkansas chased a woman through her workplace, shooting a Taser at her, because she refused to show him her breasts, the woman claims in court.
Ashlea Bennett sued the City of Haskell, Ark. and its police Officer Brandon Carter, in Federal Court.
She claims Carter “demanded that she expose her breasts to him” after he entered her workplace while on duty and wearing his uniform.
“Carter’s demands to the Plaintiff to expose herself to him occurred multiple times,” she says in the lawsuit.
It continues: “That the Plaintiff refused to show her breasts to Carter.
“That, upon her refusal, Carter drew his City of Haskell-issued electroshock Taser weapon from his utility belt, pointed the weapon at plaintiff, and threatened to deploy the same against her if she would not expose her breasts to him.
“That, upon seeing the threat of unlawful force, the plaintiff took physical flight and ran from Carter.”
Officer Carter then “proceeded to physically chase the plaintiff through her place of employment,” the complaint states.
It continues: “That, while chasing the plaintiff, Carter activated and deployed his electroshock Taser weapon in ‘drive stun’ mode numerous times at or directed at the plaintiff. That Carter did these actions with the intention of causing fear, imminent fear of bodily harm, and/or emotional distress to gain the plaintiff’s compliance with his sexual demands.”
Bennett claims that before this Dec. 13, 2011 incident, Carter had made “inappropriate sexual comments” to her on multiple occasions “and demanded that she expose herself to him.”
She claims that before Carter chased her around her office, “the City of Haskell was aware, or should have been aware, of complaints made about or issues concerning Carter’s conduct, including, but not limited to, his inappropriate sexual actions occurring under color of law.”
Haskell, pop. 3,990, is about 30 miles south of Little Rock in Saline County.
Bennett seeks compensatory and punitive damages for constitutional and civil rights violations, assault, failure to train and supervise, negligent supervision and outrage.
She is represented by Clinton W. Lancaster of Benton, Ark.

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Grand Canyon Park Police Arrest Visitors – Protestors Rally

National Park Police now patrolling the canyon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The marvelous Grand Canyon National Park, which is considered one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World,” has been closed for over a week now due to the government shutdown. Locals, whose livelihood’s depend on the revenue generated from the National Park, have had enough and are speaking out through organized protests.

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Yesterday, a group of 100 residents, business owners and international tourists gathered for a march in protest of the National Park closing. A local food bank assisted the protest by providing more than 600 food boxes for workers that have lost wages during the financial fiasco.

What’s even more appalling than the government purposely inflicting economic suffering on undeserving Americans, is that the Obama administration has aggressively ordered the National Park Police to “make life as difficult as they can for people.”

This was illustrated through the arrest of Vietnam veterans at the NYC Memorial, and the harassment of WWII veterans in the National Mall. The government even employed National Seashore officials to run fisherman out of the waterways near the Padre Island National Seashore with security boats.

A total of 21 citations have been issued to people for entering the Grand Canyon, all of which require a federal court appearance, even if the charges are dropped. As if it can’t get any more outrageous, the National Park has ramped up security and is currently monitoring the park around the clock!

Park officials have been ordered to patrol the Grand Canyon 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a measure that’s obviously not cheap.

The Grand Canyon, arguably one of the most popular National Parks in the U.S., financially depends on October’s revenue, as it’s considered the peak season for tourism, typically hosting 18,000 visitors throughout the month.

Grand Canyon Chief Ranger, Bill Wright, estimates that local businesses are losing $200,000 a day in revenue and approximately $8,000 in daily sales tax. It’s an “economic disaster,” said Wright.

The National Parks Conservation Association estimates that over the last two Octobers, Ariz. has generated an average of $2.7 million daily throughout their 24 national parks, and an average of $1.2 million a day at the Grand Canyon alone.

Over 2,000 employees have been left without work after the park closed last week, forcing many to search for new jobs.

In the mid-1990s, the park was reopened during a previous government shutdown using private and public monies, but this time the feds have rejected Gov. Jan Brewer’s request to reopen, despite the city council approving $200,000, and local businesses pledging $150,000 towards funding for a reopening.

Even the park’s website has been closed, citing it inoperable due to the government shutdown.

The establishment is seemingly expending more resources on employing security to keep people out, than it would cost to remain open, especially with the $350,000 that’s been offered up by the community.

Locals argue that minimally, the park could remain at least partially open.

Unlike park service employees, local businesses and park concession staff will not be eligible for possible back-pay from federal furlough. For them, the economical impact is permanent.

See below for a local news clip featuring the protesters.

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5 Off-Duty Cops Among Bikers Who Assaulted Man in Front of Family

It has been reported that the motorcycle gang recently charged with assaulting a man in front of his family was actually filled with off duty cops

 

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NEW YORK — This week the news has been filled with controversy surrounded the beating of a man named Alexian Lien, who has pulled from his car and assaulted in front of his family by a biker gang, after striking one of them with his vehicle.  There is much debate on this topic, but as more details surface it is becoming apparent that there is more to this story than meets the eye.

To start off, it seems that there was actually a crew of off duty police officers among the biker gang.

According to ABC News:

Eyewitness News has learned that among the bikers on the Henry Hudson last weekend, were five off-duty NYPD officers.  Sources say at least two detectives witnessed the attack on Alexian Lien and did not directly intervene. And investigators are still working to determine what role, if any, was played by the other three officers.  What is clear, sources say, is that the men did not begin to come forward until late Wednesday, four full-days after the incident.[1]

There is much controversy over this incident, with many on both sides of the argument pointing blame in the other direction.  However, it seems that this situations is much more than just a random case of road rage, but may have in fact been a part of a planned robbery that is commonplace among these motorcycle gangs.

One trucker who posted to the families Facebook page made the following statement in regards to the biker gangs in question:

“Here is some additional information you all might want to read. This is my personal experience with this situation. I made sure to post this on the support site as well. As a trucker that would deliver in north jersey and New York I am familiar with these gangs. I can hopefully clarify a few things. First the initial “accident” is part of a game they play. They ride in a huge group and will operate together to slow down traffic. Next they pick out high-end vehicles targeting people with families in them, the targets will usually be white or Asian.

 

 

Then one of the riders will do a “brake check” and stop suddenly in front of the target vehicle causing a minor bump. In some cases they will just roll back into their target vehicle. They will then mob the vehicle demanding money and or begin attacking the person inside. It is their practice to also slash the tires to prevent the vehicle from escaping. Truckers are well aware of them and are advised not to stop. You can clearly see in the video how they are well-practiced in this style of attack. The police in NY have backed off them after an officer ran one down using his vehicle a few months back.

The video was all over the net so I advise you to check it out. These “bikers” ride dirt bikes and sport bikes very few of which are street legal and even fewer have plates. They run red lights, stop signs, and have no regard for the law. If you are ever in this situation do not stop, immediately call the police and do whatever you have to keep them from boxing you in. NEVER leave the scene of an accident if you are not under direct threat!!! Only run if you have no other choice, and again immediately call the police. This is not rare by any means, the only reason this incident got any attention is because of the helmet cam video being posted on the net. If you see anyone in this situation, call the police. Make no mistake confusing these punks with true bikers. You will rarely if ever see a member of these gangs on a Harley. Do not for a minute blame true bikers for this kind of behavior. Bikers like those involved in the 2 million Bikers to DC Rally are American Patriots and would be among the first to come to your aid.[2]

 

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[1] 5 off-duty officers among bikers in SUV incident – ABC

[2] Justice for Alexian Lien – Facebook

[3] Intellihub

Georgia cops hand out felonies to high schoolers for having pocket knives locked in cars

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MARIETTA, GA — A high school senior is facing felony charges after police searched his car in the parking lot of his school and found a tackle box with some fishing knives in it.   The young man could now be sent to prison for 10 years if convicted.

Cody Chitwood, age 17, was pulled out of class at Lassiter High School on September 17th, and told, “You’re going to be in a lot of trouble,” by police and school administrators.

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Outside the building, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department had been combing the parking lot with dogs looking for reasons to arrest  students.  Performing random sniff-searches of the vehicles in the lot, one police K9 made a signal on Chitwood’s car.

The dog had smelled a firecracker that had been left over from “Independence” Day, two months earlier.  Regardless that it is not criminal  to have a firecracker laying under your seat, this sniff gave police the excuse they needed to perform an exhaustive search of his personal  vehicle.

As deputies rummaged through his property, they found some fishing gear and a tackle box.   In it they found — what else — basic tools  for fishing, including a fillet knife and a few other utility knives that serve all sorts of useful purposes to a country boy in Georgia.  A total  of 4 knives were taken from his car.

Police now had the chance to make the arrest they so desperately sought.  As they walked around on school property, armed to the  teeth and immune to the state’s asinine hoplophobic laws, they took the opportunity to ruin some kid’s life with a felony for keeping knives locked in his own personal vehicle.

“It’s pretty ridiculous,” Chitwood told The Marietta Daily Journal. “I have an attorney and I’m hoping to get the felony dropped so I can still  get in the Air Force.”

Chitwood was charged with Carrying a Weapon in a School Safety Zone, a Georgia law that criminalizes possessing a whole variety of inanimate objects near a school, even if they are locked in your own car.  If the district attorney goes forward with the felony charges, Chitwood could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A pattern of punishment

Cobb County Sheriff’s Department performs the random K-9 searches of student parking lots at least once or twice a year at all high schools in the county.   Just two weeks before nabbing Cody Chitwood, Cobb County Sheriff’s deputies nailed another high school student in a nearly identical scenario.

On September 5th, an senior at another high school in the same county was subjected to a parking lot search.  This time it was not based on a dog sniff, it was based on an anonymous tip.  Andrew Williams of Allatoona High School was pulled from class because one of his fellow students anonymously reported that he blew smoke out his car window, and that student thought it smelled like marijuana.

The tip was all the reason that school authorities had to perform the search.  Williams did not give them permission and there was no warrant to perform the search.  School administrators cited the school handbook as their warrant.

But rather than finding the forbidden plants that he was looking for, Assistant Principal Sam Sanford found a pocket knife in the vehicle’s center console.  A pocket knife that could potentially ruin Williams’ life.  Sanford promptly called the Sheriff’s Department to have the student arrested.

Williams was charged the same as Chitwood: “Carrying weapons within a school safety zone” carrying a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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The teen’s parents knew and approved of his own owning the pocket knife.  It turned out that he had a good reason for owning it, not that he should have needed one.

“His grandparents have one exactly like it they keep in their glove box,” said Andy Williams, the student’s father. “It’s got a hooked edge so you can put that on the seatbelt and run it across the seatbelt to cut it off.  I look at it as a rescue tool. It just never crossed our minds that this could result in a felony weapons charge.”

That’s a perfectly legitimate reason to carry a knife; one of many.  It turns out that Andrew had a first hand reason to be prepared for the worst.  He had himself been involved in a terrible car accident in which he had to drag his friends from a wrecked vehicle out of fear for the gas tank exploding.  A knife like that could save precious moments if it were ever necessary to remove a seatbelt from a passenger.  And the knife would do no good sitting at home in compliance with a nonsensical state law.

“I’m just flabbergasted. It just blows me away,” Andy Williams said. “I know the state has a zero tolerance law as far as what they consider weapons and evidently that goes to kids’ cars in the parking lot.”

“I think the intent of the law, they don’t want people coming into the school carrying knives and I totally agree with that, but there’s got to be some kind of common sense to that. It’s just whether someone can admit they’re wrong.”

The common sense that should be applied to the law is an abandonment of prosecuting victimless crimes.  Possession of an arbitrary plant or item should never be made into a crime.  Petty prohibition laws are an injustice unto themselves.

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Army Document Describing A Device That Can Transmit Voices Into Someone’s Head

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A declassified Army document titled “Bioeffects of Selected Nonlethal Weapons” describes a series of technologies that the military has developed, including one with the ability to transfer radio-frequency (RF) energy into a human target. This device can be used as non-lethal and lethal which is described on page [p.5] labeled “Tunablity” where it’s use can be lethal with prolonged exposure to the brain resulting in brain damage or even death.

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The document was declassified in 2006 after a FOIA request.  According to the Army document:

Application of the microwave hearing technology could facilitate a private message transmission. It may be useful to provide a disruptive condition to a person not aware of the technology. Not only might it be disruptive to the sense of hearing, it could be psychologically devastating if one suddenly heard “voices within one’s head”. [p.8]

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The transmissions can feasibly be delivered at distances of hundreds of meters [p.8], according to the document, but would be more practically be delivered at short ranges.  The RF waves can pass through walls, buildings, or anything that is non-conductive (similar to radio signals). The Army specified a way to counteract the transmission of that the microwave auditory messages: by wearing a metal shield.

“Since the technology utilizes radiofrequency energy, it can be defeated by the use of shielding provided by conductive barriers like metal or a metal screen. [p.6]

The “psychologically devastating” effects of hearing unexplainable clicking sounds or voices your head could conceivably influence a man into taking some action, or perhaps cause him to snap and fall into the realm of insanity.

Was this device used on Aaron Alexis which triggered him to carry out that shooting at the Naval yard? That is a question we may never truly know. Aaron’s testimony was that this type of technology was being used on his mind. As I stated in my previous article “Fishy Things About The Navy Yard Shooting” he had gone to the police and reported that the Pentagon was after him.

Newport, R.I. Police said, that Alexis called them to a Marriott hotel there on the morning of Aug. 7 and reported that he was being followed and was worried that the people were going to hurt him.  Alexis told police that the three talked to him through the walls, floor or ceiling at three hotels — two commercial hotels in Rhode Island and one on a naval base there. He told them that they used a microwave machine to send vibrations and keep him awake. What a strange commentary if you are unfamiliar with this technology. He told police that he “had never felt anything like this” and feared for his safety.  Here is the police report from August 7:

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Investigators found 2 inscriptions in the wooden stock of his shotgun. One was “My ELF”.  The meaning of this cryptic message remains unclear, but it was obviously clear to Aaron. Is that one related to his documented claims of being harassed by radio-frequency manipulation?

The Los Angeles Times reported:

The second one, (My ELF), may have been a reference to “extremely low frequency,” and could refer to his belief that someone was penetrating his brain with microwave messages, which he had described to police in Newport, R.I., six weeks ago. 

BBC News reported:

One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday’s shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors. “I don’t think it’s a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene,” a Capitol Police source familiar with the incident told the BBC.

This shooting has many signs of secret government experiment and possible false flag. What a strange testimony from the shooter with all the facts and police report along with the fact that the SWAT team was ordered to stand down when they had arrived in five minutes all armed to the teeth and ready, they could have saved lives.

Fl Police Officer Assaults And Arrests Man For Walking Down The Wrong Side Of The Road

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Is it getting so bad that we cannot even walk down the street. Though there are great policemen, there is getting to be many brute bully police state style cops out there. They have militarized the police departments giving them armor and things our soldiers wear with assault riffles and armored vehicles that look like they could survive a nuclear blast. They have also been trained by the authoritarians that all of the general public, you and me are basically terrorists. We have been seeing so much disrespect from the department on people from killing that mentally handicapped man, kicking in the teeth of a woman handcuffed sitting down on the sidewalk, they are doing proctology exams on the side of the road without changing gloves which is very dangerous especially for women, the list goes on and on and if you don’t believe it do the research it’s mind blowing.

This man  Bobby Wingate, of Jacksonville, Florida, was on his way to an appointment in the neighborhood of Arlington when he was suddenly stopped by an officer of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department. The last time Wingate walked down the road, he said he called 9-1-1 to protect himself from the police. “He parked his car right up here near this curve,” he said as he pointed.  On a 9-1-1 recording of that night Wingate can be heard saying, “He said do I really want to fight him? I haven’t done anything wrong.”

According to court papers uncovered by First Coast News at the federal courthouse, Wingate was walking down the road in December when a JSO Police Officer stopped him and asked to talk. When he told the officer he was running late for an appointment, the officer cited him for walking on the wrong side of the road. According to court papers the officer then hit Wingate in the face and engaged his Taser. That’s when Wingate called 9-1-1. Wingate spent a night in jail, and the State Attorney’s Office took the case to trial. He was charged with resisting arrest without violence, and walking down the wrong side of the road. But in court, the officer testified he wasn’t sure what side of the road Wingate was on. Before the defense could even present its case, the judge ruled that there was not nearly enough evidence to proceed and dropped the charges and the case against Wingate.

Bonderud said his client was a target of racial discrimination.

Fishy Things About The Navy Yard Shooting In DC

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On Wednesday, BBC News reported the discovery that the D.C. Police’s SWAT team was ready to neutralize the Navy Yard mass shooting.  But, the highly trained and heavily armed, elite tactical group was, instead, ordered to stand down and leave the scene.  The Capitol Police promised a full investigation.  Today, BBC News reported more disturbing information.  No one has talked to the SWAT team members.  Not even for the protocol debriefing.

BBC News reports,

Members of a Washington DC Swat team who the BBC has learned were ordered not to respond to Monday’s Navy Yard shootings have yet to be contacted by the authorities.

The Capitol Police tactical response team was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, sources told the BBC.

Meanwhile, the department has installed a new leader of the elite unit. No reason has been given for the decision.

Gunman Aaron Alexis killed 12 people.

The BBC has also learned that four members of the highly trained team have applied for temporary leave, as they “grapple” with the aftermath of the incident.

The Capitol Police department has not yet granted the request, nor given approval for them to use their own paid time off.

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Days after the shooting, none of the officers has been questioned by officials or investigators from a special panel that was convened on Wednesday.

Members of the Containment and Emergency Response Team (Cert) are typically debriefed “right away, at the very least the following day” after an incident, a Capitol Police source said.

“[They] haven’t even been given the courtesy of a debrief… They have not even been given an answer as to why the decision was made that they should not respond,” the source added.

Another Capitol Police source close to the incident told the BBC: “No-one’s talked to these officers since this happened.”

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How do they explain this? This is beginning to be a pattern at gun free zones. How is it too that Aaron had been running to the police telling them that the pentagon was after him to kill him, and that they were shooting microwave beams at him several times and he still gets his military top secret clearance to the Navy Yard? How is it that he shot through his neighbor wall with a gun and in another incident someones tire and he still gets his military top secret clearance? He had to get through two strict security check points by the MP’s and then go into a secure room where the guns were locked up. Isn’t strange that the night before Obama was talking about gun control again and the very next day this very mysterious shooting? Of course the mainstream media throws the race card in there saying he wasn’t happy with racist whites, who knows if that is even true? Let’s blame it on him playing “Call of Duty” shoot em up game often. Don’t forget it’s the legal gun owners fault as well. Was he under mind control from the government and he went in to shoot them up before they controlled him to go on a shooting elsewhere? The Truth Channel will continue to dig deeper in this shady story and keep you updated.