• Peter McFarland of Marin County, Calif. is suing the county sheriff's office for tasing him in his own home while his wife pleaded with them to stop. The deputies arrived June 29 of last year after McFarland fell outside his home while he and his wife Pearl were returning from a charity fundraiser, and he said something to the effect that if he had a gun, he'd shoot himself in the head.

    It was hyperbole, McFarland told the deputies, who arrived after paramedics had already helped him inside. A rare survivor of pancreatic cancer, he considers himself lucky to be alive. Yet the deputies insisted on taking McFarland to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation, ultimately tasing him after he demanded they leave his house. "Stop resisting!" the deputies repeatedly tell McFarland, as he whimpers and writhes in pain. McFarland was arrested and jailed on a charge of resisting arrest, but a judge later threw out the charge.


  • New "Laser" Weapon Debuts in LA County Jail

    "Assault Intervention Device" comes to Pitchess Detention Center

    Guards at the Los Angeles County jail complex in Castaic will start using a newfangled weapon that produces a deep burning sensation -- which is not to be confused with a “warm fuzzy feeling” -- in whomever it is aimed at. The 7 1/2-foot-tall “Assault Intervention Device,” which More.. sheriff's deputies demonstrated Friday at the Pitchess Detention Center, emits an invisible beam that causes an unbearable sensation, reported the Daily News. The device will be mounted near the ceiling in a unit housing about 65 inmates, sheriff's Cmdr. Bob Osborne of the sheriff' Technology Exploration Program told the newspaper.

    “We hope that this type of technology will either cause an inmate to stop an assault or lessen the severity of an assault by them being distracted by the pain as a result of the beam,” said Osborne. “So that we have fewer injuries, fewer assaults, those kinds of things.” Deputies have tested the device on themselves and say the invisible beam is painful -- especially when it's not expected. “I equate it to opening an oven door and feeling that blast of hot air, except instead of being all over me, it's more focused,” said Osborne. The pain stops when you move out of the beam's path, which people do instinctively.

    The device, developed by Raytheon, is controlled by a joystick and computer monitor and emits a beam about the size of a CD up to distances of about 100 feet. The energy traveling at the speed of light penetrates the skin up to 1/64 of an inch deep. No one can stand being in the beam's path for more than about three seconds, Mike Booen of Raytheon told the Daily News. The device is being evaluated for a period of six months by the National Institute of Justice for use in jails nationwide.

    Sheriff's deputies are getting to try it out for free. About 3,700 inmates are housed at Pitchess, where 257 inmate-on-inmate assaults occurred in the first half of the year.
    ais Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Senior Deputy David Judge talks about the Assault Intervention System (AIS) during a demonstration at the Pitchess Detention Center's North County Correction Facility, Friday, August 20, 2010. The device transmits a focused, invisible millimeter wave at a suspect which causes an intolerable heating sensation. The Sheriff's Department will conduct an operational evaluation with AIS to stop or lessen the severity of inmate assaults.

    CASTAIC - A high-tech ray gun built for the military that fires an invisible heat beam capable of causing unbearable pain will be tested on unruly inmates in the sheriff's detention facility in Castaic, officials said Friday at an unveiling event.

    The "Assault Intervention System" (AIS) developed by the Raytheon Co., could give the Sheriff's Department "another tool" to quell disturbances at a 65-inmate dormitory at the Pitchess Detention Center's North County Correctional Facility, said Cmdr. Bob Osborne, head of the technology exploration branch of the sheriff's Department of Homeland Security Division. The 600-pound, 7-foot-tall device won't replace traditional methods such as tear gas, rubber bullets and batons, Osborne said. "We're looking to see if we can exploit this science for the benefit of the Corrections Department," he said.

    AIS fires a directed beam of invisible "millimeter waves" that cause an unbearable burning sensation by penetrating 1/64 of an inch into the skin, where pain receptors are located, said Mike Booen, Raytheon's vice president of advanced security and directed energy systems. The beam, which is about the diameter of a compact disc, causes an instant and intolerable burning sensation when it touches skin, but the sensation stops instantly when the device is turned off or the target moves out of the beam. At a news conference, several people volunteered to feel the effects of the machine first-hand.

    Sheriff's Deputy David Judge manned the controls and fired the beam, using a joystick and a monitor, not unlike a video game, to aim the ray gun's camera. Judge simply aligned cross-hairs in the center of the screen with his target and pulled the trigger. The beam can be targeted very precisely, allowing deputies to single out one person or even a specific body part. One volunteer was able to stand in the beam's path for just 1.8 seconds before the heat sensation forced him to step out of the way.

    "I don't care if you're the meanest, toughest person in the world. This will get your attention," Booen said. The machine is designed to emit a burst of no more than three seconds with each trigger pull, but deputies can repeatedly fire the weapon as needed. Similar devices have already been sold to the U.S. military, however the machine demonstrated Friday is the first to be placed in an American correctional institution, sheriff's officials said.

    It is being installed as a test case at no cost to the Sheriff's Department, as part of a program through the National Institute of Justice, officials said. "Millimeter wave" devices have been tested on more than 10,000 subjects so far and has been shown to cause no lasting injuries, Booen said. "It's very, very safe," he said.

    The unit at the Pitchess Detention Center has a range of 80 to 100 feet, which is more than enough for the dormitory space it's to be used in. Raytheon, as a matter of policy, does not disclose the cost of the machines, Booen said, adding that he could not comment on how the military has used the devices. When asked if the public can expect to see similar AIS devices mounted on patrol cars in the future or attached to deputies' utility belts, Osborne said, "not in my lifetime."

    But Booen said his company is working on much smaller versions of the AIS. Progress on that research is a closely held secret, he added. "That's our vision," said Booen. "We want to get to the point where it is a hand-held device."

  • Microwave torture, war crime against targeted individuals and inmates
    steven giardini MOBILE, Ala. -- Steve Giardini, a former sex crimes prosecutor with the Mobile County District Attorney's Office, was arrested this morning on an indictment accusing him of soliciting sex over the Internet from a 15-year-old girl, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

    Giardini, 50, was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail and released on $250,000 in bail less than two hours later. In the case being prosecuted by the Alabama Attorney General's Office, Giardini is charged with three felony counts: enticing a child under the age of 16 for intercourse, sodomy or other sexual purposes; criminally soliciting the production of child pornography; and enticing a child for sexual purposes by computer or other electronic methods. Giardini had worked for the District Attorney's Office for nearly 20 years when an FBI agent who investigates Internet sex crimes showed up at his door on April 4, 2009 with a search warrant.

    One day later, Giardini resigned his post as the prosecutor assigned to the Mobile County Child Advocacy Center. His arrest came nearly 1 ½ years since the search, and authorities hadn't publicly talked about the investigation. Giardini's attorney Dennis Knizley said today that his client denies the allegations in the indictment. He said he'd hoped authorities would have decided not to bring the charges so many months later. "I know of nothing which has improved the case since that time," Knizley said.

    "Someone apparently had some hesitation or reservation as to whether or not the facts could support the allegations, but someone finally concluded they could," he added. The Attorney General's Office released a statement to the news media but declined any interviews. Prosecutors said the charges involve Giardini's communications with an FBI agent who was posing as a 15-year-old girl. "The crimes alleged in this indictment are all the more horrifying in that the defendant was a prosecutor entrusted to protect citizens from evil and criminal wrongdoing," said Attorney General Troy King in the statement.

    The FBI in Mobile released a brief statement today: "At the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, the results of the investigation of the activities of ... Giardini were referred to Alabama state prosecutors for review. The FBI has provided and will continue to provide investigative and prosecutive assistance to the office of the Alabama Attorney General in this case." Knizley said that because Giardini worked as a prosecutor in Mobile County Circuit Court, it's likely that circuit judges will recuse themselves from the case, which would require a judge from another circuit to be appointed. The Child Advocacy Center helps victims of child abuse and coordinates investigations of child sexual abuse. As the prosecutor assigned to the center, Giardini oversaw the district attorney's response to some 1,000 complaints a year.

    In response to Giardini's arrest, District Attorney John Tyson Jr. said he was "completely disappointed in all of these developments." He said the work of the Child Advocacy Center continues, and Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood -- who Tyson said he has high hopes for -- is now assigned to the center. As a Mobile County assistant district attorney, specializing in the prosecution of sex crimes and crimes against children, Steve Giardini was often quoted in the Press-Register. Here's several quotes culled from the last several years, just as they appeared in the paper, and the dates they were published:

    * Giardini said that the 30-year sentence showed that (the judge) appreciated "the damage done to young people at the hands of monsters such as (the defendant)." -- Nov. 27, 2008
    * "If you believe the child," Giardini told jurors, "you must find him guilty." -- Aug. 29, 2008.
    * "Nowadays, young people have these communication devices. ... The problem will get way worse before it gets better," Giardini said. "We advise parents to monitor their children's use of the Internet. With the advent of portable devices, they can get messages and even get online remotely." -- Aug. 17, 2007.
    * Giardini told jurors that while the teenager may have appeared to have willingly participated in sexual acts with (the defendant), she had just turned 13, and he was a middle-aged man. "Who has the greater degree of responsibility?" Giardini asked. -- Aug. 16, 2007
    * Giardini suggested there is "a lesson here to people -- that the Internet is not this place where you are anonymous, where you can do whatever you want and never be detected." -- Feb. 7, 2007.
    * As for (the defendant) finally being incarcerated, Giardini said, "I could not be more pleased for the victims, who had to discuss really embarrassing details of an overall mortifying experience at the hands of this man, who they should have been able to count on as a spiritual and educational leader." -- April 6, 2005.
    * "Grand juries and trial juries are very skeptical about a 14- or 15-year-old who is sneaking out of her house or skipping school to facilitate a meeting," Giardini said. "They might say, 'We think there is enough blame to go around.'" -- Nov. 29, 2004
    * "Obviously this guy betrayed trust placed in him professionally, through his church and socially," Giardini said. "What's worse, he was a pediatrician," specializing in the medical care of children. -- May 22, 2004.


  • What started as a walk to the park with his dogs ended with a trip to the hospital for a Denver dog owner. 32-year-old Mark Ashford says he was beaten black and blue by two Denver Police officers.

    "They punched him and pinned him up against the fence and forced his head into the concrete." Ashford's attorney, Will Hart, said the beating that was caught on camera is a clear case of Excessive More..Force. "This happened when he was walking his dogs, he has a conversation with another citizen that the police officer doesn't like and as a result, he ends up in the hospital," said Hart. Hart says Mark Ashford was walking his dogs near 20th and Little Raven in LoDo, when he saw police pull over a driver for failing to stop at a stop sign. Ashford told the driver he saw him stop and would be willing to testify in court. Hart says the officer overheard him and "wasn't very happy."

    That's when Ashford says the Denver police officers demanded his I.D. and detained him. Ashford tried to take a picture of the officers to document the incident, and a few second later he was on the ground. Police charged Ashford with interference and resisting arrest. Hart says, the charges were later dropped because the officers violated Ashford's 4th amendment rights, "they had no reason to stop him, take his ID or detain him."

    An Excessive Force complaint was filed against both officers involved. A Denver police spokesperson says the internal affairs department has completed its investigation, but they are now turning the case over to the independent police monitor. Police won't say if the officers were disciplined in any way until the investigation is complete.
    dustin hunter A policeman was jailed today for plotting an audacious raid at an upmarket jewellers - in which the robbers would wear police uniforms that he had stolen.

    Pc Dustin Hunter provided uniforms and a Royal Mail outfit for the raid, unaware that his 'accomplices' were undercover officers from his own force. Hunter was also sentenced for having nearly a kilo of cannabis, which he was caught with when arrested by Metropolitan Police officers last year. He even boasted of how he had inside knowledge of the jewellery shop because he had helped foil a robbery there as a policeman in 2008.

    Ironically he also told how he could spot an undercover police officer and was confident the men he was instructing were genuine robbers. A judge heard how the 30-year-old, who had served on the force for nine years, had planned to use his experience as a member of Surrey Police's Intelligence Unit to carry out the robbery. After instructing the 'robbers', he waited at a motorway services hotel on March 20 while the raid was being carried out, only for officers to arrest him. The raid, at Decorus, in upmarket Oxted, Surrey, never took place.

    Sentencing him to seven years in prison today at Harrow Crown Court, Recorder Michael Caplan said: 'You have shown complete contempt for law and order which you as a police officer had pledged to uphold. 'You also sought to use techniques and knowledge you learned through the police to advance your criminality and used knowledge used in fighting crime to commit serious crime. 'Your conduct has also detracted from the excellent work of your fellow officers at Surrey police.'

    Hunter suggested a raid on the jewellers to an undercover officer called 'John' in January this year. Simon Edwards, prosecuting, said 'John' phoned Hunter in January while he was on bail for drug offences. The pair arranged to meet the next day at the White Horse pub in Parsons Green, west London. Calling himself 'J', Hunter boasted he had successfully been involved in criminality during his time as a serving police officer and was able to offer his services.

    Mr Edwards said: 'Hunter said he had worked in the police intelligence unit for a number of years. He described his experience within the police and said he was knowledgeable of counter-surveillance techniques and how he could put that to use. 'They also had a conversation about what would be a reasonable cut (for Hunter). 'Hunter said he had access to police uniforms which he could sell to John for £500 pounds.'

    The pair later met again in the same pub and Hunter handed over two police reflective jackets, a special constable's hat badge and two police hats - all of which he had stolen - for which John paid him the £500. The undercover officer told Hunter he was paranoid about being set up but ironically Hunter reassured him he could spot an undercover officer 'a mile off'. At a further meeting Hunter passed on an account of an earlier robbery at the jewellers.

    Hunter, who wanted his role limited to that of lookout, also suggested that Oxted was a good place to rob because at change over time it takes ten minutes for police response to get from Reigate. He also suggested tying up workers and slashing tyres of any nearby police cars before they struck. The day before the raid he got cold feet but decided to press on.

    On the day itself, the undercover officers called Hunter to confirm they had stolen £300,000 worth of items from Decorus. But within minutes Hunter was arrested. The court also heard conversations took place during the meetings in which Hunter suggested robbing drug dealers, dealing in controlled drugs, setting up a cannabis factory and stealing the proceeds from an online betting company Mr Edwards told the court. Hunter also discussed other possible targets, including several criminal families who would be unlikely to report the thefts because of their own backgrounds.

    Hunter was caught in a lay-by in Neasden, North-west London, last November with 994 grams of cannabis after he had been under surveillance by colleagues. Michael Boardman, defending, said it was important to note his client had attempted to 'withdraw' just before the raid. He said: 'I appreciate he did indeed continue but he did attempt to withdraw. It was only after he was encouraged and persuaded by firstly John and by a little more vigour the undercover officer Nick that he continued.'

    Mr Boardman also said Hunter had had a tough childhood in which he had grown up with a disabled younger brother and they were raised by a single-mum after their father walked out. Mr Recorder Caplan jailed Hunter for five years for encouraging or assisting a planned robbery, two years - to run consecutively - for the cannabis offence, for which he was convicted at a trial on July 16, and six months concurrently for three counts of theft, of the police and Royal Mail uniforms.

    He pleaded guilty to all the other matters at Winchester Crown Court, Hampshire, on July 26. Hunter, of Crawley, West Sussex, waved to relatives in the public gallery as he was taken down.


    Police have apologised after accidentally shooting a 14-year-old girl with a Taser.

    Officers investigating complaints of anti-social behaviour fired the Taser after attempting to arrest a man who had become aggressive towards them. But the Taser missed the intended target and hit schoolgirl Jodie Gallagher, who was standing nearby, sending a huge electric shock through her. Nottinghamshire Police has referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    Shacken Miss Gallagher said: 'The police pulled out his Taser gun and said if you don't stand still I'll shoot. 'It got me instead of the boy it was supposed to get. 'It was like a really big cramp, like an electric shock really and I just couldn't move.'

    Increasing use: Since their introduction in 2004, police have used the Taser more than 5,400 times in England and Wales

    Police officers were called to Alexander Street, in Stapleford, at 10.35pm last night following reports of anti-social behaviour in the area. In a statement, Nottinghamshire Police said: 'As soon as the officer realised he had missed the intended target, he cancelled the discharge. 'The Taser was then successfully redeployed, and the man was arrested for police assault and a Section 4 public order offence.

    'Officers have been liaising with the girl and her family and have apologised for what happened.' Since being introduced in April 2004 Tasers have been used in more than 5,400 incidents in England and Wales. The number of people being targeted is increasing all the time, and their use can now only rise further since the decision in 2008 by then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to fund an extra 10,000 Taser guns.

    Up to 30,000 frontline officers will be armed with the new weapons. Some forces will only let fully trained officers use them, but many will give them to officers after 18 hours of training. Amnesty International says 334 people in the U.S. died between 2001 and 2008 after the stun guns were used on them. Taser International, the Arizona-based manufacturer, dismisses these findings. National police guidelines state that a Taser should only be used in situations where an officer is 'facing violence or threats of violence of such severity that they would need to use force to protect the public, themselves or the subject.' Experts warn against Taser use on children because of the risk of a heart attack. The Government advisory body, the Defence Scientific Advisory Council, notes 'children and adults of small stature [are] at potentially greater risk from the cardiac effects of Taser currents than normal adults of average or large statue.'


  • Caught on camera: Two police officers were suspended after a pensioner was left terrified by police who smashed in his car windows after catching him driving without a seatbelt. The episode was captured on a police video

    Two policemen were suspended after a disabled pensioner claimed he was left terrified by officers who smashed his car window after catching him driving without a seatbelt.

    When stroke victim Robert Whatley, 70, was pulled over in his Range Rover, he expected a brief discussion with the officers. But he claims he was forced to cover his face and was showered with glass as one officer jumped on to the bonnet and kicked his windscreen while another repeatedly attacked the window with a baton. The ensuing action was caught on film by a police camera placed on the patrol car's dashboard.

    It also apparently captures the officer hitting the side window 15 times before it smashes and shows a policeman climbing onto the bonnet before Mr Whatley is dragged out of his car. Retired businessman Mr Whatley said: 'I couldn't believe what was happening. 'The police went completely over the top - you would have thought I had robbed a bank. 'I was terrified when they started smashing in the window and trying to kick in the windscreen. I tried to shield myself but I was showered with glass which could easily have gone into my eyes.

    Police force: One of the officers leapt on to the bonnet of Mr Whatley's Range Rover and attempted to kick in his windscreen 'It's something you might expect in America but not in the quiet of the British countryside.' The elderly man, who has a heart condition, was initially pulled over for not wearing a seat belt as he drove through the country lanes of South Wales. Officers tried to issue him with a fixed penalty notice but Mr Whatley drove off.

    Two Gwent police officers followed him along eight miles of country lanes for 17 minutes before trying to stop the £60,000 Range Rover with a stinger device. But Mr Whatley pulled over again and waited for them to approach. He was later charged with a series of motoring offences.

    At Caerphilly Magistrates Court he admitted not wearing his seatbelt when he was first stopped by police but claimed he had been reversing at the time. The court heard that as the officer went round to the passenger side, the car lurched forward and the officer was knocked - a claim disputed by Mr Whatley. He told the court he then drove off because he thought he had been dealt with, was 'frail and vulnerable' and worried he would suffer another stroke. 'I feel on health grounds I was justified,' he said. 'I was displaying my medication needs and the officer was ignoring me.

    'My survival instinct was such was that I was trying to assist the officer the best I could. I feared another stroke. 'I thought he had finished with me. I just drove off coolly and calmly and not off at speed.' Mr Whatley, who never broke the speed limit during the chase, said he had become confused during the pursuit.

    He said he thought that the blue lights and siren of the pursuing car meant the officer was giving him a police escort home. But he finally pulled over when he was confronted by a police 'stinger' device on the road into Usk. He was found guilty of not wearing a seatbelt, failing to stop for a police officer and having tinted car windows which did not conform to legal requirements but cleared of failing to stop after an accident. He also admitted having a registration plate which did not adhere to regulations.

    The pensioner was fined a total of £235 and ordered to pay £300 towards prosecution costs. Mr Whatley has complained to Gwent Police and the the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which has now launched an investigation into the incident. Gwent Police said yesterday that two officers had been removed from operational duty.

    Deputy Chief Constable Carmel Napier said: 'When the incident happened Gwent Police had great concerns about what appeared to have occurred. 'Immediate contact was made with the complainant, his concerns recorded and a voluntary referral made by the force to the IPCC. 'We expect the highest professional standards of its police officers and staff at all times and we can assure Mr Whatley and the public that this matter will be thoroughly investigated.'



    The Met was today under growing pressure to explain why the police officer who pushed over Ian Tomlinson was re-employed by the force despite questions over his disciplinary record.

    Pc Simon Harwood, 43, retired from the Met a decade ago on ill health grounds while facing a misconduct hearing for an alleged road rage incident. But despite his background, he was taken back by the Met in 2004 and later given a place in the force's controversial Territorial Support Group unit.

    The revelations prompted new criticism following anger over yesterday's announcement by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, that no charges would be brought over newspaper vendor Mr Tomlinson's death. They came as a series of other new disclosures raised further serious questions about the case. They included: The revelation that the Met reported concerns about the competence of Dr Freddy Patel, the first pathologist to examine Mr Tomlinson, to the Home Office in 2004, but that he was given only "words of advice".

    A claim by the second pathologist to examine Mr Tomlinson that there was enough evidence to bring a charge of causing actual bodily harm. The biggest questions today, however, were over the Met's decision to re-hire Pc Harwood, who has been suspended since coming forward to admit that he was the officer captured on video striking Mr Tomlinson with a baton and pushing him to the ground during the G20 protests on April 1 last year. The officer was working for the Met during the 1990s when he was accused of a road rage incident while off duty, but retired on health grounds. He then rejoined the force as a civilian computer worker, before moving to Surrey Police as a Pc after passing a medical and vetting process, during which it is understood that he made a full disclosure of his background. He moved back to the Met in November 2004.

    Green politician Jenny Jones, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said today: "This officer clearly resigned so that he did not have to face a disciplinary charge it is also unacceptable that the Met took him back on." Dr Nat Cary, the second pathologist in the case, said today that Mr Tomlinson's injuries were severe enough to bring a charge of actual bodily harm. "He sustained quite a large area of bruising," he said. "Such injuries are consistent with a baton strike."

  • Masonic cops

    Pc Simon Harwood, the police officer who struck Ian Tomlinson minutes before he died, was previously investigated twice over his alleged aggressive behaviour.

    Although it has been decided he will not face criminal charges for striking Tomlinson it has been disclosed that the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, backed a prosecution for manslaughter. Pc Harwood left the Metropolitan Police a decade ago amid controversy over an alleged off-duty road rage incident, then got a job with Surrey Police, where he was accused of using excessive force. He could now face disciplinary charges over the death of Mr Tomlinson, and could also be the subject of an internal investigation by the Met into how he was allowed to rejoin the force despite having an unresolved disciplinary matter on his record.

    The married 43 year-old had been due to face a misconduct hearing over the alleged road rage incident, understood to have happened in the late 1990s, but instead retired on medical grounds. A few years later, the father of two rejoined the Met as a civilian computer worker before applying to Surrey Police for a job as a police constable in May 2003. A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “He applied to become a Pc with us in 2003. Following our vetting procedure, liaising with the Met Police and passing a medical examination, he was accepted. “He was full and frank about his history.

    “Surrey Police had no concerns at the time and he followed the standard procedure for everybody.” Pc Harwood spent a year and half working in Surrey before applying to be transferred back to the Met in the autumn of 2004. However, during his time at Surrey he faced a complaint about his alleged behaviour while on duty. The force spokesman said: “There was a thorough internal investigation and the claim was subsequently found to be unsubstantiated and no further action was taken.” Pc Harwood returned to the Met in November 2004, but it is unclear whether the force was aware of the previous misconduct procedure, or whether there had been a failure in its vetting process.

    By the time of the G20 protests last year, Pc Harwood was working with the Met’s territorial support group (TSG), which provides an immediate response to spontaneous disorder anywhere in London. Dressed in a bright yellow reflective jacket, black uniform and helmet, Pc Harwood’s identity number was covered up and he had a scarf across the lower part of his face. The Crown Prosecution Service’s report said that at 7.15pm on April 1, a police dog handler put out his hand to move Mr Tomlinson away and a police dog bit him on his leg. Mr Tomlinson did not react to the bite, and it was then that Pc Harwood moved in and shoved him to the ground.

    Pc Harwood was questioned on suspicion of manslaughter two weeks after Mr Tomlinson’s death, and has been suspended ever since, spending his time at home in Carshalton, Surrey, where he lives with his wife Helen, a GP surgery manager, and their two young sons. A second pathologist, Nat Cary, has challenged the CPS decision to drop criminal charges saying Tomlinson suffered injuries that would support an acutal bodily harm (ABH) charge. Mr Cary said the injuries were "not relatively minor" and that they were "consistent with a baton strike". A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police declined to comment on the force’s decision to re-employ Pc Harwood in 2004.

  • Advice to charge cop over G20 Tomlinson death ignored

    G20 policeman escapes charges over news vendor Ian Tomlinson's death during protests A policeman has escaped charges over the death of a news vendor caught up in the G20 protests, it was announced today. The Crown Prosecution Service ruled he would not be tried for manslaughter because of the results of the first post-mortem examination on Ian Tomlinson, conducted by Dr Freddy Patel.

    His findings were contrary to other medical evidence, which meant securing a conviction would be too difficult. Dr Patel, who has previously been disciplined by the General Medical Council and is now being investigated again, decided Mr Tomlinson died of a heart attack.

    However, two further post-mortems by different experts ruled the 47-year-old father-of-nine died because of internal bleeding. The CPS decided Dr Patel's conclusion would undermine any case brought against the officer and ruled he could not be prosecuted.

    MR TOMLINSON'S SON: 'It's outrageous. We feel like it was not a full investigation from the beginning. It's a big cover-up. They knew that if they dragged this out long enough, they would avoid charges. They knew just what they were doing. They've pulled us through a hedge backwards'

    Assault charges also had to be ruled out because of the first post-mortem and a lesser common assault charge was impossible because it has a six-month time limit. Misconduct in public office was considered but dismissed by prosecutors because of legal precedents, meaning the police officer will face no criminal action. Mr Tomlinson's family - who were at CPS headquarters for the ruling - accused police of a 'cover-up' and vowed to keep pressing for justice.

    His son Paul King said: 'Words can't describe how we feel, we feel very let down, very disappointed... You haven't heard the last of us yet.' Calling of the officer to be 'named and shamed', he added: 'It's outrageous. We feel like it was not a full investigation from the beginning. It's a big cover-up.' 'They knew that if they dragged this out long enough, they would avoid charges. They knew just what they were doing. They've pulled us through a hedge backwards - now we have to go on living our lives.'

    The Tomlinson family's solicitor Jules Carey also expressed disgust. 'Clearly it is a disgraceful decision,' he said. He added: 'The issue today is the failure of the CPS. It's unbelievable, there needs to be an inquiry.' Asked what she will do now, Mr Tomlinson's widow Julia said: 'What do you expect us to do? What can we do?'

    Mr Tomlinson, a heavy drinker, died on April 1 amid the G20 protests near the Bank of England. He was not a protester and lived nearby in a hostel for the homeless. He was bitten by a police dog shortly before his clash with the riot officer - who hit him with a baton and then pushed him to the ground. He managed to struggle upright with the help of onlookers but collapsed and died at 7.30pm that night.

    The attack, which was caught on camera, was at the centre of a storm of criticism about how the demonstrations were policed. Dr Patel later concluded he had died of a heart attack despite finding a 'substantial amount of blood' in his abdominal cavity. His 'provisional' conclusion was that Mr Tomlinson died of 'coronary artery disease' and he said he had heart and liver diseases.

    Concerned about the accuracy of the findings, both the family and the IPCC asked for a second post-mortem to be carried out by the widely-respected Dr Nat Cary. He found died of internal bleeding as a result of blunt force trauma, in combination with cirrhosis of the liver. A third examination, conducted on behalf of the officer, agreed with the findings of the second post-mortem.

    Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said there was a 'sharp disagreement' between the medical experts which was 'irreconcilable'. This would make prosecution 'very difficult', he insisted.

    'The CPS would simply not be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that there was a causal link between Mr Tomlinson's death and the alleged assault upon him,' he announced this morning. 'That being the case, there is no realistic prospect of a conviction for unlawful act manslaughter.' Dr Patel has been under investigation by the GMC since 2005 over four bungled post-mortems.

    Some 26 charges against him of sub-standard practice are being looked at and he could be struck off if they are substantiated. He became a private pathologist on the Home Office register in the 1990s but was suspended from the list last summer. The officer, a member of the Metropolitan Police's Territorial Support Group, was suspended from duty throughout the investigation.

    He could still face disciplinary action once the IPCC report is passed to the Met. The case could also be revisited by prosecutors after an inquest. The official police version of events on April 1 initially claimed Mr Tomlinson's death had nothing to do with the policing of the protest. After his collapse, Scotland Yard issued a statement describing how officers trying to help him were pelted with bottles by protesters.

    On April 3, the City of London police said he had died of a heart attack. But on April 7 video footage taken by a New York fund manager emerged which showed him being hit on the legs with a baton and being shoved aggressively to the ground at 7.20pm. The police constable who pushed him whose shoulder identification number appears to be missing in the film - was suspended from duty on April 9. He was questioned on suspicion of manslaughter on April 17.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission completed its criminal inquiry last August and handed over a file of evidence to the CPS for them to consider charges. More than 40 IPCC investigators visisted 190 premises in the search for CCTV of the incident and footage was recovered from more than 220 cameras. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: 'Our thoughts remain with the family of Ian Tomlinson and those affected by his death. 'It is only right that the circumstances of Ian Tomlinson's death have been independently investigated.

    'We have co-operated fully with the IPCC's investigation so that the facts of what happened that day can be established. 'There will, of course, be an inquest where the facts will be heard publicly. This is important for the family of Ian Tomlinson as well as Met officers and Londoners. 'We now await the IPCC's investigation report before being able to carefully consider appropriate misconduct proceedings.' Green politician Jenny Jones, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said today: 'I hope at the least the police are going to hold him to account. Misconduct alone is not really enough.'


    Concerns have long been held by some police officers over the Home Office accredited pathologist who conducted Ian Tomlinson's initial post-mortem examination. Dr Freddy Patel, who first qualified as a doctor in Zambia, has previously been reprimanded by the General Medical Council. The pathologist was disciplined ten years ago for releasing medical details of a man who died in police custody outside an inquest hearing.

    He told reporters that the victim, Roger Sylvester, was a user of crack cocaine. That claim devastated Mr Sylvester's family who contested that he had used the drug. As a result, Dr Patel was formally reprimanded by the General Medical Council. In a second case, in 2002, police dropped a criminal investigation after he gave his opinion that a 38-year-old woman, Sally White, had died of natural causes. Her body had been found locked in the bedroom of a flat of Anthony Hardy

    He went on to kill two women and dump their body parts in bin bags in Camden, North London, during a murderous spree after Christmas 2002. Hardy later pleaded guilty to Miss White's murder. He is serving life in jail after he was convicted of three murders at the Old Bailey in 2003. The expert is now facing fresh claims that he bungled four post-mortems between 2002 and 2004. The GMC is examining 26 charges of sub-standard practice.

    He is accused of giving questionable verdicts on the causes of deaths, several of which later turned out to be suspicious and has been under investigation since 2005. He was suspended from the register last summer and barred from undertaking post-mortems in suspicious deaths.

  • Family fury as police escape charges over Ian Tomlinson's G20 death
    peter cox A man was shot in the groin with a 50,000 volt Taser gun by police who wrongly believed he had been driving without insurance.

    Peter Cox was given the electric shock after he climbed out of his BMW to talk to officers who had been following him. He had a brief conversation with them but suddenly collapsed to the ground in agony when one of the policemen discharged the weapon. Yesterday Mr Cox, 49, said he was considering legal action against the force after it said the gun had been fired accidentally. In addition, it later emerged Mr Cox's car was insured. Officers had been tailing the motorist as he drove through Bridgwater, Somerset.

    When he stopped at the home of his partner Donna Allen, 47, where he was going to do some gardening, he asked the police what they wanted. He said: 'I asked them to park on the other side of the road because we were working on the front garden. 'The officer didn't say anything, but he got out of the car and pulled out a Taser and pointed it at me.

    'I didn't know this at the time so I just went on with what I was doing and got a bag of stone for the garden out of the boot. Then he shot me.' Mr Cox denied acting aggressively. He said the Taser missed his genitals by three inches. He continued: 'I was really shocked and I didn't know what was going on. I got one in my groin and one in my ankle. 'It really hurt. It just stunned me completely and felt like someone was stabbing me with a fork all over my body.' He added: 'Police should not be armed with Tasers if they cannot use them properly. 'It was incredibly painful. It totally paralysed me.'

    Paramedics treated Mr Cox, who suffers from debilitating Guillain Barre syndrome - an autoimmune disorder which can cause paralysis - on the front lawn of the home. A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police confirmed officers had wanted to speak to Mr Cox as they suspected the BMW 3 Series he was driving was not insured. The force later issued a statement, saying: 'The Taser is a hand-held device which discharges an electrical current to temporarily incapacitate a person.

    'Its effects are short-lived but are designed to give officers control of the offender and the situation.' The statement continued: 'On Tuesday morning officers stopped a man in Bridgwater suspected to be driving a vehicle without insurance. 'The man appeared to become aggressive and the officer removed his Taser in accordance with protocol.

    'On lowering the Taser it was accidentally discharged. Police are now looking into this.' The incident is the latest episode to raise questions over the use of Tasers by police. It has been suggested that Raoul Moat shot himself in the head during negotiations with police because of an involuntary action caused by being shot with the weapon. Since being introduced in April 2004, Tasers have been used in more than 5,400 incidents in England and Wales.

    armed cops Police marksmen have fired their guns more times by mistake than when responding to threats in the last three years, an investigation has found.

    One policeman was accidentally shot dead and two others were left with chest and hand injuries following 110 weapon blunders. Officers have only used their guns 29 times in response to actual incidents - and six members of the public have been killed by armed police in the last three years.

    Armed officers in the Met Police's respected CO19 unit have accidentally blasted their weapons 56 times - more than every other force in the country added together. Control room worker Keith Tilbury who was accidentally shot in the chest during a Thames Valley Police firearms awareness session, was among the victims. Police Constable Ian Terry, a 32-year-old father-of-two, was shot dead by a colleague following a blunder while he played the role of a robber making a getaway during a training session.

    The investigation also revealed:

    * A police officer accidentally shot his own hand while cleaning the weapon at Wiltshire Police HQ in Devizes in July 2008.
    * A diplomatic protection officer shot himself in the leg getting into a car by mistake in September 2007.
    * A Northern Irish police officer accidentally blasted a hole in a hot water tank at a private address in County Down in April 2007.
    * A police constable and an acting sergeant blasted a cow eight times with a rifle and four times with a shotgun during a 'humane destruction' in Stockton-on-Tees in August last year.
    * A Bedfordshire Police officer fired off a Taser 26 times by mistake into a ballistic bag at an armoury in December last year.

    Thirty-one of the 'negligent discharges' happened in Northern Ireland where every police officer carries a weapon, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed.

    Nationally there have been 110 accidental discharges since January 2007. Firearms have also been used 180 times in the destruction of dangerous or dying animals. Non-fatal baton rounds - which only bruise 'victims' - have also been used against offenders 49 times during the same period. The youngest firearms officer in the country is 21 - and the oldest is 61. Both work with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

    In the most dramatic blunder, Greater Manchester officer Pc Terry was 'unlawfully killed' during a police training exercise, an inquest ruled. An officer - identified only as Chris - shot Pc Terry from close range with a practice gas round usually used to shoot out tyres. Coroner Nigel Meadows was told that the officer was sat in the front seat of a Suzuki Vitara in a disused factory in north Manchester in June 2008 when he was killed.

    Chris had disobeyed 'golden rules' - and was supposed to keep his gun pointed down at all times and not release the safety catch until the muzzle was placed against the wheel he was shooting out. Six members of the public have also been shot dead - including barrister Mark Saunders. He had been taking pot-shots at police from his £2.2million home when officers killed him in Chelsea, London, in May 2008. David Sycamore was killed by marksmen on the steps of Guildford Cathedral - where horror film The Omen was filmed.

    He sat outside the Cathedral swigging beer holding a phoney firearm waiting for officers to shoot him. Fifty of the 52 police forces in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland provided a response to the FoI request. Some 6,868 officers were authorised to use firearms in England and Wales as of March 2009, official figures revealed.

    In a Police Federation survey of serving officers, 82 per cent said they did not want officers to be routinely armed on duty. A spokesman for ACPO said that armed police had 'top quality' training - despite the blunders. 'Firearms training for UK police officers is among the best in the world and includes common minimum standards for all forces in firearms training,' he said.

    'Whilst any unintentional discharge is a cause for concern, training and debriefing and a review of procedures take place to ensure such unfortunate incidents are kept to an absolute minimum. 'Every incident of accidental discharge is fully investigated by the force concerned and, where appropriate, the IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Commission] is notified in accordance with their set procedures. 'Where appropriate, or where negligence does occur, individuals are dealt with accordingly.' A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police defended the number of blunders.

    'We have nearly 3,000 authorised firearms officers and many deploy every day with firearms. ‘Most will carry two weapons are required to load and unload at the beginning and end of every shift. 'The majority of such discharges are during load and unload drills. They do not involve injury. They are not taken lightly. 'Each case is reviewed. Work is done to remind officers of the risks - to review the operating environments and procedures to make them as safe as possible.


    Metropolitan Police 56
    Northern Ireland 31
    Bedfordshire 3
    Devon and Cornwall 2
    Lincolnshire Police 2

    Cheshire Police have used their weapons 21 times in 'animal destructions' in three years - more than any other force

    u.s. cop brutality Across America, daily incidents occur, one of many the cold-blooded January 1, 2009 murder of Oscar Grant - unarmed, offering no resistance, thrust face-down on the ground, shot in the back, and killed, videotaped on at least four cameras for irrefutable proof. USA Today said five bystanders taped it.

    His killer: Oakland, CA transit officer, Johannes Mehserle, tried for the killing, the jury told to consider four possible verdicts - innocent, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter, jurors deciding the latter. The Legal Dictionary defines it as "The act of unlawfully killing another human being unintentionally," the absence of intent distinguishing it from voluntary manslaughter. Many states don't define it or do it vaguely. Wallin & Klarich Violent Crime Attorneys say in California it carries a two - four year sentence. However, since a gun was used, Judge Robert Perry can add three to 10 additional years.

    Because minority victims seldom get justice, especially against police, Mehserle may serve minimal time, then be paroled quietly when the current furor subsides. After the verdict, it erupted on Oakland streets, hundreds turning out to protest, Bay Area saying: "The actions of the Police in Oakland tonight (including dozens of arrests) show their disrespect for justice in General. Their heavy handed violence towards protestors just reinforces their total disconnect with the people of Oakland." It's as true everywhere across America, police acting like Gestapo, usually unaccountably. Grant's family will appeal the verdict and is suing the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) for $25 million, his mother Wanda Johnson saying "My son was murdered (and) the law has not held the officer accountable." It rarely does for Black, Latino, or other minorities, no matter the injustice, civil rights lawyer John Burris, representing Grant's family in the civil suit, saying:

    "The system is rarely fair when a police officer shoots an African-American male." Police brutality against them and other minorites is systemic, including beatings, torture, and cold-blooded murder, usually with impunity, justice nearly always denied. While far from certain, the Obama administration may charge Mehserle with civil rights or hate crime violations, DOJ spokesman Alejandro Miyar saying: "The Justice Department has been closely monitoring the state's investigation and prosecution. The Civil Rights Division, the US Attorney's Office, and the FBI have an open investigation into the fatal shooting and, at the conclusion of the state prosecution, will conduct an independent review of the facts and circumstances to determine whether the evidence warrants federal prosecution."

    Systemic Police Brutality

    An earlier Jones text and video account headlined, "Epidemic of Police Brutality Sweeps America," showing footage of police repeatedly tasering a student with 50,000 volts of electricity for questioning the 2004 election results at a campus meeting.

    Other videotaped incidents showed:

    -- a man victimized by police violence;

    -- a former sheriff's deputy acquitted of voluntary manslaughter for shooting an unarmed man;

    -- police repeatedly beating an old man on the head, "for the crime of intoxication;"

    -- officers violently using assault rifles, tear gas, dogs, and at least one helicopter in an alleged narcotics sweep;

    -- a woman tasered to death by police; and

    -- a man in shock, bleeding and burned over much of his body, ordered to lie on the pavement, then tasered and shot to death while he sat dazed, the Report highlighting systemic police violence "repeated almost every day in (America), the police (getting) away with murder," beatings, and other lawless acts - poor Blacks, Latinos, and Muslims for their faith and ethnicity their usual victims.

    Amnesty International (AI) on American Police Brutality

    On its web site, AI says "Police brutality and use of excessive force has been one of the central themes of (AI's) campaign on human rights violations in the USA," launched in October 1998. In its "United States of America: Rights for All Index," it documented systematic patterns of abuse across America, including "police beatings, unjustified shootings and the use of dangerous restraint techniques to subdue suspects." Yet little is done to monitor or constrain it, evidence showing that "racial and ethnic minorities were disproportionately" harmed by harassment, verbal and physical abuse, false arrests, and in the case of West African immigrant, Amadou Diallo, shot at 41 times by four New York policemen, struck 19 times and killed while he stood in the vestibule of his apartment building, unarmed and nonviolent, victimized by police brutality. Nationwide, driving while black has been criminalized, racial profiling used for traffic stops and searches for suspected drugs or other reasons, the practice especially common in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Texas.

    AI cited numerous incidents, including beatings and "questionable" shootings, usually found to be unjustified, yet cops most often absolved. Although most US police departments stipulate that officers should only use deadly force when their lives, or others, are endangered, dozens of cases show they do it indiscriminately, at most being "mildly disciplined" even if guilty of serious misconduct. "Police shooting(s) resulting in death or injury are routinely reviewed (internally or) by local see whether criminal laws (were) violated. However, few officers are criminally charged and little public information is given out if a case does not go to trial." As a result, systemic abuse stays hidden, police brutality allowed to persist with impunity. Despite Congress passing the 1994 Police Accountability Act, incorporated into the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act to require the Attorney General to compile national data on excessive police force, Congress has consistently failed to fund it. Further, the legislation doesn't require local police agencies to keep records or submit data to the Justice Department. Nor does it criminalize police violence and excessive force as human rights violations.

    ACLU Report on Racial and Ethnic Profiling

    In August 2009, the report titled, "The Persistence of Racial Profiling in the United States" quoted Rep. John Conyers (D. MI) saying "Since (9/11), our nation has engaged in a policy of institutionalized racial and ethnic profiling," although, as an African-American, he knows the problem goes back generations, most recently in the "war on terrorism" against Blacks, Latinos, and Muslims for their faith, ethnicity, activism, prominence, and at times charity, a topic this writer addresses often - arrests, some violently, bogus charges, prosecutions, and imprisonments often compounding the injustice. Post-9/11 under Bush and Obama, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have engaged in virulent racial/ethnic profiling, what the ACLU calls "a widespread and pervasive problem throughout the United States, impacting the lives of millions of people in African American, Asian, Latino, South Asian, and Arab communities." Evidence shows that racial minorities are systematically victimized, without cause, in public, when driving, at work, at home, in places of worship, and traveling, often violently.

    A "major impediment to (prohibiting it) remains the continued unwillingness or inability of the US government to pass federal legislation (banning the practice) with binding effect on federal, state or local law enforcement." Nor do authorities comply with the provisions of the 1994 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) that obligates all levels of government. In addition, the Justice Department's 2003 Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies designed to ban federal officers from engaging in racial profiling is, in fact, flawed and does little to end it, because it doesn't cover "profiling based on religion, religious appearance, or national origin."

    Nor does it apply to state and local law enforcement where police brutality is systemic. In addition, it specifies no enforcement mechanisms or punishments for violators, and contains a "blanket exception for national security and border integrity cases," besides being advisory and not legally binding. As a result, it actually promotes profiling and abuse, including false arrests, beatings and killings. It's not surprising how minorities have been systematically mistreated by federal, state and local authorities, or that congressional legislation introduced to stop it never passed. On December 13, 2007, the House and Senate introduced their versions of the End Racial Profiling Act (HR 4611 and S. 2481). Both bills were referred to committee and never enacted - making it extremely hard to nearly impossible for victims to successfully challenge abuses against them. As a candidate, Obama promised a "Blueprint for Change" to ban racial profiling and related mistreatment, criminalizing them, but so far, no measures have been introduced or passed, showing another promise made, another broken, a systematic pattern under his leadership, across the board against the constituencies that elected him. Hopefully they'll remember next election and choose another way, a third way, both parties equally corrupted in deference to big money and systemic police brutality that serves it.

    National Police Misconduct Statistics

    The Injustice (IE) web site compiles them, publishing them in regular reports, some for individual cities, including daily accounts. One on July 10 covers King County, WA deputy Paul Schene, captured on videotape assaulting a 15-year old girl in jail. He was tried twice, hung juries resulting each time. On July 9, the County Prosecutor's Office dropped the charges, and won't pursue a third trial. As a result, the sheriff's department may rehire Schene, though he still faces possible disciplinary action. It's currently in arbitration, IE saying decisions nearly always favor officers, in which case he'll likely be reinstated to abuse other detainees, off camera to avoid being charged. In early 2010, IE published an April - mid-December 2009 (8.5 months) Police Misconduct Report, from figures compiled in its National Police Misconduct Statistics Reporting Project (NPMSRP), begun earlier in March 2009, analyzing data:

    "by utilizing news media reports of police misconduct to generate statistical information (to) approximate how prevalent (it) may be in the United States." Police departments don't usually provide them, nor do courts, except for successful prosecutions, omitting confidential settlements and cases resulting in disciplinary action only, not trials. Media reports, though imperfect, are more complete because laws limit or filter information released. As a result, IE's data "should be considered as a low-end estimate of the current rate of police misconduct," as well as in individual cities covered. Statistics compiled follow the same DOJ/FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) methodology, recording only the most serious allegation (not conviction) when multiple ones are associated with a particular incident. The findings were as follows:

    -- 3,445 police misconduct reports;

    -- 4,012 officers charged;

    -- 261 law enforcement officials (police chiefs or sheriffs) cited;

    -- 4,778 alleged victims;

    -- 258 fatalities reported;

    -- an average of 15.05 daily incidents or one every 96 minutes;

    -- nearly $200 million in related civil litigation expense, excluding legal fees and court costs;

    -- 980.64 per 100,000 officers charged;

    -- one of every 266 officers accused of a violent crime;

    -- one of every 1,875 charged with homocide;

    -- one of every 947 accused of sexual assault;

    -- 33% of police officers charged were convicted, not necessarily justly for the offense committed;

    -- 64% of officers convicted were imprisoned, not necessarily as long as justified;

    -- those sentenced served an average 14 months, far less than citizens for the same crime;

    -- misconduct by category included 18.1% for non-firearm related excessive force; 11.9% for sexual misconduct; and 8.9% for fraud or theft;

    -- analyzing reports by last reported status showed 45.9% affected officers adversely, including 14% internally disciplined and 31.9% criminally charged; of the latter, 32.5% were convicted "for a 10.4% total criminal conviction rate for alleged misconduct incidents; and

    -- 27% resulted in civil lawsuits, 34.3% favoring victims.

    In addition, data were compiled for states, cities and counties, excluding unavailable federal statistics as well as local omissions, especially in some states. Various offenses included:

    -- accountability: evidence of coverups, lax discipline, and other failures to adhere to official policies or processes;

    -- animal cruelty, harming them by unnecessary shooting, inappropriate KP unit training, or other mistreatment;

    -- assault: "unwarranted violence" off-duty, excluding murder;

    -- auto incidents involving recklessness, negligence, and other violations of official policies;

    -- brutality, involving excessive physical force on-duty, excluding firearms or tasers;

    -- civil rights, including unconstitutional civil liberties violations such as lawless peaceful protest disruptions;

    -- sexual misconduct, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, wrongfully eliciting sex, harassment, coercion, prostitution, sex on duty, incest, and molestation;

    -- theft or fraud, including robbery, shoplifting, extortion or bribery;

    -- shooting: gun-related incidents both on and off-duty, including self-harm;

    -- taser: excessive force, including usage not according to guidelines, resulting in excessive injury or death; also, improper taser use may be recorded as "brutality;"

    -- color of law, including incidents involving misuse of authority such as bribery, soliciting favors, extortion by threat of arrest, or using badges to avoid arrest;

    -- perjury, including false testimony, dishonesty during investigations, and falsifying charging papers or warrants; and

    -- raids, including misconduct during warranted or warrantless operations or searches, wrong address raids, mistaken ones, use of no-knock ones when warrants require notification, or mistreatment during executions.

    Misconduct status stages go from allegations to investigations, lawsuits, charges, trials, judgments, disciplinary measures, terminations, convictions, and sentences.

    IE compiles data regularly, prepares daily and quarterly reports, and henceforth an annual one each January the following year. It explains that its statistics: "should only be used (as) a very basic and general view of the extent of police misconduct. It is by no means an accurate gauge that truly represents the exact extent (of its extensiveness) since it relies on the information voluntarily gathered and/or released to the media, not (first-hand) by independent monitors who investigate complaints.....because no such agency exists for any law enforcement agency...." Detailed quarterly and annual reports are produced, not monthly ones considered a less accurate "depiction of the overall extent of police misconduct...." Daily reports cover a sampling of individual incidents. Overall, IE provides a valuable reading of systemic police misconduct, though capturing only a snapshot of the full problem - widespread, abusive, violent, often with impunity, and when officers are held accountable, imposed discipline is usually mild, prison sentences rare and short-term, victims cheated by a criminally unjust system, favoring power over people, no matter the offense.

    Final Comments

    In December 2007, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination published a report titled, "In the Shadows of the War on Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse of People of Color in the United States," saying: "Since this Committee's 2001 review of the US, during which it expressed concern regarding incidents of police brutality and deaths in custody at the hands of US law enforcement officers, there have been dramatic increases in law enforcement powers in the name of waging the "war on terror (resulting in) the use of excessive force against people of color....(It's not only continued post-9/11), but has worsened in both practice and severity" - a NAACP representative saying it's "the worst I've seen in 50 years." On April 4, 2007, Ryan Gallagher, writing for Medill Reports, produced by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, headlined, "Study: Police abuse goes unpunished," saying:

    From 2002 - 2004, over "10,000 complaints of police abuse were filed with Chicago police....but only 19 resulted in meaningful disciplinary action, a new study asserts." According to Gerald Frazier, president of Citizens Alert, it reflects "not only the appearance of influence and cover-up," but clear evidence that city residents are being abused, not protected, despite the department's official motto being "We Serve and Protect." Most disturbing is that the Chicago pattern reflects what's happening across America, people of color like Oscar Grant systematically abused, in his case murdered in cold blood, what no criminal or civil actions can undo.

  • New Facebook tribute to gun killer Raoul Moat attracts 12,000

    Police officers who shot at Raoul Moat used high-powered Tasers that were still being tested and had not been approved by the Home Office.

    The marksmen fired at the fugitive gunman to try to incapacitate him at about the same time he shot himself, an inquest heard today. Newcastle coroner's court heard the officers, from West Yorkshire police, discharged their Tasers at Moat, but that an investigation would have to determine whether the shots landed before the bouncer shot himself with a sawn-off shotgun. Independent Police Complaints Authority senior investigator Steve Reynolds said: "Mr Moat's shotgun discharged, resulting in him receiving fatal injuries. "At some point around the time of the fatal shot two West Yorkshire firearms officers armed with Tasers discharged their weapons at Mr Moat. This was understood to have been in an effort to prevent Mr Moat taking his own life. "At this stage the precise sequence of events regarding the discharge of Taser has not been established and is under investigation."

    During the stand-off police were armed with the Taser XREP, which is still being tested. It is up to four times as powerful as a normal Taser. The Home Office confirmed today it was not approved for use by forces in England and Wales. A spokesman said: "It is currently subject to testing by the Home Office Scientific Development Branch. "However, legally, police forces have discretion to use any equipment they see fit as long as the use of force is lawful, reasonable and proportionate.

    "The process for approval of less lethal weapons is set out in a Home Office code of practice document on police use of firearms which Chief Constables must 'have regard to'." Moat shot and killed Chris Brown and wounded his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart before shooting Pc David Rathband and going on the run. Newcastle coroner David Mitford said the cause of his death was a gunshot wound to the head. A further three men were today arrested for allegedly helping Moat to evade capture. They were held during raids in Newcastle and Gateshead.

    A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "At this stage the investigation is still ongoing and further arrests can't be ruled out." The latest arrests bring the total number in connection with the inquiry to 10. Four men and a woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been bailed. Two other men have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm with intent. Karl Ness, 26, from Dudley in North Tyneside, and Qhuram Awan, 23, from Blyth, Northumberland, appeared before Newcastle magistrates on July 8, and were remanded in custody until July 22. Today, Northumbria police said searches of the storm drain under Rothbury had not shown that Moat had hidden there. "The drain was searched and an examination showed no evidence or signs of disturbance that would indicate anybody had been in the drain," a force spokesman said.

  • Cop chief condemns 'extraordinary' public outpouring of sympathy for Raoul Moat
  • New Shotgun Tasers are being tested by UK Police VIDEO

    Freddy Patel to appear before disciplinary panel of GMC, which has power to strike him off register

    The pathologist whose initial examination suggested that Ian Tomlinson died of a heart attack during the G20 protests in London is facing accusations that he conducted four other autopsies incompetently. Dr Mohmed Saeed Sulema Patel ,known as Freddy Patel, will appear this week before a disciplinary panel of the General Medical Council, which has the power to strike him off the professional register. The identities of the deceased in the postmortem examinations have not been disclosed in advance of the hearing, but they do not include Tomlinson because his case is under active consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service. It is possible that the four autopsies relate to fewer than four deaths, because more than one examination is sometimes performed on a body.

    Patel has performed autopsies in contentious cases in London for two decades, some involving deaths in police custody. Tomlinson, 47, a newspaper seller, was allegedly assaulted by police during the G20 protests in the City of London in April 2009. He had been walking home from work when he was confronted by officers. The incident was captured on video and broadcast on the Guardian's website. No officer has been charged in relation to Tomlinson's death. The CPS has been considering a file sent to it by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) since last August.

    Patel concluded Tomlinson had had a heart attack, implying his death was unrelated to any injuries sustained when he fell on to the pavement. A second autopsy, commissioned by the IPCC, found the cause of death was more likely to be abdominal bleeding – an injury consistent with a fall or assault. Tomlinson's death triggered complaints about excessive police force and highlighted concern over the independence of coroners' investigations. Patel's professional record and findings were the subject of severe criticism at the time. Another of the high-profile deaths for which Patel carried out an autopsy was that of Sally White, 38, whose body was discovered locked in a bedroom in the Camden flat of Anthony Hardy, a 52-year-old alcoholic with psychiatric problems. The case was treated as suspicious until Patel detailed the cause of death as a heart attack. Hardy went on to kill Elizabeth Valad, 29, and Brigette MacClennan, 34.

    Patel's medical work is already restricted. He has been suspended from the Home Office register of accredited forensic pathologists and barred from carrying out postmortem examinations in "suspicious death" cases. Patel, who qualified as a doctor initially at the University of Zambia in 1974, was registered to practise in Britain in 1988. In 1999 he was disciplined by the GMC after discussing, outside an inquest hearing, the medical history of Roger Sylvester, who died in police custody. He told reporters: "I am aware from the medical records held at Whittington hospital that Mr Sylvester was a user of crack cocaine."

    Sylvester's family were devastated by the claim and denied that he been a user. The advance GMC notice of this hearing says that its fitness to practise panel will "inquire into allegations that, whilst working as a consultant forensic pathologist, Dr Mohmed Patel's conduct in carrying our four postmortems was irresponsible …" It adds that itwas "not of the standard expected of a competent Home Office registered forensic pathologist and that in one case his conduct was liable to bring the profession into disrepute". Deborah Coles, of the charity Inquest, said: "This [GMC] case raises two important questions: how robust is the decision-making process adopted by coroners when instructing pathologists, and what checks and balances exist to deal with concerns about an individual pathologist's conduct in contentious cases." Patel has previously defended his work. "As far as I know, my findings [in the White case] stand as they were, and I wasn't criticised," he said last year. He declined to comment about the hearing. "I can't say anything," he said.

    raoul moat For anyone who hasn't yet noticed all the latest video's and images taken by the cops of Raoul Moat's final minutes have been given exclusively to the News of the World. Murdoch is as right wing as it gets, a Zionist mobster, who uses his thug journalists to smear anyone considered an enemy of the state and why the cops want to ensure anything they are involved in paints them in a good light. They can be assured, the warmongering police protectors the News of the World, will guarantee the necessary spin and propaganda that will be good PR for the masonic cops now running the British police state.

    Raoul Moat was clearly disturbed and mentally ill and for whatever reason, we have yet to be informed, took a gun and shot a number of people before finally ending his own life. Only a disturbed individual could do so but the cops and their press allies paint a very different picture which has become a regular feature of how a complicit media closely allies with Britain's ruthless cops to ensure men are tarred and feathered immediately they turn on the state that by the day is destroying men's lives on a grand scale.

    Moat may have taken extreme measures to counter the threat the British state imposes on men's lives and freedoms but there are men facing the same extreme prejudices and injustices everyday thanks to judgements by judicial thugs cutting men off from their children, homes and assets that psychologically damage them. We only hear of the extreme's like Moat when deaths occur but men across the UK are being psychologically tortured by state sanctioned thugs working together via family courts to create the same scenario's over and over again that unless stopped will unleash many more like Moat who's life was extinguished while clearly disturbed. We only know what was going on, on the surface but the media will ensure we will never fully understand what went on in the weeks and months before the tragic incidents that occurred over the last week.

    Here are just two of the News of the World articles that clearly make the point.

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    cop weird Northumbria Police, which is facing questions about its use of Taser stun guns during a stand-off with gunman Raoul Moat, topped a recent league for the number of incidents in which a Taser was aimed or used.

    The force reported even more incidents involving stun guns than the Metropolitan Police which covers a population more than five times larger. Figures released last summer showed Northumbria Constabulary, which covers a population of around 1.4 million people, had recorded 704 incidents in which a Taser was used in some way, even if it was only aimed, between April 2004 and August 2009 when the statistics were released. The Metropolitan Police, which covers a population of more than 7.4 million, recorded 700 Taser incidents.

    The use of Tasers has always been controversial in Britain and human rights group Amnesty International has repeatedly said they should only be used where lives are at risk. The stun guns fire two electric barbs up to 35 feet and deliver a disabling 50,000-volt shock, which can penetrate clothing up to two inches thick. It leaves targets incapacitated and easier to arrest. Moat was said by witnesses to be holding a gun to his head during the stand-off but Northumbria Police has refused to answer questions about when exactly the stun guns were used or to explain the reason for their use at that exact moment. Arizona-based Taser International, which manufactures the weapons, says they are designed to temporarily stun a suspect, forcing him or her to collapse into a foetal ball, so the person can be arrested.

    It insists the device causes no long-term injuries and only short-term skin irritation but accepts there is a danger of eye injury if it is fired at someone's face. Human rights groups claim Tasers can be lethal and in 2008 Amnesty International said 334 people had died in the US since 2001 after being shot by the weapons. The weapon was first used on a human by British police on August 3, 2003, when officers in London encountered a man armed with two handguns. It had been deployed once previously, by North Wales Police in June 2003, against a dangerous dog which was running amok in Wrexham.

    The incidents came during a 12-month trial by the Northamptonshire, Metropolitan, North Wales, Thames Valley and Lincolnshire forces. During the trial Tasers were deployed in 60 incidents and aimed 40 times but actually fired only 13 times. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said the weapon had been shown to have a significant deterrent effect.

    Firearms officers became authorised to carry Taser guns in 2004, the same year that a survey of 1,164 people found 90% thought firearms officers and specially-trained officers should be allowed to use them. The Home Office authorised officers to use Tasers in a wider range of circumstances from July 2007. Officers had been able to use the high-voltage weapons only in circumstances when they could have used a conventional firearm but the new rules allowed Tasers to be used in less serious incidents but when they still faced violence or threats of violence. Non-firearms officers were authorised to use the weapons - provided they were given additional training - in September 2007 under a pilot scheme involving 10 forces. The following year the Home Office expanded the scheme to all 43 forces in England and Wales and use of the stun guns increased by nearly a third.

    In November 2008 Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced 10,000 Tasers would be issued to specially trained officers. Ms Smith said she was proud Britain had one of the few police services around the world that did not regularly carry firearms but added: "I want to give the police the tools they tell me they need to confront dangerous people." Extra funding for a further 6,000 new Tasers was announced in March last year.

    In June last year the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) brought in new rules which meant police forces had to pass all complaints about Taser guns to the police watchdog. British Transport Police officers armed with electric stun guns were deployed on the rail network for the first time in December last year in pilot schemes in London, Cardiff and Manchester. Police officers, including the late Manchester chief constable Michael Todd, have volunteered to be stunned by a Taser to show its effects.

    Detective Constable Joe Holness, from Kent Police, volunteered at the Police Federation's 2005 conference, and 95% of delegates later voted in favour of all operational police officers being issued with Tasers. In 2007 North Wales chief constable Richard Brunstrom was seen screaming "bloody hell" in a video as he was stung by a Taser. Mr Brunstrom was hit with the Taser gun for 1.5 seconds before telling his officers: "That was long enough, thanks."


    The best pal of Raoul Moat who tried to end the six-hour armed stand-off spoke yesterday of the gunmans last tearful minutes before he shot himself dead.

    Bodybuilder Tony Laidler was led through the police cordon in the early hours yesterday in the hope his presence would persuade former bouncer Moat, 37, to give himself up. But Tony, 35, says cops refused to let him speak to his desperate friend. They suddenly switched off arc lights surrounding Moat and are said to have jumped on him as they fired a Taser stun gun but he blasted himself in the head with his sawn-off shotgun. Tony said: I wont experience another night like this in my life. Raoul knew I was there and called out my name. He was in tears as he spoke to the police. I thought I could help save his life. I was there when the shot went off. That was it bang. I cannot tell you what it felt like. Of course I feel sorry for other people hurt and killed by all of this but Ive lost a friend for life. Now all I want to do is sleep so I can forget everything that has happened.

    Tony was allowed through the cordon in a bid to resolve the siege on a riverbank in Rothbury, Northumberland. But he said: The police didnt let me speak to him. I felt I could have helped Raoul. When I went through the cordon I asked to speak to him. I was there for a few hours. Raoul knew I was there.

    I really dont know why they wouldnt let me speak to my mate. They wouldnt give me a reason. I know he saw me even though it was getting dark. I blame the police for not letting me speak to him. They have been a pain from the day this all started. They didnt know what they were doing from the start everyone knows that. I want to sort out something for his kids they are blameless in all this. Earlier Tony said Moat blamed his ex- girlfriends sex taunts for tipping him over the edge and turning him into a killer.

    The gunman said Samantha Stobbart had taunted him about her new man and bragged that he was a younger, hotter lover. In a bitter rant to Tony before he was finally cornered, Moat claimed that Sam, 22, talked in graphic detail about the sex life she enjoyed with karate expert Chris Brown, 29. But Tony admits Moat who murdered Chris and badly wounded Sam and traffic cop David Rathband, 42 was so deranged by jealousy and paranoia his claims may have lies. But he claims the ex-con kept replaying his final phone conversation with Sam, the mother of his one-year-old daughter Chanel, saying she goaded him.

    Tony who was talking when news broke that Moat had been cornered says his old schoolfriend poured out his grievances after his release from Durham jail 10 days ago. He said: When Sam claimed her new boyfriend was a copper that was bad enough but she went on about him until Raoul hung up the phone at that point. He told me she taunted him, describing what she got up to with her new boyfriend.

    That was it. He'd had trouble with the police, and then when he heard that from Sam it tipped him over the edge. He came out of prison with nothing. No kids, no job or house and then finally the love of his life left him for another man. He couldnt take it any more. I knew it might end this way. He wasn't going to go quietly, but I thought he had no ammunition left in his gun. He must have got more. Tony told how Moat fell for Sam from the moment they met in a Newcastle bar. He said: They clicked instantly. He became besotted by her and gradually I would see him less and less.

    He would never look at another woman while he was with her. He never touched one single lass. He used to joke and call me Mr Hands on a night out because I would be with other women. He used to be the same but when he got with Sam that all stopped straight away. It was love at first sight for him. Tony told how another big blow was when his three children were taken away by social services when he went into prison for a short sentence for assault. Tony visited him just days before he was due to be locked up.

    He said: He was really nervous about going inside, but worst of all he was losing his children. It was terrible for him. I was even trying to get two of his kids myself so I could look after them for him. But that never happened.


    He was really depressed when he went inside. His business was failing because the police kept taking vans off him. They would hassle him by checking the tyres, and if he had some scrap in the boot they would examine it and ask why it was there. He's a big guy. Six foot three and nineteen stone makes you a target in jail, and he got into a few fights. When he came out of jail he had nothing.

    No kids, no house, no job. And then he found out she dumped him for another man. It was too much for him to take. Losing Sam was the final straw. Fellow bouncer Tony, who has worked on the doors of pubs and clubs in Newcastle alongside Moat, grew up with the killer after they met when they were toddlers. And Tony said they always vowed to do anything for one another through their schooldays. Tony, who bears a striking resemblance to Moat, said: We'd always stand by each other, even when we were kids. I would never have given him up to the police. I wanted him to keep hiding and somehow get away. If he turned up at my house asking for my passport I would probably have given him it.

    Tony also said that for years he watched Moat as he had run-in after run-in with the police. Tony said: He wasn't a bad lad. He set up a business as a tree surgeon but he couldn't get it going properly because the police confiscated his vans for stupid things like having illegal scrap metal in his boot when it was just a bit of harmless rubbish. They would pull him up on really minor things. He even installed a camera on his house so he could film them watching him. He was paranoid they had him under surveillance all the time.

    Last week police went to Tony's house to seize his mobile phone. He said: The officer said to me, You've got Raoul's number on your mobile. And I said back to him, Of course I have, hes my best mate. And Tony claimed Moats mind had NOT been scrambled by taking bodybuilding steroids. He said Moat stopped taking the drugs around six years ago the same time he first met Samantha and his weight plummeted from 19 stone to 16 stone.

    cop weird We can all sleep at night knowing the British cops like the one pictured will be taking care of our safety and security. If there is ONE image that sums up why Britain is in the state it is in , rife with corruption and white collar establishment crimes it is this one.

    We have known for a very long time the British cops are a bunch of masonic morons and this picture captures them at their very best. A solitary gunman has shown how dire they are when it has taken almost half the countries police forces over the last week on MOUNTAINS of overtime to pin down a single gunman.

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