This is the Sixth Edition of a Series of stories involving Police abusive behavior and misconduct in America. Click this Link to see the articles posted in the "The Reverse Police Blotter (When the Cops Get Caught) Fifth Edition", posted Feb. 8th 2011.
Police Brutality, abuse and other misconduct is running rampant in this country. I have been receiving email alerts of cases from all over the country and have saved literally hundreds of them. Time has not allowed me to filter through and get them seeded, but the volume of incidents seems to be increasing
I have long been of the opinion that over the years, this country has been moving ever and ever closer to a becoming a Police State. I believe that as you read this article, and see case after case of the unbelievable behavior demonstrated by Police Officers all over the country, you will begin to realize that there is just cause for my concerns.
These few examples are not particularly special, they are typical of what I find every single day. The links listed here are incidents that were selected from many cases reported over the last 40 days. You can also visit Digits group Police Brutality & Impropriety where there are many more stories of police misconduct. She also has TaserWatch a group she co-owns with Tedd Riggs.
On Sept. 17, 2010 I seeded an article from the Atlanta Journal ; We Need A National Agenda on Police Brutality! regarding a particularly disturbing situation in Philadelphia you will want to look into.
Meanwhile Here are this editions links;
Two Los Angeles County CA deputies are now under investigation after an ACLU member claimed to have witnessed them repeatedly beat and taser an inmate while he appeared to be unconscious on the floor of the jail she was visiting to see a different inmate.
Baltimore MD police are being accused of using excessive force by a neighbor who witnessed police taser a teenager who was on the roof of his home. The teen was badly injured when he fell to the ground after being tasered and suffered a broken neck and back. The officers claimed the teen came at them when they tried to get at him from a window but the witness claims the teen was trying to get away from the officers, not going towards them.
A Baxter County AR deputy has been fired over a string of alleged acts of misconduct that culminated in allegations of excessive force, an illegal search, and a domestic violence incident this year.
The now-former sheriff of Kanabec County MN is facing an ever-growing number of charges. After being implicated and charged with 4 counts of theft by swindle and 5 counts of theft through temporary control in an investment scandal he’s now facing charges for failing to pay taxes he owed from 2003-2007.
A Franklin IN narcotics officer who is the subject of a large number of allegations and is currently facing criminal charges is now the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging that he falsely arrested a man on drug charges which resulted in him spending 16 months in jail before the case was dismissed.
The police chief of Grand Isle LA is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that he tried to obstruct a criminal case against his fried who was accused of molesting a young boy on his houseboat.
However, there is another side to the story.
It is important to keep in mind that every day thousands of Police officers put on their uniforms, pin on their badge of honor and go out to patrol the streets and highways of our communities, not knowing if they will survive the day.
In 2010 there were 163 American Police Officers killed in the line of duty. There have been 32 such deaths so far this year, 15 of them by gunfire. A list of those Officers can be seen on the "Officer Down Memorial Page"
In 2009 47 officers died by gunfire and in 2010 there were 59 .... we have already had 15 shot to death in just the first two month of this year!
We have recently also added Newsvines own Officer Down Memorial Group, which all are invited to join and post articles regarding fallen law enforcement heros.
When both sides of these stories are evaluated, could the escalation in police shootings be a backlash from the apparent escalation in police misconduct?