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Police Abuse: It's More Than Just A Few Bad Apples
by G
Monday Mar 2nd, 2009 12:42 AM
This story was inspired by the recent beating of a teenage girl in Washington state.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/02/27/18573880.php
I know there are many heroic and admirable policemen out there....(and I'm not saying every police officer is guilty of this!) but...


A few years ago, I was also assaulted by a man enrolled in the police academy. I was working at Shoreline Amphitheater (Mountain View, CA) at the BFD ("big fucking deal") concert. He was drunk and pushing his girlfriend around. I had a flashlight. I pointed it at him and yelled at him to stop. His reaction was to lunge at me, and punch me in the face twice. His records show that he was 6'3 and 230 lbs and well on his way to be a Fresno County police officer. I'm a 5'2 female. I got 8 stitches on my lip in the little clinic room at the venue because I was bleeding so much that they had to do it right away. Luckily, part of his sentence was to be expelled from the academy. But it shouldn't take an incident like this to stop aggressive, ignorant maniacs from becoming cops. Unfortunately, it is a career that appeals to bullies.


State lawmakers need to step it up and start finding effective ways to keep these monsters out of the policy academy and encourage more intelligent and understanding people who want to keep people safe and enable peaceful conflict resolution. This happens way too much. There should be no tolerance of this whatsoever.


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by um
Monday Mar 2nd, 2009 1:15 AM
when you have this many bad apples, you gotta start wondering is there something wrong with the tree? maybe its the good apples that are the rarity. maybe we should cut down this bad apple tree and plant a different one.
by B
Monday Mar 2nd, 2009 2:00 AM
G, I'm sorry you had that happen to you. That sucks.

The thing is, though, that even nice, innocent, caring people, when turned into cops, become bad. Cops are brainwashed and desensitized at their academies and on the force itself. They're systematically trained to be racists, to be overly aggressive & violent, and they will never get better. Ever.
by someone
Monday Mar 2nd, 2009 3:20 AM
These cops are trained to be dicks true true true. Need a revolution
by nothugcops.com
Monday Mar 2nd, 2009 1:43 PM
Not just stupid bullies. Police forces also attract outright sociopaths and personality disordered individuals who are incapable of change. All pigs stick together. The so-called good cops will not rat on the bad ones. Just read the book "A warrant to kill".
by ....
Monday Mar 2nd, 2009 7:09 PM
just like usa huh,theyre to serve who is white priviledged.they never help anyone
by John
Saturday Mar 7th, 2009 8:59 AM
Just Google once and you'll see a LOT more of this that anyone imagines!!

Studies at Chicago show that 5% of the police force is responsible for the majority of police complaints. The problem is that even after 50 complaints officers are not even flagged for evaluation!

Mayor Daley, the poster boy for corruption, has been the main person in protecting these out of control police, even when its the city council that is trying to investigate wrongdoing.

QUOTE "With the Chicago Police Department mired in accusations of misconduct, a majority of aldermen took the unusual step on Thursday of asking a federal judge for access to the names of officers who were the subjects of the most complaints.
Mayor Richard M. Daley, who opposes releasing the information, accused the elected officials of grandstanding and disloyalty to the police force."

Two civil juries have recently awarded multimillion-dollar settlements to men who said the police had abused them. The department will pay $4 million to one, Coprez Coffie, who testified that he was sodomized with a screwdriver. A jury awarded the other man, Timothy Finwall, $2 million for being framed and falsely arrested.

Jon Loevy, whose law firm represented the men, said the Police Department had shown no interest in dealing with the problem, noting that internal reviews had found no wrongdoing or need for disciplinary action in either case.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/26/us/26chicago.html


by John
Saturday Mar 7th, 2009 9:08 AM
Police abuse, man you haven't seen abuse yet....try some of these:

Hope Steffey stripped by 8 people and left naked for hours

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bXh1fBiL0k

Angela Garbarino beaten off camera:

&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KM1ukwBGv4


Missouri Cop going nuts after a kid just asks a couple questions.
http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/19/1961.asp

Police Hang Quadriplegic Man Over 4′ Wall to Search Him
Written on October 22, 2007
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Police+allegedly+hang+quadriplegic+man-a01610788481
http://www.offbeat-news.com/2007/10/18/police-hang-a-quadriplegic-man/

A judge ruled that two Chicago police officers unreasonably searched a man with a screwdriver = they sodomized him.
A settlement of $4 million was reached BEFORE the verdict IF the victim was favored.
http://www.wispid.com/blog/chicago-police-officers-search-man-w-screwdriver/

Off-Duty Chicago Cop Caught On Tape Beating Female Bartender - March 21
The officer, Anthony Abbate, has been in trouble with the law before and when CBS 2's Dave Savini first interviewed him, he had been charged with a DUI, among other things.
http://cbs2chicago.com/slideshows/popular.videos.2007.20.607838.html?rid=2

School Administrator And Former Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault Against Student
Created: 4/1/2008 6:32:04 PM
Last updated: 4/2/2008 9:13:39 AM
http://content.stlmomsworld.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=143409


Officer linked to 3 settlements
Now accused of rape, city 'flex squad' member had role in run-ins that led to suits against city
By Gus G. Sentementes | Sun reporter January 25, 2006
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.settlement25jan25,1,3179302.story?coll=bal-local-headlines

Authorities say a Hamtramck police officer used a Taser stun gun on his partner during an argument about stopping for a soft drink.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10378923/

State Trooper Must Pay $1M For Making Couple Strip
Jeremy Dozier Was Accused Of Making Couples Run Around Naked In Cook, Lake Counties
http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/Jeremy.Dozier.Illinois.2.338245.html

Chicago Cop beats English teacher Robin Petrovic
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c4a_1191476328

Trooper beats woman after traffic stop:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCrc-3-I82U&feature=related

Students win $450K settlement due to strip search
http://www.libertarianrock.com/topics/stripsearch/nyc_strip_search_ring_2005_bronx.html