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Judge Rules Police Illegally Detained Couple in San Diego Parking Lot & Led To Ugly Incident

SAN DIEGO – A police mistake turned a lunch date into a nightmare for a local couple, and a judge ruled officers illegally detained them.

“I was hurt. I was confused. I didn’t know what was going on,” said Dante Harrell.

For Harrell, that March day in 2010 began as a day of relaxation. He, his fiancee Shannon Robinson and a friend were headed to brunch in City Heights.

After they pulled into the restaurant, a San Diego police patrol car, right behind them, parked and blocked a potential exit.

Harrell said one of the officers approached them, admitted to typing in the wrong letter during a routine license plate check, but wanted to check them out anyway.

Harrell said after repeated questioning and about 15 minutes of waiting, he asked Robinson to call 911 to ask for a supervisor because something didn’t feel right.

He said he heard one officer says this: “He says, ‘They’re on the phone with our supervisor. Isn’t that childish? I’m about to OC them.”

“OC” is another word for pepper spray.

Harrell said he held on to his fiancee as he was pepper sprayed and then tasered repeatedly, before he and Robinson were dragged out of the car.

In a civil ruling, a judge decided the couple was illegally detained and Robinson was unlawfully arrested.

Attorney Julia Yoo, who represents Harrell and Robinson, said, “They didn’t have a right to continue that stop. Once you realize you’ve made a mistake and pulled over innocent people, you don’t have a right to further interrogate them. It’s unconstitutional. This needs to be stopped, because it could happen to anybody.”

Harrell, a barber, said he suffers from weakness in his hands from the incident. He also said stress related to the incident led to a break-up with Robinson.

“I just want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. Our neighborhoods need to feel safe with their officers. We just came to eat that day, and the people we expected to protect us are hurting us,” said Harrell.

In September, a jury will decide whether the police officers used excessive force.

The San Diego City Attorney’s Office declined comment.

The two officers involved, Officers Ariel Savage and Daniel McLain, remain on the force and both have served for eight years. One is accused of false arrest in another civil lawsuit.

http://www.10news.com/news/judge-police-illegally-detained-couple-061313

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Police set up roadblocks to ‘voluntarily’ collect DNA, blood samples from innocent Americans

Texas Women Subjected to Road-Side Body Cavity Search

Police set up roadblocks to ‘voluntarily’ collect DNA, blood samples from innocent Americans

(NaturalNews) When a group of uniformed men wearing guns sets up a road block then ask you to “volunteer” a DNA sample and blood sample, it stretches the definition of “volunteer.” But that’s what happened in Alabama yesterday as off-duty cops in two counties set up DNA collection roadblocks and stopped cars to ask if drivers wanted to “volunteer” DNA swabs and blood samples.

It was all part of a study being conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, which is probably studying what percentage of the sheeple population will allow the government to swipe their DNA and archive it in a database for a measly ten bucks.

According to a story published in the Daily Caller, “drivers were asked to voluntarily offer samples of their saliva and blood.”

Just one county in Alabama had set up five roadblocks in one day, and more are being rolled out nationwide. The explanation behind all this is that it’s for a “medical study” to see how much alcohol drivers have in their blood.

If this is a “medical” study, then why not have scientists in lab coats stopping cars to collect blood?

So here’s the real problem with all this: when police carrying guns walk up to your car at a roadblock and ask if you will “volunteer” some samples of your blood and DNA, that’s more than a bit coercive. If this is truly supposed to be a scientific study of the blood alcohol levels of anonymous drivers, then why not have scientists in lab coats on the streets collecting the blood?

Answer: Because no one would give it to them. The police are there to make sure the “volunteer requests” are backed up by the implied threat of force. A roadblock staffed by men with guns is going to get a lot more “compliance” than a roadside volunteer booth staffed by a bunch of lab geeks.

And that’s why this little police state experiment is a gross abuse of police power and a violation of the civil rights of those targeted in the study. Besides, since when did scientists have to use police to collect data for their studies, anyway?

Faulty data being gathered

If the real purpose of the roadblocks is to collect blood samples for a study documenting alcohol levels of random drivers — as it claimed by the study organizers — then they need to go back to school and learn about scientific methods. Because all you’re going to get in this study is a self-selected sample of blood and DNAfrom the most timid, easy-to-dominate sheeple of society… or people who live on such low incomes that $10 seems to be fair compensation for allowing the government to swipe their DNA and archive it in a database.

In other words, you’re going to end up studying the blood and DNA of society’s total morons and dumbed-down sheeple, many of whom are physiological anomalies to begin with because they all have no spine, no guts and no balls, either.

Thus, the entire stated purpose of the study is hogwash. There is no scientific validity to any data set of human DNA generated from roadblocks staffed by police. The study is invalid at the outset because, by design, it fails to test the blood of those who prefer NOT to interact with police — i.e. people who have probably been drinking.

This is why I don’t believe for a minute that this is some sort of public safety study. It’s far more likely to be a police state test run just to see how many idiots in American society will let some government goon swab their DNA when commanded to do so. And that number is shockingly high. We now live in the United States of Apathy, where the sheeple are far more interested in their late-night television, Happy Meals and on-screen celebrities than protecting their rights from an ever-expanding surveillance police state.

Don’t you find it amazing, though, to realize all the police state contradictions now in place? Consider:

• At a police DNA swab checkpoint, you’re supposed to open your mouth. But at a TSA checkpoint if you open your mouth, you’re detained as a possible terrorist.

• At the TSA checkpoint, though, you’re supposed to remove your belt and drop your pants. But at a police DNA checkpoint, if you drop your pants, you’re arrested for indecent exposure.

• In America, a “terrorist” is a citizen who forgets at which checkpoint he’s supposed to drop his pants vs. open his mouth. And if all this talk about pants dropping and mouths opening gets you excited, Janet Napolitano has a job waiting for you at DHS.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040726_DNA_swabs_roadblocks_police_state.html#ixzz2VygRGLUw

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Cleveland Punishes 12 Officers in Deadly Chase Involving 62 Police Vehicles and 115 Officers & 2 Unarmed Suspects

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Cleveland Punishes 12 Officers in Deadly Chase Involving 62 Police Vehicles and 115 Officers & 2 Unarmed Suspects

Cleveland’s police chief said one supervisor was fired, two were demoted and nine were suspended for their roles in a November chase in which officers fired 137 shots and killed a fleeing driver and his passenger.
CLEVELAND — Cleveland police fired a sergeant and meted out demotions and suspensions Tuesday for a car chase last year that involved five dozen cruisers, 137 rounds of ammunition fired by 13 officers, and the death of two people who, it turned out, were probably unarmed.A captain and lieutenant were demoted, and nine sergeants got suspensions ranging from one day to 30 days. They and the fired sergeant will appeal their punishment, according to Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 8, which represents police supervisors.

Dozens of cruisers became involved in the chase without permission from superiors and with little direction, according to a state report released earlier in the year. The episode damaged the department’s relationship with residents and must be repaired, Chief Michael McGrath said at a news conference Tuesday.

“That means we have to work a little harder on our end,” he said.

In March, the U.S. Justice Department said it was opening a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the use of force by Cleveland police, looking beyond the chase to analyze several years of excessive force claims and police policies, training and procedures.

But the upheaval from the Nov. 29 chase alone is likely to spread through the ranks. More than 100 patrol-level officers involved in some way face disciplinary hearings beginning in July.

And 13 officers who fired their weapons as the chase ended in a blocked-off school parking lot in East Cleveland face a county grand jury investigating possible criminal wrongdoing.

The chase began around 10:30 p.m. when an officer thought he heard a gunshot from a car speeding by the police and courts complex in downtown Cleveland. A parking lot attendant thought it might have been a car backfire, a theory endorsed by the driver’s family.

The officer jumped into his patrol car, made a U-turn and radioed for help.

The chase went through crowded residential neighborhoods, then reversed course, headed east onto busy Interstate 90 and through parts of Cleveland, and eventually into East Cleveland.

Then the gunfire erupted, 137 rounds. Driver Timothy Russell, 43, was shot 23 times and passenger Malissa Williams, 30, was shot 24 times.

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath answers questions during a news conference Tuesday in Cleveland.AP Photo: Tony Dejak. McGrath said one supervisor was fired, two were demoted and nine were suspended for their roles in a November chase in which officers fired 137 shots and killed a fleeing driver and his passenger.

The union has said the shootings were justified because the driver tried to ram an officer. No weapon or shell casings were found in the fleeing car.

Of the 276 officers on duty that evening, 104 were involved in some way in the chase. Sixty police cars were involved.

Police don’t know why Russell didn’t stop. Russell had a criminal record including convictions for receiving stolen property and robbery. Williams had convictions for drug-related charges and attempted abduction.

Mayor Frank Jackson, trying to defuse complaints that the deaths were racially motivated executions by police, promised to punish officers who operated “outside the box” of police procedures.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in February the chase resulted from leadership failures. “Command failed, communications failed, the system failed,” DeWine said.

A state report noted the driver was legally drunk when he became involved in the chase, and both people in the car tested positive for cocaine. DeWine said they likely had been smoking crack.

Many of the officers who became involved told investigators they were frightened and feared for their lives, the state report said.

The sergeant dismissed Tuesday, Michael Donegan, briefly participated in the chase last November but pulled off, parked his patrol car and failed to supervise his officers, police officials said.

Donegan could not immediately be reached for comment. A message seeking comment was left at a home phone listing.

Charges against the demoted officers and the suspended sergeants included failing to supervise officers under their command or being unaware that officers were involved in the cross-city pursuit.

Lt. Brian Betley, president of FOP Lodge 8, called the disciplinary actions heavy-handed and the dismissal extreme. Betley said dismissal usually is reserved for drug use or drinking on the job or criminal wrongdoing.

One suspended sergeant could face harsher punishment. The chief sent the case to the city safety director, who has broader disciplinary powers. The sergeant will get a new hearing, Betley said.

Paul Cristallo, an attorney for Russell’s family, said after the disciplinary actions were announced that it was naive to think Russell stopping his car would have guaranteed a good outcome.

“I just think that’s unrealistic. I think that’s unreasonable. They were fleeing for their lives,” Cristallo said. He declined to comment directly on the disciplinary actions.

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