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Nevada Cop Block seeks accountability for the police departments within Nevada (and elsewhere).
Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goals of police accountability, education of individual rights and the dissemination of effective tactics to utilize while filming police. We seek to highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges. By documenting police actions – whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources – then calling the police stations involved (ideally while recording and then later sharing your conversation), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact. In addition to this direct pressure on police departments we want to be an educational resource on institutional changes that would curtail the common right-violations and unaccountability today by those with badges and a place to showcase different techniques, viewpoints and courses of action.
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LAPD chief 'very concerned' by cop shooting of homeless man 07 May 2015 09:01 AM BY RACHELLE BLIDNER REED SAXON/AP Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he was "very concerned" about a cop shooting a homeless man. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he was "very concerned" about a homeless man's fatal shooting by an officer and had not seen evidence that it was justified. Beck spoke out about the shooting Wednesday after reviewing surveillance video he said showed an officer kill an unarmed man during a struggle outside a Venice bar Tuesday night. "Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that, and I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances at this point," Beck told reporters. The shooting happened after police were called about the man, later identified as Brendon Glenn by staff at a local homeless shelter, who was "harassing customers" outside a bar at about 11:20 p.m., KTLA reported. RELATED: NYPD EYES NEW UNIT TO INVESTIGATE POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS Glenn began walking away towards the Venice Beach boardwalk after two officers approached him. But he came back and began wrestling with a bouncer, the Los Angeles Times reported. The officers struggled to detain him and one opened fire in the process, police said. Glenn died at an area hospital. The two involved officers, who have not been named, have been assigned to desk duty as the department and outside agencies investigate. RELATED: LAPD OFFICERS INJURED IN ‘TARGETED’ SHOOTING: COPS The shooter has not yet been questioned because he is on medication for a knee injury he sustained during the struggle and it could impair a "fair" interview, Beck said. He said race most likely did not a play a role in the shooting, like it may have in a number of police-involved fatalities that have rocked the country, because the officer and the victim were both black. A town hall meeting on the shooting will be held Thursday, Beck said. RELATED: VIDEO SHOWS LAPD COPS FATALLY SHOOT UNARMED HOMELESS MAN Craig Lally, the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a statement that it was "irresponsible" for the chief to speak publicly about his "premature" opinion "without having all the facts." It's the second time in two months that an LAPD officer has fatally shot an unarmed homeless man. In March, officers shot Charley Saturmin Robinet, 39, after he allegedly reached for a cop's gun during a struggle on Skid Row. Beck pointed to video taken from police body cameras that showed Robinet lunging for an officer's holster. RELATED: LAPD OFFICERS WHO SHOT UNARMED VETERAN WON'T FACE CHARGES The officers involved in Tuesday's shooting were not wearing body cameras. Glenn was a "big hugger" who recently moved from New York, friends told KTLA. "I don't think it was justified because he wasn't a confrontational human being by any means," friend Henry Geller said. "He was definitely like a peacemaker." With News Wire Services ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. email@example.com
Man beaten with Calif. cop’s baton wins $450K settlement 07 May 2015 12:13 PM BY NICOLE HENSLEY COURTESY OF SUSAN KANG GORDON Jeffrey Navarro, pictured after his arrest, won a $450,000 settlement by the city of Alameda, Calif., after alleging excessive force at the hands of Sgt. Patrick Wyeth A man apparently beaten with a baton by an Alameda, Calif. police officer is getting a $450,000 payout after being mistaken for a theft suspect, local reports said. Alameda officials on Tuesday settled a case brought by Jeffrey Navarro, the 43-year-old seen in policy body camera footage being smacked by Sgt. Patrick Wyeth’s baton during a 2012 arrest. Police and city officials said that though they believed Wyeth followed department policies in arresting Navarro, they opted out of a trial over alleged excessive force to avoid legal costs. In a patrol car, Wyeth chased down Navarro as he rode a bicycle July 27, 2012, believing he had stolen a cellphone charger from a nearby Verizon store, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. RELATED: LOS ANGELES COUNTY SETTLES CIVIL RIGHTS CASE WITH FEDS “Better stop otherwise you’re going to get hurt. I don’t want to hurt you,” Wyeth is heard telling Navarro during the brief chase. Footage of the arrest shows Wyeth tackling Navarro to the ground and then striking him several times with a red baton. It’s not clear what Navarro is screaming during the arrest. Navarro's lawsuit says the beating hospitalized him with a broken arm, fractured elbow and neck injuries. RELATED: RANGER USES STUN GUN ON MAN FLYING DRONE OVER HAWAII VOLCANO No formal charges were ever filed against Navarro though police said he had been resisting arrest. No charger was ever found in Navarro’s possession, the Chronicle added. “While the city believes the case is defensible, the city is aware of the recent incidences and public debate occurring throughout the country regarding the use of force by police officers,” Alameda officials said in a statement. “Rather than subject the city, its Police Department and its taxpayers to what would likely be a long and costly jury trial, the city decided it was in its best interests to bring this matter to resolution now.” ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE POLICE FOOTAGE HERE. RELATED: NYPD COP WHO SHOVED URINATING MAN GETS VACATION DAYS CUT firstname.lastname@example.org
Baltimore cops charged in Freddie Gray death fight back 07 May 2015 01:22 PM BY SASHA GOLDSTEIN JOE MARINO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby is seen at a May 1 press conference announcing the charges against six Baltimore City Police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. A bombshell case against six Baltimore police officers stemming from the death of Freddie Gray became more contentious after the cops' defense lawyers started poking holes in the prosecutor's allegations. Defense attorneys for the charged cops are using competing investigations — one done by the police department and a second ordered by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby— to try to get key components of the case either tossed or charges lessened, according to CNN. The April 19 death of the 25-year-old Gray, who came out of a Baltimore police van unresponsive with a nearly severed neck after a 30 minute ride to jail one week before, led to murder charges for Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. and involuntary manslaughter or assault charges for five other cops. Mosby’s press conference announcing the charges May 1 was met with joy by protesters and ended several days of violence and looting on Baltimore city streets. It also thrust Mosby, a newbie who has just four months on the job, into the national spotlight – and scrutiny. RELATED: BALTIMORE MAYOR CALLS ON FEDS TO INVESTIGATE POLICE And the decision to charge came as a shock to Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, who said Mosby’s office gave him just a 10-minute heads up before she announced the charges to the world. “If this case falls apart, then does Baltimore burn?” one unidentified official said to CNN. At the heart of Mosby’s investigation was the contention that a knife found on Gray, first described as a switchblade, was actually a legal blade, meaning his April 12 arrest was illegal. But Baltimore city police found the knife was illegal, per city codes, according to CNN. And attorneys for two of the charged cops have filed a motion in court for Mosby to produce the knife to show, one way or another, whether the knife fits the standards for legal possession. The police investigation also found that the most serious charge possible against an officer would be manslaughter – not the murder charge Mosby levied, which requires intent. Cops were reportedly told the medical examiner did not plan to declare the death a homicide, but Mosby said just the opposite at her press conference. RELATED: PRINCE TO PERFORM ‘RALLY 4 PEACE’ CONCERT IN BALTIMORE Freddie Gray is seen during his arrest April 12, which ultimately ended in his death a week later after he slipped into a coma. Freddie Gray is seen during his arrest April 12, which ultimately ended in his death a week later after he slipped into a coma. “The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges,” she said that day. That investigation was led by a former Baltimore cop, Avon Mackel, who was stripped of his command post in 2009 “for failing to follow through on a robbery investigation that two of his officers mishandled and did not report,” CNN reported. Then, just months later, a drunken and reportedly armed Mackel was Tasered at his home by a SWAT team responding to an incident concerning the demoted and despondent cop. RELATED: ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH MEETS FAMILY OF FREDDIE GRAY He was not arrested in that incident, and Baltimore County police did confirm a SWAT team responded to assist during the incident, “which ended peacefully,” the department told CNN. Critics say Mosby employed an investigator with an axe to grind. The details of the descrepancies in the two investigations comes one day after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced she had asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the city police department. Mosby’s team defended its investigation and accused the defense of leaking information to try to destroy the case before it comes to court. RELATED: ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH TO VISIT BALTIMORE TUESDAY "While the evidence we have obtained through our independent investigation does substantiate the elements of the charges filed, I refuse to litigate this case through the media," a spokeswoman said in a statement. "The evidence we have collected cannot ethically be disclosed, relayed or released to the public before trial. “As I've previously indicated, I strongly condemn anyone in law enforcement with access to trial evidence, who has or continues to leak information prior to the resolution of this case. These unethical disclosures are only damaging our ability to conduct a fair and impartial process for all parties involved." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. email@example.com
Police cruiser hits, kills 2 pedestrians on N.J. Turnpike 06 May 2015 07:07 AM BY MEG WAGNER WABC Two pedestrians were killed on the New Jersey Turnpike early Wednesday, police said. A New Jersey officer hit and killed two pedestrians with a police cruiser along the New Jersey Turnpike early Wednesday, state police said. The crash happened in in the northbound lanes of the eastern spur in Secaucus, close to the Vince Lombardi service station, around 1 a.m. New Jersey State police said an officer from Bergen County’s Washington Township Police Department was driving back from a training exercise, according to WABC. Both pedestrians, a man and a woman who seemed to have been in the left lane of the road, were killed. The officer was treated for minor injuries. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Officers are investigating and police have not released the names of the victims or the officer. The crash shut down the turnpike, but some lanes were reopened around 5 a.m, WABC reported. Travel delays continued later Wednesday morning.N New Jersey State Police did not immediately return the Daily News' request for comment. With News Wire Services
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A COP GOES AGAINST THE THIN BLUE LINE. ********************************************************* Judge allows key evidence for NYPD whistleblower trial 05 May 2015 06:57 PM BY STEPHEN REX BROWN SIPKIN, COREY/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS NYPD whistleblower Adrian Schoolcraft is suing the city. His trial is scheduled for later this year. A federal judge declined to dismiss key elements of an NYPD whistleblower's suit against the city Tuesday, paving the way for a trial later this year. Adrian Schoolcraft's claims he was wrongfully thrown in the Jamaica Hospital psych ward by supervisors worried he was going to sound the alarm about an arrest quota system at the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn must be decided by a jury, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Robert Sweet wrote in a 206-page ruling. “A jury must determine whether the NYPD acted reasonably,” Sweet wrote. The judge did dismiss a claim that Jamaica Hospital and the NYPD had conspired against Schoolcraft, who is suspended without pay from the NYPD. “We are pleased that the judge dismissed several claims against the city and its police officers. At trial we expect to prove that NYPD officers acted reasonably in all of their interactions with officer Schoolcraft,” a city Law Department spokesman said. Last week, the Daily News exclusively reported that Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello was so concerned about the case's effect on his reputation that his lawyer contacted a film student working on a project about the Schoolcraft affair. Mauriello was Schoolcraft's commanding officer at the 81st Precinct in 2009, and is alleged to have spearheaded retaliation against the whistleblower. Sweet ruled that Mauriello should remain a defendant in the case. Schoolcraft’s lawyer did not respond to an inquiry.