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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Three Deputies Who Beat Man To Death In Jail Cell Have Finally Been Arrested

Three Sheriff’s deputies in Northern California have just been arrested for beating a man to death in his jail cell.
The man was found dead, as a result of multiple blunt trauma, according to law enforcement sources.
A spokesman for the Santa Clara County sheriff’s department, Sgt. James Jensen said on Thursday that deputies Rafael Rodriguez, 27, Jereh Lubrin, 28, and Matthew Farris, 27 are being held in police custody without bail. There is no word on whether they will eventually be kept with the general population of the jail yet.
According to Medical Examiner Dr. Joseph O’Hara, the victim – Michael James Pipkin Tyree, 31 – was killed after sustaining multiple blunt force injuries from the three deputies, as well as “visceral lacerations” and internal bleeding.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith offered an apology on Thursday to Tyree’s family. She said “the disappointment and disgust I feel cannot be overstated.”
Smith referred to the deputies as “accused murderers,” were treated like “anyone else.” They were handcuffed, booked but were being kept in protective custody in the very same jail where they murdered Tyree.
They eventually were transferred to a facility “for their own protection” that Smith said she will not divulge due to inmate retaliation against the deputies.
What we know about the murder of Tyree is that last Thursday, he and other inmates in his jail wing had been locked down in their cells while the beating was carried out.
Tyree was found an hour later, naked and covered in feces and vomit. He was declared dead by the paramedics who responded to the scene of the murder.
Smith that by Friday the guards were stripped of their uniforms, duty and weapons, but were not arrested until several days later.
They have still not actually been fired, and are on administrative leave, Smith revealed.
Attorney Paula Canny, representing Tyree’s family, urged members of the community to think about “how we, as a system, treat mentally ill people” like Tyree.
She added that she hopes the district attorney will “bring the officers to justice.”

Tyree had been homeless and was in the process of being transferred to a mental-health facility when he was murdered by these deputies. He was locked up for a mere 5-day sentence, on a petty theft charge.
(Article by M. David and Jackson Marciana)
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Police Attack Teen For Being Autistic, Smash His Face, Causing Seizures

On Monday, police slammed an autistic 17-year-old boy to the ground, smashing his face and causing seizures.
On Monday, Marcus Abrams had just left his job, working at the Minnesota State Fair. He was simply standing on the subway platform along with two friends when Metro Transit Police officers aggressively approached him, without provocation.
Abrams told local KARE 11 that the he was simply wearing his headphones, not breaking any law whatsoever. He couldn’t hear officer when the approached him and began interrogating him, accusing him of being “intoxicated” because of his normal autistic behavior.
When he didn’t respond to the police officers – also something that is not unheard of for people with autism – the police violently attacked him.
“One grabbed my arm and the other one grabbed my wrist and I told them to get off me – I did nothing wrong,” Abrams said in an interview. “They just slammed me right on the ground. I tried to get them off me and (one officer had his) whole body on my whole face and I couldn’t breathe.”
The violent attack caused Abrams to suffer a seizure. He was taken to a local hospital, but officers did not so much as apologize when they learned that they had just attacked a teenage boy for his normal autistic behavior.
“I don’t want autism to be a crime, I don’t want people that have it to think that it is a crime. I don’t want people going around saying, ‘oh well if your child is this way they shouldn’t be out here by themselves,'” Maria Caldwell, Abrams’ mother said. “He was put in a situation where he was stressed out, a lot of pressure and confused. And I think that is what brought on his seizures.”
A spokesman for Metro Transit, Howie Padilla, said that the incident is being “reviewed” in order to find out whether “department standard policy and procedures were followed.”
That’s right, they still are not just admitting that the officers violated this teen’s rights. They are actually pretending their might be some way that attacking a teen because you think autism and drunkenness look the same is legal and legitimate.
“One of the things we will be reviewing is what did the officer see. What were the mannerisms?” Padilla added. “Our officers, in general, are trained to control the situation and ensure not only their safety but to anyone else that is around.”
Abrams was not charged, but that is clearly not good enough. These officers need to be brought up on charges for attacking an innocent autistic teen. When their bosses are still “investigating” whether or not their violent actions were “standard policy,” and not even discussing criminal charges for this brutal act of violence, then it is clear that it is up to us to raise awareness and spread the word!
(Article by M. David; S. Wooten and Reagan Ali)
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Masked Police Steal Baby, Slam Man To The Ground, Rob Him When He Asked Where They Were Taking Baby

In Sanford, Florida, the city where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, masked police swarmed an African American block, kidnapped a child, and then arrested and robbed the uncle of the little girl when he asked them where they were taking the baby, and if he could take her, since he was her uncle.
A video was recently sent to us showing the lengthy ordeal – over 25 minutes in length from start to finish. It clearly shows masked deputies slamming the man to the ground even though he had committed no crime whatsoever.
Lieutenant Tracy Fortberry, with the Seminal County Sheriff’s Office, badge number 1102, stood by the arrest, suggesting that his “tone” was wrong in how he asked for his niece.
Police searched the man, ripping clothes that they claimed were too nice for anyone but a drug dealer. He explained he had receipts for the clothes, had just bought them and was a local recording artist – thus accounting for his money.
But all of these were answers he should have never been required to give. Being a well-dressed African American man is not probable cause.
The police found several hundred dollars on his person. He also explained that he had the money because he was there to shoot a music video. The camera man was in fact the person who recorded the ordeal. The money he had with him was to pay people involved in the music video shoot.
Again, he never should have had to answer any question related to this.
Watch the video below and tell us if you think the treatment of these masked deputies, dressed like they just stepped out of an ISIS video, is in any way morally or legally justified.

The cameraman who uploaded the video relay the following about the incident:

“Let me take the time out to explain to you guys what happened in this video. From the start there was an incident that happened before I arrived and started recording. There was a guy who sold something to an undercover officer.”
He makes it clear that this “happened to be neither of the guys in the video.”
Brandon Jackson, the first man who was arrested, was in the white shirt and had been “recording the guy getting arrested with his camera phone.” Neither of those who were initially the target of the police arrest are highlighted in this video, though they appear to be victims of the so-called “War on Drugs”.
The cameraman continues, saying “as I’m pulling up in the car with Daniel Jackson in the yellow shorts they slam Brandon Jackson (white shirt) to the ground. That is when my camera starts rolling.”
The cameraman acknowledges that he missed “the part where Brandon Jackson gets mistreated and slammed to the ground also.” He continues, saying that the car in the video was Brandon Jackson’s car and his mother was standing and watching his baby in the car inside her car seat.”
The baby was only a few months old. The police come and say that they are going to take the child. The grandmother of the baby yells “No!”
“The officer says to get the baby,” the man recording the video tells us.
The woman in the white is the babies aunt. She asked the police to get the baby to give to her, as a family member. The officer “completely disregard her and her request for the child.”
So, that’s when Daniel (in the yellow shorts) turned around and sees the police officer trying to walk off with the baby – his niece.
“You hear him tell the police to give him the baby, instead of taking her away.
That’s when the police get violent, slam him to the ground, refuse to read him his rights, accuse him of being a drug dealer and even rob him – essentially at gun point – of the hard-earned money that was in his possession.
If you believe this is unacceptable, contact the Seminal County Sheriff’s Office and DEMAND that all charges be dropped, and that an apology be given to this family for the mistreatment they were forced to undergo. DEMAND that all officers in the video be identified and reprimanded.
100 Bush Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773
(407) 665-6600
Make the call and help SPREAD THE WORD!
(Article by M. David and Shante Wooten)
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Whole Foods removes security guard who brutally beat black customer in California

The Whole Foods market near 

Lake Merritt in Oakland was 

the site of a bloody "altercation" 

between a security guard and a 

black customer last night, 

according to a witness and the 

Whole Foods store. 

Facebook user Zoe Marks shared three graphic photos of the 

victim of the attack, who she says was "trying to buy groceries 

with his EBT card and ended up in a stretcher."
"I just saw a young man violently assaulted by an armed security guard at Whole Foods - slammed repeatedly against concrete pillars, put in a chokehold, restrained, and suffocated until he was thrown face down on the pavement unconscious. The guard locked him out of the store despite the fact he was immobile. Not a single employee called the paramedics."
She added, "I'm sorry for more graphic images of violence against black citizens, but I was here and spoke to the victim (to keep him conscious), perpetrator, several bystanders, and cops. Armed private guards cannot be tolerated in our grocery stores and communities when this is what they do to paying customers." 

Comment: This woman is probably somewhat traumatized by this event, so details and her recollection may be sketchy. Her story does prompts a couple of questions. If he was locked out, that implies that the doors were locked. How did other customers come and go? Also, if he was thrown out unconscious, how could you speak to him to keep him conscious?

Marks, who appears to be visiting Oakland from Edinburgh, also took to the market's Yelp page to share her account of the incident:

It's time to disarm your guards and put customers first. This young man was violently assaulted by an aggressive security officer while trying to buy groceries with EBT. He was slammed against a concrete column repeatedly, placed in a chokehold, and then suffocated over his mouth before being thrown face first on the pavement in front of the store. Instead of medical care your staff locked him out, lying unconscious in a pool of his own blood while horrified fellow customers demanded calls to the paramedics and shouted they would NEVER shop at Whole Foods Oakland again.
Employees at the Whole Foods referred us to Whole Food's corporate office, which responded to a query with the following statement (also posted on theWhole Foods Facebook page):
Last night at our Oakland store, there was an altercation that escalated to violence. The graphic images circulating on Facebook and Twitter are disturbing to say the least. Whole Foods Market considers the safety and security of all team members, customers and members of our community a top priority. The security guard involved in the incident has been suspended, and we are actively investigating the details with our security firm. While we move swiftly to gather the facts, we want to make it clear that Whole Foods Market takes a zero tolerance approach to violence.
We've reached out to Marks and the Oakland Police Department, and we will update as we learn more. 

UPDATE: The Oakland Police Department responded to our query and says they are "looking into" the incident: "This is what we know at this time. OPD Dispatch was contacted by OFD last night, September 3, 2015, at 9:42PM, regarding an unconscious man that security had called in. We will update you as soon as we receive additional information regarding this incident." 

UPDATE 2: OPD now says they are "investigating an assault that occurred on September 3, 2015, at 9:42PM, at Bay and Harrison Street." OPD says the victim is at a local hospital in stable condition. 

UPDATE 3: We still haven't been able to reach Zoe Marks, but she spoke to the Oakland Tribune:

"He wasn't shouting at anyone. He wasn't violent or disruptive," Marks said of the customer. "There was no threat from him to any of the customers or employees. (We) felt safe until the security guard attacked him."

Marks, who gave her statement to Oakland police, said she watched as the guard slammed the man against a concrete pillar, put him in a chokehold until he passed out, and threw him out of the store.

"No one called for help. They called for backup," she said of store employees by phone on Friday. "They were treating him as a threat as he lay unconscious in his own blood."
UPDATE 4: The Whole Foods spokesperson says, "The security guard involved with this incident has been permanently removed from Whole Foods Market." 

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