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By CBC News
U.S. man robs $1 from bank, waits for police
‘This is a holdup. Give me a dollar,’ stickup note reads
A 50-year-old man allegedly robbed $1 from an Oregon bank and then waited for police to arrest him so he could get medical treatment, sheriff’s deputies said.
“This is a holdup. Give me a dollar,” Tim Alsip allegedly wrote on a note passed to a Bank of America teller in Portland Friday.
The suspect got the dollar and his wish; police arrived and arrested him on robbery charges.
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Nikolai said deputies learned that Alsip wanted to be arrested so he could get medical treatment. He has repeatedly sought police attention in the past week, flagging down police and urging citizens to call 911 on him.
Nikolai said Alsip also called 911 himself complaining of dental pain and drug overdoses.
Copyright © CBC 2013
Republished with permission
Disabled Man Files Suit for Being Tasered on a Bus
SYRACUSE, New York – A 30-year-old disabled Syracuse man was tasered and beaten by police for trying to stand while riding a bus. Brad Hulett was left partially crippled by a back injury and brain damage suffered when he was hit by a train as a child. He walks with a cane cannot sit while riding the bus. He says that most drivers allow him to stand while holding on to a pole.
On May 3, however, a driver asked him to leave – then called for the intervention of an off-duty police officer when Hulett refused. That officer, William Coleman, called Sgt. William Galvin, who assaulted Hulett with a taser.
A security video records Hulett being dragged off the bus, and then tasered while lying on the pavement. He was then dragged about ten feet along the pavement. The officers arrested Hulett for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Hulett suffered a broken left hip that required surgery to insert three pins in the joint. He is preparing to file a lawsuit.
Cop Impersonates Hobo in Distracted Driving “Sting”
The officer, who posed as a panhandler, waved a sign that read: “Hello, I am a police officer, if you are on your cellphone right now, you are about to get a ticket.” The so-called sting in Edmonton, Canada, netted 22 tickets. The same “hobo cop” tactic has been used in at least four other Canadian cities.
Although the sting supposedly focused on cellphone use, the statute also applies to reading while driving – which means that drivers who took the time to read the police officer’s sign were subject to citations as well.
Amazing! That’s it, just effin speechless!
95-Year Old Man Tasered to Death by Police in Illinois Nursing Home
It appears that the militarized police force running rampant on the streets of America just can’t handle the threats of a 95-year old man in a nursing home armed with a cane. Although it appears the officers are attempting to justify their violent and aggressive behavior by claiming he was wielding a “12 inch knife,” I would’ve thought the police are supposed to know how to deal with such situations, particularly when their assailant is basically a centenarian. This seems to be societal blowback from the Rise of the Warrior Cop, a subject I highlighted recently. Now from UPI:
PARK FOREST, Ill., July 28 (UPI) – A 95-year-old Illinois man who allegedly confronted police officers with a knife and cane died after they shot him with a stun gun and bean bag rounds.
Yes, a cane.
Officers were called to an assisted living home in the village of Park Forest Friday after the man, identified as John Warna, allegedly became combative with employees of a private ambulance company who were attempting to transfer him to a hospital for medical treatment, The (Chicago) SouthtownStar reported.
Police said Warna was threatening the facility’s staff and paramedics with a metal cane and a shoehorn when officers arrived.
There’s that cane again.
Police said they used a stun gun on Warna and struck him with beanbag rounds after he refused to drop the items and grabbed a 12-inch butcher knife instead.
A cause of death had not been released by Saturday evening, NBC News reported.
I may not be a medical examiner, but I’m pretty sure 50,000 volts and a round of bean bags may have had something to do with it.
Full article here.
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By Caroline May
Off-duty cops collect DNA samples at Alabama roadblocks
Off-duty cops in two counties in Alabama spent the weekend collecting saliva and blood samples from drivers at roadblocks.
According to Lt. Freddie Turrentine with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, drivers were asked to voluntarily offer samples of their saliva and blood for a study being conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
The drivers were compensated for their samples.
“They’ve got big signs up that says ‘paid volunteer survey’ and if they want to participate they pull over there and they ask them questions and if they are willing to give them a mouth swab they give them $10 and if they are willing to give them a blood sample they give them $50. And if they don’t do anything they drive off,” Turrentine explained to The Daily Caller.
Turrentine said that Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs asked the county to participate and that the funding for the study is coming from the National Highway Safety Administration.
Costco Employee Shot to Death by Police
Posted by NextNewsNetwork
Published on Jun 10, 2013
LOUDON COUNTY, Virginia — Mhai Scott, a Costco employee, began behaving oddly while handing out pizza samples at the store in Loudon County, Virginia on May 29. Two Loudon County deputies were sent to investigate the disturbance.
One of them shot her with a Taser, which failed to subdue her. The other deputy fired five shots with his sidearm, fatally wounding the woman.
This report also includes…
WILLARD, Utah — The fatal shooting of 49-year-old Willard, Utah resident Cody John Ramseyer by Willard Police Chief Nate Thompson was found “justified” by Box Elder County Attorney Stephen Hadfield — despite the fact that Ramseyer was unarmed and outnumbered.
WASHINGTON — Former EPA head Lisa Jackson, who is now an environmental adviser to Apple, employed the alias “Richard Windsor” in her correspondence with other Obama administration officials and environmental activists.
EDMONDS, Washington — Several schoolchildren in Edmonds, Washington were suspended for a day after bringing Nerf guns to their sixth grade class at Chase Lake Elementary School on May 31.
OWINGS, Maryland — Bruce Henkelman of Huntington, Maryland told WMAL radio that his son, a sixth grade student at Northern Middle School in Ownings, received a ten day suspension after a bus driver overheard the child talking about the Sandy Hook massacre.
Shooting children and the elderly: is it even a good idea on paper? An American law enforcement supply company thinks so and is letting police departments purchase some rather unusual products for target practice.
For only 99 cents per sheet, Law Enforcement Targets Inc. lets customers order life-like posters that show that people of all walks of life could be potential threats to police officers. Among the targets available in their “No More Hesitation” series for shooting practice are enlarged photographs of a pregnant woman, children holding hands and a high-school aged girl.
In every image, the suspect is showing holding a gun, meant to force officers of the law to act without hesitation in even the most unusual life-or-death scenarios. In a statement emailed to Reason on Tuesday afternoon, the marketing team at Law Enforcement Targets explains the thought process involved in selling realistic targets that let people open fire on young children and the elderly alike.
“The subjects in NMH targets were chosen in order to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training,”
the statement begins.
“I found while speaking with officers and trainers in the law enforcement community that there is a hesitation on the part of cops when deadly force is required on subjects with atypical age, frailty or condition.”
According to the author of the statement, one officer interviewed by LET claims he enlarged images of his own children for target practice “so that he would not be caught off guard with such a drastically new experience while on duty.” Law Enforcement Targets Inc. has come to the rescue, however, and now the officer in question doesn’t have to bother emptying clips into his own kids’ craniums. For just a dollar plus shipping, he can order product number NMH-7, “Little Boy With Real Gun.”
“Non-traditional threat dipicting [sic] a very young boy holding a real gun,” reads the description. “Designed to prepare officers for worst possible situation.” All of the targets available are roughly two-feet-wide by three-feet-tall.
“This hesitation time may be only seconds but that is not acceptable when officers are losing their lives in these same situations,” continues the statement obtained by Reason, who first profiled the NMH series in an article published Tuesday by Mike Riggs. “The goal of NMH is to break that stereotype on the range, regardless of how slim the chances are of encountering a real life scenario that involves a child, pregnant woman, etc. If that initial hesitation time can be cut down due to range experience, the officer and community are better served.”
Also available through the No More Hesitation series are “Older Man With Shotgun,” “Young Mother on Playground” and “Pregnant Woman Threat.”
Image from reason.com
For over four decades British police have been stealing the identities of dead children and using them as aliases for their undercover operations, some of which lasted for as long as ten years.
It is estimated that around 80 identities have been adopted by the Metropolitan police with passports, national insurance cards and driving licenses issued for the stolen identity, the Guardian investigation has revealed.
The probe alleges that the Metropolitan police secretly authorized such activities back in the 1960’s to infiltrate protest groups. They did so without informing the parents of the dead children.
The police explained to the newspaper that the practice was not “currently” authorized but said that it will investigate the claims made by the Guardian into “past arrangements for undercover identities used by SDS [Special Demonstration Squad] officers.”
The Guardian based its story primarily on the testimony of two former officers of the SDS, who claimed they had lived under the false identity of dead children and were issued with identity records, such as driving licences and national insurance documents.
The investigation has revealed that at least 80 policemen have used such identities between 1968 and 1994.
The practice was reportedly stopped in the 1990’s with the introduction of digital technology into public records. But the Metroplolitan police said they were investigating a case from 2003.
Originally, it was believed that such methods would provide a legitimate cover background for police agents who had infiltrated extreme political groups, animal rights activists and potentially terrorist cells.
A new tool that would allow law enforcement to prevent criminals from running away or disappearing into a crowd before arrest was highlighted last week at The SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
The High Velocity DNA Tagging system by the U.K.-based security company Selectamark was introduced with police officers in a riot situation in mind. Coming in both pistol and rifle form, the tool would allow police to remain 30 to 40 meters from the target and tag them with a SelectaDNA High Velocity pellet that contains a unique DNA code to ensure the correct person is apprehended later.
“On contact with the target the uniquely-coded SelectaDNA solution leaves a synthetic DNA trace mark that will enable the relevant authorities to confirm or eliminate that person from their involvement in a particular situation and could ultimately lead to arrest and prosecution,” Selectamark Managing Director Andrew Knights said in a statement.
Here’s a look gun at the SHOT show:
Well let us see how this plays out once on the street and the first wrongful imprisonment case goes to court? A peaceful crowd of people and one or more people start a situation and a few innocent bystanders get “tagged” and wrongly arrested, hmm. And what, if any, health hazards based on the explanation in the video?