Tabacco: You have to be extremely careful with Graphs on the Internet. This one lists only ‘Race of Those Killed by Police’. Using these Figures as is, Blacks represent about 12% of Population, yet get killed by Cops at 30% Rate, which is 250% of Black Population Percentage.
However, no distinction is made re UNARMED! The Prison Escapee, one of two Whites killed by Cops, was also armed. That is a distinction we wish to exclude here, but try to find a Graph that does that! Go ahead, just try it!
Walter Scott Shot By Police
Date: May 2003
Alberta Spruill died of a heart attack after officers broke down her door and tossed a concussion grenade into her Harlem apartment. The 57-year-old Spruill was on her way to her long-time city government job at the time of the incident, which the NYPD says was triggered by misinformation about guns and drugs inside of the apartment. Commissioner Ray Kelly said the officers were executing a “no-knock search warrant” based on information given to them by a drug dealer who claimed that his supplier stored drugs and guns inside the apartment. The dealer also told them that he had seen people armed inside of the apartment.
Just after the explosion, Spruill was handcuffed, but released when police realized the layout of the apartment was different than what the informant had described. She initially declined medical attention, but informed police that she had a heart condition. An ambulance was requested; on the way to Harlem Hospital Center, she went into cardiac arrest. Commissioner Kelly ordered an investigation of the incident, and reassigned the lieutenant who elected to use the grenade to administrative duties. Kelly added that the informant had not given any previous information to the department and said it was unclear if the officers conducted surveillance of the apartment prior to the raid.
Date: November 2006
In one of the most tragic instances of police brutality in the past decade, a group of men were shot at over fifty times by a group of undercover and plainclothes police officers in Queens. One of the men, 23-year-old Sean Bell, was killed. Two of Bell’s friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman, were severely wounded. Bell and his friends had been out celebrating at Jamaica strip club Club Kalua; the follow day, Bell was to be wed. An undercover police officer reportedly witnessed Bell get into an argument inside of the strip club, and someone allegedly yelled, “Yo, get my gun.” Plainclothes officer Gescard Isnora followed the men to their car fearing a confrontation, and Isnora says he identified himself as an officer, ordering Bell and friends to stop the vehicle, but Bell reportedly drove off, grazing Isnora’s leg. As he pulled off, Bell’s vehicle crashed into an unmarked police minivan. Isnora says he thought he saw Guzman reach for a gun, prompting him to yell, “Gun!,” to other officers before they all opened fire. No gun was found.
Guzman says that officers never identified themselves, and it was also reported that police gave Bell no warning before sending a barrage of bullets his way. Isnora says that he saw a fourth man in the car who fled when shots were fired who may have had a weapon. Jean Nelson was speculated to be this fourth passenger, but he has denied being present and possessing a firearm. However, in the moments immediately following the shooting, there was no mention of a fourth passenger, nor did police search for one. Bell was shot 4 times; Guzman somehow managed to survive 19 gunshots, and Benefield was shot 3 times. Bell’s killing drew thousands of protesters during the following weekend, which continued into the following week. Mayor Bloomberg called the shooting “unacceptable” and “inexplicable,” saying that it appeared as though excessive force was used. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly put all five of the officers on administrative leave and stripped them of their weapons.
In March 2007, three of the five officers were indicted by a grand jury—Officers Gescard Isnora, Michael Oliver, and Detective Marc Cooper. Isnora and Oliver were charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and assault, and Cooper was charged with reckless endangerment. In April 2008, all three officers were acquitted. The defendants asked that Justice Arthur J. Cooperman make a decision rather than a jury, and he ruled that police had reason to fear that a weapon may have been in Bell’s vehicle that night. He added that many of the prosecution’s witnesses, including the two other victims, provided testimonies that “didn’t make sense.” However, in May 2010, U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. lifted a stay on the civil lawsuit filed by Nicole Paultre Bell against the city. A settlement was reached that July, with the city agreeing to pay Bell’s family $3.25 million. Guzman, who now has to walk with a cane and has 4 bullets still inside of his body, was given $3 million, while Trent Benefield was given $900,000. Sean Bell’s life was worth much more than $7 million. In May of 2012, Isnora was fired, and both Oliver and Cooper were forced into retirement along with their superior, Lt. Gary Napoli. Bell’s fiancée called it “little justice.”
Date: March 2000
The 26-year-old security guard and father of two was killed by an undercover officer who approached Dorismond and his friend as they stood in front of the Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen. The officer asked where he and his partners could buy marijuana, and after a struggle Officer Anthony Vasquez shot Dorismond in the chest. Police claimed that Dorismond was angered by the proposition, and alleged that he swung on an officer, attacking him along with his friend, Kevin Kaiser. Vasquez claimed he was coming to the aid of a partner, and that he heard one of the men yell, “Get his gun!,” so he identified himself as an officer of the law after drawing his weapon. Vasquez claimed that Dorismond grabbed the gun, causing it to discharge, striking him in the chest.
Kaiser claimed that the officers never identified themselves, and that the officer that initially approached them was aggressive and started the fight by hitting Dorismond first. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who was in the middle of a Senate campaign, angered many by releasing Dorismond’s sealed juvenile delinquency record. His office defended the decision, claiming that right to privacy ends with an individual’s death. Giuliani claimed he released the record to prove that Dorismond was “no altar boy” when, in fact, Dorismond had been an altar boy and had attended the same Catholic school as Giuliani.
In July 2000, a grand jury decided not to indict Vasquez, calling the shooting accidental. However, in March of 2003, the NYPD agreed to pay Dorismond’s family a $2.25 million settlement for a suit they filed against the City of New York.
Date: August 1997
At the time of the attack, 30-year-old Abner Louima had been living in Brooklyn for six years with his wife and child. He was working as a security guard, though he had studied electrical engineering in his native Haiti. He’d never been arrested, and in an series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles written by Mike McAlary, said he “liked cops” until the events of August 9, 1997. On an early August evening, Louima was at Flatbush nightclub Club Rendez-Vous, when a fight broke out between two women as the club was clearing out. Louima and several other men rushed to intervene. Officers from the NYPD’s 70th Precinct responded to the call. Soon, a fight erupted between police and club patrons; Officer Justin Volpe was “sucker punched” and mistakenly believed that Louima was responsible, and so he arrested him for obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. During the ride to the police station, officers beat Louima with fists, nightsticks, and hand-held radios. Upon arriving at the police station, Louima was forcibly strip-searched before being shoved into a cell.
The beating continued later, becoming even more inhumane when Volpe took Louima to the bathroom, kicked and squeezed his testicles, and then violently sodomized him with a plunger while Louima’s hands were handcuffed behind his back. Louima also suffered broken teeth after being jabbed in the mouth with the handle of the plunger, while being told, “That’s your shit, nigger.” A witness testified that Volpe strolled through the precinct, chest out, bragging with the blood-and-excrement-stained plunger in hand that he “took a man down tonight.” The next day, Louima was taken to the emergency room of the Coney Island Hospital, where officers said his injuries were the result of abnormal homosexual activities. However, ER nurse Magalie Laurent doubted these claims based on the severity of Louima’s injuries and called his family and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs bureau. Louima was left with severe damage to his bladder and colon, and was hospitalized for two months following the attack.
Louima’s assault at the hands of the NYPD sparked local and national anger. Volpe pleaded not guilty to making false statements to police, obstruction of justice, and violation of Louima’s civil rights. However, halfway through the trial, he changed his plea to guilty and admitted that he had sodomized Louima and threatened his life.
In December 1999, he was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole, ordered to pay nearly $280,000 in restitution and a $525 fine. Charles Schwarz was convicted in June 2000 for assisting Volpe in the bathroom assault and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Three other officers—Thomas Bruder, Michael Bellomo, and Thomas Wiese—were indicted for trying to cover up the assault. In March 2000, they were convicted along with Schwarz for conspiring to obstruct a federal investigation, but the conviction was reversed in February 2002 by a federal appeals court due to lack of sufficient evidence. Bellomo was found not guilty of trying to cover up the assault of Louima, as well as Volpe’s beating of another Haitian immigrant the same evening.
Louima civil suit against the city resulted in an $8.7 million settlement-the largest police brutality settlement in the history of New York City. After legal fees were deducted, Louima walked away with $5.8 million. Louima has continued to speak out against police brutality, notably the murder of Sean Bell, and was honored in New York City by the National Action Network on the 10th anniversary of his attack.
Date: February 1999
In one of the most publicized and egregious cases of police brutality, 23-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo was shot and killed in the Bronx by plainclothes NYPD officers Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon, and Kenneth Boss. An astonishing 41 bullets were fired; 19 struck Diallo.
On the morning of February 4, Diallo was standing in front of his building when McMellon, Boss, Murphy, and Carroll drove past. They noted that Diallo matched the description of an armed serial-rapist and approached him (they would later claim that they clearly identified themselves as police). The officers claimed that Diallo ignored their orders to stop and show his hands, and instead ran towards his apartment. Illuminated by only an interior vestibule light, Diallo reached into his pocket and removed his wallet. When police saw him holding an object, Officer Carroll yelled, “Gun!” and the officers opened fire. Officer McMellon fell backward off the stairs, allegedly making the other officers believe that he’d been shot. The other officers continued shooting, burning through 41 bullets.
No weapons were found on Diallo.
In March 1999, all four officers were indicted by a Bronx grand jury on charges of second-degree murder and reckless endangerment. In December 1999, an appellate court ordered that the trial be moved to Albany, claiming that an alarming level of pretrial press had made it impossible for a fair trial to take place in New York City. In February 2000, all four officers were acquitted of all charges, and the defendant’s lawyers blamed Diallo for his own death, claiming that he had prompted a 41-bullet hailstorm by behaving “suspiciously.”
The verdict resulted in widespread outrage, leading to protests about racial profiling and police brutality. The fury continued when, in 2001, the United States Department of Justice decided that it would not charge the officers with violating Diallo’s civil rights. However, in April 2000, Diallo’s mother and stepfather filed a $61 million civil suit against the city, which included $20 million on top of $1 million for each bullet fired. They accepted a $3 million settlement in March 2004. In October 2012, Kenneth Boss, the only officer involved still on the force, was given his gun back after 13 years.
18 year old high school senior, Mark Davidson, arrested for allegedly selling $10 worth of marijuana, taken to 106th Precinct in Queens, brutally beaten & tortured with stun gun to get a confession – apparently their Case wouldn’t fly without one.
Now hold onto your hat! Mark didn’t die; Sgt. Richard A. Pike and Officer Jeffrey Gilbert (both White of course) were convicted of Assault and sentenced to 4-to-6 years in prison.
New York Shaken By Charges Of Stun-gun
Torture By Police
April 28, 1985|By Michael Coakley, Chicago Tribune.
NEW YORK — It started with a routine arrest on a minor charge, the police accusing an 18-year-old black student of selling a $10 bag of marijuana to an undercover officer on a quiet street corner in Queens.
There should have been nothing to separate this case from thousands of similar episodes that occur each year in drug-ridden New York. But the arrest April 17 of high school senior Mark Davidson has become special, and the aftermath has shaken the city’s police department more profoundly than any other incident since the disclosures of massive corruption within the force in the early 1970s.
Davidson was the first of four suspects who came forward last week to charge that, during interrogation, officers of the department’s 106th Precinct had tortured them with electric shocks from a hand-held stun gun.
By week’s end, four patrolmen had been arrested on assault charges and an angry Mayor Edward Koch took the unprecedented step of ordering the transfer of the precinct’s entire top command. Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward, declaring a “crisis of confidence,“ removed the Queens commander of police and made other changes in the department’s top echelon.
In addition, the mayor announced that he had asked Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese and other federal officials to open an inquiry into charges of brutality at the station house, near Kennedy International Airport in the Ozone Park section of Queens.
All four suspects said they had been burned by the stun gun and that they had been forced to confess to having sold small quantities of marijuana. Queens District Atty. John Santucci told reporters the electric shocks had been “much worse than being beaten or hit.“ The prosecutor added that an assistant who had seen one of the youth’s wounds said, “They looked like fried flesh.“
Police officials estimated that a stun gun can emit up to 50,000 volts of electricity.
Eleanor Bumpurs was definitely not a ‘shrinking violet’, perhaps mentally unbalanced, but she should have paid her rent! When Officers tried to evict her, she pulled a knife – Officer Stephen Sullivan pulled a 12-gauge shotgun. Eleanor’s family got $200,000. Black Life is CHEAP!
Michael Stewart, 19, Guilty of Spray Painting, Capital Offense in NYC apparently
Clifford Glover, age 10, the Murdering Cop claimed he ‘thought’ Clifford had a gun. If anybody but a Cop said that as a defense, he would be laughed out of Court!
Aiyana Stanley-Jones, age 7, “Accidents will happen” – particularly in Black households (even if the Cops busted into the wrong household)
The Black man on the right is Eric Garner, age 40, murdered by Staten Island, NY, Police because he ‘allegedly’ sold illegal cigarettes. The White AH on the left murdered 9 Black people in their Church. His retribution was the removal of the Confederate Flag from one South Carolina Office Building to another South Carolina Office Building. That’s the Price a White Person pays for KILLING 9 BLACK CHURCHGOERS!
JAMES BLAKE LOOKALIKE –
ALL BLACKS LOOK ALIKE & THEY ALL
GET TREATED ALIKE BY COPS!
The Problem here is NOT Misidentification! The Problem is Vigilante Police, who apply Unnecessary Physical Violence to PEOPLE OF COLOR. So if those same Cops had captured the real suspect, that Black man would have endured the same TREATMENT James Blake received! But, not being JAMES BLAKE, you would never have even heard his name or been bothered with reports about this lone example among thousands of POLICE BRUTALITY!
The unapologetic cop who body-slammed tennis great James Blake outside a Midtown hotel without identifying himself as an officer allegedly tried to cover up the bogus arrest.
Officer James Frascatore failed to inform his superiors that he threw Blake to the sidewalk and cuffed him in the mistaken belief that he was a wanted credit card thief, police said Thursday.
It took Blake coming forward to the Daily News with accusations of being manhandled by a plainclothes cop outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel to put the incident on the NYPD’s radar.
“My concern is that after the release, there’s department protocols that should have been followed but apparently were not,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “Mr. Blake has made a number of comments to the press. That’s how we became aware of the matter.”
When asked what cops are supposed to do in such situations, one high-ranking source said, “Void the arrest, make notifications and say, ‘I’m sorry!’”
Frascatore, a four-year NYPD veteran who in the past has been accused of using excessive force and failing to identify himself as a cop, was placed on desk duty and had his gun and badge yanked after detectives viewed the surveillance video from the hotel.
“I have concerns about the takedown,” Bratton said. “The movement was a fast approach. Basically, grabbing Mr. Blake by the arm, moving him forward and then taking him down to the ground and immediately rear-cuffing him.”
Bratton later confirmed he and Mayor de Blasio apologized to Blake, who agreed to meet with him, with Internal Affairs Bureau investigators, and de Blasio.
“Mr. Blake had no role or involvement in the criminal investigation that we were conducting and was totally innocent,” Bratton said.
Earlier, Blake, who is black, said an apology would be appreciated, but he wants something more.
“I’d like an explanation for how they conducted themselves because I think we all need to be held accountable for our actions, and police as well,” he told ABC News.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board has also opened an investigation, sources said.
Tabacco: The NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board is a JOKE! It must be composed of at least 40% FORMER POLICE OFFICERS! Although, because of the HIGH PROFILE OF JAMES BLAKE, this time it might actually do a little! But ONLY because it’s JAMES BLAKE!
The watchdog group is well-acquainted with Frascatore. As of last year, he had five complaints filed against him, according to court documents obtained by WNYC.
In one case, Frascatore was accused of using too much muscle and abusing his authority while arresting a man for marijuana possession. He also charged the man’s girlfriend with evidence tampering after she moved her beau’s bike following the arrest.
All criminal charges were later dropped. And the CCRB recommended that Frascatore be retrained on police protocol after determining that he failed to give his name or shield number during the arrest, WNYC reported.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch came to Frascatore’s defense.
“Placing this officer on modified duty is premature and unwarranted,” he said.
Tabacco: He ‘should have apologized’ because it was JAMES BLAKE, or he ‘should have apologized’ because it was a HUMAN BEING!
Frascatore is white. Blake, who was once ranked the No. 4 tennis player in the world, told The News he believes there was “probably a race factor involved”.
Tabacco: Even after this HUMILIATION, Blake is trying to act like a ‘Gentleman’! “..probably a race factor involved”? Give me a BREAK!
Bratton insisted race didn’t figure into the arrest.
Tabacco: Bill Bratton is a LIAR – PURE & SIMPLE! See my Comment above**!
“Sorry, race has nothing at all to do with this”, he said. “If you look at the photograph of the suspect, it looks like the twin brother of Mr. Blake. So let’s put that nonsense to rest right now.”
Tabacco: The ‘suspect’ is BLACK & JAMES BLAKE is Black! So how does that REPUDIATE THE POSSIBILITY OF RACISM!
Bratton isn’t even a ‘Clever Sophist’! His ILLOGIC sticks out like a sore thumb – at least to those, who read Tabacco!
Blake, who was on his way to a corporate appearance for Time Warner Cable at the U.S. Open, found himself in the cops’ cross hairs after he inadvertently walked into the middle of an NYPD sting operation on a Internet credit card theft ring.
Frascatore was one of six cops stationed outside the hotel ready to pounce on whomever showed up to pay the courier delivering some high-end designer shoes, police said.
They were armed with a photo of a man who bears some resemblance to Blake — an image the company that tipped off the cops about the alleged ring found on the Internet, a top police source told The News.
But the man who showed up to pick up the shoes was a 27-year-old British citizen named James Short, who is white and who was immediately busted without force after paying with a purloined American Express card, police said.
While police were cuffing Short, the courier and two of the company reps watching the arrest frantically pointed at Blake, who was standing nearby, the source said.
And Frascatore went after him.
“This was an instantaneous type of arrest”, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
When police realized they nabbed the wrong man, they raced inside the Hyatt and arrested another Brit, 26-year-old Jarmaine Gray.
A high-ranking NYPD source, who specializes in training cops said what troubles him most is that the officer who arrested and cuffed Blake never apologized.
“If a police officer makes a mistake, then he should apologize”, the source said. “When you’re wrong, you apologize and that’s basic. That’s police work 101.”
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Can YOU tell the difference? All Blacks look the same to me!
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