Law Enforcements Increasingly Dark-heart


With the increase in surplus-military equipment and centralized information hubs, called ‘Spectrum Centers,’ local law enforcement agencies appear to be growing dark-hearted. The news is filled more and more with agencies and their personnel doing things that defy common sense or are outright illegal, if not unconstitutional.

FAILURE TO AID

A Florida police officer is under fire for failing to help dying car crash victims and it was all caught on tape by a dashboard camera. Off-duty Miami Police Sergeant Javier Ortiz came upon the car crash scene that ended up killing two University of Miami graduate students, Ying Chen and Hao Liu.

Ortiz jumped into action to try and help the victims. Pinecrest Officer Ana Carrasco arrived on the scene shortly afterward and Ortiz directed her to work on trying to resuscitate the man.

“I got no response. She just stood there,” Ortiz says.

PRIVATE PROPERTY TAKE-OVER

Also in Florida, homeowner Deborah Franz was outraged after a SWAT team used her home to gain a tactical advantage — without her permission and without notifying her — during a six-hour standoff with her neighbor. This is nothing new.

In 2011, A Henderson Nevada Police SWAT TEAM broke down Anthony Mitchell’s front door with a battering ram in during a neighborhood-wide lockdown after Mitchell refused to allow his home be used for police purposes in a domestic violence response. Officers entered his home, fired pepper spray pellets at him and his dog, and then arrested him for obstruction of justice.

A SIX-BIT ARREST

How about the man who was arrested in Houston moments after he gave a homeless man 75 cents?

Greg Snider was on business when a homeless man approached his car window and asked for spare change. As Snider gave the man some change and as he pulled onto the highway, a police car came up behind him and started flashing its lights and sirens.

After Snider came to a stop, the police officer rushed at him, screaming and yelling. Snider was pulled from his car, handcuffed and thrown in the back of the police cruiser as ten more police cars showed up at the scene.

It turns out the police thought he had exchanged drugs with the homeless man. The police then asked if they could search his car and he gave them permission.

Authorities brought out drug-sniffing dogs to search Snider’s car and found nothing. They then allowed him to go free.

NO-KNOCK RAID

In Ankeny, Iowa, police officers executed a search warrant at a family’s home looking for $1,000 in merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card. Police claim they knocked on the door, but a surveillance video shows an officer pounding on the side of the house seconds before officers used a battering ram to bust through the front door.

Sally Prince says if they had only knocked first, she would have consented to a search of her home. Police are also seen destroying a security camera outside the home and covering another with some sort of fabric.

It could have gotten worse as Prince’s son, Justin Ross, has a permit to carry a firearm on his person. When he heard commotion, he says he drew his weapon while in the bathroom and prepared for an intruder to come through the door.

Luckily, he heard one of the officers say “police” before they kicked in the door, so he re-holstered his weapon, sat back down and placed his hands in his lap away from his gun. In the end a search of the home did not result in the recovery of the items police believe were bought with stolen credit cards.

EMERGENCY VEHICLE NO PARKING ZONE

And while responding to a rollover accident in Chula Vista, a California Highway Patrol officer handcuffed a firefighter after a dispute over where the fire engine should park. The officer ordered Engine Operator Jacob Gregoir to move the fire truck off the center divide or he would be arrested.

As he worked the scene and checked the overturned car for more victims, Gregior told the unidentified CHP officer that he would have to check with his captain. That’s when the officer arrested him.

Gregoir had parked the truck behind an ambulance to provide protection for the emergency responders from oncoming traffic. This is a standard safety procedure most fire crews are taught.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

A California couple had their five-month-old baby taken by police last year, after they took the infant to get a second opinion on a medical procedure. Anna and Alex Nikolayev took their baby, who has a heart murmur, to Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento when he started exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

After giving her child an antibiotic she didn’t authorize, Anna decided to get a second-opinion. The doctors at Sutter Memorial argued against consulting other health experts, pressuring her to stay put, but Anna remained firm.

She took her baby from the hospital without a proper discharge, and went straight to Kaiser Permanente Hospital. While at Kaiser, the police showed up to take the child into protective custody but leaving after doctors said the baby was safe to go home with his parents.

The following day the police arrived at the family’s home, and without a warrant, took Sammy. The baby remains in protective custody.

NEVADA’S THOUGHT-POLICE

Finally, Californian Tan Nguyen was driving on Interstate 80 through Northern Nevada, when Humboldt County Sheriff Sergeant Lee Dove pulled him over for speeding, but instead of getting a ticket, Dove confiscated $50-thousand in cash Nguyen had in the vehicle.

In this incident report, Dove writes that he observed Nguyen seemed “nervous”, was “argumentative”, and that the car smelled of marijuana.  Nguyen was not cited for doing anything illegal, although Dove wrote in his report, “I felt he was not part of the legal traveling public,” which he cited as justification for taking Nguyen’s money.

Nguyen has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s office. Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Pasquale responded by saying, “If we think the money was obtained illegally, we have a right to seize it.”

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