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Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo (and the Mandalay Bay) Want People to Just “Forget That (Mass Shooting) and Move On”

Sheriff Joe Lombardo LVMPD Las Vegas Shooting

LVMPD Sheriff Joe Lombardo thinks it’s important that everyone just “move on and forget about” the October 1st shooting by Stephen Paddock at the Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip.

Over the MLK day weekend, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo stated:

“The frustrating thing for me as the head of the law enforcement is the keyboard bandits the guys who sit at their couches at their home and Monday morning quarterback everything you do and that are smarter than you. The pressure that we are put under to do the right thing and I believe we did the right thing and I am not hiding anything from anybody. You know what I know.

The reason why I say that it is just as important for you to be comfortable living here and have an understanding to prevent another event from taking place, for you to know what exactly happened. So, you know what exactly happened so far. I anticipate a press conference here in about a week to give you more information and to provide the media with more information associated with that event.

But there will not be a keystone or an important piece associated with Mr. Paddock and why he did what he did, so it’s important for us to forget that and move on and be resilient.”  – Via at the Baltimore Post Examiner

Overlooking the Freudian slip of Lombardo admitting that the “keyboard bandits” he’s so frustrated with are smarter than him, it is very much important that Las Vegas residents (and everyone else) know what exactly happened that day and why it happened the way it did. Unfortunately, if anything Lombardo and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have been doing the opposite of that important thing.

What few things they have released publicly have been incomplete on a basic, unnecessary level and in several major instances just plain inaccurate.  And in many cases these aren’t the kind of inaccuracies that have resulted from additional information being discovered during the course of an investigation. Nor are they things being withheld because public disclosure would compromise the investigation.

In fact, oftentimes these have been revisions or disclosures forced upon Lombardo and the LVMPD by those frustrating Keyboard Bandits and their inconvenient facts. Among other things, they were forced to admit that they lied about or withheld information on when Paddock checked in to the Mandalay Bay, the fact a Metro cop had fired his weapon inside the room where he had stayed, and the ever-shifting timeline of when the MGM security guard and Metro officers reached the 32nd floor and timing of the shooting in relation to that.

Some of the motives behind the dishonesty and lack of transparency for those particular inconsistencies are fairly easy to figure out. Mostly, it boils down to trying to reduce liability for the Mandalay Bay and Metro itself and eliminate criticism of their lack of a response. If Paddock checked in right before the shooting, then people are less likely to question why no-one saw him do anything suspicious that would point to his intentions in the days prior.

Similarly, if the shooting began at the same time as security guard Jesus Campos had been shot, then people are less likely to question why Mandalay Bay security didn’t respond immediately. If it ended shortly after, people are less likely to ask why the “heroic” Metro police officers stood around in the hallway for over an hour without going into the room where they knew someone had just fired hundreds of bullets into a crowd of unsuspecting people and presumably didn’t know whether he would start shooting again.

Note: If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

Las Vegas casinos are notorious for the amount of video cameras they have in and around them and for the vigilance with which security monitors those cameras. Except for the inside of the hotel rooms and other private areas such as bathrooms, you can’t walk two feet inside one without it being recorded. At least some of the police had body cameras. And Paddock himself had cameras set up both in the hallway and inside his room.

Yet there’s no video of the guard, Jesus Campos, being shot or the police in the hallway that day, no video of Paddock bringing his arsenal of weapons and ammunition from his car in the garage through the check-in area and to the room, no video of him smashing those giant reinforced windows out prior to the shooting. There’s also no video of him barricading the door to the stairwell, setting up cameras in the hallway, or disabling the farm alarms just prior to firing on the crowd.

Lombardo was in a big hurry almost before the sound of gunfire had faded away to assure everyone that only one person was responsible for this shooting. He also was in a rush to make sure everyone knew that that one person was dead and there was no terrorist connection. Even before there was time enough to confirm whether that was true, it was important for them to assure tourists didn’t get scared off by the idea of another incident like this happening in the future.

The problem is that the inconsistencies, altered timelines, and exposed lies that those efforts to keep information from the public have spawned has done nothing but fuel those same fears and mistrust toward the official story. Sheriff Lombardo and the MGM corporation (along with the rest of Las Vegas’ casino industry) would like for everyone to just “forget that and move on.”

It’s important that we don’t until we get some real answers.

The LVMPD’s Shifting Timeline for the Oct. 1st Las Vegas Mass Shooting

What Happened in Vegas,” the award winning documentary by Ramsey Denison, is currently available on DVD as well as via Video On Demand (VOD). In addition to the issues and questions surrounding the Route 91 Festival shooting already mentioned, the movie also exposes some of the many instances of corruption and police brutality within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

As has been detailed numerous times here at NVCopBlock.org, What Happened in Vegas primarily details the extremely controversial killings of Trevon Cole, Erik Scott, Stanley Gibson, and Tashii Farmer-Brown by Las Vegas police and the cover ups that followed. Several other instances of violent, racist, and/or outright criminal acts by members of the LVMPD are also featured to illustrate the overall systemic corruption within the department.

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Video: The Rotting Barrel of Bad Apples That is the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department “Leadership”

LVMPD Capt. Yesenia Yatomi Promotion After Perjury

Captain Yasenia Yatomi, just one member of the LVMPD’s “leadership,” who have managed to excel at corruption, dishonesty, and a general lack of ethics.

In the video embedded below, Ramsey Denison, the director of “What Happened in Vegas,” and Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs, who also appears in the documentary, discuss several of the high ranking members of the LVMPD. As is pointed out in the video, those “leaders” have quite a stellar history of corruption and outright criminality.

Specifically, Stubbs discusses in detail his involvement with Captain Yasenia Yatomi, which has transpired over the last several years. In fact, it was Yatomi’s unethical and illegal actions that led to Stubbs’ first appearance at NVCopBlock.org. Yatomi, who was a sergeant at the time, unlawfully arrested Stubbs when he refused to allow her to deprive one of his clients of their Constitutional right to counsel.

She then followed that up by falsifying a police report to justify that arrest. Of course, since police reports are sworn statements, that constituted an act of perjury. However, rather than being prosecuted, fired, or in any way whatsoever punished for that (felony) crime, Yatomi was instead promoted.

Note: If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

In fact, as her current rank indicates, she has actually been promoted not just once, but twice since then. As a matter of fact, as part of her promotion to Lieutenant, Yatomi was placed in charge of the Internal Affairs Bureau. Without even a hint of irony, the LVMPD put someone who was actively being investigated for a criminal offense in command of the department that investigates misconduct by police officers.

Some of the other highlights include Undersheriff Kevin Mcmahill, the current no.2 in command at Metro who was forced to resign earlier in his career after he sexually harassed a suspect. Also among the notable members of the LVMPD’s upper echelon is Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank, who has a history of domestic violence.

As they say, the fish rots from the head down. So it should be no surprise that the LVMPD is a barrel of Bad Apples from top to bottom.

The LVMPD’s “Dirtbag Dream Team”

What Happened in Vegas,” the award winning documentary by Ramsey Denison, is currently available on DVD as well as via Video On Demand (VOD). In addition to the issues and questions surrounding the Route 91 Festival shooting, the movie also exposes some of the many instances of corruption and police brutality within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

As has been detailed numerous times here at NVCopBlock.org, What Happened in Vegas primarily details the extremely controversial killings of Trevon Cole, Erik Scott, Stanley Gibson, and Tashii Farmer-Brown by Las Vegas police and the cover ups that followed. Several other instances of violent, racist, and/or outright criminal acts by members of the LVMPD are also featured to illustrate the overall systemic corruption within the department.

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Woman Detained and Harassed at the Bellagio Casino by Las Vegas Police for “Illegally” Honking Horn

Nevada Cop Block Warning Gang Activity LVMPD Las Vegas

Yet another account of the LVMPD showing what great “partners with the community” they are by harassing and intimidating a Las Vegas woman who “illegally” honked her horn.

Note: This post was shared with Nevada Cop Block via an anonymous reader submission. If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

Obviously, this submission isn’t some harrowing tail of police brutality. In fact, it’s pretty low on the scale of what police in general and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, in particular, are capable of (and have actually done). However, on a basic level it just shows the sort of “service and protection” that those who live in Las Vegas often receive from our “partners with the community.” As is pointed out in the submission, it’s these types of interactions that have the opposite effect, instead creating feelings of mistrust, fear, and even hostility toward the police among the public.

Beyond that, it’s also important to understand that many instances of brutality and killings at the hands of the police often start out as minor harassment based stops that then escalate into violence. When police arrogance combines with the (well earned) distrust of cops by citizens, things can go very wrong, very fast.

Last night, I was in line to enter the Bellagio drive up. A man in front of me had repeatedly allowed people to cross two and three lanes to nose into the line, and people behind me were honking.

When we approached the light, it turned green and the man stopped, even though there were no pedestrians crossing. So I tapped my horn. Much to my disbelief, two cops ran over to my car and yelled at me asking me why I honked my horn and hurt their ears???? I said I was sorry, I was not aware of them being to my right on the sidewalk full of pedestrians.

They continued to yell at me and said they were thinking of arresting me for using my horn illegally and told me to pull over and give them my license. This was a completely aggressive and demeaning interaction on their part, as I was shaking and completely stunned to find myself with the threat of going to jail. After sitting and waiting for sometime, the “nicer” of the two, and that is said with a grain of salt, explained to me that it is illegal to honk your horn unless it is an emergency.

Let me back-pedal a little to explain that each time I asked these two cops a question, they answered with a question, such as “do you want me to take you to jail?” They had no intention of providing me any type of information about the situation, but instead were completely wound up and had an agenda. Luckily, I was eventually allowed to go after being berated and told not to honk my horn unless it was an emergency…

I now understand these posts about people being wary to contact police in an emergency. If these guys are on edge because of the Mandalay Bay shooting then I suggest they get some heavy counseling before they harm an innocent passerby who disturbs their hearing!! Ridiculous…

– Jane Doe

Edit: Shortly after this was posted, Stephen Stubbs, a Las Vegas attorney who has been featured on NVCopBlock.org numerous times over the years, pointed out the signalling requirements outlined in NRS 484B.413 (AKA – the “signalling traffic statute“), that relates to vehicles preparing to turn in an area that might effect pedestrians.

As you can see in the photo below section #1 of that statute actually requires drivers to make “a clearly audible signal by sounding the horn if any pedestrian may be affected by such movement.” Anybody who has driven on the Strip, knows very well that pedestrians are very prone to walking across side streets and driveways against the light.

So, if the law is being interpreted by the letter (as it obviously was here) it’s more likely that not honking in the situation described would get you a ticket than honking would. Unless you’re a cop just looking to harass someone because they did something that you didn’t like.

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Racist Carmel, Indiana Police Department Sergeant Refers to Crime Victim as “Dumb Nigger”

Sgt Sean Brady Racist Carmel IN Police Officer

According to a reader submission, after failing to properly hang up the phone Carmel Police Sgt Sean Brady was overheard calling a man who had reported having his house broken into a “Dumb Nigger.”

Note: This post was shared with Nevada Cop Block anonymously via reader submission. If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

As stated in the submission, someone vandalized and stole property belonging to this resident of Carmel, Indiana, as well as several of his neighbors. He maintains that even though he received no response after reporting it, those neighbors informed him that they had. Being that he was the only non-white victim and also the only one that hadn’t been contacted by police, he suspected that the reason was race-based. As a result, he placed a follow up call to the Carmel Police Department to ask for an explanation.

According to the submission, rather than being helpful, Sgt. Sean Brady, who answered the call, was rude and dismissive of him. In addition, he says that Sgt. Brady confirmed his suspicions that the lack of response was racial in nature after he inadvertently failed to hang up the phone at the end of the conversation. Sgt. Brady could be heard discussing the phone call with another, unidentified man, and referring to the man as a “Dumb Nigger.”

Incidentally, Sgt. Sean Brady is also one of the many, many, many “Bad Apples” who have received awards from their department. In 2014, he was the recipient of a merit award for “Distinguished Service.” (To be fair, technically he did distinguish himself with his “service” during this phone call and his unintentionally overheard recap of it.)

Date of Incident: October 03, 2017
Officer Involved: Sgt. Sean Brady
Dept. Involved: Carmel Police Department
Dept. Facebook Page: CarmelPD
Dept. Twitter Account: @Carmel_Police
Dept. YouTube Channel: Carmel Police Dept.
Administrative Contact: Lieutenant Charlie Driver
Dept. Complaints Email: [email protected]
Dept. Phone No.: (317) 571-2500
Dept. Address: 3 Civic Square Carmel, IN 46032
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In this day and age, there is no excuse for anyone, let alone a law enforcement officer to use racial slurs. I am a Carmel resident and tax payer who had the misfortune of having to refer to the CarmeI Police Department after my family and I were made victims of crime. I followed the process after our property was vandalized and stolen by calling the police and having a report filed. Weeks went by and we heard nothing and were never contacted by anyone with the department.

I would under any other circumstances have the patience to wait, understanding that maybe there were more serious crimes or pressing matters that the Carmel Police Department was tending to, but I found that wasn’t the case. Several neighbors fell victim to the same crime and all had reported their incidents to the department. The neighbors that I spoke with afterwards all stated that they had at least received a follow-up phone call from a detective to confirm that their incident was being investigated.

Again, trying to give the department the benefit of the doubt, I reached out to the criminal investigations unit myself. You should also know that all of my other neighbors are white and my family is the only black family on our street. Our white neighbors received notice from the Carmel Police Department, while ours was excluded.

Sgt Sean Brady Carmel PoliceWhen I called the Carmel police for follow-up, I spoke with Sgt. Sean Brady with the criminal investigations unit. Sgt. Brady was rude, even hostile and made it seem like my complaint and the property that had been stolen or vandalized was unimportant to his department and that he had no desire to provide the service which my tax dollars pay for.

I asked for an explanation as to why my “white” neighbors were receiving police assistance and why their complaints were being investigated, but my family, who were victims as well, were excluded. Sgt. Brady stated “I don’t have time for this” and ended the phone call before providing an explanation.

Sgt. Brady may have thought that he terminated the call, but the phone didn’t disconnect on his end and I could still hear what was happening in the background of the office and what was being said. I could very clearly hear Sgt. Brady saying to another person (it’s unknown if the male voice in the background was another officer) ” I don’t know what that dumb nigger expects for me to do for him.”

I’ve made calls and have sent messages to complain on this racist officer with his own department, but naturally they have gone unanswered. Here is a word of advice for anyone of color who deals with this department or anyone of their officers. This is a racist department that needs to be investigated for the hate crimes that they commit on tax payers, citizens, and the good people who happen to be of color who have the misfortune of having any sort of contact with them.

Sgt. Sean Brady referred to me as a “dumb nigger” and I can only imagine how many others have also been subjected to this man’s hateful and racist outlook. He made it very clear that he lacks the ability to see victims of crime as just that, but rather, he can only see the color of a person’s skin.

Sgt. Sean Brady, racist Carmel, Indiana police officer, needs to be investigated for his racist comments, unprofessionalism, and the prejudice and hate that he has shown.

– More Than the “N Word”

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Virginia City, Illinois Police Treat Stabbing Victim as Suspect; Arrest Witness

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According to a reader submission, a man who was stabbed was treated as a suspect, rather than a victim, by Officer Steve Helmich and other Virginia City, Il. Police Officers.

Note: The description included within this post was shared with Nevada Cop Block by Nathan Danner via reader submission. If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

This post discusses the events surrounding an incident that happened in Virginia, Illinois. That incident involved some sort of altercation, in which a man named Charles Hudson was stabbed. According to an article I found, Jimmy Johnson (identified as “Old Man” in the submission) and his son Jeremiah Johnson (identified as “Man 1” in the submission) were later arrested for the stabbing.

According to Danner, rather than being helpful to Hudson after he had been stabbed, officers from the Virginia Police Department instead treated him as if he was a suspect. Danner states that Officer Steve Helmich even threatened to use a tazer on him. In addition, Danner was later himself arrested and had some of his personal belongings seized by VPD officers.

Subsequently, Ron Boris, the Virginia City Police Chief, and Officer Helmich have both resigned from the department. However, currently Chief Boris is running against Captain Devron Orhn to replace retiring Sheriff Bob Fair in Cass County. Virginia City is the county seat of Cass County, which means Chief Boris could potentially end up with even more power in Virginia City if he is elected.

Date of Incident: Oct. 7th, 2017
Officers Involved: Chief Ron Boris, Officer Steve Helmich, Captain Devron Orhn
Department Involved: City of Virginia, Il. Police Department
Facebook Page: Virginia Police Dept. on FB
Department Phone No.: (217) 452-3500

The Stabbing

October 7th, on or around 12am, I witnessed a stabbing behind the East Side bar in Virginia Il. I was standing in the back by the picnic table smoking a cigarette when I saw Charles Hudson being pursued by another male. After hearing Charles tell the other guy to get away, I flicked my cigarette and started towards the door.

Within seconds, they were in a skirmish. I turned back to watch. A man then exited a black truck with a truck topper. He was an older guy with a cane. “Old Man” pulled a knife. I ran over grabbing the guys shirt and ripping it while in the process. The old man turned to swing his cane at me, but missed. He then tried to swing the knife at me.

Trying not to get stabbed, while also trying to make sure Charles didn’t get stabbed, I let go of the man’s shirt. In that brief moment, the old man took to the ground where Charles and “Man 1” had each other in a double head lock, with Charles being in the front and man1 being in the back. The old man held the early 1900’s style “Texas Toothpick Knife” to Charles’ throat, repeatedly saying he was gong to slice his throat.

Charles let go of his choke hold and it was now just Man1 choking Charles and Old Man with a knife to Charles’ throat. Then Man 1, in my opinion, purposely let go of Charles and swung his arms up toward the hand that was holding the knife and thrust the knife into Charles’ throat. I screamed, “no! You just stabbed him in the F****** throat!” The old mam said,” And…let’s go son.”

I reached down to secure the wound, while simultaneously grabbing my phone to dial 911. At that time, I yelled to someone exiting the bar to come grab his wound as I pursued the truck screaming the vehicle description and license plate number to the 911 person. Charles popped off the ground with blood squirting from his neck. He managed to stagger into the bar, making it in four steps before collapsing to the ground.

With everybody scrambling, I grabbed a wad of napkins from the bar and pressed it on his neck. Laura, the bartender, grabbed some rags and Jeff Perkins sat on Charles, applying pressure to the wound. Several minutes passed before we saw the first lights approaching the bar.

It was Officer Helmich from the Virginia Police Department. All he wanted to do was yell at people and stand and watch Charles bleed. He was completely unprofessional. Then Mccombs pulled up, and I ran out the back begging him to hurry, as Helmich had no idea what he was doing.

The EMTs got there, who again were just standing around because they seemed incapable of helping. They had me pick Charles up off the ground of the bar and get him to the gurney. As they were taking him out the door through the front, Charles repeatedly said he was not going in the ambulance without one of three people present: his mother, his fiancé, or Cass County Sheriff Bob Fair.

Helmich threatened Charles with his tazer if he refused to get in the ambulance. I told Helmich, “that is against the law.” Helmich told me, “shut up or you’ll be tazed as well.” I then pulled my phone back out to record the injustices that were going on.

I turned to Mccombs and asked if he wanted me to go retrieve one of those people Charles was asking for and he said, “yes, please do so.” I then went to get his fiancé and brought her back up town. I went in to the bar grabbed an ice water and left East Side with Jeff Perkins. I stopped in Good Times to try and get a beverage, but it was 1:30am and they were no longer serving. I walked back to my car, grabbed my cans of soda, and headed off to Jeff’s house.

Two officers came to Jeff’s house to ask me for a statement, which I refused to give them until I had an in person apology and a written apology from the officer who threatened to taze me. Chief Boris agreed that it was more than fair. Some time went by and I was down to my last cigarette. So I went on a walk back up town to retrieve a new pack from the vehicle I was using for the night.

I only got within 15 ft. of the vehicle and was told by Helmich to put my hands behind my back because I was under arrest. So I turned around, was placed in handcuffs, searched without consent, and put in the back of the police car. I was then taken to Jacksonville to be booked. Helmich gave me two tickets with a written time of 1:10 am. One ticket was for disorderly conduct and one ticket was for resisting/obstructing a police officer. I made bond for $150.

As soon as I returned to Virginia, I went to the Virginia Police Department to try and retrieve my property that they had illegally seized. Those items being my Samsung Galaxy S8 plus a 10 dollar bill and one Marlboro Black cigarette. They refused to give me back my property, or present a warrant for seizure, of said property. I then asked for them to let me file my complaint on paper with them, which they refused.

I asked for the sheriff or a sheriff’s deputy to come up and they refused. Both officers refused to identify themselves when I asked for them to do so. I had to send my mother and uncle to Sheriff Bob Fair’s house to try to wake him up. When he didn’t answer, I sent them to Deputy (Captain) Devron Ohrn’s. Devron came straight to the sheriff’s office and let me write my statement regarding the illegal search and seizure of my property.

My Speech at the City Council Meeting on Monday, October 9th

Hello,

My name is Nathan Danner and tonight I’m here to shed light on some recent events that took place in our small community. On Sat., October 7th at about 12:00 am, a stabbing took place behind the East Side bar, here in Virginia. This already horrible situation was made even worse by the actions and response of our city police and EMT service.

During the time Charles Hudson was laying on the ground and bleeding out, our police and EMT personnel were just standing there watching, seemingly unable to help. I had to pick Charles up off the ground and carry him to the gurney. While outside the front of East Side, Charles refused medical attention until one of three people were present.

He was threatened to be tazed by Officer Helmich if he didn’t get in the ambulance. I spoke up and assured Officer Helmich that was illegal and it was his right to choose what happens to him. The officer treated Charles as if he were the criminal when he was clearly the victim. Our officers showed me that during the times we need them the most we could not count on them to do their jobs correctly or professionally.

Later that night, I was given two tickets: one for disorderly conduct and one for resisting/obstruction of a peace officer. I bonded out and returned to the police station, only trying to obtain the items that were illegally seized at the time of my arrest. Those items were: my cellphone, a $10 bill, and a single cigarette.

Chief Boris and Officer Helmich refused to identify themselves when asked to. They also refused to give me back my property, and refused to let me file my report. Thankfully I was able to wake Deputy Sheriff Devron Orhn out of bed to allow me to file a report.

Over the last month, there have been several occasions of people in our community getting their civil rights violated and suffering abuse as extreme as felony assault with a tazer. This includes:

  • Micheal Rogers, who was tazed in the sheriff’s office by a city officer
  • A man passed out in his yard, whom a citizen was seeking medical attention for, was threatened to be tazed by Officer Helmich.
  • Officer Helmich using intimidation on Charles by threatening him with his tazer.
  • Helmich threatening me with his tazer and giving unjust and unfair tickets to try and cover his tracks.

Today, I’m calling for appropriate actions to take place in order to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Thank you

The “Aftermath”

Man 1 and Old Man have both been arrested.

  • Old Man on charges of attempted murder and mob action.
  • Man 1 on a charge of mob action.

The two officers have put in their letters of resignation and their last day of work in our town is Nov. 13.

– Nathan Danner

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Excessive Force Suit Filed After Philadelphia Sheriff’s Deputies Tackled Pennsylvania Bar Association President

Pennsylvania Bar Association Pres Clifford Haines Assaulted by Philly Sheriffs Deputies

Clifford Haines, the former president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, has filed an excessive force lawsuit against the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Deputies that assaulted him in August of 2017.

The courthouse surveillance footage embedded below shows an incident from August (2017) at the Philadelphia Justice Center. But this was no ordinary game of dog pile by the deputies from the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office working the screening area of the court.

The senior citizen you see being pushed onto the scanner belt, then gang-tackled and thrown to the floor, is a former president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and (obviously) a pretty prominent Philadelphia lawyer.

As a result of their assault, Clifford Haines ended up with a fractured shoulder. He has now filed an excessive force lawsuit against the five Philly Sheriff’s Deputies involved. The sergeant on duty that day was also named in the lawsuit.

Via the American Bar Association Journal:

Clifford Haines, 72, claims “extraordinary misconduct” by the officers whose actions were “unprovoked, unjustified, and clearly excessive and abusive,” report Philly.com and the Legal Intelligencer.

A video of the incident shows Haines pointing his finger at an officer, then spreading his arms. The officer appears to slightly push Haines’ chest, and Haines moves his arm as if to deflect the officer’s hand. At that point four officers shove Haines onto the conveyor belt on the metal scanner, and a fifth officer joins in to push Haines off the machine and onto the ground.

The incident occurred in August at the Philadelphia Justice Center. Haines was arrested, but prosecutors declined to file charges after reviewing the video.

The suit says Haines had to enter the courthouse through the general screening area because he had forgotten his bar card. Haines realized that he had forgotten to turn off his cellphone, which had been locked in a pouch during the screening process. When he tried to return to the front of the building to turn off the phone, a deputy “rudely” ordered him to leave through a different area, the suit says.

Haines said he complied, but reprimanded the deputy when he returned to the screening area. When the officer shoved him, Haines says, he repeated his reprimand. He was tackled after that, the suit says.

Haines claims he remained handcuffed for an hour even though he told deputies he was in pain from his shoulder injuries.

The suit claims assault and battery, false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit names as defendants five unidentified deputies and an unidentified sergeant.

This case is actually interesting when you read the description. Basically, what it boils down to is Haines was offended because one of the deputies didn’t respect his authoritah and, since he didn’t have his bar card on him he had to jump through all the same hoops that the commoners do.

So he decided to “reprimand” that deputy, who didn’t appreciate his own authoritah not being respected. It was a pretty quick progression from pissing match to rasslin’ match after that. Then the final lesson for the viewers at home is that the Piggies don’t play fair. Of course, the other thing the cops do once their gang is done dropping you on your head is lie about it and try to lock you in a cage, too.

So that’s why I very much agree with his lawyer’s assessment of the real message of this video (same source as previous):

Haines’ lawyer, Patricia Pierce, said the case shows why members of the public don’t trust law enforcement. “You have to ask yourself: If this can happen to this man in front of cameras, how is anybody else supposed to feel safe?” she told Philly.com.

Really, it should be surprising that people sworn to “protect and serve” the public would escalate a conflict, beat an elderly man, and then attempt to charge him with a crime knowing that they were on camera the whole time. Beyond the social and political stature of their target, it really isn’t at all, though. That’s kinda how that “reprimanding” thing tends to turn out for us commoners more often than not.

Welcome to the club, Mr. Haines.

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Body Cam Video: Alabama Mother Unlawfully Arrested After Saying “F The Police”

Arrested by Alabama Cop For Saying Fuck The Police

Body camera video (embedded below) shows a mother and domestic violence victim in Alabama being arrested for saying, “Fuck The Police,” even though it is a legal exercise of free speech that is protected under the First Amendment.

**Scroll down to about the halfway point for the video**
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Date of Incident: Ongoing
Officer Involved: Cpl. (now Sgt.) Youngblood
Department Involved: Millbrook Alabama Police
Chief of Police: P.K. Johnson – (334) 285-5603
Assistant Chief: Johnny Montgomery – (334) 285-5603
Facebook: City of Millbrook on FB

The video submitted for this post is fairly self explanatory and even predictable: two cops from a tiny Alabama town show up presumably to mediate a dispute over childcare issues between a husband and wife. One of the cops begins to feel his authoritah isn’t being properly respected, so he decides to escalate the situation into a confrontation. The mother, who also says she is a domestic violence victim, gets frustrated and decides to legally exercise her freedom of speech by yelling “Fuck The Police.” Cpl. Youngblood responds by making an unlawful arrest based on speech that clearly (and according to the Supreme Court) is protected by the First Amendment.

Beyond that singular incident, Nicole, who submitted the post, details the many abusive acts she says her husband has carried out against her and her children. She also discusses the numerous ways in which he has used his influence with the police, courts, and CPS workers to cover up those abuses and further victimize her.

Hello,

I’m in need of help. When this video (embedded below) took place, I was devastated. The police took no actions. Then my 17 yr. old son was handcuffed and beaten by the police of Millbrook, Alabama while non combative for being a hot head. One officer involved in the act spoke up and told what happened. I was incarcerated at the time and watched as four officers beat my son.

After that horrific incident, my son and I were subjected to judicial abuse. This was so bad that, when my son’s charges were dropped, the juvenile judge made threats to our lives. All of this stems from domestic violence within our living situation, for which I was denied help in Alabama by police countless times. Also the nearest local domestic violence center is “Family Sunshine Center” in Montgomery, Alabama. So, I was forced to stay and deal with it, as the Millbrook police suggested after arriving at my home previously.

I took my arrest to trial, however,  because I was making the case a Black Lives Matter issue, the lawyer I paid refused to represent me in court, quitting with only two days remaining before court. So, I was forced to represent myself at trail with no jury, in which I lost when I told the judge he misunderstood the facts. After spending six months on bail bond hold, I could not escape the escalating abuse.

Horrible, unspeakable things were escalating and the children and I were falling into despair. I was isolated and didnot have a way out. So, I continued to deal with it until my husband came home angry and drew back his fist to hurt our three year old.

I cried out, “Don’t you hit her!” Instead of a punch to the belly, he violently threw her four feet across the room. I rushed to her. Thankfully, she was unharmed and had landed in a U shape on her bum. This was a blessing of the fact she could do cartwheels from age two and now, at age four, has mastered a one handed cartwheel, as well as other flips and jumps. If not for her god given talents, she would have ended up in serious condition.

Afraid to call the Millbrook police, for good reason, I called the Montgomery police, who advised me to call the state troopers. Once I had called the state troopers, I was nicely told by the officer that I was crazy and that the Millbrook police are not out to get me. That they will help you. Cpl. Youngblood, who is the policeman seen arresting me in the video, answered the phone.

I said, “No thank you, I do not need help.” The state trooper then asked if Youngblood would be coming out. He replied, “No, I will send some others. I replied, “Still, no thank you.” After several hours had passed, there was a knock on the door. It was the Millbrook police. I looked out the window and said, “No thank you, go away.”

Instead, they broke into my front door. I screamed and ran, asking them to leave. They refused to go and did not say even one word the whole time. Confused, I tried to calm myself down and speak to the officers. So I sat in the living room on a wing-backed chair. One of the officers moved so close to me that the ring on his belt hung in my face. He also wore a very menacing look on his face.

Then, I turned my face towards the door, scared of what they were going to do to me. I saw Cpl. Youngblood walking into the door and I became even more afraid. At this time, I saw my cell phone sitting nearby and picked it up to record their actions. The close officer backed off a bit and they all stood silently with their hands folded as I cried and begged Cpl. Youngblood to leave. (I still have that video.)

See the video below for the rest of what happened…

After that was over, I knew I needed to get out of there before one of us ended a life. So I called my local home town news station, who gave me the number of the domestic violence shelter. So I called and spoke to a wonderful counselor, who got busy to help me stay alive.

She advised me to call the local child protective services, so I did. She also advised me to tell the truth, so I did. John Holmes, who answered the call, listened to my plea for help. Then he advised me that he would not be coming out to make a report and that I would be held responsible for any abuse found, also.

Devastated that my family was once again in grave danger, I again turned to the Willow Domestic Violence Center in New York. The counselor was shocked at the news of what had happened, but she also had bad news for me again. There was no D.V. shelter for me to go to and they refused to help me escape with five kids.

My husband had returned with the police and gotten the car keys. So I could not leave, being in a very country place. There was no way out and he could kill us at any time. No one would help. The Willow Domestic Violence Shelter counselor said that I must get a police report, at least.

Together, we called the police, the mayor, and a host of other city officials in Millbrook, Alabama. Finally, they sent officers out to take the report without Youngblood. However, when they came to do the report, the male officer put words in my mouth. Afraid to dispute it, I held my tongue. I also have video of this event.

Once I had confirmation that the report was written, the captain of the police department stated that that was all they would do for me and that no investigation or arrest would be made. I was then advised by the New York domestic violence shelter that they could not find any help in the state of Alabama for my family.

If I had a way to get to my hometown of N.Y., they said they could help. With nowhere to go and our lives in danger, my oldest son called a friend. We made plans for him to come back in the AM to make two trips to Montgomery, Alabama to board a Greyhound to New York and that is what we did. There was a rainbow on the day that we left.

Confused, sad, and bewildered with five kids and only 600 dollars, I went to a DV shelter. He went to court and filed for a divorce. I was never made aware of this and he won by default all things and custody of our children. He came to their school in NY and removed them. When the domestic violence shelter found out, moves were made to protect the children. Also, a Child Protective Services investigation was done and he was indicted on all claims.

Court procedures to protect the children were started in New York. The children were assigned a legal guardian, who also agreed that there had been neglect and abuse by their father. I thought we were safe, but due to UCJA laws, the case was moved back to Alabama with safety precautions for the children to return. The children were given a legal guardian and I was to contact her and also the local Child Protective Services, so I did.

When speaking to the legal guardian, she informed me that she was only put on the case to satisfy the court in NY. Also, she said that she had been told by Judge Sibley Reynolds to go speak to my husband and to make a written statement, which she had already written. I then called Child Protective Services, as ordered, and they proceeded to tell me that they have not gotten the judges orders and will not open the case to investigate that Steuben, NY had already investigated. In addition, they said it is up to the Millbrook police to file criminal charges and they will in no way protect our children.

Husband Abuse Alabama Wife Police Courts CorruptionSo, afraid of what was going on, I called the Millbrook police and spoke to Capt. Fields, who told me he was not going to protect me or the kids. He also made a remark that he knows exactly who I am; I’m the woman who doesn’t know how to talk to police. He then proceeded to tell me that I can’t make him do it and NY can’t make him do it. I found out later that the New York police and CPS made a request for prosecution that was also denied by the Millbrook police.

Terrified, with no lawyer to take my case, I called Elmore County court and asked about my case. I was informed that there was not a new case of custody modifications in front of a special master as my court documents said. However, some movement was made on a contempt of court charge in the original default divorce. Knowing now that I was not safe to return, I started to read all the divorce documents.

I noticed my maiden name is wrong, the marriage date is wrong, and I found out that the divorce is not fully dissolved due to us being married in India under the Hindu Marriage Act and because I was not present for any of the divorce proceedings. I can have the case heard in a fair forum. I noticed in court that they use having ties to India against me and put a hold on my passport blocking me from help and assets.

I am in hiding, in fear for my life, afraid of being hurt by police or my abusive husband. Several domestic violence shelters, CPS workers, police, and judges in Steuben County have tried to protect my children and I. They can do nothing more than to personally tell me to hide.

The officials in Alabama won’t listen. He has, with the help of an Alabama court had the two indications of abuse sealed and expunged leaving me having to hide in fear, in order to protect myself and my children. I have looked high and low for help. I have proof of all this. Does anyone out there have any ideas? (This account is really just the basic story lines.)

Thank you,

– Nicole

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Detained by Las Vegas Police for Openly Carrying a Sword While Walking (Video)

Las Vegas Police Detain Black Men Walking While Open Carrying Sword

Two black men were detained, handcuffed, questioned, and photographed by Las Vegas police officers because they were walking while (legally) carrying a sword.

On Saturday (11-14-17), while I was out on a bike ride, I noticed a Las Vegas police helicopter circling the Walmart parking lot just ahead of me. As I reached the area where it was, I looked over and saw three LVMPD police cars with their lights on at the outer edge of the Walmart parking lot.

Once I was inside that parking lot, I could see that they had two black men in cuffs outside of a Dotty’s Casino (a small local “casino” chain that realistically amounts to more of an oversized bar) within it located on Nellis and Boulder Hwy. across the street from the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino. So I started filming them with a GoPro mounted to the handlebars of my bike.

(See Video embedded below)

At the end of the video, I asked those two men what they had been stopped for and they told me that it was because someone had called to report that they had a sword, something that is by itself not actually illegal (as long as it is openly carried it’s legal just like a firearm or any other non-prohibited weapon). They stated they had been taking the sword to a nearby pawn shop, so they could sell it.

Obviously, they were eventually released without any sort of charges, since they had committed no crime, although the cops made them pose for pictures, which generally means they intend to add them to the gang registry and means that they will be harassed and profiled at every opportunity in the future based on that designation. That’s a pretty common practice by Metro for minorities, bikers, and others that they consider to be the “usual suspects.”

Although this fortunately didn’t result in any sort of physical violence being used against the men, Metro’s “finest” felt the need to not only respond with three patrol officers, but also at one point to have their lieutenant come by. And of course, as was mentioned already it gave them an excuse to play with their new “rescue” helicopter that’s usually busy circling downtown. (Apparently, there’s a lot of stranded hikers down there.)

Beyond the question of whether this was a case of racial profiling (whether it be by the police themselves or the security guard who apparently called them), as the men who had been detained stated, there’s a very real chance that someone will end up getting killed anytime the police are called. Not only does Las Vegas have a history of police violence without any sort of consequences, but not too long ago just one state over, in Saratoga Springs, Utah, an innocent man was shot to death for the non-crime of using a samurai sword as part of a cosplay outfit.

The reality is you should never call the police unless you’re comfortable with the idea that the person you called them on might end up dead. The cops don’t murder someone every time they show up (yet), but if do, they will absolutely get away with it every time (and they know that they will, too).

Note: You can share posts with Nevada Cop Block via our reader submission page. So, if you have videos, personal stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. You can also send in links if you a story involving police misconduct or corruption involving someone within the courts. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

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Update: Las Vegas Police Officer Previously Caught Committing Perjury Promoted (Again) to Captain

LVMPD Capt. Yesenia Yatomi Promotion After Perjury

Capt. Yasenia Yatomi, who ordered the illegal arrest of Las Vegas attorney Stephen Stubbs in order to question a suspect without his attorney present and then lied about it under oath.

Normally, once you know the actual background of the subject of Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV.com‘s “feel good story” about a female LVMPD officer receiving a promotion, its opening line would be rather ironic:

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s newest captain is beating the odds…”

Of course, in this situation we’re talking about a cop and more specifically a Las Vegas cop. So any sort of amazement or disbelief in relation to their horrible and even outright illegal behavior on the job and lack of any sort of meaningful consequences should always be immediately and completely suspended.

The true fact of the matter is that if newly promoted Captain Yatomi was employed in any other sort of career field just the fact that she wasn’t fired after she was caught in court committing perjury in order to justify ordering the illegal arrest of a lawyer would have huge odds against it.

In fact, it could be argued that, even among the police in most cities outside of the Las Vegas area, being exposed (once again in court) as having falsified an official police report would also carry pretty good odds of landing a police officer in jail.

What’s not mentioned at all within that article is that Capt. Yatomi has a rather large and infamous history of misconduct over the past several years. As can be seen in the video embedded below, in 2013 then Sgt. Yatomi, as part of the LVMPD Gang Task Force, arrived at a traffic stop in which members of a motorcycle club, the “Bikers for Christ,” were being questioned by a group of Metro patrol officers.

In spite of the fact that one of the detained bikers had asked Stephen Stubbs, a local attorney who was present at the time, to represent him during that questioning, Yatomi immediately ordered him to leave. Stubbs refused to do so, explaining that the man had a Fifth Amendment right to counsel. Instead of honoring that request, Yatomi ordered the arrest of Stubbs for “obstruction.”

Stephen Stubbs Arrest Video

That, in and of itself, would be a violation of the Constitution and, based on that, an illegal arrest of an attorney who had every legal right to represent their client during questioning. At the very least, it should have brought into question Yatomi’s knowledge of the law and her (rather important) job requirement to actually be aware of and uphold the Constitutional rights of citizens. The fact she was in a supervisory position as a sergeant only compounds those factors.

However, rather than dismissing the charges and admitting to being in the wrong, Yatomi subsequently created a second police report with a falsified description of the arrest, alleging that Stubbs had actively interfered with the officers’ investigation. Fortunately for Stubbs, a bystander had filmed the entire incident. Otherwise, he likely would have been sentenced to jail and possibly even disbarred as a result of Yatomi’s false report.

Instead, once the video was shown in court, Stubbs was declared innocent by Judge Eric Goodman. That video evidence was convincing enough that Stubbs was not even required to present a defense. It gets even worse, though. Not only did Yatomi lie in the police report she presented to prosecutors, she also withheld the original police report in order to cover for her illegal actions. Since a police report constitutes a sworn statement, both the falsification of the second report and the withholding of the first are criminal acts.

Regardless of this blatant and obvious string of crimes Yatomi had committed, she suffered exactly zero repercussions for her intentional illegal actions. Judge Goodman refused to hold her in contempt for having committed perjury and evidence tampering within his courtroom, ruling that it was up to the LVMPD to file charges against her. And you know that didn’t happen, because Metro is known as the most corrupt police department in the country for a reason.

In fact, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has not only reached new lows in failing to hold Yatomi accountable in any way for her crimes, they’ve rewarded her quite handsomely for them. As shown in the video embedded below, in 2016 Yatomi was promoted to lieutenant. As part of that promotion Lt. Yatomi, who had been publicly exposed as a perjurer that withheld evidence in order to justify an illegal and unconstitutional arrest, was placed in charge of Metro’s internal affairs division (the department that investigates cops accused of misconduct).

And now, just four years after knowingly and intentionally committing multiple felonies in order to justify an illegal arrest, Yasenia Yatomi has “beaten the odds” by being promoted to the rank of captain and put in charge of the Bolden Area Command. That certainly inspires confidence that the LVMPD has cleaned up their act and can now be trusted to hold their officers accountable. I feel safer already.

Lt. Yatomi is Promoted and Put in Charge of Internal Affairs

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LA Supreme Court: It’s Reasonable to Believe “Give Me a Lawyer Dog” was Request for a Dog Who is a Lawyer

Lawyer Dog Louisiana Supreme Court Canine Attorney

Lawyer Dog should really ask Grumpy Judge to recuse herself. #JusSayin

Recently, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a ruling on a motion to suppress evidence against Warren Demesme, who is currently awaiting trial in New Orleans. By a 6-1 majority the court denied that motion, which maintained that statements Demesme had made should be thrown because the police had ignored his request for legal counsel during interrogations.

What’s gotten a lot of attention (and rightfully so) since that ruling is the courts’ contention that Demesme’s request was ambiguous and unclear. But even more so for the reasoning behind the ruling. Orleans Parish Assistant District Attorney Kyle Daly argued in his response to the motion that Demesme’s statement, “just give me a lawyer dog,” could be misinterpreted by a “reasonable officer” based on the use of the words “lawyer dog.”

In a brief accompanying the decision, Louisiana Associate Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton agreed that the defendant’s use of “lawyer dog” could be misconstrued to mean something else and therefore did not qualify as a request for counsel.

Via the Washington Post:

Warren Demesme, then 22, was being interrogated by New Orleans police in October 2015 after two young girls claimed he had sexually assaulted them. It was the second time he’d been brought in, and he was getting a little frustrated, court records show. He had repeatedly denied the crime. Finally, Demesme told the detectives:

“This is how I feel, if y’all think I did it, I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog ’cause this is not what’s up.” The punctuation, arguably critical to Demesme’s use of the sobriquet “dog,” was provided by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office in a brief, and then adopted by Louisiana Associate Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton.

Demesme subsequently made admissions to the crime, prosecutors said, and was charged with aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. He is being held in the Orleans Parish jail awaiting trial.

The public defender for Orleans Parish, Derwyn D. Bunton, took on Demesme’s case and filed a motion to suppress Demesme’s statement. In a court brief, Bunton noted that police are legally bound to stop questioning anyone who asks for a lawyer. “Under increased interrogation pressure,” Bunton wrote, “Mr. Demesme invokes his right to an attorney, stating with emotion and frustration, ‘Just give me a lawyer.’” The police did not stop their questioning, Bunton argued, “when Mr. Demesme unequivocally and unambiguously asserted his right to counsel.”

Louisiana Associate Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton

Louisiana Associate Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton

Orleans Parish Assistant District Attorney Kyle Daly responded in his brief that Demesme’s “reference to a lawyer did not constitute an unambiguous invocation of his right to counsel, because the defendant communicated that whether he actually wanted a lawyer was dependent on the subjective beliefs of the officers.” Daly added, “A reasonable officer under the circumstances would have understood, as [the detectives] did, that the defendant only might be invoking his right to counsel.”

Bunton’s motion to throw out Demesme’s statement was rejected by the trial court and the appeals court, so he took it to the state Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, in a ruling issued last Friday and first reported by Reason, could have denied the appeal without issuing a written ruling, which it does in most cases. But Justice Crichton decided to write a brief concurrence “to spotlight the very important constitutional issue regarding the invocation of counsel during a law enforcement interview.”

Crichton noted that Louisiana case law has ruled that “if a suspect makes a reference to an attorney that is ambiguous or equivocal . . . the cessation of questioning is not required.” Crichton then concluded: “In my view, the defendant’s ambiguous and equivocal reference to a ‘lawyer dog’ does not constitute an invocation of counsel that warrants termination of the interview.”

So…

There’s a lot of things wrong with that decision. The most obvious issue is that they didn’t actually provide him with a dog who is a lawyer, as they claim they thought he had requested. It’s probably not the wisest move to request a dog to represent you in court, but if he’s a good boy and graduated from an accredited law school, who am I to cast aspersions?

Of course, that’s kind of the biggest problem with the “logic” of this ruling. They couldn’t give him a “lawyer dog” because, outside of memes on the internets, it’s not an actual thing. At this point in history, not one single dog has ever managed to pass the bar exam. Not Lassie, not Rin Tin Tin, not Benji, not even Snoopy. Scooby Doo is way to high to even think about taking the SAT’s, let alone the LSAT’s, and don’t even get me started on Marmaduke.

If any dog could have pulled it off, it obviously would have been Brian Griffin, but he died tragically after eating chocolate out of the garbage years ago. So, he’s not available right now.

What it boils down to is, if somebody asks for legal council, as is their constitutional right under the Sixth Amendment, you shouldn’t just be able to pretend you didn’t understand them because they used some (not uncommon) slang. In fact, if for some reason they ask for a “lawyer dog,” but there aren’t any available (or willing to work pro bone-o), then you give them a lawyer human instead.

It’s hard to have a lot of faith in the U.S. Injustice System, especially after rulings like this (not to mention all the coerced confessions and false convictions they allow for). However, you would hope that some sense of common decency and shame would compel the next appeals court this goes in front of to render a proper ruling on this nonsense.

I have a suspicion this might be a big part of the reason why the State of Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.

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