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Georgia School Cop Who Left K-9 in Hot Car to Die Also Shot Two Other Dogs Previously

Georgia School Cop Lt Peabody K9 Dog MurderOn June 10th, Lieutenant Daniel Peabody of the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office left his K-9 to die in a hot car, later claiming to have forgotten about him. Inca, the dog who had been assigned to Peabody by the Cherokee Schools police, died from a heat stroke as a result.

The car that the dog had been left in was reportedly not even intended to be used as a K-9 unit. Unlike the cars that typically are used to transport police dogs, this car had no alarm system installed to warn of excessive heat and also didn’t have a kennel installed to contain the dog within the vehicle. Lt. Peabody was subsequently placed under investigation and forced to resign over the incident.

Now it has come to light that during the investigation of Inca’s death it was revealed Peabody had also shot a previous dog, which had been assigned to him in 2012. Apparently, at the time that dog was killed no investigation was made into its cause of death and Peabody’s claim that it had choked on a toy was just accepted.

He has now been arrested in relation to both of the dogs’ deaths on charges of animal cruelty and lying to investigators.

Via AJC.com:

It was the investigation into Inca’s death that produced evidence suggesting Peabody shot and killed the other dog, Cherokee marshal’s officials said Wednesday.

That dog, a yellow lab named named Dale, was assigned to Peabody from 2007 to 2012 when he lived in Paulding County.

“Peabody initially claimed Dale’s death was accidental due to Dale choking on a toy,” the marshal’s office said in a statement. “However, the investigation yielded evidence that Dale was in fact shot and killed.”

On Monday, investigators found remains thought to be those of a dog at Peabody’s former home in Paulding while executing a search warrant. Those remains are being analyzed by a forensic veterinarian to try to identify the breed and cause of death, the marshal’s office said.

Peabody is in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and making a false statement to investigators in lieu of $22,400 bond.

It’s not real clear from the wording in that quote if the dog remains found at the house are those of the previous K-9, Dale, or if it is yet another dog he potentially killed.

It is also mentioned in that AJC.com article that Peabody’s wife, Tyler Verlander, has been charged with what is reported as “unrelated” charges involving improper running and licensing of boarding and training services, seemingly from within their home.

Cherokee County Marshal Lt. Dan PeabodyThis obviously leaves plenty of questions in regards to the supervision of K-9 officers and the dogs assigned to them by the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office. It shouldn’t be hard to determine the difference between a dog that choked on a toy and one that was shot to death. That would imply that Peabody’s word was taken without question in the previous case and not even a cursory investigation was carried out to confirm the cause of death.

Once Lt. Peabody receives his slap on the wrist for murdering two dogs, there should be some sort of inquiry into whoever is ultimately responsible for the welfare of the dogs, as well.

**Update** It was later revealed that the dog remains found at Lieutenant Peabody’s former home were in fact those of a previous pet he has now been accused of killing also. Peabody has now been implicated in the murders of three dogs, including two police K-9’s.

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Missouri Trooper Charged with Manslaughter in Brandon Ellingson Drowning

On December 18, Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Piercy was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the 2014 in custody death of Brandon Ellingson. As has been reported previously at CopBlock.org, Ellingson drowned after falling out of the boat he was being transported in after being arrested for boating while intoxicated at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Ellingson’s hands were cuffed behind him making it impossible for him to swim once he went overboard. Negligence by the police involved via the excess speed of the boat and the fact that a life vest was not properly used have been blamed for his death. The life vest was place over Brandon’s arms after he was cuffed and came off once he was in the water.

Via KansasCity.com:

Special prosecutor William Camm Seay announced the charge of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree against Trooper Anthony Piercy outside the Morgan County Justice Center. The charge is a Class C felony carrying a punishment of up to seven years in prison, up to a year in the county jail, a $5,000 fine or a combination of those.

Piercy’s actions that day were reckless, said Seay, a former circuit judge and prosecuting attorney.

“I have reviewed boxes and boxes of reports and records in regard to Mr. Piercy’s training and experience and everything that was done in the investigation,” he said. “I have charged him (Piercy) with recklessly causing the death. … It relates to an unjustifiable risk being taken…”

Within days of Brandon Ellingson’s death, The Star began investigating the incident. Over the next year, the newspaper uncovered many discrepancies in Piercy’s story from that day, as well as missteps in a merger of two state patrols that allowed the veteran road trooper to patrol the lake alone with minimal training…

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Ellingson, of Clive, Iowa, drowned May 31, 2014, while in Piercy’s custody. The college student had been enjoying a long weekend at the lake with friends when the trooper pulled him over for boating while intoxicated. The trooper then, according to Ellingson’s friends who watched the arrest, placed an already buckled life vest over the handcuffed man’s head and didn’t properly secure it.

Piercy pointed his boat toward a patrol zone office about 8 miles away. GPS records later indicated he reached a maximum speed of 46 mph during the ride. About halfway there, Ellingson went into the water.

His life vest came off a short time later, and though Piercy eventually jumped in, he was unable to save Ellingson. Divers recovered the college student’s body the next day from the lake bottom, about 70 feet below the surface.

Brandon EllingsonInitially, “investigators” had refused to file charges or discipline Piercy in any way for his careless and deadly actions, even going so far as to punish another trooper that spoke out about the problems in the case. That trooper, Sgt. Randy Henry, who was contacted by Piercy after the incident, is now retired and has criticized Piercy’s actions and classified the investigation as a cover-up.

Once again, via KansasCity.com:

Sgt. Randy Henry has said that a litany of things went wrong from the time Piercy pulled over Ellingson’s boat.

Warning: offensive language. Trooper Anthony Piercy called a supervisor at 6:28 p.m. May 31, 2014, about an hour after Brandon Ellingson drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks. Piercy placed the call from the boat of Cpl. David Echternacht. A microphone picked

Henry also has contended that patrol officials tried to paper over serious problems revealed by Ellingson’s death, in part to shield Gov. Jay Nixon from criticism for pushing the 2011 merger of the state Water Patrol into the Highway Patrol.

“There’s been a cover-up from the beginning,” Henry recently told The Star. “They wanted to protect the governor and the merger and protect Piercy from criminal charges because criminal charges would be a black eye for the patrol…”

Hours after Ellingson drowned, Henry said, Piercy told him key details that differed from accounts the trooper subsequently gave to Highway Patrol investigators and jurors at the coroner’s inquest.

According to Henry, Piercy said he was “in a hurry” when he put a life vest on Ellingson. Piercy also told the sergeant that Ellingson was on his feet, leaning against the boat seat, before he went into the water. That corresponds with what two witnesses saw when the patrol boat passed them moments before Ellingson went into the lake.

However, Piercy told investigators that Ellingson was sitting in the boat and then stood, turned to the water and went in.

An investigator asked Piercy, “Did he jump over? Or did he fall over?”

“I don’t know,” Piercy said. “I’ve, believe me, played this scenario through my mind a million times, and I don’t know. All I know is he’s beside me, and then he’s not.”

At the inquest, Piercy said he saw Ellingson stand, turn toward the water and step to the right side of the boat. As he told the story to jurors, Piercy began to choke back tears: “I reached for him and wasn’t able to grab ahold of him.”

GPS data showed that in the moments before Ellingson hit the water, Piercy’s boat was traveling between 39.1 and 43.7 mph.

Seay, in a statement Friday, said Ellingson was ejected from the boat when Piercy “suddenly slowed down on the choppy water to meet a large wake.”

Piercy also told Henry the night of the drowning that once he jumped in to help Ellingson — which witnesses have said took several minutes — the trooper waited for his own fanny-pack flotation device to deploy automatically. It didn’t.

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Henry told Piercy that his device required him to pull a ripcord. A witness who came upon the scene that day and helped get Piercy out of the water, also told The Star that the trooper complained his device didn’t deploy in the water.

But at the inquest, three months after that conversation, Piercy described the fanny pack as one that deploys when the ripcord is pulled. He told jurors that when he was underwater, trying to grab Ellingson, he didn’t want to pull the ripcord to inflate his fanny pack. If he had, he said, he would have risen to the surface without the Iowa man.

Many have questioned why Piercy, knowing Ellingson was in handcuffs, didn’t jump into the water sooner. One witness, Larry Moreau, told The Star that he and his wife saw the trooper standing on the boat and talking to Ellingson as he bobbed in the lake. Piercy showed no urgency, Moreau and wife Paulette said.

The couple had no idea that beneath the surface, Ellingson’s hands were cuffed behind his back. They left the area before Piercy jumped in, thinking the trooper had everything under control.

Henry also has questioned Piercy’s delay in jumping into the water.

“I think his failure to jump in immediately was cowardice,” Henry told The Star recently. “If I threw somebody out and he was handcuffed and I see the life vest come off, you jump in now. You go in immediately.”

Henry spoke out at two legislative hearings after Ellingson’s death. He was the officer who signed off on Piercy, saying Piercy knew the lake well enough to navigate it. But road troopers were never intended to solely patrol on the water without more training.

Henry also was interviewed by Highway Patrol investigators. When he started to question whether Ellingson received “the highest degree of care,” quoting Missouri boating law, one investigator rushed to have the recording shut off. During that interview, Henry told The Star, he told investigators: “To me, it rises to the level of manslaughter.”

Henry was disciplined by the patrol for actions related to the case after Grellner filed a complaint against him.

After nearly 30 years patrolling the Lake of the Ozarks, he was transferred to Truman Lake and demoted to corporal. He appealed.

Grellner dismissed her complaint against Henry in October, and he filed papers to retire.

“Brandon shouldn’t have died,” Henry said. “It’s something I’m going to have to live with the rest of my life. There’s no turning the page back. Piercy shouldn’t have been out there.

“In the history of the Water Patrol, we have never killed somebody in custody.”

After the criminal charge Friday, Henry said: “I’m finally glad to see a neutral set of eyes came to the same conclusion I had all along. The whole chain of events was a gross deviation from the level of care that a reasonable person would have used in the same situation.”

Ultimately, it was the refusal of Ellingson’s family and others within the community to accept the decision by previous police “investigators” that this was just a mistake that led to charges finally being filed against Trooper Anthony Piercy 18 months after his negligence and lack of concern led to Brandon’s death.

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FBI Warning to Police: Anarchist Groups Planning to Scare Children on Halloween

Scary Creepy Anarchist Clowns Halloween Threat

No Child (Or Horse) Will Be Safe From The Scary Anarchist Clowns

Police nationwide are on alert after the FBI issued a warning that they have received information Anarchist groups are planning to scare children, teens, and possibly even adults on Halloween this year. The FBI has refused further direct comment or to reveal any details about the alleged plans by these insidious Anarchist plotters. However, unnamed sources privy to the information have confirmed that the warnings included discussion of groups that were planning to conceal their identity and roam from house to house, often after nightfall in an effort to hide their movements and surprise their intended victims.

Jack O Lantern AnarchistsIt’s reported that some of them have been waiting all year to partake in these elaborate scare tactics and have gone to great lengths to ensure their disguises are realistic looking and terrifying to innocent children and even squeamish adults. A common theme among these Anarchist conspirators tends to revolve around violence and death based imagery and/or demonic ritualism, although some have also been known to mimic well know celebrities or sports figures. A good percentage of the female Anarchists have also been known to blend sexual themes and even near nudity into their disguises in order to distract and mentally disarm their intended victims.

Spoiler: No matter how good your costume is the most naked girl wins.

Spoiler: No matter how good your costume is, the most naked girl always wins.

Unconfirmed but credible reports have also surfaced that these Anarchists groups have formed loose networks and some will be gathering en masse. They may even be offering rewards amongst themselves for those that are most effective at scaring others. In some areas, this will consist of internal gatherings where they will display their disguises to the other members of the group, who will determine the most scary participant utilizing various methods including (but not limited to) via purely democratic voting and a more republican method in which a small number of “judges” are selected and then tasked with the authority to declare a winner. Members who jeopardize the security of the group by showing up without a proper disguise are often denied entry and in some cases even expelled from the group.

Other reports state that plans have been uncovered in which Anarchists intend to turn entire houses into pseudo chambers of horror for people they will lure into them. Often times these houses have faux graveyards, depictions of executions, and intricately carved gourds out front that should serve as a warning to unsuspecting visitors. Once inside, these guests can be randomly terrorized by unknown individuals hiding in dark areas who leap out without warning or mercy.

Halloween Revolt HoaxMany younger Anarchists have also been know to spend a large portion of the night traveling from one house to another within their own or nearby neighborhoods. They tend to congregate in packs knocking on random doors and demanding a ransom from residents that answer. Those who ignore or refuse their demands have in the past found themselves the victim of retaliatory acts including (but not limited to) having their cars hit with eggs and/or their trees littered with paper based bathroom products. Although not foolproof, their disguises generally inhibit the identification and prosecution of those that perpetrate such acts of vandalism.

Police departments are taking these warnings very seriously and anonymous sources have confirmed that the FBI reports have classified this as a definitive event that will undoubtedly happen and is unlikely to be prevented. It’s not a question of whether you or someone you know will be scared by these ruthless Anarchists, but how many times it will happen. Many advisers have recommended just cooperating and giving them a “treat” if confronted, rather than risk a costly or embarrassing “trick.”

FBI Warning Anarchist Plot

A Brave Man Documents Scary Anarchists in Santa Cruz, CA.

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UPDATE: LAPD Cops Shoot Man in Street: “He Reached for My Gun” (Again!)

NOTE: This is an update from an earlier post about a (graphic) video depicting members of the LAPD shooting a homeless man in Los Angeles on March 1, 2015.

Homeless Man Shot and Killed By LA CopsEarlier today, a video taken by bystanders in Los Angeles, was posted online that showed the LAPD fighting with a (reportedly) mentally ill, homeless man. About 22 seconds into the video a tazer can be heard and then, shortly after that, four or five gunshots in rapid succession. The man, who is unidentified officially, but was known by the nickname “Africa” among other homeless people, obviously was dead at that point in what witnesses have stated began either as a result of complaints about him not taking his tent down early enough or an altercation with another homeless person within that tent.

Although there are conflicting interpretations of what exactly the officer who shot him stated and the audio on the video is difficult to make out exactly, the official story (that is still developing) appears to be yet another case of an unarmed man being shot after he “reached for my gun.” If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s one of the go-to statements cops make whenever they shoot someone, even when there is video of that person clearly not reaching for their gun. Unfortunately, the video that is (currently) available isn’t so clear in this case. However, according to the LA Times, the LAPD, the LAPD’s “Independent” Inspector General, and the District Attorney are currently investigating and we all know how thorough a job they do when they investigate themselves.

This video was posted by Anthony Blackburn’s facebook page about 5 hours ago. It shows atleast 4 police officers trying to arrest a man, you can hear a tazer go off and then gun shots. More details coming soon.
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Chalk the Police State (July 18th) – Updated List of Cities

Chalk the Police State Wherever you Are.

Chalk the Police State Wherever you Are.

Tomorrow, July 18th, is the Second Annual “Chalk the Police State” day. For the second year, Nevada Cop Block has called for activists across the country to hold chalk protests in their own cities in solidarity with and to draw attention to the victims of police brutality and the lack of accountability for crimes and other forms of corruption within local police departments.

This year in particular is intended to shine a light on the lack of significant changes in regards to such accountability and the blatant examples of police abuses nationwide. In addition, it will serve as a statement that we will not tolerate police violence and murders within our communities and that we are not just going to go away unless some sort of meaningful reforms are instituted and police officers are held responsible for their actions in the same way everyone else would be.

For more on the background and reasons for the “Chalk the Police State” event see here, here, here, here, here, and here. Meanwhile, here is an update of the cities that will be participating this year. At this point, we have pretty solid confirmations from 12 cities with a good potential for at least 16 cities nationwide. BTW, even though it’s obviously very short notice at this point, it’s still not too late to add YOUR city to this list. One of the many advantages of chalk protests is the ease of organizing and carrying them out. Basically, all you really need is a few boxes of chalk, some dedicated friends, and a desire to get the message out that police brutality will not be tolerated in your communities. It’s quick, easy, and cheap enough for even a small group of motivated people to have a visible impact.

List of Cities:

Las Vegas Flyer for the 2nd Annual "Chalk the Police State" event.

Las Vegas Flyer for the 2nd Annual “Chalk the Police State” event.

Las Vegas, NV.

Members of Nevada Cop Block will, of course, be chalking that day. No amount of retaliation or intimidation will be stopping us from seeking accountability from the LVMPD. We’ll be going back to the Regional Injustice Center, the original location of the inaugural Chalk the Police State Day.

Olympia, WA.

Seattle, WA.

Kansas City, KS.

Hosted by KCK Cop Block

Portland, OR.

Lafayette, IN.

Phoenix, Az.

  • Downtown Superior Courthouse
  • Friday, July 18 at 11:00am (PDT)
  • 201 W. Jefferson
  • Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Jeffersonville, IN.

The "Chalk the Police State" flyer for Kansas City, Kansas

The “Chalk the Police State” flyer for Kansas City, Kansas

 

  • Clark County Court House
  • Friday, July 18 at 6:00pm (CDT)
  • Jeffersonville, Indiana

 

Poughkeepsie, NY.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Madison County, Id.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Fresno, CA.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Philadelphia, PA.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Keene, NH.

The "Chalk the Police State" flyer for Seattle, Wa.

The “Chalk the Police State” flyer for Seattle, Wa.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Cincinnati, OH.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Nashville, TN.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Port St. Joe, FL.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Unconfirmed/Potential Locations:

  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Salt Lake City, Ut.

It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate “Chalk the Police State” Day in Your City!

It's tragic when anyone is murdered, even if it isn't one of the rare occasions when that person is a cop.

It’s tragic when anyone is murdered, even if it isn’t one of the rare occasions when that person is a cop.

We hope that other cities will join us July 18th to make a statement about police brutality and demand accountability when police victimize people in their communities. Police corruption and misconduct is a nation-wide (international actually) problem and it’s only getting worse as time goes by. In addition, in spite the prevailing (and false) rationalizations for that increase in violence against citizens, police work is safer than it has ever been and is becoming safer all the time.

The mistreatment and abuse of you and your neighbors is inexcusable and needs to be stopped. Their record speaks for itself, though. They won’t regulate themselves or even hold the criminals in their midst accountable, after the fact. You need to take a stand and demand an end to the police state and its abuses before it’s too late.

A FaceBook event page has been set up to coordinate all of the different cities planning actions. If you have questions about setting up a chalk protest in your city, potential statements/slogans to write, questions of legality (it’s completely legal), etc. you can post them there. We would also like to have any local event pages link to that page, so we can keep track of who will be participating and allow people in those cities to coordinate with each other. That event page is located here: (National) Second Annual Chalk the Police State with the “Sunset 5” and in Solidarity with the Victims of Police Brutality, Repression, and Murder. Alternatively, you can also contact NVCopBlock.org’s contact page, if you are not on Facebook or just want to cutout the middle man.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments' Pathetic History of "Accountability"

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments’ Pathetic History of “Accountability”

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