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Los Angeles Cop Who Beat Girlfriend and Set Her Hair on Fire to Serve just Six Months in Jail (Update)

As CopBlock Network Contributor described in a post last year, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Alejandro Flores viciously attacked his now ex-girlfriend. In what has been characterized as the culmination of a pattern of abuse, Flores beat his girlfriend (who only wants to be identified as “Maria” due to fear of further attacks), used a gas stove to set her hair on fire, and then threatened her with his gun to force her to stay at the house after the assault.

All of that and numerous previous assaults took place in front of their two year old son. She was only able to escape by sneaking out of the house and confiding in relatives after he left to go Protect and Serve the County of Los Angeles as part of the LASD. The incredibly serious issue that precipitated Flores’ sadistic actions involved a dispute over a pacifier (presumably intended for the child, not Deputy Flores).

Flores was charged with nine felonies, including three felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury, two felony counts of assault with a force likely to produce great bodily injury and a felony count each of aggravated assault, criminal threats, dissuading a witness, and false imprisonment. As a result, he faced a maximum of up to 14 years in prison. The prosecutor offered him a plea deal which would have required him to serve five years in prison.

However, the judge had a different idea of how deep a Policeman’s Discount Deputy Flores deserved. He not only gave out just a one year sentence for the savage, almost deadly beating(s) “Maria” had been subjected to in front of her child, he even went so far as to disregard the prosecutors requests to make Flores serve his time in a state prison, where he would be required to do the entire year. Instead, Judge Rodger Robbins sentenced him to county jail, where he’ll be released to look for another woman to abuse and possibly kill in just six months.

The victim in the case for obvious reasons not happy about the judges actions and rightfully states that he is getting off easy because he had one of those Magic Suits that renders people impervious to real consequences for their actions, no matter how illegal, immoral, or violent they might be, at the time of the attack.

Via ABC7.com (in Orange County, CA):

The 34-year-old (Flores) stood emotionless as he listened to his son’s mother speak about the violence.

“He pushed me against the stove yelling, ‘Is this what you want?’ At that point, he turned on the gas burner, setting the my hair on fire,” said the victim, who did not want to be identified.

As she read her victim-impact statement, she urged the judge to issue a stiffer sentence.

“Alejandro chose a career in law enforcement to protect and serve. Apparently, that doesn’t cross to his personal life and the sentence confirms it,” she told the courtroom.

The victim said there had been violence before, all of which occurred in front of their young son…

In her victim impact statement, the victim also urged the judge to consider what message the sentence sends to other victims of domestic violence.

“Knowing what it finally took for me to finally stand up for myself and my son, with a one-year sentence it is almost like I’m being victimized again, now too by the system I trusted to protect me and my son,” she said.

Yet another Hero In Blue held to a higher standard. It’s almost as if Deputy Flores already knew the fix was in when he turned down that five year plea deal offered by the prosecutors.

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Off Duty NYPD Cop Killed in Hit and Run Accident was Threatening Woman With His Gun

Last week it was reported that Vincent Harrison, an off duty NYPD cop, was killed by a hit and run driver after he had rear ended another car. At the time, it was also reported that Harrison had his gun drawn when he was struck, but no details were released beyond that.

However, since then it has come out that Officer Harrison was not only verbally and physically threatening the woman (whose two year old was in the vehicle at the time) he had run into, but also that he was at least partially responsible for his own death, having walked backwards into the roadway in the process.

Via Gawker.com:

According to a local news report, Harrison told another driver “I can kill you right now” in a bizarre scene moments before his death.

Before the fatal crash, Harrison got into a minor accident with another driver, which prompted him to exit his car and speak with her. Initial reports noted that he had drawn his gun drawn (sic) as he approached the other driver’s car, but the nature of the conversation was not immediately clear. At some point as Harrison stood on or near the roadway, a third driver named William Espinal-Mejia allegedly struck him with his Infiniti and kept driving. Harrison died on the scene.

Citing “authorities” and other unnamed sources, ABC 7 is now reporting that Harrison threatened the second driver before he was hit.

Authorities say Harrison had rear ended a vehicle driven by a 26-year-old Rahway woman who was traveling southbound in the Turnpike’s right center lane. Harrison got out of his vehicle and walked up to the other car, occupied by the woman in the driver’s seat and her 2-year-old son in the back.

The two reportedly got into a verbal dispute, and sources say Harrison pulled his service weapon and pointed it at the woman, who was remained (sic) seated in her car. He allegedly yelled words to the effect of, “You don’t know who I am” and “I can kill you right now” numerous times.

As Harrison backed away from the woman, he stepped into the Turnpike traffic lanes and was struck by a passing vehicle.

The man driving the car that killed Officer Harrison, William Espinal-Mejia, is facing a felony charge based on the fact that he didn’t stop and that certainly is reasonable. However, based on the behaviour of cops in the past in road rage situations and the fact that Harrison was threatening a woman over an accident he was at fault in even with a small child in the car, it’s equally reasonable to wonder if Espinal-Mejia’s unintentional act didn’t actually prevent a completely innocent person from being assaulted and possibly even murdered by Harrison.

In fact, it tells you something about the attitude of police and their assumptions about whether they will be held accountable for their criminal actions (upto and including murder) that just prior to being killed Officer Harrison was yelling at the woman things such as, “you don’t know who I am!” and “I can kill you right now!” That’s not just empty bragging or false boasting, either. That’s learned behaviour based on past experiences and future expectations. The history of police “accountability” is quite simply that if they don’t make the mistake of walking backwards into traffic, they literally can kill you and get away with it. And they know that.

Chicago Lawsuit Over Police Brutality Caught on Video

Chicago Police Slam WomanOn Thursday, July 9th Lisa Simmons and her son, Jeremiah Smith, filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department over an incident from last year in which they can be seen on video being beaten by Chicago cops. The video shows Smith being hit by a police officer and Simmons being slammed against a police car after she complained about Smith being harassed by that officer. Also in the video, the cop who assaulted both of them can be seen threatening others with a baton, even though no-one has made any sort threatening act toward him.

Moments later, that officer used the baton to strike Smith very hard in the side of the head after yelling at and grabbing him. Afterwards, the officers claimed in their police reports that Smith had attempted to hit the cop who struck him. That can pretty clearly seen not to be the case in the video.

Rahsaan Gordon, the lawyer for Smith and Simmons, maintained in an interview with CBS2 News in Chicago that Smith didn’t even so much as threaten any of the police officers or in any other way justify being assaulted:

In the video, police arrive on the scene of a block party at 15th and South Christiana. An officer approaches Jeremiah Smith, yells at him and hits him so hard with his police baton Smith’s white hat flies off his head.

Smith attorney Rahsaan Gordon disagrees that his client threatened the officer.

“He never uttered a word to him,” Gordon says.

In the video, a woman holding a baby, screams and then covers her mouth after seeing Smith, stumble to the ground.

“This is a perfect glimpse into how even a small child can see some of this brutal violence that is being issued by these people who are sent into our communities to serve and to protect,” Gordon says.

Both Smith and Lisa Simmons have filed a lawsuit against the city and the police. Simmons is a woman seen getting arrested in the video.

Gordon says police fabricated information in a police report saying Simmons was drinking and that Smith attempted to hit the officer.

“Anyone with any level of decent vision, can see that’s simply not true in the video,” the attorney says.

Although it’s not clear why exactly police showed up, ABC7 News in Chicago stated the group of neighbors were holding the block party to celebrate two residents of that neighborhood being signed to a recording contract.

According to a Chicago police spokesperson, the incident is being “investigated” by their Independent Police Review Authority. I’m sure they’ll get right to the bottom of this.

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