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Update: LVMPD Officer Caught on Body Cam Beating Woman For Littering Sentenced to Year in Prison

Excessive Force Prison Sentence Las Vegas Police Officer Richard Scavone

Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Richard Scavone has been sentenced to one year in prison for assaulting a handcuffed woman as part of a plea deal.

A Las Vegas police officer has been sentenced to one year in prison as part of a plea deal for beating a handcuffed woman. As I posted about previously on NVCopBlock, LVMPD Officer Richard Scavone was caught on his own body camera assaulting the woman in January of 2015. He had decided that Amanda Vizcarrondo-Ortiz was a prostitute, even though he readily admitted later to having no actual proof of that.

He then decided to arrest her for loitering and also for littering, after she threw her coffee on the ground. In the process of profiling her for legally standing on a public street, Scavone became angry because she cursed at him. In retaliation for her not respecting his authoritah (AKA committing “contempt of cop“), he assaulted her multiple times.

In addition to throwing her on the ground, he also slammed her head against the hood of his car twice (after she complained about him touching her breasts), grabbed her by the throat and hair, and slammed her into the door jam of the car as he was shoving her into the back seat. During that entire time, Vizcarrondo-Ortiz was handcuffed and not in any way whatsoever physically resisting.

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As I also posted about, Vizcarrondo-Ortiz  later filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Officer Scavone. Also named in the excessive force lawsuit were the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Travis Buechler, a former Corrections Officer. Buechler, who has since been fired for some undisclosed reason, stood by and watched Scavone beat a woman like a Good Cop without reporting it or interceding in any way to stop it. She reportedly suffered permanent injuries to her head, back, and neck during the attack. That lawsuit was settled for $200,000 of taxpayers’ money in July of 2016.

Eventually, due to the body cam footage (embedded below) and the pending lawsuit Scavone was charged with several federal crimes including assault and falsifying an official police report to justify that assault. In September of 2017, he accepted a deal to plead guilty to just one count of “deprivation of rights under color of law.”

In spite of having all but one charge dropped and a letter from retired LVMPD Sgt. Raymond Reyes that spoke glowingly of his award winning career, impeccable reputation, and referred to him as “cop of cops,” Scavone actually received a harsher than expected sentence. Earlier this month, on January 11th, he was sentenced to a year in prison and an additional year of probation. He was also fined $20,000 given 300 hours of community service by U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware II.

Body Camera Footage of Officer Scavone’s Assault:

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Update: Las Vegas School Cop Who Assaulted, Pulled Gun on Teen Victim During DUI Reinstated With Back Pay

Las Vegas School Police DUI Assault Gun Russo

Las Vegas school cop who caused an accident while drunk then pulled gun & assaulted victims has been reinstated because he was off duty at the time.

In October of 2015, I posted about Sgt. Anthony Russo of the Clark County School District Police Department. Russo was arrested after he got drunk, ran a red light, hit another car, assaulted the teenage driver of the car he had just crashed into at 60 mph, and then pulled a gun on witnesses who tried to intervene to stop his attack on a completely innocent person who was already “incapacitated” from being hit by some drunk maniac’s car.

At the time the Las Vegas Review Journal described the incident this way:

Troopers said Russo was at fault in the crash that escalated into fight where the off-duty school police sergeant drew his gun. He faces charges that include driving under the influence, failure to obey a traffic signal, possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, drawing a deadly weapon in a threatening manner and two counts of battery, NHP said.

Witnesses said Russo ran a red light at the off-ramp while going about 60 mph before hitting the car, according to arrest records obtained by the Review-Journal. Bystanders went to check on the Hyundai’s passengers, and Russo, wearing “dress clothes,” punched the car’s passenger in the face three times.

When bystanders pulled Russo away from the passenger, he punched one of them in the face and lifted up his shirt, where his firearm was holstered. He pulled out his gun, and a female bystander stood between Russo and others at the scene, according to the arrest record.

That’s when Russo went back to his car.

The arrest record said he failed to take a field sobriety test. He was taken to University Medical Center — as were three other people involved in the crash. Troopers got a warrant to draw four vials of blood from Russo, the arrest record said. He was then booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

That’s obviously some outrageous shit for anyone, let alone a guy who is carrying a gun around a school and in fact already had a prior history of shooting children. There’s no way they could have just swept this under the rug. He had to have been in for some serious punishment after this. Amirite?

Rest assured officers, that’s not the case when you have one of those Magic Uniforms that renders you impervious to any sort of meaningful consequences for your actions, no matter how violent or outrageous they might be. Especially when you’re talking about a department that ruled officers covering up for cops that held an underage drinking party which led to one of the juvenile attendees killing a woman in a drunk driving accident was “within the scope of their duties.”

Not only were the laundry list of charges Sgt. Russo was originally facing reduced to two misdemeanors that resulted in just a fine and a temporary suspension of his license, but his firing has now been reversed. Apparently, according to an arbitrator, repeatedly punching a teenager and pulling a gun (while drunk) and threatening to shoot innocent people trying to stop him from committing assault on that innocent teenager doesn’t represent “a damaging impact to the workplace” or an indication of malice.  That workplace, of course is a building full of teenagers that he carries a gun around in. I can’t see any way his drunken rampage against an “innocent, incapacitated teenager” would be an indicator of some sort of potential workplace threat.

And he’s getting back pay for the two years he sat home. No word yet on whether he also will be getting reinstated as the head of the CCSD police union.

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Protests in Anaheim After Incident in Which Off Duty Police Officer Shot Gun During Dispute with Young Teens

A dispute on Tuesday that apparently started when off-duty cop Kevin J. Ferguson became angry at a group of teens whom he had previously told to stay off his lawn has since escalated into full protests in and around Anaheim, California. That initial confrontation involving junior high school students (video embedded below) eventually culminated with that off-duty LAPD officer pulling out his gun as other students attempted to push him off a student, who has since been identified as Christian Dorscht. Dorscht, who is fourteen years old, was reportedly verbally defending a female student that the officer had cursed at and possibly also physically grabbed.

Shortly after he had pulled his gun out the officer accidentally discharged the weapon. Although, no-one was hit by that bullet, for obvious reasons, it created a panic amongst the teens, most of whom immediately ran away. Dorscht was handcuffed and taken away by on-duty cops that arrived soon after. He was, however, released the next day after being charged with battery and making criminal threats. An unnamed 15 year old was arrested for undisclosed charges, as well.

One of the contentions from the LAPD is that the officer involved thought he heard Dorscht say, “I’m going to shoot you,” which is what prompted him to pull his gun. The boys parents dispute that account and maintain that their son had said, “I’m going to sue you.” Dorscht’s parents and his stepfather, who is also a cop, have stated that they in fact do intend to sue over the incident.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people took to the streets last night and into the early hours of this morning in response once the video was made public on social media. As many as 300 people protested the officer’s actions and demanded that he be arrested. Those being interviewed by a local news station expressed anger that a grown man would feel the need to fight with children over them walking on a lawn and especially that he would pull his gun against junior high students.

Eventually, those protests relocated to in front of the officer’s home. The protests got decidedly more rowdy at that point, with some people pounding on his garage door and yelling chants such as “No justice – no peace,” “Killer cops, off our streets!” “Don’t shoot our kids!” and someone painting “Fuck Pigs” on a garage door. Within an hour or so, police in riot gear arrived and stood between the crowd and the officer’s house, prompting them to move down the street away from the house. According to police, 24 people, including six underage kids were arrested for misdemeanors including failure to disperse, resisting arrest, and battery on a peace officer during the protests.

Below are Videos and Social Media Posts of the Protests

Cambridgeshire Police Arrest UK CopBlocker For Filming Them Arrest a Man That Refused To Pay Bill

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

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Date Of Incident: May 13, 2016
Officers Involved: Police Constables 1145 Eitan Joseph and 1158 Jamie Williams, PCs D Newton and 2065 Doug Mccolm, Sgt 387 Sterne
Department Involved: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441480456111
Department Twitter Account: @cambscops

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I was in Cambridge doing some copblocking when I came across Police Constables 1158 Jamie Williams and 1145 Eitan Joseph who were dealing with a man who had been arrested after a cafe called the police on him because he did not pay for his food. The officer said that if he paid his debt to the cafe, they would de-arrest him and he would be free to go, but that if he didn’t, he would be taken to the police station and charged with a criminal offense. He replied that he did not want to pay the debt and told Joseph to “fucking get on with it”. He was then further arrested under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

After I stopped filming, Joseph told me to “go home.” I told him that I would not do so. Joseph then pushed me away and told me to “fuck off.” I refused to comply and pushed him back. I then told him to “fuck off back to your own country” and was then arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offense (section 4A Public Order Act 1986). I was handcuffed by Joseph and another officer, namely PC D. Newton, arrived. PC Newton removed my cuffs and bag before reapplying the cuffs and searching me. I was then placed into the back of a prisoner van by Newton and further arrested by Joseph on suspicion of assaulting a Police Constable acting in the execution of his duties. I was then taken to custody by yet another officer, PC Doug Mccolm whilst Williams placed the other detained person in the back of Newton’s van. Joseph then spoke to Newton and the other detained person was then taken into custody by Newton. At this point, Williams and Joseph drove off in their cars, Newton drove off in his van and Mccolm drove off in his van. All officers headed back to Parkside Police Station, Cambridge.

On arrival at Parkside Police Station my handcuffs were removed by Joseph and I took a seat in the holding area where I was then supervised by Mccolm as Joseph was busy dealing with the other man he had arrested. After being taken to the charge desk by Joseph and Mccolm, I was given a more through search by Mccolm and my bag was searched by the custody officer, namely Sgt 387 Sterne. Joseph gave the circumstances of my arrest to Sterne and I was booked in by Sterne. On the grounds of my Autism, Sterne then decided not to authorize my detention. I was then given a lift to Cambridge Railway Station by Joseph and another police officer also joined me in his vehicle.

– Marcus D Potter

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Cambridgeshire Police Officers Illegally Assault UK Cameraman for Filming in Public

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: November 20, 2016
Officers Involved: Police Community Support Officers Luke Upcott 7326 and Gary May 7191; Police Constables Leigh 1907 and Browne 2449
Department Involved: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441480456111
Department Twitter Account: @cambscops

On the 20th of November 2016, I was assaulted by a Police Community Support Officer, namely PCSO Luke Upcott 7326. I did not initially believe Upcott to be a real PCSO and asked another male PCSO, namely PCSO Gary May 7191, who was standing next to him, to produce his identification and designation cards, which May is required to do under force policy. May refused to produce either card and I then asked Luke Upcott to produce his identification and designation cards in accordance with this requirement.

As Luke Upcott was exercising his powers, he was also under an obligation to produce these two cards under the Police Reform Act 2002. However, Luke Upcott did not show me either card. Luke Upcott also took my phone out of my hand, then once he returned it to me called me a “PATHETIC YOUNG MAN”. I then walked away from both PCSOs Upcott and May.

I was told by Luke Upcott that I was not at this point detained, but that a police officer (who I now know to be Police Constable Leigh Browne) had been called and that Browne was on his way to come and speak to me. I walked some distance, at which point Luke Upcott then decided to detain me by force. Luke Upcott grabbed hold of my right arm causing extreme pain.

I then informed Upcott that I would be calling the police. I removed my mobile phone from my pocket and dialed 999. When I got through to the operator, she asked me which service I required. I asked her to put me through to the police and she put me through to the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Contact and Control Room (CCR). I explained what had happened to the call taker, who explained that I would need to dial 101 to report my complaint, as it was not an emergency police matter.

I then asked to speak to a police officer, but the call taker hung up on me. After a few minutes, the operator asked whether I had finished my call to the police, to which I replied that I had not. The operator then put me back through to the police and I spoke to a call taker in the CCR. I explained to him that I had been stopped by a two people dressed as PCSOs and two people dressed as police officers who I believed to be possible impostors. I gave all of their collar numbers. After prompting by myself and a conversation between the call taker and Luke Upcott, the call taker then confirmed that all four people were genuine Cambridgeshire Constabulary staff.

At this point, he then requested my name, which I refused to give and he said “goodbye.” I too said “goodbye” before hanging up the phone. I then spoke to PC Leigh Browne and asked that he arrest Luke Upcott, to which he replied that he would not arrest one of his colleagues “RIGHT NOW”. I asked him if I could report that I had been assaulted by Luke Upcott to which he replied that he would not be able to do so and that if I wanted to report an assault I would have to ring 101. I had a brief conversation with PC Browne before he left and continued to follow him back to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge.

In addition to assaulting me, I also believe that Luke Upcott committed an offense of “making a statement or doing an act calculated falsely to suggest that he had powers as a designated or accredited person or as an accredited inspector that exceeded the powers he actually had” contrary to Section 46 of the Police Reform Act 2002. This is because according to a member of Cambridgeshire Constabulary staff, PCSOs based in the county of Cambridgeshire do not have any power to use force. This is a fact that I have ascertained on the internet by searching for the powers of PCSOs employed as Cambridgeshire Constabulary staff. This was also stated in a letter sent by their Freedom of Information Department to someone who asked them what powers their PCSOs have.

– Marcus D Potter

This is the aftermath of the incident: Cambridgeshire Police Constables 1907 Leigh Browne and 2449 return to Parkside Police Station

LVMPD Police Arrive 90 Minutes After Home Invasion 911 Call; Cite Homeowner Instead of Attackers

The following post was shared with Nevada Cop Block by Mariah Clanton, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Mariah, a Las Vegas resident, states that not only did officers from the LVMPD respond extremely slowly to a home invasion in which she was assaulted, but that once they did arrive instead of intervening on her behalf against those attackers they actually issued citations against her for defending herself within her own home.

Date of Incident: July 27, 2016
Officers Involved: Officer J. Weeks and three other unidentified officers
Department Involved: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD)
Department Facebook Page: LVMPD
Department Phone No.: (702) 828-3347
Department Address: 1851 Stella Lake Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

There was an invasion of my home, and I was attacked in front of my children. My ten year old child hid in the bathroom and made videos (see video embedded below) trying to describe what was happening, give descriptions of the people at our house, and upload them in the hopes someone would see them and come to help us.

Also, 911 was called on speakerphone while the attacker was in my home and the dispatcher was told I was being assaulted and needed immediate help.

My older children had to pick my toddler up from the ground, where the attacker knocked him, witnessed the attack, and were told to get away by me. They hid in the bathroom for over 90 minutes. I was left to force the attacker out of my home and was injured.

When police arrived they refused to document injuries, refused to speak to or take statements from my family, or to view the multiple videos of the incident showing these strangers on my property. They engaged immediately with my attackers, who were waiting at the curb to tell their story, while I stayed behind locked doors with my children.

I was cited for battery, and for trespass when I was in my home the entire time, and had video proof. I refused to sign the citations, and had to refuse repeatedly. This was not only a completely unacceptable amount of time to wait for response to a violent crime, the officers failed to do their duty in any way.

I had to leave my home in an ambulance and had Officer J. Weeks hold them up so he could claim I have a felony warrant that my lawyer verified I absolutely do not. I was then followed by my attackers, they were waiting when I was discharged from the ER. I had to sneak past them (they had luckily fallen asleep). In spite of my ambulance driver reporting the stalking/menacing, nothing was done. I not only received no assistance from those officers, I was issued citations for defending myself and my children.

– Mariah Clanton

Update: Woman Beaten by LVMPD Officer For Littering Has Filed Civil Rights Lawsuit

LVMPD Police Brutality Excessive Force Officer Richard Scavone

In January, I posted about former LVMPD Officer Richard Scavone, who was caught on camera assaulting a woman. The immediate reason for his violent actions that day was that she had thrown a cup of coffee on the ground while he was in the process of profiling and harassing her. In reality, it was a case of “contempt of cop” in which the woman didn’t properly bow and scrape to his authoritah and possibly a bit of showing off to the corrections officer he was giving a ride along to at the time.

Now the woman he attacked and then arrested on trumped up charges to justify that arrest has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against him. In that lawsuit, Amanda Vizcarrondo-Ortiz names the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Officer Scavone, and former Corrections Officer Travis Buechler who was with Scavone at the time of the incident. Cal Potter, a Las Vegas civil rights lawyer, is representing Vizcarrondo-Ortiz in the lawsuit.

Via the Associated Press:

A California woman who authorities say was illegally beaten by a police officer wearing a body camera has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages from Las Vegas police, the former patrol officer and his partner at the time.

Officials have called the case one of the first to use body-camera video against an officer wearing the device.

Amanda Vizcarrondo-Ortiz of Los Angeles said in her lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas that she suffered permanent face, neck and back injuries during her January 2015 arrest on littering and loitering for prostitution charges. The charges were later dropped.

Ortiz’s lawyer, Cal Potter, called her beating and arrest unjustified “street justice” for offending the arresting officer, Richard Thomas Scavone, by throwing a cup of coffee on the ground and refusing to put her hands behind her back to be handcuffed.

“He videotaped his own misconduct,” Potter said of Scavone. “It’s our belief that there was no basis for the stop or the arrest…”

The video hasn’t been made public. Officials have said it shows the woman’s face bleeding after she was thrown to the ground, grabbed by the neck and slammed by her head on the hood of a patrol car.

Scavone reported that Ortiz was combative and that he felt his safety was threatened.

A hearing date hasn’t been set in the civil lawsuit that also names the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and a former corrections officer, Travis Buechler, who was with Scavone at the time. It seeks damages greater than $225,000 and a declaration that the department’s use of a law banning loitering for prostitution is unconstitutional.

Officer Laura Meltzer, a police spokeswoman, cited department policy and declined to comment on the civil lawsuit. She said Buechler was suspended last July and fired in September after three years as a corrections officer. The court record didn’t indicate if Buechler had a lawyer.

Former Officer Scavone is still awaiting trial on the federal charges stemming from that incident. As stated in the AP quote, Former Corrections Officer Buechler has been fired, although there has been no indication when that happened or whether that was related to the beating.

Update: The bodycam video has now been released. Also, Vizcarrondo-Ortiz received a $250,000 settlement in June of 2016.

Newly Released Video Shows Baltimore Police Lied About 2013 Shooting

A video that was just released as part of a lawsuit by a man the Baltimore Police shot in January 2013 contradicts the claims the officers involved made to justify that shooting. In their official report, those officers claimed that Shaun Mouzon tried to run them over with his car and that they were forced to shoot him in self defense.

Instead the video shows that Mouzon was stopped in traffic with cars in front of him when they pulled up behind him. Contrary to their statements, they were never in front of his car and it never moved until after he was shot. In addition, the police report claimed that they saw a gun in his waistband and Mouzon was charged with possession of a handgun, even  though no handgun was ever found on him or in his vehicle.

Via wbaltv.com:

(Baltimore attorney A. Dwight) Pettit gave 11 News access to the surveillance video of what happened when police stopped his client, Shaun Mouzon, on Jan. 28, 2013, in southwest Baltimore.

Pettit is suing five Baltimore City police officers, former Commissioners Anthony Batts and Fred Bealefeld, and the mayor and City Council for violating Mouzon’s rights, illegal seizure, assault and battery.

“You have not only the horror of the shooting and attempted murder, but then you have the horror of a fabrication of police reports to cover themselves,” Pettit said.

Officer Fabien Laronde wrote the report. He has been the subject of numerous 11 News I-Team investigations and misconduct complaints filed by residents. The city has settled some lawsuits against Laronde for more than $175,000.

This month, 20 defense attorneys asked the Police Department for Laronde’s Internal Affairs records, questioning his credibility.

“They knew at least one of these officers had a history as a bad actor and nothing was ever done against him,” Pettit said.

Laronde’s report said he observed what he believed to be the handle of a handgun in Mouzon’s waistband. Mouzon noticed the police presence and got into his car. The video shows Mouzon turn onto Edmonson Avenue and get stopped in traffic.

Laronde’s report said “Mr. Mouzon let off the brakes and began to accelerate towards the officers in front of the vehicle. At this time, a police-involved shooting occurred.”

“His car is stationary, blocked in traffic, it’s not moving. The officers walk up into the rear and to the side, and then you see the muzzle flashes, you see the officers open fire,” Pettit said.

The officers shot Mouzon 14 times in the head, chest and groin, according to his attorneys. The video shows him trying to navigate his vehicle away afterward before crashing. The police report said he fled the scene.

Mouzon was charged with several traffic violations and possession of a handgun. Pettit said his client was searched and no weapon was found on him or in his car. Eventually, the charges were dropped.

Pettit has filed the case in federal court.

As mentioned in the quote, Officer Fabien Laronde, who wrote the report, has a long history of abuse and misconduct during his illustrious career with the Baltimore City Police Department. Currently, he’s on (paid) leave after a incident in which a 7-11 called to report an armed man causing a disturbance in the store. That armed man turned out to be Officer Laronde. He’s also been banned from the Baltimore Municipal Courthouse after he was caught filming a witness with his cellphone during a trial.

And that’s not even the half of it:

It’s not the first time the city Police Department has investigated complaints about Laronde. He has been with the department for 14 years. His paper trail stretches from City Hall to the federal court to the city’s Circuit Court. City taxpayers have paid out money to settle lawsuits against Laronde more than once.

In July 2006, Laronde testified in a federal court hearing that he had been accused of planting evidence and had, at that time, pending complaints of use of excessive force. The outcome of the complaints is not known.

In July 2009, a man claimed he was strip-searched by Laronde at a shopping center parking lot and released without any charges. A lawsuit the man filed was dismissed because of confusion over the incident’s date.

In June 2011, a man claimed Laronde stole $770 from him after an arrest for marijuana possession, a charge that was later dismissed. The case settled out of court for an unknown amount.

In April 2012, the city paid a man and woman $155,000 to settle their lawsuit against Laronde and two other officers. The man claimed he was strip-searched. Both claimed they were assaulted on the street.

Most recently, the city paid $20,000 to a man who claimed Laronde and another officer unlawfully detained him inside the Baltimore City Circuit Court. The man was employee of the court clerk.

Not surprisingly, the BPD is refusing to release details about the 7-11 incident except to say that they are not conducting a criminal investigation into his actions. Based on their past history of “investigating” Laronde, I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting results from this latest internal investigation, either.

Las Vegas Cop Faces Federal Civil Rights Charges Over Beating of Woman For Littering

LVMPD Police Brutality Excessive Force Officer Richard Scavone

Former Officer Richard Scavone of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was indicted by a federal grand jury on civil rights charges. Those charges related to excessive force during an arrest of a woman that he had originally begun harassing based on his belief that she was a prostitute.

He also faces charges based on his falsification of the arrest report to justify assaulting her by claiming she was combative and that he was defending himself when he beat her. Although the footage hasn’t been released yet, Scavone was wearing a body cam at the time. The video from that camera did not match his report, which led to an investigation. that investigation initially led to local misdemeanor battery charges, as well as his firing from the LVMPD. The federal charges are both felonies.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:

According to the indictment, Scavone, while acting under color of law, handcuffed the woman on Jan. 6, 2015, and assaulted her several times.

He grabbed the woman around her neck and threw her to the ground, struck her in the forehead with an open palm, slammed her face into the hood of his patrol car two times and slammed her into the door of his car, the indictment alleges.

The actions resulted in “bodily injury” to the woman, the indictment alleges.

Scavone also falsified a use-of-force report about his confrontation with the woman, according to the indictment.

Authorities last year said Scavone was wearing a body camera during the scuffle, but police have not made the recording public.

Scavone had stopped a woman about 5 a.m. near Tropicana Avenue and Interstate 15, where he said she was loitering and trying to solicit work as a prostitute, according to authorities.

His supervisors concluded his use of force was “excessive” and “unreasonable,” Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters after the district attorney’s office filed criminal charges in March.

The woman was charged with littering and loitering, but those charges were dismissed, McMahill said.

Scavone was put on paid administrative leave when the allegations against him first surfaced, but was terminated from the department on Sept. 10, police said.

The federal case was investigated by the Las Vegas FBI and is being prosecuted jointly by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., and the Nevada U.S. attorney’s office.

Apparently, Officer Scavone was angry that she didn’t immediately comply with his order to leave a public street that she had every right to be on and also had thrown a cup of coffee over her shoulder. This also isn’t the first time his actions have been questioned. Several years earlier, another person came forward (video embedded below) claiming to have been beaten by Scavone. At that time, there was no video of the incident so Scavone’s police report was automatically accepted as the official version of events and the assault was ruled justified.

In addition, back in 2010 Scavone was involved in the shooting of a burglary suspect. That time he was given the typical paid vacation and, as was the trend at the time, given an award for bravery after “investigators” declared the shooting justified, as is the longstanding tradition for Las Vegas area police departments.

Body Camera Footage of the Assault

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Update: Florida Cop Who Harassed and Assaulted Disabled Veteran Now Facing Charges

It was announced earlier today that the Sgt. Garry Wilson, of the Riviera Beach Police Department, has been charged with battery and criminal mischief, resulting from a confrontation he had with Isiah James over whether he should be using a handicapped parking space. (See video embedded below.)

In the incident, which James recorded on his cell phone, Wilson can be seen insisting that James should not be using the handicapped parking space, because he doesn’t believe he is disabled enough. Wilson bases that on the fact that James was able to walk into the store and back.

In spite of James explaining to him that he his mobility is limited to short distances due to the effects of an IED explosion in the Middle East, Wilson continues arguing that he isn’t sufficiently disabled to use the space. He does so in a very insulting and harassing manner. In addition, at one point he slaps the phone out of James’ hand to try and prevent him from filming the encounter. In the video, James states that he broke his phone in the process.

Via the Palm Beach Post:

Sgt. Garry Wilson Charged VeteranSgt. Garry Wilson, a 20-year member of the department, will be arraigned on Dec. 2 on battery and criminal mischief charges. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Wilson was placed on administrative leave Aug. 11 after he was caught on film knocking a smartphone out of Isiah James’ hands during an argument over a handicap parking space outside at the Walgreens store at Broadway and Blue Heron Boulevard.

James captured the dispute on his cellphone. Wilson can be heard berating James, saying he has no right to park his vehicle in the handicapped space and that he isn’t disabled. Ultimately, Wilson grew so upset that he knocked the phone out of James’ hands, damaging it.

James posted the video on Facebook and it quickly went viral.

James served three tours with the Army in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2006 and 2011. He sustained a traumatic brain injury and wears braces on both of his legs.

Based on the legal definition of criminal mischief in Florida, it appears both charges are related to Sgt. Wilson slapping the phone out of James’ hand.

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