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LVMPD Police Illegally Detain Then Falsely Arrest Las Vegas Man For Not Telling Them His Birthdate

LVMPD Illegal Detention False Arrest Las Vegas Federal Courthouse

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Update: I’ve been told that the name of the officer who is wearing the body camera is Officer J. Deel. Also, the officer who orders that Mr. Martinez be (falsely) arrested is named Officer Jenkins. A third officer, who appears on camera at the end while he is being placed in the car, is named Officer Hernandez. (Other officers, who currently have not been identified, were also present.)

In the body camera footage (which was recorded by Officer J. Deel) embedded below, police officers from the LVMPD​ illegally detain then falsely arrest Joshua Martinez outside of the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas​. Initially they approach and ask him for his birthdate, claiming that he is required to identify himself because they “are assisting the federal marshals within the courthouse.” Their only explanation for why he is supposedly required to identify himself to them is because when he tried to enter the courthouse the marshals asked him for ID, which he did not give them.

However, in order for someone to have to identify themselves to the police, they need to be legally detained first. In order to be legally detained, the police must have a reasonable suspicion that that person has committed a crime, is currently committing a crime, or is about to commit a crime. Even if there is a requirement to show ID in order to enter a building (I’ve personally been to the courthouse many times and can’t recall having ever been required to do so), not having that ID or opting against showing it to them is not a crime. It simply means they won’t allow you inside. So that does not satisfy the requirement for reasonable suspicion of a crime.

In the meantime, during the video, they readily admit several times that they are not accusing him of having committed a crime. In addition, they admit that he is on public property and confirm that he has not been trespassed from the property by the federal marshals. Contrary to what they claim while demanding the information that Martinez is under no legal obligation to provide, they are by their own admission not investigating him for having committed a crime.

Since they in fact never legally detained him, he is not under any obligation to identify himself to them. They also never ordered him to leave the courthouse property. So, he’s not disobeying any lawful orders. Therefore their charge of obstruction and the resulting arrest is false and illegal. Cops lie a lot and try to trick you into giving up your rights, but they also often don’t know the laws they are enforcing. This actually looks like the latter case.

See the original (raw) body cam video here at Joshua Martinez’ YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/riA0TcO7QnE

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Update: Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies Caught Beating Man on Video Have Been Fired

It was announced today that two deputies, who were caught on video beating a man then celebrating and taunting him afterwards, have officially been fired. They also “forgot” to turn their body cameras on during the beating, although one of them accidentally started his during the assault. That footage has not been released yet.

Prior to being fired, they were placed on paid vacation after an investigation began. Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Weiber were both charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery in May of this year, after surveillance video from a nearby business became public.

CopBlock Network Contributor Asa Jay wrote about the video when it was originally released in November of last year.

According to the East Bay Times:

The outrage over the beating that resulted after the video went viral led to criminal charges for Weiber and Santamaria, as well as changes to the Sheriff’s Office’s body camera policies.

Petrov, 29, was beaten with metal batons more than 40 times after deputies chased him in a stolen car from Castro Valley to San Francisco, according to prosecutors.

Authorities said Petrov drove 100 mph while leading deputies on a 40-mile pursuit in a stolen Mercedes. He was wanted on multiple felony warrants.

The deputies were seen chasing Petrov, tackling him and beating him repeatedly on his shoulders, back and possibly his head. The video shows at least 30 blows between the two deputies, some after the suspect attempted to crawl into a fetal position. Petrov stopped running seconds into the video.

The deputies are also facing a civil rights lawsuit that was filed on Petrov’s behalf in August by the Oakland law firm Haddad & Sherwin that says the deputies “brutally beat him without legal cause or purpose.”

The lawsuit says that deputies high-fived and took trophy photos of the broken and bleeding Petrov as he cried for help after the beating. Petrov was not charged related to the beating incident, but was awaiting federal prosecution for an unrelated guns and methamphetamine trafficking case as of August this year.

In addition, as I reported in March, another Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy was caught trying to bribe a homeless couple that witnessed the attack by offering them jewelry and cash he had stolen from Petrov. He also reportedly gave them a bag of meth and pack of cigarettes. That deputy, Sgt. Shawn Osborne, was fired in July, as a result of the bribery attempt.

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New Mexico Cop Recorded Himself on Body Camera Stealing Drugs and Cash for Girlfriend

Normally cops “forget” to turn their body cams on right before they do something illegal. For Sergeant Roshern McKinney, a Grants, New Mexico police officer, it worked the opposite way. Instead of it “malfunctioning” right before he beat and/or shot someone, he inadvertently recorded himself stealing marijuana from the police station.

The video also showed him taking it to his girlfriend’s house and then engaging in a celebratory game of grab ass with her. The fun didn’t last long, though. Not only has he been busted for the “Bad Apples Gone Wild” video, but during the investigation of that some additional “behind the scenes” extras were uncovered. Apparently, this isn’t the first rodeo he stole drugs from and he’s also being accused of making off with almost $800 in cash.

Via KRQE.com (in Albuquerque):

According to confidential police sources, the Sergeant unknowingly recorded himself on duty last month. It shows him enter his private office at the police station, grab what appears to be marijuana, then drive to his girlfriend’s house.

At her house, the Sergeant is recorded saying he’s giving her marijuana for her father. Sources tell KRQE News 13 the lapel then shows the Sergeant’s girlfriend on his lap while he fondles her…

Through the investigation, the Sergeant is also accused of two other crimes while on duty, stealing marijuana along with close to $800 that was supposed to be submitted as evidence…

Wednesday, State Police arrested McKinney for distribution of marijuana, conspiracy, and two counts of embezzlement.

McKinney’s girlfriend was also arrested for conspiracy and distribution of marijuana. Both are booked at the Sandoval County Detention Center.

As of now, there’s no word on long it will be before McKinney is off paid vacation and back out there arresting people for stealing and drug possession.

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California Deputies Caught Beating Man on Video Tried to Bribe Homeless Witness (Update)

Two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, who were caught on surveillance video beating a suspect, tried to cover up their crime by bribing a homeless man that had witnessed the beating in a San Francisco alley.

Included in the bribe offered to the witnesses were a large gold medallion, cash, and cigarettes. All of those item actually belonged to their victim, Stanislav Petrov, which of course means they also stole from him in the process of committing the assault and subsequent bribery.

According to his attorney, Petrov suffered broken bones in both hands and severe bruising to the head and body during the video-taped attack, which included repeated baton strikes by the deputies. Currently, Deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber are on paid vacation while their co-workers at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department “investigate” them and have been since the incident took place last year.

Not surprisingly, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has not yet decided whether he will charge the deputies (don’t hold your breath), in spite of the beating having been caught on video (embedded below) for the world to see.

Via the New York Daily News:

A San Francisco car chase suspect who was beaten by police is suing, and his lawyers say an officer tried to silence potential witnesses by bribing them with the man’s property.

Stanislav Petrov led authorities on a 44-mile pursuit around the Bay Area in a mid-November that ultimately ended with a foot chase in a Mission District alley.

Jerome Allen says he was bribed by deputies not to say anything about the beating.

Jerome Allen says he was bribed by deputies not to say anything about the beating.

It was what happened in the moments after police finally caught up to Petrov and his stolen car during the incident that shocked observers.

Surveillance footage released by the San Francisco Public Defender shows the 29-year-old run into a backstreet before two officers tackled him and began pummeling him with their nightsticks.

“This was probably the worst law enforcement beating on video that we’ve seen since Rodney King,” attorney Michael Haddad told the Mercury News.

The deputies involved, Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber, said in their reports that they feared for their lives and Petrov had reached towards his waistband, though the suspect had left his gun in his car.

But Petrov’s family is now suing the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and Haddad is alleging that officers on the scene tried to cover up their brutality.

He said that an officer took Petrov’s gold cross chain, as well as money, and gave them to a homeless man and woman who were camped nearby.

Jerome Allen told KTVU that at first he thought he was being set up when officers approached him and asked him if he “liked the show.”

“Don’t spend it all in one spot,” another officer reportedly said. Allen claimed he ended up selling the elaborate “Turkish gold” jewelry for $1,500.

Incidentally, both cops “forgot” to turn their body cameras on before the beating. It was, however, recorded by one of the officers’ body cams because it got turned on accidentally while they were in the process of pounding on him with their night sticks. That, of course, means their is also a decent chance the bribery attempt was also caught on video, since he possibly wouldn’t have known that it was recorded.

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Stamford Connecticut Police Open GoFundMe Campaign to Buy a Bearcat

In Stamford they’re a little jealous of the other Connecticut cities that have the latest fancy new military vehicles. According to the Stamford Police Foundation their city is the fourth largest in Connecticut and all three of the larger cities each have two BearCats. However, for some reason Stamford hasn’t been able to acquire even one of the paramilitary assault vehicles via the typical taxpayer funded methods.

So now the Stamford Police Department, by way of the Stamford Police Foundation, wants to appeal to a nation of Cop Suckers to buy them that $200,000 death machine. Stamford is one of the safest cities in the country (and the safest city in Connecticut “by a wide margin,” according to FBI statistics) with a consistent decline in crime rates over the past several decades. In fact in all of 2013 they had one single murder take place in Stamford. (That might be a hint as to why they haven’t been able to convince Uncle Sucker to buy them that Militarized Police Tank yet.)

In spite of that actual reality, the Stamford police states that a BearCat is a vital tool it needs to combat the imaginary increase in the frequency and severity of critical incidents that they are pretending is happening. Like other tiny, low population cities with minuscule crime rates (such as Keene, New Hampshire) it’s obviously pretty essential that they get one of these “rescue vehicles” that they can stand on to pull kitties out of trees.

Militarized PoliceAnd to be fair, it’s embarrassing for them to show up to one of those joint department training thingies all dressed up like John Wayne heading to a beach on Iwo Jima, but driving a regular old patrol car. It just doesn’t give the full effect that today’s militarized police forces are looking to project to the communities they have committed to terrorizing and oppressing. Rumors (that I started) have even claimed that they have been forced to have Chief Fontneau drop them off a block away and walk to avoid being laughed at by all the other Stormtroopers with their fancy armored clown cars.

Unfortunately, they’ve only raised around $24,000 in the two months since they started their online bake sale and 20k of that actually was funneled into the donations through the Stamford Police Foundation itself. So they’re actually pretty lacking in people willing to fund their own oppression. That’s a damn shame.

Of course, they’ve got that $600,000 grant they received last year to buy body cameras, which they haven’t actually done, burning a hole in their pocket. So there’s always hope that they can drum up some more petty cash off the backs of taxpayers for stuff they don’t actually need. (Obviously they’ll get much more use out of a BearCat than they will body cameras, though.)

Then there’s always the Road Pirate option for revenue generation, too. Hope springs eternal.

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