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Open Letter from Army Veteran to the Buffalo PD: Why Did You Murder My Dog?

The following Post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Matthew Albert, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

The open letter from Sgt. Gary Aljoe, whose dog “Sarge” was murdered by members of the Buffalo Police Department Narcotics Task Force was originally posted at ArtVoice.com under the title “You Raided the Wrong House and Killed My Dog!

The execution of Sarge during a raid on Aljoe’s house by Detectives O’Brien and Adams was also discussed in a previous submission by Mathew Albert to the CopBlock Network, which I posted earlier this month.

Date of Incident: December 20, 2016
Department Involved: Buffalo Police Department
Officer Involved: Narcotics Detective Sean O’Brien and and Det. Shawn Adams
Department Phone No.: (716) 851-4575
Department Address: 74 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

An open letter from my client, Sgt. Gary Aljoe, a 37 year veteran, to the cops who killed his 8 year old German Shepherd, Sarge, on December 20, 2016, just before Christmas. Sarge was cowering in a corner of a room on a bunk as a search warrant was executed by the most prolific dog killing squad this country has to offer, the Buffalo Police Narcotics Department.

Sgt. Aljoe built schools and clinics in war torn third world nations while in the Army, and provided security at Ground Zero for fellow Americans after 9-11-01, breathing in all sorts of toxins for four months, toxins that still effect his breathing today.

Sergeant Aljoe knew what he was fighting for. He fought for freedom, justice, and the betterment of mankind. His best question to the killer cops: “What is it that are you fighting for?”

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– Matthew Albert

You Raided the Wrong House and Killed My Dog!

An open letter from US Army Sgt. Gary Aljoe to Detective Shawn Adams and Lieutenant Sean O’Brien of the Buffalo Police

Dear Detective Adams and Lieutenant O’Brien,

I am writing to you in regards to the events that occurred on December 20, 2016. As you are aware, you were the team of officers that obtained a search warrant from Buffalo City Court Judge Thomas Amodeo for the house at 85 Ullman Street, executed the warrant, and also executed my dog, Sarge, in the process, without finding anything more than allegedly some residue; found in my son’s room.

Since that time, and going through Christmas and New Years without Sarge, my best friend, I have had nothing to do but think and reflect. With that in mind, I am hoping that, as fellow men in uniform, you will provide me with explanations to certain questions I have.

While you may have not given my dog or I a second thought, after you walked out of the house, these questions have been eating away at me.

As a veteran of 37 years who served his county to try and defend your freedoms, I am hoping you will provide me the courtesy of answering these. For I know that my son is not a drug dealer, and my dog is not a dangerous dog, and offered no threat to you or any officers’ safety.

  1. How was a warrant obtained for my residence where neither the name, age, nor ethnicity was known of the supposed target?
  2. How often do you raid houses without knowing the target of the raid?
  3. My attorney, Matt Albert, informed me that both of you have shot numerous dogs in your career. Why is that the case, and do you think that the small amount of narcotics obtained on these search warrants where dogs are killed justify the killings of man’s best friend?
  4. Do they justify the intrusion of liberty and the right of people to be secure in their homes?
  5. After doing my research, I have estimated that thousands of dogs have been killed by Buffalo Police Narcotics throughout the years. Why have you not sought or received training in non-lethal methods of handling dogs, such as fire extinguishers and/or Tasers when confronting animals during search warrant cases?
  6. Why is it that the Niagara Falls Police Department, which rarely kills dogs, can implement such procedures successfully and not kill dogs, while the Buffalo Police Department doesn’t and continues to kill dogs during raids?
  7. Why is it that a single Buffalo Police Officer from your Narcotics team, Detective Joseph Cook, killed more dogs in a three-year period then the entire New York City Police Department?
  8. Do you not think this is astonishing, and that something is critically wrong with the way your Department handles raids the dogs of the people who live in these homes?
  9. Why did you remove Sarge’s immediately after killing him, depriving me of the opportunity to bury him?
  10. Did you remove him because a necropsy report would contradict your “Use of Force” report where you may have indicated the dog was shot at close range, as if he was charging you, when in reality the dog was shot at a safe distance?
  11.  When you busted into my house in the early morning, and as I was fully compliant with your instructions and my dog was cowering in dread and presented no threat to your safety, why didn’t you ask me to secure Sarge, as I was a mere few feet from him when he was killed, and I could have saved his life?

I am asking these questions not just for myself, or Sarge, who was my best friend, but for every resident of this city who believes the freedom of quiet enjoyment in one’s own home is one we should all enjoy as vital as Americans.

Freedom is what I fought for in my 37 years of military service.

My final question to you is this: By shooting dogs, kicking in doors, locking up so many people, ruining people’s lives over what is in reality for most users is illness and yet still seeing drugs running more rampant than ever in the community, what is it you are fighting for…?  and when is it time to admit that this fight is being fought incorrectly…  that changes in this battle need to be made?

New York SWAT Team Executes War Vet’s Dog Just Days Before Christmas

The following Post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Matt Albert, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: December 21, 2016
Department Involved: Buffalo Police Department
Officer Involved: Narcotics Detective Sean O’Brien
Department Phone No.: (716) 851-4575

A Bloody Christmas – This Is How Police Treat Our Veterans

After serving 37 years in the military, one would think that Gary Aljoe was entitled to spend a quiet Christmas with his family and his beloved best friend, an 8-year-old-male German Shepherd, whom Aljoe had owned since he was a pup. The dog had been given to him as a present by Aljoe’s son, and was appropriately named Sarge. For Gary himself had achieved the esteemed rank of Sergeant First Class, and one would think that this country would give back the so called freedoms Aljoe had fought for by allowing him the comforts and enjoyments of his own family and home this holiday season. If one thought that however,…one would be wrong.

In the early morning hours on December 21, 2016, the Buffalo Police Narcotics Unit stormed Aljoe’s Ullman Street residence by way of a flash bang, taking the brave sergeant and his animal by surprise. Sarge, usually a very friendly and social German Shepherd, cowered in the corner at the sudden attack. Aljoe initially thought that he was being invaded and was set to call the police. It turned out that his instincts were half right.

And again, if one thought that the Police would show mercy on what they perceived to be an enemy combatant cowering in the corner, one would also be mistaken. A Buffalo police officer, name unknown at this point, blew up Sarge while Gary laid helpless on the floor, with a jackbooted cop standing over him, holding him down.

The mirage of freedom that Aljoe had fought for 37 years was shattered by way of gunshots from agents of his own government to his best friends’ head. This wasn’t friendly fire… this was the purposeful execution of a companion animal.

Aljoe has seen a lot over the course of his 37-year tour of duty. He had built schools and clinics in war torn nations such as Panama, and while others ran from midtown Manhattan in the wake of 9-11-01, Aljoe came to the scene to provide security for the four months immediately after the tragedy. However, nothing he saw prepared him to witness the savage slaughter of his best friend, by so called men, who should be wearing prison uniforms as opposed to police.

Aljoe has replayed these events in his head every single day, unable to fathom the brutality of the Buffalo Police Force. He is scheduled to begin extensive counseling at the VA. Meanwhile, the officers found the situation to be far more comical, laughing about the matter as they quickly bagged up Sarge to try and keep any testing being done on the body; testing which would prove the unjustifiable nature of the attack on a dog that was laying down helpless on the floor.

As previous Artvoice reports have established, this is nothing new to the Buffalo Police Department. For they have done this thousands of times over the years, and have the art of killing canines down to a science, with the help of the Buffalo Animal Control and the SPCA. Yes, the SPCA. If one were to think that the SPCA, the one agency in society whose creed is to protect animals above man, would be outraged about this barbaric practice, one would again be mistaken.

In fact, the SPCA has assisted Buffalo Police in the destruction of evidence time and time again, and helped cover up these brutal crimes for all these years. They have an incinerator designed specifically to make the dogs’ remains, and any hopes of justice… go up in smoke. After Buffalo Animal control bags up the bodies, they then take the lost souls to the SPCA for incineration.

Luckily, Aljoe contacted me in time for intervention and we will be ushering Sarge to Cornell for an independent Necropsy to be done. Private citizens are realizing more and more that they need to rely on other private citizens for hopes of obtaining traditionally American values, such as freedom and justice, and not law enforcement and quasi law enforcement agencies such as the SPCA.

To underscore that point, Erie County SPCA Chief Veterinarian Helene Chevalier actually has a forensic certification and can perform the analysis needed to determine how Sarge was shot; what position he was in when the officer fired. However… the SPCA has planted themselves firmly on the side of the cops on this one, forcing the difficult task of transporting Sarge across the state for any hopes of justice.

The SPCA, through email correspondence from Assistant Director Beth Shapiro, indicated they intend to handle this matter by working “with the Buffalo Police,” and “offering training.” Evidently, they overlook the fact that the Police have denied all efforts for training over the past 10 years… indicating that the choice to kill dogs is simply just that… a choice.

Perhaps Buffalo Police were in a particularly giddy mood that morning so close to Christmas, as a Federal Appeals Court in Michigan had just handed down quite the gift to law enforcement, in the form of a decision that has left dog lovers across the country howling in anger. The appeals court ruled that police can shoot and kill dogs upon entry into an individuals’ home if the dogs barks or moves. While paralyzed and mute dogs may still be safe, the rest of us are not.

The grand bounty that the Buffalo Police claimed for the stripping of this proud veteran’s pride and the loss of this beautiful German Shepherd’s life? A bag of cocaine residue, which police try and attribute to Aljoe’s son, who lives at the residence. It’s funny how all these so called drug dealers don’t actually have drugs in their houses…but rather, empty bags of residue. If one didn’t know any better, one could surmise that these bags are planted by police to try and justify their lawless invasions, canine kills, and mass arrests of the poor and downtrodden. If one didn’t know any better, one could easily come to the conclusion that there is no justice…there is just us.

– Matt Albert

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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An Open Letter to LVMPD Sheriff Doug Gillespie From Stanley Gibson’s Widow

Stanley Gibson Murdered by LVMPD Officer Jesus Arevalo Chalk

On December 12th, 2011, Stanley Gibson was murdered by LVMPD Officer Jesus Arevalo. After spending two years on paid vacation during the “investigation,” Arevalo was rewarded for that murder with monthly disability payments totaling between $23,000 and $28,000.

Doug Gillespie,

Two years ago today, Stanley Gibson was murdered by Ofc. Jesus Arevalo of the LVMPD

Two years ago today, Stanley Gibson was murdered by Ofc. Jesus Arevalo of the LVMPD

I know your name. It’s a name I will never forget and, along with Jesus Avalero, one of the two names I can NEVER FORGET. My name is Rondha Gibson. I’m sure you remember my name too, but do you remember what today’s date represents? For me, it’s something else I can never, ever forget.

Today marks two years since Stanley Gibson was shot and killed while sitting unarmed and incapacitated in his car on December 12, 2011.

He was my husband and he was murdered by Officer Jesus Avalero, who you once called dependable and stated you would stand behind. Fortunately, two years later your opinion about that has seemingly changed. Now you say he is responsible for my husband’s death, although you still refuse to call it murder. While you finally had the decency to at least fire him, you still haven’t held him accountable for his actions that day in any legal manner.

Essentially, his “punishment” for shooting my husband, who was both unarmed and innocent, is to have to find another job (after having spent slightly less than two years sitting at home collecting a full paycheck). I don’t doubt that he will cash in on some connections he made while with Metro to get some cushy security job or something such as that. That’s not a true punishment, it’s an inconvenience.

Meanwhile, the last 23 months of my life have been nothing but hell. While Jesus Arevalo was on a paid vacation (AKA “administrative leave”), I was struggling just to pay my rent and other bills. In all that time, I’ve hardly even really had a chance to grieve for my murdered husband amidst all the calls from collection agencies wanting me to pay for Stanley’s funeral, which I couldn’t even afford.

You once claimed at the inquest that you were in contact with me everyday and that you publicly apologized to me, calling Stan’s death a mistake. Even that’s a lie. We had never even talked until after that inquest and that only happened because Steve Sanson of VIPI asked you to come and talk to me. That was the first and only time we ever spoke and the apology you gave then was not worth the breath it took to deliver the fake sentiments it represented.

In the 23 months since Stanley was taken from me by Jesus Arevalo and the culture of lawlessness that you continue to enable within Metro by refusing to hold anyone accountable for their actions, no matter how heinous, I had only two requests for you:

That Stan’s medals and other personal belongings from that day be returned to me.
And that someone be held accountable for his murder.

Finally, his medals came home after a lot of unnecessary stalling, but still nobody has actually been held accountable for Stanley’s murder. Simply being fired isn’t punishment enough for taking the life of another person. I will not just be standing back and accepting that, either. My third demand is your immediate resignation as sheriff and I will renew that demand for every one of your successors until they create true accountability within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

No more members of this community should have to walk around in fear that they will be shot down in cold blood by cops, who know they have no chance of being punished for their actions. No more families should have to deal with the loss of loved ones and the knowledge that accountability is not even an option for Las Vegas area cops, as I and way too many others have had to. I will not rest until genuine changes are made.

I am Rondha Gibson, widow of Stanley L Gibson, a Disabled Veteran murdered by LVMPD Ofc. Jesus Arevalo. I was victimized by members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, but I am finished being a victim.

Rondha G.

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