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First Amendment Audit: Imperial County Sheriff’s Sgt John Toledano Unlawfully Detains Videographers Filming in Public

California Guardian High Desert Community Watch First Amendment Audit Illegal Detention

Imperial County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Toledano handcuffed and illegally detained “California Guardian” and “High Desert Community Watch” during a First Amendment Audit by order of the FBI for legally filming in public.

Note: The video and description included within this post were shared with Nevada Cop Block via an anonymous reader submission. If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

As is mentioned in the description, this video shows what is known as a “First Amendment Audit.” That consists of going out and filming government buildings and other public property. Oftentimes, the police, security guards, government employees, and even members of the public don’t understand that the First Amendment protects a citizen’s right to take photos and/or record video of anything that is within view of a public place.

Obviously, this video is very much an example of that (commonly referred to as an “audit fail” among those who do them). After initially confronting them and asking for ID, Sgt. Toledano (along with two other unidentified officers) handcuffed the two men who go by the pseudonyms “California Guardian” and “High Desert Community Watch” publicly.

Both of them were then forced to sit in the back of a police vehicle and threatened with trespassing citations, although they never at any time entered private property. According to what Sgt. Toledago states on the video, this illegal detention was at ordered by the FBI. Eventually, they were both released without any charges.

As already stated, you obviously can legally film in public. Also, you are not required to identify yourself unless a police officer has reasonable suspicion to believe you have committed, are in the process of committing, or are about to commit a crime (the requirement to be legally detained). And legally they can’t seize your camera (or any other personal property) unless they have actually arrested you or obtained a warrant or subpoena for specific content on it.

One of the main reasons for doing First Amendment Audits is to test whether the police or security officers understand the law regarding filming in public spaces. Also, part of that reasoning is making them understand that it is legal and thereby deter them from harassing people filming in the future.

Date of Incident: April 11, 2017
Officer Involved: Sgt. John Toledano
Department Involved: Imperial County (CA) Sheriff’s Office
Facebook Page:
Imperial County Sheriff’s Office
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Instagram Account:
Imperial County Sheriff
Department Phone No.:
(442) 265-2005
Department Email: Sheriff Raymond Loera

Adam (California Guardian) and Phillip (High Desert Community Watch) were down in Imperial County video recording when a Deputy Sheriff, Sgt Toledano, stopped them and unlawfully detained them on behalf of the FBI for the sole intent of identifying them with no suspicion that they had violated any crime.

Adam and Phillip were cuffed, placed in the back of a patrol vehicle and driven down around the corner to await the arrival of the FBI. Adam and Phillip never provided identification and were released after being given detention slips in the name of John Doe.

Both detention slips used Calif. Penal Code 647 (h) – “prowling” – as an excuse. Adam and Philip never entered any private property and remained on the public right of way (sidewalk) during their recording.

The men in the video frequently post First Amendment Audits and other videos to their Youtube channels: “California Guardian” and “High Desert Community Watch.” You can support them by making donations via GoFundMe: California Guardian and High Desert Community Watch News Network. Although they sometimes travel to other areas, as the psuedonyms they use indicate, these two auditors live in Southern California.

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Annapolis, MD Police Officer James Spearman Threatens and Tries to Intimidate Citizen Legally Filming

The following post and video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Landon Tomsa, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

The following post is fairly self explanatory. The person who submitted it states that they saw an Annapolis City police officer, James Spearman, parked illegally while having some unspecified interaction with a woman. Shortly after, Officer Spearman aggressively approaches Tomsa and begins filming with his own cell phone.

As anyone who has filmed the police knows, this is actually not an unusual reaction by cops. They often project their own displeasure at being filmed onto the people legally filming them and think they’ll  “show them” by filming them back. Generally, Cop Blockers don’t mind being filmed and it amounts to a whole lot of nothing.

However, in the case of Officer Spearman, as can be seen on the video, he acts very aggressively and purposely invades Tomsa’s personal space (something that would get a citizen arrested) in order to harass and intimidate him for exercising his legal right not only to film in public, but as has been affirmed numerous times in court, also to film public employees performing their duties.

Also on the video you can see several “Good Cops,” including Officer Kevin Freeman, show up after being called by Officer Spearman to back up his efforts to stop a citizen from exercising his legal rights. Initially, they remove Spearman from the area and pretend to be sympathetic to Tomsa’s valid complaint. However, when Tomsa begins walking away and Officer Spearman resumes his harassment of him, the other officers somehow don’t seem to notice, since they make no effort to intervene a second time.

Date of Incident: October 10, 2016
Officers Involved: Officer James Spearman Badge #2077, Officer Kevin Freeman, also multiple other officer who didn’t identify themselves.
Department Involved: Annapolis City Police Department
Department Facebook Page: Annapolis Police Department
Department Twitter Account: @AnnapolisPD
Internal Affairs Section:

If you have a video, personal story involving police misconduct and/or abuse, or commentary about a law enforcement related news story, we would be happy to have you submit it. You can find some advice on how to get your submission published on the CopBlock Network within this post.

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I would just like to start off by saying that my prior interactions with the law enforcement officers of the Great State of Maryland had been pretty good, overall. The Annapolis County Police have given me nothing but respect and even a little help in some situations with my filming of interactions with the police. For some reason though, it seems that the Annapolis City Police Department doesn’t do things quite the same way.

On the morning of October 10th, I got up early and, having the day off, decided to head to the state capital to see what was going on. After walking around for about a half-hour, I came across a police cruiser, which happened to be parked in a loading only zone. I noticed a woman interacting with a police officer, so I decided to film this attraction.

After a while, the woman left and the officer, after sitting in his car for a bit, got out and started approaching me. What transpired next is exactly what you see on the video.

Having pulled out his personal cell phone, he approached me continuously while trying to get a picture of me for some reason. Officer Spearman then chased me down a main thoroughfare in Annapolis about two blocks from where I originally started the interaction.

It was about at this point that other officers started arriving. The arriving officers then separated Officer Spearman and I. A second officer approached me and, as you can see in the video, I sort of explain the situation to him. A third officer, with a body cam, identified himself as Kevin Freeman. I found out later he was the commander for the Annapolis Police K-9 Division.

I explained the situation to him, he seemed to agreeably and professionally take my complaint about the officer and assured me it would be addressed. Unfortunately, as I was walking back towards the Capitol Building, Officer Spearman continued to follow me. He again began walking, unimpeded, away from the other officers, who had told me they wouldn’t let him do this.

As he was following me he made some very odd comments. I don’t know if you can hear them in the video, but one was, “now we’ll do a follow up with the Department of Homeland Security.” The other was, “We may have a lone wolf situation here.” Both ludicrous statements as you can tell from my reaction if the video.

I hope the public finds this video as informative as I did about certain officers within the Annapolis Police Department. And if anybody feels like expressing their own opinion to the Annapolis Police department, included are the public access, non-emergency numbers and email for their Internal Affairs Department, as well as links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Feel free to express your opinion, it is your right as much as filming them in public without having to be being harassed and intimidated is.

– Landon Tomsa

Just wanted to give a big thanks and a shout out to everyone involved at CopBlock.org. Though I have not been doing this very long, you guys have helped me immensely. Keep up the good work and let people know that Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights.

“OpKKK” – Anonymous Unmasked Klan Members by Friending “Blue Lives Matter” Supporters on Facebook

They say that an organization can be judged by those who support it. And that birds of a feather flock together. So, it probably says a lot about the institution of policing that the key to infiltrating the KKK is to become friends on the internets with people that self-identify as “Blue Lives Matter” supporters. According to the story below, that’s pretty much all there was to it.

Of course, that’s even more so true when a good amount of the people exposed as Klan members during Anonymous’ #OpKKK action were in fact members of law enforcement. Somehow, I’m just not incredibly surprised, either.

Originally published at BoingBoing.net under the title: “Anonymous Infiltrated the KKK by Friending Blue Lives Matter Supporters on Facebook” and written by Cory Doctorow.

The Anonymous activists behind “OpKKK” — which infiltrated and unmasked Klan members, including many in US military and police departments — began by creating thin-but-plausible fake identities on Facebook that signalled support for “Blue Lives Matter.” By friending other accounts that indicated support for Blue Lives Matter, they found themselves being auto-suggested friendships with KKK members.

The more Klan accounts they friended, the more the Facebook algorithm located new ones for them to solicit for mutual friending, and the more plausible they seemed to anyone contemplating friending them.

They were greatly aided by the Klan’s primitive recognition loop: a Klansman asks “AYAK” (“Are you a Klansman”) and listens for the response “AKIA” (A Klansman I am) — the KKK has a long history of dopey, D&D-inflected wordplay.

As the Grugq points out, closeted gay people had better tradecraft than this with the whole, “friend of Dorothy” thing. The KKK, by contrast “aren’t really good at handling insider threats or figuring out how to keep threats outside.” That means “When you want to punch a Nazi in the face, they’ll be easier to find and hunt down.”

“Most of them were poor,” OpKKK told me. In one instance, Thomas Moore complained that he was broke and couldn’t pay his electricity bill. He needed $230. What’s particularly funny about this is that Moore wrote, “They’ll never get me!” then gave the Anon information after he offered to help with his bill. He even included the last digits of this social security number.

The bill was never paid by OpKKK. Someone else helped the Little Feller out. OpKKK observed some usual conversations in the groups. In one, group members discussed a man named Jimi Miller who was late to the last Klan rally. One member asks if he’s “friends with the sheriff who wanted to join in.” Another says he’s the guy who “killed Jesse” Another member said, “yup.” So they just admitted to murder.

#OpKKK: How #BlueLivesMatter Movement Helped Anonymous Infiltrate KKK’s Social Media [Freakout Nation]

(via Grugq)

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It’s Officially Within Philadelphia Police Department Policy to be a Nazi

Earlier this week, an internal affairs “investigation” determined that an officer had not violated Philadelphia Police Department policy by having a Nazi tattoo on his arm. Officer Ian Hans Lichterman had been photographed in July during the Democratic National Convention openly displaying the tattoo of a Nazi era eagle with “Fatherland” written above it.

Not surprisingly, that caused a bit of a controversy. People aren’t really used to cops just coming right out and openly acknowledging their allegiance to Nazism and/or membership in the KKK. They generally try to keep that shit on the downlow. Of course, in keeping with that tradition, the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Bureau didn’t just announce that it’s okay to openly be a Nazi. Instead, they based their endorsement of Officer Lichterman’s tattoo on the fact that the department didn’t have any policy specifically addressing tattoos.

Via the Philly Voice:

The Internal Affairs investigation cleared Lichterman of any violations, closing the case in December, police said. They did not respond to follow-up questions inquiring whether any specific determinations were made about the tattoos.

Meanwhile, nearly five months after the controversy erupted, police brass have yet to deliver a promised tattoo policy for its ranks.

Photos of the tattoos, posted to Facebook by Evan Parish Matthews, showed a German eagle beneath the word “Fatherland” on Lichterman’s left arm. The post indicated the photos were taken on July 26, 2016 at Philadelphia’s #BlackResistanceMarch during the Democratic National Convention.

The eagle appears to resemble one depicted in the Nazi Party’s partieadler emblem, a symbol included in the Anti-Defamation League’s “Hate Symbols Database.”

That symbol features an eagle with outstretched wings, its head pointed left, and holding a wreath containing a swastika. The photos of Lichterman’s tattoos did not show whether his eagle was perched on a swastika.

Mayor Jim Kenney, who previously called the tattoos “disturbing” and “incredibly offensive,” released a statement that voiced the same reaction. But without an existing tattoo policy,  Kenney said police could not dismiss Lichterman.

Of course, you could make a really shitty argument (that nobody on this planet actually believes) that having a Nazi tattoo isn’t an indicator that you would act with bias when performing your job as a cop. You could even go into total denial and claim that a Nazi tattoo doesn’t mean you’re racist or a member of Neo-Nazi hate groups. Or you could also try for the low hanging fruit and claim that the eagle is just a traditional symbol of his heritage (you’re actually not really even trying at this point), even though the traditional German eagle looks nothing like the one used for Nazi era symbols.

All those ridiculous arguments would be exposed as nonsense though, if that same police officer with the Nazi tattoo had already previously been exposed as a member of racist skinhead groups, and someone who liked to dress up as an actual Nazi in his off time, though.

During a series of hacks against Neo-Nazi websites that took place between 2010 and 2012, emails and other identifying information belonging to members were leaked. By some amazing coincidence, an email address belonging to Officer Lichterman and an address matching the house he lives in with his wife (who is also a Philadelphia police officer), along with some photos of him in full Nazi uniform while taking part in war re-enactments, just happened to be included in those leaks:

…during a period from 2010-2012 there were several successful hacks of Neo-Nazi websites that led to the identification of dozens of Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists.

One of the more interesting cases was that of Ian Hans Lichterman. Lichterman was listed as a member of Blood and Honour, an international network of Neo-Nazi organizations started by Ian Stuart Donaldson, the lead singer of Skrewdriver. Upon some investigating, it was discovered that Lichterman was also a Philly PD officer who had even recently been commended at a crime stoppers awards ceremony. The e-mailed listed alongside his name with the leak, [email protected], seemed to refer to Lichterman’s badge number, 3155. The address that was also leaked with the name and e-mail is owned by Lichterman and his wife, fellow Philly PD officer Susan Bevidas.

Shortly after the hack, Lichterman appeared to leave the Philly PD and to be working as a private security contractor (mercenary) in the middle east, presumably using his connections from his time as a Marine. However, members of the media have noted that during this time Lichterman was still on Philly PD payrolls. So either the move was a ruse because people had been calling Philly PD asking about him and his affiliations… or he was kept on the books while working abroad for some reason. Recently, at the Philly Coalition for REAL Justice’s march during the DNC, someone noticed that one of the bike cops working the event had some shady tattoos. That cop has been identified as Ian Lichterman, back on duty in Philly.

So yeah, not only has the Philadelphia Police Department known they had an openly Nazi police officer among their ranks for years, they seem to be pretty okay with that.

Columbia MO Police Commit Felony Wiretap to Record Phone Call Between Attorney and Client

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Stephen Wyse, a civil rights attorney from Missouri, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. The accompanying video, embedded below, was posted to the Citizens For Justice YouTube channel. Additional information about Citizens For Justice can be found at their Facebook page.


January 27, 2017

Columbia, Missouri – Civil Rights Attorney Stephen Wyse filed dual criminal and Internal Affairs complaints against a presently unidentified Columbia Police Department officer or officers for felony wiretap act violations of recording the attorney-client phone call between Shayne Healea and his attorney Shane Farrow on October 24, 2014.

In October 2016, Wyse made repeated calls to Boone County Prosecutor Daniel Knight requesting for him to appoint a special prosecutor to determine if this felony by a Columbia Police Officer(s) was a single incident or part of the pattern and practice of Columbia Police Officers to illegally record attorney-client communications and use them in their investigations and/or turn them over to government prosecutors.

Shayne Healea is presently the Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney. Before becoming an attorney he was a police officer that worked undercover in a multi-jurisdiction drug task force. He is currently awaiting trial on DUI charges related to a 2014 car accident.

Columbia Police Commit Felony Wiretap

Columbia Police officer(s) recorded a legally privileged phone call between Shayne Healea and his attorney Shane Farrow on October 24, 2014, at the Columbia Police Department. The officer(s) involved have yet to be identified.

Mr. Healea had been arrested on October 24, 2014, after which he had requested to speak with his attorney in private. At first, the yet unidentified officer refused to permit a private and legally privileged attorney-client phone call. But then the officer apparently relented and placed Mr. Healea in holding cell for privacy to talk with his attorney. A legal duty the officer was required to obey as commanded by both Missouri law and the United States Constitution. Unbeknownst to Mr. Healea this Columbia Police officer was using electronic surveillance equipment placed in the holding cell to enable police commit felony wiretap and record the 15 to 20 minute phone call between Healea and his lawyer.

As an attorney who has had what I believed to be legally privileged attorney-client conversations with my clients within the confines of the Columbia Police Department. I was outraged when news reports from the Columbia Tribune and Columbia Missourian revealed that Columbia police officer(s) had committed a felony wiretap and I was concerned that my client(s) rights might also have been violated by similar criminal actions committed by the police.

– Stephen Wyse

Stephen Wyse’s complete blog post on the subject with links to his complaint and a video report from Wyse can be found here:

Columbia Police Commit Felony Wiretap of Attorney-Client Phone Call


Harris County Sheriff’s Office Drops Drug Charges Against Texas Man After “Meth” Turns Out to be Cat Litter

A sock full of cat litter ended up leading to a Texas man being publicly branded as a drug dealer, when deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office managed to mistake it for meth. In yet another case of faulty field tests that have repeatedly been exposed as wildly inaccurate, police issued a press release and bragged on Facebook about how their “big drug bust” had kept everyone’s children save from the scourge of methamphetamines.

Meanwhile, Ross Lebeau was taken to jail on charges of drug possession with the intent to distribute, based on the “meth” weighing in at over half a pound. As a result, he lost work and will be forced to go through the process of having his record expunged, even though the charges were dropped, to avoid the stigma of having been identified, very publicly, as a drug dealer.

In spite of that, Lebeau is surprisingly unwilling to place any blame on the deputies who used notoriously innacurate equipment to declare the cat litter was an illegal substance. For their part, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office released a second press release, in which they had no problem whatsoever placing the blame squarely on Lebeau’s shoulders saying that the deputies did everything right and that his statement that he didn’t know what the “unknown substance” was is what was responsible for the mix-up.

Via ABC13.com (in Houston):

Lebeau and his attorney do not blame the deputies for the ordeal, rather the field tests.

“Ultimately it might be bad budget-cutting testing equipment they need to re-evaluate,” said George Reul, who added prosecutors practically laughed when he told them it was cat litter.

“I would like an apology,” said Lebeau.

He says the accusation has caused him to lose work, not to mention the embarrassment. He will work to expunge his record.

“I was wrongly accused and I’m going to do everything in my power, with my family’s backing, to clear my name,” he said.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Statement:
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped Mr. LeBeau for a traffic offense on December 5, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. During that initial stop the deputies detected a strong odor of Marijuana emitting from his vehicle. Mr. LeBeau was question and admitted to having marijuana in the console of his vehicle.

The drugs were recovered and in the process of inventorying his vehicle a substance was found wrapped in one sock in his vehicle. Mr. LeBeau was questioned about the contents at which time he indicated that he had no idea what it was. The deputies followed proper procedures and field tested the substance on two separate occasions which field tested positive for methamphetamines, notified the District Attorney’s Office who accepted charges for possession of controlled substance of 200 grams and Mr. LeBeau posted bond and was released.

During the investigation Mr. LeBeau failed to identify the substance and later, after being released indicated on social media that the substance was cat litter that he kept in a sock in his vehicle.

Regarding this incident all indication shows that the deputies followed basic procedures and followed established protocol related to this incident. Because of the established procedures in place and this contraband was submitted to the Institute of Forensic Science it was determined not to be methamphetamine and charges were dismissed.

It doesn’t look like he’s going to get that apology. At least the prosecutors were able to get a good laugh out of it.

Philadelphia Police “Reviewing Tactics” of Cop Seen Slamming, Punching Teen Girl on Video

Several videos (embedded above and below) posted online showed an incident that occurred on Monday, during which a female Philadelphia police officer can be seen grabbing a sixteen year old girl, slamming her to the ground, and then, after straddling her chest, throwing numerous punches at her face.

The unnamed officer was part of a group of police officers that showed up to break up a large fight that apparently involved members of two families. Johnnae Pendleton, the girl seen being hit in the video, has since stated that she was trying to defend her mother just prior to being pushed away by one officer and then confronted by the officer who eventually assaulted her.

Although, Pendelton appears to be arguing with the first officer, the second officer (who punched her) acts aggressively toward her from the time that she initially approaches Pendelton from behind and pulls her around. While seemingly yelling at her to leave, she also repeatedly points her fingers into the teen’s face, appearing to make physical contact several times, at least. According to witnesses, Pederson was responding by telling her not to touch her.

Shortly after, the officer can be seen grabbing Pederson and spinning her around before throwing her to the ground. She then follows up by sitting on top of her chest and repeatedly punching at her head and face as Pederson attempts to block those punches. At some point, the officer also pulls out a telescoping baton. After several bystanders move close and yell for her to get off Pederson, at least two other cops, who are also holding batons, intercede before the video ends.

Via 6ABC.com (in Philadelphia):

The Internal Affairs Unit is now investigating an incident caught on video involving a 12th District Philadelphia police officer and a teenager.

All charges against 16-year-old Johnnae Pendleton, the girl seen in cell phone video, were dropped Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s just an ugly situation from start to finish,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. “There’s no denying that.”

The melee was captured on cell phone video in Southwest Philadelphia on 54th near Springfield Monday afternoon.

Police arrived to find a large group of teens fighting in the street.

In the video, a 12th District officer and a teen, later identified as Pendleton, separate from the group.

Action News spoke with Pendleton Tuesday about what happened from her perspective.

Pendleton contends she was trying to help her friend’s mother, who was being detained by police, when the officer started pushing her back.

“It went from there. She was dragging me by my hair, banging my head on the ground, on the car, punching me, sat on top of me and was punching me in my face,” Pendleton said.

Caliph Douglass captured the cell phone video.

He said he found what he was witnessing “confusing” because he also thought the Pendleton was trying to back away.

“The girl was saying ‘Don’t touch me. You don’t got to touch me.’ Then, the next thing you know she just swung the little girl to the ground and started punching her,” Douglass said.

Commissioner Ross says Pendleton was refusing the officer’s commands, and the officer reported that the teen knocked her glasses off her face.

“One of the things that did not get captured on the video that the young lady admitted to in her interview is that she actually smacked the officer in the face, knocking her glasses off her face,” Ross told Action News.

The teen told police she wasn’t hurt at all, and the 12th District officer, with several years on the job, had minor bruising to her eye.

The officer’s tactics are now under review by Internal Affairs.

“When I say tactics, it’s a possibility, before they hit the ground, that something could’ve been done a little differently. That’s not a legal thing as much as it is a tactical thing, but it’s a decision that gets made in a split second,” Ross said.

Pendleton was initially charged with assault on a police officer.

The district attorney declined to move forward with those charges and Pendleton was released from custody.

“I am happy that it was caught on video because if it wasn’t, I would have been charged and I would’ve been in a youth study center or something,” Pendleton said.

A source tells Action News the video and witness statements seem to indicate that Pendleton never intentionally tried to harm the officer.

“Both parties told the truth,” said Ross. “There’s not a whole lot of discrepancy between the two stories. It just doesn’t happen that often like that.”

Ross said the officer will remain off the street while the Internal Affairs investigation into the matter continues.

So, it’s interesting that, even though the “investigation” is still going on, Commissioner Ross has already announced that it’s “not a legal thing,” but rather a matter of tactics. Probably, one of the tactics that someone should avoid when they are trying to break up a fight would be to not act aggressively and escalate a confrontation.

Not physically pushing and jabbing your fingers at someone would be another questionable tactical consideration. Maybe, repeatedly punching someone when they are already on the ground and under your control would be another strategic “faux pas” that should be avoided.

Of course, if you’re a cop and you know there’s little to no chance you’ll suffer any sort of meaningful consequences for your actions, you probably don’t have to quibble over “tactics.”

Interview of Teen Seen Being Punched:

Video Posted to Instagram:

Longer Video That Shows Part of Initial Fight:

Video Shows Three NYPD Officers Hitting Man in the Face After He’s Pinned on the Ground

Bystander video posted to Youtube on Tuesday of a man being arrested by three NYPD officers shows them repeatedly punching him in the face as he is held down on his stomach on the ground. Alexis Jasmin, who recorded the cellphone video while riding on the bus, also had posted the video to Facebook on the morning of New Year’s Eve, the day that it happened.

Apparently, the man being beat in the video, Heriberto Nunez, wasn’t happy that the officers had given him a ticket and cursed at the cops, while sitting in his car. The unnamed cops, who were already in their own van preparing to leave, then jumped out and began arresting him. It’s of course not illegal to curse at the police, which means their assault upon and arrest of the man was completely unlawful.

Within her Facebook post (embedded below), Jasmin described the attack:

This man was already in his car and the police were in the van getting ready to pull off. Granted the man did stick his head out the window and say a few choice words. But please tell me why the cops got out the van, snatched him out of his car and proceeded to do this to him . Please explain to me why the officer kept bashing his face like that . This is exactly why i hate the police . His hands were already tied and he kept hitting the man in the face until bloody. RIDICULOUS!!

For their part, New York Police Department sources say that Nunez “lashed out” at the officers after receiving the ticket (which, once again, isn’t illegal) and claim that he was resisting their unlawful arrest, even though the video clearly shows him pinned to the ground by the three officers, with his hands already behind his back, being hit in the face for over 40 seconds, prior to them lifting him up and throwing him against their van.

According to the New York Daily News, Nunez was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration. He’s since been released without bail.

Meanwhile, none of the cops involved have been disciplined, although the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is currently conducting an “investigation” prior to making that situation official.


Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs Explains How Not To Get Beaten And/Or Shot By The Police

A couple days ago, Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs, who has been featured many times on the CopBlock Network (see “related posts” section below) posted a video in which he gives some advice on the best way for people to avoid being beaten, tased, and/or shot by the police.

Personally, I thought it was pretty solid, if unorthodox, advice and it’s also especially relevant in Las Vegas in relation to Las Vegas area police departments. I shared the original post to the Cop Block Facebook Page and it got a pretty good response, although not everyone agreed with the advice. So, I decided to share the video on the actual site for those three or four people in the world who are not providing the FBI with all of their personal information via Facebook.

As I said earlier, this is really solid advice and, if followed, will probably keep you from becoming a victim of police violence.

Below is the original Facebook Live video post:

Related Posts Submitted By or About Stephen Stubbs:

Stephen-Stubbs-CopBlockThose of you that have followed CopBlock.org over the past several years are probably already aware that Stephen Stubbs has been featured numerous times on the Cop Block Network. He often represents bikers and motorcycle organizations, whom are frequent targets of harassment from the police. In addition, I have personally worked with Stephen on a somewhat regular basis through Nevada Cop Block on issues or cases within the Las Vegas area.

Therefore, there is a pretty lengthy (and growing) list of posts on Cop Block involving Stephen Stubbs, his clients, and/or people or groups he is associated with. Included below are links to those posts.

  1. Head of LVMPD Internal Affairs Ordered to Answer Perjury/Withholding Evidence Charges in Court
  2. Head of LVMPD Internal Affairs Accused of Perjury; Judge Recused Self Due to “Negative Opinion” of Her
  3. Boulder City (NV) Police “Employee of the Year” Commits Perjury to Arrest Man Interfering With Revenue Generation
  4. Las Vegas Metro Police Illegally Search; Sexually Assault Innocent Man to Justify Bullshit Arrest
  5. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs: “Stand Up and Tell the Truth” – Why #PoliceLiesMatter
  6. Man Beaten by Las Vegas Police For Not Moving Fast Enough Awarded $31,500 Settlement
  7. Full Waco Twin Peaks Biker Shooting Videos; Witness Statement Made Public
  8. Know Your Rights Seminar At Las Vegas “Rally For Your Rights”
  9. Waco, TX; Twin Peaks Shootings Arrests – June 10th Call Flood
  10. Nevada Police Chief Resigns After Protecting Animal Shelter Supervisor Who Killed Pets
  11. Fired NV Police Chief Ordered to Pay Punitive Damages in Abuse of Authority Lawsuit
  12. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs Found Not Guilty in 5th Amendment Right to Counsel Case
  13. Game Over for Insert Coins’ and Their Abusive Bouncers
  14. Dance, Dance Revolution Protest at Insert Coins Las Vegas- Feb. 26, 2015
  15. Insert Coin(s) Las Vegas Bouncers Beat Man and Obstruct Witness Trying to Film
  16. Las Vegas Police Promise “Fundamental Policy Changes” after Dominic Gennarino Beating
  17. Las Vegas Police Beat a Man for “Not Moving Fast Enough”
  18. Las Vegas Police Agree That You Should Film Them
  19. Free Know Your Rights Seminar in Las Vegas
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The following post consists of eyewitness video that was recorded by two sets of bystanders during an incident earlier this year. On that video, four Kentucky State Police Officers can be seen brutally beating Lewis Lyttle, a 65 year old man. It’s also quite apparent on that video that Lyttle was resisting physically in any way whatsoever at the time that he was attacked by these cops.

This video was sent anonymously to the family of Lewis Lyttle. His family then sent it to Southeast Kentucky Cop Block’s via their Facebook page, who in turn forwarded it to me in order to have it shared publicly to expose the violence and corruption of Tpr. Jimmy Halcomb, Sgt. Rob Farley, Detective Josh Howard and Detective Kevin Miller, the officers who can be seen on the video brutally beating Lyttle.

While the video stands on its on, the original Facebook post, as well as Mrs. Lyttle’s statement on behalf of the family, have been included below.

Text from Southeast Kentucky Cop Block Facebook Post:

On June 15, 2016, an elderly Virginia man, Mr. Lewis Lyttle, was brutally beaten by four Kentucky State Police Officers in the parking lot of Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital.

That very evening, a partial video of that beating was posted on Facebook and went viral. When that video began, it showed the elderly man standing in the parking lot of the hospital with two uniformed KSP officers. The elderly man was for some odd reason, being uncuffed by Tpr. Jimmy Halcomb. The video then showed the other of the two uniformed officers, Sgt. Rob Farley (who was and remains a KSP supervisor) grabbing the old man by the beard and pulling the old man down to the ground face first by the beard while kneeing him in the groin area. At that point in the video, two plain clothed KSP detectives (later identified as Detective Josh Howard and Detective Kevin Miller) joined in as the old man was kicked and horribly assaulted as he lay helplessly on the ground.

On June 17, 2016, two days after the incident, a Federal Lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, Southern Division in London. That suit named all four officers involved in the beating as Defendants stating the cause of action as multiple and various violations of the U.S. Constitution. Those violations included, among other things, the Fourth Amendment violation of excessive use of force.

This afternoon, Thursday, October 13, 2016, Cop Block was contacted by the wife of Lewis Lyttle on behalf of Lewis Lyttle’s family.

Mrs. Lyttle gave the following statement:

”We want to thank the organization of Cop Block for helping to bring the truth regarding the circumstances surrounding the horrible, unnecessary and inexcusable beating of Lewis by those KSP officers to the attention of the public. We also want to thank the countless people who have shown support for Lewis and our family since the incident. We want to extend a very special thank you to those many individuals who witnessed the beating personally and who have chosen to do the right thing by coming forth with statements. Many of those people have come forth with witness statements and are preparing to testify in court even though they fear retaliation and harassment from a few of the KSP officers.

This whole thing has taken a heavy toll on our family and been very difficult for us. Some people have said a lot of untrue and unkind things about my husband without knowing any of the facts about what happened that day and further basing their statements on terrible assumptions.

Our family would like to point out that almost 100 percent of those people saying those terrible and untrue things about Lewis have one significant thing in common. That one significant thing is that NONE OF THEM were even anywhere near the scene when the violent assault of my husband occurred. However, the fact that they did not hear or see ANYTHING that went on that day sure doesn’t stop them from giving there expert opinions of how wrong and bad Lewis was and how those KSP officers were only doing their jobs etc.

Today Lewis’ attorney turned over to the KSP officers’ attorneys, the first round of evidence in the federal case so far. Included in that information was a stack of 16 sworn to, signed, and notarized affidavits of individuals who ACTUALLY WERE THERE on the scene and personally observed the incident. All of those statements contend the officers absolutely did use excessive force.

Also, included in the information turned over to the KSP today were the names of nearly 20 individuals, all who were there personally when the incident occurred and all who are prepared to testify in court that at no time during the entire incident did Lewis Lyttle EVER attempt to punch, kick, spit on or otherwise try to assault any of those officers at any time. Of all those individuals, only one knew Lewis before the incident. The remainder of those witnesses did not know Lewis. Those are professional individuals who are highly credible in the community. None of them had any reason to lie for Lewis. They are only telling the truth because it is the right thing to do. Most of those witnesses were actually enraged at the way in which those officers beat my Lewis.

What I’d like people to understand also, I mean the side no one gets to hear or see is that Lewis is 68 years old and has never had a criminal conviction for anything in his entire life. He has a good deal of health issues including 8 metal pins in his leg. The same leg that detective Miller kicked several times and stood on according to the video and several eyewitnesses. Even before he took that beating, he had a great deal of trouble just trying to walk around. When those bully KSP officers beat my Lewis, they beat up a then 67 year old crippled man who couldn’t have hurt them even if he wanted to.

Also among the information released to the KSP today was a video that has never before been seen by the general public or the Defendant Officers. The video was taken on a cell phone by one of the many outraged on lookers. That witness released this video to Lewis’ attorney the day of the incident. I am releasing a segment of this video to Cop Block to post for the first time ever to be seen by the public. The video shows everything necessary to prove my Lewis did nothing to deserve or provoke the beating. It is my understanding the KSP officers who beat Lewis hasn’t seen it yet either. I think their attorneys will get it in the mail tomorrow.

The video shows he was sitting on his butt in the parking lot. He was handcuffed behind his back. His legs were outstretched in front of him, He was in no way trying to kick or hit any officer. In fact from his position it would have been just about impossible to do anything. I included a slow motion section in the video to show Lewis wasn’t trying to kick or anything when Sgt. Farley got out of his car, walked straight to Lewis and violently struck him in the left side of the head so hard that it sent Lewis’ upper body to the pavement.

The video shows how after Sgt. Farley struck Lewis to the ground he stuck his finger in Lewis’ face and wouldn’t even let Lewis raise up to a sitting position. The video shows how Sgt. Farley then violently jerks Lewis off the ground in a manner which I’m sure he wasn’t taught at the academy. Farley grabs Lewis by the cuffed arm which puts all Lewis’ weight on his arm and shoulder. That really hurt my Lewis!

The video then shows Tpr. Jimmy Halcomb Jr. unhandcuff Lewis and Sgt. Farley trying to provoke Lewis to fight. Multiple independent eyewitnesses have given sworn affidavits to that. It was clear to them Farley was purposely trying to get Lewis to fight. When Lewis didn’t take the bait and refused to fight, well, the first video that was posted on Facebook June 15, shows what happened then. I provided a copy of that video attached to the newly released video.

The previously released video starts where the newly released video ends. The two videos together show in detail the whole story. The newly released video was taken from one side of the parking lot and the previously released video was taken from the other side of the lot. You can hear what the two different groups of people (none of which even know Lewis Lyttle) around the two different cameras on the two different sides of the parking lot are saying about what was going on. “They slapped him for no reason”! etc, etc.

During the beating, at least one of the employees from Harlan ARH called KSP Post 10 in Harlan to get help for Lewis. Post 10 sent no one. Looking back I guess it was likely because all available units were already at Harlan ARH and busy beating on Lewis.

Our family has learned from witnesses that after the beating, KSP LT. Jason Adams came around asking people questions about what they saw. According to a number of the witnesses he contacted, LT. Adams seemed to spend as much time trying to inflame then against Lewis as he did investigating any wrongdoing surrounding the beating. He was by reports, however, consistent in mentioning how unbiased he was in his investigation.

One of the witnesses stated that Lt. Adams had commented that the old man didn’t even have a mark on him after the beating. Again, eyewitness testimony is going to contradict that. Lt. Adams alleged comment did inspire me, however, to attach to the end of the video clips I have provided to Cop Block, a small slide show of the pics that were taken when Lewis was in jail after his beating. Those pics are of some NOT ALL of the marks Lt. Adams allegedly claims Lewis did not have.

Some of Lewis’ injuries cannot be captured in a photo. After receiving the beating from the KSP officers, Lewis was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on multiple felony counts of assaulting a police officer before being bonded out after two and a half days. Upon getting released, Lewis had a CT scan performed which indicated he had received an injury severe enough to cause bleeding on his brain. The brain bleed was located directly under the area where Sgt. Rob Farley had struck him. Some of the photos in the slide show depict pooling of the blood under Lewis skin at the point of impact where Sgt. Farley struck him. Sgt. Farley may be guilty of felony assault. But, for now we are crossing one bridge at a time.

The last our family heard from the person who called Post 10 for help the day of the beating and who also initiated a complaint against the abusive officers, KSP Post 10 has yet to inform them whether any disciplinary action has been taken.

Once again, our family sincerely thanks all those who have supported Lewis during this terrible time. We ask that after you see the video if you feel the officers involved in the beating should be held accountable for their actions, that you call the office of KY Governor Matt Bevin and let his office know you want this looked into. The number is (502) 564-2611. Remember, the next person who takes a beating from these same officers could be you or your loved ones. Please share this link.”