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Viral Facebook Live Video Shows Ohio Man Being Beaten and Punched During Arrest

Euclid Ohio Police Brutality Arrest Beating

A viral Facebook Live video shows a man being violently arrested in Euclid, Ohio.

A live-streamed video that was making its way around Facebook on August 12th (2017) shows a man being violently arrested in Euclid, OH. (Note: many of the people sharing the video had for some reason misidentified the location as Edina, MN.) As of right now, there aren’t a lot of details outside of what can be seen on the video. (That video is embedded below.)

Later in the evening, the Euclid Police Department did release a statement in which they said that the cops pulled a man named Richard Hubbard III, who is from Cleveland, over for a traffic violation. They then decided to arrest him for some unspecified reason. Euclid is a suburb of Cleveland.

According to the EPD statement, Hubbard refused to turn around and face away from them when the police officers ordered him to. Initially, there are two cops involved in the beating. Eventually, at least three other cops arrive and begin helping handcuff Hubbard.

The cop, that can be seen hitting Hubbard numerous times, including in the back of his head, has not been identified yet. Currently, he is on paid vacation while his co-workers perform an “investigation.”

A woman who can be seen recording with her cell phone apparently was arrested also once the other cops arrived.

Below, is the statement from the Euclid police, via Fox8.com in Cleveland:

Euclid police released a statement about the incident, saying that just before 10:30 a.m., an officer pulled over Richard Hubbard, 25, of Cleveland, for a moving/traffic violation near 240 East 228th Street.

Hubbard was ordered out of the car told to face away from the police as he was taken into custody. Police say that Hubbard ignored that order and began to physically resist as the officer took him into custody.

The violent struggle, pictured below, lasted for over 3 minutes.

Update: Partial dash cam video (also embedded below) has been released, which is included as an update to the previously cited Fox8.com post. However, it’s still not very clear even on that video why the police saw Hubbard as a threat when they initially decided to arrest him.

According to the new statement from police, Hubbard was being arrested for not having a license. In addition, although it isn’t shown on either video, the statement says that Hubbard was tased. (The taser can be seen being thrown onto the street after it apparently wasn’t effective.)

They also state that they thought he was going to run, but he appears to be boxed in between the car, the open car door, and the officer who would later assault him. It doesn’t seem like he would have much of an opportunity to run, even if that was his intention.

Bystander Video

Local News Report With Dash Cam Video

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Video Shows Pennsylvania Police Officer Punching, Choking, and Tazing Inmate Shackled to Bench

Surveillance video from a police station just outside of Pittsburgh, in Allegheny County, PA., shows a police officer assault a man in custody after they engage in a verbal dispute over his refusal to sit down. Elizabeth Borough Police Officer Garrett Kimmell can be seen attempting to choke inmate Joshua Brooks, then starting to punch him when Brooks rebuffs that attempt.

Brooks, who has one arm in a cast, initially fights back, although his ability to do so is restricted by the fact one of his ankles is shackled to a bench. He can then be seen raising his arms in an apparent attempt to show he doesn’t intend to resist. However, Kimmell continues hitting him and then places him in a frontal choke hold.

Soon after, Brooks resumes fighting back and begins overpowering Kimmell before another cop arrives and assists in restraining him. At that point, while the other officer is holding brooks, Kimmell begins using his tazer on him, shocking him several times. The video then ends.

As a result of the video, charges of resisting arrest and aggravated assault on an officer were dropped and Brooks has since filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. The incident happened in 2015, but the video was not released by Brooks’ lawyer, Todd Hollis, until this week when those charges were dropped.

Via WPXI.com:

A Pittsburgh attorney released a video Wednesday as part of a federal civil-rights lawsuit alleging excessive use of force by Elizabeth Borough police.

The lawsuit, which names two officers, alleges the video is just one example of a larger problem with the Police Department. It claims this isn’t an isolated incident.

Channel 11 News could not find any other examples of lawsuits filed against Elizabeth Borough police for brutality involving black victims. However, the lawsuit states the alleged incident “is one of many encounters in which young African-American men who are taken into custody by borough police officers who become the victims of police brutality…”

Joshua Brooks, 21, was arrested April 17, 2015, on suspicion of heroin possession. Hollis said Brooks, whose left arm was in a cast, was shackled to a bench.

Hollis said in the video, Brooks stands up from the bench and refuses to sit down. Police Officer Garrett Kimmell then hits Brooks multiple times and Brooks fights back in an effort to restrain Kimmell, Hollis explained.

A second officer eventually appears and assists with subduing Brooks, and Kimmell is seen firing a stun gun, Hollis said.

“The acts that happened on that particular day don’t denote honor, and I think it brings dishonor to all the great police officers in our city and the country,” Hollis said.

The lawsuit states that after Brooks’ arrest, additional charges were filed, including resisting arrest and aggravated assault on an officer. Hollis said the charges were dropped after the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office saw the surveillance video.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses Kimmell of excessive force and accuses the second officer of failure to intervene.

“Sometimes, what you do in the dark comes to light, and I think this is one of those instances,” Hollis said.

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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.

 

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Federal Lawsuit Details Meriden Police Department Retaliation Against Connecticut Man

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Kerry Marshall, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. Within the post, Kerry discusses a federal lawsuit he has filed against the City of Meriden, CT and the Meriden Police Department in which he alleges he was arrested and harassed by members of the MPD in retaliation for a previous lawsuit he filed. Kerry states that the previous lawsuit resulted in the resignation of a Connecticut State Trooper named Tom Topulos, who is the brother of Timothy Topulos, a Meriden Deputy Chief of Police.

Date of Incident: November 5, 2010
Officers Involved: Officers Evan Cossette, Tom Zakrzewski, and John Slezak; Sgt. Robert Pekrul, and Police Chief Jeffry Cossette
Department Involved: City of Meriden (CT) Dept. of Law, Meriden Police Department
Department Phone Number: (203) 630-4030

Kerry Marshall’s federal lawsuit (Civil No. 3:11-CV-577-JCH (Dist. of Conn.) alleges that on the evening of 11/5/2010, he was accosted by Meriden, CT. Police Officer Evan Cossette and Sergeant Robert Pekrul at a local Cumberland Farms Convenience Store/Gas Station for the express purpose of retaliating for Marshall having previously filed a federal lawsuit about a traffic stop he endured inside his private driveway, which led to the resignation of then Middlefield, CT. Resident State Trooper Topulos.

The suit alleges that Cossette and Pekrul falsely claimed that Marshall’s car being backed into a stall away from the gas pumps and that Marshall having not exited the vehicle signaled to them that a potential drug transaction was about to occur. They also claimed that the Cumberland Farms location (on Broad Street) was the site of numerous drug arrests over the past several years. In addition, they falsely claimed that a check of Connecticut motor vehicle records revealed no registration information for Marshall’s Lexis IS 300.

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Contrary to Cossette and Pekrul’s claims, Marshall’s suit points to the falsehood of officers’ claims, in that they have no police data or information showing that the site is infamous (sic) for drug arrests, nor did they seek to retrieve any information from the Connecticut DMV regarding his car. However, later information was discovered, from within their own records, showing that they made an inquiry with the NCIC (a federal agency) in a not so well thought out attempt to ruse (sic) Marshall about the status of his car and make a case against him.

Marshall’s suit alleges that Cossette and Pekrul utilized illegal and unauthorized cell phone tracking to locate Marshall and falsely claimed he never exited the parked vehicle. In fact, the suit alleges that evidence shows he was at the Cumberland Farms Store to reload a prepaid credit card and had to exit the vehicle to do so, something officers failed to put in their police report.

Also alleged is that Cossette and Pekrul used extremely tight handcuffs on Marshall and hurled him into an unmarked police van for transport to the police station. Excessive force was used on Marshall at the station by Officer Zakrzewski while Officer Slezak stood in the door of the holding cell laughing and taunting him.

According to the lawsuit, in July of 2015 Cossette and Pekrul’s charges of misuse of a license plate, driving an unregistered car, resisting arrest, and public disorder concluded in Marshall’s favor and as the case now stands all defendants, including Police Chief Jeffry Cossette (Officer Evan Cossette’s father) are being held accountable for either false arrest, excessive police force, failure to intervene, failure to supervise and retaliating against Marshall for his having exercised his First Amendment Rights regarding a preceding federal action he filed. That action caused the resignation of then Middlefield Resident State Trooper Topulos, whom it turns out is the brother of the Meriden Deputy Police Chief Timothy Topulos.

– Kerry Marshall

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Boulder City Police Doctored Audio in Arrest Video Where They Were Already Caught Committing Perjury

In June, I posted about John Hunt, a resident of Boulder City a small town just outside of Las Vegas. In June, Hunt had been arrested by Sergeant John Glenn of the Boulder City Police Department on charges of  “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” and “Resisting Arrest.” He subsequently spent a day in jail, as a result of that arrest.

As you can see in the original post and the Youtube video embedded below by his lawyer, Stephen Stubbs, when his trial date came the prosecutor dropped the charges because Sgt. Glenn was actually caught contradicting his sworn testimony (I.E. committing the crime of perjury) on the dash camera video.

That’s not the only dishonesty by Sgt. Glenn in this case, however. Recently, John Hunt contacted me and told me that he had evidence showing that not only did Glenn lie to justify the charges against him, but he in fact also edited the audio on that dash cam video to support his false version of the events during the arrest.

Within the video included in this post Hunt explains how and why that evidence was tampered with and why it also shows that Sgt. Glenn was involved or at the very least aware of that tampering. He also includes a report from a forensic audio expert that conclusively shows the audio was altered. A PDF containing the full Forensic Audio Authentication Report can be found here.

In addition, John included this text description:

After I crossed across the road for the third time, a police car pulled into the parking lot directly in front of me, maybe about 40 feet away. The officer inside, Sgt. John Glenn said, “Come over here. Come over here. Come over here!”

I asked, “why?”

He said, “because I told you to.”

I then said, “I refuse to comply,” because I did not view “because I told you to” as a valid legal reason to change what I was doing. I had broken no laws and was not causing any problems as I stood on the sidewalk. I was perfectly willing to talk with the officer and was looking forward to that opportunity. I had a very strong desire not to be arrested, but I was not going to follow his commands for the sole reason that he had decided to issue them. I have rights.

Immediately after I said this, Glenn got out of his car and began walking towards me. At the time I thought that he was coming over to talk to me.  Instead he walked directly up to me and grabbed me by the arm. He did not say anything to me as he was doing this. He did not say, “turn around and put your hands behind your back.” He said absolutely nothing.

I was very surprised that I was being illegally and abruptly assaulted for absolutely no reason.
I instructed him to stop assaulting me. I said, “Stop assaulting me! Stop assaulting me! Take your hands off me.”

But Glenn didn’t listen, as he had no interest in obeying the laws of the land.

Now, compare that with what you hear on the tape. To recap, here’s what it should sound like:

  • GLENN: Come over here. Come over here. Come over here!
  • ME: Why?
  • GLENN: Because I told you to.
  • ME: I refuse to comply.
  • *car door opens and closes, silence for a few seconds as Glenn walks over to me
  • ME: Stop assaulting me! Stop assaulting me! Take your hands off me.

After this, the tape plays out mostly the same as it happened in life, except for one small detail. After I had been dragged to the ground and handcuffed, I was leaned up against a cop car and a policeman started asking me a series of yes or no questions. I answered them as I was still dazed from the assault and did not have the werewithal to understand fully what was going on.

audio-manipulation-boulder-city-policeI strongly suspect that it was one of my answers here that was edited out and transposed into an earlier point in the tape to make it appear as though I was interacting with Glenn in a confrontational manner before he “arrested” me. This is the part of the tape where John Glenn supposedly asks me “is there something you don’t understand?” And I say, “No!” This never actually happened. The only things that happened are exactly what I have described.

The recording of these events didn’t match my memory, which was very clear and vivid, and still is. So, with the help of my family, I decided it was worthwhile to hire an expert to investigate it.

I was told that this kind of editing was impossible, but I could not be convinced that my memories were mistaken.

I chose my words very carefully when I said, “I refuse to comply,” and I remember the exact reason and context in which I said them, which is very different from the context in the video.

Even despite having a very strong memory in general and despite having these vivid memories of this specific event, the edited tape made me doubt myself for a time.

When you are confronted with a video recording that does not match your memories, you tend to believe the recording. It’s in a sense like being “gaslighted.”

I believe it’s very possible that if I did not have a very strong faith in my own memory, I could have been convinced that the events on the tape were what actually happened

This may have happened to more than a few people.

The reason I know that John Glenn is aware of this, beyond the obvious, is that he attests to a detail in the report which appears on the edited tape but did not happen in life.

In his sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, he states, “I asked the subject what part he did not understand.”

This didn’t happen, but on the tape, it did.

So Glenn knows about this or is doing it himself. I suspect that there was an event or events some time in the past where Glenn actually said all of the things he said on that tape.

And I suspect that if you could see the reports of all of his arrests, you would see many instances of these exact same phrases being used over and over again.

I would also suspect that there is a computer somewhere nearby, either in John Glenn’s basement, or in a lab somewhere, with some very interesting files on it.

I can’t personally say how deep or how far the corruption goes in this department, but I think it’s reasonable to conclude that the existence of this report casts serious doubt on every single piece of evidence that goes through that courtroom, especially video evidence.

There may be many convictions issued by that court that need a second look. And there may be people in jail right now that shouldn’t be there because of what this person or group of people is doing.

For obvious reasons, having an officer who is willing to both lie under oath and tamper with evidence in order to justify arresting someone is a huge threat to the freedom and rights of citizens. Even more of a threat is a police department that at the very least allows officers to have the access and ability to do so and in reality were probably complicit in helping carry out such illegal actions.

When you consider that this is a case in which Hunt was really arrested out of spite (AKA Contempt of Cop), it casts doubt on every case the Boulder City Police are involved in, especially those involving Sergeant John Glenn.

Original Video Concerning the Perjury Committed by Sgt. John Glenn

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