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Video shows off-duty Lansing police officer pinning down teen and choking him, threatening his life

A video has surfaced on social media that shows a white suburban police officer pinning down an African American teen and threatening his life for trespassing.

It all started Saturday afternoon when a couple of teenage boys got into a fight with another group of boys. They were able to get away only to find themselves in a totally different and unexpected fight.

“You guys are on my f—ing property!” an off-duty Lansing police officer says in the video while pinning 15-year-old Jordan Brunson to the ground with his knee, his hand on the boy’s neck.

“Let me go!” Jordan says in the video.

“No, you are on my f—ing property. I could f—ing kill you,” the officer says.

Jordan’s friend was shooting the cell phone video, which is only a few minutes long.

“Tell your friend to come here right now,” the officer says.

At one point in the video, a woman walks outside the home and says, “You guys came to the wrong house.”

Moments earlier, Jordan says he was trying to help his friend who was sitting on the officer’s porch. He had been beaten up pretty bad in a fight earlier Saturday afternoon. WGN talked to Jordan at his home Monday night.

“I was examining him. I was going to go tell his grandmother,” Jordan said. He then says the officer came out of nowhere and grabbed them both.

WGN reporter Erik Runge: “You never heard the officer ask what you doing there?”

Jordan: “No.”

Runge: “Did you ever heard the officer say get off of my property.”

Jordan: “No.”

Runge: “Did he ever identify himself as a cop?”

Jordan: “No.”

Jordan’s aunt Lashawnya Brunson posted the video that Jordan’s friend recorded to Facebook. She says the officer’s behavior is outrageous.

“If he wasn’t an officer, just a regular man, would they do the same thing? No, he’d be locked up,” she said.

On Monday night, two police officers sat in an unmarked car keeping an eye on the officer’s home. No one came do the door when WGN knocked. Reporter Erik Runge left a note asking for his side of the story. So far, he hasn’t called.

The Lansing Police Department released as statement that says, in part:

“An off-duty Lansing police officer, outside on his personal property, became involved when he was approached by two other subjects involved in the fight. One of the juveniles had visible minor injuries, and the other was temporarily detained for further investigation until the arrival of on-duty officers.”

Jordan says neither he nor his friend was approached by officers at any time.

Jordan says the off-duty officer let him up when the on-duty officers arrived. Jordan’s family filed a police report and wants the officer brought up on charges

 

Sheriff Pulls Gun On A Jack In The Box Employee Burger Was Taking To Long? WTF?

Santa Clara, CA — A video was anonymously posted online this week showing a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy involved in a standoff with police after he decided to pull his gun on a Jack in the Box employee.

Benjamin Lee, 33, was arrested about 2:40 a.m. earlier this year after he drunkenly drove into the Jack in the Box order line and apparently thought his status as a cop could speed up his service.

According to witnesses, Lee became very frustrated that the drive-through line was taking so long. When he finally reached the window to order his food, he pulled out his gun instead of his wallet.

Naturally fearing for their lives when assaulted with a deadly weapon by a cop, the employees called 9-1-1. Lee, obviously thinking he did nothing wrong or feeling that he was above the law, sat and waited for his food.

However, before Lee’s food would arrive, officers with the Santa Clara police department would show up.

When officers arrived, a tense standoff ensued as they pinned their AR-15s on Lee’s car and his passengers. Eventually, however, police would take them in without incident. Anyone else accused of the same crime would likely have experienced a deadly fate.

Lee was arrested on suspicion of DUI and brandishing a weapon. When the vice president of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Roger Winslow, released a statement on the incident, he conveniently failed to mention the assault with a deadly weapon.

“Our deputies make arrests for these crimes regularly. They see firsthand the consequences caused by impaired drivers,” Winslow said. “DUI by anyone is unacceptable; doubly so when it involves a deputy sheriff. We are held to a higher standard and rightly so.”

He then cautioned the public not to rush to judgment.

“We fully expect that appropriate action will be taken after all the facts are determined,” he said.

However, it is unclear if any ‘appropriate action’ has been taken. Following his arrest, Lee was placed on paid vacation, also known as administrative leave.

The Free Thought Project contacted the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department to inquire about Lee’s status, but they did not comment on his status or charges. It can be assumed that this officer, drunk on his perceived authority and alcohol — who threatened the lives of fast food employees with a gun for not making his burger fast enough — is still receiving a taxpayer funded paycheck.

Police officers pulling guns on food workers in not uncommon. After this incident happened in January, the Free Thought Project was given a video by a Pizza delivery driver who was held at gunpoint by a cop and nearly killed while delivering pizza.

In 2014, officer Scott Biumi pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to 10 years probation for pointing a gun at teenagers in the drive-through line at a McDonald’s.

Also in 2014, Tuscon Police Officer, Kyle James McCartin, was drunk and belligerent when he walked into a Giant Gas Station wearing his bulletproof vest and began pointing his pistol at the clerk.

For assaulting innocent people with deadly weapons, none of the officers mentioned above spent a single day in jail.

This Elementary Teacher shows you what NOT to do when confronted by police

Austin, TX – Pulled over for driving 15 mph over the speed limit, an elementary school teacher was recorded on police dash cam video being slammed to the ground twice by an overly aggressive cop. After the woman was placed in the back of a patrol car, two separate videos caught the arresting officer making false statements regarding the arrest and another officer making racist comments to the restrained teacher.

At 12:30 p.m. on June 15, 2015, Austin Police Officer Bryan Richter pulled over 26-year-old Breaion King for driving 15 mph over the speed limit. According to Richter’s dash cam video, the officer immediately ordered King to step back inside her car before informing the teacher that she had been stopped for speeding.

Complying with his orders, King sat inside her car and gave Richter her driver’s license as commanded. When ordered to put her feet inside so Richter could close her door, King asked, “Could you please hurry up?”

Instantly losing his temper, Richter demanded, “Okay, ma’am, stand up for me. Okay?”

“Okay,” King responded.

Despite the fact that King had been complying with his commands and had agreed to exit her vehicle, Richter suddenly grabbed her for no apparent reason before she could step out of her car.

“Why are you touching me?” King asked in absolute terror. “Oh my God!”

“Stop resisting!” Richter immediately shouted. “Get out of the car!”

“I’m getting out,” King replied. “Let me get out.”

Gripping King’s neck and arm, Richter abruptly pulled her out of the car and whipped her around before violently slamming her against the ground.

“Put your hands behind your back!” Richter ordered.

“Oh my God!” King pleaded. “Are you serious?”

“I’m about to taze you,” Richter threatened as King stood up and placed her hands behind her back.

“Are you kidding me?” King asked as Richter swept her legs and threw her to the ground again for no apparent reason.

“Put your hands behind your back,” Richter repeated while pressing his full weight down on her back.

“Would you let me get down, please?” King pleaded.

After cuffing the 112-pound woman, Richter and a fellow officer led King to the front of his patrol car by lifting her arms behind her back in a torture position. Before she was placed inside the back of the car, King genuinely asked, “Why are my arms so high up?”

Later in the video, Richter recounted the incident to a superior while blatantly making false statements.

“Once we got out of the car, she took a swing at me,” Richter lied. “She missed. And then she swings – and I saw it coming – so I just threw her down. We were on the ground. I didn’t want to hit her. So we just kinda wrestled.”

Falsely stating that King had slipped out of her restraints and needed to be thrown against the pavement again, Richter gave a version of events that failed to corroborate with his own dash cam video. While sitting in the backseat, restrained in handcuffs, King was later subjected to a second officer’s racist comments as he transported her to jail.

“Why are so many people afraid of black people?” Officer Patrick Spradlin asked King in the second video.

“That’s what I want to figure out because I’m not a bad black person,” King responded.

“I can give you a really good idea why it might be that way,” Spradlin continued.

“Why?” King asked.

“Violent tendencies,” Spradlin answered.

Ironically, King was nonviolent when Richter suddenly pulled her out of the car without giving her any time to comply with his orders. Although she had initially been charged with resisting arrest, King’s case was dismissed earlier this year and she ended up paying $165 for driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.

After requesting a federal investigation into the incident from the Justice Department, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo publicly apologized to King and her family at a press conference on Thursday.

“I’m sorry that on the day you were stopped for going 15 miles an hour, you were approached and treated in a manner that is not consistent with this police chief and department,” Chief Acevedo stated. “We’re in 2016 and this will not be tolerated.”

 

Helping autistic man, therapist shot by Florida police unarmed with hands UP!!!!

(Reuters) – A video emerged online on Wednesday showing the moments before an unarmed black Florida man was shot by police as he lay in a street with his hands up next to an autistic patient whom he was trying to help, media reported.

Behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey was hospitalized after he was shot three times in the leg by a North Miami police officer during an incident on Monday, media said. You can see the video here.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/helping-autistic-man-black-therapist-shot-florida-police-044231095.html

The incident comes at a time when racihttps://www.yahoo.com/news/helping-autistic-man-black-therapist-shot-florida-police-044231095.htmlal tension is high in the United States. Protests have erupted in major U.S. cities during the past year and a half, as widely viewed videos of police shootings of black men drew attention to long-standing issues of race, policing and lack of accountability for officers.

Kinsey told WSVN-TV in Miami that he was trying to calm an autistic patient who had just ran away from an area group home. Kinsey said he found the patient sitting in a street playing with a toy truck.

A video that accompanied the news station’s online story showed a black man in a T-shirt and shorts lying on his back with his hands up next to a man, who appears to have an object in his hand.

“All he has is a truck. A toy truck. I’m a behavior therapist at a group home,” a man is heard saying in the cell phone video as police officers are seen with their weapons drawn.

The North Miami Police Department said in a statement that officers responded to a call of an armed suspect threatening suicide. Officers arrived at the scene and found an autistic man and an employee with an assist living facility.

At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers fired his weapon, striking the employee, police said.

The moment of the shooting was not captured on the video and it is unclear why the officer fired his weapon.

An officer has been placed under administrative leave. An investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the department said.

(Reporting By Brendan O’Brien; Editing by Nick Macfie)