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Same old, same old.  Stories of police brutality continues.

A surveillance video shot almost a year ago apparently shows Houston police officers relentlessly beating, kicking and stomping on a teen burglary suspect was just released to the public.

The video shows Chad Holley, who was 15 years old at the time, running along a metal fence away from police officers when a police car speeds towards him and cuts him off. The car slams into Holley. Holley's body goes flying across the car onto the ground. His body rolls and he ends up on his stomach. He clamps his hands over his head. Policemen run up to him and begin attacking him.

Read more here

Check the video that was suppressed from Chad Holley's trial and just shake your head. When you are done shaking your head, call on the Justice Department to stop Houston's brutal police culture by signing thispetition sponsored by colorofchange.org .

I really question the stability of some police officers and those who recruit and/or supervise police officers because the kind of behavior you have just witnessed is simply inhumane, unacceptable and should not be tolerated.  

Here is the injustice in all of this. A slap on the hand privilege enjoyed by many of these corrupt police officers.

...four officers -- Andrew Blomberg, Phil Bryan, Raad Hassan and Drew Ryser -- were indicted on misdemeanor official suppression charges and fired from the police department. Hassan and Bryan were also charged with violation of the civil rights of a prisoner.

Three other officers were fired, but not charged, and another five were suspended for two days.

Read more  here

How much do you really want to know about police misconduct?

Here are the 20 reports of police misconduct tracked yesterday, February 18, 2011, according to  Injustice Everywhere :

   *  The Pennsylvania State Police  have settled a lawsuit for an unknown sum to a man who claims that a trooper falsely arrested him in retaliation for filing an excessive force complaint against him.

    *  Two Tulsa OK police officers  are the subject of a lawsuit filed by a man claiming the officers lied in order to wrongfully convict him. He spent 435 days in jail until the drug trafficking case against him was dismissed by a judge who stated that the officers lied about his arrest. This is the fourth such suit filed recently against Tulsa officers, several of whom are the subject of a federal investigation into corruption and wrongful arrests.

    *  A Los Angeles County CA deputy  is the subject of a lawsuit alleging he injured a court spokeswoman when he shoved her into wall for being in a restricted area even though she was allowed to be there and had credentials.

    *  A Tarpon Springs FL police officer  is accused of lying in his arrest report after the Pinellas State Attorney refused to prosecute a college student the officer arrested for recording police while they conducted an arrest. The student claims the contradictions were captured on video.

    *  The San Francisco CA police  may be facing quite the lawsuit after they conducted a wrong door drug raid on the home of a law professor who has now pledged to conduct the best litigated lawsuit this century against the department and officers involved.

    *  The Washington DC police  are being sued by a couple claiming 10 police officers executed a wrong door drug raid on their apartment.

    *  A North Carolina State trooper  received probation as a result of his plea deal to a felony unlawful restraint charge for detaining and handcuffing a woman during a traffic stop, driving her to a secluded area, then masturbating in front of her. Records released after the case indicate this wasn’t the only sexual misconduct complaint against him.

    *  A Pawtucket RI police officer  was found guilty of indecent exposure in a case that started after two women reported seeing him perform lewd acts in truck.

    *  A Huron SD police officer  has been fired and charged with solicitation of a minor and disseminating materials harmful to minors on allegations that he sent explicit videos and text messages to a 15-year-old girl.

    *  A Dallas TX police officer  is being investigated for allegedly injuring hospital worker by throwing a boot at him during a dispute then bragging about it on Facebook. The Facebook postings on her page also allegedly include racist commentary and images the demean minorities and the homeless.

    *  A Midland TX police officer  was suspended for 3 days over a drunken bar fight where he threatening to return with a gun. Apparently police were called but he was never charged.

    *  A Milwaukee WI police detective  has been suspended after arrested on domestic violence charge involving an unnamed woman who called 911.

    *  A Honolulu HI police major  has been indicted for extortion, witness tampering & lying to federal agents as a result of a an investigation into alleged illegal activities that spanned over 5 years.

    *  A Fort Worth TX police officer  has been sentenced to probation and will be decertified after pleading guilty to keeping marijuana that was meant for evidence.

    *  A Bexar County TX deputy  was convicted on an abuse of official capacity charge for fixing a traffic ticket in exchange for a car payment.

    *  A Syracuse NY police officer  has been sentenced to time served, equaling about 8 months, after years of legal maneuvers over a drunk driving conviction for an accident that injured two teens.

    *  A Teller County CO deputy  has pled guilty to a drunk driving charge in a deal that dropped a weapons violation and other charges.

    *  A Dickson County TN deputy  has been charged with criminal trespass for repeatedly entering the home of an ex’s parents without permission in order to see his son.

    *  A Suffolk VA police officer  is on leave after arrested on misdemeanor charges over allegations of phone harassment.

    *  A Sarasota FL police detective was fired after he attempted to secede from the United States as a sovereign citizen in a court filing he made.

These are just one too many police misconducts for one day.

It is Saturday night. Stay out of trouble and stay safe.

PS: Will be around for a short while but will check comments later.

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  •  This one happened to get caught on videotape. (18+ / 0-)

    Every streetwise person in America knows that if you run from the police you're going to get some extra-judicial punishment, but these Houston guys were over the top even for the business as usual excessive force of American cops.
    I'd love to hear the police radio transmissions played in time with the events on camera.

    Baja Arizona Libre!

    by DaNang65 on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 05:38:10 PM PST

    •  No kidding DaNang. Good to see ya bro. n/t (7+ / 0-)

      ...We have many more issues that bind us together than separate us!

      by ThisIsMyTime on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 05:47:25 PM PST

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    •  What gets me is how many of these... (5+ / 0-)

      ... happen in broad daylight, often where the cops have to know they're likely to be seen and taped. Just shows how cops (most of them anyway) really, truly think they should be above the law. They KNOW they'll never be held to the same level of account as the rest of us. But what I've always thought is that it should be just the opposite: A cop should be MORE harshly punished than the average citizen when they break the law. Not sure that'll ever happen, but it seems perfectly fair to me.

      "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." -- Noam Chomsky

      by ratmach on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:38:53 PM PST

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      •  What gets me (3+ / 0-)
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        rubyr, ratmach, ThisIsMyTime

        is when Americans do finally get the guts to rise up in numbers like they have in WI, these are the people that are going to be unleashed on us. Just like they were at the RNC a couple years back.
        That is if they still have a job after the states go after them. Our rights and freedoms have been taken away. To see so many police get away with this is amazing.
        How many of you have been ticketed recently? I was by a guy in a hicksville town. I think if I had been just a little out of line, I would have been mugged. His attitude was so rude and in my face.
        On another note, isn't this what is going on in our military too? Amy Goodman had a headline about rampant rape in the military and coast guard that isn't being addressed at all.
        I thought the psych profiles were supposed to catch these cretins?

        Obama,how many innocent people did you kill today with your drones for the corporations?

        by snoopydawg on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:32:00 PM PST

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  •  Wish I could say it is shocking..... (10+ / 0-)

    but, we all know it isn't.

    I know police officers have a very difficult job. But why do the majority of the police (the good ones) defend the ones like the *&&h%^$# in that video?

    In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. ~ Mencken

    by royce on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 05:52:13 PM PST

  •  Walking through a mall one time (11+ / 0-)

    decades ago, I saw police grab a guy out through the square low vent in a door of a restroom. There were about 4 policemen. They grabbed him, and threw him up against the wall opposite, I mean threw him, then slammed him down on the ground, then one of the officers jumped on him. I remember them slamming him 3-4 times, don't remember whether it was into the wall or onto the ground. The viciousness of it took my breath away. With that many of them, there was no way the guy was going to get away. There was violence past any reason.

    I just kept walking, who would be nuts enough to say something to men that jacked up on their own power to harm the helpless? I don't care if the guy was a saint or sinner, if he'd just robbed a store, whatever. There was no reason for the extra violence.

    This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

    by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 06:09:02 PM PST

    •  I don't know if (6+ / 0-)

      you are still in Seattle, but there was a case in Seattle of a viscous police attack on a 29-year-old man, Christopher Harris. His only offense was to run from police. Dark clothed, swat-team style officers were looking for a suspect in a fight at night in Seattle, identified someone they thought was him. It wasn't him. But he ran because he didn't know they were police. The police officer caught up to him and rammed him into a concrete wall. He hit the back of his head on the wall and was instantly paralyzed for life.

      http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/...

      •  Sick. And how 'bout the Indian guy... (6+ / 0-)

        ... who was recently murdered by a Seattle cop? Walking along the sidewalk whitling a little piece of wood. A cop yells at the guy to stop and "drop the knife", and finally gets the guy's attention (he was nearly deaf), who turns around and takes a couple steps toward the cop... BANG, BANG, BANG!  I really have some SERIOUS issues with most cops... SERIOUS.

        "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." -- Noam Chomsky

        by ratmach on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:44:25 PM PST

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  •  The Largest Street Gang in America (10+ / 0-)

    There are 6 parts to the series - it's hard not to watch them all once you have seen the first.

    ... just floating by ...

    by cumulo on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 06:10:21 PM PST

  •  I figure contacting what is supposed (8+ / 0-)

    to be our "Justice Department" is a waste of time. Eric Holder has to be one of the worst heads of the DOJ ever. Not quite as bad as the last one, but almost.

  •  There's 2 kinds of cops... (13+ / 0-)

    The kind that do that crap, and the kind that refuse to turn in the first kind.

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 06:25:39 PM PST

    •  Actually there's a third kind (3+ / 0-)
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      That being the ones who DO report this kind of behavior. Though, of course, that kind of cop won't REMAIN a cop for very long, and I'd say is actually risking his/her OWN safety.

      "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." -- Noam Chomsky

      by ratmach on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:30:01 PM PST

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  •  Systemic and endemic (4+ / 0-)
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    fcvaguy, rubyr, ThisIsMyTime, mallyroyal

    never ends and is just occasionally exposed

    thanks for reporting this TIMT

    "....while there is a soul in prison, I am not free." Eugene V. Debs

    by soothsayer99 on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 06:41:27 PM PST

  •  DIARIST - important question for you. (1+ / 0-)
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    FreeStateDem

    It is obvious to me and to anybody who cares to check that your list of 20 misconduct reports comes directly from the website  InjusticeEverywhere.com,
    yet I can find no citation of that website nor credit given to the publisher and publisher of the site.

    I believe that you are in violation not only of DKos site rules, but likely in violation of copyright laws regarding fair use.

    If you are the owner and publisher of InjusticeEverywhere.com, you have the right to publish here anything you want of your own work without regard to copyright laws.  If you are not that person, you have much for which you must answer.

    So, here is my important question:

    Are you the owner and publisher of InjusticeEverywhere.com or are you not?

    A link to this diary is being forwarded to the Moderator for investigation and further action if deemed needed.

    Celtic Merlin
    Carlinist

    Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message at the tone.

    by Celtic Merlin on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:12:35 PM PST

    •  Just wow (5+ / 0-)

      Ya, obviously its from Injusticeeverywhere.

      The fact that TiMT block-texted the list sort of acknowledges it came from somewhere and was not his. The fact that the blocktext includes links to news sites, it could have easily forgotton to then provide a link to the blocktext itself. Likely a simple mistake...  and definitely not some nefarious copyright criminal act as you so blatantly accuse him of here.

      Ridiculous.

      •  Obvious ONLY since I published their addy. (2+ / 0-)
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        WisePiper, FreeStateDem

        A "sort of" acknowledgment of another man's work is insufficient - period.  Without the site owner's permission, publishing an entire day's worth of another man's work constitutes theft, my man.  Especially when no credit is given to the person who created said work.

        I'm not "blatantly accusing" the diarist, I'm making the direct charge of Copyright Violation here and now and I've already made said charge to Meteor Blades.  What I have not yet done is take this to the owner of the website the info was lifted from.

        The nice man who owns InjusticeEverywhere.com is unemployed and he and his wife are facing imminent eviction from their apartment.  His website asks for donations.

        The diarist stole an entire day of this unemployed man's work wholesale without mention, credit, and in violation of Fair Use rules.

        You don't like it - take it to MB and/or have a chat with the diarist.  While I applaud the bringing of news to us, I deplore what was done with another man's work - assuming the diarist is not the owner of the website in question.

        Celtic Merlin
        Carlinist

        Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message at the tone.

        by Celtic Merlin on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:35:43 PM PST

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        •  I have withdrawn by T&R until (2+ / 0-)
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          Celtic Merlin, FreeStateDem

          TIMT satisfactorily addresses the serious issue you've raised. I withdraw them reluctantly, as the subject matter of the diary certainly cries out for wide distribution.

          Yo, CoC, ‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›

          by WisePiper on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:57:05 PM PST

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        •  I am out and about with friends but this is (7+ / 0-)

          Not the first time I have used injusticeeverywhere. I have always given it its due  I am on my iPhone right now but it is an over sight in my part if there is no link.  Look at my history in all of my diaries and I am not the kind to infringe upon Someones work. I will fix it when I get home but don't be so judgmental. In fact, I will contribute a donation because I appreciate and admire  what the person is doing. Thank you for stopping by to make your point.

          ...We have many more issues that bind us together than separate us!

          by ThisIsMyTime on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:00:40 PM PST

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          •  Thanks for responding to (4+ / 0-)

            Celtic Merlin, and I appreciate that you intend to rectify the oversight. For what's it worth I've restored by tip. Police "street justice" is routine and despicable. I'm glad you continue to bring it to this community's attention.

            Yo, CoC, ‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›

            by WisePiper on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:08:24 PM PST

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          •  I'll be fine with an attribution. (1+ / 0-)
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            FreeStateDem

            I strongly admire the man's work and stop there almost daily.  You really lifted alot of his stuff here.  Alot of it.

            Get a link in there and I'll STFU.

            Celtic Merlin
            Carlinist

            Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message at the tone.

            by Celtic Merlin on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:30:52 PM PST

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            •  I admire the work as well. An example of my (2+ / 0-)
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              fcvaguy, Celtic Merlin

              past acknowledgment of the man's work can be seen  here as I responded upthread. However, I did not lift a lot of his stuff. I just showed one days worth of feed  and quoted it. There is some much  information in the website to call what I quoted a lot. What I posted is just a fraction of the wealth data there is in that site.

              Anyways, I have credited the source and it was indeed an over sight.

              ...We have many more issues that bind us together than separate us!

              by ThisIsMyTime on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 01:57:53 AM PST

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              •  For that, I thank you kindly. (0+ / 0-)

                No, I hadn't researched your diary history.  I don't feel that it would have been relevant to what was done in this one.  Attribution - especially in the case of this man - is not optional and what I saw was something which should not have been.

                An oversight is completely understandable and your correction of same is appreciated.

                I still disagree with the amount of his work which you have used here.  Your position is akin to, "The NYT is such a huge newspaper and all I used was that one entire article."

                I've been made to understand that the general rule here is "three paragraphs" of quotation as a limit to the Fair Use Standard.  I'll check on that with some folks who know.  Perhaps I'm mistaken.

                Celtic Merlin
                Carlinist

                Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message at the tone.

                by Celtic Merlin on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 11:31:51 AM PST

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      •  U r spot on Fcvaguy. I am out and about right (6+ / 0-)
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        fcvaguy, rubyr, shanikka, sberel, soothsayer99, Ebby

        now and will give injustice it's due as I always do when I get home.  Thank you for watching the threads. This gives me a reason not to post a diary and leave. U can't address it when u cannot see comment immediately. Thank you for u r comment and will fix the credit due later.

        ...We have many more issues that bind us together than separate us!

        by ThisIsMyTime on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:09:48 PM PST

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    •  Celtic Merlin, (1+ / 0-)
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      shanikka

      If you know anything about me or my work here, you would not have blown your horn. I am now home and can reply to your accusations.

      First of all, I am a fan of InjusticeEverywhere.com. I follow their reporting. I get the twitter feed multiple times a day so I have nothing but the at most respect for the site and its owner(s).

      Secondly, if I may introduce you to me, I was one of the three co-founders and co-editors of  the Criminal Injustice Kos that was founded in 2010. These issues are very important to me and I would not dare to do injustice on anyone while seeking justice for the same people who are victims our criminal system. (Full disclosure: as of 2011, I have decided to focus on Politics and guest contribute when I can so I am not co-editor of CIK.)

      Thirdly, if you are interested in reading another episode of my writing on the subject late last year  here , you can see I had made about 5 references to InjusticeEverywhere.com in one diary.

      Fourthly, I don't gain shit from disguising a site I admire considering that I have put the information in quote which implies it was sourced. I regret not having the link which I have fixed but If my past diary on the matter is any indication http://www.dailykos.com/...!

      Fifth, I wish you had come out and said, "can you please credit the source?" instead of being judgmental? In our criminal justice system, there is what is called due process. I suggest you try it sometimes or better yet please tone down the rhetoric.

      Now, I am tired and going to bed. Good night or morning where ever you are.

      ...We have many more issues that bind us together than separate us!

      by ThisIsMyTime on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 01:46:45 AM PST

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  •  The video is disturbing (4+ / 0-)
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    fcvaguy, rubyr, ThisIsMyTime, soothsayer99

    It's very clear that what they did to him was a form of assault. I don't see any charges of assault filed against those officers. Too many police think they are above the law.

  •  Hitting the young man with the cruiser (4+ / 0-)
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    fcvaguy, rubyr, ThisIsMyTime, soothsayer99

    was already an act of wanton brutality -- and clearly no accident, when you see what happens next. That video is horrific, and like any such video, makes me shiver to think how many incidents like this happen every day and are not caught on video.

    "The pie shall be cut in half and each man shall receive...death. I'll eat the pie." Homer as Solomon

    by Lost Left Coaster on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:24:50 PM PST

  •  Well this is (0+ / 0-)

    why I only drive out to work and come home during the day.

    This is the police state in action. The Federal Government has to do something to crack down on this nationwide epedemic of "rednecks with guns"

  •  TIMT -- (3+ / 0-)

    Thanks for bringing this important matter to everyone's
    attention. It is a very under reported horror. This kind of institutionalized abuse happens fairly frequently here in NYC but the cops usually get off with a slap on the wrist. So tragic that authority is misused in this way.  

    I am sure that the absence of a link was a simple oversight as your diaries are always impeccably referenced...always.

    It seems to me that the poster above could have said "Dude, do you realize you didn't link the block quoted material?" and waited to see if you corrected it before engaging in the  threatening attack but I guess that didn't occur to him/her. Sad, really.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:58:15 PM PST

  •  Knowing the Law Professor in SF (2+ / 0-)
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    mallyroyal, soothsayer99

    For more than 20 years, I don't doubt for one minute that he is intending to go scorched earth.  He is an extremely nice and mild-mannered person - unless you make him mad.  He's been that way since I've known him.  It also does not surprise me that, having now lived it first hand, he has changed what was an intellectual middle-of-the-road position to that of the activist.  I had no idea this had happened to him, however (or about the incident in Houston) so thank you for the inclusion in the story because otherwise I would likely not have known for some time (I don't read the SF paper every day.)

    As someone else noted above, I can't even feign shock since this happens every single day.  My dismay, however, remains ever present.

    Thanks for the diary.

    If you don't stand for something, you will go for anything. Visit Maat's Feather

    by shanikka on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 06:59:49 AM PST

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