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This three image combo made from video taken by a Spring Valley High School student on Monday, Oct, 26, 2015, shows Senior Deputy Ben Fields trying to forcibly remove a student from her chair after she refused to leave her high school math class, in Columbia S.C. The Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation Tuesday after Fields flipped the student backward in her desk and tossed her across the floor.

© AP Photo This three image combo made from video taken by a Spring Valley High School student on Monday, Oct, 26, 2015, shows Senior Deputy Ben Fields trying to forcibly remove a student f…


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy who flipped a disruptive student out of her desk and tossed her across her math class floor was fired on Wednesday. The sheriff called his actions “unacceptable,” and said videos recorded by her classmates show the girl posed no danger to anyone.

“What he should not have done is throw the student,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. “Police officers make mistakes too. They’re human and they need to be held accountable, and that’s what we’ve done with Deputy Ben Fields.”

Civil rights groups immediately praised the firing of Fields, a veteran school resource officer and football coach at Spring Valley High School. Calls for swift action rose almost immediately after the videos of Monday’s arrest appeared on the Internet, and the sheriff suspended the deputy without pay before firing him altogether.

Lott praised the FBI for agreeing to investigate whether civil rights were violated, and school district officials for promising to review how police are used for discipline.



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Who Is Ben Fields, the Police Officer Filmed Flipping a Spring Valley High School Student?


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Richland County Sheriff's Department Officer Senior Deputy Ben Fields is pictured with Karen Beaman, principal of Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School after receiving Culture of Excellence Award at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, on November 12, 2014. A South Carolina sheriff has asked federal authorities to investigate Field's arrest of a high school student, after video showed him slamming the girl to the ground and dragging her across a classroom.© Richland County Sheriff’s Department/Reuters Richland County Sheriff’s Department Officer Senior Deputy Ben Fields is pictured with Karen Beaman, principal of Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School after…The police officer filmed flipping over and dragging a black female student at a South Carolina high school this week has a history of being sued after violent encounters, and as of Tuesday, he is facing an investigation by the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice over the videotaped incident after it went viral online.

Ben Fields, the Richland County sheriff’s senior deputy who was caught on video during the incident at Spring Valley High School, joined the sheriff’s department in 2004 and became a school resource officer in 2008, assigned to two schools in Richland School District Two.

A year prior, Carlos and Tashiana Martin had filed a suit against Fields, another deputy and the county’s sheriff over an October 2005 incident. According to the suit, Carlos Martin claimed Fields questioned him in an apartment parking lot as to whether he was the “cause of excessive noise complained of by a resident” in Martin’s neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina. Martin said he was not, as he had been driving home from work. In their interaction, Martin referred to Fields as “dude,” agitating the officer, the lawsuit states.



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The humble sergeant thought nobody would know about the kind act.

When he saw a man in need, this humble cop decided to help without expecting any recognition in return.

Sgt. Brendan Hagarty of the Chicago Police Department in Illinois was having lunch at a Chipotle restaurant in early September when he saw a man picking through the trash outside, Hagarty told The Huffington Post. The officer tapped on the window to get the man’s attention, ushered him inside and bought him food.

The interaction was caught on camera by Rachel Mitchell, who posted it to Facebook. It later went viral when a country music radio station, as well as Hagarty’s own department shared the posts. The pictures have received more than 10,000 shares and over 26,000 likes on the police department’s Facebook page alone.

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Rachel Mitchell – “So today I saw something that made my day. This Chicago Police officer was sitting at a window seat at Chipotle, outside the window he saw a homeless man digging through the trash. The cop knocked on the window, getting the homeless man’s attention. Through the glass he asked the man if he was hungry. The man nodded yes, and the cop motioned for him to c

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Dog shot and killed by Sulphur police officer
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April 30, 2014

According to Tuesday’s KPLC 7 News, a Sulphur, La., police officer fatally shot a 14-month-old dog on Monday morning after being called out to investigate a call about two suspicious men who were trespassing.

Though the police officer has stated that the dog bit him, a witness to the traumatic scene has a different version of what took place at the parking lot of the Southwest Daily News. The young dog, named “Arzy Kensington,” had been tied to a fence near a box truck which Brandon Carpenter, 28, and Logan Laliberte, 21, had taken shelter in when it started to rain.

According to Eric Midkiff, circulation manager at the Southwest Daily News, the officer who had been called out to the scene to investigate a possible trespassing, interacted briefly with the dog before firing the fatal shot. Midkiff described what he saw to the Huffington Post:

The dog was rubbing up against the cop,

He would rub the dog’s back and then push him away. All of a sudden, he just jumped down and shot the dog in the head.”

He added:

That dog did not bite that officer,”

“The dog was wagging his tail, his tongue was hanging out.”

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Police can take injured animals to their shooting range to be destroyed

September 13, 2013

In Merced, Calif., it is perfectly legal for a police officer to take a critically wounded animal to the police shooting range in order to “humanely destroy” it, reported Wednesday’s Merced Sun-Star.

Thanks to a decades old penal code, it is legal for officers to transport wounded animals for “humane” disposal at their shooting range.

Many animal lovers who are just learning about this practice are shocked that a police officer would transport a wounded animal to their shooting range, rather than to a veterinary clinic, for humane euthanasia or treatment.

According to Merced Police Chief Norm Andrade, the practice of transporting animals to the Gove Road shooting range is “rare,” and the officers dread having to do it.

One Merced resident, 21-year-old Kathleen Emerson, heard about the shootings firsthand from city police officer.

She recounted the conversation to the Merced Sun-Star:

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As anyone who has ever seen a TV court drama knows, contempt of court is a charge that a judge can levy if he feels that he, or the court has been disrespected.


It can be leveled against a person who is legitimately being disrespectful/disruptive or it simply can be used by a judge to punish someone he doesn’t like or whose tone annoys him.


  1. Direct contempt is that which occurs in the presence of the presiding judge (in facie curiae) and may be dealt with summarily: the judge notifies the offending party that he or she has acted in a manner which disrupts the tribunal and prejudices the administration of justice. After giving the person the opportunity to respond, the judge may impose the sanction immediately.


Now, I have seen first hand a judge with a quick trigger finger on this for a person in the back of the courtroom who did not remove his hat quick enough.  Not to say that abuse of the Contempt ruling is running rampant, but the opportunity for it do do so is there.


Now, New York State…it all its “wisdom” has decided to extend this arbitrary and subjective notion to the Police Officers of the State.


By doing this, the simple act of a person exercising their constitutional rights now runs the risk of being charged with a felony.


The politicians in Albany want to pull the wool over the public’s eye by stating that this bill S.2402 would make it a felony to physically attack a police officer while he is on duty.  The politicians are hoping that we will apathetically swallow that BS and not ask any questions.


The first question being: Isn’t it ALL READY a felony to physically assault a police officer?  The answer is obviously yes.


So what does S2402 actually say?  For that, one must actually READ the bill, and since we all know politicians don’t have time to do such tedious things like read the bills they are voting on, I went ahead and read it.


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Posted on May 17, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Updated yesterday at 9:14 AM

A Portland police officer’s pursuit of a speeding driver came to an abrupt halt when the officer stopped for a family of ducks crossing the road, and the whole thing was recorded on the officer’s dash cam.

The video was posted Wednesday, although the date of the incident wasn’t given. It shows a driver going 52 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Officer Mark James begins the pursuit. To add excitement, the video was sped up and high-energy music was added.

Seconds later, James comes upon a family of ducks crossing the four-lane road. The music changes to something more serene as James gets out of his car and escorts the ducks to a ditch and safety.

The speeding driver got away.

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Published on May 7, 2013

In conjunction with the upcoming release of his new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, John W. Whitehead sits down to discuss several “pressure points” that are threatening the Bill of Rights and undermining our essential freedoms. In part one of this special series, Whitehead examines the increased presence of militarized police.





Invasion of the Body Searchers: The Loss of Bodily Integrity in an Emerging Police State [SHORT]

By John W. Whitehead
January 14, 2013

If you want a recipe for disaster, take police officers hyped up on their own authority and the power of the badge, throw in a few court rulings suggesting that security takes precedence over individual rights, set it against a backdrop of endless wars and militarized law enforcement, and then add to the mix a populace distracted by entertainment, out of touch with the workings of their government, and more inclined to let a few sorry souls suffer injustice than to challenge the status quo.

The resulting concoction, I can promise you, will be a messy, noxious stew unfit for consumption, miserable to digest and with after-effects that will leave you reeling and clutching your stomach in dismay. Such is the nature of life in the emerging police state that is America today, where roadside police stops have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.

Consider, for example, what happened to 38-year-old Angel Dobbs and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley, who were pulled over by a Texas state trooper on July 13, 2012, allegedly for flicking cigarette butts out of the car window. First, the trooper berated the women for littering on the highway. Then, insisting that he smelled marijuana, he proceeded to interrogate them and search the car. Despite the fact that both women denied smoking or possessing any marijuana, the police officer then called in a female trooper, who carried out a roadside cavity search, sticking her fingers into the older woman’s anus and vagina, then performing the same procedure on the younger woman, wearing the same pair of gloves. No marijuana was found.

Leila Tarantino was allegedly subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic during a routine traffic stop, while her two children—ages 1 and 4—waited inside her car. During the second strip search, presumably in an effort to ferret out drugs, a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino’s body. No contraband or anything illegal was found.

Meanwhile, four Milwaukee police officers have been charged with carrying out rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the course of several years. One of the officers is accused of conducting searches of men’s anal and scrotal areas, often inserting his fingers into their rectums and leaving some of his victims with bleeding rectums. Half-way across the country, the city of Oakland, California, has agreed to pay $4.6 million to 39 men who had their pants pulled down by police on city streets between 2002 and 2009.

And then there’s the increasingly popular practice of doing blood draws at DUI checkpoints, where drivers who refuse a breathalyzer test find themselves subjected to forcible blood extractions to test for alcohol levels. Police in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, actually had a registered nurse and an assistant district attorney on hand “to help streamline the ‘blood draw’ warrants and collect blood samples from suspected impaired drivers” at one exercise in holiday drunk driving enforcement. A similar case, Missouri v. McNeely, which deals with a driver who failed a sobriety test, then refused a breathalyzer test and was subjected to a warrantless blood draw, is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Published on Apr 4, 2013

In Springfield, Illinois, Lucinda White was tasered by a cop after her boyfriend’s dispute with another individual over a fender bender went south. The 29 year-old called the police in an effort to settle the dispute, but later the eight months pregnant woman was brought down and tasered. According to the police report White was yelling, cursing and resisting arrest. RT’s Margaret Howell brings us more on the video that has gone viral.




Video of pregnant Ill. woman getting Tased goes viral; policies under microscope

by Lauren Trager / News 4


Posted on April 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Updated today at 10:40 AM


(KMOV) — Taser policies are under the microscope after a video posted to YouTube shows a police officer using a stun gun on a woman who’s eight months pregnant.

The woman screamed at officers that she’s pregnant, but they delivered a shock of 50,000 volts to her leg in a parking lot in Springfield, Illinois.

That police department is defending the officer’s actions.  News 4 spoke with St. Louis County Police, who say they don’t have an expressed policy against using a Taser on a pregnant woman.

It’s not even a last resort option.

It all depends on the circumstances, which is a heavy decision for an officer.

On-lookers are clearly shocked as they watch as a Springfield police officer struggles with Lucinda White, then tasers her in the thigh.

“I’m pulling on my daughter’s father. I did not touch a police officer. I know not to touch a police officer,” said White.


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LAPD Refuses To Pay Dorner Reward Because They Murdered Him Instead Of Captured

Just a  message  to all those  out there that  are  counting on  the  monies  promised  by government organizations to snitch  on  neighbors and acquaintances.  Do you  trust  the  government  enough to  believe  they  will keep their  word  to a  snitch?  If  they won’t  pay  up for information leading to a  person that  was being  sought  for  murder charges.  What  do you  think they  will care  about  paying  you  for  snitching on  your neighbor or  co-worker for just  talking or  gardening or  OMG,  food and  water  storage ( gasp)?  Wake  up !!

~Desert Rose~



Published on Mar 30, 2013

March 30, 2013 NBC News

What Really Happened to Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence? Was an Innocent Man Barbecued at Big Bear?

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Ruth Hull
Activist Post

Usually when someone is executed, there is an arrest, an arraignment, a Grand Jury indictment or preliminary hearing information, a second arraignment, jury selection, a trial, a conviction, a sentencing hearing, appeals and a last meal. Law enforcement in California has found a new approach to criminal justice. It is the barbecue-them-in-the-cabin technique.

In California’s new criminal justice program, a lot of money is theoretically saved by not having to worry about investigations paperwork, discovery, hearings, the cost of a jury, judicial salaries, clerks’ salaries, reporters’ salaries, executioner’s salaries and so forth. Given that nobody has been executed in CA in years, the barbecue technique is the most certain and fastest way to the particular goal of terminating a California resident with prejudice – in theory. So now, we can forget about irrelevant details like the Constitutions of the United States and the State of California, the California Penal Code, and the beyond-a-reasonable-doubt standard.

At this point, it probably doesn’t make any sense to ask who really killed Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence. After all, with the execution over and done with, why should anyone care what happened to these individuals? It’s not my problem or yours. The media is busy making money off the uncorroborated and unsupported official story. But if you are crazy like me and still think that that two-and-a-quarter-century-old document called the Constitution matters, you might be interested in finding out what really happened to these two lovebirds.

Under the official story, at 9:10 P.M on February 3, 2013 a couple, walking through the upper floor (roof level) of the parking garage at 2100 Scholarship, Irvine CA, spotted a man and woman slumped over inside a car that reportedly belonged to Keith Lawrence.
None of the reports mention any bullet holes in the vehicle, just the slumped over bodies. The car was parked in a “guest” parking space 269 or 271, according to an informant. (see photograph).

(parking space close-up)

This is a security garage. To get in through either the car gates or the pedestrian entrance, a remote control or a code is required. This means, in all likelihood, someone let the assailant into the garage. This writer got in, but this writer is not a big Black guy in a million dollar area of one of the most racist counties in America. While there may not have been much in the way of cameras, there were lights including one right where Keith parked.

(walk-through security gate)
( drive-through security gate)

Keith was a Fullerton Police Officer. Police officers continue to carry their guns with them when they are off duty. Monica had grown up in a police family and would have been trained from childhood to be on alert too. Unless invited, Chris would have been out of place in that garage and Keith likely would have gone for his gun, instinctively – unless he trusted Chris Dorner. Unless Chris were a friend, he would not have known which parking space Keith would take, a necessary bit of information for hiding out and lying in wait. It is unlikely that Chris could have shot both Keith and Monica without one of the two getting off a counter-shot. So you have an assailant who is let into the parking structure and allowed to approach the car of his armed victims prior to their deaths. If Chris Dorner were on some kind of vendetta against Monica’s father, is it likely she and her fiancé Keith would have allowed him into the parking garage and close to the vehicle­­­?

Another interesting fact is that no shots were heard by any of the tenants. Unless Arlen Specter wants to return from the dead and present another miracle bullet theory, there would have been at least two shots. The coroner’s report stated there were multiple gunshot wounds. (Source)

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