Police brutality of the day

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Videographer Mitchell Crooks was recording an incident involving some burglars getting arrested by police across the street from his house in Las Vegas, when:

Officer Derek Colling, seen in the video, has taken him in on charges of battery on a police officer and after Crooks checked out jail, he checked into a hospital.

Mitchell Crooks mug shot
Allen Lichtenstein, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney, reviewed Crooks' video and said Colling was clearly in the wrong. Officers are trained to avoid escalating situations, but Colling initiated the incident and created a physical confrontation without provocation, he said.

"It raises serious questions about whether the officer used good judgment and whether he was properly trained," Lichtenstein said. "Those questions require answers."

Police have no expectation of privacy, and it's perfectly legal to film officers as long as it does not interfere in their investigation, he said. Colling erred in claiming that Crooks was trespassing. By law, only a property owner or resident can make a trespassing complaint, Lichtenstein said.

"Even if the officer didn't think he lived there, that doesn't mean he didn't have permission to be there,'' Lichtenstein said. "In the video I heard, that question was never asked."
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5 comentarii:

Anonymous said...

That's why I will never visit the United States of Assholes. I'm not have me beaten up for nothing, just because some mad cop escalates.

Anonymous said...

Wow, give an idiot power... What's the point in a policing system that allows stuff like this to happen? I hope he loses his job and works retail the rest of his poor poor life.

Anonymous said...

police brutality,
What is happing in Las Vegas I was did close to the same way just for taking a walk I was humiliated so ashamed because I never got in trouble, they just want to take out their stress on the citizens’

Anonymous said...

News article

Leclair family sues city of Gatineau and cop who shot brother

The family of a man who was shot to death by police three years ago is suing the city of Gatineau and the officer who fired the shots.
“We want closure. We want justice still,” Donna Leclair told the Sun
Her 35-year-old brother, David Leclair, died on June 28, 2008 after he was shot outside his mother's Aylmer home when a police officer responded to a domestic call.
Gatineau officer Pierre-Francois Blais, who beat Leclair with a club, pepper-sprayed him, and subsequently shot him three times — once in the back — was cleared of any wrongdoing by Quebec provincial police.
While the officer maintained LeClair grabbed a crowbar in the confrontation, witnesses say he was unarmed.
“We can’t get on,” Donna said. “He not only took David’s life, he destroyed all our family… This shouldn’t happen to anybody.”
On June 23, after three long years of waiting for justice during which repeated calls for a public enquiry into the shooting went answered, the Leclair family launched a $430,000 civil suit in Gatineau court.
“We’re not doing this for financial gains. We’re doing it, we want justice. If that’s the way they’re going to hear us, well then that’s the way they’re going to hear us,” Donna said.
“It is a living nightmare and it’s in our faces every single day, every single moment. There’s not a day that goes by we don’t think of David and think of him lying there shot in the back.”
City officials did not respond to calls for comment Thursday.
“His daughter needs answers, you know, she has to grow up without a father,” Donna said.
“We want to know David is resting in peace. We don’t feel he’s resting.”

Anonymous said...

The irrate agressive officer Pierre francois Blais of the township of gatineau was wearing according to pictures taken at the scene military combat pants, this caused confusion in David Leclair's mind thinking that a crazed mad man had rushed into his house and he tried to defend himself and his family. Blais assaulted his 73 year old mother with a baton and then shot Leclair in his back according to the coronors report.

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