“Now you see my fists?” Fullerton police officer Manny Ramos asked Thomas while slipping on a pair of latex gloves.
“Yeah, what about them?” Thomas responded.
“They are getting ready to fuck you up,” said Ramos, a burly cop who appears to outweigh Thomas by 100 pounds…
The cops keep telling him to put his hands behind his back and lay on his stomach, but they are both laying on top of him, making it impossible to even breathe, much less move.
As the video continues, one of the cops can be seen kneeing him.
“Please, I can’t breathe,” Thomas pleads as the officers keep telling him to put his hands behind his “fucking back.”
The cops keep telling him to “relax” to which he responds, “I can’t, dude.”
More cops eventually arrive and a little more than four minutes into the video, they start tasing him.
And a little after five minutes into the video, as three cops are piled on top of him, beating him, tasing him, one cop looks up at another cop who just arrived on the scene and says, “help us.”
At one point he yells out, “Dad, they are killing me.”
Even after seven minutes into the video, when six cops are on top of him and all Thomas is doing is crying for his father, they keep telling him to “relax.”
Live feed here.
They are now saying her ribs are cracked and she can’t breath so she’s hyperventilating. Wow.
EDIT: They are uploading video with this girl getting beaten up immediately before her seizure. Watch the livefeed.
SEATTLE — A West Seattle man survived an accident that nearly claimed his life only to learn police were apparently mocking him in the moments after it.
"They say he flew up in the air and landed on his noggin," one officer is heard saying on dashcam video obtained by KOMO News.
"Hey, that ain’t my problem," responds a second officer.
"That’s why you drive a car!" the first one remarks.
"Yeah, don’t try to jog to work, you dumb (expletive)," said the other.
I don’t know if you guys can see that well but those are the red marks on my wrists for being handcuffed for three straight hours today, with my hands twisted unnaturally behind my back.
I decided to go to the wall street occupation in NYC and…
-was maced in the face while standing on a public sidewalk calmly asking an officer if I could continue walking.
-was forcefully arrested (arms pulled behind my back by two police officers then lifted off the ground and dragged to a nearby wall) while being treated for the mace on my skin
-had my requests for information (whether I was being arrested or simply detained, why I was being arrested, whether they could read me my rights) greeted with silence by a wall of policemen standing with their nets, watching us sit there handcuffed.
-was bused, as the cuffs got tighter and tighter, to police headquarters (along with about 80 other peaceful protesters) and made to wait in the van outside headquarters for another two and a half hours
-was detained inside a prison cell for about another 6 hours, again with barely any information about why I was arrested and for how long
-was told I could have a phone call but only if it was to a New York number, and then was subsequently ignored when I asked if I could use a phone book
-was finally released with a charge of disorderly conduct and a court date nov 3
Right now I’m overwhelmed and exhausted. I missed the last train back to sarah lawrence because of being in fucking jail, so I’m staying at my friend’s dorm at parsons. I had just about every right I “have” violated tonight and it makes me really angry. when the police feel the need to use the amount of force they did on me - i’m 93 lbs and 4 ft - you know something’s off. when they’re detaining the “granny peace brigade” along with me, you know there’s really something off. this isn’t right, this isn’t democracy. that’s all I can say right now because I’m so fucking tired and I need to just go to bed. perhaps I’ll have some more coherent thoughts tomorrow, but again, right now I’m just totally overwhelmed.
Stay strong and contact the ACLU (212) 607-3300.
Though the video is not clear, eye witnesses say the homeless man - Kelly Thomas, 37 - was unable to put up any resistance and was lying on the ground on his front when the attack took place on July 5.
Police will not issue a statement saying the issue is under investigation but they did say that six officers were involved and two ‘suffered broken bones in the fight’. However, they recently retracted that statement saying that it was only ‘soft tissue damage’.
Eye witnesses at the scene claim the six officers tasered him five times and beat him beyond recognition, which the disturbing photo of him in hospital shows.
Mark Turgeon, who was there, said: ‘They kept beating him and tasering him. I could hear zapping, and he wasn’t even moving. ‘He had one arm in front of him like this, he wasn’t resisting. And they kept telling him, “He’s resisting, quit resisting”, and he wasn’t resisting.’
Many members of the Fullerton community described Thomas as a passive, peaceful person.
This. Is. SICK.
Questions about the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl by a Lansing police officer flew at Chief Teresa Szymanski on Tuesday night.
The shooting happened in a matter of seconds, Szymanski said. Two of the officers, including Rendon, initially used their hands, or non-lethal force, to remove a pair of scissors from Clay’s hand. When Clay, who was on her knees, then pulled the steak knife from her coat, slashing and lunging at Rendon, according to the officers’ statements, Rendon followed departmental policy when he then used lethal force and fired his weapon, Szymanski said.
Rev. Melvin Jones asked: How was a 5-foot-4, 120-pound girl able to pull out a knife from inside her coat immediately after another officer had grabbed her wrist and forced her to drop the scissors? He also raised questions about the fact that Clay was shot twice - in her head, then stomach - while she was on her knees. “I am not able to see how someone can continuously be aggressive on their knees, after they’ve been shot in the head,” Jones said.
Follow Up(s) of the Day: Rochester Police descended on a neighborhood meeting held in support of resident Emily Good, who, as you may recall, was arrested while filming police activity outside her home. One attendee managed to grab this disturbing footage of several officers writing up tickets for a small number of cars parked a shade over 12 inches away from the curb outside the meeting place.
Meanwhile, in DC, where two journalists were arrested while recording a public meeting of the D.C. Taxicab Commission, WTOP reporter Mark Segraves attempted to obtain information about the questionable detainment from the commission office. Segraves says he was thrown out by security, and had the office door locked behind him. In addition, Segraves notes, the office lights were turned off, “leaving the entire cab commission office in the dark.”
what the actual fuck.