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post #841 of 6028
Originally Posted by Harold falcon View Post

They're retarded. You'd trust a confession from a retard? I wouldn't trust a retard to make me a sandwich.

Oh, come on. You should know as well as anybody that most of those claims of retardation are bullshit. Maybe they'd be more reliable if the government didn't give you a crazy check every month for having a "retarded" kid.
post #842 of 6028
Sure, just like they pay the cops every month.
post #843 of 6028
As a lawyer, HB would you care to weigh in on his sentencing (or his shitbag cop mustache)? Would a non-cop have gotten only 6 years or the rape charge dropped?

Indiana Cop Admits to Raping Woman During Labor Day Drunken Driving Arrest

A northeast Indiana police officer admitted to raping a woman he arrested for drunken driving.

Officer Mark Rogers, of Fort Wayne police, pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual misconduct and official misconduct, and rape and misdemeanor false informing charges will be dismissed at his sentencing as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

The 46-year-old Rogers will serve no more than six years in prison, home detention, or work release under the terms of his plea agreement.

Rogers picked up the woman Sept. 1, 2013, while he worked on a Labor Day weekend drunken driving enforcement patrol.

The woman vomited during the arrest, and Rogers took her to an area hospital for treatment for intoxication.

The officer placed her in handcuffs after her release from the hospital and drove her to a park, where he sexually assaulted her.

Then he drove the woman home, authorities said.

Rogers was suspended without pay Sept. 16, 2013, and his current status with the department is unknown.

Living in the Chicago area, this is basically what every cop looks like here, by the way.
post #844 of 6028
Depends on whether he hired me or had a public defender. I probably could've got him 4.
post #845 of 6028
Since the rape allegation was based on a "she went along with it because she thought she had to because he was a cop" theory, I'd say convicting him of any kind of rape or sexual assault is a win. So why not?
post #846 of 6028
You're right, cops shouldn't be held to a higher standard.
post #847 of 6028
It goes without saying that he should have been fired, but cops should have the same standard applied to them as anyone else when accused of crimes.

Without knowing all the details, it's hard to say exactly how strong the case against him was, but it sounds weak to me. The various stories mention that she threw up and that she went to the hospital, but they don't say what her BAC actually was or how much time went by between the arrest and the sex. I saw two theories of the prosecution for rape, one that she was too drunk to consent and one that she thought she just had to do what cops say or that she went along with it because she was afraid of him. Since the second theory is so dumb, and yet was put forward nonetheless, that suggests to me either that she wasn't all that drunk or that she made various conflicting statements.

And of course his defense is going to be that she was trying to get out of the DUI and that she only pressed charges after he didn't get her out of it, which sounds pretty good to me.
post #848 of 6028
Your double standard is ridiculous. If a civilian was in the same situation you'd be calling for his head.
post #849 of 6028
Like the cop said she raped him? Don't think I'd get all worked up about that either.
post #850 of 6028
Yes, that's the double standard I meant to suggest.
post #851 of 6028
Mom Arrested for Blocking Sidewalk While Waiting for Family to Use Bathroom

They just can't help themselves.

MIDTOWN — A mother and former top government lawyer waiting for her husband and kids to use the bathroom at a Times Square restaurant was arrested for blocking the sidewalk, in what she calls an attempt by the NYPD to target her for being Muslim, according to a pending lawsuit.

Chaumtoli Huq, 42, a human rights lawyer and former general counsel for Public Advocate Letitia James, said she had just left a pro-Palestinian rally in Times Square on July 19 with her husband and two young children when they stopped to use the bathroom at Ruby Tuesday at 41st Street and Seventh Avenue.

Huq said she was standing just inches from the front of the restaurant waiting for her husband, Marvin Cabrera, and her 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter when Officer Ryan Lathrop and another officer approached her and demanded she clear the sidewalk.

"I'm not in anybody's way. Why do I have to move? What's the problem?" she told police, according to the criminal complaint.

Huq said there was plenty of room for pedestrians to walk between her and the protesters, who were penned in along Seventh Avenue.

She said the officers pinned her against the wall, prompting her to say, “I can’t move, I can’t move.”

But Lathrop claimed in a criminal complaint that Huq refused to move when directed to do so. She was arrested.

“At that point I didn’t know what was happening. I was just thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ and all of a sudden the officer flips me [around]…he [turns] my body and presses me against the wall of the restaurant,” Huq said. “He shoved my left arm all the way and kept pushing it and handcuffed me. At that point I just like instinctively yelled, ‘Help!’ because I was alone. I screamed, ‘Help!’"

Lanthrop said in court papers that Huq flailed her arms and twisted her body when he was handcuffing her.

"I’m not resisting arrest. My husband took my kids to the bathroom in Ruby Tuesday," Huq said she told the officers.

Huq, who was appointed James’ general counsel in December, had just taken a nine-month leave of absence the day before the rally to advocate for improved factory conditions in Bangladesh, she said.

Huq, who has a nose ring and was wearing a traditional Indian tunic and pants on the day of her arrest, said she believes officers targeted her because she is Muslim and South Asian.

She added that officers went through her purse without probable cause before taking her to the Midtown South Precinct — all while her family was still inside the restaurant.

Huq’s husband and children were notified by another officer and eventually came looking for her at the precinct, according to her federal civil rights suit, which is expected to be filed Tuesday.

Officers offered to deliver Huq's purse and personal items out to her husband, but then became suspicious when she told the officer his last name was different than hers, according to the lawsuit.

"In America wives take the names of their husbands,” the officer told her according to court papers.

She was held for more than nine hours in lockup before being arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, court records show.

She said she agreed to have the case adjourned and not get arrested again within the next six months in exchange for a dismissal.

Huq also filed a complaint with the NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, the CCRB confirmed. And she plans to file a federal lawsuit against the NYPD, arguing that her arrest was part of a pattern of harassment of Muslims by police.

“My civil rights were violated. I think that I was treated differently because of being a woman,” she said. “I think I was targeted once my husband left. I think that I was being targeted based on my religion and my race.”

“I went from being a mother to a prisoner and so I can’t imagine mothers who experience their children or their boys having such an experience with police officers,” Huq said. “That shouldn’t be the case in New York.”

The police department did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The sad thing about these stories nowadays is that they often find you; you don't have to go digging for them anymore.
post #852 of 6028
Originally Posted by burningbright View Post

Mom Arrested for Blocking Sidewalk While Waiting for Family to Use Bathroom

They just can't help themselves.
The sad thing about these stories nowadays is that they often find you; you don't have to go digging for them anymore.

There should be cameras in the area that will prove what took place.
post #853 of 6028
Targeted based on her race, religion, and sex. All at the same time! Those were some bigoted cops.
post #854 of 6028

MELROSE (WABC) -- 23-year-old Santiago Hernandez says he was assaulted by up to half a dozen uniformed NYPD officers after he was stopped and frisked in the Melrose section of the Bronx.

It happened on August 18th at about 6 p.m.

"I turned around and put my hands up," said Santiago Hernandez, the alleged brutality victim.

Santiago Hernandez says he did exactly what the officer asked him to do. He was waiting to meet a friend outside 428 E. 157th Street when officers asked to search him.

"Did she say why she was searching you?" Eyewitness News reporter N.J. Burkett asked.

"No," Hernandez said.

Hernandez says the officers claimed they were investigating a noise complaint. When the search came up empty, he says he asked the officers why he had been searched.

And with that, he says, one of the officers grabbed his arm and slapped on handcuffs.

"I'm like, 'Miss what you doing? You are hurting my arm,'" Hernandez said.

The surveillance video is silent, but a cell phone video captured part of it.

"She just was telling me to put my hands behind my back, but 'I'm like trying to understand what are you are arresting me for. Can you please tell me?'" Hernandez said.

Moments later, half-a-dozen officers arrived and appeared to pile-on. Hernandez said he was punched, kicked, beaten with nightsticks, and blasted with pepper spray.

"They was taking turns on me. One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes to punch me and he steps back. And another one comes and grabs my arm and hits me like 10 times with the baton. Another one comes and pepper sprayed me, they were taking turns like a gang," Hernandez said.

Cell phone video showed Hernandez being dragged to a waiting patrol car.

Although he was later charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the Bronx DA declined to prosecute the case. And Hernandez was left with bruises from head to toe.

Watch the video. He basically got arrested for daring to speak to an officer.
post #855 of 6028
Is there some kind of rule that videos alleging police brutality have to be heavily edited before being put online?
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