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Police Shoot 95-Year-Old WWII Vet to Death for Refusing to Go to Hospital

CHICAGO (CN) - Suburban Chicago police shot a 95-year-old WWII veteran to death with bean bag rounds at short range because he refused to go to the hospital, his stepdaughter claims in court. Sharon Mangerson, stepdaughter of the late John Wrana Jr., sued the Village of Park Forest on Friday, and its police Officers Clifford Butz, Michael Baugh, Craig Taylor, Lloyd Elliot, Charlie Hoskins and Mitch Greer in Federal Court.

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Outrage! Victim of Chicago Police Torture Will Get Just $3,000 in Damages

CHICAGO (CN) - A man who confessed to murder after Chicago police officers, led by now-notorious Lt. Jon Burge, shocked his genitals with a cattle prod cannot re-litigate his claims after he agreed to settle them for $3,000 in 1988, the 7th Circuit ruled.
     "This appeal casts a harsh light on some of the darkest corners of life in Chicago," the 50-page opinion begins.
     Darrell Cannon, a gang member, was convicted in 1983 of murder, after a fellow gang member murdered a man in the back seat of a car while Cannon drove.
     He was arrested and tortured by police detectives under the supervision of then-Lt. Jon Burge until he confessed that he knowingly participated in the murder.
     Cannon immediately recanted his confession, claiming that officers played Russian roulette with an apparently loaded shotgun, putting the gun in his mouth, and pulling the trigger when he refused to answer questions. He also said police used an electric cattle prod on his testicles and penis.
     Other witnesses made similar allegations of abuse at Burge's hands at Burge's perjury trial in 2011 for lying about the use of torture by Chicago police officers under his command. Burge was found guilty and sentenced to 4½ years in prison.
     As many as 120 men, mostly African-American, may have been victims of Burge's torture. Chicago has spent more than $85 million to settle claims related to his misconduct, according to the Chicago Tribune.
     Cannon's court-appointed attorney, Paul Lanphier, believed Cannon had a slim chance of victory, given Cannon's criminal history, his gang affiliation and the officers' repeated denials of the allegations.
     Neither Cannon nor Lanphier knew "that the abuse against African American men by Area 2 officers was pervasive and occurred with the complicity of Burge. They did not know that many of the same bizarre and sadistic techniques that these officers used against Cannon had also been used against many other African American men who had been arrested in Area 2. Despite their suspicions, Lanphier did not ask the city or the individual defendants about any other victims of the Area 2 officers," the 7th Circuit ruled.
     Lanphier advised Cannon to settle for $3,000, and Cannon agreed, signing a broad release of his claims against defendants in 1988. After expenses, he netted less than $1,300.
     Following the revelation of the regular use of torture by police officers under Burge's supervision, Cannon filed a civil rights suit against the city, arguing that the 1988 release was invalid.
     But the 7th Circuit found for the city on Tuesday.
     "Cannon essentially claims that he would not have settled his case if he had realized that better proof would be available in the future. If he had known that the officers were abusing others, he could have used that information to bolster his own credibility, which had been seriously damaged by his false confession and conviction for the murder of Darrin Ross," Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for the three-judge panel.
     But Cannon admitted that both he and his attorney suspected there were other torture victims, but opted not to pursue discovery in the matter.
     The court noted that lawyers for other victims did pursue these leads - and uncovered the scandal.
     "It is impossible to say whether additional discovery by Lanphier on Cannon's behalf would have uncovered the broader police torture scandal that has now been brought to light. But Cannon has failed to raise a genuine issue of material fact regarding the reasonableness of his reliance on the officers' false statements at the time he signed the 1988 Stipulation, especially in light of his failure to seek additional information in the original litigation," Rovner wrote.
     Unlike other fraudulent inducement cases that Cannon cites in his brief, Cannon was in full possession of the facts - he knew exactly how the police tortured him.
     The officers' repeated perjury and scheme to cover up the torture placed him in a difficult bargaining position, but "having never asked for the information about the torture of others, Cannon may not now claim that the settlement process was marred by a lack of information about the torture of others. What the officers did to Cannon was unconscionable; the formation of the settlement agreement was not," the opinion concluded. 

Cop Shot Puppy 8 Times Within a Few Feet of 5-year-old Girl, Family Says

CHICAGO (CN) - A Chicago police officer shot a pit bull puppy eight times within feet of a 5-year-old girl, then ticketed the father for having the dog off a leash, and made his teenage daughter clean the blood off the sidewalk, the mother claims in court.
     Samantha Maglaya, on behalf of herself and her minor daughter, sued Chicago and police Officers Michael Kumiga and Michael McGlade, and former Officer Don Kumiga.
     "Ms. Maglaya had a puppy as a family pet, named Maximus," the lawsuit states.
     "On information and belief, the puppy was 19 weeks old and weighed only 45 pounds, he was friendly and had never attacked anyone.
     "Ms. Maglaya has a 5-year-old daughter, S.R.
     "On May 17, 2013, at about 3:10 pm., Ms. Maglaya returned home from picking up her children from school.
     "Upon returning to her house at [], S.R. let the puppy outside to use the bathroom.
     The puppy then playfully ran around to the front lawn with its tail wagging.
     "On information and belief, S.R. ran after the puppy so that she could bring him back inside."
     Maglaya told the Chicago Sun-Times: "[Max] was just like my baby. I carried him around. I fed him with a bottle."
     The complaint states: "(O)n May 17, 2013, Officer Kumiga shot Ms. Maglaya's puppy eight times from mere feet from the puppy, killing it.
     "On information and belief, Officer Kumiga shot the puppy eight times in front of and within mere feet of S.R., the 5-year-old.
     "Upon information and belief, Officer Kumiga claims he shot the puppy eight times in order to protect a citizen.
     "Upon information and belief, Officer Kumiga alleges that the puppy was viciously chasing his son who was riding his bicycle."
     Maglaya claims there was no child riding a bike near her home when Kumiga shot her puppy.
     The puppy died shortly afterwards, and Maglaya says the Chicago Police Department refused to take her statement about the incident.
     Instead, the police "issued a ticket to Anthony Robles, Ms. Maglaya's husband, fining him for having the puppy Max off of a leash and not having a dog-tag."
     Maglaya adds: "(T)he CPD [Chicago Police Department] attempted to clean up the scene of the shooting by hosing the blood off Ms. Maglaya's sidewalk, collecting the spent bullet casings, and asking Ms. Maglaya's 15-year-old daughter to help with clean it up."
     Kumiga was in the midst of a divorce when he shot Max, Maglaya says.
     Defendant McGlade also lived in Maglaya's neighborhood, and "told at least one neighbor of Ms. Maglaya that he, Officer Kumiga, and Mr. Kumiga, had all agreed to ensure that Ms. Maglaya could not have the puppy Max," according to the complaint.
     "Upon information and belief, all defendants had agreed to ensure that Ms. Maglaya could not have any dog.
     "Upon information and belief, Officer McGlade told at least one neighbor of Ms. Maglaya that she should not have a 'nigger dog,' referred to Ms. Maglaya as a 'spick' and that the all defendants have agreed that any dog without a leash in the neighborhood will be shot.
     "Upon information and belief, all defendants agreed that Ms. Maglaya should not live in their neighborhood because of her Section 8 housing status and her race."
     Maglaya seeks more than $1 million in damages for illegal seizure, excessive force, conspiracy, negligence, , aggravated cruelty to animals, emotional distress, willful and wanton conduct, and trespass.
     She is represented by Masoud Mirsafian. 

Cops Who Killed Suicidal Man Granted Immunity

New Orleans police officers who shot and killed a suicidal man holding a knife had reason to fear for their safety and are entitled to qualified immunity, the 5th Circuit ruled.

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Police Shoot Puppy of Witness to Another Police Shooting

CHICAGO (CN) - Police in Harvey, Ill., shot a man in the back of the leg without cause, threatened to "shoot the shit out of" a witness with a camera, then shot to death a witness's puppy, the wounded man and dog owner claim in federal lawsuits.
     Paul Manning sued the City of Harvey, its police Officer James Sinnot, and Officer O'Shea.
     In the second lawsuit, Karnischa Miller, who owned the 14-week-old puppy, sued the City of Harvey, Sinnot, and Officer Davres.
     Harvey, pop. 30,000, a far south suburb of Chicago, is 90 percent black and Latino.
     Manning claims he was walking down the street on Dec. 30, 2012, when the officers began following him in a squad car.
     "Defendant officer stopped his car and told Mr. Manning, 'Come here!'," the complaint states.
     "Mr. Manning had done nothing wrong, and, therefore, did not stop.
     "Mr. Manning had no weapon or other objects in his hands.
     "After a short distance of moving away from the defendant officer, Mr. Manning slipped and fell.
     "As Mr. Manning tried to get up, one of the defendant officers willfully shot Mr. Manning in the back of his leg.
     "Mr. Manning fell again and tried to get up again.
     "Defendant officer then fired more shots at Mr. Manning
     "Mr. Manning suffered excruciating pain from these gunshot wounds.
     "One of the defendant officers then stood on top of Mr. Manning with the full force of his leg on Mr. Manning's back.
     "One of the defendant officers handcuffed Mr. Manning while he was lying down after having been shot."
     A witness tried to record the scene with his cell phone, but a Harvey officer grabbed the phone and threw it, saying "You touch the phone, I will shoot the shit out of you," Manning says in the complaint.
     In the second lawsuit, Miller claims she heard gunshots, "opened the back door and witnessed a young man, Paul Manning, lying on the ground after having been shot. He was screaming and asking for an ambulance.
     "Harvey police officers were surrounding Paul Manning with their guns drawn.
     "Upon information and belief, one officer was standing on Paul's back, simply as an excessive display of force."
     When Miller opened the door, her 14-week-old puppy, Nemo, ran outside.
     A police officer yelled to Miller's boyfriend, LeShon Wright, "'Get your dog!'," the complaint states.
     "As Mr. Wright walked off the porch toward the dog, one of the defendant officers unholstered and raised his gun towards Nemo and Mr. Wright.
     "Mr. Wright became fearful for his life and stopped.
     "Nemo approached one of the defendant officers and sniffed his ankle.
     "Nemo did not growl, bark, or act aggressively in any way.
     "A defendant officer then shot Nemo."
     The officers would not let anyone approach the wounded dog from 4:30 p.m. until 11:15 p.m., according to the lawsuit.
     "A defendant officer said: 'Yeah, I shot the dog. What the fuck you gonna do about it?'" Miller claims.
     "The City of Harvey admitted that their police officers shot Nemo.
     "Ms. Miller and her children were so distraught by the circumstances surrounding Nemo's murder, and being forced to helplessly watch him die, that they moved from Harvey to Wisconsin," Miller says.
     Manning seeks punitive damages for excessive force, battery, and emotional distress.
     Miller seeks punitive damages for excessive force, illegal seizure, failure to intervene, and emotional distress.
     Both are represented by Victor Henderson and Rebecca Kaiser with Henderson Adam.
     The median income and home value in Harvey are about half the statewide median. 

Crooked Cop Groped Paraplegic's Genitals Inside Adult Diaper Then Planted Drugs There, Lawsuit Claims

A crooked cop groped a paraplegic man's genitals under his diaper and falsely claimed to have found drugs there - and was sentenced to prison for such assaults, the man claims in court.
     Carlando Mukes sued Milwaukee, its Police Chief Edward Flynn, and police Officers Jason Mucha, Michael Vagnini and Paul Martinez, in Federal Court.
     In 2008, Mukes, a 32-year-old paraplegic black man, was sitting in his wheelchair talking to a friend, when defendants Vagnini and Martinez drove up and searched him, according to the lawsuit.
     "Plaintiff raised his arms in the air and told defendants Vagnini and Martinez that he did not have anything on him," Mukes says in the complaint.
     "Defendant Vagnini patted down plaintiff's pants pockets without plaintiff's consent, found approximately $50, and said, 'This is drug money.'
     "Defendants Vagnini and Martinez each grabbed one of plaintiff's arms and defendant Martinez said, 'Maybe it's in his adult diaper.'
     "Defendant Martinez, who had no probable cause or reasonable suspicion that plaintiff possessed drugs or contraband on or about his person, reached his hand inside plaintiff's adult diaper, and groped plaintiff's genitals.
     "Plaintiff did not have any drugs or contraband in his adult diaper or anywhere on his person.
     "Defendant Martinez is not a health care professional, and he conducted the invasive and unreasonable search in an unsafe, unhygienic, and intentionally humiliating fashion, in a public thoroughfare, with no privacy."
     Martinez then showed a bag of cocaine and claimed it was Mukes's, according to the complaint.
     "When plaintiff insisted that the drugs were not his, defendant Vagnini hit plaintiff in the forehead with his flashlight, and defendants Vagnini and Martinez dumped plaintiff out of his wheelchair onto the ground," the complaint states.
     Mukes claims he lay on the ground for 10 minutes in the rain until the officers picked him up and threw him onto the floor of the police car, and took him to the hospital.
     Four years later, according to the complaint: "the Milwaukee District Attorney's Office conducted a secret investigation into allegations of illegal body cavity and strip searches by Milwaukee police officers, during which they interviewed, and reviewed statements of, dozens of victims and witnesses.
     "In October of 2012, the State of Wisconsin charged defendant Vagnini and three other Milwaukee police officers with multiple felonies and misdemeanors related to illegal body cavity and strip searches of Milwaukee citizens.
     "Defendant Vagnini was charged with two counts of illegal cavity searches, eight counts of illegal strip searches, four counts of second degree sexual assault, one count of third degree sexual assault, two counts of fourth degree sexual assault, ten counts of misconduct in public office, and one count of false imprisonment.
     "In April of 2013, defendant Vagnini negotiated a plea in which the seven felony sexual assault charges were dismissed, and he pleaded no contest to four felony charges of misconduct in public office and four misdemeanor charges of conducting illegal strip and body cavity searches of African American men.
     "In June of 2013, defendant Vagnini was sentenced to 26 months in prison and 34 months of extended supervision."
     Mukes seeks damages for unreasonable search, excessive force, false arrest, failure to intervene and conspiracy.

Cops Shoot Family Dog Just Because

Police officers in a Chicago suburb sat in front of a home for 20 minutes, then without any provocation shot the family dog, who had been calmly sitting on the front porch, the dog's owner claims in court.

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Did Detroit Area Cops Send Transgender Teen to her Death?

DETROIT (CN) - A mother sued police in a Detroit suburb for the murder and dismemberment of her transgender teenage daughter, claiming they revealed her identity to the drug dealers she helped set up, and who killed her.

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