The lure of authority is attractive to those who seek domination over others, and there’s no easier outlet to assert that authority than becoming a police officer. A now-former Spring Hill cop proves the case quite well after being caught pulling women over and raping them. His sick desire to dominate and rape was so flagrant that he cared not about these crimes being recorded on his own dashcam.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Spring Hill Police Officer Christopher Odom was caught raping at least two women in two separate incidents during on-duty traffic stops.
The TBI say they launched their investigation on August 1 after they learned Odom pulled over a car driven by a female in June and raped her.
According to a press release, the TBI says it happened again with another female in July.
Even more worrisome was the fact that in his spare time, Odom worked as a substitute teacher last year in Lewis County. According to WSMV, students at Lewis County High School who used to have him as a substitute teacher told Channel 4 they were shocked.
“It’s crazy. He talked to us just like an everyday teacher did,” said Donavan Conner, a student. “It makes you wonder about everybody else you talk to. ”
However, ‘everybody else’ is not drawn to the job of asserting authority over others. As the famous quote by Lord Acton goes, Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
It is this draw to power that leads to an increase in sexual assault among police officers. According to the Cato Institute, more than 9 percent of reports of police misconduct in 2010 involved sexual abuse, making it the second-most reported form of misconduct, after the use of excessive force. Comparing that data to FBI crime statistics indicates that “sexual assault rates are significantly higher for police when compared to the general population.”
Odom is one of many officers who are caught raping those they’ve sworn to protect. A short google search will reveal the near epidemic of police rape that takes place in the United States.
Not only is sexual assault higher among cops, but it also largely goes unpunished.
Police sexual misconduct is so common that more than 1,000 officers have had their licenses revoked in just the last six years for it, that we know about — nearly half of them involving underage victims. However, only a small fraction of those officers received jail time.
In regards to Odom’s despicable crimes, the Spring Hill Police Department released the following canned statement:
“The actions of Officer Odom are not indicative of a Spring Hill Police Officer and is in direct violation of departmental policies. The department takes great pride in serving our community and preserving the trust of our citizens.”
The department also asked for any other victims to come forward.
“If there are [more victims] we want to know, we want to get them justice. We want them to come in, be able to look us in the eye, speak with us about what’s going on in their lives.”
On Monday, 26-year-old Odom was indicted by a grand jury on charges of rape, sexual battery, and two counts of official misconduct.
According to the indictment, Odom detained the victims beyond the scope of a traffic stop for the purpose of coercing the victims into performing sexual acts.
The indictment states he used force to accomplish the act and knew the victim did not give consent.
As PINAC reports, the bureau watched hundreds of Odom’s dash cam traffic stops and saw the evidence they needed to seek a criminal indictment on Odom. Additionally, upon watching the dash-cam, prosecutors say there may be a third unidentified female victim.
He was arrested and booked into the Maury County jail on $75,000 bond. He spent only one hour behind bars before being released.
For a tiny bit of pot, cops sent a young college student to his death in their immoral pursuit of the war on drugs.
Andrew Sadek, a top college student in North Dakota, was caught selling $80 worth of marijuana. Because this pot was sold on a school campus, police sought to charge Sadek with serious felonies. They threatened him with 40 years in prison and a $40,000 fine — for a plant.
However, police had no intention of seeking those charges, as they knew they could force Sadek to become a snitch for them.
The interrogation room video shows Chief Jason Weber telling the dejected Andrew, who lost his older brother in a train wreck, that he faces up to 40 years in jail. Weber, experienced in deception, tells Andrew that he can “help himself” by becoming a confidential informant.
Andrew had to buy drugs from three other people to preserve his freedom, and keep everything an absolute secret. With no training or protection, Sadek was sent to his death by cops who couldn’t care less.
After Andrew went missing, family and friends pleaded on camera for his return and held prayer vigils, but he never returned. Andrew was found dead in a river with a bullet through his head and his backpack full of rocks.
Sadek’s parents filed a lawsuit last week, exactly two years after their son was found.
According to the AP, an autopsy concluded Sadek died of a gunshot wound to the head but the manner of death was “undetermined,” according to the complaint brought by John and Tammy Sadek.
Their suit names as defendants Richland County Sheriff’s deputy Jason Weber, who was part of the task force, as well as the county. It says the defendants failed to train Andrew Sadek to perform undercover operations and failed to “reasonably supervise” him.
“We filed the lawsuit today, two years from the day Andrew’s body was discovered, hoping to achieve accountability for those who put Andrew in harm’s way,” said Tim O’Keeffe, one of two Fargo attorneys for the Sadek family.
A report published last year exposed what is perhaps the most depraved use of state power in the immoral War on Drugs. Andrew Sadek’s case is not an isolated one.
60 Minutes aired the program on Dec. 7, describing how law enforcement across the country coerces young people, just starting their adult lives, into becoming confidential informants in the drug war. This sickening practice, largely kept secret, turns good people into liars and puts them in deadly danger.
The report profiled two victims of different state governments, Sadek being one of them. Both states still have draconian drug laws, even as marijuana legalization is sweeping the nation.
Rachel Hoffman, 23, was a Florida State graduate who got busted with marijuana and a few pills of Ecstasy. She would also fall victim to this immoral practice.
Cops at the Tallahassee Police Department told Rachel she faced four years in prison, or she could help them carry out their biggest drug bust in recent history. Rachel, the girl who just liked to get high, was given $13,000 to buy 1,500 Ecstasy pills, 1.5 ounces of cocaine and a gun.
The cops undoubtedly assured Rachel that she would be safe, as they had staged a 20-man team at the site. But when the dealers changed the location and got in her car, likely knowing that cops use informants, the cops lost her. The dealers found the wire in her purse and shot Rachel five times, leaving her body in a ditch and stealing her car and credit card.
Undercover narcotics officer Brian Sallee seems to have no remorse for such collateral damage, as he gleefully instructs eager cops on how to take advantage of people like Rachel so they can fill prisons and steal assets. Sallee attempts to justify the fact that confidential informants are being put in danger by asserting that they are already in danger by dealing drugs. This, of course, is false in many cases, as evidenced by Rachel Hoffman, who the family’s attorney says was “just a pothead.”
In order to get young people like Rachel and Andrew to carry out cops’ dirty work, law enforcement uses tricks to avoid any part of the law that could hamper their deceptive tactics.
When asked if he tells young informants that they have the right to talk to a lawyer, Sallee happily said, “No. I do not. I tell you you have a right to talk to a lawyer if I’m going to ask you incriminating questions. If we’re talking about your becoming an informant, I don’t have to tell you that you have a right to a lawyer.”
The important part is for these drug war order-followers to trap kids before charging them and without arresting them. Cops like Sallee will tell them that they face prison time even when this is not true. In most cases, the kids would be diverted to a drug court and undergo probation for up to a year, then have the cases dismissed.
Although being used as a confidential informant can leave young people traumatized, suicidal or dead, in most states there is no law against it.
The remorseless Sallee estimates that there are probably 100,000 confidential informants working with law enforcement in the U.S. He also believes that their actions are completely voluntary.
“They have agreed to do what they are doing in exchange for something. That’s the bottom line. When somebody comes to work for me as an informant, it’s their decision,” said Sallee.
Not true, says attorney Lance Block.
“It’s not something that college kids are standing up, saying, “I wanna be a CI.” It’s not voluntary. They’re being told they’re looking at prison time unless they agree to do deals for the police department.”
How anyone could consider it a voluntary act is bewildering and infuriating, but that is the cognitive dissonance that an order-following drug war soldier must possess.
One former confidential informant told 60 Minutes, “It felt like I had a gun to my head. They almost convince you that — that you’re guilty. I was just so scared, I was just putty in their hands.”
A student at Ole Miss was entrapped by two other confidential informants, one dropping off LSD at his house and another picking it up. That innocent part of a fabricated crime brought terror to the hapless victim, who, after being coerced into a snitch, was repeatedly threatened over the phone for not turning in other people fast enough.
Attorney Ken Coghlan describes how schools like Ole Miss, which has an entire office devoted to creating confidential informants, create a vicious cycle of kids entrapping other kids. At Ole Miss, the victimized students are supposed to turn in ten others.
Coghlan said, “They don’t know 10 drug dealers. And they’re so desperate, they will go to their friend or their roommate or their frat brother, and they know this person smokes marijuana. And they’ll say, “I’m out of weed. Can I get 10 dollars’ worth of weed from you?””
Keith Davis, the former head of the Ole Miss Metro Narcotics Unit resigned after he was caught on tape violently threatening another confidential informant.
It’s no wonder the cops are so greedy to catch more kids, as the factory farming of confidential informants is a lucrative endeavor for them. Just like civil asset forfeiture, this repugnant game brings more money into the coffers of police departments. The more arrests, the more grant money.
With all of these young people being preyed upon by the state, the more startling fact is that statistics are unavailable on how many are involved, or how many get killed doing it.
“Law enforcement is loaded with statistics. But you cannot find out any information about the number of confidential informants that are being used across this country, much less the number of people who are being killed or injured. It’s a shadowy underworld, is what it is,” said Block.
Most of the young lives swept up into this nightmare are there because of marijuana, which is legal in 4 states and medicinally legal in 23 states.
Andrew Sadek’s parents had no idea their son was a confidential informant until his death. They were astounded that cops would stoop to such depths of immorality.
“We’ve never heard of such a thing, you know—using college students as snitches,” said Andrew’s father, John Sadek, who lost his only other son to the depravities of the state.
Attorney Lance Block is now an advocate against using young people busted with small amounts of drugs as confidential informants.
“There’s no parent that I know of who would allow their child or want their child to serve as a confidential informant. Yeah. I mean, it’s too dangerous. No, I wouldn’t want my child to do it. These kids are being recruited to do the most dangerous type of police work. They’re going undercover, with no background, training, or experience. They haven’t been to the police academy.”
None of this matters to drug war soldiers like Chief Jason Weber, who said:
“They make our jobs easier.”
He believes that not coercing young people into their secret, deadly service would mean they are “losing the war on drugs.”
Lesley Stahl, the 60 Minutes reporter, deserves much respect for trying to point out to Weber the absurdity of using young, small-time weed dealers for this dangerous crusade. But he need only shut out the human capacity for questioning.
An innocent Muslim woman was tackled, beaten and strip-searched by Chicago cops who mistook her being late for a train ride—as terrorism.
The incident occurred on the 4th of July last year, but only went to trial this month. Itemad “Angel” Almatar said that she was also kicked, and had her hijab taken off by five Chicago police officers at a train station, CBS Chicago reported.
Almatar was charged with reckless conduct and resisting arrest over the incident.
Much of the incident was captured on video and shows that Almatar was no criminal. In spite of the video showing her innocence, Cook County prosecutors forced Almatar to go to trial. On Wednesday, a jury found her not guilty on all charges.
“They asked me why I put my food inside my bag, why I’m Muslim, why I’m fasting, why I’m wearing these clothes, why I cover my body,” Almatar told CBS.
Prosecutors claimed Almatar was told to stop by police as they chased her up the stairs, but video surveillance footage shows nobody else in the crowd turning their heads in response to the supposed command, reports CBS.
“She was strip-searched, videographed, and at the same time men were allowed to see her naked. This is the ultimate horror you can do to a Muslim woman,” said Imam Malick Mujahid, a local Muslim community leader, according to CBS.
Naturally, the Chicago police department has yet to face any accountability for this assault.
This fear-based reaction is not an isolated incident. As Claire Bernish pointed out earlier this year, a Washington, D.C., cop approached and proceeded to intimidate a woman in a public library, saying if she refused to remove her hijab, she would have to leave. For her choice of headwear, an innocent woman was threatened with police action.
Islamophobia is the ultimate win for Daesh (ISIL) and other violent groups. If you don’t buy that, consider the following cycle.
Any group subjected to continuous discrimination and constant denigration will first experience fear, but eventually, that fear begins to translate to resentment. When resentment builds to an ultimate level, it tends to translate to action—not in carrying out a terrorist attack, but in a more insidious way. As Alex Mierjeski explained in attn:
“Groups like the Islamic State, some say, take advantage of disenfranchised immigrants who face discrimination and difficult social conditions.”
When buying into xenophobia as policy, as in the case of Trump’s wall, people are ultimately fanning the flames of terrorist rhetoric. Beyond that, the same fear allows the West to fund perpetual, imperialist war for the corporations which rely on natural resources overseas.
Instead of realizing that American foreign policy creates terrorism through the killing of innocent people written off as "collateral damage," brutal occupations masked as "humanitarian efforts," and general tactics of destabilization in the Middle East referred to as "spreading democracy," many citizens just resort to bigotry. After all, it is far easier to close one’s mind and hate than to love and understand.
Marion County, FL — In August of 2014, multiple deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s office conducted a drug bust. During the bust, Derrick Price ran from deputies Jesse Terrell, Trevor Fitzgerald, James Amideo, Cody Hoppel and Adam Crawford. However, once he realized he could not outrun the pickup truck, he quickly stopped, put his hands up, and laid face down on the ground — completely surrendering.
Upon reaching the unarmed, nonviolent, completely compliant, and prostrate man, the deputies proceeded to unleash a furious beating composed of kicks to the head, knees to the body, and countless blows from fists.
Price was left severely beaten and bloodied in the parking lot after the assault. The deputies would go on to lie and claim that Price was combative and resisting. Luckily for Price, however, the entire gang beating was captured on video.
The court documents describe the beating:
The court documents read as follows, where Cody Hoppel, Adam Crawford, and Jesse Terrell are respectively referred to in court documents as deputies 1, 2, and 3.
“The video footage depicts the unnecessary and unreasonable use of force by three deputies who beat, kicked, and kneed a fully compliant Price while Amidei and Fitzgerald failed to intervene to protect the arrestee, despite having the opportunity to do so. Deputy 2 kneeled down at the right side of Price’s head and shoulder, Deputy 3 positioned himself immediately above Price’s head, Deputy 1 took a position at Price’s left side, and Fitzgerald straddled the back of Price’s legs as Deputy Amidei hovered above the deputies directly behind Deputy 1. At no time did Price resist the deputies or pose a threat in any fashion. After Deputy 2 initially grabbed Price’s left arm from Price’s right side, pinning Price’s right arm to the ground, Deputies 1, 2, and 3 began beating Price as [he] lay on the ground.”
The video was released this week by the state attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit and immediately after its release, Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair held a news conference.
“The abusive and unprofessional actions they displayed shocked me to my core, and there was absolutely no hesitation for me to immediately inform the Florida Department of Law Enforcement of their actions, to immediately suspend those former deputies without pay and, ultimately, to request their resignation and/or termination,” said Blair.
Since the incident in August of 2014, deputies Fitzgerald, Amideo, Hoppel, and Crawford all pleaded guilty to federal civil rights violations. However, despite the assault occurring over 18 months ago, not one of these officers has been sentenced.
This week, a grand jury indicted Jesse Terrell who, for some odd reason, is maintaining his innocence. From what the video shows, not one officer on the scene is innocent. Even the fifth officer, who chose not to take out his pent-up aggression on a man whose only ‘crime’ was to do with his own body what he wanted, is guilty. He is an officer of the law, and he did not attempt to stop the crime of assault on a nonviolent man.
According to Reuters, Terrell’s attorney expected that his case would go to trial, saying that his situation differed from the guilty officers.
“Jesse is not guilty. He is not guilty of anything,” said attorney Charles Holloman. He declined to elaborate on why Terrell’s behavior differed from that of the other officers.
Watch the video below, and then ask yourself why so many people, both innocent and guilty, so often run from police. Derrick Price was a threat to no one. He wasn’t ‘armed,’ ‘reaching for his waistband,’ ‘charging at the officers,’ ‘making threatening movements,’ ‘resisting,’ or any of the other bogus excuses used by police when doling out brutal beat downs.
Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this Rodney King-style beating of Derrick Price is the fact that had the cameras not caught these officers in their brutal display, the world would all still believe they are heroes. What’s more, even in spite of this video, there is most likely a large sect of society who still believe they are.
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/revolting-video-shows-cops-dish-rodney-king-style-beating-unarmed-surrendering-man/#RG0iM6C222OboE2O.99