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.
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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
Cocoa, FL — At 5 am on Wednesday morning, 58-year-old Wendell Joyner awoke to his house ablaze. However, after he ran from his home, he quickly realized that his three dogs were still inside.
“I got out of the house, and then I realized, ‘Oh, wait a minute, my dogs are in there,” Joyner told WKMG-TV. “So, I went back inside to look for my dogs.”
The smoke was so bad that Joyner had to keep returning outside to catch his breath while searching for his dogs. However, on the third time he came out for air, law enforcement on the scene told him to stay out.
Like most people would do when their beloved pets are threatened with being burned alive, Joyner ignored their demands. He then saw an opportunity to throw a firefighter’s axe through a window and attempted to go back in.
As Joyner heroically attempted to enter the window to save his dogs, he was tackled by multiple deputies who, he claims, used excessive force in bringing him down, which left him battered and bloody.
Joyner was then arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was taken to a nearby hospital for a CAT scan before being hauled off to Brevard County Jail.
“My defense is — I was trying to save my dogs,” Joyner said. “I think at the most, they should’ve taken me aside, and if they felt that I needed it — to be in a squad car until things settled.”
Standing by the actions of his deputies, Brevard County sheriff’s spokesman David Jacobs said they believed Joyner was intoxicated and feared for what he could have done with the axe. However, the intoxication claim has not been substantiated.
Jacobs warned that the charges were lenient considering the use of a firefighter’s axe could have landed Joyner with a felony.
Fortunately, the story does have somewhat of a happy ending, in spite of the charges, the Brevard County fire rescue team was able to save the dogs after Joyner was beaten and arrested.
They are now with him and his roommate who are staying with friends until they can rebuild. The roommates have since launched a go fund me to help get back on their feet.
Had Joyner been successful in his efforts, he would have been regarded as a hero, like the man in the video below. Or, he could have been seriously injured or killed — however, that was his choice. Instead, thanks to the Brevard County Sheriff’s department, this choice was denied and now he’s facing jail time.
Cameron Massey, 26, and Joshua Kelly, 30 were travelling through Eufaula, Alabama in October of 2013, when Massey’s life was taken by a cop in search of a plant that is legal in some form in 23 other states.
Officer John Phillips, acting on information from a confidential informant that their car contained marijuana, pulled over the vehicle driven by Kelly, on the contrived charges of improper lane change and obscured registration tags.
As Phillips began to deprive the two individuals of their freedom for being suspected of travelling with an illegal plant, the situation became tense.
As Phillips puts Kelly facedown on the ground in handcuffs, he calls for backup and then proceeds to the passenger side of the vehicle to handcuff Massey.
Understandably wanting to prevent himself from being locked in a cage for carrying a plant, Massey thought about how he could get out of the situation. So, he leaned over to the driver’s side of the car, threw the car into drive, and pressed the gas with his hand in an attempt to flee his captor.
It is clear from the video that Massey was not in any way attempting to cause harm to Phillips. However, Phillips and his backup officer, Eufaula Police Chief Ralph Conner, who arrived on scene just before Massey attempted to flee, would go on to claim otherwise — and people would believe them — until now.
As the car slowly began to roll forward, instead of stepping back and allowing him to drive off, Conner made the decision to escalate to deadly force and fired a single shot.
“Everything was so quick, so instantaneous,” Phillips told investigators. “At that time, I didn’t know if [Massey] had shot and he’s trying to stay down to keep from us returning fire.”
Instead of realizing that it was his backup who fired, Phillips let loose a volley of four more rounds into the 6’8″ 300 lb body of Cameron Massey. The car then slowly rolled to a stop into several parked cars. Massey was dead.
Quickly attempting to make the claim that his life was in danger, Phillips went on to tell investigators that, “When the car started to move, it was such a jolt, I thought the back tires was gonna get my leg and snatch me under the vehicle.”
Apparently, according to Phillips, tires can “snatch” the legs of cops and magically pull them under a vehicle as it slowly accelerates away. Ridiculously enough, Phillips is not alone in this claim.
Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller made the same assertion when he shot and killed 19-year-old Zachary Hammond over the possession of a small amount of marijuana. Officer Ray Tensing was caught on video killing Sam Dubose in a similar fashion. In September, cellphone footage was released showing police murdering 33-year-old John Barry, a mentally ill man who attempted to flee from police during a breakdown. One of the most disgusting examples of cops claiming to fear for their lives as cars drive off is the case of Officers Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr., who, in November, opened fire on a car occupied by 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis, killing him and severely injuring his father.
Phillips, like all of the aforementioned officers, claimed to be in imminent danger and falling, and instead of simply stepping backwards, insisted he was unable to do so, and was forced to kill a man.
Unfortunately for Phillips and Conner, there was a witness, Garrick Hall, who stated in a court declaration that, “Phillips had control of his body the entire time as the car was moving forward. At no time did I see Officer John Phillips fall to the ground or appear as if he was falling to the ground.”
This was officer Phillips first killing as, at the time of the shooting, he had only been on the force for two years. However, Conner is no stranger to killing unarmed black men.
According to Buzzfeed,
Conner, who was hired as Eufaula’s chief in early 2013, had shot an unarmed black man three decades before, when he was an investigator with the Montgomery Police Department. In 1983, Conner shot 22-year-old Bobby Joe Sales in the back after Sales fled from an attempted police stop, the Associated Press reported at the time.
Shooting an unarmed man in the back was not enough to get this cop charged, nor was it enough to even end his career as a cop, and 30 years later, he would shoot another unarmed black man who posed no threat.
After being denied justice through the state’s channels, Massey’s family filed a civil suit against the individual officers and the department in July 2015. The suit is still ongoing.
Phillips hasn’t received so much as a slap on the wrist, and Conner was allowed to retire with his full pension in September.
In the Land of the Free, cops can legally kidnap people for possessing a plant, and when the individual resists their kidnapping and the cop kills them, the individual is referred to as the criminal — and they call this justice.
Lewis and Clark County, MT — A sheriff’s deputy with Lewis and Clark County was arrested Monday morning after allegedly pulling a gun on a man at a party and assaulting him.
On December 4, Philip Jay Clark, 49, showed up to a bonfire party “super intoxicated,” according to the victim, identified as C.F. in court documents. According to documents:
He [C.F] said Clark,"Got a little bit violent and a little bit aggressive right away." He said it seemed like Clark wanted to fight. He said after shaking Clark’s hand, Clark, "pulled out his gun, pointed it at me and then laughed, handed it to somebody else like we were about to fight."
According to court records, Clark began hitting C.F. before asking him to name the capital of Thailand and punched him in the groin, yelling “Bangkok.” The drunken bigot cop then walked away.
As C.F.’s friend was telling him that it would probably be a good idea for him to leave, Clark became aggressive once again. He then pulled out his pistol, with his finger on the trigger, shoved it in C.F’s face and began referring to his non-Muslim Asian victim as “an ISIS.”
“[I was] 100% positive he was gonna start shooting,'” C.F. said, according to the documents.
Clark has since retained an attorney, Mathew Johnson, who claims that Clark was acting in self-defense when he interacted with C.F. Apparently resorting to schoolyard bully tactics of asking the capital of Thailand before punching him in the groin, was a means of deterring an attack from C.F.
“My client was very surprised that charges were filed without an investigator talking to him,” Johnson said, noting that Clark should have been given his special treatment due to his officer status.
According to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, after the party, a citizen called in to report Clark’s behavior. Dutton said that was when they launched the investigation.
Clark was booked on felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and his bond was set at $50,000. However, likely due to his blue privilege, after appearing before the judge, Clark was released on his own recognizance.
The case has since been handed over to the Montana Department of Justice to avoid the conflict of interest of the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Department investigating themselves.
The Free Thought Project’s request for the status of Clark’s employment was not immediately returned by the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Department.
On April 8, 2013, the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc., filed a New Drug Application claiming to be able to cure hepatitis C. They received the FDA’s coveted Breakthrough Therapy Designation, which is is given to drugs that show significant treatment advantages to existing options.
In an incredibly fast review process, the FDA approved Gilead Sciences’ Sovaldi for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in December of the same year.
The efficacy rate of Sovaldi, when combined with NS5A inhibitors, is nothing short of astonishing, sitting between 94% and 97%. This rate is far better and far safer than any previous treatments for Hep C.
Nearly one year after receiving FDA approval, on October 10, 2014, Gilead Sciences Inc. patented Harvoni, which is Solvaldi combined with one of these inhibitors.
Global demand for Harvoni quickly skyrocketed as, according to the World Health Organization, there are currently 130-150 million people living with chronic hepatitis C, globally.
Prior to the availability of this remarkable drug, hepatitis C treatments involved 6 to 12-month treatments with an interferon-based regimen that provided minimal success rates and was associated with severe side effects including anemia, depression, severe rash, nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue.
In contrast, Solvadi cures almost everyone in a fraction of the time, and mostly without any of the severe side effects.
In the United States, the average cost of treatment for a 12-week course is $84,000 – $94,000. Of course, this number sounds ridiculous, but what should it cost to cure one’s disease?
The costs associated with studying, testing, and getting new drugs approved can be staggering, and the money made from selling the new drug is often used to pay for future drugs as well as paying back investments made to produce the current ones. Unfortunately, the people involved in creating life-saving drugs cannot work for free.
But here’s the kicker, according to MÃ©decins du Monde, or Doctors of the World, Gilead Sciences Inc. didn’t invent Sovaldi–they did.
In February, Doctors of the World filed a patent challenge in Europe against Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), arguing that “the molecule itself is not sufficiently innovative.”
They are claiming that Gilead merely copied their publicly funded research, patented it, and then spiked the price to reap insane profits. And reap insane profits, they did. In 2014, Gilead reported a total revenue of $24.9 billion as compared to the previous year’s $11.2 billion.
Of course, nothing is wrong with making a drug that saves lives and profiting from it. However, when the profits are a direct result of government involvement, it no longer becomes an issue of innovation and the market, but rather a state granted monopoly.
Because the US government allowed Gilead to patent a drug, which the Doctors of the World assert was invented six years prior by researchers at the Cardiff University, they were given a monopoly on its sale and could charge whatever they wanted – market prices be damned.
To contrast the extremely expensive treatment situation in the United States, we can look at India. In 2015, the Indian government denied Gilead a monopoly due to their inability to prove that the drug was more effective than the drug invented at Cardiff University in 2007.
Because they have no state-granted monopoly, Gilead has to compete in a free market in India. Competitors, of which there a many, using the older, much cheaper, and equally effective drug, have driven the price down to a mere $4 a pill. This makes total cost to cure your Hepatitis C in India’s free market $336. Compare that to the United State’s market controlled price of $84,000, and the situation becomes infuriating.
It is no surprise that the FDA would grant Gilead Sciences a patent on an already existing drug as they have become a revolving door for executives within big pharma.
One example is FDA member, Milton Packer who chairs the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee. Packer, who reviews applications for drugs submitted for FDA approval, is financed by Novartis and actually spoke on their behalf to the advisory board that he chaired.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Packer also appeared before the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee involved speaking on behalf of Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2002; acted as a consultant and speaker for GlaxoSmithKline in 2003; appeared as a speaker for NitroMed in 2005; appeared as a speaker for Sanofi in 2009 and acted as a consultant on behalf of Pfizer in 2010.
And Packer is only one example, the list goes on.
While the mainstream media often acknowledges that these drug companies charge exorbitant prices for their medications, they conveniently leave out the reason they can do so is because they have the full support of Uncle Sam.
Instead of looking at the corrupt government, who has the unique ability to create and sustain monopolies, the evil market is blamed, and people ironically call for more government–thus creating a vicious cycle of corporatism.
Austrian economist, Ludwig von Mises correctly explains the situation in a statement below:
As has been pointed out already, there is no such tendency toward monopolization. It is a fact that with many commodities in many countries monopoly prices prevail, and moreover, some articles are sold at monopoly prices on the world market. However, almost all of these instances of monopoly prices are the outgrowth of government interference with business. They were not created by the interplay of the factors operating on a free market. They are not products of capitalism, but precisely of the endeavors to counteract the forces determining the height of the market prices. It is a distortion of fact to speak of monopoly capitalism. It would be more appropriate to speak of monopoly interventionism or of monopoly statism.
Arlington Heights, OH — For years, locals knew that the stretch of road running through the village of Arlington Heights was notorious for police officers separating motorists from their money.
Neighboring officials even went so far as to label the town a “speed trap.” In spite of being the smallest community in the county, the village of Arlington Heights had the busiest court in the region and even the state – thanks to the Arlington Heights police department and their disreputable speed trap.
According to a 2007 report from the Enquirer, the overwhelming majority of cases (93%) that pass through court in Arlington Heights, are for traffic fines alone.
Despite issuing and collecting a record number of traffic fines, the money from those fines never found its way to the village bank account. The clerk of courts and the deputy clerk of courts, with the help of the ticket writing cops, enriched themselves to the tune of $260,000 before they were finally caught in October.
Even thought he was met with backlash from the Arlington Heights Police department, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, who called for the dissolution of the village in 2012, said that referring to the village as a “speed trap” is appropriate.
“Basically, they were setting up speed traps on I-75 to fund the municipal workings of that village – which they then stole,” he said. “I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something off about a village that’s maybe a mile long setting up speed traps to raise money that then is used to fund a bunch of public employees. It just rubs me the wrong way.”
What Deters is describing is the basic function of every police department across the country. Everyone from the street cops to the mayor depends on drivers being extorted for traffic violations. It’s what pays their salaries.
Luckily for all the residents of Hamilton County, on Friday, the Arlington Heights police department was disbanded as a result of their years of revenue collection for criminals.
With the revenue collection arm now disolved, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will begin patrolling the tiny village.
“You get to a point where it just doesn’t make sense anymore,” Deters said. “I think they’ve taken a hard look at what they’re doing out there, and if they’re letting the sheriff do it now, they made the right call.”
Las Vegas, NV — The mother of a police officer is recovering from her injuries after being shot by her own child and in-law with whom she lives.
North Las Vegas police announced last week that no charges will be filed against the officer and her husband who fired more than two dozen rounds at their mother as she returned home around 11:30 pm.
The officer claimed that the 27 rounds were fired “accidentally” and so the department said there is no need for charges.
Of course, shooting at an intruder in your home is a justified measure. However, what does it say about the trigger-happy nature of this officer who would unleash 27 rounds at her own mom, who had to have been screaming for her life upon hearing the first round being fired?
Those who are familiar with firearms know that it takes, at a minimum, several seconds to unload the magazine of a standard pistol. This scene must have looked like a war zone during the shooting.
Luckily for the mother, however, the cop and her husband are terrible shots. She was reportedly struck only in the leg and sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Last year, the Free Thought Project reported on Deputy Easton McDonald, of Loudoun County, Virginia, who shot his 16-year-old daughter as she attempted to re-enter their home after sneaking out for the evening. The deputy claimed that he thought his daughter was an intruder because she tripped an alarm system and was attempting to sneak back in through the garage.
McDonald told investigating officers that after hearing the noises in the garage he grabbed his gun and began firing blindly into the dark because he believed that someone was “coming at him.”
In all of 2011, British police killed 2 people. In 2012, 1 person. In 2013, a total of 3 bullets left the barrels of British police guns, and no one was killed. In the last two years, a total of 4 people have lost their lives because of British cops, bringing the total number of citizens killed in the UK to 7 in the last 5 years.
Since Christmas, police in America have killed 14 people. In 1 week, American cops have killed twice as many people as the British police have killed since 2011!
But if we zoom out just a little further, those numbers become even more shocking. Since 1990, police officers in the United Kingdom have killed exactly 58 people.
Since the 14th of December, police in America have killed 60 citizens — It took English cops 25 years to do what American cops have done in the last two weeks of December.
On average, British police kill around two citizens a year. American cops kill more than that every day.
Of course, all those killed were not innocent, but many were unarmed, shot while running away, and their deaths recorded on video. And all of them deserved due process.
Some will say that since the US is much larger in population than the UK, that is why American cops kill more. But this is a farce.
To expose this farce, we can compare the US with communist China.
China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded 12 killings by law enforcement officers in 2014.
Law enforcement in the United States killed
So why are police in the US so much more likely to kill than all of these other first world countries?
To better understand the multi-dimensional answer to that question, we can start by looking at the prison population of the US.
America imprisons almost twenty-five percent of all people imprisoned in the world, although containing only about 5% of the world’s population.
The U.S. houses 2.3 million inmates, the majority of whom are in for drug offenses.
Locking up drug users has proven to be quite a profitable venture.
It is much easier to walk out on the street corner and shakedown a teenager who may have an illegal plant in his pocket than it is to examine the evidence in a rape or murder case. The so-called “Private” Prisons know this and have subsequently found their niche in the immoral war on drugs.
The war on drugs has been exposed for creating a nearly exponential increase in crime and overdose deaths. It does nothing to curtail drug use and it has only served to turn America into a freedom-hating, deadly police state.
When so many people are tasked with finding and prosecuting those in possession of a substance deemed illegal, police interactions become more frequent and less cordial. If we end that, we get the state out of the private lives of most individuals. This will only serve to lessen the scope of police harassment, in turn diminishing the instance of brutality and killings.
The good news is that even cops are figuring this out. In fact, a record number of law enforcement personnel are quitting their jobs and joining the push to end the drug war.
The state’s immoral and deadly war on its citizens is crumbling. But during this process, however, the vilest of its enforcers are doing everything they can to keep it going — because they become irrelevant once it ends.
Henderson, NV — On January 30, 2015, a health food store in Henderson called the police after a disgruntled customer, attempting to return some protein powder, allegedly threatened to rob them. The store described the suspect to police as a black male wearing a black and tan t-shirt who left in an SUV.
As police responded to the call, they quickly stopped the first person they saw, who happened to be Arturo Arenas-Alvarez. Arenas-Alvarez had just pulled up in the shopping center to do some shopping when police drew their weapons and demanded he put his hands in the air and step toward them.
Arenas-Alvarez did not appear to understand why multiple armed men were pointing their guns at him, so one officer asked him in Spanish to approach the vehicle.
Before Arenas-Alvarez makes it all the way to the vehicle, officers realized they had the wrong guy.
“That’s not him, dude. That’s not a black man in a black shirt,” one officer said to another.
However, they continued the detainment.
Officers begin to assure Arenas-Alvarez that he will be fine. “They thought that you were involved in a robbery. You don’t look like the person, so it’s OK now, OK?” one officer said. However, nothing could have been further from the truth.
As officers were telling Arenas-Alvarez that he’ll be okay, Sgt. James Mitchell can be heard on the radio telling the officers, “Stand by a couple of minutes. K9-1 is about two minutes out.”
During the display of gross incompetence of mistaking Arenas-Alvarez for a black man in a black shirt, Arenas-Alvarez’s 17-month-old daughter, Ayleen was strapped into her car seat in the SUV.
Before Arenas-Alvarez could communicate to the officers that his infant daughter was in the car, the “two minutes” had passed and Sgt. Mitchell arrived with his Belgian Malinois. Almost as soon as he exited the vehicle, Mithcell released the K-9 into the SUV of an entirely innocent man and his daughter.
“My baby,” Arturo Arenas-Alvarez can be heard pleading with officers in broken English. “I’ve got my baby.”
An officer then yelled out, “There’s an infant in that car! There’s an infant in that car!”
But it was too late. By the time the cops realized that their immediate escalation to violence was unnecessary – the damage had been done.
Ayleen’s blood curdling and heart-wrenching screams of agony can be heard on the dashcam. The 4-year-old dog, Doerak, was ripping into the baby’s flesh. By the time the dog let go of the infant, her right arm had been mauled. She was left with nine puncture wounds and abrasions.
After the incident was over, Mitchell can be heard blaming his fellow officers for releasing the dog.
“God damn, guys, you gotta f**king tell me!” he yelled. But Mitchell didn’t give the other officers any time to tell him before letting loose the dog.
“The last forearm, the guy didn’t have anything left but bone,” Mitchell can be heard telling other officers in an apparent attempt to downplay the severity of what he just did.
On the dashcam one officer can be heard saying that their response to this incident of mistaking a man and his daughter for a completely different looking man was “solid” and it could’ve been much worse.
“All that happened was totally solid. Just a sh*tty set of circumstances that all rolled into — what could’ve been much worse. So just get that whole timeline out there,” the officer said.
After the incident, Mitchell and Doerak were taken off the street as a routine practice, similar to that of officer-involved shootings. However, since then, Doerak and Mitchell have been released back to regular duty.
For the purposeful mauling of their infant daughter, the city of Henderson agreed to pay the family a whopping $13,000 to settle their claim. But the family is unable to get the $8,537.69 (amount after legal fees) without a court order.
Below is the horrifying video of the incident which illustrates the sheer violent and unaccountable nature of police in the US.
WARNING: Video is disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
Earlier this year, Christie Fry and her family rescued a 7-month old puppy with a broken leg. They named him Bear.
For several months, the family nursed Bear back to health and soon he was a normal running and jumping pup. Bear soon became a beloved member of the family. However, earlier this month, on December, 10, all that love would come to an end.
According to Fry, Bear was secured to a cable leash in his backyard when she heard him barking at the construction workers working on an abandoned house next door. Fry says that Bear was a ‘barker’, so this was nothing out of the ordinary. But when the barking was brought to a halt by the sound of gunfire, Fry panicked.
“Thank god the kids were at school,” Fry said in an interview with PuppycideDB.com
When Fry got up to see what was going on, she heard more shots. Fry recalls those frightening moments:
I hear 2 gunshots. As I’m getting up I hear the third. As soon as I’m standing, I can see out my side window. Police. Fourth shot. I look at what they’re doing & see my dog on the ground. My dog starts screaming. I scream. More shots. Five, six, seven, eight. There’s 2 cops taking turns shooting him with smiles on their faces. I run out yelling “What the hell!!!!!” They said “Is this your dog?” “Yes!!” I replied. “What happened??!!” The officer said (& I quote!!) “Well you don’t have a dog anymore. He’s done now!” & laughed in my face.
My 1yr old puppy that I did everything in my power to save was laying there dead. They shot my dog like he was a human coming at them with a gun.
According to PuppycideDB, the animal control officer accused Bear of breaking off of his leash line and attacking him, forcing him to wrestle the dog through yard separating Fry’s property from the abandoned home next door. But Christie immediately doubted the animal control officer’s accusation:
“Bear has dug up most of my yard & the yard next door is a disaster. If this guy was on the ground wrestling with my dog as he claims, that nice fresh khaki jacket he was wearing would have been destroyed. When Bear jumped on me, even once, I’d have pawprints on my clothes. There’s just no way!”
In the associated incident report, filed by the Chester Police, there was no mention of Bear biting anyone. However, several days after the shooting, police then claimed that Bear had bitten a woman, according to Fry. But this would have been impossible as Bear was secured in the yard.
Fry has since retained an attorney and started a Go Fund Me Page to raise money for the legal fees. On the page, Fry explains:
I am in contact with a lawyer, which is why I’m starting this campaign. As I explained to them, this is not about money. This is about way more than that. Police need to stop killing our pets!!!! They need to be trained on how to deal with these situations in a better way. We are also investigating to see if there is a pattern among specific officers as there have been multiple police involved animal shootings in my area in recent years.
In 2013, the Chester Police department made national headlines when they killed not one, but three dogs. As PuppycideDB points out, the shooting occurred during lunch time, on Friday, directly in front of Chester High School, leaving students at risk for stray bullets and ricochets.
Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030. Cigarette smoke is the leading cause of preventable death in the world. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States alone. Cigarette smoking is completely legal.
There has never been a single recorded death related to the overdose of marijuana, yet SWAT teams will kick in doors, shoot dogs, kidnap and cage people over marijuana.
In spite of the tyrannical, immoral, and deadly laws against marijuana, and the almost century-long propaganda campaign spewing lies to kids about the plant’s effects, teenagers are finally getting it.
For decades, high school children have given in to the pro-tobacco/anti-pot crusade of deception and have taken up the deadly habit of smoking cigarettes. However, for the first time in recorded history, high school students are choosing cannabis over Camels.
According to “Monitoring the Future,” a federal survey released on Wednesday, more students in the 12th grade said they smoked pot every day, compared to those who smoke daily cigarettes.
Obviously, no one is advocating that high school children use marijuana. However, this transformation in preference is indicative of a positive shift in the drug war paradigm. Also, only 6% of 12th graders admitted to using marijuana on a regular basis – hardly a majority. However, this surpasses the 5.5% (down from 6.7% in 2014) of children who said they smoked cigarettes.
In spite of the fear tactics shoved down their throats by SWAT teams in public service appearances in high school gyms across the nation, the survey also showed that kids aren’t buying the bull.
Fewer students than ever believe the state’s lies about marijuana being dangerous. According to a report in Time Magazine:
Almost 32% of seniors said they thought regular marijuana use could be harmful, compared to 36% who felt that way last year. “The sense that marijuana has medicinal purposes and that doctors are prescribing it creates a sense that this drug cannot be so harmful,” says Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health (the group that funded the research).
Also, despite fewer high school kids not fearing marijuana, the plant’s usage among teens hasn’t changed.
“All of those factors have led many to predict that there would be an increase in the pattern of use of marijuana among teenagers, and we are not seeing it,” Volkow said.
While children are breaking free from their state conditioning telling them to fear a beneficial plant, the survey found that students are declining to use drugs that are actually dangerous.
In each of the grades, it noted declining usage rates for cigarettes, alcohol, prescription opioid pain relievers, synthetic marijuana and heroin (which hit a record low at 0.3% for 8th graders and 0.5% for 10th and 12th graders.) “These two findings were very surprising,” says Volkow. Experts were worried that since prescription opioids and heroin use have gotten more popular nationally, they might see the same trends in teens.
The findings of this survey shine a light on the collapse of the state’s immoral war on drugs. Despite their best efforts to fill the heads of American children with lies and fear about marijuana, children are resisting by informing themselves.
While this news is certainly noteworthy and optimistic, it also highlights how much further we have to go to beat this leviathan.
In 46 states, police officers will still kidnap, cage, and kill people for attempting to purchase or possess marijuana. In over half of the country, children are denied the life-saving effects of cannabis because their parents could be thrown in a cage, or killed for giving it to them.
Students changing their minds about marijuana is outstanding, now it’s time for the country, nay, the world to change their minds about depriving humans of their freedom for using it.
Brasher, NY — On the night of December 4, Carol LaDue and her husband Richard were travelling along County Route 37 near Massena, when they saw an injured woman lying in the road.
The woman was 33-year-old Ashley McDonald, who’d just been hit by a car and was dying.
As the couple got out of their vehicle to render aid to McDonald, they were savagely attacked by McDonald’s husband, Bryan, a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Out of nowhere, the off-duty public servant rushes in on the Good Samaritans and begins brutally beating this elderly couple. The LaDues were nearly killed by this out of control maniac.
“I think he would have beat her to death, I really do, because there was no stopping the man. He was just out of control and very, very aggressive,” said Richard.
Richard suffered a broken nose and multiple lacerations, while his wife suffered a concussion, sprained hand, bruises and a massive head wound.
For the first time since this attack, the couple, who are in their 60’s, are speaking out in an interview with WNYF.
“He was really out of control. The next thing you know, I put my hands up, he popped me in the head and knocked me unconscious,” said Carol.
“His wife was laying in the road, and all we were doing was trying to help the guy and to have that kind of reaction, like he didn’t want anyone near the body,” said Richard.
The couple and authorities are now left with more questions than answers.
That night, Bryan McDonald was arrested and charged with two counts of felony assault. He was almost immediately released under probation supervision and faced no other charges, in spite of the fact that authorities still have no idea why his wife was lying in the road that night.
Investigators only know that Ashley McDonald was lying in the road when she was struck and killed by a vehicle operated by 32-year-old Megan Phelix. Why she was in the road, remains a mystery.
“My big question is why was she in the road? Did she fall there? Did she walk out there and fall down? Did he hit her? Who knows? We don’t really know,” said Carol.
According to the LaDues, McDonald was not grieving or showing any signs of sadness or worry when they arrived. He was merely standing there silently before attacking them.
“I’m not sure it was all grief because it was just very unnatural because normally you would be over the body and crying or screaming or something and he was quiet when I got there, and he became angry as soon as I took a couple of steps forward and that’s when he came at me,” said Carol.
One can only imagine how Ashley McDonald ended up in the road that fateful night. However, one thing is clear, Bryan McDonald is more than willing to attack and savagely beat innocent and vulnerable individuals, who mean only to do good. And, this threat to society is out on the loose.
Torrance, CA — Ruben Jose Herrera, 26, whose mother says is bipolar, was killed Saturday afternoon by LAPD officers in his hospital room after a violent arrest.
On Saturday, police responded to a call of a man throwing bottles and fighting with neighbors at an apartment complex off West 207th street. When officers arrived, they found Herrera, whose mother and another witness say was not the man throwing bottles.
His mother, Graciela Herrera, and a neighbor stated Ruben Herrera was fixing a flat tire on a bike when officers approached.
As officers approached Herrera, they said he fought by kicking and punching. According to police, Herrera knocked the stun gun out of an officer’s hand.
A portion of the arrest was captured on video which does not show this struggle. However, you can hear Herrera’s mother telling police that her son is bipolar.
Herrera was then placed under arrest and brought to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he was treated for injuries sustained during the arrest. None of the officers involved in the arrest or shooting were injured, according to police.
According to police, after Herrera was treated for his injuries, he was unshackled from the gurney and became violent.
Police say Herrera picked up a stool and was swinging it at officers. When officers attempted to subdue Herrera, he allegedly “reached for an officer’s gun.”
Fearing for his partner’s life, the other officer fired one fatal round into Herrera. The shot was so well placed that in spite of already being in a hospital, the medical staff was unable to save Herrera’s life.
It is important to note that had Herrera become “combative” without police being there, that this incident would have likely been resolved without excessive violence.
Unarmed hospital staff deal with violent and mentally ill individuals on a daily basis in hundreds of hospitals across the country. Amazingly enough, they resolve these situations on a regular basis without killing anyone. However, police lack the training to deal with the mentally ill and their only solution, when such instances present themselves, is to put a bullet in it.
This shooting comes just one day after a video was released showing two LAPD officers murder a man in cold blood. Police accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times.
The trigger happy cops were so overzealous that Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Jose Ruiz.
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/lapd-officers-shoot-kill-unarmed-mentally-ill-man-hospital-room/#A18jx3jvDC1E44Zm.99
North Catasauqua, PA — Six years ago, when Tom Newhart and his wife rescued a baby cat and named him Sugar, they never imagined that his life would end in a hail of gunfire. However, thanks to a North Catasauqua police officer, that’s exactly what happened.
Last Sunday, Sugar escaped from the Newhart’s home. Hours later, he’d be gunned down by police.
“It’s like one of your children, you raised them, bottle fed them,” said Newhart as he began tearing up.
When Sugar escaped, a neighbor five houses down found him and decided to call the police after not being able to detain the lost cat. When the cop showed up, he pulled out a shotgun and it was open season on lost cats.
“I found the cat sitting right here,” said the neighbor, Mike Lienert.
When the officer showed up, he told Lienert that it’s “not politically correct, but if it’s injured we will put it down,” — as if being ‘politically correct’ has anything to do with killing an innocent animal.
The officer then walked into Lienert’s backyard, blew the cat away, and then told Lienert that he’d have to clean up the mess. Lienert said aside from poking at the dead cat’s body, the officer never attempted to catch the cat.
Lienert said the cat did hiss at the officer, but instead of grabbing a pair of gloves and putting the cat in a cage, this public servant did some target practice.
After recovering Sugar’s body, the Newhart’s decided to have him x-rayed by the vet to see if the officer was justified in shooting him. However, they found that Sugar was fine, and the officer had no reason to kill him.
“No lacerations, no blood, other than neck wound on body. ” Newhart said.
Newhart said he called the Mayor and the chief of police, who told him that this is not policy and has never happened before.
“This guy doesn’t deserve the badge he wears, and should be fired immediately and held accountable,” said Newhart in aFacebook post.
In a statement, the borough said it’s in the process of gathering information and conducting a review and investigation of what took place. After this process is complete, the borough will be taking the necessary and appropriate steps, according to WFMZ.
According to a local animal shelter, the officer’s actions could be considered animal cruelty. According to the Free Thought Project, the officer’s actions are considered cowardly and sadistic.
Andrew Thomas, 26, made a deadly decision to get behind the wheel after he’d been drinking on Thanksgiving night. With his 23-year-old wife, Darien Ehorn in the passenger’s seat, Thomas left the Canteena Bar and was immediately pursued by Paradise, California, police officer Patrick Feaster.
In a pursuit that barely lasted a minute, Thomas loses control of his Toyota Four-Runner, hit the median and flipped over. Tragically, Ehorn was ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene.
Officer Feaster then gets out of his vehicle, gun drawn, and as Thomas attempts to get out of the vehicle, in a likely attempt to check on his wife, the cop shoots him in the neck.
Thomas posed absolutely no threat to the officer who was 10-20 feet away from Thomas when he fired. There was no possible way the department could spin the shooting into Feaster somehow fearing for his life. So, they did something entirely different.
They claimed it was an accident.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced on Tuesday that Feaster would not face any charges, claiming that Feaster’s gun merely “went off” when it struck Thomas in the neck, hitting him in the C7 and T1 vertebrae, which will likely mean he will never walk again.
If this truly were an accidental shooting, Feaster would have probably reported firing his gun. However, that didn’ happen.
When backup arrived on the scene, Feaster said nothing of discharging his firearm. For 11 minutes, Thomas lay bleeding out in the vehicle before anyone even found the shot.
Only when the commanding officer on the scene suggested an investigator return to the Canteena to find out if Thomas had been shot at the bar did Feaster reveal he’d pulled the trigger.
According to Ramsey, there were multiple factors investigators used to determine the shooting to be accidental, conveniently ignoring the fact that Feaster tried to cover it up.
Ramsey, in some weird play on words, said the evidence shows the shooting to be accidental, and possibly negligent, but not criminally so. “This shooting is not justified, but also not criminal.”
He then went on to describe things that are not at all present in the video, such as Feaster being “surprised by the gun’s firing.”
The dash cam video shows Officer Feaster was not prepared for and was surprised by the guns firing. The pistol discharges in mid-stride and the officer both flinches his head to the right and does a stutter step indicative of an officer not prepared for nor intentionally firing his pistol. Additionally, officers normally train to fire a minimum of two shots. There was no second shot and the officer immediately holstered his weapon after the discharge.
The flinch and the step were not present, and, there was no need to fire a second shot as Thomas collapsed back into the vehicle immediately after the first one.
Thomas will certainly deserve the jail time that he gets for negligently killing his wife. But the bullet in his neck also warrants jail time. Unfortunately, because the person who put that bullet there wears a uniform and a badge, he will not see any.
Since the shooting, Feaster has been on paid administrative leave pending an ‘internal’ investigation. But, rest assured, since the DA decided not to file charges, there is no possible way that the department will.
Thomas, who had a blood alcohol concentration of .15, and who may never walk again, is expected to face driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter charges.
Miami Beach, FL — A bystander to a police altercation in Miami Beach captured a dramatic and outright cowardly shooting by Miami Beach Police Saturday morning.
The man who was killed had just held up a bank and was armed with a straight razor, so caution was definitely necessary. However, it was entirely clear that this man did not pose a threat at the time he was shot- especially to the cop in body armor who was armed with an AR-15 rifle.
According to the Miami New Times,
The confrontation started about 10:30 this morning when a hold-up alarm at the 1414 Alton Road Bank of America alerted police; the suspect said he was armed with a bomb, the teller told police.
When officers arrived, the suspect ran into a nearby barber shop and grabbed a straight-edge razor, says Det. Kathleen Prieto. “Shots were fired and the subject is deceased,” she says in a statement.
Police have not released the man’s name yet.
The video was shot by Marcellus Johnson, an event photographer based out of Miami, who then uploaded to his Instagram.
The brief video begins with officers surrounding the shirtless man, armed only with a barber’s tool. The female cop, who is clearly the braver of the two officers, logically pulls out her taser and fires. But this is when things immediately go south.
The taser actually worked. The man can be seen seizing up and began to fall backwards. However, falling backwards from a taser was apparently threatening to the armor-clad man armed with an AR-15. So, he fired two quick rounds into the man as he fell to the ground, killing him.
The video below highlights a severe problem with police in America. The adjective ‘Trigger-happy’ doesn’t even begin to describe the sentiment that it takes to shoot a man who is falling to the ground.
Former High-Ranking US Intelligence Officer Openly Admits ISIS Wouldn’t Exist if Not for ‘Dumb’ US War
General Michael Flynn, 56, America’s highest ranking military intelligence officer when he was the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has just dropped a bombshell.
Flynn served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and chair of the Military Intelligence Board from July 24, 2012, to August 2, 2014. Prior to this, he served as assistant director of national intelligence within the Obama Administration.
Since his days within the US government ended in 2014, Flynn has begun to speak out about the murderous and unjust Iraq war and how it has led to the rise of ISIS.
In an interview with Spiegel this week, Flynn made some eye-opening revelations when he confirmed what many of us, outside of the state, already knew — the United State’s foreign policy helped create and foster the growth of terrorism worldwide.
Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark held no punches when they grilled the retired general during their interview.
In 2004, the US had captured the man who would become the Islamic State’s leader, the self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. However, unlike many of the innocent young men still being held in US torture facilities, al-Baghdadi was set free.
When Spiegel asked Flynn why this was done, Flynn replied with the following statement.
We were too dumb. We didn’t understand who we had there at that moment. When 9/11 occurred, all the emotions took over, and our response was, “Where did those bastards come from? Let’s go kill them. Let’s go get them.” Instead of asking why they attacked us, we asked where they came from. Then we strategically marched in the wrong direction.
The United State’s reckless and murderous rampage throughout the Middle East has led to the rise of a resistance tired of watching their children being blown to a red mist by drone-fired missiles. Unfortunately, these victims of US foreign policy are easily recruited by the psychopaths in the Islamic State.
The reality is that since 9-11, the US and their NATO allies have fostered a breeding ground for extremist and fundamentalist groups. As Americans sat back on their couches and watched the “Shock and Awe” on CNN, the US was sowing the seeds for perpetual war.
They were planting a garden in which a million Bin Ladens would later bloom. General Flynn, now retired, is able to see this.
Below is a portion of the interview in which Flynn goes on to admit that the occupation and subsequent bloodbath in Iraq was a mistake.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: The US invaded Iraq even though Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11.
Flynn: First we went to Afghanistan, where al-Qaida was based. Then we went into Iraq. Instead of asking ourselves why the phenomenon of terror occurred, we were looking for locations. This is a major lesson we must learn in order not to make the same mistakes again.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: The Islamic State wouldn’t be where it is now without the fall of Baghdad. Do you regret …
Flynn: … yes, absolutely …
SPIEGEL ONLINE: … the Iraq war?
Flynn: It was a huge error. As brutal as Saddam Hussein was, it was a mistake to just eliminate him. The same is true for Moammar Gadhafi and for Libya, which is now a failed state. The historic lesson is that it was a strategic failure to go into Iraq. History will not be and should not be kind with that decision.
Unfortunately, ‘that decision’ which Flynn speaks of resulted in millions of lives lost and has now brought humanity to the brink of total annihilation with the threat of World War III looming on the horizon.
In spite of Flynn’s admission, he is still unable to see the forest for the trees. When Spiegel asked him how the US should proceed, he said, “The sad fact is that we have to put troops on the ground. We won’t succeed against this enemy with air strikes alone.”
It is a sorry state of affairs that there are still people in this world who think that waging war is a method of stopping war – and most of these people are steering global policy.
ISIS wants war.
Their very existence and stated mission depend on driving a wedge through the ‘grayzone’ or the middle ground and polarizing the world into Muslim vs. Everyone else.
Unfortunately and predictably, the heads of state in the West have tasted the blood in the water and are now putty in the hands of ISIS.
When your only tool is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail. The US has long been a hammer.
“The State represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Los Angeles, CA — A Los Angeles city councilwoman just proposed one of the most chilling uses of license plate scanners ever.
As an ostensible means of deterring prostitution, Nury Martinez, of the LA city council, wants to scan every single license plate, make a list, and mail out a shame letter to every person who drives through an arbitrary area deemed a prostitution zone.
You read that right. For merely driving through a designated area, Martinez proposes publicly shaming any and every motorist by scanning their license plate.
Martinez told CBS Los Angeles, “If you aren’t soliciting, you have no reason to worry about finding one of these letters in your mailbox. But if you are, these letters will discourage you from returning. Soliciting for sex in our neighborhoods is not OK.”
The idea is so Orwellian, so fascist even, that the police themselves have deemed it unconstitutional.
This scheme makes, literally, a state issue out of legal travel to arbitrary places deemed by someâ€Š—â€Šbut not by a court, and without due processâ€Š—â€Što be “related” to crime in general, not to any specific crime.
There isn’t “potential” for abuse here, this is a legislated abuse of technology that is already controversial when it’s used by police for the purpose of seeking stolen vehicles, tracking down fugitives and solving specific crimes.
The process would automate reasonable suspicion, by arbitrarily deeming EVERYONE a ‘John.’ As Selby points out, “Guilt by association would be a higher standard.”
To make matters even worse, all the data collected in the process would be a matter of public record under the Freedom of Information Act. Anyone could walk down to the city council, request a report and publish a list of those who got the letter — due process and actual guilt be damned.
Aside from the public shaming of completely innocent individuals, the domestic problems it would create, have an equally ominous potential. Imagine a married couple whose already rocky relationship is under repair getting one of these letters. The wife’s first thought would most likely not be, “well he must just be a victim of automated reasonable suspicion.”
In his article for Medium, Selby concludes,
Far from serving as, in the words of one proponent, a private “wake-up call,” these letters will surely be the basis of insurance, medical, employment and other decisions, and such a list can be re-sold to public records companies, advertising mailing list companies… To paraphrase @MosheYudkowsky, there would be a chilling effect on commerce in the highlighted area, because who in their right mind would do business at any company located in that area? The list of unintended consequences is long.
This wrong-headed law has, out of the gate, a chilling effect on association and transport.
No non-fascist state should ever allow this to happen.
You can email Nury Martinez at email@example.com, or call her one of the locations below to voice your concern with her negligent abuse of power.
200 N Spring St, Ste 425
Los Angeles, CA 90012
14410 Sylvan St, Ste 215
Van Nuys, CA 91401
9300 Laurel Canyon Blvd, 2nd Floor
Sun Valley, CA 91331
Smyrna, DE — Heavily militarized officers from the Delaware State Police and the Smyrna Police Department were allegedly executing a search warrant Friday night when they burst into the home of Mark Reedy.
The raid was captured on Reedy’s in-home security camera and the video was uploaded to Facebook over the weekend. As the video begins, Reedy's dog runs up to the door barking and wagging his tail.
“State police, search warrant!” yell the cops.
As the dog sees the shield and the gun he becomes startled and runs away. When the dog runs out of frame, it is clear he poses no threat to the 10 men in full body armor.
One cop can be heard saying, “less lethal up,” in a likely attempt to prevent his fellow officers from killing the innocent animal. However, at least one cowardly officer can't wait to pull the trigger, and a few seconds later a gunshot rings out and the dog is dead.
Reedy was not home at the time of the raid and when he returned, he found a horrific scene. Police had taken the body of his dog, left the blood puddle, and cut holes in the walls in a likely attempt to recover the bullet fragments. Reedy then discovered that officers tried to break into his gun safe using his screwdrivers.
“I want to know who the genius was that came up with the plan to break into a gun safe with a screwdriver. Not the sharpest tool in the shed,” said Reedy describing the futile decision to breach a Champion gun safe with a flat-tip screwdriver.
The blog Puppycide DB reports,
In a series of posts to his Facebook page, Mark Reedy described how Delaware police entered his home twice – the first time without a warrant. According to Reedy, the first search occurred 11/19/15 when he was not at home. Delaware State Police called Reedy to schedule an interview, and shortly after ending the call with police, Reedy received a notification from his home security company that an un-authorized person had entered his house.
Reedy’s whereabouts are currently unknown. He did not immediately respond to our request for comment, nor have we heard from the Deleware state police.
Below is the disturbing video.
Altamonte Springs, FL — A concerned citizen, with a knack for blindly following all decrees handed down from the establishment on high, conducted their patriotic duty of ‘seeing something’ and then ‘saying something’ last week. The resultant tattle-telling ended with police action against four little old ladies.
Lee Delnick, Bernice Diamond, Helen Greenspan and Zelda King, all elderly women above the age of 87, had their weekly game of MahJong shut down by police who were apparently uninterested in solving actual crimes.
According to CBS Tampa, King says word spread about their weekly gathering and that a “troublemaker” in the community called the police citing a law that prohibits playing the game for money.
Shortly after the call, police showed up and shut down the game. Luckily the four elderly women escaped the raid without being tasered, shot or beaten to death.
The concerned citizen was apparently attempting to report the women for illegally gambling.
“This is ridiculous,” King said. “We haven’t played in the clubhouse for weeks! We have to go to each other’s homes to play, and not everyone lives in Escondido. It is an international game, and we are being crucified!”
Heritage Florida reports:
King, who is 87, said that playing mahjong is good for senior citizens, and mentioned that her neurologist, Dr. Ronald Oppenheim, has told her that it is one of the best games to play for older people because it can delay and possibly prevent dementia.
The ladies offered to just play for the fun of it. No deal. The Escondido property manager suggested that they “lay low, until they can try to resolve things legally.”
Finally, things did get resolved legally. It appears there is no ordinance in Altamonte Springs against mahjong gambling. In fact, the only ordinance found by the Heritage was in the Florida Gambling Laws, Statute 849.085, which states: “Certain penny-ante games are not crimes; ‘Penny-ante game’ means a game or series of games of poker, pinochle, bridge, rummy, canasta, hearts, dominoes, or mahjong in which the winnings of any player in a single round, hand, or game do not exceed $10 in value. (The ladies have a $4 limit).
So, it appears that the police, in their lack of knowledge of the law, raided a group of elderly women and shut down an innocent game of mahjong for no reason.
In the meantime, according to the Department of Justice, there are currently over 400,000 untested rape kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms nationwide, and many other estimates suggest that this number could be as high as one million.
As a result of this horrific negligence, roughly 3% of rape cases in America are actually solved. This is in spite of the fact that many rape kits have a high chance of leading to an arrest since most rapists are career criminals who have their DNA on file.
When the government is more concerned with an elderly group of women playing a game, than they are with a solving real crimes, we might live in a police state.
Please share this article with your friends and family so that they may take action by resisting such tyranny.
Spring Lake, NC — Three children lost their father Sunday after deputies with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, looking for a different man, shot and killed him.
John Livingston, 33, was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Sunday as police were conducting an assault investigation. Police were not looking for Livingston, and the entire situation could have been avoided had they come back with a warrant like Livingston requested.
Livingston’s roommate, Clayton Carroll told WNCN that he was shot multiple times during the altercation with officers who had no right to be there in the first place.
According to Carroll, deputies began knocking on the door around 3:30 am as they were looking for someone who no longer lived in the home. When Deputies asked Livingston if they could search his home, Livingston said “not without a search warrant,” according to Carroll.
Livingston then shut the door.
Having a man assert his fourth amendment right to be secure in his property was apparently too much for the deputy to handle.
“The cop kicked in the door, got on top of him, started slinging him around beat him…” Carroll said.
Witnesses explain how deputies began spraying pepper spray and deploying a taser during the assault. They say that Livingston was not fighting back and merely trying to prevent the deputies from inflicting more harm on him.
During the struggle, Livingston attempted to remove the taser from the deputy’s hand which caused the officers to fear for their lives.
“He (Livingston) barely had the Taser in his hand, but he had it where it was constantly going off and the officer I guess that spoke to him rolled over there, says he got the Taser and shot him in this position,” Carroll said.
Livingston died from the multiple gunshot wounds.
“That’s the blanket I kept putting on him and telling him to breathe until he was gone because I knew he wasn’t breathing anymore,” said Bristol Edge, a friend living in the home.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, but their names have not been released.
'Reminiscent of Rodney King': San Francisco Cops Investigated After Video Release of Savage Beating of Man
An investigation into the brutal beating of man in San Francisco’s Mission District has been launched by the Alameda County Sheriff after video showing the savage assault by police went public.
The video was released by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office on Friday night, after being contacted by witnesses to the vicious attack.
Pulling no punches, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the encounter was “reminiscent of Rodney King,” and excessive force was clearly used by the two deputies.
According to a report by The San Francisco Chronicle:
The video shows the deputies chasing after a man at the corner of Clinton Park and Stevenson Street at about 2:05 a.m. Thursday. One deputy jumps on the man, knocking him down, and goes on to punch him twice while he was still on the ground.
He gets off as the second deputy pulls out his baton, and uses it to strike the man on the head. The video jumps 10 seconds to both deputies using their batons on the man as he struggled on his knees and screamed for help.
The video jumps once more to show the man on his knees with his hands on his head, and one deputy pushing him to the ground so he and the other deputy could continue hitting him with their batons.
A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. J.D. Nelson, attempted to excuse the vile behavior of the cops caught on video by claiming that the beating with police batons was the result of a 38-minute car chase; as if that would justify the cops’ actions.
Forwarding the police narrative, Nelson said deputies approached a man sitting in a stolen car at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, at which time the man knocked down and injured one deputy while attempting to ram two police cruisers, disabling one. At this point the second officer was able to give chase in a damaged patrol car, Nelson said.
“Then we start on a 38-minute chase that went from San Leandro, to Oakland, through the streets of Oakland, onto the freeway, over the Bay Bridge and through downtown San Francisco and finally onto Stevenson Street, where the man crashes his car and gets out and starts running,” Nelson said.
To further attempt to justify the beat down, Nelson said that police believed the man was armed and that police recovered a gun, but didn’t know where the gun was found.
It must be noted that a common police tactic, used as a means of providing legitimacy for violent actions, is to carry “throw away” weapons. These weapons have their serial numbers removed, are concealable, and are often used in circumstances where disciplinary action would result. In essence, they’re a “get out of jail free” card for cops.
In addition to all the other excuses for beating the man with batons, the deputies claimed that they believed the man to be on drugs and that they were unsure what he was capable of doing, according to Nelson.
Adachi was clear about what he saw transpire in the video, regardless of the plethora of excuses forwarded by the police to potentially justify this Rodney King-like beating.
“From what you can see on the video, he’s turning the corner and they’re able to subdue him. They clearly had him on the ground. He didn’t pose any threat at that point, and they are clearly using excessive force and trying to seriously hurt him when he was on the ground and subdued.”
The beaten man was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, and was subsequently released and booked into the Santa Rita Jail.
“I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t be handcuffed and taken into custody. The blows, after they took him to the ground, were excessive by any measure, any standard. It’s shocking to see,” said Adachi.
Watch the video below, uploaded to YouTube: