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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Bad Cop, No Donut! Radio Show

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This week:

New evidence in Memphis police robbery/drug/prostitution case

16 year old girl strip searched by officer in deserted parking lot

Three Alabama officers accused of sexual misconduct

New Jersey police kill man outside Burger King on Christmas

Utah officer charged for sexual abuse of four 5-6 year-olds

Florida officer released from prison early

Chattanooga police accused of brutality and much more!

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Cop With Taser Kills Teen

NAPLES -- A teenager died after he was zapped with a Taser gun and doused with a substance similar to pepper spray during a fight with Collier County sheriff's deputies, officials said.

Christopher Hernandez, 19, of Fort Myers, was the third suspect to die in Florida this month after being subdued with a Taser gun.

Hernandez, who had no local criminal record, died at Naples Community Hospital.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Bad Cop, No Donut! Radio Show

Bad Cop, No Donut! is a weekly radio segment produced by Ron Anicich at CKLN 88.1FM in Toronto. Bad Cop, No Donut! is now broadcast by a growing number of internet and non-profit, community radio stations. The Cop Watch Blog will make this show available for download every Thursday.

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Miami Police Use Taser To Subdue Wheelchair-Bound Man

MIAMI -- Miami police say they used a Taser stun gun to subdue a wheelchair-bound man who threatened them with scissors.

Police say they responded to a domestic violence call.

Police say the man resisted officers and threatened them.

The man's name was not released. He was taken to jail, but no charges were immediately filed.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Lawsuit Alleges Police Abuse

"The cops are supposed to be here to protect and serve, but they didn't do that with me."

The 32-year-old was going into the house when Kennedy allegedly asked him where he was going, and followed Andre Mitchell into his mother's house, according to the lawsuit.

Kennedy slammed Andre Mitchell to the floor, handcuffed him, stood him up and then sprayed him with pepper spray, according to the lawsuit. The family had to leave the house because the pepper spray affected them, according to the lawsuit.

3 Testify They Saw Police Brutality

Three former employees of a North Highlands fast-food restaurant testified in federal court Thursday that they witnessed what they believed was police brutality in the aftermath of a traffic stop by a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy.

"I was yelling at the police, telling them they didn't need to be beating up on any women."

Police Brutality Caught on Tape

This videotape, obtained exclusively by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS shows police trying to arrest Jhontez Watson in downtown Minneapolis in June of 2003. He's on the ground when officer John Lalazurne kicks him.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Federal Police Officer Caught in Coverup

SN FRANCISCO -- A federal police officer has been accused of covering up for two colleagues who shot at a motorist.

A federal grand jury on Nov. 23 indicted Charles Jackson, a special agent with the Federal Protective Service, on charges he falsified records in an investigation, court records show.

Former federal officers Peter Taoy and John Haire pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to falsely accusing a motorist of attempting to run them over. The motorist, Jeffrey Petri, spent six days in jail last year on false charges of assaulting an officer.

Monday, December 13, 2004

10-year-old Arrested, Handcuffed Over Scissors

PHILADELPHIA - A 10-year-old girl was placed in handcuffs and taken to a police station because she took a pair of scissors to her elementary school.

School district officials said the fourth-grade student did not threaten anyone with the 8-inch shears, but violated a rule that considers scissors to be potential weapons.


Thursday, December 09, 2004

Ex-Trooper Found Guilty In Wife's Shooting

ROXBORO, N.C. -- A former state trooper was found guilty Thursday of shooting his estranged wife last year.

A jury deliberated for about six hours over two days before convicting Bobby Earl Regan of attempted first-degree murder in the June 2003 shooting of Danielle Regan. A judge dismissed a conspiracy count against Regan on Tuesday.

Bobby Regan's former mistress, Linda Lee Strickland, testified that Regan got her drunk and forced her to put her finger on the trigger of a gun before he fired it.

Although Strickland also faces an attempted murder charge in the case, the two women formed an unusually close bond during the trial because of their shared bad feelings toward Bobby Regan.

Kerik Made Millions From Stun Gun Company

Bernard Kerik, nominee for secretary of Homeland Security, made millions of dollars in stock from a stun gun company that sold weapons to the agency and wants more business. The White House says Kerik will avoid any conflicts of interest.

Officers Cleared in Taser Death

Dr. John Hain, who conducted the autopsy, cited the cause of death as ventricular arrhythmia due to methamphetamine intoxication. The district attorney's report also stated that the shocks from the Taser were listed as contributing factors in Rosa's death.

Last week Amnesty International reported that 75 people have died from Taser use in the past four years in the United States and Canada. The company, Taser International, said that in the majority of those cases the cause of death was partially related to heart problems, drug overdose or asphyxiation.

Taser Use Prompts FBI Probe in Alexander Case

Kevin Alexander claims an officer shocked him with a Taser gun 17 times during an undercover drug sting. Police videotaped the operation, and Alexander said he believes the videotape will prove he is telling the truth.

The police department refused a request by The Daily Advertiser to view the video.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Jacksonville Man Dies During Arrest For Open Container

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 49-year-old unarmed man died in police custody Friday when a police officer took the man to the ground while arresting him for having an open container of alcohol, officials and witnesses said.

Evans and two other men were standing near his house early Friday when police arrested them. One of the men, Keith "Babyface" Stafford, 33, said they had not yet opened their cans of beer when they were handcuffed. He said Evans didn't struggle, but complained his handcuffs were too tight just before the officer took him to the ground.

Then Stafford said he heard a sickening crack.

"You never heard a sound like this," Stafford said. "When they flipped him over, they knew something was wrong."

The family of Evans, who is black, asked the NAACP for help and said they believe their loved one was the victim of both police brutality and racial profiling by a white police officer. Local NAACP officials planned to meet with Sheriff John Rutherford next week.

Underwood, 27, joined the Sheriff's Office in June 2003. He was placed on paid leave during the investigation.