Wednesday, August 29, 2012

12-08-30 Police State USA

Michelle Jordan: LAPD Take-Down of Woman in Foothill Area Caught on Video

Categories: Above the Law

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Michelle Jordan.
We changed the headline after finding out more, with additional details, including video and the woman's ID, at the bottom. First posted at 7:34 p.m. Police tonight said they're investigating a videotaped beat-down "use of force" by two LAPD cops in its San Fernando Valley Foothill Divison.
The officers were placed on desk duty while Internal Affairs investigates, the department said in a statement.
It all happened ...

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... Aug. 21 during a traffic stop at Foothill Boulevard and Saluda Avenue in Crescenta Heights, near Tujunga, an LAPD official told the Weekly.

The statement came after NBC Los Angeles teased that it had a copy of just such a video:

The evidence was serious enough that Chief Charlie Beck was prompted to weigh in:
My initial review of the officers' statements and the recorded video cause me to have serious concerns about this Use of Force. We will investigate this thoroughly and hold our officers accountable for their actions.
The department said an investigating supervisor canvassed the area and found the video.
[Update at 9 p.m.]: We were told the video depicts a woman "being taken down" by the officers.
The woman was ID'd tonight as 34-year-old Michelle Jordan of Sunland. According to an LAPD statement, it happened at 11:15 a.m.:
During the stop Jordan got out of her car and during a confrontation with the officers was taken to the ground and handcuffed. A short time later, while still handcuffed, another encounter occurred between Jordan and the officers and she was taken to the ground a second time. She was arrested and booked for Penal Code Section 148, Interfering/Resisting Arrest, and later released on her own recognizance.
She filed a complaint, helping to prompt the inquiry.
The cops were described as white men, one with 22 years on the job and the other a probationary officer with 10 months working the streets. (Jordan also appears to be white.)
[Added at 10:38 p.m.]: Jordan's lawyer told NBC4 that she was argumentative and did utter expletives at the officers. But he noted that she was in cuffs and appeared to be under the officers' control.
The station described Jordan's situation as "getting your head slammed into the pavement." The video, apparently security footage from a nearby business, depicts the officers sharing a fist bump after the woman is slammed to the ground.
Jordan and her attorney say the move caused her serious injuries to the head and upper body, which they have documented with photos.
She's a registered nurse who was pulled over (she stopped at a nearby fast food restaurant, and a map of the area shows Del Taco being the sole such business at the intersection) for using a cellphone without a hands-free device, NBC4 reported.
[Added at 11:10 p.m.]: ABC Eyewitness News says Jordan plans to file a civil suit (or, more likely, a claim) against the department.
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12-08-30 No free speach in the United States - the case of Marine veteran Brandon Raub

 Brandon Raub

American Thinker
August 29, 2012

Government Clampdown on Free Speech: Marine vs. Occupier

By M. Catharine Evans

In mid-August, government and law enforcement officials went to former Marine Brandon Raub's door with no warrant.  They questioned Raub about what they considered ominous Facebook postings, handcuffed him, and forced him to undergo a psych evaluation at a local hospital.
The 26-year-old North Chesterfield, Virginia man was taken into custody by FBI and Secret Service agents as well as Chesterfield police for posting anti-government messages on his private Facebook page.
Raub was released on August 23, but not before he was transferred to a veterans' hospital psychiatric unit 188 miles away from his home.
John W. Whitehead, a constitutional lawyer and executive director of the Virginia-based Rutherford Institute, dispatched two of the group's attorneys to represent Raub at a mental health hearing.  Whitehead expressed concern that government officials were monitoring citizens' private Facebook accounts and targeting people with opposing views.
For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon[.] ...
The posts I read that supposedly were of concern were libertarian-type posts I see all the time[.] ...
Dee Rybiski, an FBI spokeswoman in Richmond, Virginia, said there was no Facebook intrusion.
"We received quite a few complaints about what were perceived as threatening posts," she said. "Given the circumstances with the things that have gone on in the country with some of these mass shootings, it would be horrible for law enforcement not to pay attention to complaints."
Ms. Rybiski should have added, "Unless the person in question is in agreement with the current administration."
Raub's exercise of his First Amendment rights didn't come close to the violent Facebook postings of a 26-year-old Philadelphia man, Joshua Scott Albert. 
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the former restaurant worker launched a "Kill Mitt Romney" page earlier this month.  Then, just days ago, Albert, the creator of a well-known site which criticized the restaurant industry, posted another incendiary page in support of two alleged cop-killers.  The "I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones" page showed graphic "images of police officers, one headless and the other with no hands."
The U.S. Secret Service said it was aware of the "Kill Mitt Romney" post, but apparently Albert's direct threat against a presidential candidate didn't warrant an involuntary trip to a psych facility.
"We are aware of it and we are taking appropriate investigative steps," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told
Donovan said Albert could potentially face prosecution, if the page is deemed more than an ill-advised lark.
"People have a right to free speech, but we have to determine what their intent is," Donovan said.
In an interview with the Philly Post, Albert said his support for alleged cop-killers was "a joke, a parody."  He also says he's hiding out somewhere in New England:
There are reports that District Attorney Seth Williams is looking into the possibility of filing charges against you. Have you spoken with an attorney?
No. I know that I've done nothing illegal. I am completely conscious of that. I have not made any threats. I would not make any threats. And I genuinely don't want Mitt Romney to be assassinated. That page hasn't gone national, has it? No one else has reported on it, have they? ... I hope he gets elected so I have something to make fun of. And no, that's not me endorsing Mitt Romney.
So, again, I ask you. Why don't you just go away?
I enjoy the humor aspect of me being able to say all this. But in all honesty, I am living in a remote area in New England. I mean remote.
Why the double standard?  Raub, a former Marine who served his country from 2005 to 2011, gets picked up at his home by various government personnel while the Secret Service protects Albert's right to free speech.
Could it be that Albert was involved with Occupy Philly?  A December 6, 2011 article in the Philadelphia Weekly made mention of none other than Joshua Scott Albert.  The then 25-year-old occupier described a confrontation with police at an early December Occupy protest.
The article makes it clear that videos obtained that evening suggested the occupiers were the ones responsible for any rough stuff.
Joshua Scott Albert, 25, says he was attacked twice by cops that night. Albert says a cop threw him up against the wall at the 7-11 near 18th and JFK. "I was on the ground and they hit me with their bikes," says Albert. "I preface this by saying since day one, I have not been friendly to the cops ... I've said some really harsh things to them, but they have a gun and badge."
Earlier this year, Albert was arrested for disorderly conduct after giving a cop the finger.
"They were going to arrest me until the crowd shouted, 'Let him go.'" He says he has a bruise on his shin.
"There was a barricade there [that] we took down," says Albert. "We started running. Sgt. Smith of Civil Affairs grabbed me by the neck, slammed me up against the news stand, and held me there for a good few seconds, taunting me."
It's pretty obvious with the tale of these two 26-year-olds which way the wind is blowing.  Raub is hauled in for a mental health examination because he's not too keen on the current administration, while Albert gets a pass for his unabashed hatred of Romney and cops.
The Obama regime will just ignore Albert's little lark.  Not so with Raub.
Remember this administration's support of the Occupy movement?  Obama defended the protesters as exhibiting a "broad-based frustration" with the folks in the Republican Party and Congress.
Who can forget Obama's attorney general looking the other way when Black Panthers put a bounty on George Zimmerman's head?  Or when Holder refused to prosecute the club-wielding thugs stationed at a polling booth in 2008?
Now a former Marine is shoved into a police car in violation of his constitutional rights while an Occupier with an arrest record and a bona fide threat against a presidential candidate is protected.
Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report.