This week, a couple stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Man Dies After Police Tase Him; Family Puzzled
Relatives of a man who was killed after police entered his home and tased him are struggling to come to terms with how he died.
“They physically pulled him off the couch because, like I said, he was asleep. They pulled him off the couch and they tried to put him on his stomach. He can’t breathe on his stomach. He don’t even lie on the bed on his stomach,” said Donna Randle, the mother of victim Jarmaine Darden.
Zero tolerance officers were executing a search warrant at his Fort Worth house on May 16th, searching for cocaine.
The report states that Darden resisted arrest, but family members said the 350 pound father of two was a chronic asthmatic and had to sleep sitting up.
“He had his hands behind his back the whole time. Me and about five other people were hollering the whole time, ‘He cannot breathe like that. Please handcuff him on his side,’” said Randle.
Darden’s brother said the officer warned his brother that if he didn’t get on his stomach, they were going to to taze him… and then they did. That’s when Darden started having trouble breathing, according to his brother Eric.
Witnesses said Darden was shocked with a taser at least twice; then stopped breathing and died.
Police records show five arrests were made but there isn’t any mention of police finding cocaine.
Family members of the man who has left behind two teenage sons said they can’t believe he’s dead.
Surveillance Video Pins NYPD Officer on Felony Frame-Up Charges
In other news, a city housing cop was convicted last week of falsifying reports in a 2012 drug bust after prosecutors confronted him with a smoking-gun video that proved he was lying.
A Manhattan Supreme Court jury found NYPD Officer Isaias Alicea guilty of 10 felony counts of offering false instrument for filing and one misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.
A seven-year veteran of the force, Alicea faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison when he faces sentencing July 12th.
Drug charges against two men framed by Alicea have been dismissed.
“The defendant … was entrusted with keeping public housing residents and their guests safe. By falsely accusing a man of a drug sale, this defendant betrayed the public’s trust,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
Alicea claimed that while on patrol Feb. 19, 2012 at the Manhattanville Houses on W. 126th St. in Harlem he arrested two men in the lobby of a building after watching them engage in a drug transaction.
The officer stuck to his story when questioned by supervisors and an assistant district attorney about the bust.
Not only did surveillance video show no illegal drug exchange occurred, the two men arrested never even came in contact with each other inside the lobby, officials said.
What if there was no videotape?
It would be the word of the accused against the word of the police officer.
Who would the judge or jury be more likely to believe?
Courtrooms are not neutral, unbiased environments.
That’s why vigilance against police misconduct is so important.
That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report brought to you by CopBlock.org.
I hope you’ll take a moment to consider just what it is that you are paying for via taxation – and speak out against the violence.