A young boy with special needs was charged with two felony counts after an incident involving police officers.
According to reports, eight-year-old Edward Hart ran away from Hillside Learning and Behavior Center in Allegan, Michigan on March 19. The police report says that two teachers attempted to chase down the child as he ran out of the school, and eventually, a third teacher was able to find him a block away from school property.
Police officers were asked to help escort the boy back to the school, and when an officer asked him what his name was, Michael allegedly cursed at him.
“He has special needs. He has anger issues,” explained Robert Bluhm, Michael’s stepfather. “They know this, and they’re going to throw him in the back of a cop car all by himself.”
Reports allege that the eight-year-old destroyed the rear camera on the back of the patrol car, and because of that, he has now been formally charged with malicious destruction of police property and resisting and obstructing. Both charges are felonies.
“I don’t even think he did anything wrong in this case. He’s special needs,” said Bluhm. “If they had him under control, why didn’t they ride with him in the back of this cop car. So this incident would have never took place? We disciplined him majorly. He has a day in a timeout chair. He had one week with no TV and he lost his [Nintendo] DS for life, we took it away because if we have to pay for this camera and pawn that off.”
Police say the only thing they wanted out of all this was for the family of the eight-year-old to pay the $50 it would cost to replace the camera, but they didn’t expect it to go as far as felony juvenile charges. Chief Rick Hoyer told Fox 17 News that he didn’t agree with the decision to criminally charge the young boy.
“When I called the school to ask questions – why nobody rode with the minor child to the school instead of just throwing him in the back of a cop car – they had no answers for me,” said Bluhm. “They couldn’t answer that question.”
Prosecutors stand by their decision to charge the young boy and say that he will first have to go for counseling before a court can determine whether or not they will actually stick.
An elderly man called 911 for his wife who suffers from dementia, but before paramedics could arrive, the police showed up, and the man was allegedly brutally beaten by the officers for no apparent reason.
Elbert Breshears, 78, says he called an ambulance to his home because his wife needed medical attention, but police suddenly showed up, and that’s when things escalated.
“The wife and I were standing about here, that's the window she knocked out,” explained Breshears to KSPR. “I was standing here holding her hand and she was wavering hollering help. [The] police car drove up, he bailed out ran over and knocked me down. He told me to get up, I told him I couldn't. First thing, I know they grab me, threw me out there on the gravel. One of them sat down on my back, the other sat down on my head. They were trying to get handcuffs on me. I told them I can't get my hands up. I have no objection to being handcuffed.”
When paramedics finally arrived, both Breshears and his wife were taken to the hospital for injuries. Breshears now has a black eye and had to get stitches.
“He dug out the gravel out of my head and sewed my head up,” Breshears described of his treatment at the hospital.
According to police, Breshears faces charges of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and abuse of the elderly, all three of which he adamantly denies.
“I didn't know what to think,” said Breshears. “I ever had anybody jump on me for doing nothing. I don't hit my wife. I've lived with the woman for 47 years. I love the woman. I can't help what she does. All I was trying to do was my job and this is what I got for it.”
Breshears’s wife, who suffers from dementia, is currently being cared for at a facility, while Breshear himself faces charges. He’s not taking them lightly, however, as he’s already hired an attorney and plans to press charges against the police officer who assaulted him.
In June 2012, the GOP-controlled House voted to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to provide some information regarding Operation Fast and Furious, a program that began under the Bush administration.
Earlier this month, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had a tense exchange during a House committee hearing that recalled the contempt vote, notes The Daily Caller (video below).
“I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” said Gohmert. "Don't go there," replied Holder.
During an appearance on the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch radio show last Friday, Gohmert expressed eagerness in having Holder arrested (audio below), reports RightWingWatch.org.
However, neither Gohmert or Family Research Council head Tony Perkins called for Bush White House aide Karl Rove to be arrested when he ignored a congressional subpoena in 2008, reported CNN.
"When you have someone like an attorney general who is in contempt of Congress, what can we do?" said Gohmert. "Someone in contempt of Congress comes waltzing into the House chamber and he’s in contempt of Congress as found by the Congress, what can be done?"
"I was told that actually you can pass a resolution directing the sergeant at arms to detain anyone who is in contempt of Congress until such time as they comply with the requirement that put him in contempt," added Gohmert. "In this case, they didn’t provide information from the Justice Department, they had it, they refused to provide it, we found him in contempt."
Later in the broadcast, Gohmert stated, "But apparently another option would be to direct a sergeant at arms, somebody comes into our jurisdiction at Capitol Hill, you restrain them until such time, and there is a cell there on Capitol Hill."
Investigators have discovered that a Florida teacher who confessed to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy left another school six years ago after they investigated her for comments she made about an eighth grade student.
Jennifer Fitcher, 29, was recently arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old student dozens of times in the back of her pickup truck in Lakeland, Florida. In this case, the boy’s parents made the shocking discovery.
"The mother thought there was some suspicious activity with her son disappearing at the early morning hours," said Sgt. Gary Gross to the NY Daily News. "She started looking at his text messages and noticed he was conversing with two different females. At that point, he called the teacher. She admitted that they had been in love and that they had been having sex."
After being arrested, Fitcher told authorities that she had, at one point, become pregnant with the teen’s child, but decided to have an abortion.
Shockingly, the teacher’s history of inappropriate behavior with underage students doesn’t end there. Back in 2008, Fitcher left an Orange County school after they launched an investigation following comments she reportedly made about an eighth grade student. According to reports, Fitcher had confessed to another teacher that the student, “makes me melt into a puddle with those eyes,” and that she had recently had a sex dream about him.
"Oh my goodness, it was a goooood dream!" Fitcher reportedly told her colleague.
Another couple has now come forward saying they have proof that their son has had inappropriate conversations with Fitcher. That couple says they were able to connect the dots when they saw Fitcher’s mug shot on the news after she was arrested.
Sgt. Gross says that he would definitely consider Fitcher to be a sexual predator but cannot yet say if she has actually had sex with any other students.
"I would classify her as a sexual predator based on how she used aliases and lured this guy in," said Gross. "We think there could be other victims and we encourage them to come forward."
Fitcher has been charged with six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
Police in the Netherlands confirm they have arrested a man suspected of blackmailing 15-year-old Amanda Todd into exposing herself on the internet. Todd committed suicide last year after posting a YouTube video telling of the havoc the blackmailing wreaked on her life.
Police did not reveal the 35-year-old man’s name, but they did say they believe Todd is not his only victim. It is believed the man seduced numerous other underage girls in similar fashion and also posed as a young boy in order to get grown men to perform sexual acts while being watched on webcams.
Canadian Police are seeking extradition for the Dutch man since Todd was a Canadian resident. For now, Dutch prosecutors have filed child pornography and indecent assault charges against the man.
“This is truly a day we have been waiting for,” said Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd.
Prosecutors spoke on the case after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
“The suspicions against the man are that he approached underage girls via the Internet and then seduced them into performing sexual acts in front of a webcam,” prosecutors said in a statement. “He is suspected of subsequently pressurizing them to participate in making new material.”
The suspect's lawyer, Van Dijk, says his client is exercising his right to remain silent for now. Dijk said he’s not so sure there is enough evidence to convict the man in court, though.
"Prosecutors seem to think they have a big fish here, but if I see the evidence, it's not much," he said.
11Off-Duty Police Officer And Former Marine Arrests Young Soldier After Drinking At Restaurant (Video)
An off-duty male police officer in Columbia, South Carolina, was fired after trying to arrest a 23-year-old female army soldier in a restaurant. Now, after filing a civil suit in Richland County, her case has been moved to a federal court.
Back in October, off-duty Richland County deputy Paul Derrick was caught on camera in a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant attempting to detain a 23-year-old soldier for no apparent reason. Steven Hughes, the man who captured the footage, explained exactly why he decided to take out his camera phone.
“I said, ‘I’m going to start videoing this because I think something is about to get out of hand,’” said Hughes to local news station WIST. “And about the time I got my [camera] out, he had her turned around and was putting her in handcuffs.”
Hughes also went on to explain how Derrick, a former Marine turned Richland County police officer, brutally detained the soldier after a night of drinking and dining in the restaurant.
"It was stand up, soldier, stand up. This is what the Marines do to us,” said Hughes. “And then the next line is something along the lines of this is how the Army is treated by Marines. Let me show you.”
Ball can be seen, in the video, struggling with Derrick as he forces her hands behind her back and twists her body around. Ball is visibly in pain, but Derrick is relentless. Eventually, Columbia police showed up, and after reviewing the cell phone video, they arrested Derrick, not Ball.
Derrick was charged with assault and battery and was fired from the Richland County Sherriff’s Department after an investigation. Ball filed a civil suit in Richland County, but her case has now been moved to a federal court as a civil rights case. Ball says that she was “humiliated” by the video after it was posted online, and she has actually suffered permanent injuries as a result of Derrick’s brutal arrest.
Florida woman Desiree Taylor was arrested Monday after she walked into a Publix grocery store without pants on and stole two boxes of wine.
The 35-year-old walked into the Ocala store with only a T-shirt and flip flops, barely turning heads. She then allegedly proceeded to steal $42 worth of boxed wine.
When the store manager attempted to stop Taylor, she took a swing at him and ran away.
Taylor was later arrested, for the second time in two months, and charged with disorderly conduct and petty theft.
In a previous case, the woman was charged with battery of an officer.
Taylor is currently being held on $1,000 bond.
The unusual thief was caught just one week after a different Florida woman was filmed at a St Petersburg McDonald’s wearing only a pair of underwear.
A Texas woman says she was unfairly arrested for not stopping to talk to a police officer while she was on her morning walk.
The woman, Melissa Bonnette, says the incident occurred on Friday in Whitehouse, Texas when a uniformed officer pulled up next to her on his motorcycle and asked if he could speak with her.
"I thought that maybe he was flirting," said Bonnette to CBS 19. "I just thought it was odd, I thought it was odd. I wasn't really sure but I felt uncomfortable because there wasn't anyone around. He just crept along beside me on his motorcycle and he started saying, 'Hey ma'am! I want to talk to you. Hey stop, ma'am! I want to talk to you.' Then my anxiety rose even higher.”
Bonnette says she wasn’t sure he was really a police officer based on the way he was acting, so she kept on jogging. That’s when the situation escalated. According to reports, the officer stopped his motorcycle, chased her down, and tackled her to the ground before putting her in handcuffs.
"I just was crying and I was saying 'Please sir, please sir. Why are you doing this?'" explained Bonnette. “It was like I was in a nightmare. I hadn't done anything wrong.”
Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton defends the officers’ actions, saying that the woman should have stopped the first time she was asked.
"The motorcycle has a patch on both sides of the gas tank. It's black and white and says 'Whitehouse Police,' and has red and blue lights on it," said Shelton to CBS 19. "So you have to take it for what it is. Do you think he's a Whitehouse police officer? Why would you think he's someone impersonating a police officer?"
Shelton went on to explain that in addition to failing to stop for the officer, the woman was also walking on the wrong side of the road.
"Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it's awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer," said Shelton. "And he had a lawful reason to be there and to stop her. By law, you have to be to the far left facing oncoming traffic.”
Bonnette is now calling for the arresting officer, Shawn Johnson, to be fired, despite Chief Shelton’s defense.
"I really don't want to live in a town where something like this could happen to a law-abiding citizen," said Bonnette. "I'm not going to be able to walk anymore, and that's sad because I enjoy walking every day. But I'm terrified. It was just so traumatic."
Whitehouse Police are investigating the incident which, according to reports, was caught on police dashcam.
A school police officer in Santa Ana, California is being investigated after a passerby captured cell phone video of the cop putting a crying 14-year-old boy in a chokehold.
“Stop fighting me,” said the officer to the boy in the video.
“I’m not fighting you,” cried the boy. “Someone please help me.”
The struggle began after the officer stopped the 14-year-old from tagging a bench near the school.
“The officer sat him on the bench and bent him down,” described 21-year-old Elvia Fernandez, who captured the incident on her cell phone. “With his hands, he [the officer] pushed his face to his knees…then he put him on the floor and that’s when I started videotaping him. He put his whole body weight on him.”
At one point, Fernandez attempted to calm the boy down by speaking to him in a mix of English and Spanish, but the officer didn’t appreciate that.
“Stop speaking Spanish,” demanded the officer.
Santa Ana School Police Chief Hector Rodriquez refused the release the identity of the officer involved, but he did say that an investigation will prove whether or not he used necessary force to restrain the teen.
“He had an obligation to comply with the arrest,” said Rodriguez. “At one point, he bit the officer. The officer had to arrest him and control his movement because he was resisting. We look at any incidents regarding the use of force to see if there’s anything that was inappropriate on the part of the officer. My job is to be the final decision-maker in whether this was inappropriate or not ... to be fair to not just the officer but the young man that was involved as well.”
Fernandez says that she captured the incident on camera so that she could show the boy’s parents exactly what went on.
“I thought that little kid was like my child,” said Fernandez. “I’m a mother, I wouldn’t let that fly if it were my son and I’m pretty sure the little kid’s parents don’t know what really went on.’’
The Santa Ana School Police Department is currently investigating the incident.
A Chicago woman has been awarded a $355,000 settlement after suing police for strip-searching her during a DUI arrest.
33-year-old Dana Holmes used surveillance footage captured in the police station as proof of her allegations that the four LaSalle County sheriff’s deputies were inappropriate when they forcibly strip-searched her following her arrest. The deputies said the their actions were justified because Holmes, who was over the legal blood alcohol limit, resisted their initial pat down.
"There's a lot of people that get DUIs, a lot of people that just make mistakes in life," said Holmes. "That still doesn't give them a reason to do what they did."
The video shows the three male officers and one female officer holding Holmes face down to the ground while they forcibly removed all of her clothes, including her underwear.
“I was terrified. I felt helpless,” said Holmes at the time of the incident. “I was scared and I lay there crying... I just prayed.”
“There are on-duty deputy sheriffs humiliating and grouping a female inmate,” said Holmes’ attorney Terry Ekl. “It makes you wonder: Were these guys ever trained?"
Following the arrest and strip-search, Holmes sued the county because she felt the deputies violated her rights and caused her emotional harm. In the end, the county decided to settle the case.
“The county and department believe it’s in everybody's best interest to focus on policies and protocols moving forward, rather than spending time and money fighting over who was right and wrong,” said attorney James Soto.
The LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department says they are working to enact a new strip search policy so that situations like these can be avoided in the future.
“There’s been a gap in these policies as to what’s permissible and not permissible in those situations,” said Soto.