It’s a story all too familiar to many of us by now: a police officer uses clearly excessive force on a nonviolent civilian while a witness catches the whole thing on video. The fact that we see so many of these stories doesn’t mean each instance isn’t important. On the contrary, it shows just how real of a problem excessive use of force by police officers is in America. This latest incident comes out of Los Angeles, California.
Six year Army veteran Jermaine Green was riding the bus in Los Angeles recently when a passenger pushing a stroller walked on board. Curiously, the woman’s stroller was carrying no child, but was full of pillows. According to Green, it was “very obvious she had special needs.” Green says the woman was polite to everyone when she boarded the bus.
“The lady got on the bus with her stroller full of pillows, and she was very polite,” Green said. “She said ‘hi’ to everybody and sat down.”
At the next stop, two LA County Sheriff’s deputies boarded the bus and called the woman out by name. They told her she needed to get off the bus. The woman responded by cursing at the deputies.
“After that they grab her, and she cusses them out and calls [the male deputy] a big shot,” Green said. “Next thing you know, he gives her a big shot.”
Green, who started filming the incident once the confrontation began, caught the punch on video. Here it is:
After knocking the woman to the ground and removing her from the bus, the male deputy approached Green and asked him to turn over his phone.
“He comes to me and he says ‘Look, you can be under arrest if you don’t give me that video.’ And then he said ‘Do you have any warrants?’ And I said no I don’t have any warrants, I’m a veteran and I just came back. I did six years. I have no record. And he said ‘well we’ll see about that.’”
Green posted the video on the internet shortly after the incident. His time in the Army gave him a unique perspective on the deputy’s failure to follow protocol when dealing with the woman.
“In the Army they gave us extensive training for rules of engagement,” Green says. “There are proper protocols and different steps you take. This lady didn’t do anything, she was not combative, and he actually turned combative on her.”
A spokesperson from the LA County Sheriff’s Department says the incident is under investigation.
A high school student once believed to be an aggresor in a bullying incident has been found innocent.
The student is Kobe Nelson, a freshman at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. On January 8th, Nelson and another student had a confrontation in the school halls. The other student, a member of the school’s wrestling team, was allegedly upset that Nelson and his ex-girlfriend hung out over winter break. There was some pushing in the halls and both students were reported to school administrators and suspended.
“After school, about 3:30 in the afternoon, I received a phone call from the principal at Kobe's school," Nelson's father, Tommy Purvis, said. "She made it sound like Kobe had been fighting back. ... I told her, if Kobe's been in a fight, and he had been fighting back, I told them to go ahead and suspend him, and do what they had to do."
When Kobe spoke with his father, he insisted he never fought back. On the contrary, he told Purvis that he repeatedly tried to walk away from the situation. After his suspension was filed, a video surfaced of the incident. Kobe’s side of the story was corroborated – he is seen on film actively trying to leave the scene without fighting back.
Here’s the video:
Kobe’s father went to school administrators after seeing the video.
"I go to see the administration on Friday. I have the video at this point," he said. "I went to show (the principal) the video and she shakes her head 'no' and raises her hand in the air, and says 'I don't need to see that; I know what happened.'"
Frustrated by the principal’s lack of interest in finding out what really happened on the day Kobe was bullied, Purvis took his story to the crime blog Photography is not a Crime. After dozens of readers sent school administrators critical emails, Purvis finally had their attention. The deputy superintendent called him on the same day Photography is not a Crime posted their story.
Here’s what deputy superintendent Mat Holton had to say about the incident:
"This bullying incident occurred, it was fairly quick. By the time (school officials) got there, it was over. They talked with both students that were involved. There were conflicting stories. ... They also talked with some other student witnesses and received some information that the threats were mutual -- there were threats coming from both sides prior to the incident.
“Days later, this video appears and the school is able to look at the video and able to see there is clearly an aggressor and clearly a victim. At the beginning of this week, they rescinded (Kobe's) initial discipline.”
Warning: don’t mess with taxi cab drivers. These guys are no joke.
A witness posted video to LiveLeak yesterday showing a group of taxi cab drivers surrounding and dropping a man whom they’d just seen robbing a Porto Alegre resident. The thief is seen on video with an accomplice holding a victim on the ground as they steal the contents of his pockets.
Moments later, a group of cab drivers surrounds one of the robbers. One driver gives the thief a kick to the legs and then delivers a brutal knockout kick to the robber’s head. The thief drops unconsciously to the ground as the cab drivers and the robbery victim stand above him.
Police arrived at the scene soon after and arrested the robber. I don’t know what the kicking cab driver does in his free time, but I’m impressed. An average joe doesn’t just hop out of his car and deliver a high kick like that. Check it out: