In Memoriam of Officer Andrea Danielle Heath

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The untold story of Andrea Heath (“Officer Heath”), of the Riverside (California) Police Department,  is one of the most saddest and heart wrenching stories of corruption, abuse and harassment that I have ever read.

According to her online obituary, Ms. Andrea Danelle Heath, was born on March 28, 1969, in San Bernardino, California. She was a graduate of the Redwoods Law Enforcement Training Center. On October 8, 2013, Officer Heath committed suicide, after enduring, what was alleged to be, years of harassment and abuse at the hands of her fellow Police Officers and various law enforcement personnel.

A copy of the Civil Complaint can be viewed here.

Below is the report from Kia Farhang, with the Desert Sun News. Kia Farhang is a local reporter for The Desert Sun. He can be reached at (760)778- 4625, kia.Farhang@desertsun.com or on Twitter @KiaFarhang. Continue reading

Baltimore Nurse Arrested and Beaten Because Her Cell Phone Ringer was loud.

On November 10, 2016, RyeKeisha Jeffers, filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that Maryland Transit Administration (“MTA”), Police Officers Raquel Bailey-Harrison and Neisha L. Brown, unlawfully arrested her on April 19, 2013, because her cell phone ringer was too loud and because she asked to speak with a supervisor. After unlawfully arresting Ms. Jeffers, she alleges that the Police Officers took her to the restroom, were they physically accosted her. Jeffers was subsequently charged with  the proverbial ” [R]esisting Arrests”, Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey the Lawful Order of Law Enforcement. On September 13, 2013, the charges were subsequently dismissed.

According to the Complaint, the facts of the incident are as follows:

Jeffers was seated on the subway platform of the Rogers Station in Baltimore City, with her ear phones on listening to music on her cell phone. Jeffers’ cell phone began to ring indicating she was receiving a text message. Jeffers ring tone was a popular song that plays until she completes a response to the text message.

Jeffers proceeded to respond to the text message when she noticed Defendant Harrison-Bailey standing directly in front of her. Jeffers removed one of the ear pieces and asked the Defendant if she could help her. Defendant Harrison-Bailey, said it was against the law to play music without head phones and there was signage stating as much. Jeffers indicated that she was not playing music, her phone was actually ringing.

Jeffers further advised that she was within the limits of the law as she was wearing head phones. Defendant Harrison-Bailey insisted that Jeffers turn off her phone. Jeffers declined and requested that Defendant Harrison-Bailey, call a supervisor. Defendant Harrison-Bailey declined to do so. Jeffers called 911 and reported the harassing conduct of Defendant Harrison-Bailey. Defendant Harrison-Bailey proceeded to place Jeffers  under arrest by grabbing her by her sweatshirt hoody and twisting it around her neck. Subsequently, Defendant Brown arrived and aided Defendant Harrison-Bailey with the unlawful arrest of Jeffers.

After being placed in custody, Jeffers clothing was in disarray and her breast and stomach were exposed. Jeffers requested the Defendants’ to fix her clothing before removing her from the subway platform. Defendants’ refused and walked Jeffers  thru the station with her private areas exposed to the general public. Three (3) female officers, including the Defendants’, escorted Jeffers to the bathroom to apparently fix her clothing, which merely needed to be pulled down to cover her private areas. Defendants’ pushed Plaintiff thru the turnstile took her into the women’s bathroom and accosted her, first by tripping her to the floor, punching her in the face and back of the neck and head, stomping and jumping on her leg and ankle. Jeffers  was subsequently criminally charged with, Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Obey Lawful Order of Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest. On September 16, 2013, the case went to trial in the District Court for Baltimore City. The State entered a Nolle Prosequi on the docket.

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Michael Slager On Trial for Killing Walter Scott – Trial Continues Part 2

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2015-04-08t23-05-56-033z-1280x720-nbcnews-ux-1080-600The murder trial of ex-cop Michael Slager began on November 3rd, and you can find the videos of the trial at the following link up to Thursday, November 10th.  There was no trial on Veteran’s Day.

Post and Courier reports that the trial has been contentious.  Judge Clifton Newman has cautioned defense attorneys to not testify themselves, but the defense continues using that tactic.

During trial, you hear “SLED” allot.  That is the acronym for South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Here are some highlights of the trial;

  • The bystander who filmed the killing, Feidin Santana, has testified.  He stood strong against the defense trying to get him to agree that there was a “fight,” and Santana continued correcting the defense that he saw no fight.
  • Slager’s former colleagues have testified that he told them that Walter Scott managed to wrestle his taser away from him and…

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