The police came in like gangbusters...They totally intimidated the kids.
Five officers kicked in the front door and pushed into the apartment with Tasers drawn.
A barking police dog was right behind them.
COP CHARGED FOR TASERING TEEN
The officer flattened her to the floor with his foot
and Tasered her in the spine.
In the Canadian news today there's a story describing the details of a police raid that has resulted in its teenage victim laying criminal charges against the cop who tasered her. Let's hope this inspires future or past victims to stand up and defend themselves in like manner. ~ Jackie Jura
Mountie faces four assault charges
by Jason Hewlett, Daily News with files from Vancouver Province, Nov 3, 2005
A man whose daughter was manhandled during a police raid in Lillooet earlier this year says he's glad one of the officers involved faces criminal charges. "You want professionalsim out of the police. You don't want things to get to the point where they can't protect themselves, but when you have a grown man attacking ordinary girls like that, it's not right," Kevin Anderson said from Lillooet Wednesday.
An RCMP news release announced late Tuesday that Const. Daniel St. Armand was charged with four counts of assault with a weapon after a formal complaint was filed with Lillooet RCMP on March 1, 2005. St. Armand will appear in court at a later date. He is currently on administrative duty at another detachment, the release said.
The complaint was filed by Micheline de Strake, 19, who said St. Armand Tasered her in the spine during a drug raid at her apartment on Feb. 5, 2005. Kevin Anderson's daughter is best friends with de Strake and was at the apartment attending a party for a friend who had just returned from Australia. While there were drugs at the party, the apartment was a long way from being a crack house, he said. "It was an extended crowd that night with some local yokels there. It was mostly kids having fun," he said.
"The police came in like gangbusters. Whatever message they were trying to send was way over what they should have been doing. They totally intimidated the kids." He said five officers kicked in the front door and pushed into the apartment with Tasers drawn. A barking police dog was right behind them. The constables yelled for everyone to get to the floor. An officer straight-armed de Strake twice in the shoulder, sending her spinning to the floor. Her Great Dane-mix dog fought with the police dog and bit a Mountie. The Vancouver Province reported that her dog was hit with the Taser first and began squealing. The officer flattened de Strake to the floor with his foot and Tasered her in the spine, the newspaper said.
Anderson said his daughter was thrown to the floor and suffered a swollen lip when her head bounced off another party-goer. "It was like something you would expect to see if police went after hardened criminals," he said. Anderson has met St. Armand at the local racquetball court a few times and said he seemed like a pleasant enough guy. "But this issue has to be addressed. I'm glad things are going the way they are. It shows that the system is working," he said.
E-Division RCMP Cpl. Tom Seaman said the charges are a disappointment. "It's always upsetting when a fellow officer is charged with a criminal offence, but we are not different than any other segment of society. We are accountable for our actions," he said.
ANIMAL FARM DOGS and DRUG WAR & PEACE
37.We Are The Dead (from "1984")
...There was a sound of trampling boots below, inside the house and outside. The yard seemed to be full of men....Something crashed on to the bed behind Winston's back. The head of a ladder had been thrust through the window and had burst in the frame. Someone was climbing through the window. There was a stampede of boots up the stairs. The room was full of solid men in black uniforms, with iron shod boots on their feet and truncheons in their hands....One thing alone mattered: to keep still, to keep still and not give them an excuse to hit you! A man with a smooth prize-fighters jowl in which the mouth was only a slit paused opposite him balancing his truncheon meditatively between thumb and forefinger. Winston met his eyes....The man protruded the tip of a white tongue, licked the place where his lips should have been, and then passed on. There was another crash. Someone had picked up the glass paperwieght from the table and smashed it to pieces on the hearth-stone....There was a gasp and a thump behind him and he received a violent kick on the ankle which nearly flung him off his balance. One of the men smashed his fist into Julia's solar plexus, doubling her up like a pocket ruler. She was thrashing about on the floor, fighting for breath. Winston dared not turn his head even by a millimetre, but sometimes her livid, gasping face came within the angle of his vision....Then two of the men hoisted her up by knees and shoulders, and carried her out of the room like a sack. Winston had a glimpse of her face, upside down, yellow and contorted, with the eyes shut, and still with a smear of rouge on either cheek; and that was the last he saw of her....
BC Mountie charged with assault (RCMP said the Taser went off by accident). CBC, Nov 2, 2005
Top cop profits from UK tasers (fired 50,000 volts on wife in stunt; fell to ground screaming like a pig). The Times, Oct 30, 2005
Cops go beserk with taser gun (50,000 volts on 22-year-old woman). PalmBeachPost, Jun 10, 2005
More complaints about cop (teen beaten & arrested at beach party while not drinking & acting as designated driver). CBC, Feb 23, 2005
Inquiry into teen's death by guards (pushed shackled-chained-handcuffed boy against elevator door which opened). Macleans, Jan 11, 2004. Go to COPS WHO KILL BLAME VICTIMS
50,000 volts: Suspect usually complies (if not they get another shot of 'electro muscular disruption'). Independent, Mar 27, 2004. Go to 14.Experimentation & 13.Weapons
COURT GUARDS KILL TEEN (120-lb boy, handcuffed & shackled, kept calling out he was hungry, guards enter cell, grab by neck, bang back & forth against elevator door hard enough to shake witness's cell & man shouts 'Oh my God'). Edmonton Journal, Jan 24, 2004. Go to 34.Ministry of Love (Hate)
Police using Rottweiler 'devil dogs' (ferocious reputation 'a bonus' for football crowds & chasing suspects). Scotsman, Nov 9, 2003 & USSR uses jackals crossed with huskies. Go to 7.Systems of Thought
SCHOOLS LIKE PRISON
Cops raid school with guns drawn (order kids to ground, handcuff & use dogs to sniff for grass). MSNBC & KSAT, Nov 7, 2003
Surveillance video from Stratford High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina, shows 14 officers, some with guns drawn, ordering students to lie on the ground as police searched for marijuana. Students who didn't comply with the orders quickly enough were reportedly handcuffed. Police didn't find any criminals in the armed sweep, but they say search dogs smelled drugs on a dozen backpacks.The school's principal defended the dramatic sweep. ..."I was just upset knowing they had guns put to their head and a canine was barking at them and about to bite somebody," said Latonia Simmons, the parent of one student. "It was awful."
POLICE STATE OF THE UNION and POLICE WATCHDOG WARNS
Cops' message to people of Canada ('Do as you're told & you won't get hurt'). Province, Jul 1, 2003. Go to 37.We Are The Dead & 20.Thought Police & CANADA COPS UNLEASHED
Cops kill man with taser (electric jolt stops heart). Vancouver Prov, Apr 22, 2003 & Taser dem turns shocking (cop knocked-out in fall). Madison.com, Apr 22, 2003. Go to 13.Weapons & 20.Police
Cops shout Taser! Taser! Taser! (shoot 50,000-volts at victim who collapses into foetal ball). Telegraph, Apr 17, 2003. Go to 13.Weapons & 42.The Party tells 'Why'
Schools using dogs on students (say they're exempt from 4th Amendment). AP, Feb 18, 2003. Go to SCHOOLS LIKE PRISONS
UK cops get stun guns (to prevent "suicide by cop"). Telegraph, Jan 30, 2003. Go to 20.Thought Police & Snitches
School hires drug dogs (recommended by police, paid for by parents). Telegraph, Jan 28, 2003. Go to 21.Crimestop
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