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Video shows police punching teen 13 times in the face

Video shows police punching teen 13 times in the face

Andrew McLemore
Raw Story
August 10, 2008

An 18-year-old was punched in the face 13 times by a deputy police officer, whose dashboard video camera caught the incident on tape, WYFF Channel 4 News reported.

The video shows undercover Deputy Brian Tollison pulling over a truck driven by a drug suspect and beating the teenage driver while what appears to be a back-up deputy held down him down.

Once back-up deputies arrived, 18-year-old Jeremy Rucker was pulled out of the truck and tasered and kicked while lying prone on the ground.

Sheriff Steve Loftis fired Tollison, who also faces criminal charges for the incident, which took place May 15.

“The fact that Deputy Tollison took his closed fist and struck the suspect in the face 13 times in my opinion was excessive,” Loftis said.

The other deputies involved have not been charged.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Department said that Rucker had fled from police and resisted arrest, but had “calmed down” when Tollison started hitting him.

Rucker’s attorney, Karl Allen, said his client was sitting in his truck talking on his phone when the undercover deputies approached him.

“Then they have the audacity, to treat this man as if he’s a piece of meat and Taser him with electrical jolts to his body and then, that’s not enough,” Allen said. “They kick three times to the torso.”

Police charged Rucker with drug possession and resisting arrest, though drugs were not found on him until he was taken into custody.

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Police brutality in Smith Homes, Greensboro, NC

 

FBI to Review Police Raid That Killed Mayor’s Dogs

Washington Post
August 8, 2008

The FBI has launched a review of the violent law enforcement raid of the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo in Prince George’s County last week that resulted in the deaths of the family’s two dogs.

The agency has begun “reviewing the events that occurred at Mr. Calvo’s residence,” said Richard J. Wolf, spokesman for the FBI in Baltimore, which has jurisdiction over federal civil rights investigations in Maryland.

The FBI announcement came in response to a call yesterday by Calvo and his wife, Trinity Tomsic, for such a probe. Calvo and Tomsic suggested a systemic problem might exist in county law enforcement.

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Police use of force up 27%
http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/content/2008/aug/08/police-use-force-27/

Plan to put Tasers in Uniontown schools gets mixed reviews
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleyindependent/teenscene/s_581794.html

Witness: PA Police Tasered Man To Death
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Pennsylvania_po..eath_of_tased_0806.html

Deputy threatened to arrest 12-year-old for “unlawful photography”
http://www.magiccitymania.com/2008..er-for-unlawful-photographysta/

 



Mayor’s Dogs Killed After Cops Deliver Pot

Mayor’s Dogs Killed After Cops Deliver Pot

AP
July 31, 2008

A SWAT team raided the home of a Washington, D.C.-area mayor, killing his two black Labrador retrievers and seizing an unopened package of marijuana delivered there.

Prince George’s County Police said Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo brought a 32-pound package of marijuana into his home that had been delivered by officers posing as delivery men. The Tuesday evening raid was conducted by county police narcotics officers and a sheriff’s office SWAT Team.

The package was addressed to Calvo’s wife, Trinity Tomsic. His mother-in-law had asked the supposed delivery men to leave the package outside. Calvo has not been charged, though police said he, his wife and his mother-in-law are “persons of interest” in an ongoing investigation.

“We never opened the box. We have nothing to do with this box,” Calvo said.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Mario Ellis says deputies “apparently felt threatened” when they shot the dogs.

Calvo said officers entered about 7:30 p.m., first shooting 7-year-old Payton. They then pursued 4-year-old Chase, who ran away and was shot by police from behind, he said.

Calvo said he doesn’t have any idea how the package ended up at his house. He called the raid “the most traumatic experience” of his life.

Calvo, who called his town “Mayberry inside the Capital Beltway,” gets a small stipend as mayor and works at the SEED Foundation, a nonprofit that runs public boarding schools for at-risk students. His wife works as a state finance officer.

“These were two beautiful black Labradors who were well-known in the community. We walked them twice a day; little kids knew their names and would come up to them and pet them,” he said.