Brimfield, Ohio police chief David Oliver
*A police chief in Ohio didn’t take to kindly to Kanye West comparing his job of performing to that of a police officer or member of the military.
David Oliver, police chief of the northeast Ohio town of Brimfield, has more than 94,000 likes on his department’s Facebook page. But none of his posts have gone as viral as the one when he took on Mr. Yeezus.
“What I simply said in the post I wrote was, I’m calling for you to immediately retire from entertaining and join the military and be deployed,” Oliver said. “Maybe you’ll get a firm grasp on what it’s like to be in the military.”
The whole thing started when West told Saturday Night Online how dangerous he thinks his job is on stage. “This is like being a police officer, or like war or something,” West said. Oliver said: “I was offended because I just don’t think that any entertainer can compare what they do to ducking bullets for a living.” Kanye West really wasn’t on his radar much until now.
Oliver said he’d heard his name, but didn’t know about baby North West…. “No idea until somebody said his daughter’s named after a compass.”
Tawana Brawley, ordered to pay one of the men she described as one of her attackers during a four-day rape and torture in New York in 1987. Now 41, Brawley resides in Richmond, Va., and is a nurse.
*In 1987, Tawana Brawley of Wappingers Falls, New York, told police that she was raped and tortured by several white men, some of them officers as she noticed a holster and badge during the assault.
They wrote “n****r” and “bitch” on her torso with feces, and she was found in a trash bag in burned clothes. In 1988, a jury concluded that her claims were all a part of an elaborate hoax, and in 1998, she was ordered to pay $190,000 for slander.
Now, in 2013, Tawana Brawley’s judgement of $190,000 to pay one of the men who was named as an attacker, former county prosecutor Steven Pagones, has ballooned with nine percent interest, to a whopping $431,492. According to the New York Post, she has avoided paying the sum until now.
Ceola Walker, 77, shows the many bullet holes in her car and home after police fired at her son, Roy Middleton, 60, as he searched for a cigarette in her car, Saturday, July 27, 2013.
*The entire state of Florida has to send their officers to the anti-racial profiling and sensitivity training because their offenses seem to be endless.
Roy Middleton, 60, went in his driveway Saturday, to look for a cigarette in his mother’s car when police showed up on the scene and demanded he get of the car with his hands up.
According to witnesses, Middleton did not show any aggressive behavior toward them and complied with their demands before they riddled the scene with bullets.
Luckily, they were also unskilled in shooting because only one of the many bullets hit Middleton in the leg.
*The craziest offenses are getting the young and not-so-innocent arrested lately.
University of Florida’s star linebacker, Antonio Morrison, 19, was arrested on Sunday morning for approaching the window of a police squad car in front of a night club and barking at the K-9 inside.
Police were at the night club responding to a non-related incident when Morrison thought he’d bark at the dog because he barked at him, according to the Daily Mail. If this is sounding really dumb, wait, it gets worse.
Serial killer suspect, Michael Madison, 35, in custody for the murder of three women found wrapped in plastic between Friday and Sunday in East Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2013.
*The Cleveland area has been open season on women for the past decade.
So far, only the women that Charles Ramsey rescued have made it out with their lives. But even those women are mentally damaged beyond repair.
According to the latest report from Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, Michael Madison, 35, is suspected to be the newest serial killer in the East Cleveland area where three women were found wrapped in plastic between Friday and Sunday.
They have not yet been identified by the coroner beyond the description of being African American.
The police were in a 2-hour standoff with Dodson at his mother’s home on Chickasaw Ave., Friday, before arresting him. But, he has not yet been officially charged.
Broward County police department put together a video entitled “Raise Your Voice, Not Your Hands”, in an effort to devise a “riot plan” to prevent excessive violence once the verdict is delivered on the George Zimmerman trial.
*As the George Zimmerman trial comes to a close, the authorities are already suspecting there will be trouble …and lots of it.
The expert predictions given thus far believe second degree murder will be hard to prove with the evidence and testimony that has been given by forensic specialists.
And as we all know, this high profile case has the country on edge and most awaiting the verdict. But the fear is that with such a pressure cooker percolating there may be riots that exceed those sparked by the Rodney King case where all officers connected with the beating of the century were acquitted.
Leon Rosby had the unfortunate task of watching his dog be killed by a police officer during his arrest.
*The story we reported lst Tuesday, on the Hawthorne, California police officers that shot a man’s dog while arresting him has resulted in the duties of several of the officers to be cut back.
The three officers seen on the video have been yanked off the streets until further notice because the police department fears for their safety.
One of the officers has even been receiving death threats, according to ABC News. After the shooting was posted online, it received 3.7 million hits on YouTube.
As Leon Rosby is arrested by Hawthorne, California police officers, one officer shoots and kills his dog after the dog escapes from Rosby’s vehicle to protect him, Sunday, June 30, 2013.
*It seems that the only way to keep police officers throughout the country honest is to film them.
Nowadays, whenever something happens that calls for police involvement, many of us are whippin’ out the trusty cell phone cam and filming.
Well one man in Hawthorne, Calif., was doing just that when police came and arrested him. According to the Daily Mail, Leon Rosby, 52, was walking his 3-year-old, 130-pound, Rottweiler, Max, around 7 p.m. Sunday, when he saw an intense police scene.
There were several police cars and an armored truck for what appeared to be some sort of raid on a home.
Rosby was filming the scene along with several others and police started toward him.
According to the report, he was being arrested for filming and possibly playing his music too loud. One neighbor claimed that Rosby told police that Rosby yelled, “It’s my (expletive) radio!”
But Rosby denied the claim saying that he is a christian and he doesn’t swear.
Lindsay Capri Bien-amie gets belligerent with police officers that are called in on a U.S. Airways flight Sunday, June 24, 2013.
*If you know you’re not that good with people when you ride on the city bus or subway, then you might want to stay off of planes.
The space is smaller and you’re going to have to follow directions of the crew and sit in close quarters with other passengers.
Lindsay Capri Bien-aime had to be physically removed from a U.S. Airways flight from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Charlotte, North Carolina, Sunday, after crew members complained to authorities that she would not listen to them and was on her “phone the whole time,” according to the raw video another passenger took of the incident and posted by local NBC affiliate WCNC.
The 45-minute delay on Sunday’s flight out of Ft. Lauderdale took a toll on everyone surrounding the incident because the woman was not complying with police and began to curse and fight with them.
*This time last year millions of people marched for justice for Trayvon Martin.
Most people hadn’t heard the 9-1-1 audio from residents who called to report cries for help outside their homes that February night Martin was shot and killed.
And they had not heard George Zimmerman’s call to police to report what he considered to be a suspicious person walking in his neighborhood just minutes before he and confronted Martin who was unarmed. Altercations and 9-1-1 distress calls occur everyday.
What got people angry and what sparked them to action was the fact that Zimmerman disobeyed a direct order by law enforcement to not follow Martin, fought with him, shot and killed him then was allowed to walk away without being charged with any crime. It was a slap in the face of all that we call justice.
Trayvon Martin was somebody’s son. He could have been mine or yours. So if his killer did not have to face criminal charges, an indictment and a fair trial – due process of the law – your family member or mine could be victimized next. So we let our feet and our fingers do the talking. State prosecutors felt the pressure and charged Zimmerman with murder two months after the shooting. And the police chief in Sanford, FL was forced to resign. But that was not the end.
Jury selection is underway for Zimmerman’s trial. And if past verdicts are any indication of future results the outcome of Zimmerman’s trial is anything but predictable. The Rodney King trial had videotaped evidence of LAPD officers beating him and they still were acquitted; there were dozens of eye witnesses when Oscar Grant was shot in his back (and killed) by a BART police officer as he lay face down and handcuffed on the train platform. That BART officer got just two years; and Zimmerman’s case has plenty of evidence that can be manipulated to prove whatever the defense might want jurors to see.
If the people who upheld the law in Sanford, Florida were willing to let Zimmerman walk away free what makes you think there aren’t twelve jurors who are willing to acquit him, despite the evidence against him? Now is the time to keep the spotlight on Sanford and the George Zimmerman trial. Justice for Trayvon Martin is a step towards justice for all. Drum-majors for justice can’t sleep.
Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. Send comments, questions and speaking inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jasper, Texas, officers Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham were caught on police station surveillance video, beating 25-year-old Keyarika Diggles, May, 5, 2013, after dragging her to jail for a traffic ticket without a warrant.
*Do you remember James Byrd?
He was the black man in Jasper, Texas, that was dragged by a pickup truck until his arm was ripped from his body and he was decapitated.
The three white boys that offered him a ride that horrific night were Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer and John William King; all of which have were sentenced to death with the exception of Berry, who was given a life sentence.
Now, those memories of racial hatred in the town are being drudged up again.
According to the Huffington Post, the city of Jasper, Texas, is under fire again with the beating of 25-year-old Keyarika Diggles inside a police station.
The surveillance cameras in the station caught the entire incident on tape where two officers, Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham, are seen ramming her head into the front desk and dragging her by her leg into a cell after cuffing her and pulling on her arms.
Joseph went shopping with his three bi-racial daughters at a Woodbridge, Virginia, Walmart and was mistaken for their possible abductor.
*Have you ever been shopping and noticed children walking with someone that it seems they shouldn’t be?
For instance, an adult that is a different race than the child? Well, with all of the abductions we’ve seen lately, it seems that folks are taking Charles Ramsey’s advice and being proactive. Getting some “cajones!”
It definitely takes cajones to walk up to a man with his daughters and ask him what he’s doing with them.
A Woodbridge, Virginia, Walmart sent police officers after Joseph, a white man that had been shopping with his three biracial daughters.
His wife, Keana, is black woman who was outraged once police showed up on their doorstep asking questions about why Joseph was with the girls, according to Fox 5 D.C.
Chris Gatling in his NBA playing days
*Man o man. These ex-athletes must have it hard.
Former NBA player Chris Gatling is facing criminal charges after being accused of squatting in a luxury home in Paradise, Ariz. for the past year!
Yes, and it gets worse.
According to CBS 5, the man broke into the home and lived there from July 2010 to August 2011 and even tried to rent out the space on Craigslist for $800 a month.
The four-bedroom home actually has an owner. The family lives in California and left the house locked with he utilities on.
Court records reveal that Gatling reportedly received a down payment from one prospective renter but when another also inquired about the property, he or she became suspicious about the entire set up and alerted police.
But his lawyer, Michael Alarid says the whole situation is a “misunderstanding.”
”We’re hopeful that we can resolve everything as soon as possible,” he told CBS 5.
Chris, who played for the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks, has a bit of criminal background.
He’s also been accused of forging personal checks from his ex-girlfriend and “funneling the money through College Bound All-Stars, a traveling youth basketball league that he managed and operated.”
*Singer Bobby Brown turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday morning for a DUI conviction.
According to TMZ, he’s looking at 55 days behind bars.
A year ago, a judge sentenced him to an alcohol treatment facility, probation, and a fine after he pleaded no contest to a DUI charge.
Last August, after marrying his second wife in Hawaii, he checked himself into a 90-day rehab facility as part of his March deal.
But only three weeks into the program, he checked himself out.
By October, he was refusing a sobriety test to be administered by Los Angeles police.
Marvin Webb, 45, robs First Security Bank in Robinsonville, Mississippi, the day after Thanksgiving dressed like a woman…an old woman.
*This story should be in our Jokey Joke section, but the incident is real and the perpetrator was quite serious about committing the crime … dressed as Madea?
On the day after Thanksgiving, 45-year-old Marvin Webb of Girard, Kansas, thought it would be a good idea to dress up like an elderly woman to rob the First Security Bank in Robinsonville.
But, somehow, authorities saw through the costume and quickly arrested him.