“Magdiel Sanchez, a 35-year-old Latino man, was sitting on his porch in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night as two law-enforcement officers approached his house. He got up and walked toward them, when, according to news reports and a statement, the officers noticed he was holding a metal pipe. They started giving him “verbal commands” to lie down, then one fired his Taser and the other shot him in the chest with his sidearm. Sanchez died. Officers later claimed not to have heard neighbors shouting that Sanchez was deaf and couldn’t hear their commands.
The police were there because allegedly Sanchez’s father had been in a hit-and-run (injuring property, not people, if the accusations are true). Sanchez carried the pipe, neighbors said, to ward off dogs. He was deaf and reportedly developmentally disabled. In a statement, the ACLU said, “Magdiel Sanchez was shot at his own home, without having committed any crime, and in front of neighbors who knew he was deaf trying to communicate to the police that what they were about to do was wrong.”
Sanchez is far from the first deaf or disabled person to be killed or brutalized by police. It happens almost every day. According to The Washington Post, police have shot 165 people in mental-health crisis in the first 263 days this year (and 715 total). When you add people like Sanchez and individuals with invisible, undiagnosed, or unrevealed disabilities, the numbers start to get much higher. In a white paper I co-wrote in 2016 for the Ruderman Family Foundation, I noted that disability-rights advocates routinely argue that a third to a half of all people killed by police are disabled. Most of those people, especially in cases where police clearly misused lethal force, turn out to also be marginalized by race, class, gender orientation, or other factors that intensify vulnerability.
Sanchez is actually the second high-profile killing of a disabled person just this week (and the fourth probable case, with Eric Alvarez, possibly in mental-health crisis, killed on a Los Angeles highway, and naval officer Nicholas Perkins killed outside his home in Washington after he would not put down a long gun). Georgia Tech campus police killed Scout Schultz, a trans and intersex activist who had been expressing suicidal thoughts. They had called 911 to report themselves as a person with a knife and possibly a gun. After police shot and killed Schultz, the officers found only a closed Leatherman multi-tool. The specifics of each case matter. Each victim’s life deserves to be mourned. Most cases are more like the Perkins situation than the Sanchez one. Still, when it comes to body count, this was a pretty typical week.”
Special rules for special people. What do you think his retirement for “Medical ” reasons was? I think you guessed it. But do they turn the nut case in to make sure that he is disarmed? Certainly not, not to one of their own. There are special rules when you are on the other side of the “Thin blue line” and they will do what they can to protect you.
“A former Tennessee police officer was arrested outside the White House Sunday with an arsenal of weapons in his car, authorities said.
Timothy Joseph Bates allegedly told authorities that he came seeking for help to remove a chip implanted in his head.
Bates was reportedly stopped near the White House. He told officers that he was “blackjacked” in the head by the Memphis Police Department and a chip was implanted in his head, FOX5 reported.
Bates allegedly told the officer that he was offered $28.7 million by the Department of Homeland Security and the state of Tennessee to participate in a special C.I.A-managed project called “MK Ultra.”
He also said to have travelled to Washington, DC. “to speak with Adm. Mike Rogers and Gen. Jim Mattis for advice on missing paychecks and how to get the dog chip out of my head”
“The Memphis Police Department confirmed that Bates had been a police officer for 13 years before resigning in 2013. Court documents revealed the Tennessee man was allowed to retire for medical reasons”
How did this bunch ever pass the psych test and wind up with guns in public?
If this is what they do to their colleagues, imagine what they do to someone they have control over
Some of this stuff you just can’t make up
And stay away from LEO
They are dangerous to your health and liberty
“Three Customs and Border Patrol agents have been arrested after their colleagues in Newark Airport’s Passenger Enforcement Roving Team alleged the agents verbally abused and physically harassed them on a “rape table” in Terminal C.
CNN reports that Tito Catota, 38, Parmenio I. Perez, 40, and Michael Papagni, 32, have been charged with forcibly assaulting, impeding, intimidating and interfering with two male officers. They face up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
“The defendants, who were members of a unit responsible for identifying dangerous contraband and threats to national security, allegedly subjected their own colleagues to senseless physical abuse, all while on duty at Newark Liberty International Airport,” acting US Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “This behavior would be abhorrent in any environment, especially one serving a critical law enforcement function.”
Officer Vito Degironimo spoke out about the abuse in May, telling NBC New York, “Hazing wouldn’t do this justice. This is complete assault. They take you in a room and your fellow officers are all watching as officers grab you.”
“Once the lights go out, they grab you up like a gang, and they forcibly throw you on the table and one officer actually ends up mounting me and pretty much riding me like a horse,” he said. “They called the table itself the rape table, and call this act ‘raping.’”
Feel safe yet? Cops shoot citizens every day until they start to shoot back. Now they are so frightened that they are randomly shooting at anything that resembles a gun. Think I am kidding? Read this news excerpt from 2013:
” Officers were on a heightened state of alert, given Dorner’s previous violence against police and a report that Dorner was in the area; the officers were conducting a security detail “with limited planning or tactical instruction”; the truck that Margie Carranza and her then-71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, were driving was similar to Dorner’s; and the sound of the women’s newspapers slapping against driveways resembled gunshots. “
Similar truck? Yes, it was a truck and had 4 wheels, that was how it was similar. Other than that it was a totally different make and color than the killers. And seriously, newspapers that sounded like gunshots? Someone needs to get these frightened little men off of the streets.
With all of the trouble they have stirred up shooting people, they now have a real reason to worry. Fear and frightened men with a gun do not go well together.
“Photographer Andy Grimm of the New Carlisle (Ohio) News said he harbors no anger toward the sheriff’s deputy who shot him Monday evening while he was setting up his camera equipment.
“There’s so much animosity toward police officers,” Grimm said. “He was just doing his job. I think he made a bad decision.”
Clark County sheriff’s deputy Jake Shaw was placed on administrative leave Tuesday. The sheriff’s office said Shaw will attend a “critical incident debriefing” after Monday’s shooting in New Carlisle, north of Dayton.
“He shot somebody, an unarmed civilian,” Grimm said. “Realistically there’s going to be consequences.”
Grimm said he got out of his Jeep to take photos of a traffic stop and started setting up a tripod and camera when he was shot in the side.
It was late Monday evening and a lightning storm was rolling in.
“My camera was already on the tripod and I grabbed it and turned and I just hear pop, pop,” Grimm told Dayton TV station Fox 45. “I did not hear a single warning. Did not hear the deputy identify himself. I said, ‘What the —- Jake Shaw? You shot me, dude.’”
Grimm said Shaw ran over to him after quickly realizing what happened.
“He said, ‘Oh my God, Andy,’ then he made the call, ‘Shots fired, got a man down.’ He definitely told me, he said, ‘I thought it was a gun, I thought it was a gun,'” Grimm said.”