|When Law Enforcement Becomes Lawless Thuggery, The Harry Blausey Newark, Ohio Abuse Case, Nelsonville, Ohio |
By Robert Paisola
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A case of a few bad apples? Not anymore...
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From the AP, The Associated Press has just released a story about two men who were arrested in a drug sting in New York City. The problem? The two men arrested committed no crime and the officers who falsified the report and prompted the arrest were, themselves, arrested.
|Police Departments, especially the larger departments, have routinely been shown to be infected with corrupt leaders and officers. New York City. Atlanta. Los Angeles. But, the list goes on and on, from large metropolitan departments to the small municipal departments. From municipal to federal jurisdiction level. |
The reason for this corruption is clear; power corrupts.
The higher a corrupt officer climbs the ladder, the more corrupt the department becomes. Yes, there are "bad apples" in law enforcement, but, those individuals should have been identified and removed by supervisors early into their careers. Yes, in larger departments, it is easy to "get lost", ie, for the officer to go unnoticed by anyone but their immediate supervisor and co-workers. But, these situations do not address the issue of why there are so many bad cops and so few good ones. The reason for that is longevity.
We decided to dig into the trenches of a case that we have been following at The Robert Paisola Innocence Project. Our investigation took us deep within the "circle of trust" that exists on many levels within law enforcement. In this specific case, we were actually contacted by employees of the HOCKING CORRECTIONAL CENTER in Nelsonville, Ohio and were shocked at what we heard. In order to memorialize our findings, we have established a Wikipedia Page that will clearly document the Legal Issues surrounding this abuse.
We learned very quickly that few good cops want to fight the constant battle of being a police officer.
That battle isn't on the street, it's in the department itself.
In any department, the higher you get, the more political your job becomes. It is the lower ranking officers that have to contend with the result of that political environment. Write tickets in a rich neighborhood? What were you thinking! Why weren't you patrolling this other area! The good officers apply the law equally, and, that premise in and of itself puts them at odds with most departments. Frankly, fewer and fewer good cops are putting up with the strain for any length of time and simply leave the profession.This includes jailers or what are now referred to as Correctional Officers.
Add to this situation the low salary of police officers.
If you wish to see the poverty level of any city, in any state, you merely have to look at the salary paid to a brand new police officer. That salary is right at the poverty level for that area. We were told that most police officers, especially new officers, simply have to "moonlight", ie, work two jobs, in order to make ends meet.
Working two jobs, however, isn't really viable for a police officer. You work a 12-hour shift. Your court days can, and usually are, scheduled for a day you are off work so that the shift isn't short as you spend all day in court.
Your training days are scheduled for your day off.
You still have to have "family time" in between getting sleep. So, it isn't hard to understand why some officers turn to committing crimes to make more money. "It's easy, and, you have a badge"
Yes, the war on drugs is part of this, as well.
You make a bust, you confiscate the drugs and the money.
The officers we spoke to on a condition of aninonomity after they heard our tapes of themselves in compromising situations stated "You can; a) put those drugs worth thousands and that $5,000 dollars into evidence for your case, or, b) you can pocket the cash, dump or sell the drugs, and get an extra paycheck that month.
Unfortunately, the latter is what some officers choose to do. Some departments run one-man cars, so, who is around to dispute a drug-dealer who claims you robbed him? Nobody.
For the departments that run two-man cars, it gets even worse. Yes, now we enter "Serpico" territory and that "code of silence."
It usually doesn't start out as criminal behavior.
Maybe your partner did "rough up" a drug dealer a bit. Who really cares? Let it slide. It's a war out there and if bad people get roughed up a bit, so what.
The only people we can count on are each other out here. But, with that decision, that good cop is already on the path to worse with that initial silence.
Cussing people out? So what. This isn't a playground on the street that you patrol for 12-hours, besides, you just got off a "hot call" and you're partner is still stressed out. Cut him/her a break.
By the time the real criminal activity starts, you have now covered up so much that you are as neck-deep as they are. Even if you are in one-man cars, you've probably already covered up for other officers when they've done these things.
All you want to do is provide for your family. You can't risk getting fired because you're a "trouble maker", or, worse, killed by bad officers leaving your wife/husband a widow. It's hard enough keeping your family together being a police officer.
No, this isn't about justifying the actions. It's about explaining how our police departments, and officers, have become the thugs they have been, and, still are today. You only have to watch this Oklahoma State Trooper, a veteran who recently returned from Middle East duty, attacking a paramedic to see just how thuggish cops have become.This video is Live from CNN in Atlanta. Watch it America.
Here are the facts regarding this incident:
James said Martin had a legal right to pull over the ambulance for failing to yield the right of way when the patrol unit tried to pass it moments earlier. He also said White escalated the situation by challenging the trooper.
Now, what this means is that the Trooper was responding to a call with his emergency lights and siren activated. Because the ambulance didn't pull out of the way of the Trooper, the officer called himself off of that call, and stopped the ambulance for failing to get out of his way.
James said Martin is a decorated veteran who recently returned from military service in the Middle East.
First of all, "recently returned from the Middle East" is only relevant in the fact that it is obvious this Trooper has no clue who his friends are in America and who isn't. He should not be on the streets in a symptomatic state of PTSD.
We can tell you that of all of the officers that we spoke to, they view paramedics as an officer's friend, not someone to pull over in a fit of of rage, because they didn't pull over for you while you are on a call for whatever reason they didn't do it. Much less that gives you the right to choke the paramedic because he "challenged you"!
We spoke to White's attorney, Richard O'Carroll, he he he said that "Officer Martin was out of control during the incident". He wants his client's name cleared and "significant" remedial action taken against the trooper.
This Trooper called off of a call to pull over the ambulance because he was pissed off at the ambulance driver.
We know he was pissed off, and went into it pissed off, simply because of how attacked the paramedic.
And, if this Trooper would attack a paramedic, what the hell would he do to someone who he thought was a "bad guy"???
Regardless of what he did, or how he acted, while in the Middle East, we now see exactly the mentality he is bringing to the road as a Trooper. This is not simply a "bad apple." It shows us exactly what the mentality of officers today has become.
We have shown you the case of the murder of Brian Cardall by the Hurricane, Utah Police Department with the Use of A Taser. We provided the Audio.. You decide. We provided you stories of continued abuse inside the Hocking County Correctional Center in Nelsonville, Ohio. We provided you with tapes of the Sergeants refusing to even comment on the reported injury of Newark, Ohio Inmate, Harry W. Blausey, who is now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, because of our reports.
Why do cops run to the taser we asked?
Because they can taser or shoot, they know nothing else because they haven't been forced to learn anything else -- like taking down suspects.
They haven't been forced to learn how to do it because the departments and courts have covered for the officers time after time.
The "Use of Force Continuum", the model of what force to use in response to a situation, has become the "Continue to Use Force Continuum."
It isn't that these incidents are few and far between, as many people claim. It is that rarely these incidents get the attention of the media. You would not believe how the stories changed as the departments and officers were presented with clear and convincing evidence of police and correctional officer misconduct. We were asked not to publish the details, so we will honor that request for now.
Many people will argue that these incidents do not constitute the majority of police responses, but, it cannot be argued that this "use force continuously" mentality hasn't taken over in law enforcement. This is verified by the FBI's own investigation reports.
There was a reason that officers started putting dashboard cameras into every car; to curtail false accusations against officers.
There is a reason now why law enforcement is more concerned who is filming an incident than focusing on the incident itself; to curtail true accusations against officers. And the cases of police misconduct seem to get worse and worse as we go on.
Last weekend, we looked at the case of Bill Dillon, the Brevard County resident imprisoned for 27 years before DNA tests set him free.
No, this doesn't seem to be an "urban legend". It really happened according to the Orlando Sentinel. What is so egregious in this case is this fact:
The murder case against Dillon was full of problems.
Clearly, When the prosecution needed someone to lie for them, in court, Preston stepped up to the stand and perjured himself. Repeatedly. And you simply cannot convince a jury OR THE FBI that nobody in the district attorney's office didn't know this was happening.
They knew. They asked for that perjured testimony. And they got it.
We spoke to Police Psychologists and were told "This mentality in our law enforcement is a serious problem in America." "We see instances where the law is broken and ignored for some, while law enforcement uses excessive force on everyone else".
"Are we a classic "police state" yet, where law enforcement has no other purpose than to enforce the will of the government? No
We will be presenting you Live Audio Tapes from Victims of The Hocking Correctional Center in Nelsonville, Ohio who were raped and tortured, with no action. We will be providing you with internal reports provided by current and former employees of the institution who see this foundation as the only possibility of creating change and we will present you with evidence of Ohio Attorneys who were wanton in their duties as counsel, and one attorney who even STOLE 10,000 from his client.
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