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Officer Attacks, Arrests Man For Recording Him “Inappropriately Touching” Female Friend

Washington D.C.-     In New York, a video has emerged showing police officers attacking a man and arresting him simply because he attempted to record an officer who was touching his friend inappropriately.

The video was captured on three different surveillance cameras outside a convenience store.  Jason Disisto is standing with his friends when a female friend is approached by a police officer.  The officer Johnathan Munoz grabs hold of the woman’s wrist and starts to touch her inside her sweater.  Disisto takes a friends cell phone and tells the officers that he going to record what is happening because he doesn’t like what he is seeing.

That is when the officers attack Disisto, wrestling the phone away from him and taking him into custody.  Officer Munoz claims that Disisto had lunged at the officers and attempted to punch them with a closed fist.  The release of these three separate surveillance videos proves that Disisto did not attempt to strike the officers and all charges against him have been dropped.
Before driving away, the officer throws the cell phone out of the vehicle, breaking it on the pavement.
Tuesday, a civil rights law firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of Disisto against Officer Munoz.

REPORT: Chicago Police Perform ‘Stop and Frisk’ Four Times as Often as NYPD

Recent revelations regarding the Chicago police’s use of Stop and Frisk searches, StingRay surveillance, and the existence of a ‘black site’ in Homan Square, begs the question – What is happening in Chicago?

A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has found that the Chicago Police Department is the nation’s leader in the use of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” practice. Chicagoans are now stopped four times as often as New Yorkers. The report finds that when Chicago police stop individuals, the justification for the stops rarely meet constitutional standards.

In the Summer of 2014, the CPD performed more than a quarter million stops of individuals that did not lead to an arrest. This puts the CPD ahead of the NYPD in stops per 1000 residents. The NYPD has had to scale back the use of the practice after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional in the city. The ACLU also found that African Americans were often singled out for the searches.

“While most of the media coverage has suggested that that stop-and-frisk was a New York phenomena – it’s misuse is not limited to New York,” said Harvey Grossman, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. “Chicago has been systematically abusing this practice, for reasons that are not justified by our constitution.”

The Chicago Police Department has faced increased scrutiny in recent months for their surveillance practices and violating suspects’ rights to due process. In the last six months the CPD  has spent more than $120,000 to fight a lawsuit around the departments use of StingRay surveillance tools. The StingRays are a brand name of cell-site simulators, a device which tricks cellphones into thinking it is a cell tower and gathers up sensitive data.

Chicago resident Freddy Martinez is suing the city for what he calls unlawful surveillance.  Chicago police say the device has only been used to catch criminals, and refuses to release details of how they use the new technology. The Chicago PD and other law enforcement agencies sign non-disclosure agreements with Harris Corp, for the use of StingRay surveillance. This has created a dangerous situation where the police often are unwilling to speak freely about how they tools are being deployed.

StingRays are not the only tools the CPD is using, however. In early 2014 it was reported that the Chicago police are experimenting with a new program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime in the near future. In recent years predictive analytical systems have become increasingly popular with police departments determined to stop crime before it happens, also known as “pre-crime”. One of the CPD’s tools is a “heat list”, a list of around 400 citizens who are most likely to be involved in a violent crime.

Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation stated, “My fear is that these programs are creating an environment where police can show up at anyone’s door at any time for any reason.” CPD Commander Jonathan Lewin believes, “This [program] will become a national best practice.” The CPD received more than $2 million from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to test the program.

BenSwann.com also reported on the revelation that the CPD has been using a warehouse as a “black site” to illegally hold suspects without access to family, attorneys and subject to beatings. The facility is located in Chicago’s Homan Square and has been used as a work station for special police units.

The Guardian interviewed lawyers and former detainees who revealed several facts, including detainees being kept out of official arrest databases, shackled for extended periods of times, and denied access to attorneys for 12 to 24 hours. Some suspects were as young as 15 years old. One man was found unresponsive while at the facilities interview room and later died.

Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the United States. Every day the city’s police department looks more and more like the violent, criminal police departments in other major cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Houston. To recap, the Chicago are: police stopping individuals at an increasing rate; operating cell phone surveillance systems and “heat lists”; and illegally holding suspects under the threat of violence. At what point do we ask ourselves, is this the best we can do? Is this the only form community protection can take?

NYPD allegedly take $1,300 from man in video

A video recorded on a cell phone has emerged showing an NYPD officer allegedly stealing $1,300 from a man while carrying out a stop-and-frisk.

The video was shot in the early hours of Sept. 16 when Lamard Joye and his sister Lateefah Joye were walking through the Coney Island neighborhood when an NYPD officer approached Lamard and begin to “rough [Lamard] up.”  Others nearby saw this and began to record the incident.

In the video, we see the officer push Lamard against a fence before reaching in Lamard’s pocket and allegedly withdrawing $1,300 in cash, according to CBS News.  It is at this point the officer pepper-sprays Lamard.  Lateefah can be heard inquiring for the officers badge number when the officer turns and pepper sprays her as well.

The Joye siblings are being represented by lawyer Robert Marinelli who said in a statement, according to the New York Daily News, “I believe that this officer made an assumption that any money Mr. Joye possessed was obtained illegally and therefore he would not report the theft. This assumption was wrong. Mr. Joye is a hardworking taxpayer deserving respect.”

Marinelli obtained pay stubs showing Lamard’s money was obtained through legitimate means and gave this evidence to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.  According to the Raw Story, the money in question is still not accounted for or returned.

The NYPD has said there was a call from the area reporting a man with a gun and the officer was responding to the call.  “When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered numerous people at the location,” said the NYPD according to the New York Post.  “As a result of the allegations, the matter is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau and the CCRB [Civilian Complaint Review Board].”

Miami Gardens Police Department Has Stopped And Frisked 56,922 People Between 2008 and 2013

Miami Gardens, FL – In the city of Miami Gardens, with a population of around 110,000 people, a six-month Fusion TV investigation revealed that 99,980 people were stopped and 56,922 people were “Stopped and Frisked” between 2008 and 2013. This number includes 8,489 children and 1,775 senior citizens. Attorney Stephan Lopez, who has filed a lawsuit against the city, claims that a quota system was set up by the “higher ups” and officers in supervisory positions and the other officers followed those orders.

In an interview with CNN, a former officer wishing to remain anonymous claimed that officers were instructed in a roll call to stop all black males between the ages of 15 and 30 years old. Officers were instructed to do so because they were told that black males between the ages of 15 and 30 “were the criminal element within the city of Miami Gardens.” Current Miami Gardens police Chief Stephen Johnson said it’s a fact that most crimes in the city are committed by young black males because the city has a predominantly African-American population. Chief Johnson replaced former Chief Matthew Boyd after Boyd resigned.

Chief Johnson says that officers were under the impression that to get into special units they needed to have high numbers of “stop and frisks”. He did say that officers told him that they were told to stop black males to make those quotas.