Twin Rivers California Police Officer Branche Frederick Smith Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Multiple Attacks And Taser Weapon Threat – His Victims Were All Handcuffed And Unable To Defend Themselves – One Kicked In The Head While On Floor

June 22, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – A Twin Rivers police officer accused of assault while on duty was arrested Thursday.

Branche Frederick Smith, Jr., 37, turned himself into Sacramento police after the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office charged him with four counts of misdemeanor assault under the color of authority, Sacramento police Officer Michele Gigante said.

According to district attorney spokesperson Shelly Orio, Smith allegedly assaulted four people on two different dates.

On Sept. 17, 2010, Smith is accused of choking two subjects and threatening a third with a Taser after the three verbally challenged Smith while they were handcuffed to benches in the department. On May 30, 2011, Smith allegedly kicked a handcuffed subject in the head while the subject was on the floor of the Sacramento County Jail, Orio said.

Twin Rivers School District Spokesperson Trinette Marquis said Smith was placed on leave after fellow officers raised concerns about his behavior in January 2012. The concerns were reviewed by police Chief Scott LaCosse, then handed to the Sacramento Police Department for investigation.
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Douchebag Dorchester South Carolina Police Officers Use Taser Weapon On Naked 80 Year Old Woman – Afraid Of Her Cane

June 16, 2012

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA – Don’t tase the nude 80-year-old woman, bro.

Police in Dorchester County, S.C., used a Taser on a nude 80-year-old woman after she allegedly attempted to attack police with her walking stick. WCSC reports that when police answered a complaint of someone making loud noises in the area, they were met by an elderly woman wearing no clothes on her porch, reportedly hitting the steps of her porch with her cane.

According to police, the woman, who spoke “confusingly,” began to swing her cane at the officers when police tried to take it away from the nude woman. As police continued to talk the woman out of swinging her cane at them, another officer used his Taser on the woman’s back. The woman was immediately transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

When police investigated the area, they discovered that the woman, a former tenant, had broken three windows at the property after the owner attempted to give the deposit back to the woman.

WCSC reports that no charges were filed against the woman despite the $250 worth of property damage.

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Woman Dies After New York State Police Officer Christopher Budlong Sprays Her With Pepper Spray And Shoots Her With Taser Weapon

June 13, 2012

MUNNSVILLE, NEW YORK – A Madison County woman alleged to be high on drugs is dead after assaulting her child and receiving a Taser shock while she struggled with police.

According to State Police, around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday Troopers were called to an apartment on North Main Street in the Village of Munnsville for a report of a woman assaulting her three-year-old child. While police were responding to scene, they say Madison County 911 dispatchers received several follow-up reports that the woman was punching and choking the child and had started to attack a neighbor.

When police arrived, they say they found 35-year-old Pamela McCarthy apparently under the influence of “bath salts”, an illegal synthetic drug. Police say Trooper Christopher Budlong attempted to arrest McCarthy, who was “violently combative” according to police and resisted attempts to handcuff her. Budlong used his police-issued pepper spray on McCarthy to no effect, so he then deployed his Taser and was able to handcuff McCarthy with the help of rescue personnel.

Police then say that after McCarthy was taken into custody she went into apparent cardiac arrest. She was taken by ambulance to Oneida Healthcare, where she later died.

Police say the child was taken by ambulance to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. He was treated for minor injuries and released to family members.

Troopers say an autopsy is scheduled for today to determine a cause of death, and the Madison County District Attorney’s Office will take the case to a Grand Jury upon completion of the investigation.

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Douchebag Colwyn Pennsylvania Police Officer Trevor Parham Arrested And Charged After Attacking Unarmed Child With His Taser Weapon – Kid Was Cuffed Behind His Back, Shackled, And Cuffed To A Bench – Latter Texted Another Officer “Got Tased In The Cell LOL”

May 17, 2012

COLWYN, PENNSYLVANIA – A police officer from Colwyn Borough, Delaware County, has been arrested after a tasing incident involving a juvenile a few weeks ago.

The Delaware County District Attorney’s office arrested officer Trevor Parham (right) on charges of simple assault and official oppression after taking a juvenile into custody on April 24th.

Parham put a teenager into a holding cell that night and handcuffed the boy’s hands behind his back. His feet were also shackled and cuffed to the leg of the bench where the boy was sitting.

The affidavit says that when the teen began kicking at the cell, Parham tased him.

Parham admitted to detectives that he also texted a fellow officer saying, “got tased in the cell LOL.”

Parham is now free on $25,000 bond. The investigation is continuing.

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Former San Francisco California Transit Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, Who Still Claims He Didn’t Know The Difference Between His Taser Weapon And Pistol, Files Appeal To Overturn Manslaughter Conviction After Tiny Slap On The Wrist For Killing Unarmed Man

May 12, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Johannes Mehserle, a former San Francisco Bay Area transit police officer, is appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction for the killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant in Oakland.

The move has deeply angered Grant’s family, who say the appeal is an attempt for Mehserle to clear his name so that he can become a police officer again.

“I’m here to denounce his attempt to clear his record. He committed such gross negligence that he should not be allowed back on the streets to protect and serve again,” said Grant’s mother Wanda Johnson at a news conference Friday in Oakland.

The appeal to overturn the conviction was filed this week and argued during a court hearing on Wednesday, according to Michael Rains, Mehserle’s defense attorney. The appeal questioned some of the evidence and instructions that were given to the jury at Mehserle’s 2010 trial.

The three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco could make a decision on the appeal in 90 days.

Mehserle was accused of fatally shooting Grant on New Year’s Day 2009 on a platform of a Bay Area Rapid Transit station. Mehserle said at the trial that he intended to draw and fire his Taser rather than his gun.

He was sentenced to two years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter conviction, but was released last year because of a California law that allowed him to reduce his sentence to nearly a year.

Grant’s family members said they were also angry that they were not informed about the court hearing.

“We’re angered. We are hurt,” said Cephus Johnson, Grant’s uncle. “We were denied our right to be at this hearing. We applied to be informed about any hearing that pertained to Johannes Mehserle. This proceeding is an example of shutting victims out of the process. The family is outraged.”

This case has been controversial in California’s Bay Area community for years. The 2009 shooting was captured on a bystander’s cellphone video camera. The video showed Mehserle pulling his gun and fatally shooting Grant in the back as another officer knelt on the unarmed man. The video was widely circulated on the Internet and on news broadcasts, and it spurred several protests in and around Oakland.

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Meridian Connecticut Police Kill Man Who Had Scissors

April 21, 2012

MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT – A scissor-wielding man died after being shot by police with a Taser and then a gun Saturday morning.

Neighbors who spoke with News 8 at the scene say the man scared them. He was outside the home yelling with scissors in his hand. The next thing they knew police were there and the man was dead.

“Next thing I know they’re bringing him down handcuffed, oxygen, CPR, he was covered in blood,” said Lali Rios.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m., at a home located at 10 Maple Branch.

Upon responding to the home, Meriden police officers found a male suspect on the second floor creating a violent disturbance.

The man then moved to the third floor. Police said he was armed with scissors and was making verbal threats.

When the suspect suddenly charged at officers with the scissors, one of the officers deployed his Taser at the man. However, the Taser did not stop the suspect and he continued to attack the officers.

At that time, an officer was forced to use his weapon, striking the suspect.

He was taken to the Mid State Medical Center Emergency Department where he was pronounced dead.

No other injuries were reported.

As per department policy, the officer involved in the shooting will be assigned to administrative duties.

“You want to use the least amount of force possible in any incident, and certainly in a life threatening incident,” said Lt. Paul Vance, “and the last resort is to utilize deadly physical force.”

State Police will be investigating the shooting.

State Police are also investigating an incident in which a Meriden man died after police used a Taser on him during a reported disturbance Saturday morning.

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Meridian Connecticut Police Officer Uses Taser Weapon To Kill Man With Hammer

April 21, 2012

MERIDIAN, CONNECTICUT – A Meriden man died after police used a Taser on him during a reported disturbance Saturday morning.

The incident occurred just before 2 a.m., at 10 Grove Court.

According to State Police, a female homeowner called police saying that a man was breaking items in the home.

The woman told police that the man, identified as Angel Hiraldo, 48, of 10 Grove Court, was armed with a hammer.

When police arrived they found Hiraldo on the front porch of the home, with a hammer in his hand. When police told him to drop the hammer, he denied the requests and approached them in a threatening manner.

An officer then drew his Taser, striking Hiraldo in attempt to gain control.

Hiraldo then began to experience difficulty breathing and was taken to Mid State Hospital Emergency Department.

Hiraldo was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m.

As per department policy, the officers involved in the incident will be assigned to administrative duties.

State Police are investigating.

State Police are also investigating an incident in which a scissor-wielding man died after being shot by police with a Taser and then a gun Saturday morning.

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