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NFL player Michael Bennett claims racial profiling by LVPD…omits a few details from his story

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Bennett (l) and his buddy Kaepernick.

I’ve told you about this NFL player before. He’s writing a book entitled, Things That Make White People Uncomfortable (due out next year) and he won’t stand for the national anthem until he “feels like everything is equal.”

This past Wednesday he went public with an incident he had with the Las Vegas Police Department in August. We know there are two sides to every story yet it’s quite interesting that Mr. Bennett omitted a couple important details from his story. Read on…

From MyNorthwest.com: Michael Bennett addressed reporters Wednesday afternoon, hours after he posted an open letter to Twitter detailing a disturbing encounter with Las Vegas police during which he was forcefully held to the ground and handcuffed by an officer.

(From Bennett’s Twitter post: ““A police officer ordered me to get on the ground,” Bennett wrote. “As I laid on the ground, complying with his commands to not move, he placed  his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would ‘blow my (expletive) head off’.”)

“A lot of people of color have dealt with this before,” Bennett said. “And I hate that it happened to me, but I’m lucky to be in the situation to have the platform to continuously speak on injustice.”

Bennett said he told his family, teammates and head coach Pete Carroll about the incident after it happened in late August. After seeking advice about how to handle it, Bennett ultimately decided to make a public statement.

“There’s a lot of people who experience what I experienced in that moment,” Bennett said. “And they’re not here to tell their story.

“It’s an emotional moment for me. I know a lot of people are like, ‘Oh, did he want this on himself?’ I didn’t ask for this moment. It just happened to be me… any moment, I could have made the wrong decision. Whether move or (make the officer feel) like I was resisting or doing something wrong, and (the Seahawks) would be wearing… the patch with the No. 72 on it.”

A clearly emotional Bennett stood at the podium at Seahawks headquarters in Renton and fielded questions for nearly seven minutes before pausing during a question about his family.

The question was about a statement he made last year about being a black man in America – how even great accomplishments or fame cannot protect or make people of color immune from racism, racial profiling or police brutality.

“I try to tell my daughters every single day that they matter, and that…” Bennett said, before quietly walking out of the auditorium.

Cornerback Richard Sherman, who spoke to reporters shortly after Bennett’s exit, said Bennett’s own encounter is evidence in itself for the causes Bennett publicly supports — including his controversial decision to sit during the national anthem.

“Mike is literally sitting, taking a stand, doing everything he can to combat the same thing that he experienced,” Sherman said.

“And people are so worried about him sitting down during the national anthem that they completely miss that message a lot of the time. They want to be more angry at the action than the message. And that’s an unfortunate part of the world we live in nowadays. I wish that people would take it for what it is and make a difference.”


And what exactly did the Las Vegas Police Department have to stay about the incident that occurred in late August? From USA Today:

Las Vegas police said that there is no evidence to Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett’s accusation that he was racially profiled by the department during an incident outside a casino. 

Las Vegas Police Department undersheriff Kevin McMahill held a news conference Wednesday to respond to Bennett’s allegations, which he revealed earlier in the day.

“Many of the folks today have called this a incident of bias-based policing, police officers focusing solely on the race of an individual that they’re going to stop,” McMahill said. “I can tell you as I stand here today, I see no evidence of that. I see no evidence that race played any role in this incident.”

The officer who apprehended Bennett didn’t have his body camera on and it was not immediately clear why, McMahil lsaid. He added there are 126 videos from the officers that will be reviewed, and if those reveal that “any policies or training was violated, those officers will be held accountable.”

In a social media post, Bennett claimed he was singled out for “simply being a black man.” He added that “the officers’ excessive use of force was unbearable.”

Officers responded to reports of a possible active shooter in the casino around 1:30 on Aug. 27 after the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.

While searching for an active shooter, an officer noticed Bennett crouched near a gaming machine. Two officers gave chase when the individual (later identified as Bennett) ran out of the casino and onto the strip. Both officers were armed with handguns, and the arresting officer did not turn on his body camera.

“You hear the officer approaching the door saying, ‘There he is.’ He gives chase, Mr. Bennett jumped over the wall, our officer jumped went over the wall immediately there after,” McMahill said. He said Bennett was detained for 10 minutes and released.

Bennett said he was not given “any justification” for his apprehension.


So Mr. Bennett is “crouching” during an active shooter situation? Understandable if he knew what was occurring. But if he didn’t know it might be an active shooter situation, then why is he crouching behind a gaming machine?

Even if Bennett didn’t know of the active shooter situation, why would he choose to run from a police officer? Guess it’s just one of those things that might make us white people uncomfortable.

DCG

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Police tear-gas and beat peaceful marchers supporting traditional marriage

The much-prophesied time of the persecution of Christians is here.

As Americans await the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Defense of (Traditional) Marriage Act (DOMA) — and by implication, the constitutionality of same-sex marriage — it is sobering to know that 2½ months ago, 1.4 million Christians peacefully marched in support of traditional marriage in Paris and were met with tear gas and batons.

franceprotest“Manif pour tous (March For All),” Paris, France, January 13, 2013.

Manif pour tousThe elderly and young were among the marchers.

Angela Lu reports for WorldMag, March 26, 2013, that as the 1.4 million “Manif pour tous (March for all)” protesters approached the Champs-Elysees avenue and toward the presidential palace, in opposition to a draft bill legalizing same-sex marriage and gay adoption, French police tear gassed and beat the protesters with batons. The crowd included children, elderly people, and priests, many bused in from French provinces that continue to hold onto their Christian roots.

France protest1French police use pepper spray against participants in a pro-traditional marriage rally in Paris. Photo: Michel Spingler/AP

One LifeSiteNews correspondent, Jeanne Smits, who witnessed the protest said a 14-year-old boy needed respiratory assistance after the tear gas attack. The leader of the mainstream Christian Democratic Party also fell victim to the choking gas. Police allegedly threw a 17-year-old protestor down the stairs at the entrance of a subway station after gassing him.

While polls last August showed that same-sex marriage had two-thirds support among the French, the number is now down to a narrow majority. The opposition comes from the Catholic church in France, other religious leaders, including Jews and Muslims, and people in traditional small towns.

Meanwhile, in the United States, on March 26, 2013 (last Tuesday), more than 10,000 pro-marriage citizens from across the country and from every walk of life rallied and marched peacefully to the Supreme Court with two simple messages: “Respect Our Votes!” and “Kids Deserve a Mom and a Dad!”

But did you see or hear about this in the MSM?

ConservativeActionAlerts urges us to do the following:

1. BIGGEST NEED: Pray, pray, pray, for the Supreme Court, especially all 5 conservative Justices, to apply the existing law and uphold both the DOMA and Prop 8 bans.

2. Send an email to George Will (georgewill@washpost.com) saying “You are no longer conservative, but an enemy of Jesus Christ’s definition of marriage in Matthew 19:4-6.” This week George Will (who claims to speak for conservatives?) argued the Supreme Court should homose xualize marriage by striking down DOMA.

3. Sign our free petition to Congress here to defend traditional marriage as Jesus defined it, valid only between one man and one woman. Social share this petition on FB and Tw.

4. Call your two Senators at 202-225-3121 to say “oppose and filibuster S. 598” the bill proposed by Diane Feinstein (D-CA) that would repeal DOMA.

~Eowyn

Calif. highway police hog-tie unarmed pregnant woman

You will not believe what you’ll see in this video.

In August 2011, on a congested freeway in Los Angeles, California Highway Patrolmen (CHP) ordered a pregnant woman to pull over, for violating a traffic law by chatting on her cell phone.

The woman first pulled over to a narrow shoulder on the far right, but was told to exit. She either didn’t hear what the CHP said or simply became very confused. Instead of exiting, she began moving to the far left lane.

CHP must have shouted at her again, because she then obligingly moved back toward the right and eventually pulled over to the freeway’s right shoulder.

She sat in the car, which is what drivers normally should do when police pull us over.

But she was told to exit her car. So she got out of the car and stood there, with her arms by her side, clearly unarmed.

Two policemen went up to her, slammed her face-down onto the pavement and tied her wrists behind her back. She did not resist or flail about.

Two more policemen arrived. Then another two. Each policeman outweighed the young woman by at least 50 lbs.

Then the police HOG-TIED the woman.

Here’s a screenshot I took from the video at the 7:27 mark, of the woman being hog-tied (circled in red):

CHP hogtie woman

Watching the YouTube video, I didn’t see any information about when this atrocious police brutality occurred, or what happened to the woman.

So I did a search on the net and I found the information on LeakSource.

This horrific story has a happy ending.

The woman is Tamara Gaglione, age 30. She was hauled away and charged with misdemeanor evading and resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. But the charges were dropped when Gaglione’s terrible treatment was revealed in footage from the cruiser’s video camera. After the charges were dismissed, Gaglione pleaded no contest to a simple infraction of using her cellphone while driving.

Gaglione later sued the CHP and the five officers and one sergeant involved in the incident, alleging that her civil rights had been violated and that she had been subjected to excessive force and malicious prosecution.

Before any of the CHP officers could be deposed and the video admitted as evidence, CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow agreed in August to settle the suit. The state paid $250,000 to Gaglione last November.

CHP officials declined to discuss the incident, saying only that both sides concluded that settling the lawsuit for $250,000 was in the best interest of everyone. “The CHP conducted a review of the tactics and, as necessary, took appropriate action,” said Fran Clader, department spokeswoman.

The involved officers remain on the force.

Gaglione, now the mother of a 9-month old son, said the incident on the freeway changed her life. Although she had left Los Angeles, where she had worked as nanny and ran a pet care business, she said “I will always be scared of police officers because of these knuckleheads.”

Imagine what rotten policemen like those CHP officers would do if the Obama regime and the Left have their way, banning and confiscating all privately-owned arms, leaving us to the mercy of the state’s armed stormtroopers.

H/t FOTM reader Joan W.

~Eowyn

Persecution – Massachusetts Police Beat Up Pro-Lifer

Earlier this month, Jerry Buell, a Christian teacher in Florida’s Mount Dora High School was removed from teaching because he criticized gay marriage on his personal Facebook page outside of school time. Happily, a week later, Buell was returned to the classroom because of the tens of thousands of outraged e-mail sent by Christians to the school principal and the school board.

Now, another Christian is being persecuted.

Jeremy Kryn reports for LifeSiteNews.com, August 26, 2011, that pro-life activist Peter D’Attilio was beaten and arrested by the police for passing out pro-life bookmarks at a local town fair in Massachusetts.

D’Attilio tells LSN: “It was completely unexpected and out of the blue because I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I never got so much as a warning. They basically just grabbed me and cuffed me without a crime. I’m at peace because Our Lord and Savior was by me the whole way.”

In his account of what happened, published online by the pro-family group MassResistance, D’Attilio says that police approached him on the evening of August 11 when he was handing out two-inch-wide pro-life bookmarks to six teenagers at the annual St. Rocco fair on the grounds of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Franklin, Massachusetts.

According to D’Attilio, the police asked him to present identification. After asking why, the police officer reportedly responded that by law D’Attilio had to identify himself when asked by an officer.

D’Atillio says that when the officer prevented him from leaving the property after he offered to leave voluntarily, “I told him he was illegally detaining me. He then put his hand in my back pocket to grab my wallet, but I also put my hand in my back pocket to hold my wallet, so he gave up trying.”

At that point D’Attilio was put into handcuffs and was pushed to his knees while the police officer “started choking me,” after which the officer reportedly punched him in the face, giving him a black eye.

Peter D’Attilio with the black eye that he says he received after being punched by Officer Burchill.

In the police report filed by Officer Robert Burchill, Burchill says that he approached D’Atillio only after the chairman of the festival, Peter Brunelli, asked him to, claiming that Brunelli had received several complaints about D’Atillio and that he wanted him removed from the property. Burchill also claimed that D’Attilio repeatedly resisted arrest: “While I was trying to place the handcuffs on him, he pulled away and had to be physically restrained and handcuffed.” The officer said that D’Attilio again resisted when the officers were placing him into the police cruiser, and that “he had to be physically put into the cruiser.”

D’Attilio, however, denies he had resisted arrest.

At the police station, D’Attilio says the sergeant who did the booking asked him if he had planned to blow up the fair, telling him that pro-life people “are known for that kind of thing.”

When D’Attilio got out of jail, he found that his truck had been thoroughly searched with “bomb-sniffing dogs.” He says he has been told that he has been put on a “terrorist watch list.”

D’Attilio told LifeSiteNews: “By putting us all, every pro-life citizen, on the (Modern Militia Movement), it sends a powerful message that stereotypes all civil rights activists against abortion as terrorists.” The Modern Militia Movement is a government collective that identifies the warning signs of potential domestic terrorists for law enforcement communities.

D’Attilio, who still needs a lawyer to represent him, was arraigned in court before a judge on August 19, and is scheduled to appear in court again at 9:00 a.m. on September 28. He has filed a citizen’s complaint about his treatment at the hands of the police.

Neither Franklin Police Chief Stephen Williams nor Franklin Town Council Chairman Scott Mason responded to a request for comment from LSN.

Contact Information:

Stephen T. Williams
Franklin, MA Chief of Police
swilliams@franklinpolice.com

Scott Mason
Chairman of Franklin, MA Town Council
smason2@comcast.net

~Eowyn