Secret Body Cam Shows Cops Using His Flashlight to Break a Man's Jaw, Ribs, Arm, and Skull

The Louisiana State Police kept a video of one of their officers attempting to murder a guy with his flashlight hidden for two years. That footage was published this week, and we now understand why they didn't want it to see the light of day. Aaron Larry Bowman had not committed a crime on that tragic night in May 2019 and was merely suspected of "improper lane use" before being battered almost to death. Bowman made no effort to escape or fight arrest, but he was dragged from his vehicle by cops and thrown to the ground. While police were handcuffing him — allegedly for a traffic violation — Trooper Jacob Brown spotted an opportunity to inflict deadly violence and pulled up to the scene, jumping out of his car because he "was in the area and was attempting to get involved," according to a recent investigation into the violent trooper. Brown leapt on top of Bowman and unleashed his wrath, armed with an 8-inch aluminum flashlight strengthened with a pointed end designed to break vehicle glass.

“Return your f–king hands to me!” Brown screamed. “I'm not tampering with you.”

Brown proceeded to beat the obedient guy as other police restrained him. Bowman begged with the police to stop hitting him, stating that he is a dialysis patient and had done no wrong. Bowman continued to assure the police that he was not resisting, declaring, "I'm not fighting you; you're fighting me."

"Shut the f–king f–k up!" Brown reacted. “You're not paying attention.”

Brown delivered 18 strikes to Bowman's head, face, and body towards the conclusion of the assault. Bowman can be heard groaning on the ground, screaming, "I'm bleeding!" in the graphic clip. and, "They slammed a spotlight into my skull!"

Bowman had a fractured jaw, three broken ribs, a broken wrist, and a skull wound that needed six staples to heal. Bowman was charged with assault on a police officer, resisting an officer, and the driving infraction for which he was originally detained, illegal lane use. Brown attempted to conceal the footage by stating in his report that his contact with Bowman was a "citizen encounter" rather than a use of force. According to investigators, there was a deliberate effort to conceal the footage from any administrative scrutiny – and it succeeded. State police did not conduct an investigation into the assault on Bowman until 536 days after it occurred. Additionally, they started investigating it only after Bowman filed a complaint against them.

Brown resigned after the investigation's start in order to escape responsibility. According to the AP, Brown has a soiled and violent past, having been involved in a staggering 23 use-of-force cases, 19 of which involved melanated individuals.

Brown has subsequently been arrested and charged with several offenses.

Apart from the federal probe, Brown faces state charges of second-degree assault and misconduct in connection with Bowman's beating, the AP reports. He now faces state charges in connection with two other violent arrests of melanated motorists, one of which he bragged about last year in a group conversation with fellow troopers, stating that the suspect is "going to be sore" and "it warms my heart knowing we helped teach that young guy."

For those who are unfamiliar, this is the same department that murdered Ronald Greene. As with Bowman, the state police withheld the footage. Greene's family was informed he died in a vehicle accident, but body camera video showed he was OK after the wreck and was then tortured to death on the side of the road by police. Greene died only weeks after Bowman was assassinated.

“I was certain I was going to die that night,” Bowman told the Associated Press. “I don't want anybody to have to endure that.”

Nigerian Security Forces Pursue Peaceful Protesters While Criminals Escape With Their Crimes.

Nigeria has seen an increase in security problems over the past two years — numerous terrorist attacks, inter-ethnic conflicts, abduction, and assaults on people and government facilities by purported secessionists have all pushed the nation and its inhabitants to the brink. Concerned about the country's deteriorating security situation, state governors established regional security outfits – Amotekun in the Southwest, Ebube Agu in the Southeast, and Shege-Ka-Fasa by the Coalition of Northern Group – to assist the government's security agencies in combating these criminals. However, the country's instability seems to be overwhelming security authorities, as new assaults are being reported daily. Despite this, the government, via its institutions, seems more intent on crushing Nigerians demonstrating against insecurity, poor administration, and deteriorating living conditions throughout the nation than on prosecuting criminals.

Between August 2019 and June 2021, several organizations organized many large demonstrations to demand improved governance and restructuring, among other things. However, the government has responded by cracking down on those protestors through security personnel, resulting in arrests and, in some instances, the deaths of protesters. Protests are being crushed

The Coalition for Revolution (CORE) organized a #RevolutionNow demonstration in August 2019 to demand better government and well-being for Nigerians. The protests, which took place in several states including Lagos and Abuja, were interrupted by security officials who arrested and imprisoned major protest organizers, including former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore. They were charged with a treasonable felony under section 516 of the Criminal Code Act for allegedly organizing "a revolution campaign intended at deposing the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria." A year later, the group staged another demonstration, this time seeking an end to President Muhammadu Buhari's "anti-people policies." The protests took place concurrently in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ondo states, and Abuja. However, security agents dispersed protesters in Lagos and Abuja.

According to reports, a team of security agents from the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigerian Police, and the Army detained scores of demonstrators near the demonstration site. Additionally, the #EndSARS demonstration, which was in response to a spate of police abuses against Nigerian youth, was greeted with force and violence. Nigerians were enraged by the abuses of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) — a squad created to conduct covert operations against violent crimes. The #EndSARS protest, which began as an online movement in 2016, gained worldwide prominence in October 2020 when a video showing a SARS police officer killing a young Nigerian in front of the Wetland Hotel in Ughelli, Delta State, went viral. Unlike in the past, the campaign encouraged many victims of police brutality to speak up and join the movement, which culminated on Oct. 20.

On Oct. 20, near the Lagos Lekki Toll Gate, Nigerian Army personnel allegedly opened fire on demonstrators calling for an end to police violence. According to accounts, at least 50 people were wounded and many unidentified individuals were murdered in what has been dubbed the 'Lekki Massacre.' The Lagos State Government subsequently claimed, however, that the incident left up to 25 people wounded and just two people dead. Another demonstration at the Lekki Toll Gate was called off.

Four months later, a Judicial Panel established by the Lagos State Government to investigate the SARS unit's extrajudicial murders decided to investigate the Lekki shootings.

However, the Lagos State Government's decision to reopen the Lekki Toll Gate caused outrage and laid the groundwork for another protest at the toll plaza.

Nigerian youths, dissatisfied with the outcome, organized a new demonstration on Feb. 13. However, armed security agents detained around 20 protestors and dispersed others with tear gas at the site.

To express their dissatisfaction with the condition of the nation, some dissatisfied Nigerian youths called for a national protest against the government on June 12, which the government designated as Democracy Day. Protesters assembled at key locations across Nigeria's 15 states were dispersed by security personnel sent to quell suspected violence. On July 3, agitators in Southwest states took to the streets to demand that the Yoruba ethnic group be granted its own country. The unrest was predicated on the region's growing insecurity. After protestors disregarded official warnings to halt the planned action, armed police personnel were deployed to disperse the demonstrators. At least 20 people were detained and others dispersed in Lagos using tear gas and water cannons. A 14-year-old street vendor, on the other hand, was apparently killed by a stray gunshot fired by a police officer. The Lagos State Police Command has rejected the accusation, claiming that its personnel did not fire live rounds. Police departments consistently fail to react to distress calls.

Nigerians have become used to the Nigeria Police's slow reaction to distress calls during crises. For example, in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, confrontations amongst transport employees are common, yet the police often react slowly or with a tepid attitude. Commercial motorcycle operators and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) clashed over toll collecting last May. The following brawl engulfed residents and vehicles in the mayhem. The brawl, which left many people wounded, raged for hours before the Lagos Police command sent police to put an end to it. Criminal herders are becoming more self-assured.

Criminal herders' activities are concerning in many areas of Nigeria, and many Nigerians believe that security agents are either overwhelmed by the task or just choose to look aside while the criminals' assault and pillage. For example, HumAngle reported on how the Police failed to react to distress calls made by residents of Igangan in the Southwest State of Oyo after an overnight assault by suspected criminal herders. At least 12 people were murdered and many homes were damaged in the assault. According to humane, local hunters and members of the O'dua Peoples Congress repulsed the assault after the police disregarded distress calls from community leaders.

Festus Ogun, a human rights activist and lawyer, said, "No right is complete without the right to fight for one's rights."

Festus highlighted the Nigerian Constitution as providing the freedom to gather as well as the right to protest. “Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution protect the freedom to protest,” he said. “A democracy cannot be described as one in which people are not able to express themselves freely via protest and demonstration.” He stated, "Protesting is an integral element of free expression." Denying people their fundamental right to demonstrate is equivalent to setting fire to democracy.” Ogun said that there was no definitive legislation to justify security agents' assaults on demonstrators, adding that "any effort to rationalize such attacks would end in humiliation."

“Officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted recklessly against peaceful demonstrators, and it is a disgrace that an institution charged with safeguarding Nigerians' human rights and basic freedoms participated in such abuse of power,” Taiwo Makanjuola, an associate with Citizens' Gavel, stated.

Makanjuola said that "the evils that pervaded the Nigeria Police Force, like as brutality, indiscriminate murders, and extortion, required the demonstration, and therefore to see protestors being brutalized, unlawfully fired at, and detained for exercising their basic right begs the issue."

“This effort to silence people via clampdowns is what is reviving agitations for violence in Nigeria. To survive as a democracy, the conversation must be a continuous tool for resolving disagreements and expectations. A Nigerian citizen does not need to seek permission from any government agency or public authority to voice their dissatisfaction. Protest is not a privilege.”

Additionally, Tope Temokun, a lawyer and activist, stated, "If the people choose to peacefully protest against the killings in the land, kidnappings, and other challenges of bad governance in the land, the police's only role as citizens in uniform would be to march alongside the people, to ensure that the justifiable objectives of this justifiable protest do not get derailed."

Accused cops attack and knockdown an innocent mother, then fabricate lies to justify their actions — lawsuit


Nakia Porter had committed no crime the night she was beaten and abused by officers from the Solano County Sheriff's Office. Porter, a professional software engineer and mother of two without a criminal record, had stopped off the highway to change drivers during a journey with her father and children, but would never return to the highway. Rather than that, Porter would be assaulted, rendered unconscious, and abducted, all while her father was arrested and thrown into the back of a police car.

Despite the fact that they were aware they were being filmed by their body cameras, deputies continued to fabricate a fake narrative to justify their assault and subsequent arrest of an innocent mother of three. Porter and her father, Joe Powell, are now suing and will almost certainly win.

The event occurred on August 6, 2020, when the family was driving home to Orangevale, northeast of Sacramento, after a vacation to Oakland. In the rear seat sat her two children, ages 3 and 6, and a 4-year-old niece.

Porter became exhausted throughout the trip and pulled over to a safe location to switch drivers. Their perfectly lawful conduct attracted the notice of Solano County sheriff's officers, who proceeded to violate their rights in every manner possible.

While switching cars, the deputies — Dalton McCampbell and Lisa McDowell — conducted a traffic stop and started screaming commands at Porter with their weapons drawn. Porter cooperated with them all.

The officers said that they observed the car's license plates were mismatched — a California plate on the rear and a Maryland plate on the front. Porter had relocated from Maryland and had simply neglected to remove her vehicle's front plate. However, the vehicle was hers, as the deputies quickly discovered.

“However, the deputies reported the back license plate to their dispatch since they knew it fit the description of the vehicle and there was no record of it being stolen,” the lawsuit says.

“I was doing everything properly and providing no cause to be treated this way,” Porter said.

Regrettably, her cooperation was meaningless to the deputies. While she attempted to explain that they were changing drivers, they pushed in and handcuffed her for no reason.

She made no attempt to resist handcuffing Porter.

“For those who are hearing, I will state unequivocally that I am not resisting,” Porter said into the officers' cameras. “You are not informing me of my legal rights.”

According to the video, the deputies started pushing the 5'2" 125 lb lady about before knocking her down.

“Hands behind your back. McCampbell yelled, "Get on your stomach!"

Due to the fact that the two policemen have the little lady pushed to the ground, it's difficult to see what's going on. Porter, on the other hand, said in the complaint that officers struck her in the head and stomach, knelt on her back, and pulled her hair.

McCampbell, described in the complaint as a big male deputy, "pushed Nakia onto her stomach and mounted her while McDowell, a large female officer, seized her by the hair, even yanking out her braids and shoving her face into the pavement." She had committed no wrongdoing. Nikia lost consciousness as a result of the beating.”

As shown by the footage, she is then struck unconscious. Porter said that she had a brief period of unconsciousness shortly after they placed her in handcuffs.

“I believe she has escaped,” McCambell said on the video.

McCambell continues to sit on his victim for almost a minute, squeezing the breath from her lungs while she lays unconscious on the ground. He then grabbed one of Porter's limbs and pulled her dead corpse back to the police vehicle using one of her limbs. According to the complaint, she was unconscious for more than five minutes, an indication of a severe concussion.

When paramedics and supervisors came, McCambell began telling them that Porter had been knocked out for just 20 seconds and had knocked herself out. He then informs his superiors that Porter struck herself in the head and stomach, resulting in her own injuries, prior to striking McCambell in the face.

According to the complaint, McCambell was never struck in the face. Additionally, Porter requested to be taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries, complaining of headaches and stomach problems but was instead sent to a prison cell.

“Deputies McCampbell and McDowell rejected the request, continuing to mislead paramedics by downplaying the attack and injuries inflicted on Ms. Porter,” the court petition said.

Her two daughters and niece were in the backseat of their SUV, watching all of this happen.

Porter was then placed in a cage and charged with resisting arrest. However, she was freed the next day because authorities lacked evidence to support the accusation.

Porter has now retained attorney Yasin Almadani, who filed a complaint alleging the officers of breaching state and federal civil rights laws via the use of "unlawful seizure, assault, and excessive force."

Almadani attributes Porter's speedy exoneration to the body camera video.

“Fortunately, video footage refuted the falsified facts,” Almadani said. “Therefore, we think that what happened here was a racially motivated beating and intimidation of a Black family.”

Indeed, terrifying.

Nigerian Press Freedom Is in Danger of Being Extinguished

Koo, Twitter's Indian competitor, has just started advertising to Nigerians, backed by a strong brand ambassador: President Muhammadu Buhari. The endorsement comes more than two months after Buhari banned Twitter in Nigeria in reaction to the social media firm removing a provocative post from Buhari threatening violence against followers of a southeast separatist movement. The endorsement of certain media businesses is the latest step in the government's continuous campaign to stifle free speech.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigeria's media regulating authority, sent a letter to Nigerian broadcast stations last month directing them to minimize the country's deteriorating security situation, especially the danger posed by Boko Haram and banditry. NBC defended its stance by claiming that reporting on these problems has a propensity to incite more violence. This argument would be plausible if the government had not been gradually eroding free speech rights. For instance, after the #EndSARS demonstrations against police brutality last October, NBC penalized media groups for covering the events.

Nigeria is now rated 120 on the World Press Freedom Index, down five places from its 2020 rating. According to Reporters Without Borders, Nigeria is "one of the most hazardous and challenging nations in West Africa for journalists," and the situation seems to be worse. Following the Twitter suspension, NBC ordered that all social media platforms and internet broadcasting service providers operating in Nigeria apply for broadcast licenses. This was followed by a very contentious modification to the NBC Act aimed at suffocating media companies. These measures have sparked widespread outrage among Nigeria's main media outlets, with each station running front-page advertising advocating against excessive media control in the nation.

Restriction of free expression poses major difficulties for civil society in a political climate where the government has shown a propensity for authoritarian behavior. Inability to report the news freely may result in a scenario in which the government determines what constitutes truth or fiction. This has severe implications, particularly for a nation experiencing its most serious security problems since the 1967 Civil War.

For over a decade, Nigeria's North East area has been the scene of an insurgency that has claimed over 40,000 lives and displaced over two million. The area continues to bear the brunt of this conflict's devastation, especially among women, children, and other vulnerable populations. Meanwhile, the country's North West area is plagued by banditry: over 2,000 individuals have been kidnapped since January, including hundreds of school children. Continuous reporting on these conflicts informs people about their intensity and effect on Nigerians. With this knowledge, citizens may continue to put pressure on their government to handle insecurity more effectively. Reduced reporting on crisis situations in the country effectively silences millions of victims who would otherwise have no voice at the national level and trivializes their sufferings for the sake of avoiding embarrassment for the administration.

The incapacity of the Buhari government to control the country's insecurity is deteriorating. Self-determination demands are increasing in the South West, while the South East is on the brink of an insurrection headed by advocates of a revived Biafran separatist movement. Suppression of Nigerian media seems to be a desperate effort to keep Nigerians unaware of how little progress the administration has made toward curbing insecurity.

If the government succeeds in its current assault on journalistic freedom, there is no reason to believe it will be the last. With general elections approaching in two years, rules and restrictions restricting the media may make it more difficult to report on voting irregularities—particularly if they are committed by the governing party. According to others, the increased emphasis on limiting free expression is part of the governing party's strategy to consolidate power ahead of the 2018 elections.

Many allies of the government have warned that incorrect reporting of conflict news—whether on social or mainstream media—could aggravate the country's profound divides, prompting citizens to take law into their own hands. While this is a possible danger, the nation currently has regulations in place to handle it and penalize violators. For instance, the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, and Punishment) Act (2015) tackles risks to cyberspaces, including internet use and security, with the goal of preventing and fighting cybercrime. Additionally, the Defamatory and Offensive Publications Act (1966) criminalizes defamation. The government's priority should be to execute these laws rather than to continue eroding journalistic freedom.

President Buhari said in his 2015 inaugural address that democracy is the preferred path to national development and vowed to "actively work the democratic system." A democratic government's responsibility is to protect free expression and ensure basic liberties. It is critical that the government tries to meet these obligations.

The COVID-19 vaccine is required by a judge, or else the man will be arrested and charged.

Brandon Rutherford was recently confronted in an Ohio courtroom with a choice: get vaccinated or risk prison. On August 4, Judge Christopher Wagner of Hamilton County, Ohio sentenced the 21-year-old to two years probation for fentanyl possession. However, his punishment came with a twist: he was required to get a COVID vaccination as a condition of his probation. If Rutherford does not cooperate, he faces up to 18 months in prison.

“I'm not a doctor, but I believe the vaccination is much safer than the fentanyl you had in your pocket,” Wagner told Rutherford.

Wagner offered Rutherford 60 days to be vaccinated and said, "You're going to keep your job." You will not be in the presence of a weapon. I'm going to order you to obtain a vaccination within the next two months and bring it to the probation office." The judge discovered Rutherford's vaccination status only after questioning him when he appeared in court wearing a mask—a policy Wagner instituted for any unvaccinated individuals in his courtroom.

The requirement infuriated Rutherford.

“Can they put me to prison for refusing to take a shot? “I have an issue with that,” he said. “I'm simply doing all I can to get out of here as soon as possible, including seeking work and everything else. However, that little item (COVID vaccination) has the potential to put me back.”

Wagner responded to the judge's order after it caused a commotion.

“Judges make judgments on a defendant's physical and mental health daily, including ordering drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment,” he said in a statement. Additionally, he said that he was responsible for "rehabilitating the defendant and protecting the community."

Wagner is not the first judge in Ohio to take such measures. He joined similar requests made by justices in Franklin and Cuyahoga counties.

Autonomy of the Body

As Rutherford's case clearly illustrates, the world is struggling with the issue of how much power a person should have over their own body in the aftermath of COVID-19. Physical integrity, often known as bodily autonomy, is a long-standing human right and individual liberty concept. In recent years, much of the debate on this subject has focused on the #MeToo movement, which has raised awareness of sexual harassment and abuse in a variety of our institutions. It is self-evident that assaulting another person's body is intrinsically immoral; no one disputes this assumption when addressing sexual assault. Yet, for far too many, such sharp distinctions get muddled by other concerns, particularly when the discussion turns to medical body autonomy. And history demonstrates that the United States has a long, disturbing record of assaulting Americans' physical integrity, especially the disenfranchised and poor.

For instance, in 2017, a court and sheriff in Tennessee implemented a forced sterilization program for prisoners. They enabled inmates to get a 30-day reduction in their sentence provided they consented to the medical treatments. Fortunately, they were sued over this, and the scheme was declared unconstitutional. Daniel Horwitz, the attorney who won this lawsuit, said at the time, "Inmate sterilization is disgusting, ethically repugnant, and unlawful." Forced sterilization of prisoners is hardly the only medical crime against bodily autonomy that has occurred in our history. The Tuskegee Experiment began in 1932 and lasted decades. The research was performed by the United States Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who lied to 600 black male volunteers about their syphilis status and falsely claimed they were getting free healthcare. In actuality, they received placebos, inadequate therapies, and were refused penicillin—even though it was becoming widely accessible as a cure for syphilis. The specific instance emphasized the need for informed consent in medical treatments and demonstrated how far the nation still needed to go in resolving fundamental rights, such as “The right of the people to be safe in their persons,” as stated in the US Constitution. On a global scale, activists for human rights have waged a long and difficult struggle to establish these fundamental concepts of physical autonomy and informed consent in society. The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. According to Article 3 of this Declaration, "everyone has the right to life, liberty, and personal security."

The date of this Declaration is critical since it followed World War II, a time marked by some of the most egregious abuses of human rights in contemporary history, including widespread scientific and medical experimentation on human beings. The following Nuremberg Trials, which took place between 1945 and 1949, culminated in the 1947 Nuremberg Code, a collection of ten principles addressing issues of human medical research. Nuremberg set a new worldwide norm for ethical medical conduct with the Nuremberg Code. Within the parameters of its specifications? Consent of the human subject voluntarily and informedly. Then, in 1966, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights stated in Article 7: "No one should be tortured or subjected to cruel, barbaric, or degrading treatment or punishment." Nobody will be subjected to medical or scientific experiments without his or her express consent.” Medical treatments that are compelled are a particularly heinous breach of the basic right to bodily integrity and autonomy. This lesson had to be learned the hard way throughout the course of the twentieth century. However, it seems to have been forgotten in the frenzy surrounding COVID-19.

Multiple Violations

The Ohio cases are particularly disturbing because they involve individuals whose physical autonomy is invaded by their government not once, but twice. Our judicial system regularly confines bodies based on what their owners choose to put in them—regardless of whether a real crime arises from that consumption. That is largely due to the immoral and unfair War on Drugs, as well as the vast variety of non-violent crimes that our nation now criminalizes. Now, in addition to detaining defendants for choosing to inject a drug into their bodies, we have judges threatening further imprisonment to force those same individuals into injecting another substance. This is an extreme breach of an individual's physical autonomy in both situations. However, many progressives who often voice indignation about mass imprisonment and the War on Drugs are either quiet on or advocate for vaccination requirements.

Philosophers Who Were Foresighted

Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), an economist, had a lot to say against governments meddling with what people consume. He said the following in his book Human Action:

“Opium and morphine are unquestionably deadly, addictive medications. However, if the concept that government must protect the individual against his own folly is accepted, no meaningful arguments to additional encroachments can be advanced.” This is important to the War on Drugs, which was gathering momentum at the time of Mises' death and contemporary pandemic policy. The real issue is not whether it is wise for an individual to be vaccinated for their personal health. It is not the government's responsibility to protect people from their own foolishness. Mises continued, writing:

“A compelling argument might be made for the ban of alcohol and nicotine. And why should the government's benign providence be limited to the protection of an individual's body? Isn't the damage a man may inflict on his mind and soul much more pernicious than any physical affliction? Why not forbid him from reading terrible books and seeing poor plays, from gazing at bad paintings and sculptures, and from listening to bad music? The harm caused by poor ideas is undoubtedly much more insidious, both for the individual and for society as a whole than the harm caused by narcotic drugs.”


As is often the case, when liberty supporters oppose a public policy that big-government proponents consider to be "common sense," we do so not out of concern for the immediate consequences, but rather because we understand the potential consequences. If the government can coerce me into receiving a vaccination for my own protection, what else can it coerce me into? The proverbial bag of worms has been opened, a legal precedent established, and as any student of history will tell you, it only gets worse from there. Mises persisted:

“These are not fictitious specters terrorizing isolated doctrinaires. It is a truth that no paternal authority, ancient or contemporary, has ever resisted the need to regulate its people's thoughts, ideas, and views. If one eliminates man's freedom to choose his own consumption, one eliminates all other liberties. The naive proponents of government intervention in consumer behavior mislead themselves when they overlook what they contemptuously refer to as the philosophical dimension of the issue. They unintentionally advance the cause of censorship, inquisition, religious intolerance, and dissenter persecution.”

Strong remarks, but well-deserved. And that is particularly pertinent now, as governments quickly move from "we must mandate public health measures" to "we must restrict and punish anyone who oppose or speak out against our public health policies."

Those who argue for the government's power to deprive people of their liberty based on their consumption effectively promote a slew of injustices and human rights abuses. There is absolutely no room for doubt in this case.

Not only in Human Action did Mises seem to be writing from the dead for our own era. He states the following in his book, Liberalism:

“We see that once we abandon the concept that the state should refrain from interfering with an individual's way of life, we end up controlling and limiting it to the slightest detail.

How the Lagos Police Department extorted N40,000 from Ekwueme Varsity students on their way to board a plane to return to school in Nigeria

Students of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Michael Ekene Okonkwo, and Udo Chukwu Maduforo, have described how some police officers assigned to the Airport Command, Ikeja, Lagos, extorted N40,000 from them when they were on their way to catch a plane back to school.

According to reports, the students were in a taxi on their way to the local wing on Saturday morning when their car was stopped by a squad of police officers in front of the Golden Tulip Hotel, which is located along Airport Road at around 11 a.m. Vanguard reported that the students said that the police searched them and did not discover anything damning throughout the investigation. They begged the police officers to enable them to take their flight to school and handed them their identity cards, but their pleadings went unheard by the officers.

“They harassed us and delayed us without informing us of the nature of our offense. it was discovered that there was nothing incriminating in our belongings when they searched them. Someone shoved us in the face and then took N40,000 from us at the conclusion of the incident. “At the end of the day, we were late for our flight,” the students admitted. Mrs. Evelyn Okonkwo, the mother of one of the kids, stated, "When I got a phone call from my son informing me that they were being detained by the police, I immediately went to the location and hoped that an unintentional gunshot would not be fired."

All I wanted to know was what crime they had done that had resulted in their being imprisoned. As I approached the location, he phoned again to inform me that the cops had freed them after extracting N40,000 in ransom money from them.

“The money was intended to be used for their educational expenses. The aircraft had already taken off by the time they got to the airport.

“They were late for their Air Peace flight, which was due to depart at 11:40 a.m. They were forced to return home and fly on Sunday am, incurring additional expenses.”

Awful Video Documents Two Male Cops and One Female Cop Tasering and Forcibly Stripping a Disabled Woman

Ariel Harrison, aged 31, was dragged into a concrete room and zapped with a taser as a guy kneeled down on her and assisted a female in stripping her nude in October 2019. Another man with a pistol stood over her, watching, before joining in on the cruel assault and ripping her panties off. This horrific sexual assault was caught on camera, yet none of the offenders were arrested – because they were police. Harrison's ordeal began in October 2019 when she was pulled over for a DUI stop. Harrison, who is legally blind in one eye, was detained and transported to the Macomb Police Department without being subjected to a field sobriety test. Harrison says she was tasered several times during the stop, forcing her to pass out and awaken in a prison cell. According to Harrison's counsel, no breathalyzer or field sobriety tests were administered at the scene, during her arrest, or during her detention.

“They didn't explain anything to me when they pulled me over; they simply yanked me out of my car,” Harrison told Vice News.

She was then repeatedly tasered and put into the back seat of a police vehicle. When she regained consciousness in her prison cell, her nightmare continued as police tried to further strip her down. Harrison's assault was captured on camera in two instances. Harrison is shown in the first video in a concrete cell, her wrists tied behind her back. Officers storm into the cell and immediately begin assaulting her, stripping her of her sweater and throwing it into the corridor. After removing her sweatshirt with force, the officer removed her handcuffs and left her alone on the cell floor.

Harrison was alone in his cell for many hours in the second video, which authorities did not disclose until almost two years after the assault occurred. As seen in the video, a male and female police enter her cell, with the female officer brandishing a taser at her. Harrison is totally non-violent and makes no effort to hurt or assault the police. Although the video is silent, Harrison begged the police for some privacy because she felt uncomfortable stripping in front of a guy, according to the film's subtitles.

“I had informed her that this was not acceptable. That he wasn't meant to be there when I was changing," Harrison said. "She explained to me, 'Well, he is here with me.' Essentially, she was unconcerned. I felt as if she was violating my rights.”

As shown by the video, Harrison is writhing in terror as police begin tearing her clothes off piece by piece and tossing it out into the corridor. The cop witnessing the assault then joined in, crouching down on her knees and forcefully removing her underpants. It was tantamount to sexual assault and completely unwarranted. After stripping her nude like an animal, the police walked out of the cell, leaving her naked and alone in her concrete dungeon. Later that night, an officer arrived and placed on the floor what looked to be a yellow suicide vest. The video eventually comes to a close. The cops subsequently informed their superiors that Harrison was stripped naked as a result of her refusal to comply with commands to undress. However, in a recent interview with VICE, Harrison said that she did not undress out of fear of sexual assault. Regrettably, her worries were realized.

Disgustingly, the Macomb Police Department defended the officers involved, stating that they acted appropriately and following all applicable rules and procedures. “Involved staff recorded the event. Additionally, supervisory staff evaluated the event and recorded it following Macomb Police Policy and Procedures,” the agency stated in a statement. “The Macomb Police Department provides a fair and impartial service to our community by reporting occurrences honestly, impartially, and without bias.” However, according to Sarah Grady, a partner at Loevy & Loevy in Chicago and director of the law firm's Prisoner Rights Project, cross-gender strip searches are prohibited.

“They should not be performed in the presence of, or by members of, the opposing gender unless an emergency exists. There must be a rationale for conducting a cross-gender strip search, since there is the awareness that cross-gender strip searches are particularly invasive and damaging, particularly to women,” she added.

Harrison was charged with DUI and an Attack on an officer after her sexual assault by three policemen. According to the Racial Justice Coalition, the assault allegation stems from her grabbing the arresting officer's collar while being tased and collapsing - an event that was completely beyond her control. She was found guilty and her sentencing was set for this week. However, her sentencing was postponed for unexplained reasons, according to The McDonough County Voice. A petition has been launched to get all of her charges dismissed and demand an inquiry from the police. It has accumulated more than 60,000 signatures.

Veteran Sentenced to Life in Prison for Possessing $30 Worth of Marijuana Will Be Released

Derek Harris is a decorated soldier who gave his life for his nation during Operation Desert Storm. His years of devotion to his nation were meaningless to the state, which sentenced him to life in prison for selling less than a gram of marijuana to an undercover policeman. After more than a decade in prison, Harris has finally received some good news as the drug war draws to an end.

Harris was resentenced to time served and will be freed shortly, according to his counsel. Prosecutors in Vermilion Parish decided to release Harris from jail after a fresh hearing granted by the Louisiana Supreme Court last month, according to FOX 59. The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states: Exorbitant bail shall not be needed, excessive fines must not be levied, and cruel and unusual punishments shall not be inflicted. At the PBWW website, we believe that life in prison without the possibility of release for drug trafficking is unjustifiable. Not only is 69 grams of a plant excessive, but it is also very cruel. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon, but Harris' horror will soon come to an end.

Harris' ordeal started in 2008 when an undercover policeman came to his home and inquired about purchasing marijuana. Harris sold.69 grams of marijuana — hardly enough to roll two joints — for $30. He was then arrested, abducted, and put in a cage by police. In 2012, Judge Durwood Conque of the 15th Judicial District convicted Harris guilty of marijuana distribution. A prosecutor for Vermilion Parish used the state's chronic offender statute, and Conque sentenced Harris to life in prison as a four-time loser.

Harris has been battling mental illness since his return from Iraq. This led him down a road of addiction, which he maintained by selling narcotics and stealing minor things. On the other hand, Harris never intended to harm anybody and all of his offenses were misdemeanors. According to court documents, Harris' previous convictions stretch all the way back to 1991 for cocaine trafficking. He was then convicted of simple robbery in 1992 and 1993, simple burglary in 1997, and theft under $500 in 2005, according to Cormac Boyle, a Promise of Justice Initiative attorney who argued Harris' case Monday. Boyle said that sufficient evidence indicates that his rap record is the result of a battle with mental illness related to his military service, not a propensity for crime. However, that mitigating evidence was never presented, and Conque sentenced Harris to life in prison without the possibility of release under a chronic offender statute that allows prosecutors wide discretion.

“Courts have an obligation to ensure that the penalty is proportionate to the offense. That did not occur here,” Boyle said during the first assessment. “This court has consistently maintained the authority to declare a punishment excessive.”

“His previous crimes were mild and linked to his untreated drug addiction,” Justice John Weimer of the Louisiana Supreme Court said in his decision.

Prosecutors said that if Harris' sentence is reversed, it would reintroduce dangerous offenders to the streets. However, this is not true. This habitual offender law is the primary reason Louisiana has become the world's capital of prison.

“These extremely lengthy and excessive sentences are virtually impossible to appeal once imposed, and as a result, we have a disproportionate number of people serving life without parole and a disproportionate number of people in prison,” Mercedes Montagnes, Executive Director of the Promise of Justice Initiative, explains.

“Mandatory life sentence for possession of the tiniest quantity of marijuana. Is this a violation of the Eighth Amendment? Is it exorbitant? That is precisely what we are discussing,” Chief Justice Bernette Johnson said.

Not only are life sentences for marijuana use excessive. Any time someone's liberty is taken away or they are extorted by the government for having or using this plant, it is cruel and excessive, but it is a function of this whole system.

“Americans should be angry that police departments throughout the nation continue to squander taxpayer money and scarce law enforcement resources arresting otherwise law-abiding people for simple marijuana possession,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said. We concur.

Cop opens the porta-potty door, he immediately shoots an unarmed man with his hands up.

This week, a harrowing video of an unarmed man being executed while seated inside a portable toilet was published. Daverion Deauntre Kinard was assassinated on Feb 13 — the day before his 29th birthday — by Fontana officer Johnny Tutiavake. The fact that the city offered a million-dollar settlement for Kinard's death prior to the family filing a complaint demonstrates the shooting's gravity. However, after seeing the body camera video and learning that Kinard spent his last minutes alive with his hands up and surrendering to police prior to his execution, $1 million falls well short of the damages his family should seek.

According to authorities, they were on the lookout that night for a burglar. According to investigators, a guy wearing a black hoodie was seen trying to enter an empty house. When officers got on the scene, they discovered an open window and a guy inside wearing a black sweatshirt.

“Hey! Hey! “Do not move,” an officer commands as he approaches the guy in a corridor. Kinard, the guy, then flees. According to authorities, he was pursued around the area as he climbed three walls, raced through backyards, and finally sought shelter in a neighboring porta-potty. Officer Tutiavake joined the search and discovered Kinard in a portable toilet about 1,000 feet from the house he had just entered, according to Fontana police chief Billy Green. Tutiavake opens the door, and Kinard's body language indicates he is aware he has been apprehended and is prepared to surrender. Nonetheless, this terrified cop shut the door to get his gun before reopening it.

When Tutiavake opened the door for the second time, Kinard completely submitted, raising both hands with his palms out to demonstrate his unarmed status to Tutiavake. Despite the officer seeing both of Kinard's hands, the officer fired. The whole execution took less than three seconds. Chief Green subsequently claimed that Kinard was carrying a "metallic item" when, in fact, he was holding a plastic lighter. However, this information was revealed after the department's release of body camera video.

The government has failed to even accept Tutiavake's allegation that she saw Kinard's lighter in his hand. After the officer fires a single fatal shot, the police edited the footage to show Kinard holding an extremely grainy and fuzzy still picture of what seems to be the lighter. They evidently did not take the time to obtain a clear still picture. PBWW website, on the other hand, did. Kinard was clearly surrendered in our still picture capture. His thumbs have separated from his fingers, and he is holding his hands in the air. However, was not given time to comply with any instructions, and no orders were issued prior to Tutiavake's assassination.

Chief Green said last week that both his agency and the San Bernardino District Attorney's office are still investigating the incident. According to the Sun, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office, Jacquelyn Rodriguez, said that her office has not received Fontana's investigative report. District Attorney Jason Anderson will decide if the shooting occurred in violation of criminal law, while Fontana's internal inquiry will establish whether the incident occurred in violation of department policy.

Tutiavake, the assassin, is not on leave and is on active service.

Cops Kill Hero Teen Protecting a Mother and Her Son in Response to a Drive-By Shooting — Lawsuit

Fred Cox, 18, and his family were at the Living Water Baptist Church in November for Jonas Thompson Jr.'s funeral. According to a complaint filed this week, gunfire rang out during the ceremony as a drive-by shooting occurred and Cox went into hero mode. Regrettably, the lawsuit alleges that a police officer on the scene would murder Cox for his act of valor.

“Fred is gone for being a hero while Melanin,” Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney representing Cox's family, said at a Wednesday news conference. According to authorities, Cox was a visitor at Thompson's funeral two weeks earlier on November 8, 2020. Davidson County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Shane Hill was also there at the family's request to assist in the investigation of Thompson's murder. He was on hand to speak with prospective witnesses.

As a group of individuals went to their vehicles after the funeral, bullets rang out outside the church from a drive-by shooting. Cox allegedly noticed a woman and her 12-year-old kid trying to flee the gunfire and rushed in their direction, holding the door open for them to enter more quickly. According to the complaint, deputy Hill opened fire on Cox from behind, stabbing him multiple times in the back – murdering the 18-year-old would-be hero. Despite the fact that 70 bullets were fired that day, Cox was the sole victim. Following Cox's death, Hill claimed to have spotted a firearm in Cox's hands, which prompted him to open fire. His family and lawyers, on the other hand, reject this allegation, claiming that their son was unarmed when Hill opened fire.

Additionally, Cox could not have been carrying a pistol, according to the mother and son he assisted inside the church since he had one hand on the door and the other guiding them inside as the pandemonium erupted.

“Fred held the door open to ensure that others escaped danger, and he took the bullets,” civil rights attorney Ben Crump said in January. “He is a hero, and a hero cannot be killed,” Crump said.

According to the complaint, Hill was so careless with his firing that a bullet touched even the 12-year-old child. The Davidson County Sheriff's Office and Deputy Hill are named in the federal complaint. The family seeks unspecified damages on six charges, including excessive force, wrongful death, battery, and carelessness, as well as a violation of Cox's Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

“Fred Cox saved the mother and son's lives prior to his fall by ensuring they were secure within the church before attempting entry,” the lawsuit says.

Despite the fact that police found no proof that Cox was a member of a gang or fired a firearm, a grand jury refused to prosecute him in June, and Hill will remain free. He has subsequently been restored in his departmental post.

“I cannot emphasize more that Fred should not be dead,” Tenicka Shannon, Cox's mother, said Wednesday.

“Our family is bereaved,” she concluded. “Our grief is exacerbated by our bewilderment over how this catastrophe could have occurred.”

“For far too long, we have seen disadvantaged individuals being stopped and harmed by police for driving while black, riding a bicycle while melanin, or strolling down the street while melanin,” Crump said in a statement. “However, a cop shot this young guy in the back while attempting to save lives in a very hazardous situation.”

Indeed, it is very perilous. If police officers can get away with killing unarmed people who are assisting in the rescue of others, what does this say about the Land of the Free's judicial system?

Cox's two children, a nine-month-old and a one-year-old will now grow up fatherless.

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The Federal Government recalls an ambassador after an attack on a Nigerian diplomat by Indonesian authorities.

This occurred when the Federal Government announced the recall of Nigeria's Ambassador to the Asian nation, Usman Ogar, in the aftermath of the heinous event. The ambassador, who seemed to be in agony as Indonesian immigration officials forced his head to the seat of a vehicle, was heard screaming, "I can't breathe."

Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who announced Ogar's return for discussions at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, also said that the government will examine Nigeria's bilateral ties with the Asian nation. Former diplomats chastise Indonesia Ogbole Amedu-Odeh, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Mexico, characterized the assault as a breach of the Vienna Convention, adding that it was too early to determine the FG's reciprocal response.

He stated, "The (Foreign Affairs) minister has already come out firing from the hip; thus, the Indonesians are aware that they must take appropriate action because what their officials have done against the Nigerian foreign service officer violates both the letter and spirit of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Rules, which expressly guarantees the inviolability of a diplomat's person."

“It is against the word and spirit of that agreement, which is basically the bible of diplomacy, for them to expose the ambassador to such an act. Nigeria is walking carefully by pleading with the Indonesian authorities to intervene immediately or else Nigeria may be forced to take action.

“By what standards? We have no idea. The recall of our ambassador to Indonesia is a flowery way of expressing our displeasure with Indonesia's handling of the matter. Let us observe and see what occurs.”

Rasheed Akinkuolie, another retired diplomat and former Director of Trade and Investment at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also condemned the attack on the ambassador, saying that the first step in this matter should have been for Nigeria to lodge a strong complaint in Jakarta, which was done. According to him, although it may be premature for Nigeria to terminate diplomatic ties with Jakarta, the FG required all the facts and circumstances surrounding the event before adopting a tough position towards Indonesia.

The FG will determine the next steps. However, Onyeama told journalists that when the ministry saw the video of the diplomat being held by Indonesian immigration officials in a moving vehicle on social media, it promptly called the ambassador in Indonesia, who provided a verbal description of the event.

The minister said that the envoy verified that the video depicted a Nigerian ambassador in Indonesia, adding that the unlawful conduct occurred during a round-up of irregular migrants in the nation by Indonesian immigration authorities.

“What we have decided to do is immediately recall our Nigerian ambassador in Jakarta, Indonesia, for discussions, and we will have complete meetings at the highest level to determine our next course of action, which will include, of course, a review of our ties with Indonesia.” Onyeama emphasized that the immigration officials' actions were a blatant violation of the Vienna Convention, calling them "an act of gross international delinquency."

“The Nigerian government has also asked that the Indonesian government impose harsh and appropriate sanctions on immigration officers engaged in the blatant criminal act,” he said.

An innocent father and son, as well as a realtor, were held at gunpoint and handcuffed while house hunting.

A father and son, together with their realtor, recently discovered one of the many difficulties associated with living in a “see something, say something” culture. Roy Thorne and his son were held at gunpoint, arrested, and imprisoned despite the fact that they committed no crime, all because a neighbor informed police they were breaking into the house.

Last Sunday, while showing Thorne a property in Wyoming, cops came on the site with pistols drawn and ordered them out. PBWW website has previously reported on many cases similar to this one in which innocent individuals engaged in lawful activities were assaulted, shot, and even murdered in similar circumstances. Fortunately, Thorne and his son were not murdered; but, as seen in the video below, a single incorrect move might have swiftly gone sour.

As the video demonstrates, cops arrived in a tactical manner, brandishing weapons and screaming at the residents to leave the house. Despite full cooperation, the police maintained firearms on all three individuals while they were handcuffed.

“They kept their pistols drawn on us until we were all handcuffed,” Thorne told WOOD. “So, it was a little traumatic, I suppose because you never know what's going to happen in the current atmosphere of things.” Police stated in a statement that keeping them at gunpoint is normal practice for the kind of call they received.

“This is normal procedure when responding to a suspected home invasion in progress with several people inside a house,” Wyoming police said in a statement. However, if the house is not inhabited, it is not a home invasion, since the word itself implies that the home is legally occupied. This home was unoccupied.

Brown says to authorities after holding everyone at gunpoint that he is a realtor touring the house and that they were not doing anything illegal and had permission to be there.“Neighbors are reporting that you're breaking into the property,” the officer said. Brown replied, "I am the Realtor." Brown then requests that the police examine his real estate license, which is concealed within his wallet.

“If you take it out, you are required by law to carry it; there is my license,” Brown said.

After they were released from handcuffs, police revealed that the house had been broken into eight days before by a person driving a black Mercedes and that Brown's vehicle, a Hyundai Genesis, resembled the perpetrator's vehicle. According to the video, police subsequently apologized, but as Thorne stated, the harm had already been done.

“That cop returned and apologized once again, but the harm has been done,” Thorne added. “My son was a little disturbed; he hasn't seen anything like that before... he's not going to forget this.” "I'm pretty anxious, nervous, or even a little bit scared about what I'm going to do to protect myself if I'm going to show a home and the authorities are called on a whim like that," Brown explained. “Am I, by default, the criminal? Because that is essentially how we were treated in that situation.” Thorne offered some advice to the “see something, say something” population that is eager to phone 911 to report a non-crime. “We are identical to you. We share the same physical place. We carry out the same actions. We frequent the same locations,” he said.

"And if you see a crime, report it. However, if you observe individuals – Melanin people — doing regular activities, do not report them,” Thorne added. “When you do that, you are unaware that you have the ability to alter or end their lives just by making a phone call. In this case, it might have been three.” “You could have altered the course of my life and the course of my son's life,” he said.


Nigeria has been accused of conducting a 'ruthless' campaign in the restive southeast.

Amnesty International has accused Nigerian security forces of using excessive force and murdering at least 115 people earlier this year during a "repressive campaign" against separatist agitators in the restive southeast of the country. This year, violence has erupted in the southeastern states, with at least 127 police officers or members of the security services being killed, according to the police. According to local media reports, about 20 police stations and electoral commission offices have been assaulted.

IPOB, a banned organization seeking independence for the region's ethnic Igbo, and its armed branch Eastern Security Network (ESN) has been accused of the violence, although IPOB has rejected the accusations. According to Amnesty, security forces, including the military, police, and the Department of State Services (DSS) intelligence agency, have murdered scores of gunmen and civilians in the areas where assaults occurred.

“Amnesty International's findings portray a devastating picture of callous excessive force by Nigerian security personnel in Imo, Anambra, and Abia states,” Amnesty International's Nigeria director, Osai Ojigho, was cited as saying by the AFP news agency. In a tweet, the global rights monitor said that it has "recorded at least 115 people murdered by security forces between January and June 2021."

“What is required is an independent and transparent investigation into what occurred and the prosecution of all individuals accused of criminal culpability in fair trials before regular civilian tribunals without resort to the death penalty,” Amnesty said.

Nigerian officials had no quick reaction.

“I am unaware of the comment. As a result, I am unable to respond,” Frank Mba, the national police spokesperson, told AFP. According to Amnesty, families of the victims informed the rights organization that they were not members of the armed groups assaulting security officers.

“Numerous casualties have been deposited in government hospitals in Imo and Abia states,” the statement said. Amnesty also recorded instances of arbitrary detention, ill-treatment, and torture in the restive area. According to the report, the Imo state administration announced the arrest of at least 400 individuals in connection with the incident in May 2021.

“According to Amnesty International's research, the majority of them were arrested at random in their homes or on the street and had nothing to do with ESN.” Local and international human rights organizations have frequently accused Nigerian security forces of human rights violations, but the security forces have consistently denied the allegations.

Nigeria has lately stepped up its assault on separatist agitators, arresting and prosecuting their leaders. According to his attorneys, IPOB leader and founder Nnamdi Kanu was detained in Kenya last month and sent to Nigeria to face treason charges. Kanu's IPOB is trying to resurrect the former Republic of Biafra, whose declaration of independence in 1967 sparked a 30-month civil war. Over one million people, the majority of whom were Igbo, were murdered in the battle or as a result of hunger and illness. 

Cop Throws Innocent Disabled Man to the Ground and Stomps on His Head for Not Moving Quickly Enough

Clarence Gailyard, 58, a handicapped man, discovered this the hard way this week when he was assaulted by police for just strolling down the street. On July 26, Gailyard and a buddy were walking through his neighborhood when Orangeburg police officer David Dukes approached them, claiming to be responding to a report about a guy with a pistol. Without informing them of his reason for stopping them, Dukes drew his pistol and ordered the two guys to the ground at gunpoint. Despite the fact that they had committed no wrong, neither guy objected, and they both quickly obeyed.

Gailyard has several pins and rods in his leg as a result of the surgery he had after a vehicle accident. As a consequence of his injuries, he often uses a cane and is sluggish. While he was following the jackboot's commands, his injuries made it impossible for him to swiftly fall to the ground. Officer Dukes was enraged by Gailyard's sluggish motions and began to accelerate his activities by pounding his head onto the concrete.

Dukes approached the victim, who was helpless on his hands and knees, lifted his right leg, and "forcibly stomped with his boot on the victim's neck and/or head region," according to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigators. According to SLED, the victim's head struck the concrete as a result of the force of the hit. Gailyard's head was slammed onto the pavement by the officer's foot, resulting in a gash on his forehead, necessitating hospitalization. He had done no offense, had caused no damage, and was just outdoors with a buddy. Dukes' colleague, Officer Aqkwele Polidore, is a decent policeman who acted quickly to prevent the officer from assaulting the innocent guy further. She then informed their superiors about him.

“She did not fabricate. She was telling the truth. She is an excellent cop. “Not all cops are terrible; some are very good,” Gailyard said.

The fact that Dukes was promptly dismissed and jailed after his supervisors saw the body camera video demonstrates the gravity of the assault on Gailyard. Dukes was arrested on Monday and charged with assault and violence in the first degree. Gailyard has now retained attorney Justin Bamberg, who was instrumental in the department publicly disclosing the body camera video. According to Bamberg, this assault is part of a troubling pattern in Orangeburg, where police officers often use excessive force.

“There is no reason not to disclose the footage so that this community can see everything for themselves and determine if what is happening not only on that day but inside that agency, is acceptable for that community,” Bamberg said. “As a result, we're seeking immediate access to that footage.” Dukes was dismissed from the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office in October for insubordination, according to personnel documents acquired by The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg. Despite his dismissal, he became a gypsy policeman and was recruited by Orangeburg, where he was permitted to attack an innocent handicapped guy.

“I'm looking for a change. That is just what I desire,” Gailyard said. “I don't want them to do it to another person the way they did to me. You are aware that things might have been worse. However, I'm relieved it didn't.”

“Every time I look in the mirror, I see my forehead scar, and it's not acceptable. I want the community to change for the better,” Gailyard said.

Nigerian Medical Student Flees from Class after Finding out Corpse for Practical was that of an Old Friend

For medical students at Nigerian institutions, dealing with corpses in anatomy class is an unavoidable reality, but what Mr. Egbe saw shook him to his core. Enya Egbe, a medical student at the University of Calabar in Cross River, found that the corpse given to him for his anatomy class practical was really that of a friend.

Following his discovery, the 26-year-old instantly went to his heels in sobs. According to Egbe, he and his buddy Divine had known each other for more than seven years had clubbed together. Egbe finally informed Divine's relatives, who had come to collect their relative's corpse. It came out that they had been visiting several police stations in search of Divine, who had been detained on his way home after a night out by security agents. Divine's torso was pierced on the right side of his chest by two bullets.

According to the BBC, Egbe's finding is an example of the harsh reality that Nigerian medical students confront. Apart from a scarcity of corpses for medical students' practicals, medical institutions have developed a reputation for discarding unclaimed remains. This is because Nigerian legislation now provides medical schools with unclaimed corpses in government mortuaries.

According to stories revealed as a result of the numerous judicial panels of inquiry established in the aftermath of the #EndSARS demonstrations to investigate instances of police brutality, some of these corpses are victims of police brutality. In their defense, the police claimed that some of these missing individuals' are armed robbers who were shot and killed during a gunshot exchange with police officers.

Cops Swarm, Pummel 1 Surrendered Man, Then Do the Same to Man Who Filmed It

Numerous Miami Beach police officers were arrested this week after horrific video footage of almost two dozen policemen surrounding and then trampling a cooperative guy who had just lay face down on the ground and surrendered with his hands behind his back. After pummeling their first victim, the vicious band of badged thugs jumped their second victim for doing nothing more than recording it.

On Monday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements announced the accusations. They played a four-minute film at the conference, emphasizing the cops' misdeeds.

The footage shows an astounding 21 policemen rushing into the lobby of a South Beach hotel, encircling their target, and then unleashing a barrage of kicks, punches, and smashes. According to authorities, the guy who was crushed in the face and body by police boots is Dalonta Crudup, 24, who was accused of colliding with an officer while riding a scooter. According to police, the cop who was struck is now on crutches.

Police said that they contacted Crudup about his parking space. They alleged he was parked illegally. According to police, when a Miami Beach cop confronted Crudup for unlawfully parking, Crudup fled and collided with an officer.

Crudup is seen racing away on the scooter but did not seem to collide with an officer. The footage below begins when Crudup abandons the scooter and rushes inside the Royal Palm hotel's lobby.

As seen on film, an officer orders Crudup to leave the elevator with his pistol drawn. Crudup obeys every command and quickly falls on the ground, face down, and places his hands behind his back while being shackled.

At this moment, twenty more cops rush in and surround the fully surrendered guy, attacking him in what seems to be a gang-style beatdown. According to Fernandez Rundle, this occurs when "the scenario shifts from criminal arrest to use-of-force inquiry."

Khalid Vaughn, 28, of New York — who had never met Crudup — pulled out his phone to record the horrific assault he was seeing.

While seen in the video, as several policemen continue to kick and beat Crudup — who was seen lying in a pool of his own blood — the gang's focus shifts to Vaughn. Vaughn is seen laughing at the police as he puts out his phone to record, before one officer, identified as Robert Sabater, attacks the innocent guy and slams him into a hotel column for filming.

Vaughn is then swarmed by the band of furious police, who kick, punch, smash him to the ground, and handcuff him. Vaughn had not violated any laws, nor was he suspected of doing so, as Crudup was.

“We believed that what he [Vaughn] was doing was legal,” Fernandez Rundle said at the news conference.

Nonetheless, his innocence provided little protection against a vicious assault that left him wounded, abducted, and imprisoned.

"I began recording it. They've already cuffed him. They pummeled him, then turned around and came at me, beating me,” Vaughn said to WPLG. “Punched me in the face with an elbow.”

Fortunately for Vaughn, the security video established his innocence, and the obstruction charges against him were dismissed, and he was freed from prison Tuesday morning.

“... I have grave concerns regarding the use of force after Mr. Crudup's arrest, particularly the amount of force used in Mr. Vaughn's subsequent arrest,” chief Clements said in the statement.

According to officer Alvaro Leon's arrest report, he administered "several right elbows blows to Mr. Vaughn's face region." Officer Robert Sabater delivered "about four right closed fist blows" to the right side of his face. Officer Steven Serrano slammed his “general head area” with numerous closed fist strikes. And Officer David Rivas used a clenched hand to strike him in the left rib region.

For use in filmmaking.

Officers who were observed assaulting Crudup were arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery on Monday. Sgt. Jose Perez of the Miami Beach Police Department and officers Kevin Perez, Robert Sabater, Steven Serrano, and David Rivas were among them. The five surrendered at the Miami Beach police station.

Of course, the police union has hired a counsel for each of them and is defending their innocence.

As you view the video below, keep in mind that Crudup deserved to face consequences if he did really violate the law. He will, however, get a large compensation from taxpayers as a result of this huge gang of policemen's inability to manage their anger and brutality. Concerning the attack on Vaughn, every one of the 21 policemen who did not take part in the beating should face criminal charges for failing to interfere while seeing their fellow officers abuse a guy for exercising his right to free speech.

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How Nigerian police reportedly display unidentified gunmen as "innocent citizens"

Orlu in Imo State suffered another wave of devastation on Sunday when a hotel, fifteen businesses, and a residential structure were set on fire, claiming two lives. Residents fleeing the area blamed security officers for the devastation, while some said it was the work of unknown gunmen. However, amid the grief and tears, police reportedly displayed people unrelated to the incident.

Gideon Dominics, a Facebook user, took to his page to lament the suffering of his cousin, Elvis Okafor, who was detained by police in Okporo-Orlu while attempting to get food for his sick mother and then wrongly displayed as an IPOB/ESN member.

“This is my younger cousin Elvis Okafor; have you ever noticed how theatrical Nigeria is? A little child who went to the store to get food for his ailing mother has become a member of IPOB? A kid who returned from church without eating anything now wields a pistol as an ESN member? Chineke tiling. You see the Nigerian enchantment? Is this how innocent individuals are falsely accused on a regular basis?”

The police had broken into Comr. Gloria Uzoma's uncle's home wrecked everything and taken the guy away. Later that day, his family saw him parading as an ESN member.

“Please assist me in any manner you can.

The army came to (EBENESE, in Umuezenachi IHioma Orlu, Imo State) with vehicles, including an armored car and six Hilux, and took away my uncle (Ikechukwu C Adidiri), a 60-year-old innocent guy. They just snatched him up from his home yesterday as he was dining with his children and brother, set fire to it, abused his daughter and brother, and drove him away in a Hilux to an unknown location, only to see him displayed as a kidnapper today without any inquiry. Kindly assist my Uncle in whatever manner you can. Kindly assist in rescuing Ikechukwu Adidiri... He is blameless!”

On May 28, 2020, Casmir Ibe, a resident of Rivers State who had traveled to Imo in preparation for his late father-in-funeral, law's was apprehended by police and suspected of being an 'unknown gunman.' When the matter became viral on social media, Bala Elka, the Imo State police command's spokesman, informed the media that it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to reports, he said,

“That is why the inquiry has termed an investigation; he was not picked up at his home. He might have been in the wrong place at the wrong moment. If he is innocent, the inquiry will establish this. That is why we are delaying. Nobody is crucifying him by claiming he committed the crime. We conduct an investigation.

“You were discovered in the location where this event occurred; it is conceivable that you were a participant or that you were just there at the wrong moment; it is also possible that he saw something as a consequence of being there at the wrong time. Thus, it will undoubtedly assist at the time of interrogation. ”

The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, was rated 127th out of 127 nations on the 2017 World Internal Security and Police Index, WISPI, by the International Police Science Association, IPSA. Nigeria's police force has a checkered history of human rights violations and extrajudicial executions. The police often arrest members of the public on the basis of plausible or improbable cause, reasonable or irrational suspicion, with or without investigation.

The Endsars protests of October 2020 were a wave of demonstrations that swept across the country's main cities. Nigerians wanted reform of the whole police system, but in an ironic twist, the same police were deployed against protestors. In Lagos state alone, Chief Pathologist John Obafunwa verified 99 corpses to be those of murdered #EndSARS protestors shot at the Lekki Tollgate.

Human Rights Watch, an organization that monitors and reports on human rights abuses occurring across the globe, found that Nigeria's police force has the worst rate of human rights violations in the world.

According to a 2010 study titled "Everyone's in on the game: Corruption and Human Rights Abuse by the Nigeria Police Force," "the police often gather up random people in public areas, including mass arrests at restaurants, marketplaces, and bus stops." Plainclothes police officers have been known to pose as commuter minibus drivers, pick up unsuspecting passengers at bus stops, and transport them at gunpoint to local police stations, where they demand money in exchange for their release.”

Eleven years later, the same heartbreaking occurrences continue to occur to people.

It is anticipated that the Imo state administration would intervene and urge police to exercise due diligence so that innocent people may return to their everyday lives.

Cop Approaches Unknown Man, Knocks Him Out in Front of Other Cops, and Walks Away

This week, a distressing video was shared on social media showing a Detroit police officer approach an unidentified guy on the street and administer a haymaker straight to his face in front of his fellow cops. The blow was so strong that it knocked the guy unconscious and sent him backward, colliding with the pavement.

The video, dubbed "Detroit pigs giving out the brain damage," was uploaded on Reddit on Sunday and has now sparked an Internal Affairs inquiry within the department.

The cops, who are believed to be members of the Detroit police department's special reaction squad, seem to be clearing a street in Greektown in the footage. They are on the lookout for a guy on the street who is trying to back away from them before a cop winds up and smashes the man's face in.

“You are not obligated to do that, dog!” Off-camera, a guy can be heard screaming.

After the unnamed victim flies backward and smacks his head into the ground, he behaves as though he's attempting to assist him. The cop momentarily repositions the guy while spectators scream in contempt at him.

When the guy regains consciousness, the officer supports him up and tries to reposition him, but the man remains seated. The police then leave without making any arrests. None of the other cops who saw their colleague assault an innocent guy tried to interfere or halt it in the slightest.

“I believe it was excessive,” Deonnel Hicks told WXYZ after seeing the footage circulated online. “I understand they're attempting to regulate and maintain a quiet and pleasant environment, but to just walk up and knock someone out is inexcusable. They could have at the very least attempted to do it differently.”

The Detroit police department issued a statement in reaction to the violent assault seen on camera, stating, "The Detroit Police Department was made aware of an accusation of excessive force in Greektown through social media." Internal affairs are now conducting an investigation into the facts surrounding this allegation.”

The Detroit police department issued Directive 102.12, dubbed "Duty to Intervene," last year. As specified in the directive:

The aim of this policy is to clarify the Detroit Police Department's (DPD) members' legal and moral responsibility known as the Duty to Intervene. This obligation is spelled forth in the law enforcement code of ethics, the Standard of Conduct, as well as in the statutes. Members of the DPD must have a firm grasp of the expectations about their behavior both on and off duty. DPD is also dedicated to assisting and protecting members who use their Duty to Intervene to prevent or mitigate another member's misbehavior or excessive force.

The directive is applicable to all officers on the force and states that all DPD employees "who have a reasonable opportunity" must act to prevent or stop any member from engaging in unethical behavior or violating the law or department policy (for example, excessive force, theft, fraud, inappropriate language, sexual misconduct, harassment, falsifying documents, or inappropriate behavior).

Those who fail to interfere when they see rogue police in action face disciplinary punishment, and an officer "who has a reasonable chance to intervene but does not may be held responsible in a court of law and, at the very least, in disciplinary proceedings." In particular, a member who fails to intervene to prevent the use of excessive force may be held responsible if the member 1) saw or had cause to believe that excessive force would be or was being used, and 2) had both the opportunity and means to prevent the damage from happening. 119 F. 3d 425 (1997) in Turner v. Scott.”

Attempt to identify the number of policemen that directly breached their responsibility to intervene while you watch the video below. According to their own rules, they should be disciplining and perhaps prosecuting at least a half-dozen officers. We will not hold our breath.

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Bauchi NUJ blacklists police officers in retaliation for a violent assault on a journalist

The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) ordered its members on Friday to immediately cease covering the state police command's operations.

The order was included in a press statement signed by Comrade Umar Sa'idu, chairman of the council, and Isah Garba Gadau, secretary of the council, on police violence against journalists in the state, which was made accessible to DAILY POST.

The Union strongly denounced the bad conduct of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) operatives in the State who sexually assaulted and wounded one of its members, Damina Yusuf of the AIT, on Thursday 30th July 2021, while covering a demonstration by students of Bauchi College of Agriculture in Yelwa, Bauchi.

Later that day, the sufferer was admitted to Bauchi's Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH).

According to the statement, the suspension of coverage of police operations would continue until the perpetrators of the heinous crime were apprehended and punished, "in addition to the appropriate payment of compensation and reimbursement of the victim's medical expenses."

“The Bauchi Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has expressed dismay at the Nigeria Police's uncivilized behavior in embracing violence as a practice, particularly towards journalists.

“The union strongly condemned the negative action of the State Police Rapid Response Squad against one of its members, Damina Yusuf of the AIT, on Thursday, 30th July 2021, while covering a student protest at Bauchi College of Agriculture, Yelwa. She was later admitted to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

“In light of this police brutality, the union has directed its members to immediately suspend coverage of all police activities in the state until the perpetrators of the act are apprehended and prosecuted, in addition to the proper payment of compensation and settlement of the victim's medical bills,” the NUJ stated.

It then expressed dissatisfaction with the way members of the Nigerian Police from Bauchi command, who have always claimed to be partners of journalists in progress, brutalized, molested, and harassed the AIT reporter, seizing his camera, laptop computer, microphone with the AIT logo, mobile phones, modem, and wallet containing a substantial sum of money, among other belongings.

The union, on the other hand, praised "the administration of the Bauchi College of Agriculture for its humanitarian gesture in transporting the AIT reporter to a hospital for medical treatment."

The NUJ then urged the Bauchi State government to consider establishing a permanent panel of inquiry to investigate instances of citizen violence.

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In Anambra, three people were killed as they clashed with the police.

  Over the weekend, the situation in the Aguleri village, which is located in the Anambra East Local Government Area of the state of Anambra...