Showing posts with label Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron. Show all posts

Cops handcuff man for ‘obstructing sidewalk,' then repeatedly punch and kick him in the testicles and face


A frightening video was released, prompting demands for the resignation of the Hammond police chief. It shows many cops slamming boots and knees into a man's face and neck as other officers kick and punch him mercilessly. The victim, Kendrick Ratliff, was shackled the whole time and unable to defend himself, much alone constitute a danger to the cops.

Seth Stoughton, an attorney and former police officer who teaches at the University of South Carolina School of Law, appeared before the Hammond City Council last week, alleging that the video of Ratliff's beating is "among the most egregious uses of force" he has ever studied.

The event occurred on Dec. 6, 2017, and despite the graphic footage, FBI inquiry, and expert evidence, not a single cop involved has received even a wrist slap. Indeed, one of them was raised to the rank of chief.

The video, which was released to local ABC station WBRZ, portrays gruesome and unlawful behaviour. The police chief and the city have refused to recognise the footage after it was made public. This is despite the fact that the footage was leaked by police inside the department.

"We are shocked and disturbed that Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron and Mayor Pete Panepinto have yet to provide a comment about the incidences," the state, Hammond area, and Baton Rouge NAACP chapters wrote in a joint letter to WBRZ.

Ratliff, who was detained for "obstructing a walkway," was seated peacefully in a chair while being booked into prison, as the video shows. He then took the heinous choice to rise up and try to retrieve the bottle of tablets that had been seized by authorities. That is when the mayhem began.

When Ratliff attempts to seize the drugs, a cop yanks him over the desk and pushes him between the desk and a row of computers, before unleashing a fist storm on the shackled and defenceless man's face.

Additional officers enter the room and zap the bound guy. He is fully immobilised and pinned down by one cop's foot to the face and another cop's knee to the neck when another officer approaches from behind and kicks his testicles. Ratliff is assaulted and basically tormented for almost a minute while handcuffed.

Following the event, no mention was made of the footage, leaving Ratliff and the inhabitants of Hammond in the dark. Even worse, the NAACP was informed that the video did not exist.

"When I initially viewed the video, the first thing that sprang to me was how heinous that was," NAACP President Eugene Collins said. "Knowing the NAACP helped in resolving the problem a few years ago, when we were under the impression that video did not exist...only snippets."

According to WBRZ, just one of the cops involved was penalised, and the department then recruited an attorney and use of force specialist to analyse the surveillance tape, who decided that some acts were permissible.

"I was beaten, stomped, and kicked in the crotch," Ratliff told WBRZ.

Another cop, Edwin Bergeron, was not reprimanded despite being observed repeatedly hitting Ratliff in the head. Rather than that, as previously claimed, he was elevated to the police chief. This was despite the fact that a review into his use of force concluded that his actions were "excessive and almost illegal."

The NAACP local chapters said in their letter requesting the chief's resignation, "This conduct is heinous enough, but it was coupled by a clear falsehood by your Police Department that the leaked video did not exist." Years later, honourable officers with the Hammond Police Department disclosed the disputed footage and report. In light of what we now know, we demand Chief Edwin Bergeron's immediate resignation."

According to the LA Illuminator, Stoughton said that just two of the ten instances of force seen in the video were acceptable in light of the circumstances. He found the other eight actions "irrational and excessive," with up to four being "egregiously illogical and excessive."

One of the most heinous, Stoughton said, came at the incident's conclusion, when Dunn stomped Ratliff's face five times as Ratliff lay on his side with his wrists chained behind him.

"This is manifestly irrational," Stoughton said. "It is one of the most heinous acts of force I've seen in evaluating an incalculable number of instances."

The video below demonstrates that even illegal activities seen on tape, such as a cop viciously beating a restrained guy, would not discourage officers from rising up the ranks of law enforcement. Indeed, it will not hinder you from becoming the town's top officer.



Cops Kneel, Stand On Handcuffed Man's Neck, Kick Him In The Testicles And Face Repeatedly

 A disturbing video was leaked this week which is leading to calls for the chief of the Hammond police department to resign.

It shows multiple officers put boots and knees on a man's face and neck as other officers savagely kick and punch him.

The entire time, the victim, Kentdrick Ratliff, was handcuffed and unable to defend himself much less pose a threat to the officers.

The video was leaked to the local ABC affiliate WBRZ this week and depicts an act that is nothing short of graphic and criminal.

The video was released publicly on Wednesday, yet the police chief and the city have refused to acknowledge it.

This is despite the fact that officers within the department were the ones to leak the video.

"We are dismayed and extremely disappointed that Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron and Mayor Pete Panepinto have yet to release a statement regarding the incidents," the state, Hammond area and Baton Rouge NAACP groups said in a joint letter released to WBRZ Wednesday.

As the video shows, Ratliff, who was arrested on an alleged drug offense, was sitting quietly in a chair while being booked into the jail.

He then made the terrible decision to stand up and attempt to pick up his bottle of pills police had confiscated.

When Ratliff tries to grab the pills, an officer pulls him over the desk and wedges him between the desk and a set of computers before unleashing a fury of fists to the handcuffed and helpless man's face.

More cops enter the room and the handcuffed man is then tasered.

He is completely held down and incapacitated with one cops boot to his face and another cop's knee to his neck, when another officer comes from behind and delivers a kick to his testicles.

Ratliff is beaten and essentially tortured while handcuffed for over a minute straight.

Which happened in 2017, no mention of the video was made and Ratliff and the citizens of Hammond were left in the dark.

The NAACP was even told that the video did not exist.

"When I first saw that video, the first thing I thought was this is atrocious," Eugene Collins with the NAACP said.

"Knowing the NAACP worked the situation a few years ago and at that point we were under the understanding that video did not existonly clips."

According to WBRZ, only one of the officers involved was disciplined and later hired an attorney and use of force consultant to review the footage who determined some actions were legal.

"I got beat, stomped, kicked in my groin," Ratliff said in an interview with WBRZ. Another officer, Edwin Bergeron, who was seen repeatedly punching Ratliff in the head was not disciplined.

This was in spite of the use of force investigation finding that his actions were "Excessive and borderline criminal."

In the letter calling for the chief's resignation, the NAACP local groups wrote: "This behavior is egregious enough, but a blatant lie accompanied this behavior by your Police Department that the leaked video did not exist. Years later, good Officers on the Hammond Police Department leaked both the video and report in question. In light of everything we now know, we demand the immediate resignation of Chief Edwin Bergeron."

WBRZ reports that the mayor never replied to their requests for comment they spoke to three council members who all said they had not seen the full video before a decision was made to appoint Bergeron as Chief.

"We have law enforcement officers from all over the state calling us saying this is bad," Collins said.

"He went too far. There are consultants that looked at this saying it's borderline criminal. If the mayor saw this video before he appointed the police chief, this is not a man who can be trusted to run the city. He needs to be held accountable as well."

Below is a video showing that even criminal acts caught on video of an officer savagely attacking a handcuffed man, will be no deterrent against moving up through the ranks of law enforcement.

It won't even prevent you from becoming the top cop in town.

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