Woman thrown down by Denver cop and illegal use of sound cannons
A woman named Alicia Forrest was thrown hard to the ground by a Denver police officer in 2008, while protesting what seemed a very questionable arrest of a man named Carlo Garcia.The officer, Scott Stewart, was not fired or punished in anyway. Forrest is maybe a little over 1/2 the size of the cop. Hardly a threat. She had her hand up but not in a physically threatening manner. The use of force by the cop in pushing/striking her is quite alarming.
She was of course, arrested immediately, as members of the media and citizens attempted to interview her. The video of all this is on the left. I guess if you don't comply with a cop's order quickly enough, then they have license to basically commit as much violence as they want on you. If you stand up for your constitutional rights, you better have good health insurance. Eventually, months later, charged were dropped against her.
The arrest of Carlo Garcia is interesting in itself. He seems to be talking to the cops, relatively calmly, and in an instant is violently thrown down. The amount of force used on Mr. Garcia is just incredibly, especially considering his slim size.
Then there is the case of a man arrested after firing shots at targets, while on his own property. Police come to his property, ordered him to drop his weapon and then arrested him. They then conduct a search of his house without a warrant, which might be legal under the circumstances that there is someone dangerous in the house.
But, they take his gun case keys, and search that without a warrant! I am pretty sure there was no dangerous person hiding in his gun case. Since they are recorded throughout, you can listen to them plot how to justify the illegal search, since these weapons were legally his and legally registered. How many times do police do this every day, where they are not recorded?
Than during the G-20 protests police used a sound cannon to drive Pittsburgh students off their own porches. A number of individuals hearing was severely harmed because of the wrongful use of these cannons.
Lastly, did you know that if you had an illegal chokehold used against you in the past by police, than the Supreme Court has stated you don't have standing to legally challenge the use of that act by the police department in the future, because there is no guarantee that you might be choked again in the future?
Frankly, the idea of limiting lawsuits by citizens against illegal and unconstituitonal acts, through the relatively new concept of standing, is getting out of hand. It is a way for the legislatures of states and the federal government to limit and intrude on our rights, and not have proper judicial review of these violations.