Pittsburgh Police Brutally Assault Unruly Fan at PNC Park, Using Tasers, Nightsticks

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posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 11:10 AM
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A disturbing video showing police assaulting an unruly fan is making its rounds on the web on Monday morning. The video, captured by blogger Erik, shows a man leaving section 235 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

The fan was swearing and refused to leave the park, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and eventually had to be escorted out by police. That's when the video -- and the drama -- begins. The fan, named Scott James Ashley, went to high-five another fan but was blocked by a PNC Park security guard.

Ashley shoved the guard, which prompted police to take out their Tasers. The Taser shock had no effect on Ashley, prompting an officer to hit him in the shoulder with a nightstick. Still, there was no reaction from Ashley, who appeared to tell the officer, "Don't hit me."

The officer administered another blast from the Taser and three more nightstick blows to the shoulder, lower back and legs of Ashley. Still, the fan appeared to be relatively unfazed. "During the incident, Detective [Francis] Rende wrote in his complaint, both officers feared for their safety," the Post-Gazette reported.

Though Ashley never posed any physical threat to the police, two officers then relentlessly struck him with their nightsticks until finally subduing and handcuffing him. You can watch the video here (though as a warning, some may find the footage to be disturbing).

While the Pittsburgh police may have to deal with a future case for using excessive force, UFC president Dana White ought to sign Ashley up for the next pay-per-view event. That guy can take a beating and keep on ticking.


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And yet another example of the elitists soldiers at work......yes the guy may have been unruly, but the video evidence doesn't lie, he was not a threat to anyone, nor himself. You can see no acts of aggression by the victim, just the typical brutality from the men in uniform. And the supposedly are her to protect and serve, more like punish and enslave~




posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 11:35 AM
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Blatant Police brutality.
I am not denying that, but you do have to keep in mind that we are not seeing the whole thing.
This was obviously started by something that happened at the top of those stairs, before the camera started rolling. What actually happened in the first place? It's hard telling, but something happened.



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 11:37 AM
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I love how the cops said they were in fear for their lives even though that guy didn't lift a finger against them. Bunch of yellow bellied cowards.



They were scared because they realized they had just gone overboard on that guy and he had every right to kick the snot out of them after that. If he had chosen to fight back, there would probably be two less fasciest cops patroling the streets of Pittsburgh tonight.

Its a shame he was able to maintain his self control in the face of such oppression. I bet the crowd would have backed him up if he decided to fight back. It seemed they were all cheering him on.
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posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 11:45 AM
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I hope he sues the park and the police and wins both, disgusting.



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 11:55 AM
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Originally posted by Helious
I hope he sues the park and the police and wins both, disgusting.


While he fully deserves compensation my real hope is those police are charged with assault, though will never happen, I can still hope.

This really is outrageous, even if he had been threatening before he was placid at that point, he never once made a threatening gesture towards the police, the only thing he did was tell them to not hit him, and to try and hold the night stick to prevent any more blows.

Cant wait for the posts saying it was just done for the safety of public and he deserved being beating, or he was a terrorist. How Americans cant see they are already living in a fascist state is beyond me



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 12:00 PM
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That guy is tough.
To take a few swipes with a nightstick and stand there is amazing.
Doesn't even seem like he was being obnoxious at all.

But you don't see the beginning altercation.

So I leave my comments with just the video.

Just another way to show civilians....
Act up and we'll take you down.
Don't try to oppose us.

But you know what?
I have a feeling we are going to see more and more of this in the future.

Just remember, you still have rights.
Until you are in front of policemen.
Then things change somehow.





posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 12:07 PM
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And I for one, cant wait for the inevitable breakdown, like to see those types of *SNIPers* try this shizat with me! I assure you, it will be very unpleasant for the soldiers of the elite on that day!



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 12:38 PM
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The 'shove' at the guy was not something that merits tazering, beating or cuffing. It was obviously for that whole 'high five theft' and didn't harm the guy. Didn't pose any threat or danger to anyone. Didn't even stop ashley long enough to constitute as resisting. Therefore what happened is nothing but pure facism if the 'cops' involved don't get charged as any other person would be. Their motivation for starting the beating is obvious since the tazer doesn't take him down. Also notice the force they use to pick him back up. That's just pure bullying.


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It shows the whole incident. Watch the video. Whatever happened upstairs before this is pretty much non-issue. He was peacefull and co-operating.



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 01:27 PM
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Its odd

You see three or four of these a day on youtube...etc and that is JUST the recorded incednts that are POSTED

But keep telling yourselves and others.....its just a few bad apples................chant it over and over...like a Tibetan prayer...........still wont make it true.....but might mazke you feel better.....till it happens to YOU of course



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 01:34 PM
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these cops are over weight under trained pansies who cant even use the weapons right. nice to know tax dollars are going to fast food. they should be imprisoned for that.



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:12 PM
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Originally posted by PsykoOps
It shows the whole incident. Watch the video. Whatever happened upstairs before this is pretty much non-issue. He was peacefull and co-operating.

You were there?
Do you have the missing video footage up until the time that this video starts?

I am going to assume that the answers will be "No" and "No," so now I will ask how do you know this?
 
 
 


Most of you commenting in this thread disgust me.

I do not advocate police brutality, and from what I can see of this incident, it was not warranted at all. I don't even like cops.

However I cannot come to a 100% conclusion of "Guilty- Hang Em All!!!!" without knowing all the facts. You guys see a 2 minute video, and already gathering up the Lynch Mob.

This attitude, is why our government is so F&*$%#*.
It is people just like most of you, that gives TPTB the reason to do the things they do.

But, you cannot see that and I am just a f*%^)# idiot.



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:15 PM
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The guy in the vid has a history of this. I live here and it's been all over the radio all day. I do think it was a bit much by the police. I did not see what happened before the video was taken.



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:16 PM
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Originally posted by BrokenCircles
. I am just a f*%^)# idiot.


ok......realizing the problem is the first step


just kidding i couldnt resist



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:19 PM
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Originally posted by BrokenCircles

Originally posted by PsykoOps
It shows the whole incident. Watch the video. Whatever happened upstairs before this is pretty much non-issue. He was peacefull and co-operating.

You were there?
Do you have the missing video footage up until the time that this video starts?

I am going to assume that the answers will be "No" and "No," so now I will ask how do you know this?
 
 
 


Most of you commenting in this thread disgust me.

I do not advocate police brutality, and from what I can see of this incident, it was not warranted at all. I don't even like cops.

However I cannot come to a 100% conclusion of "Guilty- Hang Em All!!!!" without knowing all the facts. You guys see a 2 minute video, and already gathering up the Lynch Mob.

This attitude, is why our government is so F&*$%#*.
It is people just like most of you, that gives TPTB the reason to do the things they do.

But, you cannot see that and I am just a f*%^)# idiot.


I do know the facts, I just watched them on that video, if there had been anything to mention up the stairs that made any difference he would have been beaten, cuffed and arrested up there, the fact that he wasn't indicates he was nothing but a minor disturbance at that point.

And it's people LIKE YOU that enables this type of police behavior, open your eyes and your mind and give me a break, thanks.
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posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:28 PM
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Originally posted by BrokenCircles

Originally posted by PsykoOps
It shows the whole incident. Watch the video. Whatever happened upstairs before this is pretty much non-issue. He was peacefull and co-operating.

You were there?
Do you have the missing video footage up until the time that this video starts?

I am going to assume that the answers will be "No" and "No," so now I will ask how do you know this?
 
 
 


Most of you commenting in this thread disgust me.

I do not advocate police brutality, and from what I can see of this incident, it was not warranted at all. I don't even like cops.

However I cannot come to a 100% conclusion of "Guilty- Hang Em All!!!!" without knowing all the facts. You guys see a 2 minute video, and already gathering up the Lynch Mob.

This attitude, is why our government is so F&*$%#*.
It is people just like most of you, that gives TPTB the reason to do the things they do.

But, you cannot see that and I am just a f*%^)# idiot.


I can tell you what I see... I see a guy standing still, arms down, not posing a physical threat. I see a police officer swing a night stick and hit him in the neck, then the head.

If I did that to someone else for any reason at all, it would be considered deadly force. So my question now is... was the level of force warranted? I would have to say no. Deadly force is not acceptable unless there is a threat to your life. What did this man do that warranted deadly force? Not move fast enough? Talk back? Push someone? Last time I checked none of those things caused someone else to die... but striking a person in the head with a night stick on the other hand, has.



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:29 PM
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Originally posted by lastrebel

Originally posted by BrokenCircles
. I am just a f*%^)# idiot.


ok......realizing the problem is the first step


just kidding i couldnt resist




 


Originally posted by MrWendal
If I did that to someone else for any reason at all, it would be considered deadly force. So my question now is... was the level of force warranted? I would have to say no. Deadly force is not acceptable unless there is a threat to your life. What did this man do that warranted deadly force? Not move fast enough? Talk back? Push someone? Last time I checked none of those things caused someone else to die... but striking a person in the head with a night stick on the other hand, has.

Obviously it wasn't deadly force. I also said it did not appear warranted to me.
I just don't like seeing this Witch Hunt/Lynch Mob Mentality where everybody jumps to an instant conclusion without knowing any of the facts aside from a very short 2 minute video.

The overall general consensus from the comments in this thread basically equate to "Kill The Pigs"


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posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:44 PM
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Originally posted by Helious
I do know the facts, I just watched them on that video, if there had been anything to mention up the stairs that made any difference he would have been beaten, cuffed and arrested up there, the fact that he wasn't indicates he was nothing but a minor disturbance at that point.

And it's people LIKE YOU that enables this type of police behavior, open your eyes and your mind and give me a break, thanks.


So you have a superhuman capability that allows you to see ALL of the facts within a single 2 minute video?? Nah. I'm not buyin it.

No. The fact that you have no idea what actually happened at the top of the stairs indicates nothing other than the fact that you do not know what happened.

Yeah, you're right. All fault lies on the people who believe in finding the facts before reaching a conclusion.

MOB MENTALITY FOR THE WIN!!!!

KILL THE PIGGY BASTARDS



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:46 PM
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Ok, so what could there have happened before this downstairs incident that warranted the behaviour? Name even one single thing please. We see all of the relevant part of the video and if you cannot see that then I feel for you.



posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:52 PM
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I will say this. Nothing sickens me more than police brutality. Most cops are cowards who hide behind a badge and gun. Take those two items away and the majority will tremble with fear at the first sight of any type of threat. Cops like these make me want to puke. Regular old bada$$es AFTER the cuffs are on.
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posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 02:52 PM
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Originally posted by PsykoOps
Ok, so what could there have happened before this downstairs incident that warranted the behaviour? Name even one single thing please. We see all of the relevant part of the video and if you cannot see that then I feel for you.

You just don't get it.
I DO NOT know what happened.
I DO NOT claim to know what happened.
I WILL NOT speculate about what happened.
From what I have seen, I DO NOT think that these officers had probable cause.

BUT, I also WILL NOT come to any conclusion either way, without knowing the whole truth.

The absolute truth is what most of you do not care about because the offenders wore uniforms.

If this had been an exact same scenario, but with different participants, there would not be as much of this Lynch Mob Mentality.

 
 

Have I fallen into some sort of time slip?
Is this the 19th century?
Am I in Salem?





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