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Cops Are Beating Up an Unarmed Suspect Almost Every Day in Houston

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posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 12:03 PM
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O_o I thought Arizona was bad. I always considered it right behind Florida, but now Texas is taking the lead.

AlterNet



Sebastian Prevot watched helplessly as three police officers advanced on his wife. Prevot was handcuffed and bleeding in the back of a cop car. Half of his left ear dangled where it had been torn from his head. The Houston Police Department doesn’t deny that its officers gave Prevot these injuries during a late-night arrest in January 2012. The only dispute is whether he earned them.




What’s rare is for the Houston Police Department to punish its officers for excessive force. An eight-monthTexas Observer investigation found that during the past six years, Houston civilians reported officers for “use of force”—the department’s term for police brutality—588 times. The Internal Affairs division investigated each complaint and dismissed all but four.




More surprisingly, HPD rarely believes even its own officers when they claim to have witnessed unjustified violence against citizens. In the same period, Houston cops reported other officers for excessive force 118 times. Internal Affairs dismissed all but 11.

In total, Internal Affairs sustained just 15—or 2 percent—of the 706 police abuse complaints the past six years, according to department records the Observer obtained through public information requests.




Out of 706 complaints about excessive force, HPD disciplined only 15 officers. For 550 shootings, HPD disciplined none. The message is clear: Either Houston police almost never abuse their power, or they abuse it with impunity.


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posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 03:06 PM
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Years ago a friend referred to pigs as high school dropouts with guns. That was twenty something years ago in a pre 9/11 world. Since then, I have realized he was more right than I ever thought, even though I agreed with his sentiments.

A lawful gang that needs not be constrained by the law and sadly lacking in common sense. Power hungry punks whose main mission is to ruin the lives of others. Protect and serve, yeah right. They only protect themselves and serve the corporate overlords.



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