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Body camera catches police officer saving baby’s life

Posted in Babies, Police Bias with tags , , , on July 7, 2015 by saynsumthn

From ABC NEWS:

Dramatic video from an Albuquerque Police Department shows an officer resuscitating an unconscious baby while the girl’s distraught family looks on.

Police said on Tuesday that Officer Martin Smith was called to a home on May 14 and found a 7-month-old baby girl who was unresponsive.

Smith is then seen in the video giving the child CPR, and rubbing her chest in order to revive her.

Pro-life group says police are protecting last abortion clinic in Mississippi

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Police Abuse, Police Bias, Pro-Life with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by saynsumthn

Days after the police in Jackson Mississippi watched as business owners took the signs from the pro-life group Created Equal, the organization has uploaded a video showing what they claim is mistreatment by the police again.

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According to Created Equal, on Thursday July 17, 2014, Created Equal visited Jackson, MS, site of the state’s last remaining abortion facility as part of Day 4 of their Summer Justice Ride.

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Sixteen days before the event, they say that they contacted the police to work out any details resulting in a conference call the day before with police and city officials.

According to Mark Harrington, founder of Created Equal, “It wasn’t until after our arrival that police informed us of a sign ordinance that they intended to enforce against our first amendment protected display.”

Created Equal is law-abiding,” says Harrington, However, no one needs a permit to be on the public sidewalk, and when law enforcement attempts to unequally enforce laws, we must defend our first amendment rights.

“The City of Jackson is required to guarantee everyone the right to free speech. Selective enforcement of commercial sign ordinances amounts to nothing more than harassment. The only reason the police were trying to require us to follow this obscure sign law is because we were opposing abortion outside the last remaining abortion mill in the state. I feel like I was transported back 50 years when Freedom Riders were harassed by Jackson police and business owners as white racists interfered with their right to use interstate commerce, ” Harrington said in a written statement.

According to the group, Operation Rescue, the Fifth Court of Appeals has just ruled that the State of Mississippi must allow the abortion clinic to remain open despite their dangerous medical practices.

According to Operation Rescue president, Troy Newman, “What is being missed here is that the one facility left in the state is engaged in substandard practices that endanger women. Would the Court think that if Kermit Gosnell operated the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, that the state would be forced to keep him in business? Diane Derzis’ shoddy abortion practices that have been documented to endanger women are little better. The Court was concerned that irreparable harm would come to Derzis’ abortion business if it was forced to close, but it seems it failed to consider the irreparable harm done to women who are exposed to shoddy abortions done by her primary abortionist Bruce Norman, who has a long history of hurting women. Shouldn’t protecting women from back-alley practices by abortionist who cannot qualify for hospital privileges trump protecting Derzis’ profit margin?”

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Derzis was ordered by an Alabama court to shut down their abortion business in Birmingham after it was found to pose a danger to the public, and later, to be operating illegally. The group claims that the same practices that forced Derzis’ out of Alabama, are present at her Mississippi facility.

Jackson police watch as thieves steal pro-life group’s property

Posted in Civil Rights, Police Abuse, Police Bias, pro-choice, Pro-choice law breakers, Pro-choice People with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by saynsumthn

On July 17, 2014, the national pro-life group, Created Equal, who was recently attacked by a pro-choice woman in Ohio which made national news, uploaded a video showing complete disregard by the Jackson, Mississippi police department as their property was stolen.

The group visited Jackson site of the state’s last remaining abortion facility as part of Day 4 of their Summer Justice Ride.

Jackson CLinic July 2014

Upon arrival, and despite several attempts by Created Equal’s leader, Mark Harrington to convince police to intervene, their pro-life signs, displaying pictures of abortion victims, were stolen while police stood by idly.

In the video, you can see the group notifying police that a man is walking off with their signs:

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The man takes the group’s sign into a building as they ask him not to steal their property:

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A second man brings several signs into the same building- both men boldly walk in front of the video with no concern about the police who are standing by and just watching.

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A third thief picks up a sign right in front of law enforcement and walks off.

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When the group continues to petition the police – one officer is heard on the video saying, “I’m watching.”

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The group’s leader, Mark Harrington continues to request police stop the thieves- and the police continue to stand by and watch without intervention:

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According to the group-since the incident occurred, charges have been filed against the perpetrator….

Instead of criticizing the police for their inaction- here is how the local media reported this:

FROM WAPT:

The group began its protest outside the clinic, but when they started putting signs up in front of businesses across the street, a problem arose. The protesters claim some business owners removed the signs and stole them, so they called police.

Nathan Glenn, who owns Rooster’s, a restaurant in the building across the street from the clinic, said he didn’t take the signs off the sidewalk, but he was unhappy about how the protesters affected his business Thursday morning.

“(Customers) can’t get to my building. They can’t get to my front door. I’ve got four signs this way and three signs behind you,” Glenn said.

Protesters argued that the business owners had no right to touch the signs because they were on a public sidewalk. The municipal code for the city of Jackson prohibits portable signs. But the signs stayed on the sidewalk until the protest wrapped up, even after police arrived.

And the Clarion-Ledger said:

The protesters say some business owners took the signs.

Nathan Glenn, who owns Rooster’s restaurant, said he didn’t take the signs off the sidewalk, but said the protesters were affecting his business.

“(Customers) can’t get to my building. They can’t get to my front door. I’ve got four signs this way and three signs behind you,” Glenn said.

Protesters said the business owners had no right to touch their signs because they were on a public sidewalk. Jackson’s municipal code prohibits portable signs. But signs stayed on the sidewalk despite the presence of police officers.

Pro-choice Cop fired for calling anti-abortion protester a “Fat F-ing Cow”

Posted in free speech, Police Bias, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2012 by saynsumthn

H/T Opposing Views

An off-duty police officer cannot get his job back after insulting an anti-abortion demonstrator’s weight to show that “the truth sometimes hurts,” a federal judge ruled.

Dick Lalowski worked as a police officer in Des Plaines, Ill., from 1994 until 2008, when he was fired after a hostile off-duty interaction with anti-abortion protesters.

In May 2006, Lalowski was on duty and in uniform when he drove by an abortion clinic and told a group of anti-abortion demonstrators not to impede traffic or stop anyone from entering the clinic. He admits that the interaction was adversarial.

Approximately 15 minutes later, Lalowski returned his equipment to the police station and went off duty. He testified that he was upset at the demonstrators’ display of images of aborted fetuses.

“At that time I was thinking about why would somebody put those signs out there, why would anybody who was trying to help people do that [?] I had to know,” Lalowski said in his deposition (brackets in original).

Lalowski then returned to the abortion clinic in plainclothes and in his personal vehicle. He approached a demonstrator, Paula Emmerth, asked her if she remembered him from earlier. He then told the woman that he was off duty and “not here representing anybody.”

When Lalowski asked “why she had to show those signs,” Emmerth replied that she wanted to tell the truth about abortion.

Lalowski responded: “OK. Let’s talk about the truth then. You’re fat.” He told the demonstrators that they should not display the signs because “the truth sometimes hurts,” and that such images could upset a woman who had miscarried.

When Emmerth refused to take down the signs, Lalowski called her a “fat fucking cow” and a “sinner of gluttony.” He then got down on his hands and knees to show her some exercises she could do to lose weight.

Lalowski told Emmerth she would be a beautiful woman if she was not so fat, and asked her sarcastically if she was hiding food somewhere.

During the one hour and 20 minutes he spent at the demonstration, Lalowski also compared the activists to the Taliban and compared the aborted fetus displays to an image of a Catholic priest leaning over a small boy.

Two demonstrators called 911 to request assistance, but it is unclear if the police acted upon these calls.

Based on this incident, the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners fired Lalowski for conduct unbecoming a police officer. Lalowski challenged the decision, arguing that he was exercising his right to free speech while off duty.

On review, U.S. District Judge James Zagel found that Lalowski’s conduct undermined the public’s confidence in the police force, a matter of far greater concern than his unprofessional comments.

“Although I think it a serious stretch, at this stage I am willing to accept plaintiff’s argument that when he called Emmerth a ‘fat fucking cow’ he intended it as a pointed example of how the truth can hurt, as part of his broader argument that sometimes the starkest forms of truth – i.e. graphic images of aborted fetuses – must be softened to facilitate constructive discourse,” Zagel wrote.

He added: “However, I find that defendants had a legitimate overriding interest in prohibiting their officers from using such profane and insulting language toward members of the public. Public trust in the police is critical to effective law enforcement and it is seriously eroded when police officers are perceived as abusing their authority or behaving unprofessionally. The public is far less likely to cooperate with law enforcement if they anticipate they will not be treated with respect – or worse, subject to verbal abuse. It is difficult to imagine more abusive language than calling someone a ‘fat fucking cow.'”

A number of demonstrators testified that they felt scared and intimidated by Lalowski’s presence and felt helpless in the face of a police officer “out of control.”

“It is difficult to imagine anything more damaging to Defendants’ legitimate interests (or basic social order) than a citizenry that fears its own police force,” Zagel wrote (parentheses in original).

“Plaintiff’s behavior was not only embarrassing for the police department, it undermined public confidence that its officers could be trusted to act within the boundaries of the laws they are charged with enforcing,” he added.

“Given its attenuated connection to any issue of public concern, its profane and insulting nature, and defendants’ overwhelming legitimate interests in prohibiting such speech, I find that Plaintiff’s repeated use of the phrase ‘fat fucking cow’ is not protected and served as a legitimate basis for his discharge,” the judge concluded.