North Knox County, TN - Trooper Charles Van Morgan has been terminated, after an incident in which, according to his his supervisor, Van Morgan knowingly passed the scene of a crash of a vehicle he had been pursuing that resulted in the driver’s death. Dashcam video and Van Morgan’s statements and actions after the crash contributed to the case against him.
In November 2011, Van Morgan was in pursuit of Kyle Anito, 20, for speeding. The dashcam video shows the high speed chase in which Anito progressively gains distance on Trooper Van Morgan. About one minute and 20 seconds into the released dashcam video, Van Morgan is seen rounding a corner and passing by a plume of smoke from the burning wreckage of a car that had crashed into a tree. At this instant, Van Morgan slows his car from 51mph to 21ph. He then re-accelerates, radios that he is terminating the pursuit, and pulls off on the side of the road about 1/2 mile up.
Procedure dictates that a trooper remain on the side of the road for at least one minute before shutting off a dashcam.…Continue Reading
San Diego, CA – San Diego Police could face possible charges of brutality after their Rodney King-like beating of an unoccupied car on eastbound Interstate 8 in La Mesa. The empty car looked to have barely survived the savage abuse at the hands of officers during the two-hour standoff.
The tense situation began in the early evening when, according to Lt. David Rohowits, a suspect in a home invasion robbery was to be arrested during a scheduled meeting with his parole officer. The suspect called just before the meeting to say his car had broken down on Interstate 8. The suspect then abandoned the empty vehicle by the roadside and left the area.
Officers arriving on the scene surrounded the vehicle and reported that the [already long gone] home invasion robbery suspect was refusing orders to get out of the stopped car. It is then that they unleashed their coordinated attacks on the unarmed car. One theory is that the savage treatment was possibly vigilantism because the car was thought to be an accomplice of the suspect.…Continue Reading
Baltimore – Any of you remember the Baltimore cop who became a Youtube sensation after he was captured on film berating and manhandling a 14-year-old skateboarder back in 2007? Yeah, well he is now out of a job. The video showed Officer Rivieri lay into Eric Bush, who was 14 at the time, after he felt Eric had disrespected him by calling him “dude.” Rivieri can be heard yelling “I’m not ‘man.’ I’m not ‘dude,’ I am Officer Rivieri!” I almost expected a vein to burt in his forehead while he spouted out something about a pledge pin on his uniform. Rivieri also amped up his schtick by placing Eric in a headlock before pushing him to the ground. A review board cleared Rivieri of any wrong-doing after the video became public, but Commissioner Fred Bealefeld overruled that decision and the 19-year-veteran is no longer with the department. I’m conflicted with he decision as I agree Rivieri over-reacted and was a real dick in the video…but to have 19 years of service thrown down the drain because of one mouthy teenager?…Continue Reading
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - Police were called to the Tender Teddies daycare to help with a 10-year-old boy who had become uncontrollable, was being combative and trying to harm other children and caretakers. This was not the first time that police have been called to the location about this same kid but this particular encounter ended with outraged people, two suspended cops and a Tased kid. When the boy would not stop screaming, punching and kicking, one officers allegedly Tased his ass and another allegedly slapped him. The two officers are now on leave with pay pending the results of the investigation that usually happens after a cop uses a Taser on a kid. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department released the following statement: “While the department will not condone the unnecessary treatment of any subject, regardless of age, in any apprehension situation, additional comments will not be made pending results of the final investigation.” …Continue Reading
Milwaukee – Four months ago, Ray Calderone ended up in handcuffs in the back of a Milwaukee police car. While in the back, Calderone alerted police officers that he needed to use the bathroom by tapping on the inside of the back window with his foot. Former deputy Scott Krause is seen on video opening the door and yelling at Calderone to stop kicking the window and then shuts the door. Calderone does not heed the warning and begins tapping the window with his foot again. This time Krause opens the door, and pops the handcuffed Calderone a few times in the face before shutting the door. Krause is now headed to prison. Check out the video – you can almost see the old batman television show sound effects pop up every time Krause lands a punch.…Continue Reading