” New York City police officers arrested a woman who was video recording them from a public sidewalk as they conducted some type of “vehicle safety checkpoint.”
The officers apparently stole a memory card from a camera, which turned out to be the wrong one, allowing us to view the video.
In the Youtube description, under the headline, “You stole the wrong SD card,” Christina Gonzalez said her boyfriend was also arrested.
We were arrested while filming an NYPD checkpoint on a bridge between a soon to be gentrified Bronx and a quickly gentrifying Harlem. We were charged with OGA, DisCon, and resisting arrest. I was holding a bag of yarn in one hand and a canvas in the other. My partner had food in his hands when he was tackled. Even though their violent actions were unjust, we did not resist. Simultaneous with our “arrests”, the checkpoint was closed down.
We were held for 25 hours.”
” Following the death of father of four David Sal Silva last week, his family’s attorneys are calling for police to release bystander video evidence that reportedly shows California’s Kern County officers brutally beating the 33-year-old. A video from a surveillance camera (which does not show the scene close-up) has been released and shows the man repeatedly struck with a baton.
Local press have also reported on details from a 911 call made, in which witness Sulina Quair, 34, said “There is a man laying on the floor and your police officers beat the (expletive) out of him and killed him. I have it all on video camera. We videotaped the whole thing.” Officers say they were responding to a call about an intoxicated man and that Silva had fought them.”
Published on May 12, 2013
” Bakersfield – A California man begged for his life as a pack of Kern County sheriff’s deputies beat him to death before seizing the cell phones of witnesses who recorded the incident on video.
The Bakersfield Californian reports that 33-year-old David Sal Silva, a father of four young children, died early Wednesday after deputies responded to a call about a possibly intoxicated man outside Kern Medical Center (KMC) in Bakersfield.
According to the Kern County Sheriffs Office, Silva resisted deputies, a canine unit was deployed and when more deputies arrived, they beat him with batons. He then had difficulty breathing and was taken to KMC, where he died.
Officers from the California Highway Patrol were also reportedly involved in the incident.
As many as nine total police officers took part in the beating.
Witnesses, some of whom recorded the fatal beating with their cell phone cameras, told a different story. Ruben Ceballos, 19, was sleeping in his home when he was awakened shortly after midnight by screams and commotion outside.
“When I got outside, I saw two officers beating a man with batons and they were hitting his head so every time they would swing, I could hear the blows to his head,” he told the Californian. Ceballos said that although Silva was on the ground screaming for help, the officers kept beating him. After several minutes, Silva stopped screaming.
“His body was just lying on the street and before the ambulance arrived one of the officers performed CPR on him and another one used a flashlight on his eyes but I’m sure he was already dead,” Ceballos told the Californian.
“He wasn’t resisting arrest, he was begging for his life,” a witness who gave only his first name, John, told Bakersfield Now.
“They (deputies) jumped out, reached for their bats, and beat that man until they killed him right in front of my face,” witness Jason Land told Bakersfield Now. Land said the deputies behaved like “animals.”
Land then called local media to report what he’d seen. He said he felt like he was being followed by deputies and became so paranoid that a friend drove him to the hospital. While there, he was arrested for being under the influence of the drug PCP. But Land insists he was not high and that he was arrested for reporting the deadly police beating.
“If I wouldn’t have said nothing, I wouldn’t have been in cuffs,” Land told Bakersfield Now. “But since I said something, I’m in cuffs.” Land said he is now “in hiding” out of fear of police retaliation.
Deputies seized other witnesses’ cell phones following the fatal beating.
“The true evidence is in those phones witnesses have that apparently the sheriff’s deputies already took,” brother Christopher Silva told the Californian. “But I know the truth will come out and my brother’s voice will be heard.”
Criminal defense attorney John Tello, who is representing two of the witnesses who recorded the brutal beating, told the Californian that his clients are “shaken” by what they saw and how they were treated by police.
“When I arrived to the home of one of the witnesses that had video footage, she was with her family sitting down on the couch, surrounded by three deputies,” Tello said, claiming that the witness was not allowed access to her cell phone and was prevented from leaving her home. Tello claims he was not permitted to speak privately with the woman with the phone and that he was informed that the recording of the deadly attack was evidence to the investigation.
“This was not a crime scene where evidence was going to be destroyed,” Tello told the Californian. “These were concerned citizens who were basically doing a civic duty by preserving the evidence, not destroying it, as they (deputies) tried to make it seem.”
Tello also claims that the witnesses’ phones were seized before any warrants were served. He also claims deputies threatened one witness, telling him he could either surrender his phone the easy way or the hard way.
Silva leaves behind a girlfriend and four children, ages 2 to 10.
“How am I going to tell the kids… the father that they love is now dead?”
Salvador Silva, David’s father, asked Bakersfield Now. “
Via the website Photography is Not a Crime (PINAC), which documents law enforcement abuses related to taking pictures and videos, comes the story of Raymond Michael Rodden, a 33-year-old man who made the bad decision to photograph some public buildings late at night last week.
Last Thursday at 3 a.m., Rodden was unable to sleep and drove to downtown Phoenix in his boss’ car (he was staying with the guy and had permission) and snapped some shots of government buildings. Then, he told PINAC,
He noticed he was being followed by a Phoenix police patrol car. Before he knew it, he was being followed by an additional two marked cars as well as an unmarked car, not to mention a cop on foot.”
” “They wanted to know if I belonged to any extremist groups like the national socialist movement or sovereign citizens. They wanted to know what kind of books I checked out of the library.”
Darren Emfinger, the Phoenix police detective and joint task force member who has been featured in the The First 48 television show and who is refusing to return his items, can be reached at (623) 466-1398 or on his cell phone, (602) 377-9108.
The Arizona ACLU, whom he hopes will help him in this case, can be reached at email@example.com or 602.650.1854.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-262-7111.”
” Amateur video captures a wave of ice blanketing backyards and threatening houses in the Mille Lacs Lake area of Minnesota. (May 12)”
” Another day, another monster? Not quite, this time. A large aquatic animal, apparently carnivorous, has washed up in New Zealand. The body is badly decomposed, and suggests a crocodilian head with a twin fin tail.Sydney Morning Herald article suggestions so far contain just about everything:
A marine mammal expert from the Museum of New Zealand, Anton van Helden, told NZ media that based on the creature’s fins, it was most likely to be a killer whale. The body had probably been floating around at sea for some time before it washed up, he said.
The orca suggestion isn’t quite so far fetched, despite the apparent crocodilian resemblance. Orca teeth are similarly structured, and hooked. Information from the Orca Project shows distinctly similar teeth.”—
” Currently erupting:
Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 2 May 2013)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash explosions (updated 6 May 2013)
Bas Dong Nai (Vietnam)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 6 May 2013)
Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): continuous small eruptions (updated 6 May 2013)
Colima (Western Mexico): frequent explosions from growing lava dome, glowing rockfalls and small pyroclastic flows (updated 25 Apr 2013)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 2 May 2013)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 21 Jan 2012)
Erta Ale (Ethiopia): active lava lake in northern pit crater, active hornito with intermittend flow in southern crater (updated 11 Jan 2013)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): ash emissions and strombolian activity at New SE crater (updated 27 Apr 2013)
Fuego (Guatemala): weak to moderate strombolian activity (updated 6 May 2013)
Gamalama (Halmahera): ash eruptions since 17 Sep (updated 17 Sep 2012)
Grozny (Iturup Island): fumarolic activity (updated 3 Apr 2013)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): possible lava lake in summit crater (updated 2 May 2013)
Karkar (Northeast of New Guinea): possible ash eruption on 1 February (updated 15 Mar 2013)
Kilauea (Hawai’i): lava lakes in Halemau’uma’u and Pu’u ‘O’o, lava flows on coastal flat and weakly active ocean entries (updated 20 Apr 2013)
Kizimen (Kamchatka): growing lava dome, lava flow on eastern flank, avalanches (updated 25 Apr 2013)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): frequent small to moderate ash explosions (updated 6 May 2013)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): strombolian explosions, lava flow on southern flank (updated 16 Apr 2013)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 20 Apr 2013)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): spattering and lava flows of natrocarbonatite lava inside the summit crater (updated 9 Dec 2012)
Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): active growing lava dome (updated 6 May 2013)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): ash emissions, small explosions (updated 14 Mar 2013)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): 0-3 weak to moderate vulcanian-style explosions per day, ash clouds up to 2-3 km altitude (updated 3 May 2013)
Sangay (Ecuador): no recent explosions reported (updated 27 Apr 2013)
Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): advancing viscous active lava flows, weak occasional explosions (updated 6 May 2013)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, ash venting and small to moderate explosions (updated 25 Jul 2012)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): slow dome growth, occasional explosions and pyroclastic flows (updated 22 Apr 2013)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): continuing lava overflows (updated 2 May 2013)
Tinakula (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands): increased activity at the volcano (updated 8 Feb 2013)
Tolbachik (Kamchatka): effusion of fluid lava flows (updated 1 May 2013)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): ash emissions, explosions (updated 6 May 2013)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): strong strombolian activity (level 3), crater currently closed (updated 8 Apr 2013) “
Fifty four year-old Mary Walker from McAllen, Texas has been a member of the NRA for ten years. She owns 1 gun, a 9mm Glock and works as a teacher.
” Photographer Justin Sullivan attended the National Rifle Association Convention in Houston, Texas and took this set of portraits of NRA members. Each photograph has beneath it a short caption saying where they are from, what they do and how many guns they own. “
” After battling a huge swordfish to the surface on his trusty handline out off the coast of Northland, New Zealand, Matt Watson finds himself in a race with a gigantic mako shark to secure his prize catch and get it aboard his little boat in one piece! “
“ Last week I requested my readers to send in photos of their children/grandchildren to show support for the New Jersey family that had the Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) raid their home. The unlawful visit was all due to a photo the dad posted on Facebook of his son with a rifle.
I received hundreds of e-mails from parents that shared their child’s gun photo to show support for the Moore family. These are the kids ‘facing the fight’.”
” So you weren’t able to get to the NRA convention in Houston this year? Luckily we were there for you. Below, we’ve compiled our favorite pictures from the first day. From guns to celebrities to just downright awesome it’s all here:”
” After the Houston Rockets went into Chesapeake Energy Arena and confidently took down the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 on Wednesday, CSN Houston brought gleeful Rockets fans all the relevant news and notes from the big series-extending road win — James Harden‘s fantastic shooting performance, the Thunder’s failed “Hack-a-Whatever-His-Name-Is” strategy, the eighth-seeded Rockets’ chances of forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 back in OKC … and, of course, most importantly, the baby with its pants down wandering out into the middle of the camera shot.”
” Worried about drones spying on you? Soon, a device might be able to send you text and email alerts that let you know when a drone is nearby.
A Washington, D.C.-based engineer is working on the “Drone Shield,” a small, Wi-Fi-connected device that uses a microphone to detect a drone’s “acoustic signatures” (sound frequency and spectrum) when it’s within range.
The company’s founder, John Franklin, who has been working in aerospace engineering for seven years, says he hopes to start selling the device sometime this year. He is using the Kickstarter-like IndieGoGo to finance the project.
The device will cost $69 and will be about the size of a USB thumb drive. It will use Raspberry Pi – a tiny, $25 computer – and commercially available microphones to detect drones. He says he imagines that people will attach the Drone Shield to their fences or roofs to protect their home from surveillance.”