Seattle cop driving to scene of carjacking gets in collision that sends 11-year-old girl to hospital
SEATTLE — A police officer rushing to the scene of a reported carjacking in West Seattle got into a traffic accident Monday that sent an 11-year-old girl to the hospital, the Seattle Police Department said.
Police said the girl was sent to the hospital as a precaution.
Police said an SPD patrol was making at U-turn at the intersection of 35th and Barton to respond to the report of a carjacking, but another car T-boned the patrol car. There was minor damage to both cars.
The SPD said the suspect in the carjacking was still at large.
SEATTLE — Seattle police on Monday released audio recordings in the fatal shooting of a Queen Anne homeowner by officers over the weekend. Multiple sources say it all began with a domestic violence incident on Friday and ended with bullets flying in the neighborhood Saturday night.
Neighbors and police sources say the homeowner who was shot and killed by Seattle police was 56-year-old Stephen Johnston. Johnston and his wife were known as a friendly couple who traveled the world and socialized with the neighbors. Neighbors are having a hard time coming to grips with what happened this weekend and what police found inside the Johnstons’ home.
There’s not much crime on their upscale Queen Anne street overlooking Seattle. Neighbors say they saw no signs of trouble between Stephen Johnston and his wife since the couple bought the house about a year ago.
"I am not aware of any issues that they’ve had with police in the past," said neighbor Cheryl Bachman. "It is a complete shock."
Police say they got a 911 call Friday and arrived at the Johnstons’ home to find the door wide open and the house trashed, but no one inside.
They returned to the house later that night. Sources say officers intended to arrest Stephen Johnston on domestic violence for alleged threats to kill his wife. But once again the house was empty.
Then on Saturday, a 911 caller reported hearing shots fired on the same street.
This time police brought rifle officers as backup. Sources say officers heard multiple gunshots as they arrived and they took cover across the street. And when they shined a light on the front door, they saw a man, later identified as Stephen Johnston, holding a high powered AK 47 rifle. Sources say Johnston refused orders to drop his gun, instead shooting at the officers, who returned fire and killed him.
The family across the street had to take cover, as bullets, believed to be from Johnston’s gun, hit their house and gate.
The prevailing sentiment here is that police did what they had to do.
"I believed they would have no other recourse other than to do what they did, so I would have no objection to the way they handled this. None at all," said Bachman. "I just think it’s very sad. The person probably needed help."
According to police sources, Johnson’s wife was so frightened, she fled to Eastern Washington Friday and wasn’t home when the shootout happened between her husband and police the next night.
Police found what they described as an arsenal of weapons, ammunition, body armor and hardened fighting positions inside the house and on the front porch. They suspect Johnson intended to die what’s called “suicide by cop.”
"The police in America are problematic by nature, it has little to do with the actual people involved" Youtube personality, The1Janitor posted an epic rant on why he doesn’t like police; pointing out that the root purpose of a police officer’s job is inherently unscrupulous. "Police are trained to lie and be coercive. Almost nothing…
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This guy hits the nail on the head! Focus on the institution rather than the individual.
“Police are trained to lie and be coercive. Almost nothing a police officer tells you is true.”
Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured.
If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!
Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.
Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?
No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?
(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)
I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
Every day, somewhere in this supposedly free county, some version of this script is played out: A police officer spies an individual committing a harmless but “illegal” act, aggressively pursues the subject, inflicts physical violence on the victim, then escalates that violence to lethal or nearly lethal levels when the victim doesn’t immediately submit to…
More evidence that the only good cop is a dead one.
Fuck the police!
Up the ass and without lubrication …
A former New York City police officer accused of playing a major role in a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration pleaded guilty on Wednesday and agreed to testify against his co-defendants.
Prosecutors said that the former officer, Joseph Esposito, was one of four people who concocted a scheme that bilked the federal government out of more than $27 million.
The group allegedly helped scores of police officers, firefighters and other city workers obtain disability benefits by feigning mental illnesses, in some cases by falsely claiming they had been psychologically scarred by the terrorist attacks on the city on Sept. 11, 2001.
EXCLUSIVE: St. Louis Police Officer Blows the Whistle on Rampant Corruption Within the Department
“I wouldn’t have came down here (to Ferguson) and stood on those front lines, I would have taken my uniform off and have resigned. I didn’t have to come down here, but I would not have come down here and oppressed these people.”
The tale of the police dashcam video has now helped clear a Bloomfield, New Jersey man who faced a multitude of criminal charges, including eluding police and assault.
Investigative Reporter Sarah Wallace obtained the dashcam tapes, and has spoken exclusively with the 30-year old DJ who was looking at years in prison.
It was quite a turnabout, all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter have been dismissed, and two Bloomfield police officers have been indicted for falsifying reports, and one of them, for assault.
A third pleaded guilty early on to tampering. It’s all thanks to those dashcam tapes. It’s the video that prosecutors say they never saw when the pursued criminal charges against 30 year-old Marcus Jeter . In the video, his hands were in the air. He was charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. One officer in the video can be seen throwing repeated punches.
Sarah Wallace: “It this tape hadn’t surfaced?”
Marcus: “I’d be in jail.”
This video was only turned over by Bloomfield police after Jeter’s attorney filed a request for records; at the time prosecutors were insistent that Jeter do prison time.
"The first plea was 5 years," said Jeter.
The incident began when cops were called to the Bloomfield home Jeter shares with his girlfriend. No charges were filed and Jeter says he left after briefly talking to officers.
Sarah Wallace: “They say you eluded police.”
Jeter: “When they got behind me, I pulled over.”
Sarah: “So you weren’t trying to escape.”
"No." said Jeter.
You can clearly see Jeter pulling over and stopping on the side of the Garden State parkway. The cops pull out guns.
Sarah: “Why didn’t you get out of the car?”
Jeter: “Because I was afraid.”
Jeter: “There was a cop on my right with a gun, a cop on the other side with a shotgun.”
Jeter:”I’m afraid I might get shot.”
Sarah: “If you got out.”
The tape not initially turned over shows a second police car coming from the opposite direction, crossing the median into ongoing traffic, and then striking Jeter’s car. There is no mention of that in any police report. When Jeter first told his attorney that part of the story.
"It was incredible, I didn’t believe it at that point in time," he said. He adds, "The next thing I know, one of them busts the door and there is glass all over my face."
SARAH: “Your hands are up.”
Jeter: “My hands are up.”
Jeter: “As soon as they opened the door, one officer reached in an punched me in my face.” He adds, “As he’s trying to take off my seatbelt, I’m thinking something is going to go wrong.”
Jeter says the officers were hitting him and telling him not to resist arrest. “All I keep saying is I’m not doing anything,” he adds. “They handcuffed me and one of them hits me in the back.” The attorney for Jeter says while showing Eyewitness News the video, “Here a state trooper arrives on the scene and clearly wants no participation in it and that’s where one of the officers punch Mr. Jeter in the head after he was clearly placed in handcuffs,” said Steven Brown.
As soon as Prosecutors saw this video, they dismissed all of the charges against Jeter. Interesting to note, an investigation by Bloomfield PD’s scandal plagued internal affairs division had found no wrongdoing by officers.
Brown says, “I believe the blame is with the Bloomfield police department for not providing that tape. If we hadn’t had the tapes in this case, an innocent man would be in jail today.”
Notes Bob Murphy: “Another example of how the problem with police is NOT “just a few bad apples.” Look at how badly these officers lied about what happened, and how screwed this guy would have been had the video not surfaced. Again, the point here isn’t that once in a while somebody in a job ends up doing something nutty. No, the point is that the higher-ups cover this kind of thing up, and only take action when the evidence is incontrovertible and the public is outraged.”