Friday, December 8, 2017

Pasadena Independent: Cell Phone Video Allegedly Shows Pasadena Police Officers Beating Suspect

Mod: Accusations of police brutality have haunted the Pasadena Police Department for years. The following is a disturbing report from the Pasadena Independent, a paper now distributed in Sierra Madre after the demise of the Sierra Madre Weekly. Both the language and visuals in this video are extremely graphic. The following cell phone video is all over social media locally, and this looks to be the next big Pasadena PD scandal. The Pasadena Star News and The Hub have yet to carry the story.

Link to the video here.

Cell Phone Video Allegedly Shows Pasadena Police Officers Beating Suspect (Pasadena Independent link): A social media post of a cell phone video of two Pasadena police officers beating a suspect who was attempting to flee following a traffic stop has gone viral in the local Facebook and Instagram community.

December 3 at 11:19am · Instagram ·.. Pasadena PD… This is what “Assault on a Police Officer with a Non-Firearm” looks like I guess.. All I can say is Glory be to God. I just posted early this morning for anyone to have a video and lo’ and behold I wake up to find this. God is just too good to me honestly, Im not worthy- Please REPOST. I don't have anybody on my side but you all… @worldstar @cnn @abcnetwork @pasadenastarnews #fakejustice #brokenballew #policebrutality #policeassualt #pasadena. #pasadenapolice

Pasadena Independent has yet to verify the authenticity of the cell phone video posted and is conducting an independent review of the alleged beating of Chris BallewThe Independent has requested city officials provide specific details about the incident which took place about a month ago.

This, according to a James Farr, posted on Facebook:

“I spoke with vice mayor John Kennedy this morning about the recent video that has surface involving Pasadena Police and an unarmed motorist.

“… I do not have all of the facts on the matter involving Chris Ballew and the Pasadena Police Department. Additionally, I do not know when the City will release Body Worn Camera video of the incident, assuming that it exist.

The Public Safety Committee meeting is scheduled for today, Monday, December 4, 2017, at 4:15 p.m., Council Chambers. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and speak for up to 2, possibly 3, minutes on matters not on the agenda.” - Vice Mayor John J. Kennedy

Pasadena Independent has attempted to contact councilmembers, the Mayor and Chief of Police regarding this incident but have yet to get any reply.

Two independent news sources also reported on this disturbing video: Pasadena Now and Pasadena Weekly posted the video on their respective websites.

William Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, said the city will be issuing a statement soon. As soon as we get their side of the story we’ll bring it to you.

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83 comments:

  1. Before everyone goes off on their ‘police brutality’ rants, please consider these facts:
    1. The video starts midway into the encounter, who knows how combative the person was before video capture started.
    2. Notice the suspect get up from the ground at start of the video. That’s a threat to the officers.
    3. Notice the suspect grab and pull the billy club. Ask any cop what they are trained to do in that case, the answer is to meet the suspect with even more force.
    4. The officer that was punching the suspect was throwing almost open fist punches to the body, he could have been a lot more aggressive and hit more to the face.


    Now you can start your rants against the police (and me).

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    1. Funny how people can rationalize things. Let me ask you this. If you were being repeatedly beaten with a small baseball bat wouldn't you be a little upset? None of what happened in this video will ever be discussed by the City Of Pasadena, and in any way. It will be hushed up and rationalized away as being part of an "ongoing investigation." One that will never end. And that is why things like this happen. The PPD knows there will be no consequences whatsoever for their actions.

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    2. 6:12 is right that the video does not give the whole story, and it would be a clear case of wrong use of force if the officers had continued hitting the man after they had, finally, been able to handcuff him. But they stopped the use of force as soon as they had the handcuffs on.
      Let's hope the officers were wearing body cams so that the event can be seen more clearly in its entirety.

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    3. How much more of a story do you need? Two officers are taking into custody an unarmed man, who they then proceed to beat over and over again. Do you think that maybe the suspect sassed them? Or it was sexual?

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    4. If they had body cams, no speculation will be required, and opinions can move aside for facts.

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    5. 6:48, Yes, I’d be upset. But, if was being beaten by a “small baseball bat” by police, I would not resist their orders.

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    6. So you'd just lie there and take it?

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    7. If the body cams don't show what the PPD wants seen, they will never emerge. This will be buried. Just like everything else in The Rotten Rose.

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    8. I thought it was common knowledge that police are violent, and the smartest thing a person can do is 1) avoid them, and if that's not possible 2) submit.

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    9. What cops in Pasadena are paid.

      Johnny Calderon Police Officer
      Pasadena, 2016 $104,229.66 $107,300.45 $9,206.60 $220,736.71 $53,512.10 $274,248.81
      Daniel Morris Police Officer
      Pasadena, 2016 $93,338.35 $101,722.22 $4,688.57 $199,749.14 $45,677.88 $245,427.02
      Raymond Hsu Police Officer
      Pasadena, 2016 $108,505.62 $74,429.32 $4,246.20 $187,181.14 $49,366.79 $236,547.93
      Van Kim Police Officer
      Pasadena, 2016 $93,681.55 $75,969.97 $5,137.48 $174,789.00 $49,680.04 $224,469.04
      Alex Torres Police Officer
      Pasadena, 2016 $103,422.44 $62,736.91 $7,047.82 $173,207.17 $49,385.84 $222,593.01
      Irvin Myles Police Officer
      Pasadena, 2016 $104,824.26 $38,611.55 $20,872.07 $164,307.88 $53,025.33 $217,333.21
      Jack Rappuchi Police Officer
      Pasadena, 2016 $103,976.55 $56,795.46 $850.00 $161,622.01 $54,484.22 $216,106.23

      Maybe it isn't race. Maybe it is class. Or both.

      https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/search/?a=pasadena&q=Police+Officer&y=

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    10. Damn right 7:33, and magically once I stop resisting they stop hitting.

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    11. Not in this case. Take off your blinders and watch the video again.

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    12. Reality based here. Let me repeat it for you: grab for a cops stick or weapon and suffer the consequences.

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    13. Well, 7:33, I’d never be in that situation because if I was approached by a cop I wouldn’t reach for their stick or gun.

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    14. Sure. You'd just squeal with delight as you're beaten into a pulp. To each his own.

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  2. I guess they're getting ready for the Rose Parade.

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    1. THey were taking out their Trump issues on the guy

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  3. From the way its education system works to how it does law enforcement, the City Of Pasadena practices a very demonstrable form of apartheid. But it is a kind of Gucci apartheid, practiced from the seats of richly leathered Audis and Lexus's by people who are convinced there are none better or more enlightened than them.

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  4. Question: do the PPD officers work out at a 25hr fitness gym to keep in shape for this off or nearly off camera beatings? I would guess their commanders enjoy this type of PR so close to Xmas and that Rose Bowl Parade and Football Games? Nice going looks like it's time to clean the Pasadena city hall & PD swamp?

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    1. There are two red state teams playing in the Rose Bowl this year. They're just trying to make folks feel at home.

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  5. Speaking of Pasadena investigations that never see the light of day, how's that Gourdikian gun running thing going?
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pasadena-firearms-list-20170501-story.html

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  6. Or the Wooten-Pasadena City Hall embezzlement scandal that was discovered in, what? Late 2014? Hasn't;t even made it to Court yet.
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-city-worker-embezzled-6-million-from-pasadena-da-alleges-20141230-story.html

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  7. If you are pulling down a quarter of a million dollars a year you really need to do a better job than this.

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  8. Some cops are thugs, but why would anyone get up when a cop orders you to stay down? And then foolishly grab a cop's baton? Everyone knows that will result in a beatdown or worse until compliance.

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  9. 7:52 - The reason why Pasadena cops do the things they do is nobody holds them accountable. They make way too much money and never face any consequences for their actions. Blaming the victim must be nice from the comfort of your computer screen.

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    1. Yes, and you would have been fine and dandy handing your baton to that gentleman--from the comfort of your computer screen, of course.

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    2. A quarter mill a year, and a lifetime pass from Mayor Tornek on beating residents with billy clubs. I guess that might appeal to some people.

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  10. Trump will likely take credit today for the 4.1% unemployment rate resulting from the Obama administration's rescue of the economy after the GOP induced economic collapse.

    But when the unemployment rate was 5% Trump said that was a phony number and really is as high as 42%. Will Trump take credit for 4.1% or will he explain why he has not reduced the unemployment rate below 41.1% based on his own figures.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/10/19-times-trump-called-the-jobs-numbers-fake-before-they-made-him-look-good/?utm_term=.735d16c571fb

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  11. I'm just surprised they only used two cops on what could have been a highly trained ninja assassin on PCP. Notice how cops taser the elderly and women, but they still beat up a lot of blacks for "resisting arrest".

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  12. 7:52am. I agree with you.
    The streets of Pasadena are not as Rosie as some may think; I'll wait for both sides of the Dec. 3rd incident before formulating an opinion.

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    1. This will be buried. There will be some city jabber about an investigation, then everything will go silent.

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  13. So the Obama administration took over eight years for the bump in the economy to show up?

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    1. Oh damn. A Trump idiot.

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    2. Since the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1%, the only bump is the one on your FoxNews-addled noggin.

      Try looking at some GDP and unemployment charts since Obama resched the economy.

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  14. 6:53am. Are you saying the other persons of color, with unknown amounts of currency in their savings accounts; all follow instructions given to them by Police Officers, when they are on the run?

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  15. Due process of Law is what we in the United States all may count on; although not perfect, it is what we have.

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    1. In Pasadena government employees get a pass. Even embezzlers get off.

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  16. Historic speech given by Ambassador Haley: The United States will not stand by as Israel is attacked by the United Nations.
    Both Israeli and Palestinian children deserve a peaceful future.

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  17. Oh damn, it's the I can't let go of the accomplished nothing in the past, commenter: 8:48am.

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    1. 8:48 still has Trump Derangement Syndrome, can't get over the loss.

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    2. Trump has Trump Derangement Syndrome. Either that or a stroke.

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    3. Or bad dentures...

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    4. Dry Throat = Strong Meds.

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  18. No you can't check those signatures and date, can anyone say yearbook forgery?
    In a court of law, the yearbook will not be allowed as evidence as some if not all was filled in by the accuser.
    How will this new information play out for the Alabama voters?

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    1. Only an idiot thinks today’s inks can’t be distinguished from inks of 40 years ago.

      Perhaps Moore and kkkomrade 9:55 should pay for the forensic analysis to put the yearbook issue to rest on its merits.

      Why won’t Moore pay for the chemical analysis to clear himself?

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    2. Lots of Tea Party clowns here today. I wish they practiced better mental hygiene.

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  19. Crooked cops all over La

    A new investigation by the Los Angeles Times reveals that a deputy at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department kept his job even after he was caught replacing missing blood evidence with spilled taco sauce

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  20. Read the New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander if you ever hope to have any understanding of apartheid in the United States when it comes to race and justice.

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  21. 10:04am. Of course the cop will keep his job after replacing blood and taco sauce, Los Angeles is a Sanctuary City!

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  22. 10:21 hates Mexican people. Likely old uneducated Trump minion.

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    1. 11:08 - You were probably the first one screaming racist to anyone that disagreed with Obama.

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    2. Oh look. It's a Tea Knucklehead.

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  23. 10:16am. Any apartheid books on the recent news reports of Afcrian children sold into slavery in Libya after that government fell?

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  24. 11:08 am. Anti Law and Order advocate than has heartburn and acid indigestion. Likely an old white uneducated Progressive.

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    1. My dog just shat on your lawn.

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  25. 11:08 am. What if the choice of condiment replacement was ketchup and not taco sauce that the L.A. Sheriff replaced, would that constitute hatred against the French?
    Still, Los Angeles , San Francisco, most of California is ignoring Federal Law and using sanctuary as an excuse to protect criminals.
    Why not let all criminals loose and save taxpayers their money?

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    1. Much like the federal government, these cities want to pick and choose which laws to enforce.

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  26. 228 Thousand new job added in November.
    The economy continues to grow under this new President.

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    1. He'll wreck it soon enough. Get ready for your Big Trump Lie tax hike.

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    2. See 8:01 and 9:09, above, Comrade fool.

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    3. Traitor Trump is sticking it big time to the middle class. Lock his traitor ass up.

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  27. 11:31, moron that thinks sanctuary cities promote Anti Law and Order. Certainly Trump supporter.

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  28. The Pasadena Police Department has been a mess for the longest - now its coming out just how bad it is.. The public information officer who is still on paid leave for selling guns ... the city council having to agree to pay senior police dispatchers who transfer in from other agencies extra bonus $$$ if they stay longer than a year because no one wants to work for that department - and now this ... but as usual business goes on and you won't hear a word .. just brushed under the carpet and business as usual ... besides the Rose Parade and game are coming and that is much more important to focus on ... not the dirty little secrets that is part of that department..

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  29. 11:57pm. Would you enlightened us on the six time convicted criminal that should have been deported, he was not a U.S. citizen.
    You know; the man in San Francisco who was just acquitted from murdering that young girl who was just walking on the boardwalk with her family, with a gun he just happened to find under the bench where he was sitting.
    I suppose having six prior convictions in this Country would not enter into a new trial, but in the very least, involuntary manslaughter charges against him should had stuck.

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  30. Yes, very tragic. But, you should really question the jury that found him not guilty since they believed the defense bullet ricochet explanation. Most crime is home brewed, can’t pin it all on the people in these sanctuary cities. Most of the people in these cities are focused on their next meal. Big world out there, check it out sometime.

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  31. Yes; San Franciscans really focus on where their next meal will come from !!! Joke of the day, thanx

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    1. Sure. Everyone in SF is rich. No, really! Especially those who have gone there to avoid Trump's Gestapo.

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    2. 2:39, yes, the people on the street in SF are a tad bit interested in their next meal. Not all have life you do.

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  32. 3:37pm. Yes, the homeless in SF are given out free needles and health checks
    The Psychiatric Evulation Teams do pass out sandwiches every evening when checking on the status of those wishing to remain outdoors.

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    1. I think I hear 2:39 packing his bags now.

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  33. Trump Trolls will pay for their sins

    Israeli jets hit Gaza following rocket fire, as protests surge in wake of Trump announcement

    Blood on your hands

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    1. I'm sure Donald is very excited.

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  34. Im excited about ISIS getting their tails kicked, from US fighter jets, as they flee Syria.

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    1. So am I. But what does that have to do with the bloodshed unleashed today by the big mouth of The Pussygrabber?

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    2. Prominent Judge Alex from the 9th Circus Court of Appeals based in the City of Pasadena, was just accused by many of his female clerks of sexual misconduct.

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  35. 6:48pm. What bloodshed? Those guys have been fighting for thousands of years. What's new?
    Maybe they didn't beat their wives before going out into the streets?

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  36. Marine Col. Daniel Hunter Wilson is now preparing to serve a five-and-a-half year sentence for sexually abusing a six-year-old girl at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in summer 2016.

    But months before that crime was committed, Wilson had been rapidly removed from a key leadership posting in Darwin, Australia after just ten days amid reports of drunken misbehavior and inappropriate comments.

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  37. I guess the suspect in this beating has one thing to be thankful for, the 2 cops did not discharge their service weapons and empty the 16 shot magazines in or at the handcuffed suspect laying on the ground and then claim he resisted arrest or how he grabbed my uniform? Self defense? what about the suspects rights?

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  38. For the record, I am NOT a current or former police officer, nor am I in any way associated or involved in law enforcement. Also, if it matters, I am African-American.

    My only objective is to inject a reasoned response to this heated topic.

    What happened before the camera started recording MEANS EVERYTHING. Before making a judgment, we have to take the totality of events into consideration.

    Graham Vs. Connor (The case where the Supreme Court determined that an objective reasonableness standard should apply to a civilian's claim that law enforcement officials used excessive force in the course of making an arrest, investigatory stop, or other "seizure" of his person.) established that "the "reasonableness" inquiry in an excessive force case is an objective one: the question is whether the officers' actions are 'objectively reasonable' in light of the facts and circumstances confronting them, without regard to their underlying intent or motivation... The "reasonableness" of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight."

    There is a list of factors for determining when an officer's use of force is objectively unreasonable: "the severity of the crime at issue," "whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the safety of the officers or others," and "whether he is actively resisting arrest or attempting to evade arrest by flight."

    In a nutshell, legally, this cannot be judged ex post facto. You have to consider, in real-time; what they know about the subject, past incidences with the subject, the events that lead to the incident, and the incident itself.

    Since very few of us here are in law enforcement, we are simply incapable of meeting that standard. We are mere observers of a portion of an incident.

    In the video, While he was against the car, Mr. Ballew was struck, and ordered to give the officers his hands. He apparently attempted to flee. While doing so, he grabbed the officer's baton, that can be considered an attempt to disarm an officer. Whether out of self defense or not, it will escalated the incident. He received many open and close handed blows over the head, neck and body area from one of the officers, apparently in an attempt to subdue him.

    When Mr. Ballew was on the ground, an officer dropped his baton and reached for his Taser, most likeley to drive stun him. He realized that his partner was engaged with Mr. Ballew, and that the Taser was not the appropriate tool, holstered it, picked up his baton and struck Mr. Ballew in his back.The other officer was striking him multiple times, and slammed his face to the ground.

    The officer with the baton struck Mr. Ballew's right leg. (I believe that was the strike that broke his leg.) Mr. Ballew exclaimed in pain and he indicated he would give up by saying "OKAY" a split second before another blow came down on his right leg. He then said "I'll stop". Which is an admission of willful, active resistance. Even after his submission, the officers had to struggle to cuff him.

    As presented, Mr. Ballew was resisting, he attempted to flee, and he posed an immediate threat to the officers. The officers actions seemed to mostly meet the standard of "Objective reasonableness."

    However, Without seeing what happened before, we cannot be certain.

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    1. For the record, I am NOT a current or former police officer, nor am I in any way associated or involved in law enforcement. Also, if it matters, I am African-American.

      I saw the body cam footage and I stand by my assertion that the officer's use of force was justified.

      Mr. Ballew was beligerant and actively resisting from the onset of the incident.

      Two things I thought were excessive:

      *Forcefully slamming Mr. Ballew's head to the ground.

      *Forcefully striking Mr. Ballew's lower back with their expandable baton. (Not an approved striking area.)

      Outside of those two things, the officers actions seems to meet the standard of "objectively reasonable" use of force.

      I believe that these officers will not be charged with any crime.

      Right or wrong, good or bad.

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  39. In the end the taxpayer will have to pick up the bill for police excess.

    Man whose leg was broken by police files claim against Pasadena
    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2017/12/20/man-whose-leg-was-broken-by-police-files-claim-against-pasadena/

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