Friday, December 22, 2017

Pasadena Star News: Man whose leg was broken by police files claim against Pasadena

Mod: You know how it really works, right? This guy was beaten to a pulp by the Pasadena Police Department, and for whatever the reason. In the end it matters, but not the way you think.

Stick with me and I'll show you.

A disturbing citizen cellphone video emerges of the beating, and some people are upset. The PPD officers' many defenders claim it was justified, and that a police body camera video would show it. That video also emerges, and it is equally inconclusive and open to interpretation. The officers responsible remain on duty, and dubious cop union negotiated city administrative procedures guarantee that the officers continue to will slide by. Any actual consequences are negligible, and entirely hush-hush.

Meanwhile, the victim of this beating files suit, it goes to a local franchise of the Superior Court, and he will eventually win a large settlement. Right?

The officers get off and keep their jobs, the victim wins a lucrative civil suit, and the only people who are actually punished are the taxpayers. They're the ones who will have to pay. They always do. That's how it goes in the Rotten Rose.

Maybe that's what you get for not voting. Here are some news clips and reader comments that will show you how this rolls.


Cell phone video of violent arrest raises concerns about police use of force (Pasadena Weekly link): Civil rights advocates, police reform proponents and city leaders expressed shock and concern over a video that recently surfaced on Facebook showing a man trying to take away an officer’s baton before being punched, thrown to the ground and then beaten with that same baton.

At an emergency meeting of the NAACP Pasadena Branch Monday afternoon, members demanded to see video footage of the incident captured on body-worn cameras recorded by the two officers involved, the names of those officers, a copy of the police report on the incident, and an explanation of the department’s use-of-force policy.

The organization’s demands were turned over to the City Council during its regular Monday night meeting.

NAACP President Delano Yarbrough said he and other members found the officers’ actions to be “reprehensible” and “inhumane.”

“We are concerned that such treatment continues against people of color, especially black males,” said Yarbrough.


D.A. declines to file charges against Altadena man whose leg was broken by Pasadena police during arrest (Pasadena Star News link): The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to file charges Thursday against the Altadena man whose leg was broken as Pasadena police officers attempted to arrest him last month.

Spokesman Greg Risling said in an email Friday the D.A. declined to file a charge of assault on a police officer against Christopher Ballew, 21, “due to lack of evidence.”

Ballew was arrested in November following a traffic stop that turned into a confrontation with two Pasadena police officers. 

Chief Junta Hat saying as little as possible.
Man Who Broke Leg During Arrest By Pasadena Police Speaks Out, Says ‘I Complied With Everything They Asked Me’ (KTLA link): The 21-year-old man who broke his leg during an altercation with Pasadena police in November spoke out Wednesday, saying he was compliant with the officers who were arresting him. Christopher Ballew appeared at a news conference about the incident that happened at a parking lot on Nov. 9, which the Pasadena Police Department said is under investigation  for possible "use of force."

The officers stopped Ballew because of a missing front license plate and tinted windows, according to a city spokesperson. Ballew's lawyer,  John Burton, named Jerry Esparza and Zachary Lujan as the officers involved.

"As far as I know, these officers are still patrolling, when really they should be facing criminal charges," Burton said at Wednesday's news conference.

Police said Ballew was resisting arrest and later booked him on suspicion of assault. But the Los Angeles County District's Attorney's Office has said it would not prosecute Ballew on any charges stemming from the incident due to lack of evidence.

After a  graphic cellphone video that captured the ordeal sparked public outcry, authorities released dashcam and bodycam videos that showed the moment Ballew's leg was broken.

"I was confused," Ballew said in the news conference. "I didn’t know what was going on." Ballew denied resisting and running away from the officers, saying, " I complied with everything they asked me."

 Show time in the Double R.
Man whose leg was broken by police files claim against Pasadena (Pasadena Star News link): An Altadena man filed a claim for damages against the Pasadena Police Department on Tuesday following a November traffic stop in which officers broke his leg.

The claim states Chris Ballew, 21, sustained injuries to his left eye, cuts on his shin and a broken right leg. The filing, a precursor to a lawsuit, does not specify a dollar amount for the damages.

Ballew alleges officers Lerry Esparza and Zachary Lujan violated his civil rights by escalating a traffic stop into what he called a beating. Police have said Ballew resisted arrest and initially attempted to get him charged with assault on an officer.

“This was unprovoked, nearly deadly violence,” said John Burton, Ballew’s attorney.

A bystander’s video of the incident on social media sparked outrage and led to the release of additional footage from the officers’ body and dash cameras. At the time, City Manager Steve Mermell said he would reach out to the family, but family members now say they never heard from him. William Boyer, Pasadena spokesman, said Mermell left a message and never heard back.

Both Esparza and Lujan remain on duty, according to Boyer. An internal use-of-force investigation is ongoing and began immediately after the incident occurred, Boyer said.

Claim filed against Pasadena Police Officers Esparza, Lujan and Chief Sanchez (Arcadia Weekly link): John Burton, an attorney retained by Ballew’s family, told Pasadena Independent he was stunned by the video; “ I’ve never seen an officer go out of control so quickly, he’s a sick sociopath,” Burton said in a telephone interview Monday morning. Burton poised the question…“Esparza was going to shoot (Chris) …over a tinted window?”

"That's how it goes
In the Rotten Rose."

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69 comments:

  1. They slay, you pay.

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    1. At least the guy wasn't shot in his butt? How much did that cost Sierra Madre?

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  2. If you think that was complying, you probably also think that our water bills are reasonable.
    The kid was clearly to blame for the beating he got. Perhaps spend a little less time being outraged and looking for a payday, and teach your kids how to act around authority.
    The police have a difficult job, and they derive their power by one of two things; 1. Your compliance, or 2. Them asserting their power for your compliance.
    It is flawed, yes and not always fair, but it is the system we have set up for public safety. Society requires that you comply. Make your grievance after you have done that.

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    1. You make law enforcement sound like S&M.

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    2. You have issues...

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    3. 6:56 needs to "come out."

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    4. Determining what punishment an alleged suspect ‘deserves’ is the role of the judge, not the police.

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    5. The DA took a pass. The police "ruling" was overturned.

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    6. “The kid was clearly to blame for the beating he got.” Yep, he failed to “comply” with the police by being black.

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    7. Not only did the DA shoot down the Pasadena PD, it only took him about 48 hours to do it. What does that say about Chief Junta Hat's cred?

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    8. Critical thinking is obviously a bridge too far for you 7:12.
      And 7:44 do you not understand the need for the suspect to be subdued? He was obviously resisting, refused to be handcuffed, and was trying to get away. You could argue the reason for the suspicion but the perps action escalated the incident, and gave them cause to act the way they did. How do you know what is tucked in his pants or what he would have reached for. I am not a cop, and I have my issues with many of them, however I respect their job and know that if you do the opposite of what they tell you, there will be consequences. And for the most part we as a society demand that. Otherwise they have no power to enforce the laws we demand. Citizens do not have the right to pick and choose how they will comply. Remedy for bad action by police comes after not during. That’s on you.

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    9. Too bad the District Attorney doesn't agree with you, eh? Some government officials actually follow the law.

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    10. “He might have something tucked in his pants... let’s break his leg”.

      Or the kid on the BART train who got shot in the back point blank. Or Travon Martin, or countless others.

      One just never knows what’s tucked in there.

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    11. 8:20 must be reading too many Judge Dredd comic books.

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  3. This was one event caught on camera. Makes me wonder how many beatings the typical cop does, obviously not all caught on camera. They must despise people with all the smart phones with cameras.

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  4. In Gucci'dena the police are tasked with many important things. One of the most important is to keep blacks out of the boutique shopping districts. Probably the most racist town in Los Angeles County.

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    1. The only Gucci I see in Pasadena are knock offs. What botiques you’re talking about? In Oldtown? I see all ethnicities in old town. I’ve seen the police move homeless people about, but not in an ugly way? I suppose the Chinese were racists for arresting 3 black UCLA basketball players who admitted shoplifting? Give me a break. Have some facts if you use the racist term.

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  5. I do believe the Pasadena Ordinance was called a 'sunrise to sunset' ordinance and when do most of the PPD attacks on minorities take place? After sunset. From running drugs to guns the PPD really seems to be a rotten bunch of eggs time to clean house and scramble some bad once nice 2018 new years resolution.

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  6. And not a word from the Mayor nor the Chief ... because the Rose Parade is right around the corner and Lord knows that is the focus. There is ZERO leadership in Pasadena - particularly if it is issues pertaining to the Northwest. What happened to the public information officer that got raided for gun sales? Isn't it coming up on a year since his house got raided? What is up with that??? A corrupt police department, zero leadership in City Hall ... just another day in the City of Roses ...

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    1. Altadena is definitely not invited this year.

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  7. CNN poll: Majority believes Trump sexual misconduct claims are mostly true
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/366155-poll-majority-believes-trump-sexual-misconduct-claims-are

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    1. “I moved on her like a b1tch.”

      But I’m not sure I said that even though that’s my voice in the recording

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  8. 7:44am. What punishment? The kid should have complied with the officers request.
    Adrenalin must have been flowing from both parties.
    I miss the days of the Battering Ram Police Vehicles traveling down the roads; the neighborhoods have become almost safe to walk in.

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  9. Hey Mod; didn't realize you are so anti Blue; your interpretations are showing.
    Also, victim is not a word that is used, it's possible perpetrator.

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    1. I’m pretty sure he’s anti corruption. Aren’t you?

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    2. This is the result of corruption. There are some who would like you believe it is about crime. And it is. Just not the way 8:53 has in mind.

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  10. 8:11am. Ah Gawd; its the anyone but white commentator.

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  11. 7:21am. You must be "High".
    Sunrise to Sunset, was Sierra Madre in the 60's & 70's.

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    1. And that’s the reason our city is in such trouble today

      Y’all were asleep at the wheel

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    2. $225,000 a year Pasadena cop compensation is a direct result of 15% voters turnouts. Bogaard's Bounty, as it were.

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  12. NorthWest Pasadena used to be a No Man Land.
    A person couldn't step outside their house without getting shot at by hard core gangs that ran the area.
    Now, its not as wild; the public got their streets back; thanks Pasadena PD.
    The Halloween Massacre remains fresh in the hearts of many here.

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    1. Years ago, when it was supposed to be a no-go area, I sat outside my son’s dealer’s house. I never felt unsafe. No one ever threatened or bothered me. Many of the people there were helpful. I would’ve gone to the pusher’s door except he had a nasty pit bull that I wasn’t willing to confront. I would sit in front of his house, until my son was forced to come out and the guy wouldn’t sell to my son anymore. My son died from his problems. But I would do it all over again. Don’t always believe what your told. Think for yourself.

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  13. Sometimes the Authorities get heavy handed; that will all be sorted out.
    Clearly, the guy got out of his car and ignored the officers orders. It's not like he didn't know they were following behind him, attempting to make a stop.
    The kid is just looking for a pay out.

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    1. He'll get it, too. That is how the game is played.

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    2. 8:53 - there are 3 sides. The third is the taxpayers who have to come up with the settlements. The result of bad no consequences law enforcement. I lean that way.

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    3. The pervasive police union should have to pay

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  14. It is always the taxpayers that pay for everything.
    This is the reason why insurance rates are so high; we live in a sue me state.
    Taxpayers pay out settlement's, and increased protections from law enforcement.
    Taxpayers pay to elect the guys running the show, it's the taxpayers that pay just to begin our day.
    What's new?

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  15. There are only a few things that will result from grabbing a cop's baton. A beating or tasing may well be the least of them.

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    1. If you are being beaten to the point of your leg being broken, even you might try to grab that baton.

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    2. Nice try but he grabbed the baton before the hits to his legs.

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    3. Give it up, dude. This guy has a helluva lawsuit. Your tax money will be in his pockets before you know it.

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    4. No he doesn’t. He has a settlement.

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  16. "Don't tase me bro, don't tase me"

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  17. 10:55am. If he followed directions and didn't reach for the baton, more than likely there would not have been a struggle.
    If the cops "jumped" him; then he'd have a law suit; instead he choose to ignore and walked off.
    Lucky he didn't turn around in a quick motion to face off; he would have been looking down a gun barrel.

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    1. He does have a lawsuit. Judging by the media blitz it is a good one. Get your checkbook out.

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    2. What is corrupt about this case specifically.

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    3. Flatfeet making a quarter million dollars a year is criminal.

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  18. 15-0 U.N. Security Council members voted to Enact New Sanctions against North Korea.

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    1. They also condemned Trump for his Jerusalem insanity. Everything Orange Caligula touches turns to crap.

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  19. Judging by the Media lately; they don't get anything right!

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    1. It's called blaming the messenger. Kinda lame.

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  21. It's called not doing their job, along with "fake news", bias, hypocrisy, digging for ratings, one sided reporting, liberal media,...

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    1. There are many ways to blame the messenger. I see you have adopted the Russian method.

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    2. Right wing Zealots think that anyone who thinks differently must be the opposite extreme and there can be no middle ground or alternative. Just like terrorists do.

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    3. 12:42 channeling the FoxNews business plan.

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    4. Extremists fanatics cannot see any middle ground between themselves and their enemies. That is why the far left and right need each other. Otherwise who would care?

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    5. 2:03 calling the kettle black.

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    6. Whatever you say.

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  22. 11:43am. Who's they? A few Arab States??

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    1. Just about the entire world

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  23. 12:45pm. Requires an intervention; mind control has been set on cult status.

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    1. Trum-pods are very susceptible to strong men.

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    2. Maybe it was Milo.

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  24. Reports a few weeks ago said Mueller's team subpoenaed Deutchebank for records re Kushner.

    Today there are reports that the US Attorney's office for the Eastern District of NY also subpoenaed Deutchebank for Kushner records. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/report-federal-prosecutors-subpoena-deutsche-bank-for-kushner-records

    Question: Is the US Attorney EDNY, who was appointed by Trump, running a softball investigation that can "exonerate" Kushner to undercut Mueller?

    (A year and a half ago I would have considered such a question a sign of paranoia. No longer--not with the most dishonest group ever in power.)

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    1. You are mistaken. It is New York Attorney Gen'l Eric Schneiderman. He is currently working on several investigations into the Trump crime family, including a RICO deal on most of the Trump family. Mueller is only half the problem for these thieves.

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    2. LOL.. so I just did a google search for ‘Kushner’ and ‘Deutschebank’ but it autocorrected to ‘douchebag’.

      It’s remarkable how many articles about Kushner involve the word douche bag!

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