Sunday, January 7, 2018

Pasadena Star News: NAACP, ACLU to demand firing of Pasadena officers involved in Christopher Ballew arrest

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Mod: Those attending Monday evening's City Council meeting in Pasadena could find it to be quite an interesting experience. As those who have followed events there know, the Rotten Rose has become something of a racial flashpoint as a state of considerable tension now exists between the Pasadena Police Department and many in that troubled community. Here's how the Star News describes what could be going down.

NAACP, ACLU to demand firing of Pasadena officers involved in Christopher Ballew arrest (Pasadena Star News link): Local activists incensed over the violent arrest of an Altadena man by Pasadena police in November will present a list of demands to the City Council at its Monday meeting, including calls to fire the officers involved and to install a permanent, independent auditor for the Pasadena Police Department.

Community members gathered at the offices of the Pasadena NAACP on Wednesday evening to discuss the list the organization will deliver to council members next week, according to an NAACP statement.

The demands were prompted by the arrest of Christopher Ballew, 21, at the Mobil gas station at Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road on Nov. 9. The encounter left Ballew with a broken leg and a bloodied face.

Bystander video released on Facebook about a month after the arrest showed a tug-of-war over a baton between Ballew and one of the officers before the second officer punches Ballew in the head and slams the man’s head on the ground multiple times. The video also depicts the first officer hitting Ballew’s leg with the baton three times while the man is on the ground.

Mod: The rest of the PSN article is available at the link. The following is taken from a website called Pasadena Black Pages. It also discusses tomorrow evening's Pasadena City Council meeting.

Pasadena City Council: End The Police's Excessive Force In This City (Pasadena Black Pages link): The Pasadena Police Department’s baton beating of Christopher Ballew is the City’s Rodney King moment. Videos of his senseless attack have made national and international news, and have again put the spotlight on a department with a history of using excessive force on its residents.

The Ballew incident follows on the heels of the Department’s killing of Kendrec McDade in 2012, shooting of Paris Holloway in 2013, killing of Reginald Thomas in 2016, and shooting of Matthew Hurtado in 2017.

Along with the Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police, Pasadenans and Altadenans Against Police Violence, ACLU of Southern California, Pasadenans Organizing for Progress, and the San Gabriel Valley Progressive Alliance, we, the undersigned, urge the Pasadena City Council take immediate action to hold the Department accountable for its beating of Mr. Ballew and to ensure that Pasadena communities are protected from unnecessary police violence.

To stop police violence and over aggressiveness in Pasadena click here and sign the petition to the Pasadena City Council. This is the only way to get things going. It has to start this way for change to be made. When it comes to matters like this the pen is mightier than the sword so become involved.

Don't just sit back and complain when the excessive force affects you personally.

Mod: Here is a screenshot of the petition.


Mod: Like I said, it should be quite a meeting. The public part of this confab starts at 6:30 PM in Council Chambers. Address is Pasadena City Hall100 North Garfield Avenue, Room S249. You might want to get there early. Before 6 PM is my guess.

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43 comments:

  1. More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action around the globe (21). More people died at the hands of police in 2017 than the number of black people who were lynched in the worst year of Jim Crow (161 in 1892). Cops killed more Americans in 2017 than terrorists did (four). They killed more citizens than airplanes (13 deaths worldwide), mass shooters (428 deaths) and Chicago’s “top gang thugs” (675 Chicago homicides).

    Number of cops killed on duty in 2017 by gunfire 45. Killed by heart attacks on duty: 13

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    1. Police officers killed 1,129 people in 2017.

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  2. After watching that video you can see why the DA didn't want to touch this one.

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    1. Why did they manhandle him in the first place

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    2. He had over tinted car windows.

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  3. The cops will get off, the taxpayers will pay the settlement.

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    1. Simple fix- make the police union pay all legal fees and payouts and then the abuse rates will drop

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    2. Gordo would have a heart attack.

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    3. That's it 10:16. Always go after the unions. Hastens the quest for the elimination of the middle class and for third world wealth distribution.

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    4. I have no problem with unions except when they enable their membership to beat the crap out of people and get away with it.

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  4. Pay now or pay later, the old days of sweeping it under the carpet is long gone too many video camera's make anyone defending the actions of murder or abuse needs to get in line and exit the room to take a firing or early retirement with a huge BLACK mark on tier record so they never be employed at a person with life and death authority ever again!

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  5. Two things going against this protest:
    Time: it’s been too long (2 months) since the beating to drum up significant protests.
    Victim Injuries: the guy (fortunately) did not get killed, making it less of a news story and hence, less of a chance pasadena cops will implement any change.


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  6. 6:20am thanks for the stats.
    According to this information, there are far more thugs walking among innocents than I had thought.
    Everyone has a job to do in this life.
    The Pollyanna out look of "life is not fair" is true.
    "If only" the young man had not over tinted his windows; every tint shop knows what is street legal.
    "If only" the young man followed requests asked by Pasadena Officers, upon being stopped.
    "If only" the young man had not grabbed the officer's baton.
    "If only" the stop and requests from officers were followed, the young man would have received a fix it ticket.
    Adrenalin runs high from all parties involved, at times there may be a "hotter head" in the mix, from either side, public or PD., that's human nature. But again, "if only" all involved just stuck to their "job" in life; we could all be "Pollyanna's".

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    1. "If only" the officers involved had done their jobs in a professional manner.

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    2. "If only" Pasadena had the spine to punish its wayward employees. The guy who embezzled $6 million from the city hasn't even gone to trial yet. And Lt. Gourdikian just enjoyed his first year of getting paid for not being prosecuted for illegally selling firearms. There are no consequences ever under the dome.

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    3. The problem is nobody bothers to vote in Pasadena. The employee unions put their own guys on the council which then rubber stamps whatever it is the employees want. Including protection from any consequences of poor job performance. Same thing with the PUSD Board of Education. Out of control cops are a direct consequence of resident indifference, which results in endemic corruption.

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  7. “If only” the officers would have stayed at Winchells.

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    1. Ballew should sue Winchell's for running out of bear claws.

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    2. Good idea. His attorney is on it.

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  8. 8:23am. What was un professional in the way they did their job?

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    1. Go to the meeting Monday night. You might actually learn something.

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    2. Ok, here we go, let the arguments begin. Uhhh, for starters, was beating the s$it out of the dude really necessary? Yes, he did eventually reach for the officers baton, but why did they immediately resort to beating him ? Imagine how many beatings that aren’t caught on camera.

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  9. Overpaid, under led. That should be the slogan of Pasadena city hall.

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    1. And same slogan for every city cop force. Their salaries are incredibly high:
      https://transparentcalifornia.com
      How can that Pasadena chief receive total compensation of $384k (2016).
      That’s what really should be investigated. It’s Criminal.

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    2. Chief Sanchez has a lot of expenses. That junta hat he wears did not come cheap.

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  10. Imagine how many crimes go un reported.
    Imagine if meetings actually amounted to anything.
    Imagine if no monetary "carrot" was dangled out in front of law suits.

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  11. 9:26, regarding the carrot analogy, are you inferring the beatees are taking the blows on purpose to get money from beators?

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  12. Is this guy realted to the famous Cat Ballew? Great movie!

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  13. Cops shouldn't pull over people for lame reasons.

    People shouldn't resist police detention or grab cops' weapons.

    He knows the rules of the street. He's lucky his life didn't end right there. The only question is whether the pain compliance techniques lasted too long or were otherwise excessive.

    The police are like the Borg. Resistance is futile.

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    1. Judge Dredd was just hired as the new Pasadena Chief of Police.

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  14. trolls get trumped again!

    She may be the most lasting legacy of Anthony Scaramucci’s 11-day stint in the White House... professional stylist Katie Price, who previously worked as a hair and makeup artist for Russia Today, is now a full-time White House official with daily duties getting press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, counselor Kellyanne Conway and other White House staffers coiffed and camera-ready.

    Red hair scare

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    1. Yes. It is important that the President's spokesperson be on the same page as Donny's Russian masters.

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    2. Can’t wait for Don Jr to be cracked like an egg.

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    3. He will make for one greasy soufflé.

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  15. Are you saying that Katie Price stylized and applied make up for all of Russia? Whew, that's a dedicated White House staffer.
    Thanx for the info.

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    1. You seem to suffer from the same kinds of mental confusion as Trump. Take 2 Big Macs and call your psychiatrist in the morning.

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  16. The police are generally out of control. I've lost respect for them. I remember having much more respect for the police. But nowadays, I don't know how people can blindly praise them and call them "heroes."

    Interestingly, this link has been in my Facebook feed; it was posted by a friend of mine who lives in Orange County. The link shows former Sheriff Michael Carona, who was convicted and sentenced to federal prison, leeching a $200,000+ pension from taxpayers. I guess we pay him for the rest of his life? This will add up to several million dollars over the expected lifespan of Carona.

    https://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/2016/ocers-orange-county-employees-retirement-system/michael-carona/

    https://transparentcalifornia.com/pensions/search/?q=Michael+Carona

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  17. Cheers 3:54pm you received the early release program for your some what good behaviour.
    Never trust a crook, but in your case, it sounds like you bennifitted from rehabilitation while serving time. Good job.

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    1. I'm pretty sure you would "bennifitt" from your community's adult night school.

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    2. But only “some what.”

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    3. Interesting that this person also used a non-American spelling of the word ‘behavior’.

      More proof we have foreign trolls on this website.

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