dropdfun: OgreMagi: Three things need to happen if the cops ever want to regain the trust of the public.1. Stop covering for bad cops.2. No more immunity. You knowingly fark up on the job, you are personally responsible.3. Cop unions stops protecting bad cops. In fact, cops shouldn't have a farking union at all.I'd be down for that if it applied to teachers as well.
OgreMagi: Three things need to happen if the cops ever want to regain the trust of the public.1. Stop covering for bad cops.2. No more immunity. You knowingly fark up on the job, you are personally responsible.3. Cop unions stops protecting bad cops. In fact, cops shouldn't have a farking union at all.
To Protect(Themselves) And Serve(an Unwarranted Vicious Beating)
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TRENTON - A young man returning home from work Saturday at midnight was allegedly assaulted by Trenton police.
Tyrell Green caught audio of the alleged incident on his cell phone because he was recording a conversation with a friend when cops could be heard asking him to put his hands up.
"I didn't do anything," the 20-year-old black male pleads to police in the recording, repeatedly asking officers "what did I do?"
When Green told one of the cops "I want your badge number too," a commotion could be heard, followed by an "ow" from Green.
"That's my (expletive) badge number right there," a cop says. "Shut the (expletive) up."
Green could then be heard groaning shortly thereafter.
The city resident provided a photo to The Trentonian of the facial injuries from the punch he says he received in the alleged incident.
Green also went to St. Francis Medical Center early Sunday morning seeking treatment for his injuries after he was released from police custody.
Hospital records, provided by Green, show that he sustained a bruise from the alleged beating.
"I can't even eat a full sandwich," Green said Thursday. "As soon as I open my mouth, it's in pain."
Green, who works for Walmart in Hamilton, said he had just gotten off the bus and was walking the rest of the way home on Chambers Street near Ashmore Avenue, when he was stopped by Trenton police because they were responding to a report of a man with a gun.
The only thing police found on the shipping and receiving employee was a safety knife that he is required to carry at work to open boxes, Green said.
Walmart did not immediately respond to comment about its policy regarding safety knives.
Green said it was in his pocket - like it always is - when he's not on the clock at the store.
Cops can be heard asking him if he pulled the safety knife on somebody or was playing with it.
Green responds "no" to both questions.
"Sir, I do not have a gun," Green says. "I don't even own a gun."
Green said he was in police custody for two hours and was given the option to stay in jail until Monday or receive a ticket for disorderly conduct.
The Mercer High School graduate said he opted to take the ticket signed by Trenton police officer Luis E. Cosme.
Green claims he knew he did nothing wrong because a police officer told him if he showed up to the court, the charges would be dropped.
The offense summary obtained by The Trentonian states, "Listed party did yell and curse at officers while conducting an investigation of a man with a gun."
In the audio recording, police can be heard telling Green to "shut up" numerous times.
"Shut the (expletive) up and let us do our job. You understand me?" the cop who allegedly struck Green says afterwards. "That's my (expletive) badge number right in your (expletive) mouth."
Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr. did not return a call for comment.
This is the third reported incident of excessive force used by Trenton police during the last year and a half.
In February 2012, video from La Guira Bar captured city police officers allegedly using excessive force in two arrests.
There are pending civil lawsuits against the city and the Trenton Police Department for the actions of the officers that night. Officer Nidia Colon is also facing criminal official misconduct charges for her role in one arrest.
In December 2012, Steven Jennette ended up in a coma for two days after being taken into custody by Trenton police.
Jennette remembers being punched and sprayed with pepper spray by city police before waking up at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.
An internal affairs investigation was initiated after that incident, but the outcome remains unknown.
CheekyMonkey: Wow, that One Bad Apple sure does get around...
theknuckler_33: The problem, I think, is that cops assume everyone is a threat.
Barricaded Gunman: it's the cop's expectation that I'm supposed to go into Step-N-Fetchit mode
theknuckler_33: If they do that, stop someone that resembles the description, and the first reaction of that person is to be belligerent, it is not difficult to see that the cops might be suspicious that that person might actually be the 'man with a gun' and therefore possibly dangerous.
theknuckler_33: You know, I'm not condoning the way the cops handled this situation (or any number of other incidents we see here on Fark), but I have a serious question. If a report of a man with a gun comes in, can we all agree that the police should look into the matter? If the call gave only a vague description of the man's appearance, what, exactly, are police to do to look into the matter? I can't really see how they have any other option but to stop anyone that resembles, even slightly, the description given in the call reporting the man with the gun.If they do that, stop someone that resembles the description, and the first reaction of that person is to be belligerent, it is not difficult to see that the cops might be suspicious that that person might actually be the 'man with a gun' and therefore possibly dangerous.
Deep Contact: A cop is the perfect job for a bully.
orbister: FTFA: he was recording a conversation with a friendWhy would one do that?
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