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Toledo Blade Complains to FBI About Treatment of Reporter, Photogpraher

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Toledo Blade journalists who were detained and whose cameras were confiscated by military security have filed complaints with the FBI, saying their First Amendment rights were violated by the Department of Army Police.

The Blade reports that reporter Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser shared their experience with the FBI on Tuesday afternoon.

“I don’t want this to be about me or The Blade necessarily,” Mr. Linkhorn said. “I just want to make sure that laws are followed properly and that people have the freedom that they should have.”

The incident happened Friday when Linkhorn and Fraser approached a driveway entrance of General Dynamics Lima tank plant. Although they had media credentials, they were placed in handcuffs, and Fraser’s camera was taken, according to the Blade.

“The Army does not have the right in this country to detain journalists, handcuff them, seize their cameras, and destroy our work product on the whim of an overzealous military police officer,” Dave Murray, managing editor of the newspaper, said. “The photos Ms. Fraser took were taken outside the secure perimeter of the tank plant and were photos that anyone with a cell phone could take as they drive by.”

FBI Probes Shooting Death of Handcuffed Man in Arkansas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

On the surface, it looks pretty suspicious.

It’s “definitely bizarre and defies logic at first glance,” Jonesboro, Ark.  Police Chief Michale Yates said, reports Huffington Post.

Chavis Carter, 21, was shot in the head while handcuffed in the rear of a police car in Arkansas.

Police said Carter committed suicide with a gun police failed to find when they searched him.

Carter’s family members, however, believe police killed Carter and are trying to cover it up, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI is investigating.

Dep. U.S. Marshal Charged With Assaulting Handcuffed Prisoners

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Deputy U.S. Marshal Stephen Linder stepped way over the line, federal authorities say.

A Chicago fed grand jury last week indicted him for civil rights violations for allegedly assaulting handcuffed prisoners.

The Justice Department alleged that Linder, 36, choked a handcuffed man on July 8, 2010, and head-butted a handcuffed man on May 13, 2008 and allegedly persuaded another law enforcement officer to withhold evidence of the 2008 assault.

The case is being investigated by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

 

Baltimore Cop Gets 5 Years In Beating of Handcuffed Juvenile

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Baltimore cop Gregory Mussmacher was convicted in state court of assault after he used his police baton to strike a handcuffed and shackled juvenile in the head and face.

But the conviction was reversed. So in stepped the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which convicted Mussmacher in May for the 2004 beating and obstructing justice by trying to cover the matter up, authorities said.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Baltimore sentenced the former  Baltimore cop to five years in prison, the Justice Department announced.

During its probe into the matter, the Justice Department also brought charges against  two officers, Guy Gerstel and Wayne Thompson,  who pleaded  guilty and testified against Mussmacher. Gerstel, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation, is set to be sentenced later this month. Thompson, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction charge, was sentenced in September to 6 months of home detention.

“The power that accompanies a police officer’s badge does not give the officer the right to violate the civil rights of those in his or her custody,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil rights Division. “The Justice Department will aggressively prosecute any officer who abuses their power and violates the public trust in this way.”

“Any police officer who abuses a suspect, writes false reports and obstructs justice must be held accountable,” added Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. “This case is an embarrassment to the many officers who earn our confidence by performing their duties with honor and integrity.”

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