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19Jun/12Off

Oceanside Police Chief’s Wife Found Guilty Of Firing At Officers

The wife of a San Diego County police chief was convicted Monday of using her husband’s service weapon to fire on police officers who descended upon her Orange County neighborhood after she barricaded herself in the family home.

Brinda Sue McCoy, whose husband is the former mayor of Cypress and the current police chief in Oceanside, claimed that she was suicidal and out of control after drinking martinis and taking prescription medication.

English: Photo taken of a Glock 36 for Wikipedia

English: Photo taken of a Glock 36 for Wikipedia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A jury found McCoy guilty on five counts of assault on a peace officer and a single count of firing a gun with gross negligence.

She will be sentenced in September and faces up to 30 years in prison.

McCoy, a 49-year-old mother of four, cried as the jurors read the verdict. The jury deliberated for about five hours before reaching a decision.

Currently, McCoy is free on $250,000 bail, but she must remain in her home in Cypress. She must also agree to electronic surveillance and give up her passport.

During her two days of testimony, McCoy told jurors that she was overwhelmed with dark thoughts in December of 2010 after an argument with her husband and son. She sat in an upstairs room listening to a Sarah McLachlan song over and over again. That alone is enough to drive anyone over the edge. In an attempt to calm herself down, she took prescription medication and washed it down with several martinis. Apparently, that didn’t succeed in calming her down.

Feeling distraught, McCoy came to the realization that if she called the police, they might shoot and kill her. McCoy’s inspiration was an incident that occurred a few days earlier in Long Beach where a man wielded a garden hose at police and was shot and killed as a result.

McCoy also called her friends and family before and after calling 911 to suggest songs that should be played at her funeral. No one is sure if Sarah McLachlan made the list.

Eventually, Cypress police officers arrived at the scene. During the standoff, McCoy pointed her husband’s gun at the ceiling and then her head. She fired two rounds in the general direction of the police officers. It all ended when she was shot with a beanbag.

Her attorney conceded that McCoy, who is a registered nurse with family members working in law enforcement, was careless when she fired her weapon, but she never aimed it at police officers.

McCoy is lucky to have been born a Caucasian woman. If she had been born a black male, police would have fired multiple rounds and killed her many times over.

If you or someone you love has ever been the victim of police brutality, you may have the right to seek legal action and possibly be compensated for your pain and suffering. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case. Only a professionally trained injury lawyer can help you win your case, so you can collect the compensation you deserve.

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18Jun/12Off

Police Shooting Victim Was Not On Drugs

An unarmed 19-year-old man who was fatally shot by trigger-happy Los Angeles police officers on the 101 Freeway was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his violent death, according to autopsy and toxicology reports that were released from the coroner’s office.

Abdul Arian was gunned down in April for no apparent reason. He led officers on a high-speed pursuit on the freeway. He even called 911 to threaten them.

English: Los Angeles skyline and San Gabriel m...

English: Los Angeles skyline and San Gabriel mountains. Français : Le centre ville de Los Angeles et les Monts San Gabriel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police officers fired more than 90 rounds at Arian because he supposedly assumed a “shooting stance.” They claim that Arian appeared as though he was raising his arms to fire a weapon at police while he was running backward on the 101 Freeway after the pursuit.

That is the reason LAPD officials gave to explain why it was necessary to fire more than 90 rounds on an unarmed man.

Arian was not armed, meaning that he didn’t have a firearm in his possession when he was killed by the LAPD. He was basically shot more than 90 times because LAPD overreacted and feared that he was about to fire imaginary bullets from an imaginary gun. Talk about overkill.

During the pursuit, Arian dialed 911 and threatened police. Arian said that he had a gun that he would use if necessary and that he had been arrested for possession of destructive devices.

“I’m not afraid of the cops,” he said during that 911 call.

The autopsy report stated the obvious. It said that Arian suffered “multiple gunshot wounds.” One of the wounds was “perforating the head from the left side.”

The coroner’s office also conducted 10 toxicology tests to determine if Arian was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. All 10 tests came back negative.

An attorney for Arian’s family filed a $120-million lawsuit Monday against the LAPD, L.A. police chief Charlie Beck and the city of L.A.

Obviously, $120 million will never bring Arian back from the dead because his life was priceless. No amount of money will ever alleviate the pain and suffering his family will endure for the rest of their lives, but that money can help his family during the grieving process.

If you or someone you love has ever been the victim of police brutality, you have the right to seek legal action and possibly collect compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help you make sense out of a difficult situation. Only a professionally trained injury lawyer can help you collect the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

8Jun/12Off

Policy Response To Berkeley Occupiers Criticized

An independent report conducted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Police Review Board sharply criticized the heavy use of force by UC law enforcement personnel during the Occupy Wall Street protests on the campus last November.

The report found that officers deviated from normal campus policies and procedures when they used their batons against the protestors.

Riot police using tear gas on 21 April 2001 ag...

Riot police using tear gas on 21 April 2001 against protestors at the Quebec City Summit of the Americas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The report also states that university officials need to better explain when the use of force is appropriate and necessary.

According to the report, members of the committee were disturbed by the use of batons against the demonstrators as Berleley police officers tried to tear down the numerous encampments on campus.

Many demonstrators were injured as a result of the campus police raids.

Since the incident last November, university officials created the Protest Response Team and established guidelines for the newly formed group.

The guidelines outline how campus officials will handle future incidents. From now one, campus officials will be required to remain patient when responding to unlawful protests in an effort to avert potential injuries. Campus officials will also have to use discretion when evaluating a student demonstration. Responses will be based on the nature of the specific protest and its handling may differ from previous incidents.

There is no doubt that the heavy-handed tactics of Berkeley police and other law enforcement agencies during the height of the Occupy Movement was wrong. Many innocent people, who were exercising their First Amendment right to free speech, were injured because some officers used excessive force that bordered on police brutality.

For the most part, the Occupy Wall Street movement was relatively peaceful. The use of force was not necessary in most of the cases. Police officers simply overreacted because they didn’t know how to handle the demonstrators.

Even though police officers tried to restore their perception of order, they hurt a lot of innocent people as a result. If you or a loved one has ever been a victim of police misconduct, you may want to consider taking legal action. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine if seeking legal action is right for you. A qualified injury lawyer can help you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.