Video That Shows Gardena Police Shoot, Kill Unarmed Man In 2013

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Video that captured Gardena police fatally shoot an unarmed man two years ago has been released after a long legal struggle.

The incident unfolded in June of 2013 when Gardena police stopped Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino and some friends as they investigated reports of a bicycle theft.

In the dash-cam video, Zeferino is seen wearing a black T-shirt and a hat. While his companions had their hands up, he is seen moving his arms.

The footage shows him, at one point, removing his hat.

He then appears to hold his hands out, which is when he was shot and killed.

The family attorney for the Zeferino family said the man was unarmed and tried to explain to police that they didn’t commit the crime.

Prosecutors have declined to charge the officers involved. However, the city of Gardena recently settled a civil lawsuit brought by the family for $4.7 million.

The Zeferino family and several media outlets asked to have the video released, and on Tuesday, a judge agreed.

CBS2 showed the video, which was first posted on The Los Angeles Times, to Legal Analyst Steve Meister.

“There are lots and lots of things that go into appropriately judging an incident like this. The video tape is only one aspect of many,” Meister said.

Since the shooting, Gardena police say they’ve implemented new training to slow-down fast-moving events, and also released a statement. In it, Gardena Police Chief Ed Medrano said in part: “We continue to sympathize with the families and regret their loss.”

The police department had requested an emergency stay, which was granted Tuesday evening, but not before another judge had released the footage to several media outlets.

Medrano further said in the statement:

“Although the video has been released, we are still moving forward with our appeal because we are concerned about the broader implications of this decision. In fact just prior to the public release of the video, 9th Circuit Court Judge Alex Kozinski issued an emergency stay of Judge’ Wilson’s order until the matter could be heard in from of the 9th circuit court of appeal.” To read the complete statement, click here.

Zeferino’s family was unavailable for an on-camera interview, but the family’s attorney told CBS2 they are happy the video has been released and are hoping to seek federal charges against those officers.

Police Depts everywhere continually say that their videos are not for the public view and are part of an ongoing investigation and there are privacy concerns. But when there is a incident where a officer act heroically or to show the behavior of someone else they released within days. It is all about they want to try to control the public knowledge of these incidents, And have not been smart enough to figure out we live in a electronic age where everyone is in front of a camera these days. They need to smarten up and realize they are here for us and not against us.

Once they do that they will start to get the public’s trust again.

Trump campaign mistakenly tweets star-spangled Nazis

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday inadvertently tweeted a promotional photo featuring what appeared to be Nazi German soldiers superimposed on the U.S. flag alongside the controversial real estate magnate’s face.

The gaffe, which Trump’s campaign blamed on an intern, was the latest setback for the TV show host who lost business deals with Univision, NBC and NASCAR after making comments about Mexican rapists immigrating to the United States.

The tweeted picture also shows the White House and a $100 bill and the slogan, “We need real leadership. We need results. Let’s put the U.S. back into business!”

“A young intern created and posted the image and did not see the very faded figures within the flag of the stock photo. The intern apologized and immediately deleted the tweet,” Trump’s campaign said.

The four soldiers pictured seemed to be actors wearing the uniforms of the notorious SS force, Twitter users said.

On Monday, an aide to Trump said that the FBI is investigating threatening tweets to him that were purported to have originated from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord who escaped from prison on Saturday.

Seems Mr. Trump is having some serious IDIOT issues in his campaign, Then an aide decides to share that El Chapo is tweeting threats to him while on the run from all the cops in the world searching for him.

Serious deflection going on here to try to get back some sympathy…….

More Ferguson: Judge dismisses counts in Michael Brown family lawsuit

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed four counts in the wrongful-death lawsuit against Ferguson filed by the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot dead last August by a white police officer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The judge said two counts of the lawsuit can stand for now, but may fall later because Brown’s parents may not be able to make those claims for Brown, who was 18 years old and an adult when he was fatally shot, the newspaper said.

Among the four counts that were dismissed, two were not in dispute, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber said, as they addressed claims related to state civil rights, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Two other counts related to claims against former Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson and former Police Officer Darren Wilson were also dismissed after Webber deemed them “redundant,” the Post-Dispatch said.

Brown’s family filed the lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri in April. The shooting triggered national outcry over excessive force by police against minorities.

In the lawsuit, the family sought $75,000 in compensation and unspecified punitive damages. It also called for a court order prohibiting the use of police techniques “that demean, disregard, or underserve its African-American population.”

WTF??? Prohibiting the use of police techniques “that demean, disregard, or underserve its African-American population.”????

They are beating everyone these days, I remember when they wanted to be treated the same, Now that they are people are complaining about that!!!

Retro of the day: The stones


Angie” is a song by the rock band The Rolling Stones, featured on their 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and recorded in November and December 1972, “Angie” is an acoustic-guitar-driven ballad which tells of the end of a romance. The song’s distinctive piano accompaniment was played by Nicky Hopkins, a Rolling Stones recording-session regular. The strings on the piece (as well as on another song, “Winter“) were arranged by Nicky Harrison.[2] An unusual feature of the original recording is that singer Mick Jagger‘s vocal guide track (made before the final vocals were performed) is faintly audible throughout the song (an effect sometimes called a “ghost vocal”)

Released as a single in August 1973, “Angie” went straight to the top of the USBillboard Hot 100 and reached No. 5 on the UK singles chart. The song was also a No. 1 hit in both Canada and Australia for five weeks each and topped the charts in many countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

Because of the song’s length, some radio stations made edits to shorten it to 3 minutes, omitting the longer coda and the second instrumental section of the song.