May 25, 2014

  Courthouse News Service

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - After waiting for 4 hours for dialysis with a shunt in his arm, a veteran told a Veterans Administration hospital he was leaving, whereupon VA police beat the hell out of him and stomped on his carotid artery, giving him a stroke that killed him, and they lied to his wife about it, the widow claims in court.

     Norma Montano sued the United States of America in Federal Court, for the death of her husband of 44 years, Jonathan Montano. The Montanos' son and daughter also are plaintiffs.
     The lawsuit comes as veterans hospitals nationwide are under investigation for lying about wait times to which they subjected patients. News reports have not yet linked the long waits to any deaths. Norma Montano does not attribute her husband's death to the long wait, but to the needless beating.
     Jonathan Montano died on June 11, 2011, after VA police brutalized him at the VA hospital in Loma Linda on May 25 that year, his widow claims in the lawsuit.
     Jonathan, who was 65, had a shunt put in his arm by the VA hospital staff that day, and waited with his wife for treatment "for approximately four hours, without being treated," Norma Montano says in the complaint.
     "This greatly frustrated Jonathan Montano, who then decided that he didn't want to wait any longer at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda and decided to leave the hospital and to go to the VA Hospital in Long Beach," the complaint states.
     Jonathan told his wife to get the car to take him to Long Beach. As she went to get it, her husband "was told by the nursing staff not to leave the hospital," the complaint states.
     It continues: "Jonathan Montana told the nurse that he was leaving and was going to the VA Hospital in Long Beach, California, [and that] he wanted to leave the needle apparatus in his arm, so they wouldn't have to put a new one in at the Long Beach VA Hospital.
     "In response to Jonathan Montano's attempt to leave the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, California, the nursing staff called VA Police Department to stop Jonathan Montano from leaving the hospital.
     "The summoned VA Police Department police officers then stopped Jonathan Montano from leaving the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, by tackling him to the floor, slamming his head on the floor, and kneeing and stomping on his neck, and otherwise brutalizing and restraining him.
     "This kneeing and stomping on his neck by the VA Police Department police officers caused the dissection of his carotid artery, that resulted in immediate (or very soon thereafter) blood clotting, which resulted in [his] suffering a stroke. Moreover, the brutalization of Jonathan Montano resulted in him suffering other serious physical injuries, and associated physical, mental and emotional pain, suffering and distress." (Parentheses in complaint.)
     Norma Montano, wondering why her husband had not come to the car, went inside to look for him. Inside the hospital, she says, "she was told by a member of the nursing staff that Jonathan Montano suffered a stroke," and was in the emergency department.
     When she sought him there, "she was told by the emergency room doctor that her husband had fallen down and suffered a stroke, an untrue statement," she says in the complaint.
     It continues: "Later on, one of the nurses at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda took Norma Montano aside, and told her that her husband didn't fall, but was slammed to the ground by the VA Police, that Norma Montano was being lied to, and that it wasn't right what the VA Police did to Jonathan Montano.
     "On June 11, 2011, Jonathan Montano died from the stroke(s) that he suffered from being slammed to the floor and having his neck stomped on / pinned to the floor at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda on May 25, 2011."
     She claims the VA police brutalized her husband without any reasonable suspicion that there was "criminality afoot" or that he had committed a crime.
     She seeks damages and punitive damages for wrongful death, assault and battery, false imprisonment, constitutional violations, negligence, loss of consortium and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Over $100,000 damage was done to this condo in Renton, WA.  (Source: KIRO)

RENTON, WA — A SWAT team spent hours firing “mortars, grenades, and teargas canisters” at an empty home.  The 4-hour siege destroyed windows, doors, and walls and left the home in ruin.  The suspect didn’t even live at the address, and the innocent homeowner was left homeless for months and ultimately was stuck with over $100,000 in repair bills, which the responsible parties have refused to pay.
The wild raid took place on April 25, 2012.  Police entered a gated community and surrounded a condo they believed to contain a robbery suspect.
Instead of knocking on the door or getting a visual on the suspect and arresting him, police decided to execute a dramatic siege in a residential neighborhood in hopes of causing anyone inside to surrender.  Police surrounded the condo, closed off the street, and evacuated the neighbors.
For four hours, police shot “rockets and grenades filled with pepper gas” at the home, breaking every window and making a mess of everything inside.  Teargas was fired from 40-mm canisters into the home, pumping everything inside full of caustic chemicals.  After hours of using their toys, SWAT placed explosives on the front door and blew it off the hinges. 
Read the rest of the story here

May 19, 2014

LAKE OZARK, Mo. — Complaints from residents are behind efforts to regulate where a firearm can be carried — either openly or concealed — in Lake Ozark.
On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance that makes it illegal for someone to carry a concealed weapon into any building that is owned, leased or controlled by the city.
Aldermen will discuss a proposed second city ordinance May 27 that would make it illegal to openly carry a firearm in some areas of Lake Ozark.
Police Chief Mark Maples said he suggested to city officials that the carrying of firearms within the city needed to be defined by ordinance after receiving a number of complaints and because of situations he had encountered within his own department.
It is now illegal to carry a concealed firearm in any police office, station or detention facility without the permission of the “chief law enforcement officer.” However, it is not illegal for someone with a concealed firearms permit to have the weapon in their vehicle while parking in a city lot.
“We were having bail bondsman and others come into the police station carrying concealed weapons despite the fact that there is a notice posted on the door prohibiting weapons in the building,” Maples said. “They all have concealed carry permits, and I don’t want to tread on anyone’s Second Amendment rights. But for safety’s sake, we can’t have anybody carrying firearms inside this building other than our own police officers.”
The ordinance also forbids anyone with a conceal carry permit from bringing a firearm into other city-controlled buildings, particularly City Hall, with the exception of elected officials.
Under the terms of the ordinance, violators would first be asked to remove the firearm from the premises. If they refuse to do so, they can be issued a citation and fined up to $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense. And if the person is convicted in municipal court, the court will also notify the county in which the permit was issued as well as the Missouri Department of Revenue of the violation.
If approved during the next Board of Aldermen meeting, the second ordinance would make it illegal for permitted firearms owners to openly carry their weapons inside the city of Lake Ozark “in any indoor or outdoor area, whether publicly or privately owned, in which the public has access by right or by invitation, express or implied…”
The ordinance goes on to exempt from the statute all local, state and federal on-duty police officers, prison officials and other law enforcement personnel who normally carry weapons as part of their duties.
Maples said he decided to go forward with asking to have the second ordinance enacted after receiving several complaints from “festival goers who were concerned about seeing regular citizens walking around openly carrying firearms.”
“I knew that when I asked to have the ordinances written I would have to take some heat,” Maples said.
“But people need to understand, it’s not that I’m against the second amendment. I fully support the people’s right to bear arms. It’s just that we have a lot more events in this city than in most others, and when people see regular civilians walking around a festival crowd with a gun strapped to their side, they naturally get a little nervous.”
Maples said because a lot of the town’s festivals are held on The Strip and there are a number of bars in the area people are also concerned that those carrying the weapons may be drinking heavily.
“We get thousands of people in town during events. And if some of those people are openly carrying firearms, it makes for an uneasy crowd,” he said.
“It’s not usually locals that carry the guns to the festivals, and I don’t want to be inhospitable and keep visitors from coming to the lake.
“But ultimately, it’s my job to keep the people in this town as safe as possible. And, there really is no need for a regular citizen to openly carry a firearm to a crowded community event.”

May 6, 2014

Father of a student is arrested for violating a school board meeting rule, all because the school is forcing  children to read a book called "15 minutes" which has textually graphic sex/rape scenes. I believe this is another side effect of Common Core and the growing police presence in our public schools.

The primary Florida legislative initiative to repeal the state’s Stand-Your-Ground — SB116, embedded below — has officially died a sad little death in the state senate, as reported on the official state Senate legislative tracking site.  (This also effectively  dooms the complementary bill introduced in the state house, H4003.)
Introduced by Florida state Senator Geraldine F. “Geri” Thompson, whose district includes urban Orlando, SB116 met with only limited legislative success.
Oh, did I say “limited legislative success?” Sorry, I meant “no success.” Literally. None.
Filed on August 22, 2013, it was referred to the three committees necessary for any criminal law bill to advance to a full senate vote — the Judiciary, the Criminal Justice, and the Rules committees.
In the Judiciary committee the vote in favor of the bill was . . . well, they never even got it to a vote.
Police state.

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