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Old November 2nd, 2015, 10:55 AM   #1
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77-Year-Old Blind Man Calls 911 for Help, Cop Shows Up, Beats & Arrests

77-Year-Old Blind Man Calls 911 for Help, Cop Shows Up, Beats & Arrests Him for No Reason | Alternet

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Though White had placed the call to police, Chafin escalated the situation to violence. White, who did not know Chafin was a police officer since he couldn't see him, asked to feel Chafin’s badge to confirm he was an officer.

“He told me ‘You aren’t touching me,’” said White.

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The cop grabbed his arms, forcing them behind him, then cuffed him so tightly he suffered nerve damage in his fingers — or eyes, for him. He was then slammed into the ticket counter leaving his head bleeding.

When Sgt. Bob Wykoff arrived, instead of trying to defuse the situation and offer the blind man help, without reading White his Miranda Rights, he began to videotape a bus station interrogation without White’s consent.

White was then brought to the downtown jail where he sat for eight hours before police realized they had no reason to keep him. He was then released, bloodied and bruised, without charges.

“I thought they would have killed me if they thought they could get away with it,” said White. “I always trusted cops, but now my confidence in them is shaken. I felt so bad I wanted to leave the USA.”

On Friday, Denver taxpayers were held liable for Chafin’s violence. A jury awarded White $100,000 in compensatory damages and $300,000 in punitive damages.

Chafin faced zero discipline and his department defended his brutal actions.
There's something wrong when police beat up a blind man. This is a nation which is morally bankrupt.
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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Oh my god, what a terribly sad story. That poor man. The part where he said he thought they would kill him, and how he used to support cops, it broke my heart. Seriously.
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 11:04 AM   #3
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Fox says the same thing, interestingly enough.

Blind man awarded $400,000 in police brutality suit | FOX31 Denver
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 11:12 AM   #4
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Was the dude white or black?
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 12:43 PM   #5
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Sounds like a travesty of justice.
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 01:42 PM   #6
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Was the dude white or black?
Don't know. The BIGGER tragedy is the police treated a 77 year old BLIND man this way.
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 02:36 PM   #7
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yes, its a tragedy and a travesty.

longwinded, do you really think anyone is going to say anything different?
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 02:39 PM   #8
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yes, its a tragedy and a travesty.

longwinded, do you really think anyone is going to say anything different?
I thought you tried to. Many poo poo the need to reform our paramilitary style police departments, fed from federal dollars through Homeland Security, as they see it as a racial issue. This is obviously behavior out of hand and the need for reform SCREAMS at us through this.
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I thought you tried to. Many poo poo the need to reform our paramilitary style police departments, fed from federal dollars through Homeland Security, as they see it as a racial issue. This is obviously behavior out of hand and the need for reform SCREAMS at us through this.
how common is this? my position is there are millions of cops in america, each one interacts with dozens of different people every day, and the overwhelming majority are positive interactions. is the issue that this kind of thing happens all the time, to countless people, that its part of police culture that you force your way and make people do your bidding? or is the issue that the digital media can deliver a story so fast and to so many people that a vanishingly rare event can make national headlines?
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Old November 2nd, 2015, 03:43 PM   #10
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