LA Deputies On Beating Johnnie Franklin Jones

[Moxley Confidential] It isn't just the Kelly Thomas killing in which cops believe they have the right to execute a citizen during a scuffle

The department still refused to produce recordings of internal-affairs interviews with Harper and Sherred; in fact, as of this moment, they remain officially "lost." That claim is "very troubling" to Carter. In open court but outside the presence of the jury, he opined, "This certainly reflects on the agency."

Sheriff's officials finally released a video of Harper participating in an incident in which a herd of transit deputies brutalized a different African-American suspect, pulverizing his face with a barrage of punches and forcefully slamming him—throat-first—into the door jam of a patrol car.

During Jones' trial, Harper testified he was without remorse about his use of force. He'd done the man a favor, he explained, by not inflicting more damage. Without a hint of a smile, he asserted that, as a cop, he believed he had "the right to execute" Jones at the scene.

Deputy Harper re-enacting his victim's actions during a deposition
Courtesy Jerry Steering
Deputy Harper re-enacting his victim's actions during a deposition
Jones, after the beating
Courtesy Jerry Steering
Jones, after the beating

On May 14, we learned a result that should worry members of the community hoping for justice in the case of the Fullerton cops charged with the 2011 savage killing of Kelly Thomas, another unarmed, homeless man. A jury dominated by folks you'd easily find at a Newport Beach country club discussing the latest BMW accouterments couldn't reach a unanimous verdict. In its final vote, the jury voted 7 to 1 to sanction the conduct of the deputies, resulting in a hung jury.

"We had no video like the Thomas case," explained Steering. "But we're going to re-try this case. The deputies beat an innocent man."

 

This article appeared in print as "Beating Mr. Jones: It isn't just the Kelly Thomas killing in which cops believe they have the right to execute a citizen during a scuffle."

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Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk
Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk

Lice officers; the only profession in which the hired "professional" stalks and kills their "employers."  Lice:  definition= blood sucking insects. 

Solution; insecticide.

PatrickR
PatrickR

To: SZLS4K7PAXCX4SPTPWLFMY7V5A

Yep, you sound like the kind of ass hole who has been tuned up a few times by the Cops and is now whining like a jailhouse bitch. Most Cops are good people who do a thankless job and on occasion even give up their lives, for people like you. For the 5% bad Cops out there, most of law enforcement would drop everything they are doing, just to get rid of those people who give them a black eye. Not trying to change your opinion dirt bag, but anytime you think you can do a better job, get your application in. Oops, sorry I had a senior moment there and forgot, we don't hire "jailhouse bitches" to be Police Officers. Good luck at MacDonalds flipping burgers.

yahoo-SZLS4K7PAXCX4SPTPWLFMY7V5A
yahoo-SZLS4K7PAXCX4SPTPWLFMY7V5A like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love when loser sociopathic cops post here. It warms the cockles of my heart. I make more money in 1 month than you will see in 2 years, if you are very very fortunate. Most law enforcement officers are despicable human beings, if you can call them that. When you can own homes and rental property in 2 states and Europe, come see me. Until then you can continue acting like the sub-human you are. Unlike you, I served my country as an officer in combat and truly feel sorry for the uneducated troglodytes they seem to dredge up to employ as law enforcement. The stories of their "testilying" and brutality are more common than legitimate acts of valor. I'll protect myself, thank you very much. Lol

Truth Seeker
Truth Seeker

I hope Mr Steering gets a better jury for the 2nd trial

yahoo-SZLS4K7PAXCX4SPTPWLFMY7V5A
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Just look at the types of broken losers, mental midgets, narcissistic sociopaths, armed psychopaths, pathological liars and troglodytes attracted to law enforcement and you have your answers as to who is running our govt and law enforcement. MOST law enforcement are NOT good people and they will abuse their power, invent more power, harass and harm those who legitimately/legally oppose them.

PatrickR
PatrickR

If the facts in this article are accurate and I have no reason to believe they are not, my question is, "Why are these guys still on the street?" At best, they should be fired and at worse, assigned to the jail. At the same time however, let's not broad brush all the men and women who are honest, hard working Deputies for the actions of a few. Sounds like the L.A. Sheriff's IA process needs some review and oversight?

Josh Francis
Josh Francis

What these cops did to him is outrageous.

portia776
portia776

African American mother, wife, cocubine, sex slave or not, these cops deserve to have their dicks cut off and hung off.of.a tree by thrir dicks for.what they.did. Just like sex workers, well, unlike sort of, why fuck with a poor homeless person who is already down on his luck. This story makes me want to cry! To hell with the pigs and that whole "Harper got a black mother" shyte, well, slavemasters had their rape.victims ie.slaves so.that fact is irrelevant and takes a backseat to.the fact that Harper's a sick ass.racist who.deserves to be.hung hinself by his dick and balls!

Renegade
Renegade

As the lead investigator for Attorney Steering and Mr. Jones, I contacted the OCDA's Office concerning possible criminal charges being filed aginst the deputies for Assault Under Color of Authority, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Kidnapping/ False Imprisonment. Investigator Kirsch suggested I contact Santa Ana PD. On April 3, 2012 at 3:52pm, I called Santa Ana PD and spoke to Officer Jilek. Officer Jilek transferred me to Station Supervisor Corporal Ruvalcaba. Corporal Ruvalcaba agreed to notify either the Watch Commander or the Office of The Chief of Police and said he would call back in 10 minutes. I'm still waiting for the call!

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Is this called aggressive investigating by a PI for a law firm? Barnaby Jones would have been there to speak with the Watch Commander or the chief.

CopsCommitCrimes
CopsCommitCrimes

You need to contact the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Sounds like your client's civil rights were violated.

Prawda
Prawda

Well, how long before Jackson, Sharpton and Elizas Moon show up demanding justice?

ol salty
ol salty

should i assume, based on your trolling statement, that Jones's case is without merit? hopefully some uniformed fascists will pulverize you and leave you begging for the likes of Jackson, Sharpton an Moon to advocate on your behalf.

GabachodeMichigan
GabachodeMichigan like.author.displayName 1 Like

I sure hope someone shows up to raise a little hell over this - too many cops use the badge inappropriately to get away with extra-judicial beatings and killings.

 
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