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megimoo
07-20-2009, 10:55 AM
WHEN AGNES LAWLESS and three friends were inside a Lukoil convenience store in the Northeast at 3 a.m. last August, they'd all but forgotten the fender-bender in which they'd been involved moments earlier.

There was little damage, and the other driver had left the scene, near Northeast Philadelphia Airport.What they didn't know was that they'd been rear-ended by the son of a police officer who was on duty, and dad was about to get involved.

Lawless was standing at the counter of the store, at Comly Road and
Roosevelt Boulevard, smiling and chatting with the clerk, when she was
grabbed from behind and violently pushed back with a police officer's gun in her face.

"He hit me with his left hand, and he had his gun in his right hand," Lawless said. "He pushed his gun into the left side of my neck. It caused a scrape-type bruise on my neck."

After a chaotic struggle, Lawless was arrested and charged with assaulting the officer.

Lawless and her three friends, all in their early 20s, filed complaints with the Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau. But in cases in which it's a defendant's
word against a police officer's, the benefit of doubt often falls to the cop.

Except when there's video.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20090720_Store_video_catches_
cop_bullying_woman.html?viewAll=y

Once surveillance video from the store's four security cameras was released, the case against Lawless collapsed, and disciplinary action commenced against the officer,
Albert Lopez Sr.

A lawsuit against the city is likely.The incident provides a vivid example of how the
countlessvideo recordings generated today by security cameras and cell phones are affecting police work.

Drexel Law School professor Donald Tibbs said that video recordings are capturing more
criminal activity and assisting prosecutions, but they're also monitoring police conduct.

"Police are now aware they're more accountable for their actions, because these tapes
may be used against them in misconduct cases or civil-rights lawsuits," Tibbs said.

And Tibbs said that there are numerous cases of police seeking to confiscate and
destroy tapes that may have captured a police action.

may be used against them in misconduct cases or civil-rights lawsuits," Tibbs said.

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cop_bullying_woman.html?viewAll=y

PoliCon
07-20-2009, 01:31 PM
another thread with no links to the original story - and the links to the video - dead. :rolleyes:

patriot45
07-20-2009, 02:30 PM
another thread with no links to the original story - and the links to the video - dead. :rolleyes:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/51196597.html?cmpid=15585797