Knife-wielding man gunned down by cops in Times Square (When They Probably Could’ve Tased Him)
By LARRY CELONA, AARON FEIS and ANNIE KARNI
Last Updated: 6:26 AM, August 12, 2012
Cops shot a knife-wielding maniac dead on a packed Midtown street yesterday after several officers drew their weapons and chased him at gunpoint through Times Square.
“Shoot me! Shoot me!” the armed madman shouted at a crowd of more than 20 cops, who had followed him for several blocks and blasted him with pepper spray before cornering him on Seventh Avenue near West 38th Street, according to witness Robert James.
The furious 51-year-old finally lunged at the officers with his 11-inch butcher knife, leading two cops to blast him in the torso, groin and arms at about 3 p.m., police said.
Video of the dramatic incident shows approximately 10 shots were fired. The man died a short time later at Bellevue Hospital.
The chaos at the Crossroads of the World sent hordes of tourists and pedestrians fleeing in panic — as others looked on in stunned shock.
Many, however, followed the suspect and pursuing cops down Seventh Avenue in a surreal procession with their cellphone cameras in hand.
One witness said the man was “erratic” and “looked like he was on something.”
“He was waving it and swinging it at cops,” said Asa Lowe, 39. “It was a righteous kill. They shot in self-defense. They were in fear of their lives.”
Another witness said the man earlier tried to expose himself to two people as he exited the subway.
The harrowing scene began when an officer on foot patrol first spotted the dreadlocked man in a white T-shirt on West 44th Street and saw him openly smoking a marijuana joint, sources said.When she and another cop approached, he put the pot in his pocket, whipped out his knife and put a blue bandana on his head, cops said.
The officers radioed for backup, and other cops soon joined the pursuit with their guns drawn.
“I saw the guy running with a knife. It was like a meat cutter,” said Mike Johnoino, 19. “There were 20 or 30 cops chasing him.”
Witness Sergio Martinez, 30, said, “I heard the police say, ‘Stop! Drop your weapon!’ ”
Officers finally cornered him near a bank a few blocks south of Times Square, where they continued to pepper-spray him — but he kept swinging his knife.
Two cops eventually fired on the man.
The man, whose last known address was in Hempstead, LI, had arrests for aggravated harassment and pot possession, the sources said.
Additional reporting by Kenneth Garger
Witness films deadly NYPD shooting
By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, August 11, 2012 20:55 EDT
New York City police officers shot and killed a man they say was threatening them with a knife Saturday, as a witness caught the last few seconds of the chase.
The video, posted by WNBC-TV Saturday afternoon, was shot by a witness following the foot chase between officers and the unidentified man along 7th Avenue from across the street. About 17 seconds into the clip, about 10 gunshots can be heard.
“I was standing at the corner of 42nd Street and saw this guy running in middle of street, police chasing him,” one resident said. “He had a machete type knife. He didn’t want to stop. Police told him to drop the knife. He didn’t. They shot him.”
Authorities say they saw the man, who was not carrying a wallet, smoking marijuana before approaching him. He subsequently became belligerent and threatened them.
One witness told The New York Post that police began chasing the victim, an African-American, after trying to flash them after coming out of a nearby subway tunnel. He had already flashed two other people, the witness said.
The Post reported that the man did not go down after being pepper-sprayed before being shot. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital while suffering cardiac arrest, where he died.
Cops Strip Search Mom, “Forcibly” Pull Tampon Out of Her for Maybe Rolling Through Stop Sign
Broward Palm Beach New Times
Aug 10, 2012
Getting pulled over for rolling through a stop sign is whack. But getting pulled over, having a gun pointed in your face, and then being strip searched on the side of the road in front of your two children for rolling through a stop sign is, well, really whack and probably an excessive use of force.
Last July, Leila Tarantino claims that she was pulled over by an officer with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department.
The cop then placed Tarantino in the back of the squad car, where she allegedly sat for two hours. When backup arrived, Tarantino was strip searched on the side of the road, where passing motorists could see everything.
Then, in a gruesome twist, a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino. Presumably, the cops were looking for drugs, but the lawsuit notes that a drug-sniffing dog was never called in, and cops never found any contraband or anything illegal.
Mothers to Risk Jail Over Lemonade and Milk
Two groups of activists known as the Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Lemonade Freedom Day, are taking their raw milk and lemonade to the lawn of the US Capitol to celebrate what they call their right to “voluntary exchange.”
Media are invited to witness the peaceful exchange. More details below. . . .
Where: Lawn of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington DC.
Who: Robert Fernandes, Founder Lemonade Freedom Day, Liz Reitzig, co-founder Farm Food Freedom Coalition and Eddie Free, National Individual Rights Activist.
Other Speakers include:
Max Kane, Currently fighting state of Wisconsin for the right to private contract.
Derrick J, National Freedom Activist recently jailed for his peaceful activism.
Pete Eyre, co-founder copblock.org
John Moody, Successfully challenged the state of Kentucky over private buying club rights.
Kristin Canty, Producer, Farmageddon, the movie.
Kathryn Dill, Liberty Activist.
Visuals: Crowds with signs, Capitol building, Families with small children, Children with lemonade stands, Mothers distributing milk, Law enforcement
Background: National Lemonade Freedom day founder, and one of the main organizers of the August event, Robert Fernandes, began the tradition after seeing multiple news reports about children’s lemonade stands being shut down because they did not comply with regulations.
The FDA has engaged in several long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs over raw milk. FDA is also pressuring states to restrict raw dairy access.
These activists believe that people have the right to engage in voluntary exchange and peacefully obtain the food of their choice from the producer of their choice whether that’s raw milk from a local farmer or lemonade from the children next door.
Information about farm raids: www.FarmFoodFreedom.org
For information on Lemonade Freedom Day www.lemonadefreedom.com
Contact: Robert Fernandes or Eddie Free, Organizers, Lemonade and Raw Milk Freedom Day
484-278-3733, Rfernan@gmail.com www.RawMilkFreedomRiders.com
Update: Man shot in head while handcuffed in police car
Hundreds of people have taken to the streets to protest an official explantion of suicide in the death of Chavis Carter, 21, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Mr Carter was pulled over by police late last month and searched twice by officers who discovered a small $10 bag of marijuana. He was also wanted for skipping probation on another drugs charge.
Mr Carter had his hands cuffed behind his back and put into a police car.
Police: 17-Year-Old Strangled Himself With a Seat Belt In The Back of a Police Car
(WRTV6) State police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old who they say strangled himself with a seat belt in the back of a police car.
Cop: “When the President Follows the Constitution, I will” (Illegal Stop Over Open Carry)
(FRANCIS PENNYSAC) This is a fantastic example of what happens when you arm yourself not only with a firearm but with knowledge. With knowledge you can effectively defend yourself against the police state.
Police Tase & Arrest Innocent Deaf Woman Who Called Them For Help
(PRESS TV) Tacoma, Washington police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 asking them for help. The woman identified as Lashon White says she called 911 for police assistance after someone attacked her in her apartment but instead she ended up bloody and in jail for nearly three days without an interpreter. Because she is deaf, White used a special phone to call 911 and an interpreter told Tacoma police to hurry because there is a person beating White up. White has the interpreter tell police “She’s fighting at me, and then she chokes me. She’s coming right at me!” During the phone call White also makes it known that she is deaf and will not hear anyone knocking, but within seconds of running outside to meet police and officer pulled his taser and fired a two barbed wire into White’s ribs and stomach.
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