Bakersfield cops and CHP beat man to death while he begs for his life, then confiscate witnesses' footage

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52 Responses to “Bakersfield cops and CHP beat man to death while he begs for his life, then confiscate witnesses' footage”

  1. miasm says:

    Phew! I finally managed to track down and destroy the last video evidencing our murder of that guy.
    Now we can all sleep soundly in the knowledge that we have done our jobs properly.

  2. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    So, what are the odds that something unfortunate will tragically corrupt the evidence that our hardworking deputies were so careful to collect, and it will turn out that the ‘excited delirium’ got him?

    What a situation like this needs(aside from, y’know, not beating people to death) is application and online service support for ‘write only’ privileges for video and image uploads:

    You can already upload images and video, from most platforms to most services; but if you have your credentials for the service stored on the device, the risk exists that whatever you uploaded can be removed by whoever gains physical access just as easily. Ideally, the accountholder would be able to generate limited credentials that are capable of adding new items to the account; but which cannot view/modify/delete existing account items. 

    • Manny says:

      I have an address group set up on my phone that will let me send a video to Youtube and also to several friends, three of them outside the USA. 

    • angusm says:

      “A spokesperson for the Bakersfield PD said yesterday that no usable video was recovered from any of the phones seized from eyewitnesses, despite the use of standard data retrieval techniques. When questioned by reporters, the spokesperson was initially reluctant to discuss the techniques used, claiming that the process was ‘proprietary’. Eventually, however, he admitted that the retrieval process involved striking the phone repeatedly with a hammer in order to ‘squeeze the data out of it’. He said that police officers were ‘disappointed’, by the failure to recover any usable video using this technique. “It’s not as if we didn’t try,” he said. “Normally, to get data out of a phone, you only need to hit it two or three times, four max. Same as you would with a suspect. Our guys were there for hours, just hammering away at those phones, trying to get something they could use, anything. But we came up empty every time.”

      The remains of the phones have now been returned to their owners.”

  3. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Gee maybe if they are done setting up their own terrorist plots to thwart, the FBI could look into these sorts of things… you know in a country where citizen rights still mattered.

    • Paul Renault says:

      Hey!  That’s my line of argument.

      /You forgot: …and trampling all over the rights of people who are involved perfectly legal and constitutionally protected activities…

  4. 10xor01 says:

    Think I’ll spend some time trying out mobile broadcasting apps today.

  5. oasisob1 says:

    If the videos never turn up, the officers will only be punished for losing evidence instead of murder?

  6. peregrinus says:

    Bakersfield PD Mission Statement:

    The Bakersfield Police Department is committed to professional service which improves community safety and the quality of life by developing partnerships that promote efficient and innovative crime prevention, intervention and law enforcement service.

    This all fits in with that.

  7. SamSam says:

    What the actual fuck?

    The witnesses need to sue, and this needs to go up high enough in the courts so that we can (re)-affirm our constitutional rights to film the police and be safe from intimidation after doing so.

  8. SamSam says:

    Do smartphone apps exist that will upload your film as you record it, and if not does anyone want to work on one?

    It would be too much to expect everyone to have such an app pre-downloaded on the off-chance that they see another Rodney King, but if even a few do, and they capture evidence that then gets physically taken away from them and erased, it would be a huge PR loss for the notion that the police have the right to take evidence that incriminates them away from you.

    • ocschwar says:

       CopRecorded does audio. No idea about video.

    • tw1515tw says:

      QIK, Ustream, and Justin

    • Baldhead says:

       I don’t have such an app but i know there’s a “send” button which I would make full use of in such a case, not to mention duplicating my memory card ASAP

    • Dennis Smith says:

      All Android devices can. Either to your Google account or via Dropbox or both or the many other cloud sharing services out there. I do both by default on all my Android devices, so when I snap a photo on my tablet it syncs with everything else and I can view it on my camera (also running Android!).

  9. kansas says:

    I hate my species.

    • aikimoe says:

      It would make a lot more sense to merely hate cops who kill people and confiscate evidence of it.  Also, it’s less depressing.

  10. peregrinus says:

    I’d like to take this opportunity to announce my new smartphone app – one button makes it all happen:

    QuickLawyer!

    Geolocation linked in to a cloud app that listens in to police radio.  The app transcribes radio conversations and automatically links you to the most appropriate lawyer according to the situation, who can access the situation within 10 minutes.

    In addition, it automatically takes video and audio feed from your phone, and cannot be switched off, although it will pretend to do so should an attempt be made to shut it down.

    In addition all individuals with the app within a 5 minute travel distance will receive an alert and beacon guidance to the situation, with instructions on positioning to avoid creating an unauthorised gathering.

    Did I miss anything?

    • dr_awkward says:

      Link to app?

      • Peaked says:

        Yeah, a quick search didn’t turn up anything useful. Mostly, it showed results for a LexisNexus product called Quicklaw.

      • peregrinus says:

        Damnit.  You weren’t supposed to ask.

        But it’s not a bad idea eh?!  I could develop it, or maybe make a ton of cashola and flog it to the Bakersfield PD.

        • elusis says:

           Sadly you could probably make more money developing it and then selling it to someone who had the goal of keeping it off the market.

  11. SedanChair says:

    Cops hate cameras. Cops fear cameras.

    •  Cop fear cameras pointed AT THEM.

      • I have an ActionCam device which came with a handlebar mount, and it looks exactly like a headlight. For situations like this I think people ideally need devices which record continuously, and which are embedded in their clothing, like a button cam or a camera built into a hat. That sort of thing so it doesn’t look like they are filming.

  12. soylent_plaid says:

    You all know what I have to say at times like this.

  13. Why doesn’t this post have a Christ, What Assholes! tag?

    • millie fink says:

      Goes without saying?

    • Felton / Moderator says:

      Because it would be a severe understatement.

      • Gilbert Wham says:

         No ‘pig scum’ tag yet?

        (also, WHY THE RIDICULOUS FUCK does it take double-clicking in the comment box to post a reply, Disqus? Cos hitting the space bar and seeing the comment box fly off the top of the screen is not funny any more)

  14. caseyd says:

    Peter Gabriel’s Witness project has been working on this technology for a few years. We talked to them years ago about various routes. Check out http://www.witness.org/cameras-everywhere/witness-labs

  15. anansi133 says:

    When the behavior of the police is indistinguishable from that of organized crime, revolution is long overdue.

    • Ito Kagehisa says:

      Something something babies bathwater…  Wait, got it!

      A mother was washing her baby one dayThe youngest of ten; in a delicate wayThe mother was poor and the baby was thin’Twas only a skellington covered with skin
      The mother turned ’round, put the soap on the rack’Twas only a moment but when she turned backHer baby was gone – and in anguish she cried,”Oh, where has my baby gone?”  The angels replied…

      Oh, your baby has washed down the gutterYour baby has gone out the plugThe poor little thing was so skinny and thinHe should’ve been washed in a jug
      Your baby is perfectly happy
      He won’t need a bath anymore
      He’s a-muckin’ about with the angels above
      Not lost but gone on before.

  16. knoxblox says:

    My mom and I were talking about the Leila Fowler case last night, and I mentioned the neighbor who said they witnessed the intruder fleeing the home, and who also later recanted their story. I wondered aloud if they felt they saw an intruder because they might have been pressured by police to say something, or if perhaps their desire to please law enforcement might have been part of it. She replied, “Why is this one of the first things your mind goes to?”

    After reading this story, I dunno, mom. Why do you think?

  17. Yeah… That’s my town alright. We’ve got Rape Cop, These guys, and for a time some of our sheriffs vehicles actually bore the phrase “We’ll kick your ass.” one the side panels. 

  18. pjcamp says:

    I often thing the main difference between cops and those they pursue is that they made it through the police academy before being caught themselves.

    I’ll be 54 this year and I can honestly say I’ve never had a positive interaction with any police.

  19. Al_Dove says:

    Where were these mythical “good cops” we keep hearing about?

  20. Gilbert Wham says:

     Sometimes, very rarely, you might win!

  21. shroomduke says:

    Looks like we’ve uncovered another Terrorist Cell , the Bakersfield Police Department. 

    I do hope they are all  indicted on Destroying evidence and obstructing justice
    it’s not very likely though, we know how corrupt cops are!

    Is it any wonder why people don’t trust the police?

  22. Focus 503 says:

    Printed on the graduation programs of Idaho Police Officer Standards and Training Academy class of 2007  “Don’t suffer from PTSD, go out and cause it.”

    Here we have officers of that vintage.  I certainly hope I never run afoul of these goddamned animals.

  23. start pounding ALL Kern County offices on this issue. Also the Highway Patrol. Next time I get a cop trying to pull me over I will call 911 and say I fear for my life from a police beating…..you are 8 times more likely to be murdered by American Police then be killed by a Muslim terrorist…..

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