War on Cameras

Denver Cop Leg-Sweeps 7-Month-Pregnant Woman to Ground Bellyfirst While Beating Her Boyfriend's Head into Asphalt. Drug War is Working!

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Denver cops think they see a guy, David Flores, swallowing a sock they think contains illegal drugs. Fearful for his safety, they say—he might choke!—and fearful for officer safety—one of them had his arm pinned under Flores' body smashed to the ground!—they beat his head into the asphalt.

His 7-month-pregnant girlfriend Mayra Lazos-Guerrero shouts at them to stop and approaches them, gets legswept into the asphalt herself, face and belly first.

Passerby Levi Frasier videos it all, cops take his tablet and apparently try to erase the evidence, though he tells local TV station Fox 31 that he recovered it when syncing later to cloud. Frasier admits it's possible that both he and the officer somehow missed it and that perhaps it was there all along.

Still:

Frasier said, officers on scene threatened him with arrest, demanded he turn over all photos and videotape to them and then seized his tablet over his objections.

"When he took it, I said, 'Hey! You can't do that. You need a warrant for that!' and he said, 'What program did you take the video with? Where is that?'" Frasier said.

He said police ignored his objections and dug through his personal photos without obtaining a court order.

"The first officer that comes up to ask me about my witness statement brings me to the police car and says we could do this the easy way or we could do this the hard way," Fraser said. "It was taken as 'You can either cooperate and give us what we want or we're going to incarcerate you.'"

Although official police reports mentioned an officer thought Frasier took video, there is nothing written about taking, searching or possessing his tablet. That's something Frasier swears occurred.

Frasier tells Fox 31 that even in his days cage fighting he never saw such hard punches as Flores was suffering. (It's on the video.)

Great video report from Fox 31, well worth watching, including the brave takedown of the pregnant lady:

Flores now faces two felony drug charges. Lazos-Guerrero is now herself facing charges, including child abuse, since a child was in the car when Flores and Lazos-Guerrero were physically abused by police.

The report from local Fox 31 is really refreshing, particularly an exchange between anchors at the end containing these bits of advice: "If there's one takeaway for the viewer—if you're in public and see something happening and it's in public you can vidoetape it and no one can do anything about that…you don't have to listen to police when they say turn it over if they don't have a search warrant."

[Hat tip: Free Thought Project.]

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79 responses to “Denver Cop Leg-Sweeps 7-Month-Pregnant Woman to Ground Bellyfirst While Beating Her Boyfriend's Head into Asphalt. Drug War is Working!

  1. -1 Cobra Kai

  2. …you don’t have to listen to police when they say turn it over if they don’t have a search warrant.

    Um…

    1. You don’t have to listen, but you might have to take the ass-beating and imprisonment…

  3. Although official police reports mentioned an officer thought Frasier took video, there is nothing written about taking, searching or possessing his tablet. That’s something Frasier swears occurred.

    Show me a police report, and I’ll show you a bunch of lies by omission, exaggeration, and outright fabrication.

    1. I’d add that it will read like it was written by a semi-literate 15 year old.

      1. I see you too have read some police reports.

      2. a semi-literate 15 year old.

        You give them too much credit. More like a chimp who has been taught to make shapes that somewhat resemble letters and numbers.

  4. Flores now faces two felony drug charges. Lazos-Guerrero is now herself facing charges, including child abuse, since a child was in the car when Flores and Lazos-Guerrero were physically abused by police.

    What the fuck. Fuck all the conservatives and conservatarians out there who are gleefully defending the police at re: Ferguson. Even if that was justified (who the fuck knows), cops act like scumbags all the time and deserve scrutiny, not knee-jerk respect.

    1. This.

    2. I figured they were going to charge for child abuse based on the child she was pregnant with.

  5. FOX31 Denver offered to show Denver Police Frasier’s videotape several days prior to the release of our investigation, but Cmdr. Matt Murray declined.

    “We would love to talk with him (Frasier) if he has further information,” Murray said. “We want that information and if there is misconduct we will happily investigate that and report that to the community.”

    “This is about transparency, not cover-up like you were intimating in your teaser,” Murray said. “We are not covering anything up. There is no cover up whatsoever, so let me just put that to rest. That’s irresponsible and baseless.”

    “We are being totally transparent, out in the open, everything above board. We have nothing to hide and we will be thrilled to investigate as soon as there is proof that something needs to be investigated. The minute someone shows us evidence – video or otherwise – we will work diligently to get to the bottom of any misconduct. Any evidence whatsoever. Any.”

    1. “We would love to talk with him (Frasier) if he has further information,”

      In a back room, out of recording range, so that he can “rethink” what he saw and recorded.

      1. I know, my first thought was “I bet you would…”

  6. I’m surprised that deleting files isn’t part of “officer training.”

    1. How do you know it’s not? The consistency with which I’ve seen cops omit information and dismiss witnesses leads me to believe they are explicitly trained in withholding and destroying evidence that my contradict their narrative.

    2. I’m shocked they gave the tablet back. The cops need more training.

      Either learn how to delete files competently or steal claim asset forfeiture for that tablet.

      1. I’m surprised they didn’t throw it on the ground and stop it into oblivion.

        1. That would’ve been too obvious. I’m surprised, however, that the tablet wasn’t confiscated and then “accidentally” wiped.

          1. Unless you can prove that they destroyed it, they’ll just deny it. Being that their word is always taken over yours, nothing else will happen.

  7. +1 Buck Rogers from the 21st Century

  8. He said he has faith that police commanders will do the right thing and target their next investigation toward cleaning up what appears to him to be a group of officers using excessive force.

    I hope this guy leaves town soon. After what he did he is no longer safe.

    1. A better option than running like a pussy is to launch some kind of lawsuit.

      1. Run like a pussy. Yeah. Because recognizing that vengeful cops can act outside the law and be covered by their buddies makes you a pussy. Sure. Whatever.

        Best option is to contact a lawyer, and move far away for your own safety. Not that a lawsuit will accomplish anything.

        1. A lawsuit can get you some $$. Running costs too much money what’s to say they won’t follow you?

          1. They won’t follow you.

            1. I wonder if there is some sort of underground cop network that unofficially spreads information about potential suspects and “troublemakers?”

              1. I don’t think so. I figure that once they run someone out of town they dismiss it as someone else’s problem.

              2. I vaguely remember some such report on a cops-only network, from several months ago. It was what you would expect.

      2. A better option than running like a pussy is to launch some kind of lawsuit drone strike.

    2. After what he did he is no longer safe.

      No shit. At the very least he probably count on being hassled by the pigs everytime he turns around from now on. At the very least, he better be extra careful not to do anything that would give them any reason whatsoever to fuck him up.

      1. *can probably…*

        Fucking typing.

        1. In Colorado cops don’t need reasonable suspicion or probable cause to demand identification, and then demand that you explain what you’re doing, where you’re coming from, where you’re going, and why.

          If they don’t like you, then every time they see you they’ll stop you and hassle you.

          I know. That’s why I don’t live there anymore.

          1. In Colorado cops don’t need reasonable suspicion or probable cause to demand identification

            IANAL, but the text of Colorado’s stop and identify statute appears to contradict you:

            A peace officer may stop any person who he reasonably suspects is committing, has committed, or is about to commit a crime and may require him to give his name and address, identification if available, and an explanation of his actions.

            It is probably different while you are driving, of course.

            1. It seems like “is, has, or is about to” covers anything they’d like it to cover.

              1. So? I agree they will weasel it or outright ignore it, but sarc was still incorrect, unless he knows of another statute or case that I am unaware of.

                1. I was going by what I had read a few weeks ago. Maybe my source was incorrect.

                2. Either way it doesn’t really matter. Cops will just lie on their report and nothing else will happen.

            2. “IANAL, but the text of Colorado’s stop and identify statute appears to contradict you:”

              And right here is the reason why things will either not change or get worse. Most people still go life unaffected by bullying and intimidation by cops.

          2. I lasted 6 years in Denver before I moved back to NY/NJ because of the cops out there.
            I would guess that I had a combination of 10 arrests/tickets in those six years, plus another 10 times being stopped either walking, driving or standing in the wrong place where they couldn’t come up with a charge.

  9. we could do this the easy way or we could do this the hard way,”

    Since it was the police that chose to NOT do it the legal way, the police therefore already chose to do it the hard way.

  10. the justification for the takedown is nicely compartmentalized.

  11. What did Obama have to say about this?

    1. Without a teleprompter?

      Um, what we need is um, ugh, some people, um, people should try and, ugh, um, be constructive and um, I guess, this, might, ugh, um, make for good television.

  12. Clearly the pregnant lady was an imminent threat, since the pig who took her down then immediately ignored her and went back to punching the man who was already restrained on the ground. Jesus, this is sick. She was just a gnat to be swatted out of the way because she annoyed him, not because she presented any actual threat.

    1. It sure looked to me like she was trying to get into the fight.

      This whole event looks like a big bucket of fail, by all parties, and even the news coverage. Stupid laws, brutal police, idiot criminals, news reports that leave out essential details.

      Who the hell tries to swallow a sock? Is that even possible? It seems like a recipe for death.

      So is this guy a heroin dealer with a pregnant girlfriend, and another kid? That’s going to end well.

      How much of it could he have even gotten into his mouth, much less down his throat? Why not just pull it out? Or take the guy to the hospital to have his stomach pumped? How does punching someone in the face force them to spit something out?

      And did they get the sock out? Was there heroin in it?

      And these two got bail and are now on the run? Are they, by any chance, illegal aliens?

      Fail, fail, fail, fail, fail.

      But hey, they probably qualify for the Obama amnesty: they have kids, and deporting heroin dealers is reportedly “not a priority.” So welcome to the United States, idiots! We’re here to provide welfare for you and your kids, plus the prison time you are all are likely to get, sooner or later.

      1. Is there actually any evidence that the guy was trying to swallow anything?

        1. You’d think that after all this, there would be a sock in evidence, wouldn’t you? And if the police were making something up, why claim it was a sock? It would make more sense to claim he was trying to swallow a condom or small baggie or something. So the fact that they said “sock” makes me believe them. And yet, where is it? Did it have drugs in it?

          1. So the fact that they said “sock” makes me believe them.

            No, your authority fetish makes you believe them. It also makes you blame the victims here for daring to interfere with the police in the performance of their duty…of beating the father of her children half to death.

            1. Sorry, I don’t have an “authority fetish.” It just strikes me as an absurd lie. When people lie, they generally try to be believable. That’s the point of lying.

      2. Who the hell tries to swallow a sock?

        My cocker spaniel.

        1. Holy shit, this. Underwear too.

          I miss that destructive bastard.

      3. Yep they must be illegal aliens with those names. Everything always has to be related to your Rainman-like obsessions.

        Also, even assuming the guy is indeed a drug dealer, you can’t just assume she is too. I’ve know more than a couple dealers who had gf’s that didn’t deal or in some cases didn’t even do drugs.

        1. I didn’t say they “must be” illegal, I asked if they were. Work on your reading comprehension, please.

          And I didn’t assume the girlfriend was a dealer, too. I used “dealers” plural to reference the Obama policy, not those two people.

          1. How the fuck is either of those things relevant to the story? You attack me for lack of reading comprehension yet you failed to notice the entire point of my post.

    2. If she had pulled out a gun and blasted the lead punching cop in the head – I would buy the argument that her boyfriend’s life was in imminent danger and it was a justified shooting.

      1. No shit. If a serf was beating on a hero in blue and his partner blew away the POS, the “internal investigation” would clear him before even starting, and of course it would never get anywhere near a grand jury.

  13. Obviously a former student of John “Sweep the leg” Kreese.

  14. Working. Class. Heroes.

    1. You mis-spelled assholes.

  15. “This is about transparency; not a cover-up”.

    I laughed.

    1. Transparency has been increased from 6 to 5 percent.

      1. Transparency has been increased from 65 to 56 percent.

        FTFY

        1. NEVER MIND

          I PLEAD TEMPORARY STUPIDITY

  16. you don’t have to listen to police when they say turn it over if they don’t have a search warrant

    A subpoena will also do, actually. Same idea, though.

    1. Or a billy club to the head.

  17. My indignation is building…can I get a free iPhone out of this? The store is just down the street…

    1. Not sure how you’d connect the service but what the hell, go for it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2TYKmQc0L4

      1. OK, then, a free 6-pack and a widescreen TV.

  18. This report was was of the best I’ve seen,and the comment afterwards ,priceless. With so much stuff like this caught on video it’s a wonder there isn’t a riot every week. Let;s see what happens to the cop in N.Y..

    1. If riots on one side became routine, what would stop other “communities” from rioting, too?

      Riots are common in U.S. history, as much from honkies as from blacksand Latinos. How long can black people and Latinos keep a monopoly of rioting?

      The more riots we have, the more people get into rioting, and the more Weimarized the country will become.

      I’m beginning to agree with John that the progs rely on mobs to do their will on a disarmed population. But since we *don’t* have a disarmed population, there’s no logical reason why people besides blacks and Latinos can’t get into the game and crank things up several notches.

      Better to suppress rioting at its inception instead of holding a Weimarized rioting contest.

      1. When did shooting looters go out of fashion? Sometimes, the old ways are best. But then, I can be a bloodthirsty type. Some friends of mine were once shocked that I thought Somali pirates should simply be hanged.

        1. The looters *might* have been shot (or scared away) if the National Guard was there. But they were away on what I can only presume was urgent business, probably masturbation-related.

          1. Blast from the past – shoot to kill arsonists, shoot to wound looters.

            http://news.google.com/newspap…..70,2140925

            1. Makes sense.

        2. Chicago, 1968

  19. While it’s not as bad I caught the Denver cops abusing a prisoner.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33SBIfkVdCc

  20. Congrats Denver – these 2 just your mega millions lottery.

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