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Police brutality at #OccupyNovaScotia

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by kittypark, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. kittypark Member

    Remembrance Day A day where we celebrate the vets who fought for us and our freedom in ww2. ad now a day we will remember in Halifax for police brutality. One cop punched and choked out a 17 year old girl. a member of our media team was beat, thrown in the paddy wagon and had a seizure. the police refused to give him medical attention. by the time he got to the cop station he had dislocated shoulders, dislocated jaw. a reporter for the coast, miles, was dragged and shoved through the mud.
    The police took knives to the tents, cut them up, threw out over half our stuff and gave stuff away to people passing by.

    Here is a video of it going down. police attacking us starts at aprox 8 mins in.



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    This cop is responsible for punching and choking a 17 year old girl, and was seen hitting others.
    His name at this point is unknown.
    He rides in the undercover vans and is not a regular beat cop.

    Also, should be mentioned, since they were all hired to attack on remembrance day, they got paid overtime.

    update: We found his name
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    Fairbairn S.


    Judge Scolds Officer for Lying in Court

    A metro man who admitted in court to being involved in criminal activity will not be prosecuted on a slew of drug and weapons charges because a Halifax Regional Police officer lied on the stand and officers unlawfully searched the man's home.

    In a strongly worded decision made public Wednesday, Justice Gordon Tidman of Nova Scotia Supreme Court particularly rapped the knuckles of Const. Scott Fairburn, whose testimony the judge found was less than truthful in the criminal case against Steven Douglas Skinner.

    Mr. Skinner, 32, formerly of Lake Charles Drive in Dartmouth, was arrested on Nov. 30, 2003, after Halifax Regional Police searched his home looking for his friend, Stephen Francis Anderson, for a parole violation.

    In May, Justice Tidman, after hearing a pretrial motion by the defence, ruled that evidence police seized from Mr. Skinner's home without a warrant was inadmissible at trial. The judge found that police waited too long to advise Mr. Skinner of his rights and did not have reasonable grounds to get a search warrant.

    "In the court's view, both the initial trespass on the property and the entry of the home of the accused were unlawful," Justice Tidman wrote in a 16-page decision.

    That exclusion of evidence left the Crown with no case, and in July it formally withdrew the charges.

    Until now, a publication ban has prevented this court proceeding from being reported.

    In his decision, Justice Tidman said he "had great difficulty" with the police evidence, noting that four officers who were at the scene disagreed on all but one element of what occurred at the time of Mr. Skinner's arrest.

    "What I found most disconcerting was the evidence of Const. Fairburn, which I have found to be not wholly credible," the judge said. "Const. Fairburn's testimony at the hearing in the court's view was directed to what he thought would best serve to save this case."

    Const. Fairburn had testified that Mr. Skinner was read his rights after a second gun was found in his home but he changed his statement and said it took place immediately after he found the first gun.

    Const. Fairburn also indicated that he searched the attic before finding any guns, but at the hearing he said the attic had not been searched when the first gun was found.

    At the hearing, Const. Fairburn also said the first gun was standing uncovered in the corner of the laundry room closet, but he had earlier indicated, as others testified, that the gun was found under clothing.
    "All of these inconsistencies and the testimony of Const. Fairburn lead me to conclude that Const. Fairburn was being less than frank with the court," Justice Tidman wrote.

    "With very few exceptions, my experience is that police officers make a sincere effort to recall events accurately. Unfortunately, I find Const. Fairburn's testimony to be another exception."

    Const. Fairburn was one of seven officers who went to Mr. Skinner's home looking for Mr. Anderson. Police did not have a warrant to search the home but Const. Fairburn told Mr. Skinner it would be "easier" if he allowed them to do so.

    Mr. Skinner told the officers that Mr. Anderson was not there but allowed them in to look for him. When Const. Fairburn and Const. Joel Allen went to the bedroom, Const. Fairburn pulled a blanket off the bed and discovered more than $6,000 lying loose, along with a white bulletproof vest. Const. Fairburn then went to the laundry room, where he found an unloaded double-barrelled shotgun and ammunition.

    After that gun was found, Mr. Skinner led police to a loaded pump-action shotgun under the bed. Moments later, Const. Fairburn retrieved from under the bed a kit bag containing pills and a bag of marijuana.

    Mr. Skinner never asked police to leave his home.

    It wasn't until after the second gun and drugs were found that Mr. Skinner was arrested, given a police caution and told of his right to speak to a lawyer, which he chose not to do.

    He was subsequently charged with one count each of possessing marijuana and PCP for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a 12-gauge Maverick pump firearm and another 12-gauge shotgun without a licence, two counts of careless storage of the firearms and careless storage of ammunition.

    The judge called the charter violations by police "serious."

    "What makes the violation more serious in the court's view is that the police knew they had no grounds to legally search the accused's premises but proceeded regardless and then obtained entry only after a veiled threat to the accused that it would be 'easier' if he consented to their entry," the judge wrote.

    Crown attorney Tim McLaughlin argued that a warrant was unnecessary as Mr. Skinner consented to the search of his home so police could look for Mr. Anderson. But the judge found that the Crown had not established that Mr. Skinner's consent was voluntary.

    Josh Arnold, one of Mr. Skinner's lawyers, said Wednesday that the ruling means Mr. Skinner is "completely acquitted of all charges" and some property will be returned to him.

    It's not known whether any sanctions have been imposed on Const. Fairburn or if Halifax Regional Police have undertaken an investigation into his conduct. Spokesman Const. Mark Hobeck said the deputy chief is reviewing the judge's decision.

    "Having a kind of cursory glance at it…sometimes (officers) make decisions based on what's presented in front of them without the luxury of hindsight," Const. Hobeck said.


    here are the court records

    http://www.courts.ns.ca/decisions_recent/documents/2010nssc342.pdf
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  2. props dude, that's seriously nasty weather to be outside in
    (still watching video...hard to watch frankly...this is Canada?)
    got a PayPal? Why there it is on the ons site http://occupyns.org/
    props also to United Church for giving folks a place to stay and use the kitchen...how did that work out?
  3. kittypark Member

    currently we are trying to plan a way to set up camp again. they said its because we violated a bylaw against camping in city parks, but our Canadian charter of rights and freedoms trumps any municipal bylaw, which would be our right to peaceful assembly and protest.

    The churches have laid support for us because we were feeding homeless people with our food, for free. 95% of the homeless we fed were not even occupying, we would do a small tour of the city and inform them of the hot meals and coffee.

    currently, we have a petition for him to resign

    http://www.petitiononlinecanada.com...-go-petition-to-impeach-mayor-peter-kelly/549

    so far just over 100 signed

    so far we have not been able to ID any of the cops as they obviously would not give any name, badge info.


    but if anyone would love to contact our mayor, Peter Kelly, and tell him what you think of what happened
    Phone:902-490-4010
    fax: 902-490-4012
    Phone: (902) 490-4010
    E-Mail: kellyp@halifax.ca

    or if you want to try his cell phone, 902-222-9999

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  4. kittypark Member

    also, something very interesting, and maybe a reason for some action

    Hundreds to attend security forum in Halifax
    For the third consecutive year, high-level politicians and government officials from around the world will be in town for the 2011 Halifax International Security Forum. More than 300 people from 40-plus democracies will be here November 18-20 to share common security concerns, reflect on lessons learned from 9/11 and discuss recent events in the Middle East. Among those expected our Canada’s Defence Minister, Peter MacKay; U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano; Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak; U.S. Senator John McCain; and former U.S. secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.
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  5. xenubarb Member

    A superb opportunity to show the world how Halifax abuses its citizens.
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  6. quantify Member

    They are going to keep coming back and evicting. I believe the protest should move into a new phase. Flash occupations. Keep the 1% dizzy, instead of trying to defend a patch of ground. Keep up the great work!
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