Police corruption and racism in Orlando Florida   1 comment

Police corruption and racism in Orlando Florida

 

recently a friend of mine was pulled over in Orlando Florida. The Orlando officers verbally and emotionally abused him, medically endangered him and made comments that have well-known And documented racial connotations. Personally, I believe he has a lawsuit against the city of Orlando. In order to help him get justice in a situation that is clearly criminal, I wrote the following letter for him based on his step-by-step testimony of what occurred the night he was pulled over after leaving a barbecue at his son’s house.

 

Dear Madame/sir,

 

Complaint: Harassment, intimidation, emotional abuse and racial remarks by representatives of the law in Orlando Florida.

 

Sunday 06/12/2011 at 12:25 am in Orange county Florida I was pulled over as I left a family gathering at my son’s house. I was appalled at the grossly unprofessional behavior and racist insinuations of one of the officers of the law who pulled me over. The following is an account of what I consider to be, an intimidating, threatening, and seemingly racially motivated action by the Orlando Police Department.

 

I left my grandchildren’s house right after midnight. Upon leaving the house I made a right turn and a car started following me with no headlights on. My first thought was that the people in the car had ill conceived intentions towards me. I was afraid I might be car jacked or robbed. After a few blocks they turned their headlights on and still proceeded to follow me. I made several turns to confirm for myself that they were indeed following me. At that point my intentions were to find someplace safe (well lit and populated) to pull over and call the police. I made one final turn at a stop sign, and that’s when they turned on their lights revealing themselves as undercover police officers in an unmarked squad car. I immediately pulled over and as soon as we both came to a stop they approached my car and asked for my license, registration and insurance. After they ran my information and it checked out they approached my vehicle again. At this point they shouted at me “where are the drugs and guns because all of you people always have drugs and guns”. I told them that I didn’t have any drugs or guns. They were very insistent that I had drugs and guns and persisted along this line of questioning. This unfounded harassment about guns and drugs went on for about 10 min., during which time Officer Branhurst used the term “you people” several times. He also kept pointing a flashlight directly into my eyes, and I asked him to please stop several times because he was making my blood pressure go up. The other Officer didn’t really say anything, but he had his gun pointed at me the entire time. They continued to be adamant about me having drugs and guns, and then they said that they wanted to search my vehicle. At that time I politely informed them that I would not consent for them to search my vehicle because they did not have probable cause. I have a severe blood pressure problem and the stress of their hostile actions towards me caused my blood pressure to rise to unsafe levels. When it gets to this point, it becomes life threatening and I felt I was in danger of having a stroke. At this point I told them that because they were harassing me so much I was getting ill because my blood pressure was going up and up and I felt like I was going to have a stroke. I’d had one before and I knew what they felt like. After I told Officer Branhurst I was sick, I asked him to call an ambulance for me because I knew that I would need medical attention. He refused me medical attention. I also asked if I could take my blood pressure medication and they refused to let me take my medication. Officer Branhurst then told me “as a police officer I’m trained to detect when people are sick” and again refused to call me an ambulance. At that time I was able to call my daughter who was right around the corner and have her call an ambulance for me. I also asked her to come to where I was. She came over right away. When my family arrived the first thing Officer Branhurst said to my daughter was “just tell your father to tell us where the drugs and guns are”.

 

By this time a crowd had formed and the officer, in an obvious attempt to justify his unjust and unlawful actions, tried to make it seem like I was being hostile by yelling loud enough so the crowd could hear “stop cursing at me”. I remained calm and compliant towards him and replied, “I don’t even talk like that sir, I am an ordained elder in my church and I don’t even use those words”. I then asked him why he was saying these things. He did not respond to this question, but when I said this to him he did stop trying to convince the witnesses I was using profanity towards him. The officer with his gun drawn didn’t join in on the others intimidation tactics, but he did nothing to stop them either. I really felt that Officer Branhurst was doing everything he could short of assault to try and intimidate me and provoke me into reacting with a hostile response. I again requested an ambulance and reaffirmed that I was sick and needed medical attention. This time, because a crowd had gathered and their were witnesses, he agreed to call the ambulance. He then called for an ambulance, even though one was already on the way because my daughter had called. By that time about 20 to 25 min. had passed from the time of the initial stop. At this point I just wanted to get to the hospital so I asked him if he could just give me the ticket for the stop sign that he said I ran. He refused to do this as well. Ignoring my plea for medical attention, he said yet again that I wasn’t going anywhere until I gave him the drugs and guns. “Because “you people” always have drugs and guns”. He kept reiterating “you people’ which is widely considered to be a racial slur as witnessed in the media and several movies at this point.

 

Shortly after all of that, the firetruck arrived. He then told me I could get out the car to go over to the firetruck. Once at the fire truck, the EMT proceeded to take my blood pressure. They found my blood pressure to be 240/130! The EMT’s told the police that they needed to write me the ticket immediately because I needed to go directly to the hospital ASAP. About 5 minute after the firetruck arrived the ambulance arrived. The officer went back to his car and wrote the ticket, then came back and had me sign it. I was feeling very shaky at this point, so I just signed my initials. Then, even though the EMT’s had made it clear that I needed to go to the hospital right now, he insisted I could not leave for emergency treatment until I signed my ticket exactly as it was on my license. I informed him I probably would not be able to sign it exactly like my signature until my blood pressure went down which would probably take about 24 hours. After detaining me for another few minutes, while he glared at me in anger, he finally agreed to let me go to the hospital. When he brought my license back to me, he threw it on the ground and stepped on it and drug it across the ground with his foot. I asked him why he would drag my license with his dirty foot and his response was “I thought you were going to kick me” ??? After that he picked it up by the edges being careful not to touch the flat surfaces that he had dragged across the ground and handed it to me. Much of what occurred, was witnessed by my family, the firemen, the EMT’s, and the crowd surrounding the incident. The EMT’s then said it was time to go to the hospital, so I departed from the scene and I went directly to the hospital.

 

I would like it to be noted that:

1. The State of Florida recognizes me as a safe driver and has me registered as such as on my drivers license.

2. I am over the age of 50, well past the stage in my life, where I would willingly get into trouble.

 

I truly feel that the actions of officer Branhurst reflect poorly on law enforcement personnel everywhere, and I hope that incidents like this are an uncommon occurrence in the city of Orlando. The hostile treatment I received was just an irresponsible ploy being used to elicit a confrontational response or make me lose my temper. I hope that you are as disturbed by the actions of officer Branhurst as I am.

 

Authority figures have a great responsibility to those who entrust them with authority, and therefor should be held responsible when that trust is broken and that authority is abused. I trust this issue will be dealt with in a just and timely manner. Thank you for your time and assistance in this matter.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. X

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Posted June 22, 2011 by bioranger in Uncategorized

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