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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Laquan McDonald and my wife, Carol, played central roles in showing the public that police charges of "assaulting an officer" can be complete fabrications


The shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago
Laquan McDonald and Carol Tovich Shuler had very little in common, but they helped show the public that police officers are prone to falsely allege that a citizen has assaulted an officer--especially when the cops know they have engaged in, or witnessed, misconduct.

McDonald, a 17-year-old black male, died in 2014 when a Chicago police officer shot him 16 times--even though video now shows that McDonald was moving away from officers, not toward them, at the time he was shot. Police apparently wanted him for questioning about a series of car break-ins.

Shuler, my wife of 26 years, is a 56-year-old white female with a spotless personal and professional record--except for one or two bogus black marks that political forces in Alabama caused because she was married to a journalist/blogger who reported uncomfortable truths about the state's ruling elites. Shuler was valedictorian of her high-school class and made straight A's throughout college.

Not exactly the type to be assaulting a police officer--and that's because she didn't. But then, neither did Laquan McDonald.

Carol Shuler, thankfully, survived her encounter with rogue cops. Deputies from the Greene County Sheriff's Department--about six of them, plus Sheriff Jim Arnott himself--were on hand when at least three of them surrounded Carol and brutalized her during an unlawful eviction, leaving her with a shattered left arm and heavy bruising. With the help of intense physical therapy, she is recovering, but caregivers have said her injury was so severe that she probably will regain only 75 percent usage of her left arm, at best.

Laquan McDonald did not survive--his life snuffed out much too soon, in a hail of police gunfire. But here perhaps is the thing Laquan McDonald and Carol Shuler most had in common. Cops on the scene, apparently aware that citizens had been the victims of gross police misconduct, immediately concocted bogus narratives of "assaulting a police officer."

Consider, for example, the behavior of Jim Arnott. Here's how we spelled it out in a post titled "Missouri Sheriff Jim Arnott shows that his immediate tendency is to lie when confronted with police brutality." From that post:

Carol was trying to enter our apartment to retrieve some of our belongings, as she had been told she could do. Specifically, she was trying to get our cat's litter box and was headed to the front door for that purpose, when a deputy jumped her. I saw the whole thing from about 15 feet away, while seated in the driver's seat of our automobile, which was parked in the driveway. Arnott saw it from a vantage point about 10 feet closer than mine.

And what was the sheriff's immediate reaction to seeing one of his deputies brutalizing a 55-year-old woman who was trying to get her cat's "latrine"? Arnott's response was to lie. He pointed at Carol and said, "She assaulted a police officer."

That statement is absurd to anyone who witnessed the event. And it's even more absurd when you consider that Carol wound up with a severely broken arm that required surgery, and there is no indication that any of the half dozen or so officers on hand--armed with at least one assault rifle and numerous handguns--suffered the slightest scratch.

What are the implications of having a sheriff make such bogus claims against you? Well, it goes way beyond a mere inconvenience, as we described earlier:

Because of Arnott's lying eyes--and lying tongue--(Carol) apparently was going to be charged with assaulting a police officer. The deputy who drove her to the jail told her she was facing a felony and likely a $100,000 bond.
At some point, Carol (likely in shock; she would receive treatment with oxygen) announced that her arm was killing her. Someone finally took notice, decided this might be serious, and had her transported to Cox North Medical Center, a few blocks from the jail.

That's where X-rays showed Carol's arm was broken so badly that it would require a trauma surgeon, not an orthopedist, to repair it. She now has roughly 10 screws and multiple titanium plates that probably will stay in her arm as long as she lives. But Jim Arnott's immediate reaction, upon seeing his officers assault Carol, was to claim she had assaulted them.



Carol Shuler
Hundreds of pages of documents released in early December show that Chicago cops concocted a false "assaulting an officer" claim against McDonald, much like the one Arnott created on the spot against Carol. This is from a Chicago Tribune report about documents in the McDonald case, much of them coming from the Chicago PD's internal investigation:

In December 2014, the department officially recorded the shooting as a justifiable homicide.

"McDonald committed aggravated assault against the three officers, finally forcing Officer Van Dyke, in defense of his life, to shoot and kill McDonald," according to a report of that determination.

One report claims McDonald "battered" three officers. Another claims that Officer Jason Van Dyke, who fired the 16 shots, was "injured." From the Tribune article:

Again and again in reports, Van Dyke's account is supported by the other officers at the scene, each one describing the teen as a threat to the veteran cop. Four officers claimed that McDonald advanced toward Van Dyke, even though the video shows him walking away. Two others said he turned or raised an arm toward him
How police viewed the shooting, though, was clear. In the report that closed the investigation, filed in March, a detective offered this terse assessment.

"Criminal attacked officer," the report says, "that officer killed criminal."

Chicago cops viewed Laquan McDonald as a thing, a sub-human, one against whom they could easily lie--as proven by video of the shooting below.

Cops in Springfield, Missouri, apparently viewed Carol Shuler the same way. They apparently were not bothered in the least to arrest her, handcuff her, and send her to jail--for a "crime" she did not remotely commit. And if her arm had not been broken, she probably still would be in jail because I could not have possibly paid the $10,000 required for her release.

Much of the reporting on police misconduct has focused on the racial angle--and that's understandable given that black Americans clearly have suffered from cop abuse for decades. But the Laquan and Carol stories provide another side to the issue.

They tell us that cops, when they need to protect one of their own, are willing to look beyond race. When you are abused by a cop, other cops are prepared to lie and heap more abuse on you--without regard for the color of your skin.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would say 2015 was the year we learned way too many cops are liars, thugs, and cheats.

Anonymous said...

Praying Your wife continues to heal! Have you learned the deputies name that shattered your wife's arm? Any other background on him (past violence, domestic disputes, etc.). It seems like this police brutality never just comes out of nowhere.

legalschnauzer said...

No, we are still working on that. We are experiencing a number of obstacles to the truth, but we will get there eventually. Thanks for the kind words.

Anonymous said...

I think these cops roughed up Carol on purpose. I think that was part of their plan, and I think it's why they went ahead with the eviction, even though it was stayed by your notice of appeal.

Anonymous said...

More ploice abuse of power. All the power to you Roger! Hope you sue these bastards!

e.a.f. said...

cell phone cameras are turning into tools which citizens can use to expose the corruption of the police. they've done a good job in the U.S.A. and are doing a similar job in Canada. Police can no longer depend upon not being seen. The cameras are every where and will be as long as police use their position to violate the laws.

I do hope Carole continues to recover. it is simply beyond me why the police would do this.

nationof gandhis said...

Start recording whenever right away

Anonymous said...

JAN 10, 2016, SIXTY (60) ROUNDS INTO A YOUNG MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED THE COPS WITH HIS CHAINSAW, NOW THIS HAPPENED IN COWLITZ COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE, WHERE THE JUDGES OWN THE REHAB CENTERS AND THE JUDGES OWN MOST ALL THE "LAW ENFORCEMENT" MONEY MAFIA -- THE "TESTILYING" IS HOW THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (MAKES MONEY OUT OF NOTHING, SEE PETER DEFAZIO'S STATEMENT ON ELLEN BROWN'S WEB OF DEBT, "THE CITADEL HAS BEEN BREACHED") CONTROLS THE USA AS THE FATTED CALF FOR THOSE THAT ARE TRULY CRIMINALLY INSANE. SORRY ABOUT YOUR BEING ATTACKED CAROL, AGAIN SAID THIS ALREADY, BUT AGAIN SAYING SORRY!! THE FED EITHER GETS INTO A PLACE WHERE IT CAN'T USE HUMAN DISPOSABLE COMMODITIES AS ITS' "QUOTA SYSTEM" OR WE'RE DOOMED!