Cop tasers injured victm
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#1 Aug 9, 2014
Sgt Schultz needs a serious beating and be sent to the Eastern Front
hope the victim gets a nice settlement
#2 Aug 9, 2014
How much is this going to cost us?
#3 Aug 10, 2014
He is such a good neighbor. He should get a reward.
#4 Aug 10, 2014
I remember when BI had good cops like Officer Telez. Oh wait, that's right he murdered the owner of Mueller Amusement and then was the first officer on the scene! LOL!
#5 Aug 10, 2014
#6 Aug 14, 2014
Has the officer who overreacted been retrained or dismissed?
#7 Aug 15, 2014
This is what's called a nuisance case. About 30-40,000. Chump change in the whole scheme of things.
#8 Dec 19, 2014
Be nice now...
#9 Dec 20, 2014
Former Midlothian cop convicted of civil rights violation
A federal jury deliberated less than two hours Friday before convicting a former high-ranking Midlothian police officer of a civil rights violation for repeatedly striking a man with a metal baton without legal justification during an arrest three years ago.
Steven Zamiar, a 13-year veteran who rose to deputy police chief with the small south suburban department, had alleged that the man first took a swing at him as drunken crowds left a bar early on Thanksgiving morning in November 2011.
But Zamiar's former underling, Sgt. Edmund Olmos, backed up the victim's version of events, telling the jury he saw Zamiar strike the man as he was trying to run for cover.
As the verdict was read in U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman's courtroom, Zamiar lowered his head and took a deep breath. In the courtroom gallery, about a dozen family members and supporters cried softly, some holding hands.
The jury found that Zamiar used a dangerous weapon and inflicted bodily injury, factors that could increase his sentence. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Zamiar, who was fired from the department after his indictment last year, also is awaiting trial next year on a separate charge of punching a teen burglary suspect during an arrest in 2010.
The trial came amid weeks of protests across the country — including in Chicago — against the killings by police of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York. While Zamiar's trial had no racial overtones — both he and the alleged victim are white — potential jurors were asked Monday if they had followed news coverage of the nationwide protests and could remain fair in a trial involving a police officer. The jurors were also asked if they had participated in any of the protests.
After the verdict, one of Zamiar's attorneys, Ralph Meczyk, said outside the courtroom he was "shocked" by the swift guilty verdict.
"We are profoundly disappointed," Meczyk said. "I will tell you candidly that we actually thought we had a shot."
After the verdict, prosecutors told the judge that under federal law, Zamiar should be immediately taken into custody because he was convicted of a crime of violence. Coleman, however, said she would give Zamiar's attorneys time to respond in writing and allowed him to remain free on bond for the time being.
The victim in the case, James Snyder, testified Tuesday he had been drinking and socializing at Durbin's bar on Cicero Avenue with his girlfriend and her two friends and was walking to her car when he heard someone yell, "There's that (expletive)!" and looked up to see four men running toward him. As he fled, Snyder said he never heard anyone identify themselves as the police or order him to stop.
Snyder, 30, said that as he tried to run back to the bar for help, he felt himself being hit on the head and back with an object as many as 12 times before he finally took refuge behind a uniformed police officer who had responded to the scene.
Zamiar testified in his own defense that he struck Snyder only after he refused to obey commands, then turned toward him and got into a fighting position.
After the beating, Snyder was cuffed, taken to the Midlothian police station and charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. The charges were later dropped, according to his testimony.
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