Posts Tagged ‘Police Brutality’

Why is Jordyan Carroll in Jail?

by TBird

She’s the California surf at sunset, by way of an Alabama moon.  American as Apple Pie.  The girl who helps others and rallies to free those in need.  Only 19 years old, fighting for justice the way only the young and idealistic can.

And she is currently serving more time in jail for protesting the murder of Kelly Thomas – than those who killed him.

Jordyann Carroll flashes a peace sign at her high school graduation.

Jordyan Carroll flashes a peace sign at high school graduation.

Kelly Thomas’ murder has rocked the sleepy suburban town of Fullerton.  Thomas, a mentally challenged, unarmed homeless man pled for his life as police officers beat him – to death.  He can be seen on video calling out for his father, begging them to stop, to no avail.

Beaten to Death by the Fullerton Police Dept.

Beaten to Death by the Fullerton Police Dept.


Shocked by this tragedy, Jordyan Carroll, like many others, took to the streets in protest.  According to Ms. Carroll, it was during one of these protests, that a News Reporter shoved Ms. Carroll.  Carroll shoved back. A scuffle ensued.  No one was seriously injured.  Somehow however, the City of Fullerton pressed charges against Ms. Carroll and sentenced her to jail.


Being handcuffed and taken to jail, last week.
Being handcuffed and taken to jail, last week.

A college student and skydiving enthusiast, Ms. Carroll had no prior record.  She came to California two years ago, from Alabama.  Plunked down in the middle of a thriving protest movement in Orange County, she learned the hard way about corruption and city politics.  She was not a danger to society, nor did she pose any threat to anyone.  The reporter who picked a fight with her was not injured and there were no crimes committed.  Yet they locked up this teenager, while their own killer cops walk free?


What is wrong with the City of Fullerton that they would allow this?  First the murder of Kelly Thomas.  Then the whitewash of the murder and those who did it, go free.  Now those who stand up against this injustice – intimidated and manipulated by trumped up charges, pressed into plea bargains and serving time – for…what exactly?  To be made into an example? To be used for political purpose? To send a message to other protesters?

Allowing your out of control cops to beat and kill the helpless is a dereliction of your duty.  Sending this girl to a dangerous place like jail for a frivolous charge just so you can make a political statement is also a dereliction of your duty.  We are watching you, City of Fullerton.



Jordyan Carroll in California.

Beautiful Jordyan.  Photo by Igmar Rodas



Graduation Day.




May 2014

Update: Both Anaheim officers Who Killed 25 year-old Manuel Diaz are Back on Beat.

by TBird


"I been forced to write my own laws, and you violated one in there. I just have to find you guilty of contempt of cop." Bumper Morgan, Joseph Wambaugh's eponymous Blue Knight, justifying his brutal assault on a young man who had casually insulted him. Image from:


From the OC Weekly:

“Both the Anaheim police officers who shot and killed 25 year-old Manuel Diaz on July 21 and the other who killed 21 year-old Joel Acevedo the very next day on July 22 are no longer on paid administrative leave. Continue Reading…

October 2012

America’s Police Brutality Blotter: How Your Disney Dream Vacation Could Become A Nightmare.

by BombshellBetty

Anaheim Police Take Aim at Unarmed Civilians.

The Mayor of Anaheim has a problem.  First a police attack dog unleashed on women and children, then like a dog
with a taste for blood, Anaheim police have killed an unarmed civilian - again. This time, just miles from
Disneyland. Eight killings just this year.  The first victim this last weekend, twenty-something Manuel Diaz,
reportedly shot in the back of the head and left to gasp for breath on the ground.  Pronounced
dead on arrival at the hospital.  24 hours later, on Sunday, a second man, reportedly shot - "execution style"
in the back, according to new reports that the family has filed a lawsuit. Continue Reading...
July 2012

Defense Industry Bringing The War Home?

by Rabble Rouser

How Long Will The American People Let Corporate Tyrants Own Their Government? photo:

Tick tock people – time to wake up.  There are chilling things that could be happening this very minute.  Our president is poised to sign a document that shreds our Bill of Rights.  Here I thought I voted for a Constitutional Scholar.  I thought he’d protect our rights, not sign them away.  He will be losing the coveted Independent Vote with a stupid move like this.  He will lose the votes of all those starry eyed liberals who voted for him thinking he could perform miracles.  He will only be licking the boot heels of the Republicans, who wrote this assault upon the American Citizen, and who have declared war against him anyway.   What a stupid move, Mr. President.  Your “note” attached will not save you.

What is happening to America, folks?

Continue Reading…

December 2011

America – Land of The Free?

by Rabble Rouser

Home of the Brave?

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave?

Take a look at the nonchalant stance of this cop.  Does this look free?  No.  Brave?  Nope.

From New York, to Oakland.  Cities and police all across America, are abusing their power.

Nonchalant Pepper Spraying of blinding pepper spray on UC Davis students.

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November 2011

Cardboard Revolution

by Rabble Rouser

It’s not pitchfoks and shovels, this time.

The Trouble with Traitors: French Revolution Events

It’s cardboard.

Photo: Lisa Derrick, La Figa.

What started as a ragtag bunch of peaceful protesters on Wall Street, has now blossomed into a worldwide Occupy Movement.  When people around the world started to see the peaceful assembly being attacked and peaceful, unarmed protesters being brutalized by “public servants” who are supposed to “serve and protect” them, more and more supported them.  Veterans showed up, to help protect them.  A worldwide movement is now in full swing, with countries as far away as both Egypt and Israel, marching in solidarity with U.S. protesters who have been brutalized beyond belief.

One such protester, US Marine Scott Olsen, survived two tours in Iraq, only to come home and get hit in the head by an Oakland Police “projectile” and suffered brain injury to the speech center of his brain.  His crime?  Simply peacefully assembling.  He is said to have “provoked no one” and footage of the incident shows there was no cause for police to abuse their power so forcefully that night.

Scott Olsen. 24 Year old U.S. Marine, survived two tours in Iraq. Shot in the head by Oakland Police for Peaceful Assembly. Photo:

Think about that one for a minute. Injured like this.  Suffering brain damage to the speech center of his brain.

A two tour veteran of the United States.  Literally silencing his speech.  Simply for standing up for his right to free speech.

It’s enough to leave anyone speechless.

Continue Reading…

November 2011

Free Assembly.

by TBird

People have the right, in America, to free assembly.  Without being pepper sprayed.

Women who are cordoned off in peaceful protest, are shot in the eye with pepper spray by the NYPD. This is America, remember? We have the right to peaceful assembly. photo:

October 2011