35-year-old Takesha Griffin was allegedly handcuffed to a bench and, later, put in a dirty holding cell at the 73rd Precinct, while officers attempted to compel a false confession. “They wanted me to lie,” Griffin told the Daily News. “It was like The Twilight Zone.”
The Brownsville resident reported that she was hit in her thigh by a stray bullet after returning home from a club with a male friend. The same friend drove Griffin to the Hospital, where staff alerted the police after realizing the source of the wound.
Griffin, who was taken away by police while still in her hospital scrubs, says she was held at the Brownsville police station from September 3rd through September 8th, even though, by law, she was entitled to a court appearance within 24 hours.
While in custody, Griffin claims she was forced to urinate on herself after no one would take her to the restroom, and says she was made fun of when she complained about receiving a McDonald’s hamburger every day in lieu of a decent meal.
“This is something that would happen in a fascist state, not in America,” says her lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein.
The police claimed that Griffin was shot during a lovers’ spat with her friend; a background check also brought up a warrant for her arrest issued after Griffin allegedly failed to heed a disorderly conduct summons. Griffin pointed out to police officers that her friend was gay — they were returning from a gay club — and the warrant was later shown to be a clerical error.
Griffin and Rubenstein plan to sue the city for $5 million.
According to sources familiar with his testimony before internal affairs, Bologna claims he was trying to stop “three young men on the ground” from grabbing officers’ legs, but “missed his mark,” spraying the women instead.
Bologna reportedly said the incident left him “tortured,” but added that he “would do things the same way” again if he had to. “I did not intend to spray the women,” the 1st Precinct’s former commander said according to sources, “[but I] acted with the best intentions.”
Second Occupy Movement News Update of the Day: 24 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators were locked inside the La Guardia Place Citibank branch and arrested for criminal trespassing. They were attempting to close their bank account at the time.
Ryan, who has made a mission out of discrediting the movement, has been monitoring the online activities of Occupy Wall Street organizers since the protest began. Yesterday, Ryan posted to Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government the OWS mailing list, which features thousands of email addresses belonging to OWS demonstrators.
Elsewhere, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch was interrupted several times during his speech at the National Summit on Education Reform by Occupy Sesame Street protesters.
Lights Out: Surfers generate beautiful bioluminescent waves off the coast of San Diego by disturbing a bloom of warmwater phytoplankton Lingulodinium polyedrum, causing a chemical reaction which produces a flash of blue light.
Though red tide can be harmful in certain circumstances, this particular algal bloom has a low-level toxicity that is safe to swim in.
Organizers of the first annual Utah Undie Run say at least 3,000 people took to the streets of Salt Lake City in the skivvies Saturday, some running for for fun, while others were packing a political message.
“My goal is to change Utah,” organizer Nate Porter told Fox 13 News. “To make this state lighten up once and for all.”