Ferguson Cop Who Arrested Journalists Named in $40 Million Police Brutality Lawsuit

Ferguson Lawsuit

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doublec1972
doublec1972

I"m amazed at all the lickspittle statist lovers here.  Most of the folks here blowing about how the police were just doing their jobs are either Trolls or clearly haven't been following this story.

damnedcat777
damnedcat777

The day this pig is fired will be a GREAT DAY for all of us who have been victimized by the pigs of StL city & all it's many many counties.  Oh, and I hope the city of Ferguson is annihilated financially by all the lawsuits.  Remember, Kill a dirty pig TODAY!  Oh, and for the record: I'll believe in good cops when they turn on the BAD ONES!  Faken StL city/county pigs are the most CORRUPT PIGS IN AMERIKA!!!

David Emrick
David Emrick

This dueshe canoe is a fucktard..anyone who supports this ahole is as smelly..ewwwwwww

Chris DiMercurio
Chris DiMercurio

There's a BIG difference between being arrested and being detained for a short period of time... Alright sensationalists... Also, 40 million dollar lawsuit.... Seriously? I'm not supporting either side of this conflict. But I can say with certainty that none of these journalists were disobeying, talking back or ignoring police orders... Right???? Oooh yeah....

Richard Head
Richard Head

where the fuck they going to get 40 mil dem modder fackers dont pay taxes..

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Nice there is a video that shows him defying orders of the police. Should show well for a jury. Lol.

Laura Strugar-Smith
Laura Strugar-Smith

"doing his job" would have been protecting the rights of the Whites and the journalists to be in McDonalds. The actions of these police officers are more like infantry soldiers, which is illegal within the borders of the USA.

Edward Hecker
Edward Hecker

So let's assume the people who are sueing win the case. Guess who pays? The poor, victimized taxpayers of Ferguson. $40mil is more than the annual budget for the entire city. Good going litigous assholes. Payday! Who cares about Ferguson?

Lourie Chatfield
Lourie Chatfield

Does anyone actually read the article or just the headline? Why do people comment, when they have NO idea what they are talking about? Ferguson police officer Justin Cosma arrested two journalists on August 13. Forty million dollars. That's the sum of the charges listed in a 28-page federal lawsuit filed yesterday against St. Louis County and Ferguson law-enforcement officials. The accusations themselves detail a pattern of civil-rights abuses against protesters in the days following the death of Michael Brown. Six plaintiffs allege they were beaten, tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets and falsely arrested, among other offenses. Notably, the lawsuit -- which was filed by Malik Shabazz's Washington, D.C.-based Black Lawyers for Justice -- appears to target multiple "John Doe" police officers. They are unnamed because the cops didn't wear name tags and refused to identify themselves when questioned. The lawsuit lists only one officer by name: Justin Cosma, the same Ferguson cop linked to the arrests of two national journalists who were sitting in a Ferguson McDonald's on August 13. According to the lawsuit, Cosma arrested a mom and her seventeen-year-old son in that very same McDonald's, on the same day, and apparently during the same incident that led to the reporters' arrests. Danny Wicentowski August 13 was among the most violent days during the unrest in Ferguson. Governor Nixon replaced St. Louis County and Ferguson police with Missouri Highway Patrol the very next day. See also: Watch Police in Ferguson Arrest, Tear Gas Journalists [VIDEO] The lawsuit states 38-year-old Tracey White and her 17-year-old son entered the McDonald's at the intersection of West Florrisant and Ferguson on Wednesday, August 13, after attending an afternoon rally and march. The two were waiting for White's husband to pick them up when a number of officers, including Cosma, stormed the restaurant "in what appeared to be army uniforms." They ordered everyone to get out. (See update below.) White states that police began harassing her son after he came out of the bathroom. When she protested the treatment, she was thrown to the ground, handcuffed and told she was under arrest because she would not "shut up." White attempted to hand an iPad she was holding to her son, and then he too was arrested. Both were transported to Clayton, where they were told they had been arrested for "failing to disperse." Police released them five hours later. Though the lawsuit doesn't specify an exact timeline of events, the incident appears to match what we know about the arrests of Wesley Lowery, a political reporter at The Washington Post, and Ryan Reilly, a Huffington Post justice reporter, shortly before 7 p.m. on the same day. According to Lowery, they were arrested for not leaving the McDonald's quickly enough, and for filming the officers.

Lourie Chatfield
Lourie Chatfield

I have never heard of the law-move quickly, when told to leave. That's a new one for me..huh

Corey VanDyke
Corey VanDyke

There it is. Automatically going to the racist comments. You obviously have no clue who I am and that is the only tool in your box. Moving on to intelligent people.

Wesley Mirage
Wesley Mirage

Nothing destroys hope for equality like the RFT comments section. Fuck all you racists and your excuses. Fuck your police state. I can't wait to leave this fool's paradise and watch your ignorance destroy you.

Wesley Mirage
Wesley Mirage

We already know their 'source' is Fox news and their racist friends.

Patrick Joyce
Patrick Joyce

Why not find real news instead of making your own. Get a life.

David Gaines
David Gaines

Damn, I wanted to drop a picture of rubber bullet earplugs.

Steven Green
Steven Green

Property owners have rights too. When told to leave private property, you leave, or you get arrested. If it turns out that the owners of that McDonalds did not want them gone, then the cops overstepped. If they were in fact told to leave and were trespassing, fuck them.

Tom Nelson
Tom Nelson

The fact that he writes for the #HuffingtonPost makes it hard for me to take anything he says seriously

Mary Edwards
Mary Edwards

LOVe this He needs to be fired along with Darren Wilson maybe they can get a job picking up trash but dont let em drive

Al Shemonia
Al Shemonia

Ahh... A lawsuit filed by "Black Lawyers for Justice." Of course if there were a "White Lawyers for Justice" you people would be rioting, looting and crying about how "racist" that is. Literally stupid beyond compression.

Bridget Kelly
Bridget Kelly

So many morons who don't know how to read an article..

Jeremy Pohl
Jeremy Pohl

You fucktards should re-read this article. The journalist isn't the one suing for 40 million. Way to sound like a stupid redneck though.

Dan Nuqui
Dan Nuqui

Once a "journalist" stops reporting the story, and becomes the story they have lost all credibility as a "journalist". Suing the police shows that they can no longer be considered an unbiased news source.... Good job, your credibility as a journalist is completely shot

scorpio6
scorpio6

Just because you are a journalist covering a story, doesn't mean you are above the law and don't have to do what a police officer tells you to do.  The press ppl need to get over themselves.

Michael Schmitz
Michael Schmitz

What confidence does anyone here have that this won't happen to them? White, black or purple the infrastructure of power would crush any of you if you have what they need or appear to be a threat to their power. Please, someone backing the system, provide proof that our system wouldn't do this to any populace.

Michael Wissbaum
Michael Wissbaum

Guess you should have left when you were told. I'm curious. How many days were you squatting there? How many times were you told to leave? That's trespassing dipshit. Good luck you pieces of shit

Michael Schmitz
Michael Schmitz

This is America, not Iran. The right of our people to (lawfully) freely exist must be upheld without boundaries. The officers of Ferguson, whether on edge or not, should be held accountable for their actions. These individuals are trained to maintain the constitution and laws governing there in, without loss of composure. This police force, not only blatantly violated rights of Americans yet also ignored the sacred oath of a civil servant which less defines them as thugs and more as partners with their community.

Shane Coats
Shane Coats

The problem they had is they like to mingle with natives until the natives turn on them then who do they call for assistance? Trust me there is nothing I would love to see more than a liberal journalist get drug the streets like Mogadishu !!!!

Jack M Christopher
Jack M Christopher

They should have been a resisted for inciting riot for all the bs they sprea

mkforbis
mkforbis

It drove me nuts when the national media couldn't get the police chief's names assigned to the proper PD. Belmar is County, Jackson is Ferguson. And now RFT is doing it.

Collin Caywood
Collin Caywood

Its amazing that these reporters are acting like they are the victims here... Ive watched countless video coverage of these dumbfucks riding on the tops of cars and vans right in to the middle of the situation... Yes they may have constitutional rights.... But when you are getting in the way and not allowing the officers to do their job, you will be arrested... The media is only making things worse

Collin Caywood
Collin Caywood

Same dipshit that thought earplugs were rubber bullets

Lynn Wagner
Lynn Wagner

And not do their jobs? They were asked by management to remove people from the lobby. How hard is it to find the door and do what a cop tells you? Oh wait... look at the hundreds refusing to get out of a STREET with cars on it!! What a joke! Let's just get rid of cops all together, because clearly they serve no purpose. Get real! I hope to God you never need a cop.

Terri Andres
Terri Andres

The cops were doing their job! If people weren't out of hand and actually protesting and not rioting maybe u would get somewhere!!

Ronald Montague
Ronald Montague

When you are in the middle of a complete breakdown of law and order, it is impossible to be "nice". You re-establish order first then sort it out later.

Dave Dointhedamnthing
Dave Dointhedamnthing

Yeah. Sue for 40 million.... dumb fuck wont even get $40 out of it. Fuck ur camera!

Corey VanDyke
Corey VanDyke

You guys do realize that McDonald's called the police because they didn't want them there. They weren't customers. Being a reporter doesn't give you the right to make things up. You can't hide behind your credentials forever. Bunch of idiots.

Kevin Vance
Kevin Vance

_@Bradley Hardin couldn't have said it better. The blind sheep in this country are one of the biggest problems.

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

Anyone can sue anyone for any amount. That is no way denotes validity; get a grip!

doublec1972
doublec1972

Or Trolls who intentionally misrepresent the article.

doublec1972
doublec1972

Sure, because journalists don't have civil rights like the rest of us, is that what you're really trying to say here?

doublec1972
doublec1972

No, Trespassing is if the management and/or owners of the McDonalds told them to leave and they did not.  That was not the case, here.  Someone was apparently asleep during Civics class in school.  That someone is you.

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