Disabled Veteran Fights Back After Louisiana Cops And Prosecutors Tried To Falsely Imprison Him (Video)

Video Exonerates Man Set Up By Louisiana Cops And Prosecutors – Yahoo News

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If not for cell phone video, 47-year-old disabled veteran Douglas Dendinger could be going to prison – because of an apparent coordinated effort by Washington Parish, La. cops and prosecutors who falsely accused him of battery and witness intimidation.

As New Orleans’ WWL reports, Dendinger’s two-year nightmare began on Aug. 20, 2012, when he was paid $50 to serve a court summons on behalf of his nephew against Bogalusa police officer Chad Cassard in a police brutality lawsuit.

Dendinger handed Cassard a white envelope containing the documents and says he went on his way. But 20 minutes later, police showed up to Dendinger’s house and arrested him. He was put in jail on charges of simple battery, obstruction of justice and intimidating a witness.

Two of those charges are felonies, and a prior cocaine conviction on Dendinger’s record threatened to land him in jail for a long time as a repeat offender.

But Dendinger was confident that a mistake had been made and that he would be released without cause since two prosecutors and several police officers had seen him hand over the summons peacefully.

But that’s not what happened.

A year after the incident, then-District Attorney Walter Reed brought charges against Dendinger. His case was backed by two prosecutors who asserted that Dendinger had assaulted Cassard. Seven witness statements also supported the case.

Cassard made the same claim, writing in a voluntary statement that Dendinger “slapped him in the chest” when he served the summons.

Pamela Legendre, a staff attorney who witnessed the hand-off, said she thought Dendinger had punched Cassard.

Bogalusa police chief Joe Culpepper said that Dendinger had used “violence” and “force.”

And another witness said in a deposition that Dendinger used such force when he served the summons that Cassard flew back several feet.

“It wasn’t fun and games, they had a plan, the plan was really to go after him and put him away. That is scary,” Philip Kaplan, the attorney representing Dendinger in his civil rights case, told WWL.

“I realized even more at that moment these people are trying to hurt me,” Dendinger told the news station.

Luckily for Dendinger, his wife and nephew had filmed him that day in order to prove that the court papers had been served.

Grainy video of the exchange shows Dendinger handing Cassard the summons and the former police officer walking away in the opposite direction. Though the video aired by WWL does not show the entire encounter, what it does not show is Dendinger slapping anyone or acting aggressively during the crucial moment when he served the summons.

The video also shows that the witness who claimed that Denginger’s force pushed Cassard back several feet had his back turned as the scene unfolded.

After Reed was forced to recuse his office from the case, it was referred to the Louisiana attorney general who quickly dropped the charges against Dendinger.

Rafael Goyeneche, president of the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission, told WWL that after viewing the video he did not see Dendinger commit battery on Cassard and that the officers and prosecutors involved could be looking at serious ethics charges.

“I didn’t see a battery, certainly a battery committed that would warrant criminal charges being preferred,” Goyeneche said.

“It’s a felony to falsify a police report,” Goyeneche continued. “So this is a police report, and this police report was the basis for charging this individual.”

Kaplan made the obvious point: ”If this was truly a battery on a police officer, with police officers all around him, why isn’t something happening right there?”

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Lunatic Teacher Dismembers Disabled Daughter, Grills Remains On Barbecue

Insane Teacher Dismembers, Grills Disabled Daughter’s Remains On Barbecue – Universal Free Press

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A teacher is currently being held for evaluation in a psychiatric ward of a hospital after allegedly murdering her disabled daughter.

27-year-old Magdalena Nunyango Amunyoko was born with a rare condition, according to the Huffington Post, leaving her bedridden and with slurred speech. Her 49-year-old mother, whose name has not yet been released, worked as a teacher in South Africa and served as her daughter’s caregiver.

Amunyoko’s brother reportedly found her charred remains after the mother used a barbecue grill to burn her daughter’s body.

The Huffington Post reported:

Amunyoko’s mother reportedly refused to tell her son where his sister was, so he searched the home for her. It was outside, on a barbecue grill stand, that he found the gruesome remains of his sister.

When authorities arrived on the scene, Amunyoko’s mother allegedly refused to let them inside her home. Investigators reportedly broke down the front door to gain entry.

“We found a dustbin with ashes and other burned items and when it was lifted up, we found a human body, which was identified to be that of the late 27-year-old woman,” Oshana Regional Police Commander Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa told The Namibian Sun.

Inside the home, investigators reportedly found handwritten letters on a table with the words “burn the enemy” written on them.

“She told the police that there are devils in the house and that she was seeing devils,” said Kashihakumwa.

In addition to the victim, police found the remnants of a television, a satellite dish and Amunyoko’s wheelchair.

Neighbors told local reporters they saw items burning in the suspect’s backyard Friday, but were unaware Amunyoko’s body was among them.

“We just thought [Amunyoko’s mom] was moving out of the house or something… We saw her burning things and we still just thought she was cleaning up her yard,” a unidentified neighbor told The Namibian.

The preliminary police investigation indicates the victim was hacked to death with a machete Friday, before she was burnt on the barbecue grill.

Authorities are investigating Foursquare Gospel Church, suspecting that teachings of demons and spirits might have indoctrinated the mother.

Pastor Festus Negumbo denies the teachings, stating, “We do not teach people about demons and devils, which will confuse them, but we teach people about morality. She has not been coming to church for over a year now and we tried to reach out to her, but she isolated herself. She never said anything about demons in her house to the church.”

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Obama Threatens To Hold Soldiers, Disabled People And The Elderly Hostage If Debt Ceiling Isn’t Raised

Obama Threatens Not To Pay Troops, Social Security If No Debt Ceiling Raise, Blames GOP On Credit Downgrade – Right Scoop

This morning Obama said that to not increase the debt ceiling would be irresponsible and said if the GOP doesn’t raise it, we won’t be able to pay social security and we might not be able to pay our troops. He then lists a whole litany of “horrible things” that would happen if the debt ceiling doesn’t get raised that makes Armageddon sound like it’s right around the corner.

He then proceeds to blame the GOP for the credit downgrade, saying that it happened because during the last fight over the debt ceiling, Republicans flirted with the idea of not raising it. So, he’s added close to 6 trillion dollars in debt in his first 4 years and yet he blames Republicans for the credit downgrade? Wow.

Shortly after saying this Major Garrett of CBS News asked Obama about the time when he voted against raising the debt ceiling as a Senator and Obama totally dodged it. But it was a great question.

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