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Police Allegedly Beat a Woman for Filming another Beating

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Baltimore police are under fire for allegedly beating a woman for recording them during a violent arrest.   The police are accused of beating the woman, smashing up her camera and telling her, “You want to film something b-tch? Film this!”  All of this is according to the woman’s claims, which are being presented in court right now.

Makia Smith has sued the Baltimore Police Department, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and police Officers Nathan Church, William Pilkerton, Jr., Nathan Ulmer and Kenneth Campbell in Federal Court.

Smith says that she was stuck in traffic and saw officers attacking a defendant and arresting a young man at the same time.  She says that when she pulled out her camera, that’s when the officer came at her.

“Officer Church saw plaintiff filming the beating and ran at her,” the complaint states. “He scared her and she sat back in her vehicle. As he ran at her, he yelled, ‘You want to film something bitch? Film this!’

“Officer Church reached into plaintiff’s car and grabbed her telephone-camera out of her hand, threw it to the ground and destroyed it by smashing it with his foot.

“Officer Church pulled plaintiff out of her car by her hair and beat her. Officers Pilkerton, Ulmer, and Campbell then ran to plaintiff’s car and joined Officer Church in beating plaintiff and arrested her using excessive force. At all times described herein, plaintiff’s two year old daughter witnessed her mother’s beating and arrest by the Officers, as did others.”

Smith says that the officers also threatened to take her child away and refused to call her mother during the incident.

“The officers, despite the pleas of plaintiff, refused to call plaintiff’s mother. Instead, the officers tormented plaintiff by telling her that her daughter would be taken from her and sent to Social Services. Seeing plaintiff’s distressful reaction to these tormenting threats, they continued,” the complaint states.

Smith says that she was then arrested on the false charge of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, neither of which she says she did.  She says that since the officer didn’t appear in court, the charges were dropped.  But she had to hire an attorney and pay for her car being impounded.

She is suing for $1.5 million.

 

25 Comments

  1. TeeB

    May 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

    These police officers will never learn that being bullies will never pay off. Many officers are just punks with guns and badges. I hope they are fired and thrown on jail.

  2. VoiceOf Truth

    May 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Demons of the worst kind…behind their badges!

  3. BigWill

    May 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I feel it is up to black men to get these the pigs back in line. Here in my home state that is exactly what some others and I were able to accomplish, at lest it worked for a minute. The tactic we used is bold and it requires courage which is something most black men today lack. To go into details on this open forum is unwise.

  4. Haile

    May 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    If the police were not doing anything wrong they should not be concerned if somebody is filming. If the Ronney King incident were not on film them cocknockers would have covered it up.Thats good that she filmed them more people should film them without letting them cocknockers know that you are filming.I hope that they don’t cover this one up.Let those who don’t intend to be good police officers go look a job digging for crabs or some other thing.

  5. Rzar

    May 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    She should sue for more than that…Good luck!

  6. Peter D. Slaughter

    May 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    As all these beatings,bombings and shooting increase and continue to happen daily.
    The average unsuspecting black person in particular is completey unaware and in the dark to realize this whole scenario is still part of the new world order(disorder) agenda to oppress and reinslave black people and get rid of all those who are considered useless eaters.
    With all this fake black president stuff it’s all part of the massive deception to keep vast % of black people all passive and happy while daily the numbers of black’s being beat,killed and locked up go up daily.
    All this marching,singing and praying is not going to stop this sinister,diabolical population control,eugencics agenda.
    Being able to run to some store to buy some cheap slave labor made junk from china is not going to stop this.
    Not sitting around in front of 15 inch big screen tv will not stop this madness.
    The only solution is massive mental wake up to finally get free from a slave type paradigm.

  7. Ceddie

    May 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    That’s why I don’t feel bad too bad when I hear of a police officer gets killed!! Just saying!

  8. ALBERT HILL II

    May 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    The vast majority of police officers go to work put in there 8-10 hours of work & retrun home to their families, when a few African American males; rob, murder or harm someone no one likes it when people sweep an generalization of all Black Men

  9. WizardG

    May 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Please try to remember the history of this country and the type of people we are still living amongst. Those of us who haven’t been abused at all are about as lucky as a lottery winner! Sadly though, many ‘people of color’ are oblivious to the seriousness of our state of affairs.

    I’ve read about how terrible and deadly the police and military can get in other countries and I’ve seen examples of that starting to happen in our country! I believe that we are on the verge of a big dangerous change approaching in this society. All of the horrible things we are reading, hearing, and witnessing are the beginning of a brutal and vile assault on the common people by those (wealthy) sociopaths we have allowed to reign over us!
    As we mull over who is the president and who we want to be this politician or that, we have no idea of what those who control these ‘political surrogates’ are scheming up to rob, control, and abuse us with!
    Many continue to be shocked by the horrible things we continue hearing about every week. Don’t be shocked any more, but understand that all the nation suffers is the result of the abuses of the ‘elite 1%’ and their psychotic-sociopathic power over every facet of our society! We are deceived in every segment of our social structure!

  10. Andrea

    May 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    That is why they were called PIGS and we continue to put these PIGS on a pedestal

  11. Ceemespeak

    May 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Rise up we can fight in many ways. As for Chris Dorner He could have done more work as a very vocal opponent againts the LA police department had he spoke up and goined others willing to never go away or be quite. I would have followed him nearly anywear at anytime. He could have been the catalist that brought about a chance to really fuck up the police.

  12. TELLEM

    May 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    ITS A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO RECORD POLICE OFFICERS AS LONG AS YOUR NOT INTERFERING WITH THEIR DUTIES WHICH THIS LADY WAS NOT.SHE HAS AN FIRST AMEND
    RETALIATION CLAIM AND A FOURTH AMENDMENT CLAIM BECAUSE THEY SEIZED HER WITHOUT PROBABLE CAUSE.VIOLATEING HER FIRST AMENDMENT IS NOT PROBABLE CAUSE,ALSO THEY VIOLATED HER 14 AMENDMENT DUE PROCESS RIGHTS BECAUSE THEY NEEDED LEGAL PROBABLE CAUSE TO DETAIN HER.SHE ALSO HAVE AN ILLEGAL DETAINMENT,FALSE IMPRISONMENT,EMOTIONAL DISTRESS CLAIM,AND AN EXCESSIVE FORCE CLAIM,AND THE DAUGHTER HVE A CLAIM FOR THE STRESS SHE WENT THROUGH FOR SEEING HER MOM GO
    THROUGH THAT,I THINK THEY SHOULD PAY HER.

  13. herman

    May 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    The police always over step their boundries,in a cccowardly way
    simply because they get away with it and get to keep their jobs
    not only should they be fired,but put in jail and sued personally
    as well ass the department,and politcall leaders and clergy plus the
    community demand a stop to these tax payer paid terrorist in uniform
    that suppose to serve the community,just like you dont want a parolled
    rapist living on your street or next door,we should demand no terrorist
    on the public tax payer paid police department.

  14. Joyce

    May 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    “Slavery by another name”. Not all police are bad, not all Blacks are good. With that being said, learning history of this state would shed light as to their behavior, Maryland was the last state to give into ending slavery. It is imperative that Black/African American under 40 that lack knowledge on American history; even more, Blacks peril in America will continue to be shocked at these actions.

    The mentality of many state Black/African Americans will ALWAYS be beneath them [Caucasians] whether they are illiterate or scholar.

  15. Elizabeth

    May 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    WHITE LAW ENFORCEMENT LOVE TO ARREST INNOCENT AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO DO NOT HAVE A RECORD, IT IS JUST SOMETHING IN THEIR SOUL. I GOT OUT OF CHURCH STOPPED AT A PHARMACY ON A SUNDAY. A WHITE OFFICER HAD PULLED OVER AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COUPLE IN A CAR AND MADE THEM PULL INTO THE DRIVEWAY OF THE PHARMACY. I LOOKED AT THEM AS I PASSED (WALKING) NEVER STOPPED. THE OFFICE STOPPED WHAT HE WAS DOING AND STARED AT ME IN A MENACING WAY UNTIL I ENTERED THE PHARMACY. WHEN I LEFT THE STORE, HE WAS STILL THERE CARRYING ON HIS BUSINESS, HE AGAIN STOPPED AND STARED AT ME UNTIL I ENTERED MY VEHICLE AND DROVE AWAY. I REALLY BELIEVE HE WANTED TO BRING ME INTO WHAT WAS GOING ON AND USE IT AS AN EXCUSE TO CALL FOR BACK UP AND MAKE SEVERAL ARREST. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE INCIDENT, THIS WHITE MAN WANTED TO TAKE ME TO JAIL. I SHUDDER AS TO WHAT HE WANTED TO SUBJECT ME TO ON THAT SUNDAY.

  16. L. Washington

    May 14, 2013 at 6:16 am

    You should sue for $50,000,000. That’s what preplanned, premeditated, intentional, severe, aided, abetted, collaborated, and malicious beating with intent to harm , abuse, and cause permanent physical, mental, social, psychological, and other harms are worth. $1.5 million ain’t enough for your lawyer. They should pay personally, the city should pay, and they should be fired.

    Peace, Mrs. Rodney King

    L.L. Washington, MA, M.ED, LCGC,ABD
    LIFETIME CERTIFIED COUNSELOR

  17. OLD DAWG

    May 14, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Having worked in law enforcement for over 30 years I have seen good and bad on both sides of the badge. However those that wear the badge are expected to behave in a fair and impartial manner. Unfortunately over time ones behavior changes after being exposed to the negativity of mankind within our society.

    Although this is no excuse for abusive behavior, those officers that permit their professionalism to wane need to be removed from their positions and receive mental health counseling.

    Ask yourself how you would feel if you had urine and or defecation thrown in your face, spat on, cursed at for no reason, and a constant barrage of bull crap you have to deal with on a daily basis. Just saying. Not all police are bad and not all people are good!!!

    USMC- 1972

  18. Truthbeliever

    May 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Sorry, but Chris Dorner could not have been a spokesman forr anything. He was a very sick young man and needed medical attention.

    • olivia pope

      May 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Oh yeah. He is sick for telling the truth about the LAPD. If this makes him sick, there should be more sick officers like him. I don’t condone him killing innocent people, but I don’t give a damn about the other officers he killed.

  19. Dr. Tim Adams, Th. D.

    May 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    These CLAIMS appear to have some validity.
    Will Everyone who KNOW For CERTAIN That This set of claims are true, Please Help INFORM the Rest of us, so that appropriate Actions by the U. s. Department of Justice can be DEMANDED for these TERRORISTIC ACTIONS.

  20. moptop

    May 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Where are the good police? Oh yes I know they are all in Hollywood studios acting out their roles. Fact if good police exist then why in the hell dont they tell something about their experiences with their fellow policeman. They all know whats going on

  21. Michael Lofton

    May 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

    http://news.yahoo.com/video/cellphone-lawsuit-moves-federal-court-221837107.html

    Makia Smith, you should be commended for what you have done, for not only witnessing and recording this activity, but for also knowing and exercising your Constitutional rights, and having the courage to hold police officers, public servants, or anyone else accountable for violating your Constitutional rights. Responsible citizens can make a difference. Police officers or other public servants are not the judge, jury and executioner. When there are no penalties or the back end, when no one is held accountable, slim chance exists that this activity will cease.

    If enough mega-buck claims are filed against the jurisdiction responsible for this activity, the jurisdiction in this case being the City of Baltimore, eventually taxpayers will hold rogue police officers and other public servants accountable, even if this means demanding that the individuals be removed from duty, or held liable in civil and/or criminal court.

    Makia Smith you definitely have more sense than many Black elected officials, black lawyers, multiple members of the Congressional Black Clueless…..AKA….the Congressional Black Caucus………and the misguided Black nationalists or other individuals who do not place value in the Constitution and U.S. Constitutional protections.

    “Supreme Court rejects damages for innocent man who spent 14 years on death row” In a 5-4 ruling, justices overturn a jury verdict awarding $14 million to John Thompson, who had sued then-New Orleans Dist. Atty. Harry Connick Sr. because prosecutors hid a blood test that would have proved his innocence in a murder case.” By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau, March 30, 2011, Los Angeles Times

    Beware though. No good Justice Clarence Thomas is waiting for people like you, so that he can:

    1. Use his influence to sabotage your legitimate claim for any atrocity against a government seriously gone awry and to deny you redress for the wrongs of government officials.

    2. Excuse rogue police officers, and unethical city public servants for his or her wrong, criminal and unethical actions.

  22. Michael Lofton

    May 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Makia Smith, you should be commended for what you have done, for not only witnessing and recording this activity, but for also knowing and exercising your Constitutional rights, and having the courage to hold police officers, public servants, or anyone else accountable for violating your Constitutional rights. Responsible citizens can make a difference. Police officers or other public servants are not the judge, jury and executioner. When there are no penalties on the back end, when no one is held accountable, slim chance exists that this activity will cease.

    If enough mega-buck claims are filed against the jurisdiction responsible for this activity, the jurisdiction in this case being the City of Baltimore, eventually taxpayers will hold rogue police officers and other public servants accountable, even if this means demanding that the individuals be removed from duty, or held liable in civil and/or criminal court.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-967800

    Makia Smith you definitely have more sense than many Black elected officials, black lawyers, multiple members of the Congressional Black Clueless…..AKA….the Congressional Black Caucus………

    YouTube: “Black People Were Never Citizens Of Amerikkka” -Dr. Umar Johnson

    ………and the misguided Black nationalists or other individuals who do not place value U.S. citizenship, in the Constitution and U.S. Constitutional protections.

    “Supreme Court rejects damages for innocent man who spent 14 years on death row” In a 5-4 ruling, justices overturn a jury verdict awarding $14 million to John Thompson, who had sued then-New Orleans Dist. Atty. Harry Connick Sr. because prosecutors hid a blood test that would have proved his innocence in a murder case.” By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau, March 30, 2011, Los Angeles Times

    Beware though. No good Justice Clarence Thomas is waiting for people like you, so that he can:

    1. Use his influence to sabotage your legitimate claim for any atrocity against a government seriously gone awry and to deny you redress for the wrongs of government officials.

    2. Excuse rogue police officers, and unethical city public servants for his or her wrong, criminal and unethical actions.

  23. corbin56

    May 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    @Ceddie – I know exactly how you feel!!

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