July 29, 2012
This video documentary includes actual police dash-cam video and audio of a horrific state police beating of an unarmed, non-combative citizen.
This case involves a New York State resident operating his car just across the border from his New York home in Pennsylvania. His name is Robert Leone.
This case is worse than the Rodney King episode in many ways. Here are but a few:
Rodney King was involved in a high speed pursuit that involved at least 4 police cars, a helicopter, and exposed the general public to serious injuries or possible death. During this pursuit Rodney King committed innumerable traffic violations including attaining speeds approaching 100 MPH.
Other than not stopping when directed, this incident involved no serious traffic violations & was simply the low speed following of a car that would not pull over.
When finally stopped Rodney King acted in a very bizarre fashion. He did not follow police instructions to lay on the ground but rather pointed at the sky, patted the ground and was laughing and giggling while being ordered at gun point to lay on the ground. When Rodney King was finally “swarmed” by police & taken to the ground he resisted violently by kicking, punching, and flipping the arresting officers.
When finally stopped by the police Mr. Leone COULD NOT comply with the orders of the arresting officers to exit his vehicle with his hands up because one of the officers had blocked Mr. Leone’s door with his patrol car. Mr. Leone sat calmly in his driver’s seat with both hands on his steering wheel, smoking a cigarette. Mr. Leone was tasered multiple times through his sun roof even though he did not display ANY threatening behavior whatsoever. Mr. Leone was then forcibly removed through his passenger door and repeatedly beaten, kicked and tazed while not even attempting to defend himself. The Senior State Police Officer is clearly seen jumping from Mr. Leone’s car roof & intentionally stomping Mr. Leone with both of his feet & all of his weight while Mr. Leone is face down on the ground.
There has never been the claim that Rodney King was ever beaten by police AFTER he was taken into custody.
Mr. Leone was repeatedly beaten by out-of-control State Troopers before & after he was handcuffed & also after he was hog tied. Numerous non-authorized maneuvers were used against Mr. Leone by the arresting Officers including the punching in his face with a closed fist by one of the Troopers. This punch caused the Trooper to break his own hand on Mr. Leone’s face. Mr. Leone was subsequently charged with a felony charge of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer for using his face to break the Troopers hand (I am not kidding).
There has been a high level cover up of this entire matter by the Pennsylvania State Police Office of Integrity and Professional Standards as well as the Prosecuting District Attorney of Bradford County Pennsylvania. The Judge who heard this case also appears to have a great deal of culpability as demonstrated by some very biased rulings during Mr. Leone’s trial as well as some other very questionable business connections within Bradford County. Please watch the entire video & then pass it along to everyone and anyone you know.
The FBI, US Attorney’s Office, and the Justice Department in Washington, DC all have copies of this documentary. But for the grace of God this could have been any one of our family members. I especially shudder to think about how we have instructed our spouses, children or grandchildren to never be pulled over by a police officer in an unlit or unpopulated area but rather to continue on to a well-lit gas station or parking lot. Exposure is our key to the correction of this atrocity.
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