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An officer captured in a video widely circulated on social media that shows him repeatedly punching a suspect who is on the ground acted “within policy,” according to Meridian Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea, The Idaho Statesman reports.
Officer Donald Heida is seen in the video punching Colt James Seward in the head and face while he was pinned to the ground. Fellow officer Sean McDonald detained and arrested Seward.
The officers were identified in a probable cause affidavit the news outlet obtained and subsequently confirmed by Basterrechea.
Basterrechea also confirmed that officer seen in the video punching Seward was Heida, who joined the agency in April 2021.
Neither officer was placed on leave or assigned administrative tasks, and neither officer was injured.
Officers at around 5:15 p.m. May 16 found Seward in his 2014 Dodge Challenger “passed out in traffic” in the area of North Ten Mile Road and West Ustick Road in Meridian.
Seward was “clearly under the influence of drugs,” Basterrechea said.
Seward was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, battering a law enforcement officer, and unlawful possession of a firearm by someone with a prior felony conviction, among other charges.
Officers found a .40-caliber handgun and a bag of suspected methamphetamine and Xanax during a search of Seward’s vehicle.
After his arrest, Seward slipped out of his handcuffs while sitting in the back seat of a patrol car.
Alex Brizee writes for The Statesman that “Basterrechea alleged that as McDonald took the handcuff off Seward’s right hand, Seward ‘threw an elbow,’ hitting Heida in the chest and knocking his body camera to the ground.”
The officers then forced Seward to the ground.
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The 25-second video shows Heida repeatedly striking Seward as he pins his knee to the ground.
Basterrechea in a statement obtained by The Statesman said that, “These incidents don’t happen if the suspect cooperates.”
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Tim Parlatore, a former attorney on former President Donald Trump's legal team who left over frustrations that Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn was standing in the way of building a legal defense for the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case, threw fellow Trump lawyer Joe Tacopina under the bus during an interview on Friday with MSNBC's Ari Melber on "The Beat."
The discussion of Tacopina was prompted by Parlatore declining to discuss the details of Epshteyn's behavior, saying, "the whole narrative about Boris, what his role is, that's more of a political conversation."
"I would push you on that," said Melber, himself an attorney. "You are going to choose what you say. There are people who care about the issues here. If somebody that close to the former president is pushing things that are false or complicating it, that's of public interest. Dealing with documents as well as what happens in the case. I did want to also play another lawyer. I take your answer there. Joe Tacopina, he came on this program. We discussed the New York case. Which now has been charged. What you are about to see from Mr. Tacopina was before the indictment, which is about fraud. It's about to simplify it, lying. In that interview, look at what he said."
"It was a confidential settlement," said Tacopina in the clip. "If he acknowledged that, he would be violating the confidential settlement. Is it the truth? Of course it's not the truth."
"Do you think he is serving the president well in a case that's about fraud by saying, of course they didn't tell the truth?" Melber asked Parlatore.
"Look, Joe Tacopina and I have significant history together," said Parlatore. "I represented ... [a man] who was represented by Joe Tacopina. We litigated the case over the fact that Joe Tacopina became a witness against him in his criminal case. Do I — I don't want to comment on the things that he has done specifically in this New York case. Obviously, we have a history. I am not somebody who would recommend him as a lawyer to handle a case like that. Nor did I recommend that. The decision to bring him on was not mine. It's my understanding at this point that Todd Blanche has taken over lead on that case. I would refer you to Todd on that."
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"You think Todd is calling more shots than Mr. Tacopina?" asked Melber.
"That's my understanding," said Parlatore. "Certainly, if you look at the setup on the table at the arraignment, you have Todd, Susan next to him and then down in the far end of the table where the associates would normally sit is where you have Joe Tacopina and Boris."
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The building manager of a Washington D.C. apartment building was captured on video pepper spraying a woman today who had come to his office to complain that residents’ efforts to organize a tenant’s group were being resisted, TV station WUSA9 reported.
Residents of the 1841 Columbia Road apartments have been “fed up” with management after it “routinely shut off the water multiple times,” WUSA9 reported. That prompted them to begin organizing a tenant’s association, which led to the encounter today.
“When tenant Christine Corbin went to the building's office to speak about the issue, she decided to record her interaction with the building manager," according to the report. "I'm not saying you actually did, but if you took the signs down about us forming a tenant association, that's illegal," the woman can be heard saying in a video shared with WUSA9.
“In the video, the resident tells the building manager that she sent an email about the issue and informed the management that the signs will be going back up," according to the report. "The manager can be heard telling the woman to leave the office several times, saying he's already received her email.”
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“The interaction takes a turn when the woman says the manager's name, at which point he can be seen grabbing his car keys before spraying the woman with pepper spray. The woman screams before yelling, "I just got pepper sprayed!"
A police report stated that “officers were called to the apartment building, to help the woman, who was taken to an area hospital for treatment,” WUSA9 reported. It added that “the building manager left before police arrived and has not been located as of 2:30 p.m. Friday. He would face a simple assault charge if caught.”
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