Joe Bruno on the Mob – Hells Angel Sues Livermore Police Over False Gun Charge



This may be another case where police have planted false evidence against an innocent person. Only instead of this happening in New York City, it happened 3000 miles away in a suburb of San Francisco.

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According to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Hells Angels member Joel Silva claims he was arrested in 2008 by Livermore police on a false gun charge. Silva is seeking $1 million in damages from Liverpool.

It all started on September, 5, 2008, when Silva and 11 other motorcycle riders stopped at a gas station on First Street off Interstate 580. At the gas station, Michael Fenton got into an argument with off-duty air marshal Shawn Futrell, who claimed Fenton tired to force him off the road, which caused him to lose control of his motorcycle. Futrell called Livermore police, who arrested Felton. They also handcuffed Silva, but they finally let him go.

As Silva was mounting his motorcycle to leave the gas station, he was surrounded by police who demanded that they search his motorcycle. Silva refused, but the police searched his motorcycle anyway, and they claimed they found a .38 caliber handgun.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and he spent 24 hours in jail before he was released. Strangely, no charges were filed in Alameda County, but Silva was later charged in federal court on possession of an illegal handgun. However, the judge threw out the case, saying that whether Silva had a handgun or not, the police had violated Silva’s Fourth Amendment rights.

All too often in America, rogue policemen get caught playing the role of God; thinking they can get away with just about anything because they are the law. In New York City, several narcotics detectives were recently arrested and charged with “flaking,” or planting drugs on innocent people. What happed to Silva could happen to any one of us, if in the eyes of a policeman, he considers us a “suspicious looking character.”

I hope Silva is successful with his lawsuit. Maybe then it will force more policemen in America to start playing by the rules.

You can see the article below at:

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19292478

Hells Angel sues Livermore, seeks $1 million in damages

By Robert Jordan
Contra Costa Times

A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has sued Livermore for $1 million, claiming police violated his civil rights by falsely accusing him of carrying a handgun.

Joel Silva filed suit against the city in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Friday. The Sonoma County resident claims the false handgun claim stemmed from a Sept. 5, 2008, incident when another club member was involved in an altercation with an off-duty air marshal.

Livermore has not yet responded to the claim.

According to court records, the incident occurred after Silva and a group of 11 other riders on Interstate 580 exited onto First Street to stop for gas. While filling up, member Michael Fenton got into an altercation with Shawn Futrell, an off-duty air marshal, who accused Fenton of trying to force him off the freeway, which caused him to lose control of his motorcycle.

Futrell called Livermore police, who detained Silva and the 11 other members. Silva said he was handcuffed, searched and detained twice by police before being let go. Fenton was arrested.

As Silva was preparing to leave, officers surrounded him and demanded to search his motorcycle. According to the suit, Silva refused but police searched anyway and claimed to find a .38 caliber handgun.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. He spent 24 hours in jail but no charges were filed in Alameda County. Silva was later charged in federal court based on the claim that he had a handgun.

A federal judge later ruled that whether or not Silva had a handgun, his Fourth Amendment rights were violated and suppressed the evidence, according to the suit.

http://www.josephbrunowriter.com/index.html

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