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Fired Buffalo cop tells her side

Buffalo police officer Cariol Horne stopped another officer from choking a handcuffed man. She was then punched and fired.

Dec. 17 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Former Buffalo Police officer Cariol Horne in a battle to get her pension. She was fired for trying to stop a fellow officer she says was abusing a suspect.

"November 1, 2006, there was a call of an officer in trouble at 707 Walden," said Cariol Horne.

That officer was Gregory Kwiatkowski, who was responding to a domestic dispute inside that home between Neal Mack and his girlfriend.

When officer Horne went into the house she says Mack had already been placed under arrest.

"He was handcuffed in the front and he was sideways and being punched in the face by Gregory Kwiatkowski," explained Horne.

Horne and about 10 other officers who arrived at the scene helped drag Mack out of the home.  But once outside Horne says Officer Kwiatkowski was out of control.

"Gregory Kwiatkowski turned Neal Mack around and started choking him. So then I’m like, ‘Greg! You’re choking him,’ because I thought whatever happened in the house he was still upset about so when he didn’t stop choking him I just grabbed his arm from around Neal Mack’s neck," said Horne.

If that choke hold of a handcuffed suspect caught Horne off guard, it didn’t prepare her for what she says Kwiatkowski did next.

"He comes up and punches me in the face and I had to have my bridge replaced," said Horne.

When Horne tried to defend herself other officers pulled her back and her shoulder was injured.

Following the incident, Horne was fired and charged with obstruction for “jumping on officer Kwiatkowski’s back and/or striking him with her hands.”

But officer Kiwatkowski’s own words seem to conflict with the charges. In a sworn statement he says, “she never got on top of me.”

Nonetheless, Horne lost every appeal and with her 19 year career over, she didn’t qualify for a pension.

Horne is the mother of five children and is now working as a truck driver to make ends meet.

"My daughter said, ‘Mommy, why did you go to work that day?’ She never said, ‘Why did you do what you did?’ or ‘I wish you wouldn’t have done it.’ She just said, ‘I wish you wouldn’t have gone to work that day.’ So I don’t regret it."

Officer Kwiatkowski was forced to retire from the police department after he was suspended for choking another officer on the job, and in a separate incident, punching another officer when he was off the clock.

In May 2014, Kwiatowkski and two other officers were indicted on federal civil rights violations against black teen suspects.

Horne is continuing to fight for a pension.

The City of Buffalo Common Council sent her case to the New York State retirement system for review. A determination has not yet been made.

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What. The. Everloving. Fuck.
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Here is some stuff in the news today...

This is really quite amazing: "The United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. The announcement came amid a series of sudden confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, as well as a swap for a U.S. intelligence asset held in Cuba and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S. Gross arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington late Wednesday morning. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro were to separately address their nations around noon. The two leaders spoke by phone for more than 45 minutes Tuesday, the first substantive presidential-level discussion between the U.S. and Cuba since 1961." WOW.

[CN: Violence] Today is the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. On this day, what we can do to in support of sex workers is remember and talk about that stigma kills.

[CN: Racism] President and First Lady Obama talk to People magazine about their own experiences with racism: "I tell this story—I mean, even as the first lady—during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn't see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn't anything new."

[CN: Torture; police brutality] Hillary Clinton is not great when it comes to talking about issues of race. She always sounds awkward and unnatural, like she's really trying hard to avoid saying the wrong thing. So, I don't know how she sounded when she said it, but I like that she tied police brutality against black communities to torture policies abroad, as part of a culture of abuses and exploitation that needs to change: "What would [Robert F. Kennedy] say to all those who have lost trust in our government and our other institutions, who shudder at images of excessive force, who read reports about torture done in the name of our country, who see too many representatives in Washington quick to protect a big bank from regulation but slow to take action to help working families facing ever greater pressure."

[CN: Homophobia; violence] "The three suspects accused in a heinous attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia on September 11 will stand trial on charges of felony assault and conspiracy, among other charges... Today's preliminary hearing was to determine whether the prosecution had met the burden of proof required to charge and try the defendants. Judge Charles Hayden Found they had." Good.

[CN: Sexual violence; rape culture] Roman Polanski is mounting a legal bid to overturn his 1978 charge of unlawful sexual intercourse. Because of course he is.

In good news: The Church of England has named the Rev. Libby Lane its first female bishop. Congrats, Rev. Lane!

And finally! Eddie the Terrible Chihuahua has found a home, thanks to a creative video that detailed all his good qualities and all of his terrible ones. ♥
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Seems like a poor choice to use the verb "mount" to mean "begin" or "organize" when the greater context of the story is rape.
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USPS Workers Say They’re Overworked Thanks To Delivering Your Holiday Packages On Sundays

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Once upon a time, Sundays provided a much-needed day of rest for the nation’s postal service workers. But that all changed when the United States Postal Service and Amazon kicked off a partnership to deliver packages seven days a week, and now, a year later, workers say the deal has resulted in long hours and weeks without a single day off.

GeekWire reports that while consumers are receiving their goods seven days a week, the pressure put on postal workers is beginning to take its toll, especially with the increased number of deliveries that come with the holiday season.

A number of postal workers have reached out to GeekWire providing a synopsis of their concerns related to Sunday deliveries. Many report being asked to work more than 60 hours a week and going more than 20 days straight without a day off.

One worker, who posted a comment on a previous GeekWire story, says he has averaged 62-hour weeks while working 18 days in a row.

“I feel exhausted and really not looking forward to delivering packages plus doing collections tomorrow (Sunday) it looks like Christmas day will be my next and only day off since Thanksgiving,” the New Hampshire carrier says.

Jo Ann Pyle, the president of Branch 79 of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Seattle, tells GeekWire that she’s witnessed the overwhelmed and overworked postal carriers in dozens of offices around the city.

“We are in favor of the Amazon delivery business and Sunday parcel delivery — it’s fabulous and we want it to continue,” she says. “But we have not staffed up properly. We have some employees working seven, 14, or 21 days in a row, and sometimes 12 hours a day. Even though we want the business, that’s an unacceptable way to treat employees.”

Pyle tells GeekWire that since the partnership with Amazon began an average Sunday in Seattle includes roughly 100 carriers delivering 8,000 packages.

However, with holiday shopping in full-swing deliveries have increased drastically, with an average of 130 employees delivering 13,500 Amazon packages.

The higher-than-expected package volume on Sunday has likely been compounded by the USPS’s announcement last month that it would deliver packages on Sundays for all companies during the five weeks leading up to Christmas.

Officials with USPS say that increased volume of package deliveries on Sundays in Seattle is consistent throughout much of the nation.

Sue Brennan, a senior public relations representative with USPS, tells GeekWire that last Sunday the postal service delivered 4.6 million packages, an increase from the 1.6 million delivered last year. The prior Sunday, December 7, also set records, with 3.2 million packages delivered compared to 900,000 a year earlier.

Despite the strain carriers say they are feeling, Brennan says the increased volume and extra work during the holidays is par for the course and that “this type of volume increase would be a wonderful problem to have to address.”

While Brennan say that most of the Sunday deliveries are made by part-time, “non-career” employees, some full-time carriers say they regularly pick up additional shifts over the weekends.

Although, it might seem easy to just say, “Hey, if you don’t want to work, don’t pick up the shift,” it’s not that simple. Some carriers tell GeekWire they don’t feel comfortable turning down the work for fear their jobs could be on the line.

“If you say that you’re unable to do so, you’re threatened with loss of employment or told that you can find work elsewhere, at least that was what my manager told me,” one carrier reports to GeekWire.

The USPS appears to be trying to placate carrier’s worries by hiring more employees.

GeekWire reports that dozen of job openings are currently listed on the agency’s site. But with just eight days to go until Christmas, it’s likely a little too late to provide relief carriers say they desperately need.

Postal workers overwhelmed by flood of Amazon Sunday deliveries [GeekWire]

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ryanbrazell
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If 12-hour workdays and 21 days without a day off is an unacceptable way to treat employees (and I agree that it is) ... then stop treating them like that?
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Haha, it says full time carriers are volunteering for the extra shifts! And of course they won't get fired if they choose not to take extra shifts, it's the post office and it's all unionized. Nobody is fired.
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dollyfarton: riesen-love: exanimatio: croowley: That man you...

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dollyfarton:

riesen-love:

exanimatio:

croowley:

That man you see there, he is a 92 year old veteran from Norway, who was tortured by the nazis during world war II. 
The upper picture is the picture of the “BOY London” logo, that’s so popular now days.
Then, on the picture under, is a known symbol that were used under by the nazis in World War II. 
Now you can all think of what you’re really wearing.

finally someone made a post about it, everyone’s running around with the Third Reich Eagle on their chests

think about it

SOMEONE FINALLY DID IT

MAKE THIS TOUCH EVERY CORNER OF THE INTERNET

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Welp.
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samanticshift: samanticshift: samanticshift: samanticshift: my dad linked an article and i...

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samanticshift:

samanticshift:

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my dad linked an article and i couldn’t resist being contrary

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fuck you and every academic like you, penelope

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this entire thread is an encapsulation of why i left academia. and ftr, that like on penelope’s second comment is from robert.

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okay i need to stop now

SHUT THE FUCK UP PENELOPE

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that like on her comment is from my dad. seriously, dad?

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WTF, Dad?!
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Oberlin College Ghetto Dorms

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I toured Oberlin College today with a friend and his son, a high school senior looking for a place to study science. For someone who has spent most of his time on the campuses of research universities, I was struck by how the students talked about their professors as accessible, dedicated to their learning, and “the best thing about Oberlin.” At MIT and Harvard, for example, professors are generally rather remote figures from the perspective of an undergraduate. With some help from Mindy the Crippler we met with a wide range of students and all spoke positively about their experience at Oberlin.

I was also struck when the student guide told us about a dormitory with an African heritage theme and specializing in serving “soul food” (link). She also mentioned a “Third World House” where “people of color” and “of low socioeconomic status” could live (link). It seemed odd that a college administration could set up places like this. Suppose that the school put out a Web page saying that “70 percent of our students are white and from wealthy families. Despite their stacks of cashmere sweaters, they wouldn’t feel comfortable living with anyone who was poor or black. So we’d appreciate it if students with darker skin or without a closet full of designer outfits would please move into Third World House or Soul Food Dorm.” If it wouldn’t be okay to do that, why is it okay to have the houses at all? Does having the best and most inclusive intentions make it okay to do something that might otherwise appear racist and classist?

[Separately, we learned about a house for women and transgender students (link) and talked to a young woman who'd applied to live there. She explained that it was open to anyone who had female chromosomes and identified as "female" and also anyone who was transgender. The only students to whom the living group was closed were males who identified as "male."]

 

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Interesting that you shared this, Samuel ... I tried to engage these folks (I am the Ryan '05 in the comments) but it was clear very quickly that they are not interested in being anything other than ignorant. If this is the kind of "thought" we get from folks associated with Harvard Law? FSM save us all.
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Dadster
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Wow.
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