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WATCH: Teen Permanently Disabled, Loses Half His Skull Because Cops Thought He Had an Illegal Plant

We’ve been warning our readers for years that cops will kidnap, cage, and often kill someone if they suspect they’re in possession of the healing plant known as cannabis. But now, it seems, we have to add losing a portion of one’s skull to the list.

Undercover NYPD officers sought to arrest Bobby Lopez for selling weed in his Chelsea, NY neighborhood. When they found the 18-year-old, he was actually attempting to hold the door open for the two officers, but they bum rushed him, driving him backwards, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs, where the back of his skull was smashed into the ground.

The police department, in a statement, blamed Lopez for attempting to flee. Their version of events claims the young man, in the process of running away, actually fell down the stairs, pulling the officer on top of himself, and causing his own injuries. Here’s the video. You decide.

After the tackle left him completely unconscious, he was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency brain surgery for the trauma and fractures he received. Surgeons even had to remove a portion of his brain, leaving him permanently deformed, and unable to play the sport he loves, basketball.

“I prayed basically 12, almost 24 hours. I did not leave my son’s sight,” said Lopez’s mother, Enid Mora. It took months for Lopez to recover, and he still has a depressed skull. He told reporters the police were on an apparent witch hunt. He said, “They had nothing on me…When they injured me all I had was my wallet and my cellphone.”

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While in the hospital, Lopez spent his stay chained to the bed as police had actually charged him with resisting arrest.

After a few weeks, the charges were dropped after surveillance video showed he hadn’t actually resisted arrest.

Ugo Uzoh, Lopez’s attorney told reporters, “We provided the video to the DA’s office and that’s when the DA, after reviewing the video, eventually agreed that Mr. Lopez did not do anything wrong and dismissed the charges.”

Lopez was asked if the injuries changed his life. “Physically, yes. I love playing basketball and I couldn’t play now, I can’t play, a risk, a basketball to the head could kill me. And I love drawing — me keeping my head down too long to draw starts to give me a headache.”

This past Wednesday, Lopez filed a lawsuit against the NYPD officers, as well as for false arrest and use of excessive force. Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis issued the following statement on behalf of the police department.

The officers, who were assigned to the Narcotics Division, were attempting to take the subject into custody in connection with a drug charge when the suspect attempted to flee. One of the officers grabbed the suspect’s shirt as he tried to get away and the suspect fell down a stairway pulling the officer along with him. The officers’ actions were reviewed by the office of the Manhattan District Attorney and they determined that there was no criminal conduct. The NYPD is conducting an internal review of the incident, as is the case whenever a prisoner is injured while in custody.

It’s safe to say a jury will likely disagree with the police department’s assertion he fell down the stairs pulling another cop atop him. If the officers had approached him without seeming to assume he’d run away, the whole incident could have been avoidable. Instead of arresting him for selling weed, the officers permanently and severely damaged him and ruined any future he may have been able to have.

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  • Guy

    You want to grow, smoke, consume or use hemp for medical reasons be my guest, but if you choose to deal it, there is a risk you assume when doing that, and this can be one of the consequences as the result !

    I feel bad for the kid and not wishing this would have happened to anyone, but he knew that he could be arrested for sales, paying a terrible price for it as the result of his actions, that he chose to do, as the result of being a dealer and not just a consumer !

    It does piss me off, that the legal system will stand there and some how try to justify there actions that resulted in the young man’s injury, by saying he is to blame, rather than saying their cop should be held accountable and just pay up, especially after the video shows clearly that it’s the cop who bum rushed the kid !

    Aren’t they suppose to be the New and Improved Pd we keep hearing about, who are going to be accountable bridge builders, while being transparent to our community, so as to build trust ?

    • TechGump

      There wasn’t any evidence he was dealing.

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        Sure there was! He was black, and the cops nailed him. What more do you want?

        • Guy

          I want the kid to be white, or hispanic or asian, so we can have the same discussion, and not blame it on the persons skin color as the cause !

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            So, you’d like more white people to get hurt just so you can avoid having to admit that racism is a thing?

          • Guy

            Sigh ! That was a cheap shot !

      • Guy

        They don’t need evidence, only suspicion, and that seems enough to make the complaint !

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Don’t you think they should need evidence before feeling entitled to gang-tackle someone?

          • Guy

            Just because I may think they need a reasonable reason that is articulable as well evidence to do what they do as part of their requirements to make stops and arrest ! Doesn’t mean squat to them, as well never bothering with me to ask or seem to be too concerned with my opinion if they do or don’t ! They just damn well do what they want to don’t they !

        • TechGump

          Reasonable Articulate Suspicion means there must be some evidence of some specific crime, else it wouldn’t be a REASONABLE conclusion to derive.
          Reasonable people understand this. Unreasonable people, like you, think suspicion can be derived from nothing more than a hunch, which SCOTUS ruled insufficent. Do better.

        • Anonymous

          No. You cannot have “a hunch.” You have to be able to articulate what, in the circumstances, warrants your conclusion.

          Example: You see someone walking down the street wearing a trench coat. People sometimes hide weapons under trench coats. You probably would want them to search anyone wearing a trench coat “just in case” they have weapons under them.

          We have news for you…it doesn’t work that way!

          • Guy

            Sure they do, and it happens all the time ! Cop sees something he thinks is suspicious and has a hunch something is up, so he stops the person based on suspicion and from there comes the arrest ! Doesn’t make it legal or that the cop can make it stick. Quite often that stop, as the result of the cop being nosey, leads to an arrest based on something totally not related to what the original stop was about ! DA’s drop charges all the time against people, based on a Cop’s hunches !

            Or perhaps you haven’t been reading the same Disqus Pages I have and please don’t put me in the category of people who approve of this sort of thing, because I am not ! I am just saying it does happen and often !

          • Anonymous

            He can make the arrest, and watch it get laughed out of court. Then the arrestee sues for lots of money.

          • Guy

            Like that sure is going to change anything or do much good, except to keep lawyers in the chips and Courts busy. While we look for encounters with rouge cops ! Hope when you do, that the cop isn’t a real nut job an itchy trigger finger and having a bad day !

          • Anonymous

            What needs to happen is that police need to be held accountable. If they make bad arrests, there should be consequences. However, there are not. You may not realize it, but you just hit the nail right on the head! Nutter cops need to have themselves removed from that job. What needs to happen is what happened in Fullerton after the Kelly Thomas murder at the hands of the police. Unless the community gets OUTRAGED and show up at city council and screaming at city council and taking it to the streets. “We’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore!”

            If the people don’t do that, and DEMAND accountability, nothing will change. We need to get past the old idea that “the police are on our side. The police are our friends.” They are not! Their purpose is to lock YOU in a cage, write tickets to make the government money and protect their own. So, where is the outrage?

          • Guy

            Nothing happened to the thugs that beat to death Kelly Thomas, except to go to trial and appeal the verdict, then walked out of court free men !

        • FiuToYou

          Then tell me this Mr ‘only suspicion’. Why isn’t GW Bush, The Clinton’s, Cheney, Obama, Rice, Soros, etc, not getting their heads bashed in? Plenty of suspicion there!! Man I’m glad you’re not living in my neighborhood!!

          • Peter Steiner

            Maybe because “nobody has the right to sell Mary Jane except the ones dressed in blue”? Like any Mafia acts?

          • Guy

            Man you have got that so right, that I probably would not like living in your neighborhood as well, because I see the world as it actually is and not through multi-rainbow colored glasses as you must be doing ! It’s pretty black and white with me and not a whole lot of gray shading either! Or maybe it’s because you believe the fake news you hear and I don’t !

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      If he was actually selling weed, then why wasn’t he arrested for THAT instead of “resisting arrest”? You should pull your head out of the Great Blue Ass and think for yourself sometimes!

      • Guy

        That is why they were there in the first place, because of complaints of weed sails, but they got creative when he fell, and came up with the trumped up charge of resisting, and I believe that has been now dropped as well ! Had the kid not been know as a dealer of grass by the cop’s in the first place, then the cops would not have has a reason to even be there !

        You know I have very little symphony for any type of drug dealers, including weed, but don’t think this kid deserved to be hurt that way ither.

        Who did what and who is wrong, is all after the fact and for a court to decide !

        • Anonymous

          LUL. Weed sails? Like people using weed to make sails?

          As for “he was a known drug dealer”? Really? You MUST have gotten that idea from SOMEPLACE! Don’t tell us that you just pulled that out of your ass!!!

          • PRINCE4EVER O(->

            Maybe the “sales” on his boat didn’t work?

          • Anonymous

            LUL. They must have been poor “sales”!

        • Ronpaul1960

          Gus, I certainly hope you never end up on a jury where you believe someone is automatically guilty WIOTHOUT ANY FUCKING PROOF. If they had any proof they would have charged him with more than the old standby of resisting arrest. Here is a little education for you. This is not Stalin’s America or Adolf’s Nazi Germany where everyone said you were guilty whenever the government said you were. This is Thomas Jefferson’s America where it requires more than a resisting charge and bashing your head in to be guilty of dealing contraband.

          • Guy

            Go screw yourself and quite yelling about your shit, you fucking turd ! If I happened to be on a jury in a case like this, then it would have to be about proof of guilt and not hearsay or hypothetical, no matter how the prosecution painted it, or there would be a hung jury !

            As to the rest of your dribble, give it up, you sound like a babbling moron!

    • IceTrey

      Even if the person is guilty the cops can’t use excessive force to make an arrest.

      • Guy

        Oh no ? Seems like they do that all the time and get away with it plenty ! It’s only because of the recent explosion of video cameras and cops being on film while doing it, that has really got our attention !

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          And it’s people like you that make it possible, people who have some kind of blind hate for “drug dealers,” and criminals in general.

          • Guy

            I don’t like drug dealers, so fucking what ! That dosen’t mean I support cops shooting em ! But if I caught some guy or gal trying to sell my kids or any kids for that matter Heroin, speed or coke or any other type of junk, just so they can make a buck. I won’t be a nice guy about it either! So get over it allready !

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            The best way to protect your kids from drug dealers is to raise them not to do drugs. If you do otherwise, no amount of violence and resentment against the industry is going to help.

          • Guy

            I allready did that, and at least you got part of it right, using the example of our Country’s War On Drugs for the last 40 years ! Billions spent, Hundreds Of Thousands jailed and killed, while countless lives ruined over crap, not including what has occurred in South America and Mexico, and for what !? So some idiot can pop a pill, put shit up there nose or injected into there veins and get high, while the Cartels laugh themselves silly counting there blood money !

            If I can say one thing about it that I belive is true ! Our Country is run by idiots that are trying to protect idiots from themselves. What a waist of time and resources that has been ! No matter what, people will always find the way and there will be plenty of others happy to supply them ! My point ? If they want to overdose, fine, I really don’t give a shit, just don’t take your family and kid’s with you, because you want to dig your own grave !

          • Jocko Sarlucci

            Check out the success of Portugal’s legalizing drugs! It does work, no
            arguments with the figures. People are attracted to what is “not legal”,
            so if you want to slow down use ” legalize it ” Unless we have Big Pharma also loading the so-called illegal pipelines as they did with other products. Bigger profits than ” Dr. Prescribed?”

          • Guy

            So has the country of Sweden, and has for a long time. I understand that Heroin is legal there too. Although I disagree with the legalization of it, considering both the health risk and overall nastiness of the drug !

        • Anonymous

          Cops used to get away with it a lot more. Where we live, cops still get away with it. When you have jury pools full of cop suckers, there is no way a cop would ever be convicted or found to have been in the wrong in any way.

          Oh the cop beat you? Well, he said you were trying to run away. We believe him. Oh you have video that shows you weren’t? You doctored it. We believe him. You lose!

        • FiuToYou

          God you are a sick, sick person!!! Get help!! Look at what you just wrote! See anything wrong with that statement?

          • Guy

            No not really ! Video cameras expose the wrong that cops have been getting away with ! You seem to have the problem with that and not me!

      • Jocko Sarlucci

        That is correct! These people are now being turned into “Low Life”, because history teaches us even 2000 yrs. old Chinese knew the ‘citizens will only take so much abuse, theft of property, unfair laws before they turn on tyrants. Some claim the military plans to over throw our nation to protect the super rich and shut-up Pres. Trump on Hebrews already robbing Fort Knox of OUR gold supply. So martial law means, YES they robbed you blind and have bought off
        all your leaders to PROTECT THESE THEFTS… Hey, you look like a criminal, shoot them says the blackmailed official… Sound familiar America?

        • PRINCE4EVER O(->

          Rumors say that Fort Knox is empty!

      • Gary Smith

        The video shown above would seem to suggest otherwise. The fact that cops all over this country engage in overly aggressive (read: psychopathic) “law enforcement” every day and are not held accountable for their crimes would suggest otherwise.

    • FiuToYou

      Not everybody has a garden. I see this like selling tomatoes. The problem is the greedy a-holes can’t collect a tax on it and they just cry like babies!!

    • PRINCE4EVER O(->

      They didn’t find any weed on him.

      • Guy

        The kid is lucky they didn’t either. If they had he would mostly be dead now instead of paralyzed from the neck down !

    • Jocko Sarlucci

      It is a shame, I have known many old timer policemen who were “true gentleman”, here in US, Canada and UK! They warned me years ago that ‘suspicious policical players’ were purposely turning their successful methods into ‘goon squads’. Things need changing… Ever watch the British Law Enforcement? They are trained to be “Peace Keepers”. If NOT they lose job. Again, why pay out law suits when an increase in Salary would answer most the problems that have developed with the “tough guy trip”. This was developed by Hollywood Zionist who payed Clint Eastwood to be their
      puppet, sorry to say. Years ago the Hollywood ZIONIST gave Mr. Eastwood a ‘special’
      Award for HELPING THEM display this Law Enforcement technique of “acting like Dirty Harry in a World that is in need more Robert Young, Marcus Welby,MD., methods
      in a Nation that appears to have been purposely diseased by more negative forces running our so-called medical system into the ground, too!

      • Guy

        Average starting salary of a American Cop is in the high 40’s to low 50’s per year, not including benefits and overtime. With raises, promotions and rapid advancement that goes pretty quickly to the mid 70’s to low 90’s and above, within about 3 to 4 years. Most are above the mid 90’s to well over a $100,000.00 a year, not including benefits and overtime ! So to you that is low ?

        • Jocko Sarlucci

          Thank you, 20 years ago the starting salary in Germany for LE and
          High school teachers starting pay was $75,000, but they ONLY took the very best. Do not know what that would figure in today’s money?
          I guess that they are NOT hiring the correct people, then?

          • Guy

            Here they don’t. More that if you can walk, talk, and chew gum, all at the same time, you are a very good candidate for the job !

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    A blind man can see that the cops are 199% to blame and they call themselves guardians of the public.

    With cops like that no one needs enemies.

    • Jocko Sarlucci

      Sorry, that IS NOT Police Work, that my friends is how thugs and organised crime
      people act. Once they pass that point of doing damage, they are just ‘rabid dogs’
      and the Cops I know would agree! They can’ keep their shit together, so they go.

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    What I’m wondering is what (if any) compelling reason they had to believe that he was selling weed. He didn’t have any on him, and if he’d sold some to an undercover officer, they’d have charged him with it. Therefore, at best, they were going on the word of some informant (who probably had some kind of shady incentive to give up a name, any name) and at worst, they just took one look at his skin and judged him guilty.

  • Jim Mooney

    Our government’s Insane and Evil war against harmless cannabis, while alcohol and tobacco that kill millions are just fine. And guess who supports the “war on grass” with bribes to politicians. The liquor and prison industries.

  • Mother Earth

    This is what Democracy looks like in good ol America, you don’t really have to go to war with Another Country, a ruthless Administration is quelling any democracy that is left. I watched Michael Moore’s documentary “Where to Invade Next”, good work Michael and am sorry you’se have such a retarded system full of thugs and killers.

    • PRINCE4EVER O(->

      We’re not supposed to be a democracy. Supposedly we’re a Constitutionally Limited Republic.

  • Phoenix Painting

    If that was done to me! i would rebuild my strenghth. Wait outside the bastards home and end the cunt..broad daylight!!! They are only men. Like us!! Fuck their job. Its not a magical barrier that can protect them from retribution.

    • King Monkey-Equal of Heaven

      That’s not OK. If violence is wrong then it’s wrong in every instance. We’re not them.

      • Phoenix Painting

        Thats the exact problem. If people like yourself continue to believe that violence is no longer needed. We will continue to see incidents like this..
        Remember. Long before law and order. All men were required to have some capacity to kill.. in order to DEFEND yourself from horrible cunts like these bullies.. talking and peaceful protests DO NOT WORK!!!

      • PRINCE4EVER O(->

        Force can only be stopped by equal force!

      • Gary Smith

        Defensive violence is not only “ok”, but absolutely moral.

        • Jocko Sarlucci

          As I tell my people, since watching who is behind bad ‘poisoned drugs
          for decades’. Then being robbed literally by them. There are ‘no longer
          anyone or thing in our lives that can be trusted, so expect people to hit back at criminals and thugs violating decency and morals we live up to. It is a two-way street and everything is going to be changing very fast as disasters arrive that are “man made or caused”. Most these American’s came AFTER we fought the wars, built the place, etc. Do not believe in giving others ‘rough’ efforts away to Thugs that happen to
          have arrive over the last 80 yrs. Let them earn it or deport.

      • Tyronne Shoelaces

        Another deluded soul.

    • PRINCE4EVER O(->

      And since your already brain damaged, not guilty by reason of insanity!

  • Terry Wilson

    A couple hundred million to him might lead to police refrom. Until we get settlements which cause major budget issues and cause politicians to be vote out of office due to rising taxes or public backlash we are never going to see the police be held accountable.

    • FiuToYou

      If the fine came out of the cops pocket, that he paid insurance for things would calm down real fast!!!

    • PRINCE4EVER O(->

      The Donut Nazis need to be held accountable PERSONALLY! Then you will see change when they lose their homes, cars, bank accounts, etc. to law suits.

    • Blaine

      NYC pays out about 100 million every year just to settle NYPD claims – some years its higher…

  • NeonDisease

    “The officers’ actions were reviewed by the office of the Manhattan District Attorney and they determined that there was no criminal conduct.”

    Then it must not be a crime to subject the officers to the exact same treatment. Watch your backs, pigs! It’s (apparently) not a crime to permanently disable you!

    • PRINCE4EVER O(->

      Smash their heads into the pavement!

  • Blaine

    Thabo Sefolosh, James Blake etc etc. What, are people supposed to know to bitch up when bum rushed by grown men for no reason when in NYC?

    The real reason they don’t allow CCP, criminal cops would be indistinguishable from criminal criminals and get shot by intervening armed citizens.

  • FiuToYou

    I know there has to be some good cops out there, but where are they? This kind of horror seems to be daily! Where are these crazies coming from? I there a special police school where you have to be sadistic, mentally deranged, low IQ, and just plain stupid to be accepted? Attention! It just seems to be getting worse!!

    • PRINCE4EVER O(->

      They get Israeli combat training to suppress the public masses as enemy combatants. Also, any “Good Cops” do not report their bad cops. So, the “Good Cops” thus become Bad Cops themselves!

  • Jocko Sarlucci

    Here are the problems. Law enforcement jobs are purposely, grossly underpaid, forcing most to work side jobs. This alone does not attract the best people. Know of case in suburb of Cleveland, were the entire police force was stealing Cannabis, other drugs (for personal use, sales to friends). They got stopped when mafia hit team were busted at scene of crime. Feds found that Dept. to find over 140 missing firearms from that property room. One crooked cop had 14″ double barrel weapon in his desk. NO ONE WAS CHARGED!!! Problem #2, Crooked LE, allows Criminals in Israel to give illegal training to AMERICAN Cops-free! This includes free whores, children, etc. in places rigged with cameras, just like they do to Politicians in United States, they Blackmail them into TRAITORS, Spies, Killers, etc. The Hebrews run USA through blackmailing, reason they get 3-million dollars Free yearly of your tax dollars! Stop this by informing family, neighbors, and going after ‘tainted’ government. They are stealing YOUR Nation and children, please stop this con artist game, there god is Satan. They Hate Russia because Pres. Putin, kicked them out of Russia as traitors and murders, they want to keep this truth away from their newest victims, The United States… They have already ‘ruined our Intelligence Agencies’ by selling our SECRETS and FULLY Owning ALL our fake Newspapers, TV News, publishing, movies(Pedophiles). Stop supporting the Khazarian Mafia and cancel out their controlling OUR information with their Propaganda. Next, band together as Americans to dislodge this foreign plot! Ask any Russian what Zionism really is???

    • PRINCE4EVER O(->

      Yes, Israeli Zionist Jewry at work!

  • PRINCE4EVER O(->

    Time to start killing these pigs on sight!

  • PlatinumEBT

    Its for incidents like this that I have absolutely no sympathy for cops getting killed on the job. The majority of them are violent sociopaths who could care less about the citizens that they DON’T serve or protect. For them its an us and them mentality.