Camcorder Sued Police for Running Him OverAdded: Friday, May 13th, 2011
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Timothy Epifan, convicted for unauthorized camcording the movie “Bruno” last year, has now launched a lawsuit against local authorities, claiming that the police car, when pursuing him outside the theatre, mowed him down. Epifan’s attorney claimed that the police unnecessarily used “deadly force” to arrest an individual suspected of a non-violent crime.
The case of Timothy Epifan can be considered one of the most bizarre ones in history of camcording. A 23-year-old Connecticut resident was “mowed down” by a police car when the latter pursued him after fleeing the theatre. Now the victim has decided to file a civil suit against Connecticut authorities.
Epifan brothers were confronted by police during an MPAA-assisted campaign. The police pursued the brothers at the showing of Bruno in a parking lot near Manville theatre, Connecticut, two years ago. Unlike his brother, who was arrested without confrontation, Timothy Epifan decided to run. In the lawsuit he pointed out that one of the police cars slammed into his backside when Timothy stopped behind the theatre. He also claimed that in result he was dragged under the vehicle.
Gerald H. Clark, the attorney of the plaintiffs, claims that the police car left a long trail of skid marks of bone, blood and skin. The incident led to a number of severe leg fractures Epifan had to sustain. So, he had to undergo multiple surgeries, which incurred hundreds of thousands dollars in medical bills. Now Timothy Epifan can only walk with a cane.
In response, Connecticut authorities argued that Epifan stopped behind the theatre to delete the illegal recording and thus destroy the evidence. They also pointed out that he was only injured because of his attempt to run between a pair of police cars. However, Gerald H. Clark says that the people have to ensure that police wouldn’t needlessly maim citizens, and that if they did, they’d be held responsible. Otherwise, the authorities may do that again to others. The attorney insists that police used “deadly force” to arrest his client for a non-violent crime.
As for the camcording case, Timothy Epifan eventually plead guilty 3rd-degree theft by deception, 4th-degree pirating the movie, and resisting arrest and attempted tampering with evidence for his attempt to destroy his camera last year.
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Friday, May 13th, 2011
|This is no surprise! The crap police officers do to unviolent criminals is just that Criminal! The extreme measures police will take not to let a harden suspect like this get away! Good luck on his lawsuit.|
|If the guy hadn't run from cops, he never would have gotten run over by cops, his own fault, when will people start taking blame for their own actions instead of pointing fingers.|
|People should take responsibility for their own actions, Mike. IE: the cops running over someone with a car just because he was running from them. That is Attempted Vehicular Manslaughter, the cops are getting off lucky just getting a lawsuit the one that was driving should be thrown in prison too. If someone breaks into your house and steals a DVD that you bought and you catch them and they run and you go jump in your car and run them over in the street, they are going to throw you in prison. It's the same thing, and I can guarantee you cops won't go to such extremes to catch someone who stole from a blue collar citizen. Cops shouldn't be above the law, as they so often are.|
I hope he gets alot of money for his pain and suffering, not to mention compensation for his medical bills.
|thats if the cops actually ran him over, and if thats the case i agree, but i believe this person is just trying to make it seem that way, cops have onboard camera's so i think courts should decide.|
|posted by (2011-05-14 06:29:53)|
|Cops are always beating people and abusing the Public I hate the pigs got no respect for them.|
|Guy deserves what he got... Although Pirating a movie is a small crime resisting arrest isnt. If he was any smart he would have done exactly like his brother did and been arrested without incident.|
The cops did what they should have and what they are trained to do. I give them props and hope that Timmy Epifan loses before being sent to prison or fined.
|no bigger loosers than cops one indian cop raped a 16 yr old in a house sealed as a part of investigation and he himself had a daughter and son of same age and he was a senior official. days later he was found dead at a railway track . in the name of god -- peace|
|all police and government law enforcement officials in the US think they can do whatever they want. what ever happened to knocking on the door and saying, we have a warrant? now they just break the door down and tie up everyone and shoot their dogs... even if they are not guilty of any crimes, ask that one mayor of a maryland town, the feds did it to his family even after the local sheriff told them he was not the one they wanted.|
law enforcement think they can do whatever they want, with whatever force or technology they shoose.
|posted by (2011-05-14 07:09:36)|
|While I agree the idiot shouldn't have ran in the first place. Police are only allowed to use necessary force when apprehending a subject. Now if me, you, or anybody else used a car to stop somebody (say they stole something from us) we would go to jail for some pretty serious charges (which would depend on how good of a lawyer we could afford). It's one thing when it's a violent crime, but this was not armed robbery (nothing that you could say was violent at all) thus the cops went overboard.|
Now I don't think this guy should get off scott free, but police do need to be held accountable for this one also. With that said, that's only if this is true. If this was some how a simple accident which I think the onboard video could prove (he ran in front of the car, and it didn't have time to stop) then it's 100% his fault.
@Ben people like you make me sick. What do you do to protect others (strangers for that matter), hell at least I can say I'm in the military. Probably not a damn thing you just want to whine and bitch, yet you don't want to help out. There are good and bad cops, hell their only human but the good one do us a great service, while the bad ones which really is probably a really low percentage just make them look bad. But hey good things don't usually make the news, so who cares about them right.
|posted by (2011-05-14 07:41:58)|
|+1 scourn...too many ignorant whiners n bitchers in this world for that matter.. always looking at one side of the story while the other side's just too obvious they couldnt see|
|posted by (2011-05-14 10:39:57)|
|lol fool should have run the otherway ha!|
|How lame can you be to make a comment and then use another account to agree with it. Police are way out of control and violate civil rights in this country.(U.S.) everyone just goes with the flow and has NEVER read their bill of rights, or ever read the constitution and amendments. If everyone here did they would find that most of what the police do is a crime and a violation of civil rights. Running someone over with a car is a crime, period! YOU ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. has fast do you have to go in a car to chase a running man? Why could they not catch him on foot? It is natural to run from danger, if you dont that shows that your a broken slave to the system. I hope this guy wins, I hope people wake up and start taking back their civil liberties again. People used to take care of their own problems and crime was less for it.|
|lol ppl now sue anythin and everythin! it's kinda stupid really useless|
|all the police had to do was pull out their gun and say the suspect was fleeing the sceen and it looked like he had a weapon...a bullet is cheaper to replace/repair than car damage|
|Well, in my own point of view, you do it, you get caught, you pay for it. Simple. You americans are really funny. You're 'bout to sue everyone on everything. BTW, if one hasn't done anything wrong, why the hell should one gonna run from cops? Yes, i'm stealing, voluntarily, and knowingly. So, btw, are we all here, so, who's innocent, and who's quilty. Oh, and tonymengela, run from danger of what? to get caught? scary, running from crazed german shepherd or dobermann pinscher, heck yeah, but from cops, remember your innocent etc. where's the danger?|
|posted by (2011-05-14 19:05:53)|
|Things like this make me glad there are cop-killers in the world.|
Try walking down some of the streets in New York City late at night. If cops drive by and see you, you're likely to be dragged into an alley and beaten half to death for no reason at all. Even if they kill you, it just gets swept under the rug as a &quot;gang-related incident&quot; or robbery gone bad. Then again, you said you were military so that type of thing probably doesn't bother you since you're already accustomed to murdering innocent civilians. Thank you for protecting our country from unarmed women and children.
|posted by (2011-05-14 22:08:52)|
|Hope he got it on film. LOL. @Zedalu, where were you on 9/11 ? @scourn, keep up the good work. We're proud of you for doing a difficult job which although sometimes distasteful is very necessary.|
|Oh my sweet lord jesus.|
I'm not willingly flaming, i'm just pissed off, how stupid some people can be.
Will you promise me not to whine to the cops, after someone, hopefully this will never happens, get in to your face and kick your ass to the next state? or screaming for medical help? they both come from the same source, you know, your own country's government.
And hopefully your ass will never get into the line of hostile fire, because then your only friends and allies might be guys like Scourn. Military - Government, get it?
Or... Are you guys really giving statement, that, there's no need for laws, people who tries to make laws to work, protect your lame asses and your country???? Or...
What? What? That you only got rights, and that's all that matters? no such a thing as responsibility, which usually comes hand in hand with rights???
|posted by (2011-05-15 05:29:15)|
So 9/11 justifies police brutality?
Two words: street justice. If someone kicks my ass I'll round up some friends and make sure the person who did it gets acquainted with a feeding tube at the local ICU. Been there, done that. Do we need laws, really NEED them? No, the current system of laws in developed countries is flawed. The world would be a better place if everyone handled their own problems.
|posted by (2011-05-15 06:24:10)|
|Everything is going to be a funny thing...|
|Lets see if I have this correct? The police say they basically ran him over to stop him from allegedly attempting/ doing deleting of evidence?|
So running him over aka deadly force is justified?
Hmmm damn I'd better watch out when the Police Scream - "DROP THAT CHALUPA" or they are going to kill me to keep me from destroying "evidence"?
|Resisting arrest is THE dumbest crime in the universe. Hypothetically speaking, if you're a criminal, and are getting chased by the police, what are you going to do? Try to get the hell away from them as best you can of course! Tada! Theft by deception? Oh, you deceived us into thinking you were just going to watch some annoying movie and buy our overpriced popcorn, snacks and drinks. OMG YOU WEREN'T? Destroying evidence? Yeah, if movies have taught me anything, you're supposed to cover up a crime so no one knew you did it, right?|
quote If someone kicks my ass I'll round up some friends end quote
quote The world would be a better place if everyone handled their own problems.end quote
So... your friends should take care of your problems? And not yourself?
If You don't like the rules (laws) of your own country, get the hell out of there, go to the so-called third world. There you're more than welcome to perform street justice, as much as you like. But, don't drag your friends in to your own problems. People like that are called cowards. On the other hand, people who with other friends or buddies of him cause troubles to anyone else are just the same.
There just simply are rules and laws in civilized countries, that's why they're called civilized. Stupid brutality is exactly what it is, stupid.
|And btw, read the story again,in 2nd chapter it says: The police pursued the brothers at the showing of Bruno in a parking lot near Manville theatre, Connecticut, TWO YEARS ago|
And in the last chapter: As for the camcording case, Timothy Epifan eventually plead guilty 3rd-degree theft by deception, 4th-degree pirating the movie, and resisting arrest and attempted tampering with evidence for his attempt to destroy his camera LAST YEAR.
2 years ago, last year, which one is it? or is this just hoax
|would have been easyier and safer to have used the tazer on the guy|
run him over and drag him down the street bit OTT
|posted by (2011-05-15 21:34:41)|
|@ Zedalu, I mentioned 9/11 because that must have made even you proud of your cops and the other emergency services. The world looked on in awe at the way New York and the whole of America got together to pick up the pieces. I expect you and your little band of brothers were out looting or similar. When the police eventually find you in an alley, stabbed or shot by a rival gang, will you still hate them? I doubt it.|
|@ foxzone you have never dealt with U S cops you really have no place commenting when you have no experience with our country. The police are completely out of control here and unlike most other countries we have a bill of rights. We are not supposed to live under a police state.|
|posted by (2011-05-16 13:23:09)|
Semantics. The fact is that as long as I take the initiative to settle my problems on my terms, whatever they may be, I'm still the one handling them. If more people grew a backbone and did the same we wouldn't need bullies with badges and guns who are constantly in Overkill mode driving around our streets just looking for someone to hit, shoot, maim, and kill. About your second message, due to it's countless flaws the legal system in our country is extremely slow and it is common for cases to be in limbo for months or even years at a time.
Of course I was proud of them, but not because they were cops, firefighters, EMT's, etc. I was proud of them because I looked past their uniforms and saw normal everyday people push through their own fear, despair, and even their survival instincts to do something extraordinary. That's not very relevant though because, thankfully, major catastrophes like 9/11 are rare in our country and unless they're put in that situation a cop is just a prick who puts on a uniform, badge, and a gun and suddenly thinks they're a god among men. Also, your theory on my whereabouts and motives that day are a little off. After my high school was dismissed early I spent most of the day consoling my girlfriend because she had family in the south tower. Oh, and I looted her fridge after she fell asleep. Happy?
|hahahaha 'stopped behind the theatre to delete the illegal recording' really, he threw the camera at the wall, not quite as nonchalant|
|posted by (2011-05-18 17:08:02)|
|Do not run away from the cop, these guys always bring an azz wiping with them, intimidating the population, once they a reason they will do what ever it takes to enforce it, even wrong.||
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