Cops Beat Veteran to Death after Traffic Stop for No Front License Plate

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By Dean Garrison

On Mother’s Day Tommy Yancy, father of two, was pulled over for not having a front license plate. What transpired beyond that point is not totally clear, but his injuries resulted in his death later that day. Yancy, 32, was a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

There has been almost zero information or media coverage of the incident. A local publication, Imperial Valley Press, offers only a sidenote about his family raising money for his memorial and this:

The 32-year-old Yancy died following an altercation with law enforcement during a traffic stop May 11 in Imperial. The circumstances around the death and the traffic stop are still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

A source that wants to remain anonymous has come forward with a video and “WeAreChange” posted it to YouTube on Sunday.

The quality of the video leaves a lot to be desired, but a lot of information is provided in the “About Section” of the video:

Tommy Yancy, 32, father of two, was savagely beaten to death by five law enforcement officers during a routine traffic stop near the city of Imperial last Sunday, on Mother’s Day. Yancy, a veteran who suffered from PTSD, served in Afghanistan and Iraq in the 259th Field Service Unit following the 9/11 attacks.

Yancy was stopped on his way to the store after a highway patrol officer spotted a missing front license plate on his vehicle. He was subsequently pulled from his car and attacked by a police K-9 unit, hit by a taser, and attacked by five officers until he succumbed to the beating and died. A witnessed, who filmed the incident, can be heard screaming on the recording: “How long before you guys call an ambulance? Call an ambulance!” According to the source of the video, who asked not to be named, his family has not been permitted to see his body, nor have they been given a cause of death.

A close friend of Yancy described him as “shy, and a comedian” and told me, he was an “excellent dad, who kept in contact with his army buddies every week.” He also enjoyed basketball and loved hip-hop music. His sister-in-law, Jaqueline Hernandez, described him to me as “a very loving guy, loved his kids to death… they were his everything. Very funny down to earth guy, and loved by all.”

Officers claim Yancy swung at an officer and attacked the K-9, however, near the end of the video, posted to YouTube on May 12, police are seen attempting to revive Yancy while a witness states, “All of this for one guy who wasn’t even resisting arrest,” the officer is said to have received no serious injuries.

Deputies with the Imperial County sheriff’s department were involved in another shooting last month, which took place on April 18. A teenager, Adrian Parra, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. An honor roll student from Coachella Valley High School, Parra was described by loved ones as “a good person with great goals in mind.” The Sheriff’s department has refused to reveal whether or not the shooting was captured by one of their patrol car’s dashboard cameras. Two officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave, but have since returned to their duties.

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The witness claims that Yancy did not resist. The police involved, whether it be Imperial County, the California Highway Patrol, or both, will surely offer another story line. We cannot assume that this entire account is factual. Maybe he did resist.

However, even if he did resist and regardless of the details, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which a routine traffic stop should result in a man being beaten to death. Yet these stories are becoming all too common in today’s world.

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  • BJ Worthy

    “Yancy, 32, was a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan”

    Yancy, 32, was a man who clearly spent several years of his life killing the WRONG people.

    • mikrat

      All wars are Bankers Wars to control resources and to install the world banking system & globalist UN agenda.

      None of them have to do with “our Freedom”.

      • No Dough

        totally what would they do if the sheeple woke up and refused to go enforce their envasions?

  • Freespirit

    He had a RIGHT to RESIST UNCONSTITUTIONAL actions and/or STATUTORY LAWS, by uniformed thugs employed by the Government and paid for by the BOSS, the TAXPAYER.

    They simply reversed the MASTER/SERVANT role, in VIOLATION of NATURAL LAW

  • whitefeather

    I’m watching “Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler” on the AHC channel right now…..I’m so sick of this crap. When we going to stop it?

  • Guest

    Does anyone still think officer friendly works for you? These people are the enforcement arm of the criminal cartel known as government. Their job is theft,intimidation and murder to facilitate controlling YOU. Stand by and watch until it’s your turn or act together to end this tyrannical take over of YOUR country,county, city,town and neighbourhood. The new neighbourhood watch- you see cops breaking the Natural Law attack them with cameras,crowds and force if necessary, save a life, make them stop.

    • Mamzer

      Some do here in Tennessee still. Actually the ones in NY were decent too.

    • No Dough

      nah the .gov are just the sissy’s for thee mafia cartel called koch bros. et al. It’s a fascist mafia only loyal to bottom line. Oh I forgot your right after deregulating they infiltrated and work in the gov. biggest welfare vipers of all double dipping everywhere. America the extorted.

  • dan

    Bad Cops,Bad Cops ….what ya gonna do….
    what ya gonna do when we come for you….?

  • James

    The Tree of Liberty is Getting Thirsty….

    Please try and find out the names and addresses of these scumbag “Peace Keepers”.

    • mikrat

      Its not getting thirsty – its completely dehydrated.

      • rejco

        It died and shriveled up a longtime ago….

  • Harry Reid sucks

    If this were Rodney King, there would be national outrage. Here, it’s just a footnote. Disgusting.

  • cold340t

    When Cops are Off Duty and this happens to them…By other Cops. It is reminder that they too are People. It does happen to them too. We should SHUN them, no gas at local station, no donuts/coffee at local shop etc. So they can be reminded They are Us too! Only then will this end. When they are treated as they treat us………. This works,

  • Mamzer

    This is what happens to Patriots that abide by the law and pull over? My license plate on my motorcycle was stolen last week. I did not know about it until my son following behind me told me about it. It could not have fallen off.

    Veterans make sure and walk around vehicle before driving. They may be making a reason to pull you over and beat you to death. Nazi’s did that to my cousins years ago. They created reasons to kill you.

  • geo1671

    Couple days ago–another brutal cop beatings–Kid swallows small sack of drugs. Cops used a hooked wire down the kids throat and slit the kid’s throat and died. Last author’s comment—Cop’s base salary is $82,000. Nice been a po’lice and can get away with murder.

  • ralphie44

    welcome to the jue world order

  • mikrat

    And yet we keep hearing from the Patriot Media that we cant justify violence because WE have NOT been attacked yet.

    Fuck That.

  • mikrat

    The Natural & Common Law Right of Self Defense

    “Common as the event may be, it is a serious thing to arrest a citizen, and it is a more serious thing to search his person; and he who accomplishes it, must do so in conformity to the law of the land. There are two reasons for this; one to avoid bloodshed, and the other to preserve the liberty of the citizen. Obedience to the law is the bond of society, and the officers set to enforce the law are not exempt from its mandates.”Town of Blacksburg v. Bean 104 S.C. 146. 88 S.E. 441 (1916): Allen v. State, 197 N.W. 808, 810-11 (Wis 1924)

    “Where officers do not conform to the ‘law of the land’ they have no authority and the right to resist them exists. A Public Officer, as with a citizen, who unlawfully threatens life or liberty, is susceptible to be injured or killed; for by such acts ‘they draw their own blood upon themselves’ As stated in some cases, ‘where a peace officer has no right to make an arrest without warrant he is a trespasser and acts at his own peril.” 6A CJS., “Arrest” Section 16 page 30; A sheriff who “acts without process,” or “under a process void on its face, in doing such act, he is not to be considered an officer but a personal trespasser.”Roberts v. Dean, 187 So. 571, 575 (Fla. 1939)

    “A person has a lawful right to resist an arrest by an unlawful authority, i.e., an officer without a valid warrant.”
Franklin,118 Ga. 860, 45 S.E. 698 (1903) “What of the resistance to the arrest? The authorities are in agreement that since the right of personal property is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution, any unlawful interference with it may be resisted and every person has a right to resist an unlawful arrest. * * * and, in preventing such illegal restraint of his liberty, he may use such force as may be necessary.” City of Columbus v. Holmes, 152 N.W. 2d, 301, 306 (Ohio App. 1058)

    “It is the law of self defense and self preservation that is applicable. “One has and “unalienable” right to protect his life, liberty or property from unlawful attack or harm.” “* * * it is not an offense to liberate one from the unlawful custody of an officer, even though he may have submitted to such custody without resistance.” Adarns v. State, 121 Ga 163, 48 S.E. 910 (1904)

    “An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right, and only the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery.” State v. Robinson, 145 Me. 77, 72 Atl, 2nd.260, 262 (1950)

    “A citizen illegally arrested “cannot initiate the use of force” and neither do “words alone justify an assault.” However, “when the officer initiates the assault by physical contact, which is usually the case, and there is an unlawful arrest, the citizen has the right to protect his liberty to the extent of killing the officer.” Green v. Kennedy, 48 N.Y. Rep. 653, 654 (1871) and/or Hicks v. Matthews, 266 S.W. 2nd. 846, 849 (Tex. 1954)

    “What rights then has a citizen in resisting an unlawful arrest? An arrest without warrant is a trespass, an unlawful assault upon the person, and how far one thus unlawfully assaulted may go in resistance is to be determined as in other cases of assault. Life and liberty are regarded as standing substantially on one foundation; life being useless without liberty, and the authorities are uninformed that where one is about to be unlawfully deprived of his liberty he may resist the aggressions of the officer, to the extent of taking the life of the assailant, if that be necessity to preserve his own life, or prevent infliction upon him of some great bodily harm.” State v. Gum, 68 W. Va. 105, 69 S.E. 463, 464 (1910)

“It is the law that a person illegally arrested by an officer may resist that arrest, even to the extent of the taking of life if his own life or any great bodily harm is threatened.
State v. Rousseau, 40 Wash. 2nd, 92, 241 P. 2nd. 447, 449 (1952); Porter v. State, 124 Ga. 297, 52 S.E. 283, 287 (1905); see also State v. Mobley, 240 N.C. 476, 83 S.E. 2nd 100, 102 (1954);Wilkinson v. State, 143 Miss. 324, 108 So. 711, 712-13 (1926); American Jurisprudence, 2nd Ed., “Arrest”, Section 94, pp. 778-780; Thomas v. State, 91 Ga. 204, 18 S.E. 305 (1892);Presley v. State, 75 Fla. 434, 78 So. 532, 534 (1918); Burkhard v. State, 83 Tex. Crim. 228, 202 S.W. 513; Mullins v. State, 196 Ga. 569, 27 S.E. 2nd. 91 (1943); Ownes v. State, 58 Tex. Crim. 261, 125 S.W. 405 (1910); Caperton v. Commonwealth, 189 Ky. 652, 655, 225 S.W. 481, 481 (1920)

    “The United States Supreme Court, and every other court in the past deciding upon the matter, has recognized that “at common Law”, a person had the right to “resist the illegal attempt to arrest him.”John Bad Elk v. United States, 177 U.S. 529, 534-35 (1899)

    “Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer’s life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529.

    The Court stated: “Where the officer is killed in the course of the disorder which naturally accompanies an attempted arrest that is resisted, the law looks with very different eyes upon the transaction, when the officer had the right to make the arrest, from what it does if the officer had no right. What may be murder in the first case might be nothing more than manslaughter in the other, or the facts might show that no offense had been committed.” —

    “An arrest made with a defective warrant, or one issued without affidavit, or one that fails to allege a crime is within jurisdiction, and one who is being arrested, may resist arrest and break away. lf the arresting officer is killed by one who is so resisting, the killing will be no more than an involuntary manslaughter.”Housh v. People, 75 111. 491; reaffirmed and quoted in State v. Leach, 7 Conn. 452; State v. Gleason, 32 Kan. 245; Ballard v. State, 43 Ohio 349; State v Rousseau, 241 P. 2d 447; State v. Spaulding, 34 Minn. 3621. —

    “When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justified.” Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1. —

    “These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence.” Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903. —

    “An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery.”(State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260). —

    “Each person has the right to resist an unlawful arrest. In such a case, the person attempting the arrest stands in the position of a wrongdoer and may be resisted by the use of force, as in self- defense.”(State v. Mobley, 240 N.C. 476, 83 S.E. 2d 100). —

    “One may come to the aid of another being unlawfully arrested, just as he may where one is being assaulted, molested, raped or kidnapped. Thus it is not an offense to liberate one from the unlawful custody of an officer, even though he may have submitted to such custody, without resistance.”(Adams v. State, 121 Ga. 16, 48 S.E. 910). —

    “Story affirmed the right of self-defense by persons held illegally. In his own writings, he had admitted that ‘a situation could arise in which the checks-and-balances principle ceased to work and the various branches of government concurred in a gross usurpation.’ There would be no usual remedy by changing the law or passing an amendment to the Constitution, should the oppressed party be a minority. Story concluded, ‘If there be any remedy at all … it is a remedy never provided for by human institutions.’ That was the ‘ultimate right of all human beings in extreme cases to resist oppression, and to apply force against ruinous injustice.’” (From Mutiny on the Amistad by Howard Jones, Oxford University Press, 1987, an account of the reading of the decision in the case by Justice Joseph Story of the Supreme Court.

    As for grounds for arrest: “The carrying of arms in a quiet, peaceable, and orderly manner, concealed on or about the person, is not a breach of the peace. Nor does such an act of itself, lead to a breach of the peace.”(Wharton’s Criminal and Civil Procedure, 12th Ed., Vol.2: Judy v. Lashley, 5 W. Va. 628, 41 S.E. 197) —


    Unfortunately the case cites before 1933 will likely not be considered by a court. In 1933 the US S.Ct decided in Erie RR that judges would be interpreting ‘public policy’ not ‘public law’

  • farang

    This events are “becoming all too common” because they are AT WAR AGAINST LIBERTY in the USA.

    First: you take unemployed jocks w/low IQ’s. enlist them in the military, turn these low IQ slugs loose on native foreign populations THAT NEVER HARMED OR THREATENED AMERICA, let them TORTURE, MAIM, RAPE AND KILL while the Jewish Zionist MSM labels them “HEROES” for YOU TO CHEER ON……then they return home.

    As “police” now SUBDUING AMERICANS….mark my words: these scum bag cops that beat this man will be PROMOTED and RECIEVE COMMENDATIONS for a “JOB WELL DONE.”

    Because WE ARE THE ENEMY.

    Best you wrap your “dance with the stars” mind programming/brain washing around THAT FACT.

    It is WAR. Which side will be you be taking? Remember Sun Tzu….do not confront superior forces/numbers. Fade into the scenery…..meek and mild…..but armed to the teeth and a internal promise to LIBERTY and our REPUBLIC that you will not ALLOW FASCISTS to HAVE OUR NATION.

    If this isn’t the wake up call to STOP VOTING IN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS and their “LAW AND ORDER” BULLSHIT….what the FUCK WILL BE?????

  • Jasen T. Davis

    That bystander should have shot all of those officers dead and saved that poor veteran’s life. If the police break the law, they become criminals and its time to for a very aggressive citizen’s arrest.

  • Reverend Draco

    Better that the witness had been packing heat, than a camera. . .

    oh, well – at least there’s evidence. . .

  • rejco

    COLD-BLOODED MURDER by extremely dirty-to-the-core criminal thug pigs.

  • rejco

    American Hero Christopher Dorner warned you Americans….

  • freewheelinfranklin543

    And he was funded by the same bankers.His old man was a Rothschild bastard. It’s called controlled opposition!

  • ultra vires acts divest immunity from any entity

  • Undecider

    Whenever they can’t find the video, that means there’s video. There needs to be a serious policy review and cops need to have all of their weapons turned in. Or rather, if the police office suspects there could be escalation and either non-lethal or lethal force to be used, they need to stop and reassess the situation.

    Seriously, beat a man to death over a missing front plate?

  • Jo Brown

    We need militia men secretly following cops around to observe their actions. And when the cops are observed behaving criminally, they should be immediately executed by the militia men. Filthy pigs! If it was up to me, I’d shoot the bastards with a tranquiliser gun, so I’d have the opportunity to cuff them first and then, when they wake up, beat the crap out of them with a sledgehammer until they died. They deserve to feel utterly powerless while every painful blow rains down on them until it claims their lives. It’s the same crap they deal to their innocent victims, so let them experience it too! Filthy scumbags!

  • cold340t

    Thats NOT GONNA WORK! They have MORE PRACTICE shooting and are better armed, SHUNNING WILL CHANGE THINGS. They are people too, when Dad/Mom can’t buy Johnny/jane a ice cream cone . Cause the guy selling them was beaten by Dad/Mom on-duty. Humanity reminder! It works!

  • No Dough

    I am very pissed to see this and I want to add for all those who care about police murdering people please sign and circulate. Wow I am thinking this wife of a vet told me that the 1% want many of the vets drugged and or rendered powerless because they fear the vets are trained and will stand for their country when the shit hits the fan. Sad ! Respect and condolences to the Yancy family.

  • Kevin DeLong

    Your license plate falls off that is a death crime in California and OHIO. Five Nazis going bananas resulting in death.