Cop Randomly Selects Citizen in a Crowd and Begins Beating Him With Metal Baton


Steven Zamiar had wanted to be a policeman for as long as he could remember – but now his life has turned upside down.

Earlier this month the 48-year-old appeared in court, dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles.

He was visibly distraught as he asked for forgiveness from his family, the community and his unfortunate victim.

He was once the deputy chief of the Midlothian Police Department. He had spent over a decade with the force and worked his way up to becoming second in command.

In 2013 he was fired after an indictment.

He failed to realize that his brutal attack on an innocent man would land him behind bars.

In 2011 he charged on a blameless victim and beat him several times with a metal baton.
James Snyder was one of the many patrons coming out of Durbin’s bar on Ciecro Avenue in the early hours of the morning on Thanksgiving Day four years ago.

Zamiar was on the lookout for any signs of trouble in the drunken crowd.

As the unsuspecting victim walked towards his girlfriend’s car, the cop approached him.

It is important to note that the deputy was in plain clothes at this time.

When Snyder saw him, the officer was holding his baton ready to attack.

Zamiar swung his weapons several times while chasing the perplexed man through the parking lot.

The former cop, who was “primed for a fight”, struck his victim many times and so severely that it left welts and bruises across his back and head.

Zamiar stood trial in December last year and earlier this month a US District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman sentenced him to 15 months in prison.

The judge described what he had done as unacceptable for a man in his position.

“You crossed the line from being a trusted authority figure to being an officer out of control,” he said.

While the perpetrator denied that the attack was unprovoked, his subordinate Sergeant Edmund Olmos agreed with Snyder’s account.

The jury took only two hours to reach the verdict that Zamiar had breached the civilian’s civil rights.

The prosecutors were originally hoping for a 7 ½ year sentence, which judge Coleman deemed inappropriate.

He noted that even the victim was not in favor of a lengthy prison sentence.

Assistant US Attorney Patrick Otlewski said senior members of law enforcement are held to a higher standard because their job is to set an example for the rest of the force.

This was not the first time that Zamiar had put on a cruel display of power.

He was once accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect in the face while he was on the ground.

On another occasion he gave a teenage hooligan two black eyes by repeatedly punching his face. In 2007 and accused man’s suffered a concussion while the aggressive officer was trying to arrest him.

In an apology Zamiar said he did not mean to hurt Snyder.

“My name will now be associated as part of a problem with law enforcement and I am truly sorry for that,” said the ex-cop.

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  • NDMA

    Was the Vancouver Police Department associated with this article in any way? If not, please, change the photo : I’m not a cop (lol, kinda quite the opposite) and having been under the ‘dominion’ of those in authority out here … I really can say with the certainty of an immigrant former-repeat offender (few arrests away from prolific?) : this article DOES NOT reflect the attitudes and behaviours (except for oddballs like
    VPD Sergeant Christiansen Badge # 1363) of the Vancouver Police Department. The VPD actually bullied me in such a way that I felt bad for everything I had done and retired at 27 just to spend the rest of my life protecting society the best ways I could figure (in other words : they didn’t bully me and that gave me enough time to really assess what the heck I was doing ; they provided a role model for me to aspire to … ) 🙂

    Not all cops are the same and branding the VPD with the crimes of an IL, USA police department is… well, pathetic to say the least : we want no part of America’s exceptional entitlement!

    • AlvinBr

      It’s already there.

      • Dan Knox

        bulling coward sault ste marie Ontario provincial police,lying fuck ips

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      nope sorry. when the “good cops” have allowed this to go on for decades. They’ve had their chances to stand up for citizens, AND the oath they swore before god to uphold. most of us are sick of these excuses. no not all cops are bad, but they are turning their heads when they know what’s happening

      • NDMA


        I DO NOT EXPECT CANADIAN COPS TO FIX AMERICAN KILLERS! Do you? In America : more than 1 bad apple, in Canada : not much more ; if that!


        • Gary Williams Jr.

          UH YA, YOU’RE JUST A BIT MISINFORMED. Canada’s cops are following closely in the footsteps of the u.s. how do you figure that Canada saved the slaves? and just fyi, in the early days Americans did NOT even want the slaves here, but it was forced on us by the rich, which was the BRITISH AND THE DUTCH.

  • Michael Fuson

    15 months if you an average citizen radomly beat someone like that youd been charged with a felony and went to prison and would never be allowed to own a gun or vote again but if your a cop its ok

    • Macorichi

      Imagine if a citizen did that to a cop, he’d be in jail for half his life.

      • Cliff

        He’d never make it to jail.

        • Macorichi

          100% correct. Yet if the guy had a legal carry and shot him thinking his life was in danger, hed be dead also. It’s a fucked world when something so obvious and apparently flawed continuously goes unnoticed or unchanged

  • LawrenceNeal

    At least three prior incidents of brutality in 10 years, and still promoted to Deputy Chief. That kinda sums it up.

  • Full-Metal

    So did the victim sue?

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  • Matt Rhodes Âû

    I’ll be honest: the cop was in plain clothes. I’d have shot him. If you fear for your life, pull the trigger.

    • Exactly what I was thinking. Some random guy in a parking lot swinging a metal baton at my head? Sorry, but you just forfeited your life.

    • Michael Stinson

      You don’t carry concealed in bars.

      • Perfectly legal where I live.

      • Matt Rhodes Âû

        You can in Ohio. They made a law specifically to allow it.

      • edoyle7

        We do all the time. Don’t be a douchebag and you will be fine.

      • Faith Hope Love

        In TN you can.

      • Gary Williams Jr.

        in todays world, you DO if you’re smart

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      amen!! and if the punk is a cop, he is no longer a cop, but just another criminal and should be dealt with accordingly. cops, and citizens need to get it through their heads, that badge does not make you god! and people need to start fighting back.!!

  • Are we just practice dummies for police baton technique? Is that what these sadistic pigs think of us?!

    • Linwood Thomas

      YES, exactly.

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      yes. we are the “enemy, terrorists, bad guys, a danger to cops” take your pick. not one is anymore true then the previous

  • FEster

    Beat the pig with the threaded end of a pipe.

  • Bill Allyn

    Justice System Reform List

    America has a serious, institutionalized, systemic law enforcement problem. Over the last 4 decades, our law enforcement has become increasingly militarized, putting every citizen at risk of being shot and killed for nothing more than reaching for their wallet, as instructed, or less. This may increase safety for police officers (debatable, in the long run), but at the expense of making American citizens far less safe, which is the exact opposite of the goals of law enforcement. We need to create systems that bring back accountability within every level of the justice system.

    Nationally, we need to:

    1. Create citizen oversight committees with powers of subpoena and prosecutorial discretion for every law enforcement agency in the country. A special independent prosecutor must be assigned immediately for officer-involved shootings. Committee members should be randomly selected and replaced often, like grand jurors, to avoid corruption.

    2. Require law enforcement officers to be personally insured to protect taxpayers from lawsuits. Too risky for insurance? No insurance, no badge. Insurance could be partially publicly subsidized.

    3. Require every law enforcement officer to wear a camera. No camera, no gun. Also, implement GPS tracking on all police cars and cameras.

    4. Require yearly psyche tests to screen out potentially abusive officers.

    5. Require random drug and steroid tests.

    6. All police agencies must keep a database of every officer-caused civilian injury, shooting or killing, and that data must be periodically transmitted to a third-party, non-biased national database.

    7. Any officer involved in a shooting must be alcohol and drug tested immediately.

    8. Officers should be made aware of studies on abuse of power, such as the Stanford Prison Experiment and the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures. Ensure there are clear policies on use of force.

    9. More training to deal with mentally ill, or a mental illness crisis unit. More training and encouragement to use peacemaking, conflict resolution, and de-escalation skills. Increase educational requirements, focusing on psychology, sociology, and social work.

    10. Create a special number (third party, independent of police) to report police brutality. Victims of police brutality and the families of police shootings should immediately be appointed an attorney to represent their position/case.

    11. Create national database of abusive officers, so they don’t just get hired elsewhere.

    12. Reverse militarization of police forces. Take away military weapons, APC’s, uniforms, and especially the attitude. Police officers are civilians, not a branch of the military. Require at least 5 years between active duty military and civilian police employment. Keep SWAT/military weapons and equipment under lock and key only to be used in genuine emergencies. Quit viewing the community you police as a “war zone”.

    13. Prohibit television shows that glorify bad, illegal, or unconstitutional policing, such as “Cops”. Glorifying these behaviors creates a dangerous situation for American citizens and should not be tolerated.

    14. Increase community outreach. Hire officers from the community. Officers need to be more in touch with the people they are sworn to protect.

    15. End no-knock raids. It is perfectly legal for a home owner to respond to a break in with gun in hand, which gets them killed when the police are the intruders. This makes it unreasonably dangerous on citizens, especially when cops often go to the wrong address.

    16. Reform forfeiture laws to protect citizens’ property rights and due process. No forfeiture proceedings until after conviction. All forfeiture proceeds go directly to the victims of police brutality and the families of police shootings.

    17. End drug prohibition/war on drugs. Use harm reduction strategies.

    18. End private prison industry.

    19. Create a national organization dedicated to these ideals.

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      I would add. anytime they raid a house, whether it’s the wrong address or a rental property, the money to make any repairs comes DIRECTLY out of their budget!! any wrongful death, or injury of any kind including pets, will also be paid in full by the police dept. budget. anytime a cop is found to be driving drunk, or any other offense while on or off duty, and their “brothers or sisters” protect them in ANY WAY. they are immediately fired, and prosecuted as an accessory!! NO EXCEPTIONS! court costs, and any damages to be paid by the dept. AND the personal assets of ALL INVOLVED, also NO EXCEPTIONS. we don’t really need new laws, we need to enforce the laws we have had all along. and cleaning up the cop problem, we also need to clean up the corruption of judges and prosecutors. they are just as guilty as these cops

  • eatshit

    This is what EVERY pig cop in America does every single day to every innocent civilian they can find. What’s the “news” here ?

  • magormissabib

    How you gonna repeatdly attack citizens and do them bodily harm and then say you didnt mean it. He meant it.

  • Ralph Cramden

    The only good pigs, are those not breathing.

  • CodyD313

    Black Lives Matter

  • Cheryl Scally

    Sounds like he should be getting anger management and some mental help as well because he’s not all there. normal People just don’t act that way. He’s lucky he didn’t get more time because he really should have.

  • “In an apology Zamiar said he did not mean to hurt Snyder.” Does anyone believe this? You don’t swing a baton at someone’s head without expecting them to be seriously injured.