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list of police/legal abuses,

Too long a list of police/legal abuses, misconduct, cover ups and lies.

Too long a list of police/legal, misconduct, cover ups and lies.


We must always remember that the police are recruited from the criminal classes.
As quoted by Dick Cavett, in "The Swimmers", The New York Times (3 June 2007).

Increases in police brutality, legal corruption, militarization, non-accountability, abuse of authority and cover-ups are concerns of many US civilians.
To that end I journal (albeit not kept that regularly) off the air/internet news events viewed as, abuses, many under color of authority. The journal substantiates grave abuse, incivility and little if any accountability fostering spying, torturous, lying, propaganda driven jack-boot US police state.

US political parties in practice limit voter’s choice to the evil of two lesser(s). Citizen’s vote is failing against the corporate dollar another uncomfortable fact. So we have a (pending) police state and no way to vote it out.

We are all aware of US law enforcement and associated wheels of justice’s unremitting cry ‘protect and serve’. In practice protect and serve applies more to government and their agents, less to the population at large.

Note alphabetical index at end of document.

To log/witness US history replete with police & prosecutor brutality – criminal misconduct & abuse of authority we are all cognizant of: Kent State, Jackson State, Berkeley Free Speech, Philadelphia satchel charges, William J. Whitfield, Wounded Knee, Verdell Grant, Patrick Dorismond, Archie Elliott, Ruby ridge, Waco, Amadou Diallo, Rodney King, Nathaniel Levi Gaines. Continuing with Anthony Baez, Abner Louima, Derwin Pannel, LAPD-Ramparts, Caroline Sue Botticher, Philadelphia PD, LAPD and NYPD’s in general. And on to Thomas Jones, Jonny Gammage, Kenneth Kail, Marshal Studdard, Tyisha Shenee Miller, Gail Atwater ( soccer mom). Donovan Jackson's cowardly hand cuffed beating at the hands of the Inglewood CA. PD, Nicholas Bellusci, Nathaniel Jones, Lewis King, Kenneth Walker, Michael Newby, Timothy Stansbury Jr., Monty Clay, Brian Armstrong, Patrick Hutchinson, Beryl and Dina Dagy, Jimmie Fisher, Dolly Kelton, Curtis Gibson, Stanley Miller, Monty Clay, Wake County N.C. Police Department, Victoria Snelgrove, Jodie Chambers, Jeremy Sommers & Michael Weaver, Luis Padilla, Diana Dietrich-Barnes, Unidentified 6-year-old boy, John Wayne Walker, Leon Nins, Gabriel Gandara, Douglas Greer, Bassim Chmait, Mark Lilly, Amel Santos, Kenneth Trentadue, Frank Lyga, David Mack, Brian Hewitt, LAPD rampart scandals timeline, Jonathan Magbie, New Orleans cops as looters, Harry Davis, New Orleans Officers Taped Beating Man and accusations of apparent police looting, wheelchair-bound man, Prema Graham, Police Chief Corey Pittman, Matthew Durham, Officer Tom Coleman(Undercover Deputy), Mark Lilly, Elio Carrion, Joseph Evans, Officer Ruben Palomares, Glen Curry, Henry County Sheriff Harold Franklin Cassell, William Cardenas (victim) - L.A.P.D. Again,Daniel Royer, William Gonzalez, Sean Bell, Kathryn Johnson, Sofia Salva, Douglas Morrill Peek, Police Officer Robert Henry Sylva, Officer Donald Hynes, Valley Interagency Narcotics Team, Offficer Anthony Abbate,Fire Island PD, Dr. Salvatore J. Culosi, George Taylor, Tommie C. Dubose, Dexter Herbert, Ruben Vega, Suzanne Pfeil,Jose Colon,Cpl. Edward Sanchez, FBI act I, Mark Ethan McFall, Michael Franklin, Robin Petrovic, Mike Nifong, McMartin preschool trial, Chicago PD. Special Operations Section,Alva Mae Groves ,Brian Sterner,Sheriff Mike Burgess, Arthur Tesler, Philadelphia act II, Walter Golembiowski & Inspector John Ajello,federal judge Alex Kozinski, Sheriff Michael A. Jackson, Michael Mineo, Oscar Grant, NYPD pocketing cash during raid,Judges in Pa. Received kick-backs to Lock Up Teens, Richard Rodriguez, Ronnie L. White, Alexandra Torres Villa, Christopher Lloyd, Brian Cardall, John "Jack" McKenna,Lt. Jim Broderick ,Chad Holley,Baron "Scooter" Pikes. Then On to Hillary Transue, Unnamed Minor, Darrin T. Ring,Officer Steven Burgess, Detective Stephen Anderson, Officer Jerad Wheeler, Jarmaine Darden,Angel Perez, John Wrana, Leon Rosby, Deputy Jimmy Drummond, Jack Roberson, Charles Couch, Robert “Ethan” Saylor, Ashlea Bennett, David Eckerboydt, Gary Branson, Oriana Farrell; Cecily McMillan, Trooper Timothy Wagner, Unidentified police officer Canton OH, Jessica Klyzek, Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer, Kelly Thomas,Bounkham Ponesavanh, Officer Daniel Guzman, Jeremy Fine, Joshua Lawson & Christopher Franklin, John Wrana, Jr, Brad Pitts, Sheriff Joshua Dole, Eric Garner, Administrative judge Mary Oates Walker, Brandon Watson, George Tenet CIA, U.S. Secret Service, FBI act II, bush43 administration, Four NY cops, Rosan Miller, Michael Brown,Marlene Pinnock,Ezell Ford,John Crawford, Keith Vidal, Victor White, Jarod Dotson, Michelle Cusseaux, Joseph Jennings,John Geer, Ten year old boy Maldonado,Joseph Huff, Kendrec McDade,Oury Jalloh,Kenneth Ellis,Chandler Barr,Jacob Mitschelen, Nicholas Blume, Charles James Lang,Darrien Hunt, Edward P. Miller,Jeffery Brian Bane,Levar Jones,Cameron Tillman,Charles Smith, Sandra Amezquita,Orange County Fl. Sheriff’s Office,Andrew Heining,Thomas Benjamin Nelson,Ernest Satterwhite, Viola Young, Dillon Taylor,David Hooks,Jason Moore,Jamal Jones,DeShawn Currie, Marcel Hamer , Kahreem Tribble,Lamard Joye,Latandra Ellington,Daniel Levitt,Kajieme Powell, Vonderrit Myers, Rachel Kohnen, Lilian Alonzo, Larry Lee Arman, Sally Prince, Jason Westcott, Barbara Thomas,Dwayne Perry,Jessica Walker,Ruth Hunter,Sam Mullane,Sheriff Lupe Trevino, Jonathan Treviño, Angus McGinty, Judge Mike Wiggins,Judge Abel Limas, Jose Santiago "Jim" Solis, Rodolfo Bainet Heredia, Ricardo Rangel, Robert 'Bobby' Maldonado,,Alexis Espinoza, Fabian Rodriguez, Salvador Arguello, Eric Alcantar,Fernando Guerra Sr,Fernando Guerra Jr., Jorge Garza, James "J.P" Flores, Gerardo Mendoza-Duran,Claudio Mata, Milton Hall, Roger Hoeppner, Kollin Truss, LeRoy Hubbard III, James Boyd, Dontre Hamilton, Brian Beaird, Santiago Hernandez, Oakland Police Department, Marvin Booker, Antonio Buehler, Maria Melendez, Officer Jared Nash, Minneapolis police, Lana Sinclair, Tannie Burke, Tamir Rice, South Jordan PD, Akai Gurley, David Nelson Flores, Dornella Conner, David Corn, Rumain Brisbon, Kianga Mwamba, Unidentified undercover CHP Officer, Ronald Singleton, 12 year old boy, Unidentified elderly woman,Officer David Kattner, CIA, United States Military, Black cops fear other cops, Randall Minier Jr., Juliano Anthony Plaza, Matthew Paul Maffei, 06 police xmas-eve Shootings in DC, Carlton Wayne Chimmy Smith, Alexander BOK, Unidentified 32Y/O man, Rafael Munoz, Grant Morrison acts I&II,Police Chief Gorden Eden, Joseph Swink, Officer Chauncey Carthan, Officer Konrad Chatys,Panama Unit,officers William King and Antonio Murray,Officers Matt Hudak, John Cichy and Terrance O'Brien,officer Philip LeRoy,Officer Merlin Alston, Officers (10) count,Oficers(6) Philadelphia PD NARC, Jose Maldonado-Dick,Officer Marcos E. Carrion, Officer Robert M. Easterday Jr, Trooper Ben Peech, 12 year old girl, Officers Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson, Trooper John T. Foley, Dallas Horton,Jerame Reid, Gilberto Zertuche, Kathy McDougle,Luis Nieves-Diaz, 04 ICE agents, Jonathan "Doug" Maloney,Jeanie Pitts, Tyrone Jenkins, Bernard Bailey, Chris Gaynor, William R. Strong, Patrick Lee, Sureshbhai Patel, Police Lt. Frank Ramirez, Police officers Pasco(x3), Detective Octavio Oliu, Charley Saturmin Robinet, Brian Beaird, Tan Nguyen, Jessica (Jessie) Hernandez, Jason Harrison, Anthony Hill, Tony Robinson, Elizabeth Daly, Martese Johnson, Brandon Tate-Brown, NYPD act II, Lee Dove act II, Officer Henry Solis,Matthew Lowry, Officer Jenchesky Santiago, Homan Square, Officer Lisa J. Mearkle, Charly Leundeu Keunang, Officer Patrick Cherry, Officer Michael Brelo, Forrest and Chadon Boggs, Justus Howell, Jeremy Marks, Ronald Bell,Robert Leone,Lucinda White,Alexis Aponte, Carlo Gonzalez, Officer Michael Slager,Josie Garcia, Danroy Henry Jr, Francis Jared Pusok, Suicidal man, Chavis Carter, Jesus Huerta,Mario Valencia, Shona Banda, Jeffrey Walker, Courtney Griffith, Jesse Aguirre , John Constantino, Floyd Dent,Officer Jesse Kidder, FBI, Freddie Gray, Gary Wayne Hopkins, Lisa Skinner, US War on some Drugs,Ervin Leon Edwards, Eric Harris, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Middle-aged white guy, Officer James Napier, Darryl West Jr, Laura Whitinger, Noel Pena, Officers three narcs, Officer Harminder Phagura, Officer Elio Santana, Santae Tribble, Officer Swedish Police x (4), officer Cedric Greer, FBI act V, Floyd Dent ACT III, Floyd Dent ACT II, Terrance Kellom, Freddie Gray act II, Unidentified victim, officer Wiley Willis, Officer Edward Krawetz, Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR), Officer Jean Lopez, Black parole officers (4) count, Ernest Satterwhite act II, Freddie Gray act III, Officer Philippe Archer,, Unidentified correctional officer, Officer Kyle Guyer, Officer Douglas Keck, Officer Bobby Joe Eubanks, Oficer Son Hoai Vu, Officer Geoffrey Evatt Graves, Arthur Sargeant, Jaeah Lee, Officer Jonathan Munoz, Otto a German shepherd, Joseph Rivers, David Allan Masters, Daniel Chong, DOJ, FBI, Victoria ‘Tori’ Herr, Jeremy Hutton, 14 year old girl, Tom Hayden, James Brown, Baltimore PD, Officer Robert Clark, Christopher Sean Harris, Officer Fernando Trinidad, Derek Copp, Glen Beaty, Brett Elder, Fong Lee, Dymond Milburn, Christopher Ferrell, David Washington, Deborah Jones, Herman Crisp, Officer Unidentified, Tanisha Anderson, Deanna Jo Robinson, Officer Unidentified, Officer Unidentified, April Brogan, Christopher Colbruno, Ginnifer Hency, FBI, Jermaine McBean, Deng Manyoun, Marla James, Police Chief Leonard Papania, Joseph Burrell,Officer Mark Magness,Officer Mark Magness, Asset forfeiture, Jose Velasco, Troy Canales, Tyree Carroll, Julian Betton, Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino, Sandra Bland, Alexis Acker, Caroline Small, Israel Hernandez Llach, Mary O’Callaghan, Christopher Adam Zareck, Patricia Cameron, 5 Dead black women, Homeland Security, Zachary Hammond, Kelly Brinson, Officer Sean Bolton, Tremaine Wilbourn, Officers Santa Ana PD, Jonathan Ferrell, 24 unarmed victims, war crimes, 595 killed by police 2015, Christian Taylor, Michael Roque, Charnesia Corley, Mansur Ball-Bey, Jonathan Ferrell, Four women, Kelvin Kirkpatrick, Deanna Robinson, Sheriff Frank Skrah, Liz Vargas, Gilbert Flores,Officer Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, Maxie Oquendo, NYPD, FBI v Burning Man, Officer Ryan Donald, Arielle Engert , Detective Raymond Mott, Lamar Lathon,Nick Berlin, Louise Milan, Yvette Smith, 5-year-old boy, Unidentified woman, Diane Walker , Ruther Hayes, Robert Liese, Porn law North Carolina, Thomas Smith, Dana Reiner , Otto Pippenger, Officer Danson Cappo, for-profit justice, Officer Brendan Cronin, Andrea Ellis, Jonathan Miller , Matthew Ajibade, Alfred Evan, Deven Guilford, Corey Jones, Martese Johnson, Kamal Gelle, Gillian Palacios, Deputy Ric Lindley, Nick Houck, Henry Davis , Diana Williams,
Daniel Holtzclaw, Daniel Holtzclaw, Tony Blair, Officer Sean Christian, Jeremy Mardis, Ofiicer Geral John Rogero, Quentin Tarantino, Officer Michael Szeliga, Officer Neal Browder, Michael Flaig, Linwood Raymond Lambert, Jamar Clark, Officer Michael Roadside, Troy Goode, Donald Gates, Benjamin Burruss, Laquan McDonald, Officer Kristin Bantle, Jabari Dean, Officer Garrett Swasey, Mario Woods, Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, Officer Joel Jenkins, Robert C. Rooker, Travis Nevelle Page, Jason Brady, Travis Nevelle Page, Marvin Banks, Officer Jeffrey M. Asher, Nicholas Robertson, Sugar the cat, Jamal Rutledge, Lateef Dickerson, Corey Williams, Officers repeat shooters, Diana Williams, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, Bobby Daniels, Bettie R. Jones, Frank Andrews, Hope Steffey, William Amaro Sanchez, Efrain Grimaldo, 1,134 Black Men, Officer Michael Bergeson, Officer Nicholas Wayne Powell, James E. McBride, Darius Pinex, Rahm Emanuel, 10 Y/O female, Richard D. White, Officer taped tending pot plant, California Drug Enforcer, Officer Jon Burge , Emanuel Lutchman, Noel Aguilar, Sam Benson, Ramsey Orta, NSA, 12 Y/O female, Officer Richard Jones, Ross Ulbricht, Cedrick Chatman, Georgia Department of Corrections, Gov. Scott Walker, NYPD abuse of authority, Matthew Hovland-Knase, Roman Seleznyov, Snowden Edward, Roman Seleznyov, CIA, Officer James Amidei, Dustin Heathman, Derrick Price, Officer Unidentified, Juana Raymundo, 149 Exonerated in 2015, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Andy Lopez, Rex Iverson, Dr. John Farquhar, Officer Ashley Guindon, Claudia Castillo, Officer Daniel Fonticiella , Officer Louis Scarcella, Vanessa Gathers, Greg Gunn , Deanne Choate, America's Secret Prisons, Officer Anthony Spence, Officer Cynthia Hurley, Officer Jacai Colson, DOD, Flint MI. – missing water files in city hall, Johnathan Scott Mcrae, Jamar Clark, Officer Jason Van Dyke, Daniel Shaver, Virginia State Police, CIA,misconduct prosecutorial, James Anderson, Officer Jacquelyn D. Hogue, Officer Chris Medlin, David Eckert, Cenk Uygur, Carl A. Koontz, CIA, Erik Prince, Keith Gartenlaub, officer Kerrie Orozco, John Geer, Heriberto Godinez, Unidentified police officer, George W. Bush, Officer Jeffrey Heffernan, Officer Matin M. Dunlap, 13 Y/O male unidentified, Tom Angel, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Governor Bob McDonnell, Corey Jones, Raju Kosuri, Joseph Sperling,Guido Menzio , Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, Homeland Security, Jarret McClasland, Rebecca Musarra, Richard Simone, Senator Dean Skelos, Troubled NY lawmakers, Monique Tillman,NSA backdoor, Bomb Scare, Nelson Mandela, Donald Rickard, MBTA Police pension fund, Rahm Emanuel, Kanya Bennett, Julian Assange, Trey Sims, Fat Leonard,Fajitagate, SFPD, Richard Tims, Idriss Scott Stelley, Pentagon, National Security Letters, Ken Starr, Edward Snowden, Police Chief Manuel Treviño,Officer Jessie Laconsay, Officer Timothy N. Runnels, Aliya Nigro,Jamycheal Mitchell, Ollie Lee Brooks, Col. George H. White, Cmdr. Glenn Evans, Officer unidentified, Officer Dan Lovelace, George Villanueva, Officer Paul Figueroa, Officer Andrew Holmes, Officer Dan Lovelace,Michael Jackson, Freddie Gray, Officer William Porter, Officer Edward Nero, Officer Caesar Goodson, James Brissette, Microsoft, Richard Rosario,Denver Fenton Allen, Thomas Drake, Alton Sterling, Itemad Angel Almatar, Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti,Philando Castile, Operation Northwoods, Chris LeDay, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Governor Pat McCrory, Dylan Noble, Linux, FBI, Ernesto Duenez Jr, Police Lt. Brian Rice, Google, Vernita M. Greenfield, Charles Kinsey,A.J. Bohannon, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay,Charles Kinsey, Noodles & Company, Officer Lee Bacak, William Binney, Paul O'Neal, Marc LeBeau, Breaion King, Korryn Gaines, Earledreka White, Dwayne Stafford, Police accountability, Freddie Gray, Officer Tim Smith, Sylville K. Smith, Arshell Dennis, Vachel Howard , Baltimore PD, Legend Preston, Tristan Scaggs, Eliseo Rosa, Officer Corey Flagg, Officer Joseph Miedzianowski, Timothy Jones , Officer Glenn Lewellen, Officer Dale Jones , Officer Broderick C. Jones, Officer Matthew Hudak, Tevin Louis, Officer Jermaine Saunders, Korryn Gaines, Judge Milas Hale, Melissa Nelson, Judge Amber Wolf, Ramsey Orta, Officer Ben Fields, Officer Eric Casebolt, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Glenn Ford, Robert Olsen, Officer unidentified, Celeste Guap, Harper Westover, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Jose Guerena, Keith Lamont Scott,Terence Crutcher, Detective Gregory Gordon,Officer Susan Rahr, Cindy Hahn, Alfred Olango, Reginald Thomas Jr, Joseph Mann, Carnell Snell,Officer Brant Gaither, Andrew Hallman,Shailene Woodley, Deborah Danner, AT&T,Officer James Robinson Jr, Officer Matthew Kenny, Officer Anthony R. Robinson, Officer Akinyemi Borisade, Officer Stephen D. Rankin, Sean Smith-Arlt, Officer Paul Tuozzolo, Scott Michael Greene, Oficer Matthew Luckhurt , Officer Ray Tensing(Tensing,Ray), Officer Matthew Luckhurt, Naeschylus Vinzant, Tara Houska, Christopher Dorner, Officer Robert Parker Jr., Omar Raham , Oifficer Jeff Bonar , Ellen Bogan, Dallas Goldtooth, Raymond Lee Jennings, Officer Christopher Alan Seymour, NSA, Ronald Spear, Kalief Browder, Ernesto Lee Rivas, Robert Davis,Martinez Smith-Payne, Jean Seaburg, James O'Keefe, Alfred Olango, Blake Hawthorne, Tanisha Anderson, David Stojcevski, Jennifer Meyers, Jessica Preston, Jamycheal Mitchell, Jocques Scott Clemmons, Deaundre Phillips, Officer unidentified, Timothy Lionel Williams,Henry Juskiewicz,Rommerro Farrah,James Stewart,Officer Keith Vidler,Jennifer Niemeyer,Harold Hempstead,Darren Rainey,Mary Hawkes,Omar Ballard, Officer Chukwuemeka Ekwonna (Ekwonna, Chukwuemeka),Sommer Sharpe (Sharpe, Sommer),Officer Reynaldo Guevara (Guevara, Reynaldo), Officer Robert McDonald (McDonald, Robert), Warden Jason Bunting,Louizandre Dauphin, Officer Sherry Hall, Terrell Thomas, Officer Nicole Fair, Jordan Edwards, Xi Xiaoxing, Maddi Runkles,Officer Chauna Thompson(Thompson, Chauna), Andrew Scott,Terrence Sterling,Officer Joseph Astarita, Tommy Le , Kirsten Hunter, David Jessen,


Abuse of authority brutality corruption cover up Drug War lack of discipline
incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct mission creep
obstruction of justice prevaricate prosecutorial misconduct






David Jessen (Jessen, David ), Clovis CA, 2016-06-11

Lawsuit: Police Destroyed Farm House To Capture indigent Homeless Man Armed With An Ice Cream Bar, one-half tomato and milk.

Law enforcement officers in Fresno County, California, unleashed an "excessive, unreasonable, violent" assault on a family's home in order to flush out an unarmed homeless man Chanly Un (Un, Chanly )who had broken in, the owners said in a lawsuit.

David and Gretchen Jessen (Jessen, Gretchen), who are farmers in rural Fresno County, say in the suit that the authorities justified the "military-like training action" that destroyed their house on June 11, 2016, as an operation to apprehend a homeless intruder who, in the end, only took some food from the house refrigerator, according to Courthouse News.

The Jessens' lawsuit says that the Fresno County Sheriff's Department and the Clovis Police Department essentially used their secluded rural home to stage a SWAT team training exercise that involved more than 50 law enforcement vehicles, two helicopters, and a teargas-firing SWAT team, among others.

Man suing police ‘armed to the teeth’ for using SWAT tactics during a ‘welfare check’

The "excessive, unreasonable, violent, destructive" action by law enforcement occurred "because the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and/or Clovis Police Department had found, by accident, the perfect location to conduct a training exercise on a rural home, on a dead-end street, in rural Fresno County, where 'civilians' were not present, 'civilians' were not going to congregate, 'civilians' were not going to observe or interfere with the military training assault on the Jessens' home and the situation posed no risk of injury to the officers," the complaint says.

The couple said their house incurred more than $150,000 of damages and that they can no longer live in the teargas-stained dwelling.

"The magnitude of the damage to the Jessens’ home was unreasonable and unjustified, needlessly implemented to capture a single, surrounded, unarmed, hungry homeless person who posed no danger to anyone," the complaints says.

TAGS:Abuse of authority lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence misconduct mission creep



Kirsten Hunter(Hunter, Kirsten ), Pierre SD, ~2017-06-30

'Conduct that Shocks the Conscience': South Dakota Forcibly Catheterizes a Toddler in the Name of the War on Drugs

The state of South Dakota is practicing a form of drug war excess tantamount to torture or sexual assault, according to a pair of federal lawsuits filed by the ACLU on June 28. One suit charges that law enforcement and medical personnel subject drug suspects to forcible catheterization if they refuse to submit to a drug test.

The second suit charges even more outrageous conduct: State social workers and medical personnel subjecting a screaming toddler to the same treatment, in a fruitless bid to bring a child abuse or neglect charge against his mother.

Let's be clear here: We are talking about a person having a plastic tube painfully inserted in his penis without his consent and with the use of whatever physical force is necessary by agents of the state. In the name of enforcing drug laws.

Law enforcement has an incentive to coerce people into consenting to warrantless drug tests--with the realistic threat of forced catheterization--because its state laws punish not just possession of drugs, but having used them. Under the state's "internal possession" or "unlawful ingestion" statutes, testing positive for illicit drugs is a criminal offense.

"Forcible catheterization is painful, physically and emotionally damaging, and deeply degrading," said ACLU of South Dakota executive director Heather Smith in a statement announcing the filings. "Catheterization isn’t the best way to obtain evidence, but it is absolutely the most humiliating. The authorities ordered the catheterization of our clients to satisfy their own sadistic and authoritarian desires to punish. Subjecting anyone to forcible catheterization, especially a toddler, to collect evidence when there are less intrusive means available, is unconscionable."

In the case of the toddler, the ACLU is suing on behalf of Kirsten Hunter of Pierre and her thee-year-old son. According to the complaint, their ordeal began on February 23, when police arrived to arrest her live-in boyfriend for failing a probationary drug test. Accompanying the cops was Department of Social Services (DSS) caseworker Matt Opbroeck( Opbroeck, Matt ) , who informed Hunter that she and her children would have to take drug tests, and that if she failed to agree, her two kids would be seized on the spot.

Under such coercion, Hunter agreed to take herself and her kids to St. Mary's Avera (SMA) Hospital to be tested the next day. Here, in the dry language of the legal filing is what happened to her three-year-old, identified as "A.Q.:"

Ms. Hunter was met by [SMA medical staff] and told that she and her children needed to urinate in cups on orders of DSS.

At the time, A.Q., was not toilet-trained and could not produce a sample in a cup.
Even though other methods, such as placing a bag over his penis, would have yielded a urine sample, [SMA medical staff] immediately began to hold him down and to catheterize him.

At the time, [they] did not inform Ms. Hunter of altemative methods of getting a urine sample or explain the risks associated with catheterizing a child.

Ms. Hunter did not know that she could object nor was she given any opportunity to object. Ms. Hunter did not speak with or see a doctor.

A.Q. was catheterized and screamed during the entire procedure.

On information and belief, A.Q. was catheterized with an adult-sized catheter.

Ms. Hunter was humiliated and upset about A.Q.'s catheterization.

A.Q. was injured physically and emotionally.

In the aftermath of the state-sanctioned assault, A.Q. had to be taken to a hospital emergency room in Huron for constipation and pain and discomfort in his penis three days later, and make another emergency room visit to ASM two days after that, when he was diagnosed with a staph infection in his penis.

Hunter and the ACLU are suing DSS caseworker Opbroeck; his bosses, Department of Social Services Secretary Lynn Valenti and DSS Division of Child Protective Services Director Virginia Wieseler( Wieseler, Virginia ); and St. Mary's Avera, Registered Nurse Katie Rochelle, Nurse Practitioner Teresa Cass, and four unnamed SMA medical employees.

TAGS:Abuse of authority Drug War lack of discipline
mission creep


Tommy Le ( Le, Tommy), Burien WA, ~2017-06-30

June 14 was slated to be a big day for 20-year-old Tommy Le—his high school graduation. But Le never made it to the ceremony. He was shot and killed by a police officer just hours before the ceremony started, making him the 449th person to be fatally shot by a police officer this year.

According to the Seattle Times, the shooting occurred around midnight in Burien, Washington, just south of Seattle, when Kings County officers responded to multiple 911 calls about a man threatening people in the neighborhood and possessing a sharp object, possibly a knife. The man turned out to be Le. Other reports from homeowners in the neighborhood say Le was walking around calling himself “the Creator,” even stabbing one man’s door.

Sheriff spokeswoman Sgt. Officer Cindi West(West, Cindi) said that when deputies (Officers unidentified) confronted Le, he refused their commands to drop the object he was holding, which at the time authorities believed was a knife. Two deputies fired their tasers, one striking Le. West said that the tasers did not affect Le. The young man reportedly moved toward the officers, prompting a deputy to shoot him three times, killing him.

The Sheriff’s Office revealed a week later that Le was actually holding a pen instead of a knife. Police did discover knives in a search of Le’s shared home, but are still unclear whether Le had a knife in his possession during the incident. According to the Seattle Times, a sheriff’s detective speculated that Le may have been drunk, although toxicology reports are still pending. Le’s shooting is being investigated by the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality Drug War lack of discipline incompetence mission creep



Officer Joseph Astarita( Astarita, Joseph), 2017-06-28

FBI Agent Is Indicted On Charges Of Lying About Fatal Oregon Refuge Shooting

An FBI agent assigned to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last year is facing a five-count indictment for allegedly lying about his role in the shooting death of one of the occupiers.

Special Agent W. Joseph Astarita, a former member of the FBI's hostage rescue team, pleaded not guilty in a Portland federal court to three counts of making false statements to Bureau investigators and two counts of obstruction of justice.

The indictment says that Astarita was among the agents who were supposed to apprehend certain leaders of the occupation, including Robert LaVoy Finicum (Finicum, Robert LaVoy ) and Ryan Bundy (Bundy, Ryan)

Investigators say that Finicum was reaching for a handgun inside his jacket when Oregon state police officers shot and killed him after a traffic stop on Jan. 26, 2016, at a remote roadblock near the refuge. Astarita fired two shots also, missing Finicum. But he falsely told investigators that he had not fired his weapon and he failed to report the shooting to the FBI's Shooting Incident Response team.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality cover up Maleficence mendacious misconduct obstruction of justice prevaricate


Terrence Sterling (Sterling, Terrence), DC, 2016-09-11

Nine months after motorcyclist Terrence Sterling was fatally shot by D.C. police, family seeks answers

The family of a man fatally shot by D.C. police last fall say authorities are taking too long to make a decision on whether the officer was justified in firing his weapon or will face criminal charges.

Terrence Sterling, 31, was shot by an officer in the early morning hours of September 11, 2016, after police said he rammed his motorcycle into a squad car. Police said Sterling had been driving erratically through Washington streets. They said an officer was getting out of the passenger side of the car to stop the bike when the motorcycle hit the door and the officer fired his weapon.

Sterling’s family and demonstrators quickly questioned whether Sterling, who carried no weapon, posed a danger to the officers. Over the past several months, the case has been presented to a grand jury, according to a witness who testified and an official with knowledge of the investigation, but no conclusions have been announced.

Sterling’s family and demonstrators quickly questioned whether Sterling, who carried no weapon, posed a danger to the officers. Over the past several months, the case has been presented to a grand jury, according to a witness who testified and an official with knowledge of the investigation, but no conclusions have been announced.

The Sterling altercation began about 4:20 a.m., when officers got a call about a motorcycle driving erratically in the Adams Morgan area. Later, police saw the motorcycle near Third and M streets in Northwest Washington near the Third Street tunnel.

Two witnesses have told The Post that the marked police cruiser pulled into the roadway ahead of the motorcycle.

Police said as the officer in the passenger seat, Officer Brian Trainer(Trainer, Brian ), began to exit, his door was struck by the motorcycle. Trainer fired his weapon.

The witness said in interviews that the crash did not appear deliberate and they thought that Sterling was trying to move around the police car.

Trainer, who has been with the police department for more than four years, was wearing a body camera but did not turn it on until minutes after the shooting. Afterward, the police department changed its policy requiring officers to turn on their cameras immediately when they respond to a police call.

Trainer and the second officer, who has not been identified, have been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

TAGS:Abuse of authority lack of discipline incompetence misconduct


Andrew Scott( Scott, Andrew ), Lake County FL, 2012-07-16

Appeals Court: Officer Who Shot and Killed Innocent Man in His Own Home Cannot Be Sued

Andrew Scott and his girlfriend were playing video games in their Florida apartment late at night when they heard a loud banging at the front door. Scott, who was understandably disturbed, retrieved the handgun that he lawfully owned, then opened the door with the gun pointed safely down. Outside, he saw a shadowy figure holding a pistol. He began to retreat inside and close the door when the figure fired six shots without warning, three of which hit Scott, killing him. Scott hadn’t fired a single bullet or even lifted his firearm.

The figure outside was Deputy Officer Richard Sylvester(Sylvester, Richard). He failed to identify himself as a law enforcement officer at any point. He had no warrant and no reason to suspect that Scott or his girlfriend had committed a crime. He did not attempt to engage with Scott at all after he opened the door; he simply shot him dead. And on Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit held that Scott’s parents and girlfriend cannot sue Sylvester because the officer’s conduct was not “clearly” illegal.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mission creep
misconduct spin murder


Officer Chauna Thompson(Thompson, Chauna), Sheldon TX, 1027-05-28

Texas sheriff’s deputy and her husband charged with murder in chokehold at Denny’s

Days after an off-duty Texas sheriff’s deputy was accused of helping her husband choke a man to death outside a Denny’s restaurant, both have been charged with murder.

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Officer Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry Thompson (Thompson, Terry), were indicted Thursday in the killing of 24-year-old John Hernandez (Hernandez, John). Hernandez was hospitalized after he was choked during a late-night encounter with the couple May 28, authorities said, and he died three days later. The Thompsons turned themselves in to the authorities Thursday night and were released from jail on $100,000 bail, according to the Associated Press.

The deadly Memorial Day weekend confrontation started outside the restaurant in Sheldon, Tex., 17 miles northeast of Houston. Investigators say Hernandez had been drinking and was urinating outside the restaurant when Terry Thompson approached him. A verbal confrontation turned physical, although it’s unclear who escalated it, authorities said.

The Harris County medical examiner said Hernandez died from a lack of oxygen to the brain caused by chest compression and strangulation, according to the AP.

Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline
incompetence mission creep

Maddi Runkles (Runkles, Maddi), Heritage Academy Hagerstown MD, 2017-05-24

While criminal this does fit into the 'tacky' zealot class of “Abuse of authority” . Maddi's 'moral lapse' was nothing when we see the hypocrisy, bad judgment and & abuse of authority by school officials.

A small Christian school in western Maryland is not backing down from its decision to ban a pregnant senior from walking at graduation next week.

Despite a public outcry and growing pressure from national antiabortion groups to reconsider, Heritage Academy in Hagerstown says that senior Maddi Runkles broke the school’s rules by engaging in intimate sexual activity. In a letter to parents Tuesday evening, school principal David R. Hobbs ( Hobbs, David R. ) said that Runkles is being disciplined, “not because she is pregnant but because she was immoral. ... The best way to love her right now is to hold her accountable for her morality that began this situation.”

Runkles, 18, is a 4.0 student who has attended the school since 2009. She found out she was pregnant in January and informed the school, where her father was then a board member, in February. Initially the school told Runkles that she would be suspended and removed from her role as student council president and would have to finish the rest of the school year at home.

After the family appealed, Heritage said it would allow Runkles to finish the school year with her 14 classmates but she would not be able to walk with the other seniors to receive her diploma at graduation. The family believes that the decision is unfair and that she is being punished more harshly than others who have broken the rules.

TAGS:Abuse of authority lack of discipline incompetence mission creep

Xi Xiaoxing (Xiaoxing, Xi), Philadelphia PA, 2017-05-10

The federal spy cases against Chinese-American scientists Sherry Chen (Chen, Sherry) and Xiaoxing Xi may have been dropped, but the legal battles continue, the lawyer for the two scientists told NBC News.

Xi Xiaoxing, a Temple University physics professor, at his home in Pennsylvania. The Justice Department had accused him of illegally sending sensitive technology to China but dropped the charges in 2015. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times

When the Justice Department dropped charges against a Temple University physics professor in 2015, it was an embarrassing acknowledgment that FBI. agents and prosecutors had misunderstood the complicated technology that they accused him of illegally sending to China.

The professor, Xi Xiaoxing, now says it was not an innocent mistake. In a federal lawsuit he filed on Wednesday, he accused the lead F.B.I. agent of (falsifying evidence ) falsifying the key piece of evidence and ignoring repeated warnings that he was investigating an innocent man.

The lawsuit is a sharp rejoinder to the government’s crackdown on Chinese spies, which has been undermined by a series of high-profile missteps, including Dr. Xi’s case. The Justice Department reorganized its staff in recent years to focus on preventing the theft of American trade secrets and other acts of espionage by China and other nations.

TAGS:Abuse of authority corruption lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct mission creepobstruction of justice prosecutorial misconduct


Jordan Edwards(Edwards, Jordan), Balch Springs TX, 2017-05-01

Shooting of black teen in Dallas suburb did not meet ‘our core values,’ police chief says.
Officers account keeps changing...

Police in Texas shot and killed a 15-year-old boy as he was leaving a party on Saturday night, officials in Balch Springs, a Dallas suburb, said Sunday.

Jordan Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School, died after an officer fired multiple rounds at the car he was riding in. The car was filled with five teenagers, including Edwards, who were trying to leave a party after cops arrived.

Police in Balch Springs admitted Monday that the car had been driving away when an officer shot at them with a rifle, reversing their original account of the shooting. Initially, police claimed that the vehicle had been backing up toward officers in "an aggressive manner."

But Police Chief Jonathan Haber conceded at a press conference Monday that that account was inaccurate, and that after reviewing dashcam footage, it was clear the vehicle was "moving forward as the officers approached."

"After viewing the video, I don't believe that it met our core values," Haber said.

On Monday, the Dallas County medical examiner's office said that Edwards was shot with a rifle, the Dallas Morning News reported. The medical examiner also officially ruled Edwards' death a homicide, although the ruling does not have any bearing on possible criminal charges.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News Sunday night, attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing the Edwards family, disputed the police account of the incident. Witnesses at the party said they did not hear gunshots until after police arrived, he said, adding that the group of teens in the car were leaving the house because the gathering was getting rowdy.

"They heard police were coming and decided to leave the party. No one heard any gunfire until police arrived at the scene," Merritt said. He added that he spoke with the other teens in the vehicle, and that none had faced any charges for underage drinking and no weapons have been recovered at the scene.

Merritt also took issue with the police department's now-retracted claim that the driver was approaching officers in a threatening manner, explaining that the officer's bullet did not come from behind the vehicle, but had "entered the passenger side window and shattered it."

"They're insinuating that the car was backing up and threatened the officer but the injury is not consistent with that story," Merritt said. "The officer was standing right there."

Officer unidentified: but said now on administrative leave. No officers were injured in the incident.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality cover up Drug War lack of discipline incompetence mendacious misconduct obstruction of justice\

UPDATE 2017-05-05: Police officer charged with murder for killing 15-year-old near Dallas:

AUSTIN, Texas, May 5 (Reuters) - A suburban Dallas police officer was charged with murder on Friday for shooting a rifle into a car of unarmed teenagers driving away from him, killing a 15-year-old boy in an incident that sparked national outrage, the Dallas Morning News reported. Officer(s) lied regarding incident, video contradicted officers false narrative.
A judge signed a murder warrant for former Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver ( Oliver, Roy), who was fired by the force earlier this week for policy violations, the newspaper reported citing law enforcement officials.

mendacious misconduct obstruction of justice

Officer Nicole Fair( Fair, Nicole), Thurmont MD, ~2016-09-30

Cop Spends 2 Months Working Undercover At Burger King, Nets 5 Grams Of Weed
Many are questioning if the operation was worth the effort.

The operation, which began in August, stemmed from complaints that Burger King employees were selling drugs out of the restaurant. In an effort to address those gripes, the Thurmont Police Department turned to Officer Nicole Fair, a recent hire who they felt wouldn’t be recognized in the tight-knit community.

In this case, we had a new officer who wasn’t well-known in Thurmont at the time, Thurmont Police Chief Officer Greg Eyler (Eyler, Greg )told The Frederick-News Post, explaining the scheme. So we thought that we would put her in there in a covert operation.

Based upon the information we had, we felt that anonymity was necessary for the protection of the officer and the integrity of the operation, State’s Attorney Charlie Smith told the Post.

The investigation ended last week with the arrest 23-year-old Tommy Lee Miller(Miller, Tommy Lee), who was charged with possession and distribution of marijuana, and 28-year-old Jonathan Brook Moser(Moser, Jonathan Brook) , who was charged with selling marijuana and morphine, according to WUSA.

TAGS:Abuse of authority Drug War incompetence mission creep

Terrell Thomas(Thomas, Terrell), Milwaukee WI, 2017-04-25

Officers Deprive Man Water in Solitary for 7 Days, prisoner dies of Dehydration.

Terrell Thomas's death was a murder, not an accident.

According to the Journal Sentinel, Thomas started the week long stretch at the Milwaukee County Jail belligerent and loud, the result of an untreated mental illness, prosecutors said. But as the days wore on, he grew weak and dehydrated. He lost nearly 35 pounds and turned quiet, never asking for or receiving medical attention.

Thomas was forced into solitary confinement and then his water was cut off for over 7 days. Prisoner died of dehydration.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality corruption cover up Drug War lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mission creep


Officer Sherry Hall (Hall, Sherry), Jackson GA, 2016-09-26

A white officer said she was shot by a black man. Then her story started to unravel.

Just after midnight Sept. 13, Officer Sherry Hall radioed for help. She had just been injured in a gun battle with a man in a cul-de-sac in Jackson, Ga. He was 250 pounds, she said, mentally disturbed — and black.

Without warning, Hall said, the man stood up and fired his gun, shooting a round into her bullet-resistant vest. As she took cover, she said, he ran away.

Shortly after, though, Hall’s story began to unravel.

During three interviews, she told investigators that she didn’t turn on her patrol cruiser’s dash cam or audio recording device, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

But investigators pored over the equipment — even reaching out to the manufacturer — and recovered video and audio from a hard drive.

They discovered numerous inconsistencies, including some with the physical evidence in the case.

They interviewed Hall again, pointing out things that didn’t add up.

“During this interview,” a GBI statement said, “Sherry Hall watched the video and at that time Hall stopped cooperating with the investigation.”

On Sept. 23, the GBI obtained arrest warrants for Hall. She’s accused of making false statements, tampering with evidence, interfering with government property and violating her oath of office.

Her case is reminiscent of the 2015 death of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz Officer Charles Joseph Gliniewicz ( Gliniewicz, Charles Joseph) , a police officer in Fox Lake, Ill. Gliniewicz radioed that he was pursuing three possible suspects. A short time later, he was found dead of a gunshot wound. His case sparked a massive manhunt. But police say the killing was a ruse to cover up a suicide after Gliniewicz stole money from his own police force.

TAGS:Abuse of authority cover up lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct obstruction of justice prevaricate

Louizandre Dauphin(Dauphin, Louizandre),New Brunswick CN,2016-07-15

‘I was just reading a book’: Canadian cops called on black man reading C.S. Lewis in his car

After the blue and red police lights flashed behind his car(Officers unidentified), Louizandre Dauphin figured he may have added another “prohibited” item to the list of things you can’t do while black: Reading.

Dauphin, 33, a former high school English teacher, had decided to relax last week with a few books at Stonehaven Wharf, a parking lot for fishing boats that’s frequented by tourists to the Canadian province of New Brunswick. He sat inside his Volkswagen Golf hatchback watching the waves and poring over “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis and another book by theologian Timothy Keller.

As he drove home afterward, Dauphin recounted on Instagram, an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police pulled him over, saying someone nearby had called authorities “because … a suspicious black man in a white car was parked at the Wharf for a couple hours. My response, Really? I was just reading a book.”

TAGS:Abuse of authority lack of discipline incompetence mission creep


Warden Jason Bunting (Bunting, Jason) ,Columbus OH, 2017-04-13

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) prison inmates 'built computers and hid them in ceiling'

Both Johnson and Spriggs are ostensibly employable on the outside. CIA, NSA etc.. (See below)

A prison work programme has backfired, after two inmates in the US state of Ohio built computers from PCs they were supposed to be dismantling for recycling.

Inmates Adam Johnston (Johnston, Adam) and Scott Spriggs (Spriggs, Scott) got their hands on parts to build the two computers through Cleveland nonprofit, which provides the machines to Marion Correctional Institutions, Green Initiative program for inmates to disassemble.

The unsupervised inmates later hid the PCs in the ceiling of a training room.
Investigators found software, pornography and articles about making drugs and explosives on the machines.
The discovery came after IT staff flagged unusual levels of internet activity on a contractor's account.
The PCs were found in 2015 but the case has only just been made public.

They also downloaded porn, newly released movies and TV shows and disseminated them on thumb drives to fellow inmates in exchange for commissary items.

Johnston and Spriggs also applied for five credit cards in another inmate’s name and forged passes for prisoners to gain access to multiple areas within the medium-security jail.

Marion Correctional Institute's Warden Jason Bunting (Bunting, Jason) took too long to report the possible cybercrimes, the Inspector General's report concludes. Bunting knew a possible crime was occurring when alerts began pouring in saying someone was trying to access the ODRC's system. Bunting also received information saying someone on the network was trying to apply for a credit card, which he told investigators was a "no-no."

TAGS:Abuse of authority cover up lack of discipline incompetence


Officer Robert McDonald (McDonald, Robert) , Lawrenceville, GA, 2017-04-14

(CNN)Two police officers were fired in Georgia on Thursday, less than 24 hours after cellphone videos surfaced of them punching and kicking a motorist in handcuffs.

No charges have been filed, but the Gwinnett County Police Department said it's moving forward with a criminal investigation.
The incident began when a 19-year veteran of the force, Sgt. Officer Michael Bongiovanni (Bongiovanni, Michael), pulled over motorist Demetrius Hollins (Hollins, Demetrius) in a routine traffic stop, according to Police Chief Butch Ayers.

In his report, Bongiovanni said the vehicle did not have a license plate, and continued moving as he tried to pull it over.
The officer said the vehicle appeared to stall, and he got out to speak to the driver and could smell marijuana. He wrote that Hollins was acting strange, and started yelling, "I need my mom."

Witness video
In a cellphone video shot by a witness that emerged Wednesday night, Officer Robert McDonald (McDonald, Robert), who was responding to assist Bongiovanni, emerges from offscreen and kicks Hollins while he is on the ground.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality cover up Drug War lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mission creep

Officer Reynaldo Guevara (Guevara, Reynaldo), Chicago IL,

Unbelievable: One Chicago Cop Accused of Framing 51 People for Murder

Horrific acts of Chicago Police Department brutality, from killings to racial profiling to harassment of youth, do not spring from a few bad apples alone. Guevara was granted impunity by the system, while the people he allegedly framed are still locked up.

It’s the tale of one allegedly rogue cop accused by at least 51 people of framing them for murders from the 1980s through the early 2000s in the rough-and-tumble Humboldt Park section of Chicago. His alleged misdeeds led 48 men and one woman to be sentenced to a total of more than 2,300 years in prison. Three were acquitted. Five received life sentences. Three were sentenced to death but spared when in 2003 Gov. George Ryan, disturbed by a rash of wrongful convictions, commuted all death sentences to life or less. Two men died behind bars, including Daniel Peña (Peña, Daniel) , an illiterate man who testified Guevara beat him into signing a confession he couldn’t read.

Chicago’s police brass, its prosecutors, its judges, police oversight commissions, and even federal authorities had ample warnings about Guevara, numerous chances to make amends for the injustices he stands accused of committing and to stop him from perpetrating more. They didn’t.

In fact, according to Segura’s reporting, Guevara had the full-throated backing of the police department, which handed him promotions and a cozy retirement. Prosecutors also stood behind him, as they built cases around the people he said were eyewitnesses despite unlikely scenarios in their accounts.
But the misdeeds do not stop there. Judges turned a deaf ear to people who swore in open court that Guevara had beaten them or coerced their confessions or testimony, writes Segura. So did high-ranking city, county and federal officials, who for decades ignored mounting claims of misconduct, choosing instead to defend the honor of the law enforcement establishment.

Four years ago, the city ordered an independent review of Guevara cases, and in 2015, determined that four imprisoned men were more than likely innocent. Anita Alvarez, the state attorney for Cook County, whose office had the power to release the men from prison, initially declined to act on those findings.

Alvarez was thrown out of office last March by a powerful grassroots campaign, led by directly impacted organizations like Assata’s Daughters. Yet her successor, Kim Foxx, appears to be dragging her heels on releasing those who were locked up by Guevera.

Chicago is no stranger to police scandals and cover-ups. In 2015, the city was forced to agree to a historic reparations deal for more than 100 black men who were forced to endure torture from 1972 to 1991. Overseen by commander Jon Burge ( Burge, Jon), the atrocities were covered up for years and only forced into the public purview by a large grassroots movement, including We Charge Genocide.

Most CPD atrocities never see sunlight.

The probe documents numerous instances in which internal investigators directly sought to influence officers’ statements—in the officer’s favor—by asking unnecessary leading questions during investigative interviews. Of the 980 complaints of racial or ethnic discrimination filed against the CPD, only 1.3 percent were sustained. Investigators found 354 complaints for the use of the word “nigger” or its variations, and only 1.1 percent of these complaints were sustained.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality corruption cover up Drug War lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct mission creepobstruction of justice prevaricate prosecutorial misconduct


Sommer Sharpe (Sharpe, Sommer), Columbia SC, 2017-04-08

Authorities: 4 inmates found dead at a South Carolina prison

Four inmates were found dead Friday morning in a dorm at one of South Carolina's maximum-security men's prisons, authorities said.

The four inmates were found at Kirkland Correctional Institution in the capital city, Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling (Stirling, Bryan) told The Associated Press. Stirling did not say how they died.

Department spokeswoman Sommer Sharpe (Sharpe, Sommer) identified the four inmates in a news release as John King(King, John), 52; Jason Kelley (Kelley, Jason) , 35; Jimmy Ham (Ham, Jimmy ), 56; and William Scruggs (Scruggs, William), 44.

The prison has been the scene of previous violence. In 2015, two inmates held two nurses hostage with homemade knives for seven hours after forcing their way into a nursing station where prescription drugs were kept. One nurse's throat was cut, but she survived.

Last year, three corrections officers at Kirkland were fired after officials said they tried to kill an inmate in their care. Authorities said the officers, who were charged with attempted murder and misconduct in office, stabbed an inmate while he was handcuffed.

Their cases are still pending.

In 2015, a 21-year-old man jailed at the prison died when he suffered a head injury. The coroner's office determined that the injury was not caused by a fall, officials said in a statement.

UPDATE: Two Inmates Charged after Death of Four Others

COLUMBIA, SC - (WLTX) -- Officials from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division charged two inmates with murder after four inmates were found dead at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia Friday.

35-year-old Denver Simmons (Simmons, Denver) and 25-year-old Jacob Philip (Philip, Jacob) are each charged with four counts of murder.

According to a release from SLED, the incident was partially captured on video. Simmons and Philip are accused of strangling King, Kelley, Scruggs and Ham until death. Officials also say Ham was also stabbed with a broomstick and King was assaulted with a broomstick until death.



Officer Chukwuemeka Ekwonna (Ekwonna, Chukwuemeka), DC , 2017-02-09

A D.C. police officer has been accused of paying a 15-year-old girl for sex, then taking the money back at gunpoint. News4's Chris Gordon reports.

A D.C. police officer has been arrested in Maryland and is facing an array of charges after police say he paid a 15-year-old girl for under age sex and then demanded the money back at gunpoint.

Anne Arundel County police arrested 27-year-old Metropolitan Police Officer Chukwuemeka Ekwonna of Glenn Dale on Thursday.

Ekwonna is charged with armed robbery, firearm use, first, second and third-degree assault, third-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment and prostitution offenses, police said.

All of the charges stem from an alleged incident on Jan. 9.

Court documents show the teen told authorities she met a man on social media, and he offered her $80 for sex. After they met and had sex, she said the man pointed a gun at her and took his money back.

Ekwonna had been with the police department for 14 months and was assigned to the Second District. His police powers were revoked and he was placed on a "non-contact status," the department said. The department said Ekwonna was terminated on Friday.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline
Maleficence misconduct sex under-age

Omar Ballard, Norfolk VA, 2017-03-22

The "Norfolk Four" are four men, Derek Tice(Tice, Derek ), Danial Williams (Williams, Danial ) , Joseph J. Dick Jr(Dick, Joseph J. Jr.)., and Eric C. Wilson (Wilson, Eric C. ), who were convicted in 1999 for the 1997 rape and murder of Michelle Moore-Bosko (Moore-Bosko, Michelle ) in Norfolk, Virginia. A federal judge ruled in 2016 that the four men, who were convicted based on a false confession, were actually innocent.

Virginia’s governor pardoned four former sailors who became known as the “Norfolk Four,” ending a decades-long fight to clear the men of rape and murder convictions based on intimidating police interrogations.
A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the governor has granted absolute pardons for the men in the 1997 rape and killing of Michelle Moore-Bosko. DNA evidence linked another man, Omar Ballard, (Ballard, Omar) to the crimes. He said he was solely responsible and is serving a life sentence.

Prosecutors argued that the men raped Moore-Bosko while her husband was away at sea and then passed around a knife and took turns stabbing her. Their case relied solely on the men’s coerced confessions as no physical evidence connected them to the crime.

Williams, Trice & Dick were told they would face capital murder charge — punishable by death — if they didn’t confess.

“I just couldn’t take it anymore,” Williams said during an April 2015 hearing. “I couldn’t take being called a liar, the pressure.” Williams said he caved because he wanted the 11-hour interrogation to be over.

The detective who questioned the men, Officer Robert Glenn Ford (Ford, Robert Glenn) , was convicted in 2011 of extortion and lying to the FBI in unrelated cases. He is serving 12 ½ years in prison for taking tens of thousands of dollars from drug dealers in exchange for getting them favorable treatment at sentencing.

TAGS:Abuse of authority corruption cover up lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct mission creep
prevaricate prosecutorial misconduct


Mary Hawkes (Hawkes, Mary), Albuquerque NM, 2014-04-21

A cop fires. A mentally-ill teen with firearm dies under questionable circumstances . Yet six police body cameras somehow miss what happens. police control what is recorded and shown to the public.

ALBUQUERQUE — The killing of Mary Hawkes, a troubled 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a truck, should have been a case study in the value of police body cameras. The action was fast-moving, the decisions split-second. And all of the surviving witnesses — including the shooter — were police officers wearing small video cameras on their uniforms.
But nearly three years after the 2014 shooting, it instead has become a cautionary tale about the potential of new technology to obscure rather than illuminate, especially in situations when police control what is recorded and shown to the public. Federal investigators said in December that they were probing allegations that police tampered with video evidence in the case, underscoring broader questions about whether a nationwide rollout of body cameras is fulfilling promises of greater accountability.
“The video has become part of the story, as opposed to what it was perceived to be, as telling the story,” said Edward W. Harness, executive director of Albuquerque’s Civilian Police Oversight Agency.
“The camera issue is depressing in many ways,” Ives said. “Now we are coming to understand that these systems can be manipulated, and it can be easier to convince the public of whatever they [the police] want them to think because there’s a bit of video.”

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality cover up lack of discipline
Maleficence mission creepobstruction of justice prevaricate prosecutorial misconduct


Darren Rainey (Rainey, Darren), Florida City FL, 2012-06-23

The purported details of mentally ill Darren Rainey’s last hour are difficult to read.

A 50-year-old mentally ill inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution, Rainey was pulled into the locked shower by prison guards as punishment after defecating in his cell and refusing to clean it up, said the fellow inmate, who worked as an orderly. He was left there unattended for more than an hour as the narrow chamber filled with steam and water. Fatal Torture.

'I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,’’ he screamed over and over, according to a grievance complaint from a fellow inmate, as Rainey was allegedly locked in a shower with the scalding water turned on full.

When guards finally checked on prisoner 060954, he was on his back and dead. His skin was so burned that it had shriveled from his body, a condition referred to as slippage, according to a medical document involving the death.

Dade Correctional Institution In 2014, in Florida City, Fla. On Friday, Miami-Dade prosecutor Katherine Fernandez Rundle (Fernandez, Rundle Katherine ) found no wrongdoing in the death of mentally ill prisoner Darren Rainey, who was locked in a shower stall at the Dade Correctional Institution in June 2012. He died after he was left unattended for two hours with hot water running.

The Miami Herald also spoke with witnesses who disputed the state's conclusions:

"Witnesses, including a nurse on duty that night, and several inmates interviewed by the Herald over the past two years, have said that two corrections officers, Cornelius Thompson (Thompson, Cornelius ) and Roland Clark(Clark, Roland ) , forced Rainey into an enclosed, locked shower stall and that the water had been cranked as high as 180 degrees from a neighboring room, where the heat controls were. ... Rainey screamed in terror and begged to be let out for more than an hour until he collapsed and died, witnesses told the Herald. Some of the officers taunted and laughed at him, some inmates who were in the unit at the time of his death said."
The Herald interviewed Dr. Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist who was on New York State's prison medical review board for 40 years, and he questioned the medical examiner's findings:

" 'Well, you don't die from schizophrenia,' said Baden, former chief medical examiner in New York City. 'And skin just doesn't slough off by itself.'
Sloughing, he said, is 'hot water trauma' that can only be caused by prolonged exposure to elevated water temperature.
If pieces of Rainey's skin peeled off simply from his being exposed to a lengthy shower spray, Baden said, then anyone who ever takes a long bath would find their skin peeling off their body."
Baden also questioned why it took more than three years for the state's autopsy report to be completed.

Rainey was four months into a two-year sentence on a cocaine charge when he died. He was being housed in the prison's Transitional Care unit, for the mentally ill.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality corruption cover up lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct obstruction of justice prevaricate


Harold Hempstead (Hempstead, Harold), Florida City FL, 2016-04-27

The inmate/orderly, a convicted burglar named Harold Hempstead serving a decades-long sentence, filed repeated formal complaints, beginning in January 2013, with the DOC inspector general, alleging that prison guards subjected inmates — housed in the mental health unit — to extreme physical abuse, prisoners locked in shower stall and that the water had been cranked as high as 180 degrees and withheld food from some who became unruly. The complaints were sent back, most with a short, type-written note saying the appeal was being returned “without action” or had already been addressed.

In September, another inmate was found dead inside his cell. Richard Mair(Mair , Richard), 40, hanged himself from an air conditioning vent.

According to the police report, Mair left a suicide note in his boxer shorts claiming he and other prisoners were sexually abused and physically abused on a routine basis by guards.

DOC officials declined to be interviewed for this story. A spokeswoman said Friday that the agency would provide public records in response to the newspaper’s formal written requests, but no comments.

Over the past several weeks, the newspaper has requested maintenance records, grievance logs, prison death records, guards’ disciplinary records and emails by administrators, including DCI Warden Jerry Cummings (Cummings, Jerry).

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality corruption cover up lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct obstruction of justice

Jennifer Niemeyer (Niemeyer, Jennifer), Bristol WI, 2013-08-05

Giggles the fawn SWAT team

End the War on Baby Deer

Two weeks ago, cops in Wisconsin served a search warrant on an animal shelter in order to seize a contraband baby deer named Giggles. They tranquilized and later killed the fawn because it hadn't been taken to a wildlife reserve as it should have been...

Two weeks ago, a 13-person armed raid consisting of nine Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource (DNR) agents and four sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant on an animal shelter in order to seize and exterminate a contraband baby deer named Giggles. The abandoned fawn had been brought by a concerned family to the St. Francis Society shelter in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and stayed for about two weeks (the plan was to take Giggles to a wildlife reserve, a move that would have happened the day after the raid). But housing wildlife is illegal in Wisconsin due to concerns over diseases, and soon enough two anonymous busybodies called in a tip about the deer. The authorities reacted to the threat by immediately mobilizing (they even used aerial photos to track and confirm the existence of Giggles) and came to the shelter looking “like a SWAT team,” according to a shelter employee.

The law itself may seem cruel to Bambi fans, or coldly sensible to those worried about people keeping potentially disease-carrying wild animals as pets, but the issue isn’t the law so much as the bizarre method of enforcement—instead of taking Giggles to a reserve, the DNR sedated her, put her in a “body bag” and took her elsewhere to be killed.

Local news station WISN interviewed Jennifer Niemeyer, a supervisor for the DNR, who dismissed the idea that the cops should have talked to the shelter before they used force, comparing it to warning drug dealers before a raid. “They don't call [drug offenders] and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug that they have before they show up,” she said. No, they don’t. But they might start considering it.

TAGS: bad judgement Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline incompetence mission creep


Officer Keith Vidler (Vidler, Keith), Orlando FL,

The SWAT Team Would Like to See Your barber license - How police use regulatory inspections to conduct warrant-less searches

Federal appeals court: Stop using SWAT-style raids for regulatory inspections

A Court Ruled That a SWAT Raid on a Barbershop Was Totally Ridiculous

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued a ruling on the sort of issue you’d hope a federal appeals court would never need to rule on — whether the government should be allowed to use SWAT-style tactics to perform regulatory inspections.

At issue were a series of police raids on barbershops around the city of Orlando. The raids were basically fishing operations for drug crimes and to recruit confidential informants. All of the raided shops were black- or Hispanic-owned. The problem is that, because they were fishing expeditions, the police didn’t have enough evidence to obtain a warrant. Instead, the police asked an occupational license office to send along an inspector. Voila! These were no longer drug raids. For the purposes of the Fourth Amendment, they were now officially licensure inspections that just happened to include armored cops storming the businesses as if they were harboring an ISIS sleeper cell.

Although ostensibly justified as a regulatory inspection, the raid on Strictly Skillz, like similar sweeps of other barbershops that same day, was part of an operation hatched by Fields and Cpl. Keith Vidler of the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), who hoped to find drugs, "gather intelligence," and "interview potential confidential informants." The barbershops chosen for the sweeps "were apparently selected because they or barbers within them had on previous occasions failed to cooperate with DBPR inspectors," the court says. "All of the targeted barbershops were businesses that serviced primarily African-American and Hispanic clientele."

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality Drug War lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mission creepobstruction of justice


James Stewart(Stewart, James ), Venice CA, ~2011-08-03
The Latest Raw Milk Raid: An Attack on Food Freedom?

August 3 was a telling day for food freedom in America, but the events were framed in terms of food safety. In Venice, California, the Rawesome raw food club was raided by armed federal and county agents who arrested a club volunteer and seized computers, files, cash, and $70,000 worth of perishable produce. James Stewart, 64, was charged on 13 counts, 12 of them related to the processing and sale of unpasteurized milk to club members. The other count involved unwashed, room-temperature eggs—a storage method Rawesome members prefer. The agents dumped gallons of raw milk and filled a large flatbed with seized food, including coconuts, watermelons, and frozen buffalo meat.
That same morning, leaders at the multinational conglomerate Cargill were calculating how best to deal with a deadly outbreak of drug-resistant Salmonella that originated in a Cargill-owned turkey factory.
When word of the raw milk crackdown got out, a bevy of high-profile lawyers offered to represent the raw foodies pro bono, says Rawesome member Lela Buttery, 29. Christopher Darden, who helped prosecute O.J. Simpson, appeared at Stewart's arraignment just in time to lower his bail from the $121,000 that prosecutors had recommended to $30,000, and to strike a rarely used clause that would have prevented Stewart from employing a bail bondsman.
Buttery told me the mood in the courtroom was almost comical when Stewart's initial $121,000 bail was announced. "We'd been watching child molesters and wife-beaters get half that amount. James is accused of things like processing milk without pasteurization and gets such a high bail amount ... the felons in court burst out laughing."

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Rommerro Farrah (Farrah, Rommerro ) New Haven CN, 2010-10-26

The SWAT Team Would Like to See Your Alcohol Permit

NEW HAVEN -- For a moment, employees at a St. John Street cabaret said, they thought they were being robbed when masked gunmen with assault rifles stormed in Monday night.
It quickly became clear, however -- as bartenders, patrons and exotic dancers were ordered to the floor and handcuffed -- that they were part of some type of raid.
Police confirmed Tuesday the operation was part of a joint execution of a search and seizure warrant by local narcotics detectives and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
New Haven police Lt. Jeff Hoffman, Officer Jeff Hoffman (Hoffman , Jeff )who heads the narcotics squad, stressed the warrant wasn't specifically for Crazy Horse Cabaret, the former Stage Door Johnny's, at 85 St. John St., but rather for the 15,000-square-foot building, an old clock factory that takes up an entire block on Hamilton Street.
He confirmed the search warrant was part of an ongoing drug investigation. He declined to say what police found, but the owner of the club Tuesday said he understood police found a marijuana grow operation in another part of the sprawling complex.
"I work hard to run a clean operation," said Johnny, the owner, who didn't want his last name used. "They came in here like gangbusters and put guns on people. They know we're clean."
One person was arrested on cocaine-related charges, but Hoffman said it was an on-site arrest, not because of the search warrant.
"These guys are no joke," said one eyewitness who was at the raid and like other patrons, staff and "handcuffed, naked strippers," was prone on the floor.
He saw agents charging in, some in masks.
"Battering rams, bulletproof shields, assault rifles. They had 30 to 35 people on the floor in cuffs and this whole building was locked down in a matter of three or four minutes," the man said, not wanting to provide his name.
After the building was secured, the tense tone lifted a bit, the witness said, but he still was detained for about two hours. People were removed from the floor, checked for warrants and unhandcuffed before being moved to another room, he said.
Police arrested five Yale students, including one who ended up in the hospital after officers Tased and subdued him. Police said the student was kicking and punching three officers. Eyewitnesses said a cop punched and kicked and Tased the student with no provocation beyond a request to make a phone call, while other students were threatened with arrest if they used cell phone cameras or sent text messages, according to this story and this story in the Yale Daily News.
“It was beyond overreaction. They were like storm troopers,” claimed John Carta, attorney for the club’s owner, Rommerro Farrah. Click here to read a letter he sent Monday to the police chief.

The incident occurred a week after similar complaints followed the arrest of a Quinnipiac University student who was video-recording an arrest outside Toad’s Place. The video captured both a bouncer and a cop ordering him to put away his cell phone camera. Chief Limon said the student was arrested not for taking the video, but for disobeying police commands and interfering with an investigation and with his friend’s arrest.

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Henry Juskiewicz (Juskiewicz, Henry ) Nashville TN, 2012-08-07

Gibson Guitar Settles Federal Case That Resulted in 2011 Armed Raid; Pays $300,000 Fine

The Great Gibson Guitar Raid: Months Later, Still No Charges Filed

In August 2011, Nashville-based Gibson Guitar was raided by federal agents and ultimately charged with violating the Lacey Act, a law that bans importation of rare and endangered plants and wood products. At issue was wood imported from India that would be used for fret boards in the company's world-renowned electric guitars.

The feds raided Gibson for using an inappropriate tariff code on wood from India, which is a violation of the anti-trafficking statute known as The Lacey Act. At issue is not whether the wood in question was endangered, but whether the wood was the correct level of thickness and finish before being exported from India. "India is wanting to ensure that raw wood is not exported without some labor content from India," says [Gibson CEO Henry] Juskiewicz.Andrea Johnson (Johnson, Andrea ) of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) counters that "it's not up to Gibson to decide which laws...they want to respect." She points out that Gibson had previously been raided under The Lacey Act for imports from Madagascar.

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Timothy Lionel Williams, (Williams, Timothy Lionel), DC, 2017-02-24

Police are unshure who fired the shots (possible frendly fire) wounding the officer, in Washington, D.C., continue to investigate a late-night shooting Thursday involving two officers (officers unidentified) and a civilian that was captured on video and then posted to social media.

During a news conference today, authorities said that around 10:42 p.m. Thursday, two uniformed officers (officers unidentified)in an unmarked car were responding to earlier reports of gunshots when they approached a man in the capital's Northeast section.

Police Chief Peter Newsham today identified the man as 47-year-old Timothy Lionel Williams, whom he said ran and then stopped. He and the officers struggled and shots were fired, police said.

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Officer unidentified, Anaheim CA, ~2017-02-22

An off-duty LAPD California officer fired his weapon in a confrontation with a group of teens Tuesday afternoon in an incident that was captured on video.

In the wake of the encounter, the officer has been placed on administrative leave, according to the LAPD.

The officer is cooperating with the ongoing investigation and will not be arrested at this time, Anaheim police said. After the investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

The encounter began in front of the officer's Anaheim home stemming from ongoing issues with juveniles walking across his property, the Anaheim Police Department said in a press release.

Anaheim police said a 13-year-old boy allegedly threatened to shoot the officer, who then attempted to detain the boy until police arrived, sparking a physical confrontation. But the boy's mother disputes that -- saying her son said he was going to sue, not shoot, the officer.

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Deaundre Phillips (Phillips, Deaundre), Atlanta GA, ~2017-01-26

ATLANTA - Newly released video depicting the moments before an officer-involved shooting that killed 24-year-old Deaundre Phillips last month is raising new questions about the initial statement provided by the Atlanta Police Department.

The video, released by the Fulton County District Attorney's office, shows two plain-clothes Atlanta Police officers approach a vehicle at the Atlanta Police Annex on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

They appear to question Phillips outside of the vehicle on Jan. 26 just before 8 p.m. The officers, identified as Officer El Malik Roberson-EL (Roberson-EL, El Malik ) and Officer Yasin Abdulahad (Abdulahad, Yasin), said that they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Phillips and Abdulahad, an 11-year veteran with the department, exchange words, and then become involved in a physical altercation that appears to carry on inside of the vehicle.

"For some explainable reason, Officer Abdulahad jumps fully in the vehicle," L. Chris Stewart, the family's attorney, said.

Footage then appears to show the scuffle continue inside of the car as Phillips attempts to drive off. The shooting happens when the car is out of frame, Stewart said.

Following the shooting, the Atlanta Police Department released a statement that the shooting occurred because "one of the APD investigators was partially in the passenger side of the vehicle as the vehicle fled."

Stewart says the video contradicts that account.

Additionally, the GBI recovered a small amount of marijuana on Phillips. The weapon recovered from the vehicle did not play a role in the shooting, the GBI said.

The case remains under investigation by the GBI, and their findings will be turned over to the Fulton County district attorney's office for review.

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Jocques Scott Clemmons (Clemmons, Jocques Scott), Nashville TN, 2016-02-12

Video exposes official lies about police killing in Nashville, Tennessee

Police in Nashville, Tennessee have backed off initial reports that a man had physically “charged” a policeman who had stopped him last Friday, February 10, for running a stop sign. The man, Jocques Scott Clemmons, was later shot and killed by the same police officer.

Clemmons, 31, attempted to flee on foot after being stopped in the Cayce Home public housing area parking lot in East Nashville, but later turned on Officer Josh Lippert (Lippert, Josh ), according to police. During a subsequent scuffle police said Clemmons dropped a loaded handgun before retrieving it and again attempted to flee when he was shot three times by Lippert.
While the videos from security cameras appear to indicate a struggle later when Lippert shot Clemmons in the back, the report that the policeman had initially been assaulted when he got out of his car have been shown to be demonstrably false.

Clemmons, who was African American, was shot by Lippert, who is white, twice in the lower back and once in the hip. Police said he was shot just as he was turning in between two cars after struggling with Lippert.
But a local resident told a reporter for the Tennessean that she saw that as excessive and unnecessary force. “A person is shot in the back,” Brenda Morrow said. “That means he’s fleeing; he’s no threat.”

Police attempts to explain why the initial police statements suggested that Lippert had been physically attacked when he had not were less than plausible,

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Jamycheal Mitchell (Mitchell, Jamycheal), Portsmouth VA, 2015-08-19

Man accused of stealing $5 in snacks died in jail as he waited for space at mental hospital -

After Jamycheal Mitchell’s arrest, a judge ordered him to a state psychiatric hospital to get help, but like an increasing number of the mentally ill he sat in jail for months as he waited for a bed to open. By Aug. 19 he was dead. Man accused of stealing $5 in snacks died in jail as he waited for space at mental hospital

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Jessica Preston (Preston, Jessica), DetroitMI, 2016-03-20

Michigan county jail under fire after woman gives birth on cell floor

A Detroit-area sheriff is defending his staff over their actions nine months ago when a woman who was eight months pregnant was sent back to her cell three times before giving birth on the jail’s floor. Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said he is confident his medical staff acted accordingly despite video showing a pregnant Jessica Preston being sent back to her cell after telling them she was in labor, Local 4 reported.

The story began a few days earlier in Warren. Preston was pulled over because she had a rosary hanging from her rearview mirror. The officer said the cross and beads were an obstruction of view.

"I wasn't speeding," Preston said. "I wasn't driving recklessly."

But Preston was driving on a suspended license. At eight months pregnant, she was arrested and sent to see a judge.

"She gave me a very high bond, even though it was my first driving on a suspended (license)," Preston said. "A very high bond."

Preston had to pay a $10,000 cash bond or sit in jail for 14 days while her hearing was set. On her fifth day in jail, the baby came.

"About 7:30 (a.m.), you know, you press the little button (and) it buzzes their tower," Preston said. "I told the deputies, I said, 'I'm the one that's eight months pregnant in here, and I think I'm in labor and I need to go down to medical.'"

Surveillance video shows Preston walk to the medical area, where she saw a nurse. There's no audio on the video, but Preston said the medical staff didn't believe her.

"(They said), 'We don't believe you," Preston said. "'We think you're lying and you're not in labor. We'd be able to tell. There are certain things that are more apparent, so go back to your cell.'"

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Jennifer Meyers (Meyers, Jennifer ), Macomb County Jail MI, 2013-07-07

Jennifer Meyers died at the jail when her virus turned into sepsis in July 2013. She was serving a 30-day sentence for failure to pay child support.

A 37-year-old Michigan woman was virtually ignored as she died while serving a 30-day jail sentence for missing child support payments, a lawsuit charges.

Jennifer Meyers passed away from sepsis 12 days into her sentence at Macomb County Jail in 2013. She suffered "under humane conditions of confinement without sufficient monitoring or even minimal observation," according to the lawsuit obtained by the Daily News.

On several occasions Meyers and other inmates requested medical attention for her, but those pleas were ignored, according to the lawsuit.

Five-hundred dollars was the difference between life and death for Jennifer Meyers.

The 37-year-old mother died in a Michigan jail on July 7, 2013, just 12 days into a 30-day sentence for failure to pay child support. A medical examiner reported that she’d died of acute sepsis, a condition that arises from infection and is usually treatable if diagnosed.

Less than two weeks before, police in Macomb County had picked Meyers up on a bench warrant over her failure to pay a $500 fee, according to WDIV. A judge determined incarceration was the best way to deal with her inability to fulfill her financial obligations.

Years later, Meyers’ case is shedding light on a number of controversial criminal justice practices that often send the sick and poor to jail, where they face harsh, sometimes fatal conditions. Meyers’ family is suing the Macomb County Jail and other officials in a federal lawsuit, claiming they violated Meyers’ constitutional rights by failing to provide adequate medical care and “forcing her to endure extreme and needless suffering prior to her death.”

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David Stojcevski (Stojcevski, David ), Macomb County Jail MI, 014-06-27

In June 2014, David Stojcevski died behind bars at the end of a brutal 17-day drug withdrawal. His 30-day sentence was for failure to pay traffic tickets.

Eleven months later, on June 27, 2014, David Stojcevski died inside the Macomb County Jail. Stojcevski was behind bars to serve a 30-day sentence for failing to appear in court on a traffic ticket for careless driving. He lost nearly 50 pounds in 17 days and died from withdrawal from doctor-prescribed medication. His last 10 days are on video, as jail and medical staff members watched him twitch and seize naked on the cell floor until his body was too weak to take another breath.

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Tanisha Anderson(Anderson, Tanisha), Cleveland OH, 2014-Nov

Family Of Tanisha Anderson Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Cleveland Police

Tanisha N. Anderson was pronounced dead at Cleveland Clinic about 12:30 a.m. Thursday hours after she went limp in the arms of officers struggling to get her into the back of a police cruiser, according to police spokesman Sgt. Ali Pillow.

Anderson suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and was suffering from a breakdown when her family called police to its home on Ansel Road in November 2014. She died after Officer Scott Aldridge (Aldridge, Scott ) and Officer Bryan Myers (Myers, Bryan ) cuffed her hands behind her back and placed her in the back of a police car following a struggle.

After Anderson ran out of the car, one of the officers used a take-down move on her, placed his knee on her back and placed her in handcuffs before she stopped moving, Anderson's family has said.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Anderson's death a homicide and said she asphyxiated while being restrained in a prone position. Obesity and other health factors also contributed to her death, the office said.

The family held a news conference Monday to discuss the settlement. Loved ones said they are still fighting for what they see as justice.

The settlement is one of the largest the city has ever agreed to pay in a case involving allegations of police misconduct. Officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers remain under criminal investigation for Anderson's death.

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Blake Hawthorne (Hawthorne, Blake), Texas ,~2017-01-30

Texas clerks look to derail web-based public access to court records

Can we say “job security”?

Texas court clerks are resisting a state proposal they say would strip them of their constitutional authority by making court documents available online for easy public access.

The statewide database, re:SearchTX, holds records from all 254 counties and is backed by the state’s Supreme Court. It currently is used by judges and soon will be available to attorneys and the public — who could search for civil court records and review them, all from the comfort of home.

Clerks say surrendering these records to a privately operated database would violate their role as custodians; the other side says this is an overstatement, and that taxpayers, not clerks, own the records. Clerks also say their departments will lose money with the public no longer having to head to a courthouse and pay printing fees of up to $1 a page. However, their opponents point out that the new system is set up so clerks would benefit from online users.

The clerks hope the Legislature will stop the new system through a bill introduced recently by state Rep. Travis Clardy, R-(Clardy, Travis) Nacogdoches, who contends that clerks and commissioners courts should decide whether their counties participate in the service. Clardy said the plan is fraught with problems, including maintaining privacy for documents that contain sensitive material such as Social Security numbers and record expungements.

“I don’t see how it violates their rights as custodians,” said Joseph Larsen (Larsen, Joseph ), a Houston-based First Amendment attorney who is on the board of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. “They are made the custodians, but I don’t know that they have a right so much as they have a duty. The records are public. They’re not the clerks’ records; they’re the public’s records.”

“Clerks want assurance if those records are used by a private enterprise they are handled appropriately,” Clardy said.

Blake Hawthorne, clerk of court of the Texas Supreme Court, said Clardy’s bill “would kill the system.”

“They are the most public records that government has,” said David Slayton (Slayton, David ), administrative director of the state Office of Court Administration. “They are open for public inspection.”

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Alfred Olango (Olango, Alfred ), San Diego CA, 2017-01-26

We understand why officers are granted special authority in performance of their duties. We also understand an abuse of that authority.

No Charges in the Fatal Police Shooting of Man Holding E-Cigarette - This is yet another example of a shooting that was done “by the book.” The problem is realizing that the book needs to be re-written.

The fatal shooting of an emotionally disturbed man holding a vaporizing device, was just ruled justified by the San Diego District Attorney. Alfred Olango, age 38, was in the midst of a psychological breakdown. His sister had called to have him taken to a mental facility, as he was on the street causing a disturbance. Within minutes of police arriving, Alfred was shot and killed.

When he pulled his hands from his pockets, he held a shiny metallic e-cigarette. He then pointed toward officers with both hands, as if it were a gun. Unfortunately, his actions that day appear to be a suicide-by-cop type scenario. Despite the anger from protesters, the District Attorney had a tough decision to make. There are many cases of blatant murder which get swept under the rug. This case, regardless of how bad it looks, should not have landed these cops in criminal court. This is yet another example of a shooting that was done “by the book.” The problem is realizing that the book needs to be re-written.

The officers attending knew this was a mental health case from before they arrived. Police are rarely provided with the specific training necessary to understand how to deal with individuals suffering from a mental and/or emotional crisis. Alfred Olango should not have died that day; the system is simply ill equipped to deal with extreme cases like this without killing people. “After carefully reviewing the facts, the evidence and the law, we’ve determined the officer’s use of deadly force was reasonable under the circumstances,’ DA Bonnie Dumanis announced in a statement to the press.

The problem with many police shootings – that in hindsight appear unnecessary – is the reality that you can’t prove the officer’s arbitrary fear. Once a cop says that he is in fear, if anyone questions the circumstances of the shooting, they are seen as questioning the officer’s honor and patriotism. No one can ever really tell what is going on in the mind of the officer, so once he says he feared for his life, the District Attorney usually doesn’t have much to counter it.

Two officers, Officer Richard Gonzalves (Gonzalves, Richard ) and Officer Josh McDaniel (McDaniel, Josh), fired a gun and Taser respectively, El Cajon’ police chief, Jeff Davis (Davis, Jeff ), said. They later revealed Olango was holding an e-cigarette. “The investigation is still continuing,” Davis said, “this video is part of the evidence and that is why it was vital we show it today.”

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James O'Keefe ( O'Keefe, James ), DC, ~2016-)!-19

Meetings of activists planning to disrupt Trump inauguration were infiltrated by conservative group. Many of us from the 60-70's are aware and have dealt with infiltration of protest groups by 'government' plants, provocateur informants/agitators like James O'Keefe.

In the weeks leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, a small group of activists threatening to disrupt the event was trying to keep the details secret. D.C. police detectives were working hard to learn the plans and head them off.

What the activists apparently never realized was that conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas had already infiltrated key meetings of groups of suspected agitators.

A D.C. police spokesman has confirmed that a secret video recording made Dec. 18 by one of O’Keefe’s operatives led to the arrest of one man and foiled an alleged plot to spread acid at the DeploraBall for Trump supporters at the National Press Club. It was not clear whether the alleged plotters ever obtained the acid.

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Jean Seberg (Seberg, Jean ), FBI, 1970-04-27

During the height of the FBI's COINTELPRO program, the FBI destroyed the career of actress Jean Seberg

The New McCarthyism - Jean Seberg was considered a threat to the US Government because of her public support for civil rights at a time when the Civil Rights movement was starting to point out the racial bias in the draft system that placed a disproportionate percentage of black kids on the front lines of Vietnam. Seberg was also a supporter of the Black Panthers in their pre-militant days when their agenda was breakfasts for the ghetto kids, local control of school curriculum, and ending the draft.

Jean Seberg, a well known actress in the 60s, became pregnant and the FBI sent out letters to the gossip columnists identifying the baby's father as a Black Panther, in order to cheapen Seberg's image. Keep in mind that the 60s was an era in which sexual relations between blacks and whites was still considered taboo by most Americans.

Jean Seberg was considered a threat to the US Government because of her public support for civil rights at a time when the Civil Rights movement was starting to point out the racial bias in the draft system that placed a disproportionate percentage of black kids on the front lines of Vietnam. Seberg was also a supporter of the Black Panthers in their pre-militant days when their agenda was breakfasts for the ghetto kids, local control of school curriculum, and ending the draft.

Jean Seberg, a well known actress in the 60s, became pregnant and the FBI sent out letters to the gossip columnists identifying the baby's father as a Black Panther, in order to cheapen Seberg's image. Keep in mind that the 60s was an era in which sexual relations between blacks and whites was still considered taboo by most Americans.

The text below are of the official FBI letter from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. asking permission for the scam.

The text of the letter:

"Bureau permission is requested to publicize the pregnancy of Jean Seberg, well-known movie actress by (name deleted) Black Panther (BPP) (deleted) by advising Hollywood "Gossip-Columnists" in the Los Angeles area of the situation. It is felt that the possible publication of Seberg's plight could cause her embarrassment and serve to cheapen her image with the general public.

" 'It is proposed that the following letter from a fictitious person be sent to local columnists:

"I was just thinking about you and remembered I still owe you a favor. So ---- I was in Paris last week and ran into Jean Seberg, who was heavy with baby. I thought she and Romaine [sic] had gotten together again, but she confided the child belonged to (deleted) of the Black Panthers, one (deleted). The dear girl is getting around!

" 'Anyway, I thought you might get a scoop on the others. Be good and I'll see you soon.

" 'Sol.,

"Usual precautions would be taken by the Los Angeles Division to preclude identification of the Bureau as the source of the letter if approval is granted."

Permission to use the fake letter was granted, but with the suggestion that the smear be delayed until Jean Seberg's pregnancy was in a very obvious condition.

J. Edgar Hoover's (Hoover, J. Edgar) desire to remake Hollywood into a gigantic propaganda machine had started at the end of WW1 when Hoover tried to persuade Charlie Chaplin ( Chaplin, Charlie )to cease making films that portrayed authority figures as oafish buffoons. Chaplin refused, laughed at Hoover. Years later, as head of the FBI, Hoover was instrumental in having Charlie Chaplin's citizenship revoked in retaliation.

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Martinez Smith-Payne (Smith-Payne, Martinez), St. Louis, 2015-11-28

When the NRA Calls the Shots: Inside the 'Reasonable Killing' of a 13-Year-Old Boy

November 28th, 2015, Martinez Smith-Payne, 13, was shot and killed in the North Pointe neighborhood of St. Louis when he and two other boys were discovered looking for coins in a parked car

Shortly before 12:45 a.m., the boys came upon a blue 1991 Oldsmobile sedan, parked in a carport behind a closed chain link gate, next to a white garage. The interior light had been left on, and it caught their attention. They were children with little access to spending money, and thought there might be some in the vehicle. They set down their bicycles and hopped over the gate.
The owner of the car, Lervurance McDade (McDade, Lervurance) , was a 60-year-old black man who worked at Taco Bell. He was in his bathroom when he heard a rattling sound and looked out a window. There was movement. He retrieved a semiautomatic pistol , switched on a light attached to the garage, and opened the back door.

Outside, Ernest, the 14-year-old, stood watch by the driver's door while Martinez and the other boy, whose name has not been released, poked around in the car. They spotted a container in the center console. Inside were four dimes and 15 nickels.

McDade peered into the night. From where he stood, the boys were more than 70 feet away. Another chain link fence, this one separating the carport from the backyard, stood between McDade and the unarmed children.

Seeing the boys, McDade yelled, according to an account he gave to police. Then, as they fled back over the gate and into the alley, he fired four shots in their direction.
Two of the boys landed safely. Martinez collapsed onto the concrete and called out for help. He had been shot in his side.

An ambulance transported Martinez to St. Louis Children's Hospital, his second visit there for an emergency. This time, he would not get the chance to speak to his mother and assure her everything was fine. He was pronounced dead at 1:37 a.m.

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Robert Davis (Davis, Robert ), Charlottesville VA, ~2016-02-24

Lisa Provence -

At 18 years Davis was arrested for murder, made a false confession during a protracted & coercive police interview. Later wrongfully convicted by Commonwealth’s attorney Jim Camblos (Camblos, Jim ). 13 years innocent.

With Davis’ confession and the testimony of the Fugetts putting him at the crime scene, his attorney, Steve Rosenfield (Rosenfield, Steve ) , says it was a “grave risk” to go to trial. He feared a jury would ask the question most people ask—why would you confess to a crime you didn’t commit?—and give Davis a life sentence.

Two months ago, Robert Davis was getting ready to set up chairs for Bible study when he received some life-altering news: Within hours, he’d be walking out of Coffeewood Correctional Center, a free man pardoned by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ( McAuliffe, Terry )after 13 years.

Davis 31, stepped out of prison December 21 to face television cameras, probably as surreal an experience as his last night of freedom in February 2003, when he was surrounded by police, slammed to the ground and handcuffed.

Dateline’s Keith Morrison says, “This has been an important story for us. Robert seemed to be the poster child for false confession under interrogation (by Officer Randy Snead (Snead, Randy)). It’s an important issue to watch.”

Dateline NBC started reporting on the case in 2012, as Rosenfield prepared a clemency petition to go to Governor Bob McDonnell. The petition languished and was never investigated, and McDonnell denied it on his last day in office. McAuliffe’s staff spent two years investigating the case, and the governor issued a conditional pardon before Christmas that released Davis from Coffeewood Correctional Center.

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Ernesto Lee Rivas (Rivas, Ernesto Lee), Seattle WA, 2016-12-17

Washington state officer shot identified; remains critical

SEATTLE: Officials have identified a police officer who was shot and critically wounded in Washington state as 61-year-old Officer Mike McClaughry(McClaughry, Mike ) , who is known by the nickname "Mick," police said.

Mount Vernon Police Lt. Christopher Cammock said at a Friday briefing that McClaughry suffered a gunshot wound to the head while investigating a reported shooting in a Mount Vernon neighborhood north of Seattle.

McClaughry is a father of three and a grandfather who started working with the Mount Vernon Police Department in 1985.

Cammock said, "Service might not adequately describe what Mick has done for our community," adding he was the first to run a drug abuse resistance education program, becoming a father figure to many.

He has also been active in scouting and as a field training officer, training about three-quarters of the officers who currently work at the police department, Cammock said.

McClaughry remained in critical condition at a Seattle hospital Friday afternoon although Cammock said he has shown some improvement.

A repeat felon arrested in the officer's shooting was ordered held on $1 million bail Friday.

Ernesto Lee Rivas, 44, was taken into custody overnight following an hour-long standoff at a home in Mount Vernon, during which he repeatedly fired at officers, the Washington State Patrol said. Hostage negotiators spent several hours communicating with him.

Two juveniles were also arrested and prosecutors said they were being held on $500,000 bail each.

McClaughry was shot when he was canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses to a report of another shooting Thursday evening, in which the victim was grazed by a bullet.

Kalief Browder (Browder, Kalief ), Rikers Island, ~2015-06-08

Browder’s suicide and the high cost of violence and delay at Rikers...

Browder 16 years old, picked up by police, accused of stealing a backpack and sent to Rikers Island without a trial or a conviction. For three years life was a never-ending cycle of violence, hunger and fear perpetrated by his fellow inmates and wardens.

“It was like hell on Earth,” Browder told ABC News. “We were beaten, stomped by the correction officers. Hit with weapons.”

Browder’s court date kept getting pushed back indefinitely. The entire time, he insisted on his innocence.

His case never went to trial. The charges were eventually dismissed.

When Browder finally left prison in May 2013, he had been incarcerated for more than 1,000 days. He missed his high school graduation, his prom, a sister’s wedding and countless holidays with his family.

He tried to rebuild his life following his release, but it ended tragically: On Saturday, at age 22, Browder killed himself in his parents’ home.

TAGS: Abuse of authority brutality corruption cover up lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct mission creepobstruction of justice prevaricate

Ronald Spear (Spear, Ronald ), NYC, ~2012-12-09

Three corrections officers in New York City have been charged in the beating death of Ronald Spear, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Spear, 52, was being held at Rikers Island awaiting trial in 2012 when he died “after receiving a brutal beating,” said Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“Today, we announce more sad news out of Rikers Island,” Bharara said in a statement.

The criminal charges, unsealed Wednesday, allege that one officer held Spear while another, Brian Coll (Coll, Brian), kicked the inmate “multiple times in the head.” After Spear died, the men agreed to cover this up and say that Spear had attacked Coll with a cane, prosecutors say.

Coll and Byron Taylor (Taylor, Byron)were arrested Wednesday morning, while Anthony Torres (Torres, Anthony ) told investigators about the cover-up described in the indictment and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice this week. Coll, 45, is facing five counts, including a federal civil rights violation, some of which carry up to 20 years in prison. Taylor, 31, is facing three counts, while Torres, 49, is facing two counts.

All three men are facing counts of obstruction of justice, which carries with it a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

At the time of his death, the government states, Spear was suffering from a renal disease that required dialysis treatments. He generally walked with a cane and was being held at the North Infirmary Command, a facility for detainees with certain medical needs.

The indictment states that on Dec. 19, 2012, Spear was trying to see the on-duty doctor when he encountered Coll. It goes on to allege that Coll kicked Spear in the head and that Torres tried to stop him at one point. After the attack, the indictment states, Coll said to Spear: “Remember that I’m the one who did this to you.”

An autopsy later found that Spear had multiple contusions on his head, fractured ribs and bruising across his body.

News of these charges comes just days after the suicide of Kalief Browder (Browder, Kalief ) , who was held at Rikers for three years, most of it in solitary confinement, without being charged with a crime. Browder had told the New Yorker he was abused by inmates and corrections officers in Rikers, and the magazine later published footage capturing such attacks.

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Sneak and Peek, Patriot Act, 2001

Sneak and Peek: The Outrageous War on Terror Tool Being Wielded Against Alleged Drug Dealers
Black bag jobs were sold as a necessary tool to fight terror, but they're being used mainly against people who have nothing to do with that.

One night in 2006, somebody broke into the home of suspected Cleveland drug dealer Chevalier "Chevy" Robinson, making off with $2.8 million in cash and a half-ton of marijuana. A furious Robinson suspected the rip-off was the work of a rival dealer .

It turns out Robinson and a whole lot of other people—had been the subject of an intrusive law enforcement technique known as the "sneak and peek" search and seizure, which had been sold to the American people as a vital tool in the war on terror, but has instead been used primarily against domestic law violators, especially people in the drug trade.

Immediately following the 9/11 attacks against the United States, Congress passed the Patriot Act, which expanded the powers of federal agents as they prosecuted the war on terror. But in a move that has received little notice, agents have used one particular provision of the act not to fight terrorism, but to wage their war on drugs with tactics right out of a totalitarian police state.

The Patriot Act contains a provision called Delayed Notification Search Warrants (DNSW), also known as "sneak and peek" warrants. Using "sneak and peek" warrants, law enforcement officers across the country are making a mockery of the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable search and seizure. They do so by in essence burglarizing homes without the owners even knowing they have been searched and items seized or surveilled.

"A law intended to be used to fight terrorism has been used for years to allow police to arrest drug peddlers, trampling on the Constitution along the way," ACLU National Security Project staff attorney Patrick Toomey told AlterNet. "Entering into a person's unoccupied home without giving notice to the homeowner violates a person's privacy, and further, violates the Fourth Amendment's search and seizure protections."

TAGS:Abuse of authority corruption cover up
Maleficence mission creepobstruction of justice



NSA, NYC, 2016-11-16

Hidden in plain sight: The NSA's 'secret spy base inside a windowless, nuclear-bomb proof AT&T skyscraper in lower Manhattan' National Security Agency Said to Use Manhattan Tower as Listening Post

Located at 33 Thomas Street is AT&T's faceless telecommunications hub
It can withstand an atom bomb and has its own power and water supply
It's used to route web and phone traffic between the US and the world
Documents, including Snowden's leaks, suggest the NSA is tapping lines
It's believed that the NSA operates its Titanpointe spy center inside
That has been linked to spying operations on the UN, among others

TAGS:Abuse of authority corruption cover up
Maleficence mission creepobstruction of justice mendacious misconduct

Officer Christopher Alan Seymour (Seymour, Christopher Alan ), Charlottesville Va, ~2016-11-29


A Charlottesville police officer has been arrested and charged with two counts of forcible sodomy.

Christopher Alan Seymour, 35, is currently being held at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail pending a bond hearing.

It all stemmed from a November 29 complaint of misconduct and an immediate investigation.

Seymour had been with the Charlottesville Police Department for about 18 months.

City Manager Maurice Jones told NBC29 that Thomas is likely to make a statement Friday.

Charlottesville Police Department Press Release:

On November 29, 2016 the Charlottesville Police Department received a complaint of misconduct against Charlottesville Police Officer C.A. Seymore. The allegations were of a serious nature and an investigation immediately ensued. During the course of the investigation it was determined there was sufficient evidence to charge the officer in relation to the complaint.

The Charlottesville Police Department charged Christopher Alan Seymore, age 35, with two counts of Forcible Sodomy. Mr. Seymore was notified of his termination from the Charlottesville Police Department at the time of his arrest. Mr. Seymore had been with the department approximately 18 months. He is currently being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail pending a bond hearing.

“We found out about this incident Tuesday, and by Thursday we had concluded the investigation - other than wrapping up a few small things. And then we told everyone what we did. We told everyone what happened, to the extent that we can,"said Charlottesville Police Deputy Chief Major Gary Pleasants.

During a news conference Friday afternoon, Pleasants confirmed that Seymore was on a call for service when he met the alleged (victim unidentified) The police major did not disclose the victim's name, but made clear that she was not connected to the call that Seymore had responded to.

Describing the reported sexual assaults, Pleasants explained, “The first incident did occur when he [Seymore] was on duty. The second, several hours later when he was off duty. But she [the victim] was not under arrest, nor was she a victim of any crime prior to their interaction.”

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence

Raymond Lee Jennings (Jennings, Raymond Lee ), LA, ~2010-06-23

Man convicted of murdering college student set free amid questions over guilt

Iraq war veteran convicted in the 2000 slaying of college student Michelle O’Keefe was released from state prison Thursday after prosecutors expressed doubts about his guilt.

"The people no longer have confidence in the conviction," Los Angeles Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Grace told a judge who ordered Raymond Lee Jennings released. Grace suggested that another person was the killer.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Ryan ordered that Jennings be released immediately from the courthouse but required electronic monitoring for Jennings because the case against him has not been dismissed.

Dallas Goldtooth( Goldtooth, Dallas ), Cannon Ball, ND,1016-11-20

Police Use Tear Gas Against 400 Dakota Access Pipeline Activists
The confrontation occurred three days after North Dakota Governor issued a statement asking for law enforcement's assistance.

Police used water cannons and tear gas against hundreds of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, late Sunday, Nov. 20. At least one person was arrested and dozens injured.

Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline developer, has refused to reroute the pipeline and insists that the pipeline has not disturbed any sites sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux. But the tribe and their allies also fear that, like with many pipeline projects across the nation, a disastrous leak is inevitable.

Protesters received aid at the Cannon Ball gym after being doused with tear gas according to Tara Houska, an organizer with Honor the Earth, one of the groups participating in the action.

"Further delays simply prolong the risks to public safety, prolong the hardships endured by area residents and increase costs incurred by the state of North Dakota and Morton County," North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple (Dalrymple, Jack ) said in a statement in which he asked law enforcement for assistance in handling protests.

One of the protest organizers, Dallas Goldtooth( Goldtooth, Dallas ) , said protesters started small fires in the area to help warm people who had been sprayed with water in the freezing cold. At least 17 protesters were injured severely enough to be taken to hospitals, Goldtooth said, according to the Associated Press.

Ellen Bogan (Bogan, Ellen ), Union County IN, ~2014-08-09

When Ellen Bogan was stopped on U.S. 27 by Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton on Aug. 9, he said it was because she made an illegal pass.

Officer Hamilton gave her a warning ticket for speeding and he threw in something else: a religious pamphlet asking her to acknowledge she was a sinner.

Did she have a home church?
Did she accept Jesus Christ as her savior?

The ACLU has joined Ellen Bogan to file a lawsuit against Trooper Officer Brian Hamilton (Hamilton, Brian ). Key quotes from the complaint:

1. After conducting a traffic stop at which Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Hamilton presented Ms. Bogan with a warning ticket, Trooper Hamilton prolonged the stop by asking Ms. Bogan, among other things, if she had accepted Jesus Christ as her savior and then presented her with a pamphlet from the First Baptist Church in Cambridge that informed the reader that he or she is a sinner; listed God’s Plan of Salvation, noting that the person must realize that “the Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sins; and, advertised a radio broadcast entitled “Policing for Jesus Ministries.” The actions of defendant Trooper Hamilton violated Ms. Bogan’s rights under both the First and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution. Ms. Bogan is entitled to her damages. * * *

30. To the extent that Trooper Hamilton unreasonably extended the length of the traffic stop beyond the time necessary to present Ms. Bogan with a warning ticket Trooper Hamilton violated the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

31. Trooper Hamilton’s proselytizing and coercive questions concerning Ms. Bogan’s religious beliefs violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The pamphlet he handed Borgan can be viewed here.

Indiana State Police are not commenting on the case.

Abuse of authority lack of discipline
mission creep

Oifficer Jeff Bonar (Bonar, Jeff ), Flagstaff AZ,

‘You can’t hit a girl like that!’ Officer caught on camera punching woman in the face.

A police officer in Arizona was placed on administrative leave this week after a video that shows him punching a woman in the face was posted online.

The Flagstaff Police Department learned of the footage Wednesday evening and launched an internal investigation into the incident, which occurred earlier in the day, according to the department.

“During the arrest the female, who appears somewhat uncooperative, was struck in the face by the officer,” police said in a news release. “Our agency is very concerned by what is depicted in this video.”

The officer was identified as Jeff Bonar.

According to the Arizona Daily Sun, the woman has been identified as 30-year-old Marissa Morris(Morris, Marissa).

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mission creep

Omar Raham (Raham, Omar ), St. Louis MO, 2016-08-08

Mom shocked by ‘hideous’ photo of officer flashing a 'thumbs up' posing next to dead son

A St. Louis mother is seeking for answers after her dead son’s body was pictured next to a smirking police officer who gave a thumbs up when they entered his home.

Kim Staton learned her 28-year-old son Omar Raham was found dead in his Pine Lawn home on Aug.8.

The startling snapshot first obtained by KMOV-TV in St. Louis shows a blurred cop’s face as he bent down, smirking next to Raham’s body, also blurred. The cop of the North County Police Cooperative was also holding his hand with blue gloves and signaling a thumbs up to the camera.

Staton’s attorney Antonio Romanucci calls it “hideous,” and is demanding a full investigation into the officer’s treatment of handling evidence.

“The implications of this photograph are just astronomical,” he told the station.

The identity of the officer has not been released. Officer unidentified.

TAGS:Abuse of authority Drug War lack of discipline incompetence

Officer Robert Parker Jr. (Parker, Robert Jr.), Temple Hills MD,

Off-duty black D.C. officer 'thrown to the ground' by cops

An off-duty District of Columbia police officer who is black says race was a factor in his rough encounter with cops looking for a gunman.

Officer Robert Parker Jr. said he did not have time to identify himself before Prince George's County officers felt his gun and tackled him on Tuesday in Temple Hills, Md. Officers unidentified.
"I was in disbelief," Parker told the Washington Post. "He didn’t tell me what for. He feels my gun, and I said, 'I’m a police officer.' At that moment, he took me to the ground."

Currently assigned as a Harbor Patrol diver, Parker told Fox 5 he "was thrown to the ground and punched in the head, even as he was identifying himself as an officer, obeying all commands."

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality Drug War lack of discipline incompetence mission creep

Christopher Dorner (Dorner, Christopher ), San Bernardino CA, 2013-02-13

How Law Enforcement and Media Covered Up the Plan to Burn Christopher Dorner Alive

Christopher Dorner: Cop-Killer or Martyr?

February 13, 2013 | At approximately 7 PM ET, I listened through a police scanner as San Bernardino Sheriffs gave the order to burn down the cabin where suspected murderer Christopher Dorner was allegedly hiding. Deputies were maneuvering a remote controlled demolition vehicle to the base of the cabin, using it to tear down the walls of the cabin where Dorner was hiding, and peering inside.
In an initial dispatch, a deputy reported seeing “blood spatter” inside the cabins. Dorner, who had just engaged in a firefight with deputies that killed one officer and wounded another, may have been wounded in the exchange. There was no sign of his presence, let alone his resistance, according to police dispatches.

It was then that the deputies decided to burn the cabin down.

“We’re gonna go ahead with the plan with the burner,” one sheriff’s deputy told another. “Like we talked about.” Minutes later, another deputy’s voice crackled across the radio: “The burner’s deployed and we have a fire.”
Next, a sheriff reported a “single shot” heard from inside the house. This was before the fire had penetrated deeply into the cabin’s interior, and may have signaled Dorner’s suicide. At that point, an experienced ex-cop like him would have known he was finished.
Over the course of the next hour, I listened as the sheriffs carefully managed the fire, ensuring that it burned the cabin thoroughly. Dorner, a former member of the LAPD who had accused his ex-colleagues of abuse and racism in a lengthy, detailed manifesto, was inside. The cops seemed to have little interest in taking him( (Christopher Dorner) alive.

“Burn that fucking house down!” shouted a deputy through a scanner transmission inadvertently broadcast on the Los Angeles local news channel, KCAL 9. “Fucking burn this motherfucker!” another cop could be heard exclaiming.

While live ammo exploded inside the cabin, the deputies pondered whether the basement would burn as well – they wanted to know if its ceiling was made of wood or concrete. They assumed Dorner was hiding there, and apparently wanted to ensure that he would be burned to a crisp. “Because the fire is contained, I’m gonna let that heat burn through the basement,” a deputy declared.

Around the same time, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department requested that all reporters and media organizations stop tweeting about the ongoing standoff with Dorner, claiming their journalism was “hindering officer safety.” As the cabin sheltering Dorner burned, the local CBS affiliate was reportedly told by law enforcement to zoom its helicopter camera out to avoid showing the actions of sheriff’s deputies. By all accounts, the media acceded to police pressure for self-censorship.
On Twitter, the Riverside Press Enterprise, a leading local newspaper, announced on Twitter, “Law enforcement asked media to stop tweeting about the#Dorner case, fearing officer safety. We are complying.” The paper’s editors added, “We are going to tweet broad, non-tactical details, as per the San Bernardino DA's request.”

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality corruption cover up Drug War lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct mission creepobstruction of justice

Tara Houska (Houska, Tara ), Standing Rock standoff - Fort Yates ND, 2016-11-06

Indigenous Activist Zip-Tied & Locked in Dog Kennel for 6 Hours for Protesting Dakota Access Pipeline
"After that, I was strip-searched and then thrown into jail and, finally, late, late that evening, was charged with a crime."

In an update on police treatment of activists at the Standing Rock standoff, Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, describes how she was "arrested for criminal trespass as I was leaving a peaceful demonstration and getting into my car on a public road." She says police handcuffed her with zip ties and held her in a dog kennel for six hours without charging her with a crime. "After that, I was strip-searched and then thrown into jail and, finally, late, late that evening, was charged with a crime."

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline incompetence mission creep

Naeschylus Vinzant( Vinzant, Naeschylus), AURORA CO, 2015-03-09

Aurora Police Say Suspect Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting Was Unarmed

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Aurora Police said at a news conference on Monday that the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting last Friday was an unarmed black man, but didn’t give a reason why he was shot

According to police, Naeschylus Vinzant-Carter, 37, was wanted for removing his ankle bracelet while on parole. Police also wanted him for a March 2 kidnapping, assault, domestic violence and robbery.

“Members of the SWAT team attempted to take the subject into custody, at which time one shot was fired and the subject was struck one time in the chest,” Cmdr. Paul O’Keefe with Aurora police said.

“He died from a gunshot wound to the chest during a confrontation with police officers. The manner of death is classified as homicide,” the coroner’s office said in a statement.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality Drug War lack of discipline incompetence mission creep

UPDATE: 2016-11-08 Aurora agrees to pay stunning $2.6 million settlement to family of Vinzant, unarmed black man killed by cops in 2015
City officials released few other details at a press conference Monday morning, other than to say that the city and family also discussed ways to affect city policy to prevent similar shootings in the future

The deal also calls for the city to increase the use of police officer body cameras and adds layers of oversight and review to future police shootings, according to a statement from the family’s lawyers.

A Jefferson County grand jury last December cleared Officer Paul Jerothe ( Jerothe, Paul) of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting of Naeschylus Vinzant-Carter on March 6, 2015. Police said Vinzant-Carter was being arrested and appeared to be reaching in his pocket when Jerothe shot him.

UPDATE: 2015-12-30 No charges for Aurora officer Paul Jerothe in shooting death of fugitive parolee Naeschylus Vinzant

AURORA, Colo. - A Grand Jury has determined there was not sufficient evidence to bring charges against an Aurora police officer who shot and killed an unarmed fugitive parolee.

According to the Arapahoe County Grand Jury report, SWAT Team members were trying to arrest Naeschylus Carter Vinzant near East 12th Avenue and Laredo Street on March 6, when Vinzant allegedly lowered himself into what appeared to be an athletic posture or fighting stance.

A few seconds later Vinzant was shot and killed.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality Drug War lack of discipline incompetence


Officer Matthew Luckhurt (Luckhurt, Matthew ), San Antonio TX, ~2016-11-05

Texas police officer fired after being accused of feeding homeless man a feces-filled sandwich

A Texas police officer has been fired after allegedly giving a homeless man a sandwich filled with feces. Victim unidentified.

Matthew Luckhurt had been a member of the police force in San Antonio for five years before he was dismissed following an internal investigation into the incident, which reportedly took place in July.

The police officer allegedly told at least one other member of staff that he had picked up feces from the ground, put it with bread and put it in a container to give to a homeless man.

"Firing this officer was the right thing to do," San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said in a statement reported by the news service.

"His actions were a betrayal of every value we have in our community, and he is not representative of our great police force."

However, a lawyer for Luckhurt reportedly said the officer had joked with colleagues about giving the homeless man a sandwich filled with feces, but had not done so.

But an internal investigation determined the officer had tried to give a homeless man the sandwich, in what Police Chief William McManus told the Associated Press was "a vile and disgusting act".

The incident had allegedly been reported to police supervisors by at least two members of staff.

City councilor Joe Krier told the News-Express: "We have very few bad apples in a barrel full of outstanding police and fire. But it's our job to get the bad apples out of the barrel as quickly as possible when they do bad things."

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct obstruction of justice

Officer Ray Tensing(Tensing,Ray), Cincinnati OH, 2015-07-19

Officer Who Shot Unarmed Black Man Sam Dubose Was Wearing Confederate Flag T-Shirt Under Uniform

Ray Tensing, the University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed unarmed black man Samuel Dubose(Dubose, Samuel) in July 2015, was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag under his uniform at the time of the shooting. reports prosecutors presented the T-shirt as evidence on Friday in the trial of 26-year-old Tensing, who is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 incident. Dubose, 43, was stopped while driving in Cincinnati’s Mt. Auburn neighborhood due to a missing front license plate. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tensing asked Dubose for his driver’s license, which he could not provide because it had been suspended indefinitely in January 2015. Instead, Dubose allegedly handed Tensing a bottle of alcohol. According to police, the two men struggled before Tensing drew his gun and shot Dubose once in the head.

Post Falls, Idaho Police Chief Scot Haug, a use of force expert, testified for the prosecution on Friday that Tensing acted in a “technically unsound” manner when he reached into Dubose’s 1998 Honda Accord to “knock out” the ignition key. Haug also said Dubose posed no serious threat of harm to Tensing when the officer shot him. During cross-examination, Tensing attorney Stew Mathews asked Haug if he would agree the situation was tense, rapidly evolving and uncertain. While conceding that Dubose was partially to blame for the escalation, Haug opined that “the officer, based on his decision at the time, escalated the situation and then reacted to that escalation.”

Tensing told investigators he feared for his life during the encounter, during which he claims he was dragged by Dubose’s car. Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters, however, called the traffic stop a “chicken crap stop” and said DuBose was “purposefully killed.” Two additional officers, Officer Phillip Kidd (Kidd, Phillip) and Officer David Lindenschmidt (Lindenschmidt, David ), were placed on administrative leave after police body camera footage called into question their spurious corroborating claim that Tensing shot Dubose in self defense after being dragged by his car. When officially interviewed, Kidd and Lindenschmidt admitted that neither of them saw Tensing being dragged by Dubose’s car. Body camera footage indicated Tensing was in no danger from Dubose or his automobile.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality cover up lack of discipline incompetence Maleficence mendacious misconduct obstruction of justice prevaricate

Scott Michael Greene (Greene,Scott Michael), Des Moines IA,

Judge: Scott Michael Greene, 46 charged in Iowa officers' deaths had hit and financially exploited his mother

Scott Michael Greene, 46, (Trump supporter) was arrested Thursday afternoon after detectives questioned him at the Des Moines police station. Greene was secured with the handcuffs that had belonged to the patrolmen who were killed in ambush-style attacks, Des Moines Sgt. Officer Anthony Beminio (Beminio, Anthony) and Urbandale Officer Justin Martin(Martin, Justin ) and was later booked into the county jail.

District Judge Carla Schemmel ruled Tuesday that Greene had committed elder abuse against his 66-year-old mother, Patricia Greene, by "physically hitting and financially exploiting" her. She ordered him to move out of his mother's home, where he had been living in a basement bedroom, before Nov. 6 and to stay away from the home for a year.

Officer Paul Tuozzolo(Tuozzolo, Paul ), NYC, 2016-11-04

One New York City police officer was fatally shot and another injured Friday during an incident in the Bronx, according to authorities.

The New NYPD on Friday confirmed the death, posting on Twitter that Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo “was shot and killed while doing his job.” The injured officer, identified as Sgt. Officer Emmanuel Kwo (Kwo, Emmanuel) , was in stable condition after the shooting, according to the department. He had been shot in the leg.
Authorities say the gunman fired on officers who had stopped his car near a ballfield following a brief pursuit.

Officials identified the suspect as 35-year-old Manuel Rosales (Rosales, Manuel) . The official says a woman called 911 after Rosales broke into her home, violating an order of protection. Rosales had a history of 17 arrests, many related to domestic disputes, and had served time in state prison for possession of stolen property.

“It is with tremendous sorrow that I inform you of the murder of Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said at a news conference Friday evening, adding that he spoke with the family of the officer, who was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD and a married father.

“The city is in mourning,” de Blasio said.

Sean Smith-Arlt (Smith-Arlt, Sean) Santa Cruz CA, ~2016-10-16

32-Year-Old Man with Garden Rake Deemed Threat, Killed by Santa Cruz Police

SCPD Shoots and Kills Sean Smith-Arlt on West Side

Officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department shot and killed 32-year-old Sean Smith-Arlt outside of a home on the corner of Chace and Getchell Streets on the west side of Santa Cruz. Police have stated that Smith-Arlt, who was experiencing mental health issues, was advancing towards officers with a gardening rake when officers deemed him a threat and shot and killed him at about 3:30 am on October 16. In response, residents have organized a candle light vigil at the Town Clock in Santa Cruz for No Police Brutality Day on October 22. Officers unidentified.

Police say Smith-Arlt was in the backyard of a house on Chace Street when they first encountered him. They say they ordered him to leave. Once Arlt left the backyard and advanced towards officers with the garden rake, approximately 20 seconds passed before a single officer fired two shots to kill him. Police say they attempted to tase Arlt prior to shooting him during that 20 second period. According to the police, Smith-Arlt did not make physical contact with the officers as he was advancing towards them. A press release from SCPD has indicated there is an audio recording of Arlt's killing: "Based on the audio recording, once Mr. Arlt emerged from the backyard, this situation unfolded in approximately 20 seconds. Because of the rapid succession of events, the officers did not have the opportunity to dialogue and negotiate with Mr. Arlt."

The family of Sean Smith-Arlt has released a public statement that describes how dear Sean was to them, and what type of person he was and what some of his accomplishments were, including being the proud father of a 4-year old son. They have confirmed Sean was suffering from ongoing mental health issues at the time he was killed by police. The family is calling for a more independent investigation into the killing. "On October 16th the police were well aware that Sean was struggling with mental health issues. The information that has been released so far is not telling the whole story. We are hopeful that with a more independent investigation, the entire truth will come out and justice will be done," the family states.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline incompetence mission creep

Officer Stephen D. Rankin(Rankin, Stephen D.), Portsmouth Va, 2015-04-22

Portsmouth officer who shot 18-year-old killed another in 2011

The officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old William L. Chapman (Chapman, William L.) in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Frederick Boulevard on Wednesday is the same officer who shot and killed a Kazakhstan man in Olde Towne in 2011, according to two sources close to the Police Department.

Officer Stephen D. Rankin said he shot and killed Kirill Denyakin (Denyakin,Kirill), a Kazakhstani man, in April 2011 because he felt threatened. He said Denyakin charged at him and refused to take his hand out of his pants. Denyakin died at the scene.

William L. Chapman II, who got out of a group home in February, was shot by Rankin after witnesses say he charged the officer Wednesday.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline unarmed

UPDATE: 2015-04-28

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) Family and friends of a man shot and killed by Officer Stephen Rankin in 2011 are attending his murder trial, after he shot and killed another man in 2015.

Rankin, an officer with the Portsmouth Police Department at the time, was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of Kirill Denyakin (Denyakin,Kirill) of Kazakhstan.

Police were responding to a report of an intruder. Investigators say Denyakin lunged at them when Rankin shot him. He was not armed.

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline unarmed

Officer Akinyemi Borisade (Borisade, Akinyemi ),Jacksonville FL, ~2016-04-28

Handcuffed Mayra Martinez was assaulted twice by an uniformed officer. One assault in parking lot of Scores Gentlemen’s Club and again in lockup. Rookie police officer Akinyeme Borisade of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was fired and charged with assault April 28 after video surfaced of an incident at the Duval County Jail where Borisade, after a female arrestee kicked out at him, repeatedly struck her with his fist while multiple officers looked on, ultimately causing the woman to fall to the ground. Borisade, 26, was hired in March 2015 and was still on probation, though he had graduated field training and was authorized to patrol alone.

According to investigators, the incident took place at the Duval County Jail late in the afternoon. Mayra Martinez ( Martinez, Mayra ) , transported to the jail by Borisade and awaiting booking on a trespassing arrest, kicked out at Borisade twice, arousing his attention. He then moved over to her and repeatedly struck her. Three other officers and a community service officer look on, as well as a fellow arrestee; the incident goes on for some time until another officer intervenes. Following the incident, Martinez slumps to the ground.

While the officers at the scene did not act quickly, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office claims that other employees moved quickly to effect the arrest. During a press conference which can be seen below, Undersheriff Pat Ivey reported that JSO Corrections officers informed superiors upon viewing the security footage, and Borisade was fired and arrested within 24 hours.

Former Officer Akinyemi Borisade Can’t Get His Job Back but Could Potentially Keep His Police Certification

TAGS:Abuse of authority brutality lack of discipline


Officer Anthony R. Robinson(Robinson, Anthony R.), DeKalb County GA, 2016-02-26

A former DeKalb County police sergeant was found guilty Friday of ordering the beatings of several teenage suspects.

Anthony R. Robinson, 49, was convicted on two counts of felony violation of oath of office, three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and one misdemeanor count of simple battery. A mistrial was declared on four other counts after the jury was able to reach a unanimous verdict.

Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday. Robinson who had faced up to 150 years if convicted on all charges now faces up to 14 years in prison.

The case against Robinson stemmed from a November 2011 incident at police headquarters involving former officers Blake Norwood and Arthur Parker, who pleaded guilty last month to lesser charges in exchange for testifying against their former supervisor. Travarrius Williams ( Williams, Travarrius) , who was in custody over a suspected burglary, spotted Parker in the police station and accused him of wrongly arresting his brother. Three other victims 15-16 Y/O also beaten while handcuffed have been identified.

A teenage boy tells CBS Atlanta News that his claims have been validated now that a grand jury has indicted three DeKalb County police officers on criminal charges.

The 15-count indictment came Thursday, naming the officers as participants in a criminal enterprise ring.

District Attorney Robert James said Sgt. Anthony Robinson was the ring leader and that former Officer Blake Norwood (Norwood, Blake) and Officer Arthur Parker III (Parker, Arthur III) followed Robinson's orders.

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Officer Matthew Kenny, (Kenny, Matthew ), Madison WI, ~2015-03-06

The Madison, Wisconsin, cop who shot and killed unarmed teenager Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. won't face charges, the prosecutor said Tuesday.

The shooting of Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. (Robinson, Tony Terrell Jr.) occurred on March 6, 2015, in Madison, Wisconsin. Robinson, an unarmed 19-year-old man, was fatally shot by 45-year-old Officer Matthew Kenny, a Wisconsin police officer, during an altercation that occurred while Kenny was responding to reports that Robinson was jumping in front of cars and had attempted to strangle someone. On May 12, 2015, the shooting was determined to be justified self-defense by the Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne.[2] The death was protested by the Black Lives Matter movement; Robinson was African American.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne called the shooting of Robinson, 19, on March 6 by Officer Matt Kenny a "lawful use of deadly police force," saying that Robinson had Xanax, mushrooms and marijuana in his system and that multiple witnesses told investigators Robinson was "tweaking out" on mushrooms, jumping in front of cars and intimidating bystanders.

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Officer James Robinson Jr. (Robinson, James Jr.), Riverdale GA, 2016-09-10

GBI: Officer raped woman he was taking to jail

RIVERDALE, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigations arrested Riverdale police Officer James Robinson Jr., who is accused of raping a woman he was transporting to jail. Victim unidentified.

In court Wednesday, Robinson shook his head in disagreement while the charges against him were read in Clayton County court.

Investigators say the woman was in custody and being transported from the Riverdale Police Department to the Clayton County Jail.

The woman claims Robinson stopped the car next to an empty building near a Custom tire shop on Tara Boulevard and assaulted her.

Workers at the tire shop told Channel 2's Tom Jones as soon as the woman was released from jail she came by, and was upset. She asked the shop for footage from its security cameras.

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AT&T, DC, 2016-10-28

New details are emerging about how AT&T has been spying on Americans for profit with a secret plan called Project Hemisphere. The Daily Beast reports AT&T is keeping private call records and selling the information to authorities investigating everything from the war on drugs to Medicaid fraud. AT&T reportedly has been retaining every call, text message, Skype chat or other communication that has passed through its infrastructure. Some of the records date back to 1987. Sheriff’s and police departments each pay upward of $1 million a year for access to the call records. No warrants are needed, and AT&T requires governmental agencies to keep secret the source of the information.


Deborah Danner (Danner, Deborah ), NYC, ~2016-10-21

Police killing of mentally ill 66-year-old Bronx, New York woman sparks outrage

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio( de Blasio, Bill ) , newly installed Police Commissioner James O’Neill (O’Neill, James ) and other officials, moving to appease public anger, quickly called the killing "unacceptable". New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Officer Hugh Barry Barry, Hugh) was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on modified duty pending an investigation. The case is being sent to the office of the Bronx District Attorney, Darcel Clark.

Barry and other cops arrived at the apartment building in which Ms. Danner lived at about 6 p.m. on October 18, in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx, after neighbors reported a problem. One neighbor told the local press that the police had been there many times before, without any difficulty in assisting Danner. This time she was holding a scissors, which she was reportedly convinced to put down, but then she picked up a baseball bat.
Barry, 30 years old and an eight-year veteran of the NYPD, discharged two shots from his service revolver, killing the elderly woman. Barry was equipped with a Taser, but did not use it.

It is hard to imagine why five police officers and a patrol sergeant would need to use deadly force to disarm an elderly woman with a baseball bat, declared Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

A report in the New York Post revealed that Barry has been named in two lawsuits alleging brutal police beatings of African-American or Latino men. In one of them, 25-year-old Gregory Peters (Peters, Gregory) charged that Barry and other cops beat him with their fists, feet or batons in Times Square on August 22, 2010, and that the police displayed racial animus. The suit was settled for $25,000 in 2012.

The killing of Deborah Danner recalled the death in almost identical circumstances of another elderly Bronx woman, Eleanor Bumpurs(Bumpurs, Eleanor) , 32 years ago. Police were called to the victim’s apartment in the west Bronx after she fell four months behind in her rent and reportedly resisted attempts to evict her. In that case also the cops claimed that they feared for their lives at the hands of a mentally ill woman in her late 60s. The fate of Eleanor Bumpurs provoked anger and protests not only in New York but elsewhere as well. The police officer who was eventually charged with manslaughter was acquitted in 1987.

The rich also have their share of the emotionally disturbed, but only very rarely are they reported as the victims of police shootings. It is not a matter of training, but of the role of the police force itself. It is the lives of the poorest sections of the working class, of all races, that are considered expendable by the capitalist state and its armed men.

Shailene Woodley (Woodley, Shailene), Morton County ND, ~2016-10-20

Actress Shailene Woodley Reveals She Was Strip-Searched After Her Arrest Protesting Dakota Pipeline

Actress Shailene Woodley pleaded not guilty on charges related to the resistance to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday. She was arrested along with 27 others in North Dakota on October 10 during actions to mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Woodley was strip-searched and then put in an orange jump suit in the Morton County jail, which appears to be a common practice even for low-level misdemeanor charges. Woodley told Democracy Now!, "Never did it cross my mind that while trying to protect clean water, trying to ensure a future where our children have access to an element essential for human survival, would I be strip-searched. I was just shocked." Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair Dave Archambault II and others have also been strip-searched after being arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience against the pipeline.

For more information, read Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan’s new column: On Strip Searches and Press Freedom in North Dakota

Andrew Hallman(Hallman, Andrew ), CIA, 2016-10-07

CIA ‘Siren Servers’ can predict social uprisings 3-5 days in advance
The CIA claims to be able to predict social unrest days before it happens thanks to powerful super computers dubbed Siren Servers by the father of Virtual Reality, Jaron Lanier.

CIA Deputy Director for Digital Innovation Andrew Hallman announced that the agency has beefed-up its “anticipatory intelligence” through the use of deep learning and machine learning servers that can process an incredible amount of data.

We have, in some instances, been able to improve our forecast to the point of being able to anticipate the development of social unrest and societal instability some I think as near as three to five days out,” said Hallman on Tuesday at the Federal Tech event, Fedstival.

This Minority Report-type technology has been viewed skeptically by policymakers as the data crunching hasn’t been perfected, and if policy were to be enacted based on faulty data, the results could be disastrous. Iraq WMDs?

The CIA deputy director said that it was “much harder to convey confidence for the policymaker who may make an important decision from advanced analytics with deep learning algorithms.”

Computer science philosopher and author of “Who Owns the Future?” and “You are not a Gadget,” Jaron Lanier(Lanier,Jaron ), coined the phrase “Siren Servers” to describe these types of giant computer networks that can crunch huge amounts of data.

Lanier’s siren server definition was conceived to describe how companies with the most powerful computers can gain wealth by collecting and processing free, unorganized data, and turning that around to make a profit, but the concept can apply to the intelligence community as well.

In certain sectors such as finance, it can be self-detrimental as in the case of the financial meltdown in 2007-2008. When a predictive system becomes too efficient, it undermines the very foundation upon which it stands.

If you’ve gathered enough wealth and your services are so efficient that their values skyrocket, but there’s no money left for anyone to afford them, then you’ve fallen victim to the seductive power of siren servers.

I called it a siren server because there’s no plan to be evil. A siren server seduces you,” said Lanier.

In the case of the CIA; however, whether the agency is being innocently seduced or is actively planning to use this data for its own self-sustaining benefit, one can only speculate.

Officer Brant Gaither( Gaither, Brant ), McIntosh County GA, ~2016-10-05

Georgia sheriff’s deputy was fired and another abruptly resigned after an investigation revealed their racist and sexist Facebook messages — which showed they apparently targeted black drivers for traffic stops.

The two deputies, identified as Brant Gaither and Officer Jeremy Owens ( Owens, Jeremy ), served on a special traffic unit on the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, where they patrolled Interstate 95 between Savannah and Brunswick, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Their Facebook messages showed the deputies mocking the most famous speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

“I have a dream. That one day my people will not act like animals,” Gaither posted, while Owens replied, “Lol. That’ll never happen.”

At least one post suggested they racially profiled black drivers, whom they referred to using racial slurs: “It’s supposed to rain tomorrow,” Owens wrote. “Might not get too many niggs.”

They also joked about a pregnancy test involving fried chicken and mocked victims of domestic violence, the newspaper reported.

The Southern Center for Human Rights sent a lawyer last week to McIntosh County, where they interviewed residents and witnesses who might have interacted with the deputies or have other information about policing practices by the sheriff’s department.

Their investigation “suggests this may be the tip of the iceberg,” said an attorney with the civil rights group.

Gaither was fired July 25, and Owens resigned the following day.

The racist messages were discovered when another deputy was issued Owens’ old computer, which was still linked to his Facebook account.

Jessup is facing a re-election challenge from Officer Charles Jones( Jones, Charles ), the black former sheriff he defeated in 2008.

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Carnell Snell (Snell, Carnell ), LAPD, ~2016-10-01

A teenager shot and killed by Los Angeles police (Officers unidentified) was identified by his family as Carnell “CJ” Snell Jr., according to ABC 7.

Police said they recovered a gun at the scene and that Snell was armed when he was shot during a foot chase, but family members and a former teacher contended Snell was shot in the back, perhaps as many as five times, and that he had his hands up. These details, which spread quickly on Twitter the night of October 1, sparking outrage, were unconfirmed.

The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets reported that Snell was 18. The authorities had not officially confirmed his identity or age yet on the evening of October 1.

During a press conference, police said a male passenger exited the vehicle near the area. Officers began chasing the suspect, heading eastbound down the 1700 block of 107th Street into the back of a home and a fatal officer-involved shooting occurred.

Authorities did not say what exactly led to the shooting, but no officers were injured. They also said a weapon was found at the scene.

Snell's mother spoke out and said she had just seen her son before receiving the news of his death.

"He was just at my house, and we got a phone call that said the police shot him five times in the back," Monique Morgan said.

Joseph Mann (Mann, Joseph ), Sacramento CA, 2016-07-11

Joseph Mann Police Shooting Full Video

Before Joseph Mann was shot 14 times by Sacramento police, officers attempted to run over the mentally ill homeless man, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Less than 35 seconds before Mann was shot, an officer said “f— this guy,” the driver says, “I’m going to hit him,”and the other officer responds, “OK. Go for it. Go for it,” the newspaper recounts.

The Sacramento Bee reported that it had enhanced police audio of the July 11 incident involving Officer Randy Lozoya and Officer John Tennis.

The police video was not released until late September. It has outraged Mann’s family. His brother, Robert Mann, told FOX 40, “They (police) lied to me flat out – they told me my brother was aggressive, he was coming at officers and they had no time to make any other decision but to shoot my brother.” Mann’s family has filed a lawsuit against the city.

Police said Mann was shot 14 times because he would “not cooperate” with them, said Fox 40. The 51-year-old man had a knife that he raised and was acting “erratically,” the police chief said, according to KCRA. KCRA reported that Mann’s family believes he was having a “mental health crisis” at the time of the shooting, and toxicology reports showed Mann had methamphetamine in his system.

The release of the Mann videos came shortly before another police shooting in California, of Alfred Olango (Olango, Alfred ) , caused protests on the streets of El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego. Police had responded to 911 calls for help from Olango’s sister because he was having an emotional breakdown, according to family, and an officer shot and killed him. In news releases and press conferences, El Cajon police said that Olango had no firearm but was holding a vape electronic device in a two-handed, shooting-like stance when the officer fired.

The July 11 incident has sparked protest from local religious and black leaders, who say Sacramento Police Department officers escalated the situation and unnecessarily resorted to lethal force.

The content of the dashcam audio was first reported by the Sacramento News and Review. The Bee reviewed the clip of Officer Randy Lozoya ( Lozoyam, Randy ) and Officer John Tennis (Tennis, John ) after enhancing the audio to highlight their voices.

The dashcam video was released Sept. 20 after The Sacramento Bee obtained surveillance footage from a private citizen that showed the officers shooting Mann. Within an hour of The Bee posting the footage online, Sacramento police called a news conference to release video from three dashboard cameras as well as audio from two 911 calls and other information.

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Reginald Thomas Jr., ( Thomas, Reginald Jr.), Pasadena CA, 2016-09-30,

Reginald Thomas, Jr., 36, died in a struggle with six police officers (Officers unidentified) at his own home in Pasadena, California, in the early hours of Friday morning, September 30. The exact cause of his death has not yet been released, nor have Pasadena police released his name. He was identified by his girlfriend, who is pregnant with his child. His death set off protests in the streets of Pasadena on Friday, protests that tied up traffic but remained largely peaceful as marchers called for a full investigation into how Thomas died, and the names of the officers who may have played a part in his death. Those names have not been made public at this point, either.

Thomas was the dad of eight kids, with a ninth child on the way, according to what Shainie Lindsay, who said she was his pregnant girlfriend, told KTLA News in Los Angeles. Lindsay said that in addition to the child yet to be born, she was the mother of four children by Thomas.

“He was a good father, and they didn’t have to kill him,” she told reporters. “He didn’t want to die.”

“That man took care of his children,” another friend of Thomas, Oscar Bell Jr., told the Pasadena Star-News. “He loved his kids. They took a good person away from his family. The police know what they did. It’s going to be hard for me to look at his children. They’re not going to get away with this one.”

Other friends and acquaintances painted a picture of a devoted stay-at-home dad who grew up in Pasadena, but who also dealt with his own heartbreaking personal issues.

“He was a cool person. He was calm. He just stayed to himself and spent as much time with his kids,” said Elijah Floyd, who told the Star-News that his own kids live in the same apartment complex as Thomas. Floyd said that Thomas often took his children to church and played an active role in their lives.

“He was all for them,” said Forrest Elder, Lindsay’s brother. “They call him ‘daddy daycare.’”w.

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Alfred Olango (Olango, Alfred ), USA, ~2016-09-29

10 Times Police Killed the People They Were Called to Save

Alfred Olango's tragic death Tuesday was proceeded by a 911 call from his sister.
By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet September 29, 2016

In San Diego, California, a mentally ill, unarmed black man died late Tuesday night at the hands of the police. His name was Alfred Olango, 30. Before his tragic death, the victim's sister had contacted the police department for assistance. She said he was "not acting like himself." So why did Olango end up dead shortly after they arrived?

To the contrary of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's claim at the 2016 Republican National Convention, police don't always "just come to save you." Here are 10 times police killed the very people they were called to help:

1. Alfred Olango

Protests continue in San Diego where Olango was killed by police, and an investigation is underway.

"I told you he is sick. And you guys shot him!" Olango's sister told officers in a Facebook video recorded live at the scene. "I called police to help him, not to kill him."

2. Tawon Boyd (Boyd, Tawon )

On September 18, Boyd, "feeling disoriented," called 911 for help. He died the following Wednesday as a result of the altercation with the police who "repeatedly punched" him soon after they arrived.

3. Melissa Boarts (Boarts, Melissa )

Boarts' mother, Terry, feared her manic depressive daughter would hurt herself. Now, she insists she will never call the police again. "Parents called 911 to help suicidal daughter—and ‘police ended up putting a bullet in her,'" The Washington Post reported April 6, three days after the incident.

4. Quintonio LeGrier (LeGrier, Quintonio )

Antonio, Quintonio LeGrier's father, hoped police could help with his teenage son's emotional troubles. Like the Boarts, he never expected they would end his son's life. Quintonio LeGrier died on Dec. 26, 2015. His death has since led Chicago police to "undergo mandatory 'de-escalation' training."

5. Jeremy McDole (McDole, Jeremy )

In a truly bizarre turn of events, Wilmington police shot a paralyzed man in a wheelchair on Sept. 23, 2015, after receiving a 911 call that he had shot himself.

6. Jason Harrison (Harrison, Jason )

Shirley Marshall Harrison needed assistance getting her bipolar schizophrenic son to the hospital on June 14, 2014. According to the lawsuit, "the police had been to the Harrison home a hundred times or more without incident, as it was well-known in the home and community that Jason was nonviolent."

7. Betty Sexton (Sexton, Betty )

On Feb. 18, 2015, Sexton called Gastonia police for help removing unwanted guests from her home. Sexton did possess a gun and had warned officers beforehand that there were weapons in the house. However, according to local reports, "Sexton made no threats and didn't fire."

8. Kevin Davis (Davis, Kevin )

Imagine Davis' horror when he came home and found his girlfriend stabbed. Naturally, he called the police, only to have his own life taken. He died on Dec. 29, 2014.

9. Kaldrick Donald (Donald, Kaldrick )

Kaldrick Donald's mother called the Gretna Police Department on Oct. 28, 2014. During the call she requested police conduct a Baker Act and take her son to a mental health facility. Instead, they killed the 24-year-old in his home.

10. Jack Lamar Roberson ( Roberson, Jack Lamar )

Roberson called 911 on October 4, 2013, "after experiencing an adverse reaction to a medication he took for his diabetes," according to the Huffington Post. But he never made it to the hospital. "They just came in and shot him,” Alicia Herron, Roberson’s fiancee said.

Officer Harold Zech ( Zech, Harold ), Scranton PA, ~2014-04-23

Cops Dodge 4th Amendment By Phoning In 'Anonymous' Tips; Watch Their Drug Bust Vanish After They're Exposed

from the it'sa-me,-anonymio! dept
Really. What the hell? Does law enforcement just perceive the Fourth Amendment as damage and route around it?
Detective Harold Zech and Officer Lawrence Spathelf (Spathelf, Lawrence ) didn’t have probable cause to search the homes of Albert McCullough (McCullough, Albert ) and Dakeem Booker (Booker, Dakeem ) , so they made their own. They phoned in “anonymous” tips to McCullough’s and Booker’s parole officers, who searched their [homes] and found some heroin.
It's not as though the Fourth Amendment is that difficult to comply with, especially considering law enforcement can avail themselves of all of the following to avoid having to obtain a warrant: Good faith exception, Exigent circumstances, Motor vehicle exception, Plain view, Plain hearing, Plain smell & Consent.
And yet here we are, seeing two cops masquerading as the most reliable and honest of anonymous tipsters. You know, except for the part where they covered up the fact that they were cops.
The bust was fun while it lasted. 963 bags of heroin, two handguns, and a couple of perps. None of that matters now because the Fourth Amendment was just too much of a hassle.
This sort of dishonesty has happened often enough that there's a term for it.
[T]he law is clear that police cannot use parole agents as an arm of law enforcement to initiate a search to get around the stricter probable cause standard they must meet, Mr. Sheppard and other attorneys said. Multiple appellate courts ruled that practice, known as a “stalking horse,” illegal.
The two horses called in tips twice, resulting in searches of two residences. Despite costing them a nice drug bust and successful prosecution, both the DA Shane Scanlon ( Scanlon, Shane ) and the Chief of Police Carl Graziano Officer Carl Graziano (Graziano, Carl ) are defending not only the faux tipsters' actions, but their work as law enforcement officers as well.
“Do I think in any way, shape or form this was an effort to be dishonest or an intentional act? I don’t,” Mr. Scanlon said. “I think it was an attempt to comply with the stalking horse law that was just done wrong."
Hmm. "I tried to comply with the speed limit but did it wrong." "I tried to comply with restrictions on the distribution of Schedule 1 substances but somehow screwed it up. Am I free to go?"
Yes, the officers did exactly the opposite of what the law forbids. That is indeed "wrong." But to shrug off the deliberate nature of their actions is asinine. The pair never identified themselves as law enforcement officers which means they knew they were violating something, even if they were unclear on the legal specifics. There was no "effort to comply." Just dishonesty and the hope that the ends would justify the means, as the police chief inadvertently implies in his defense of his employee.
“His goals and intentions, along with all other members of the Scranton Police Department, is to remove violent criminals and drug traffickers from the streets of Scranton while at the same time staying within the lines of current case laws and acceptable procedures,” Chief Graziano said in an email.
There was no "staying in the lines" here. Just two officers wandering outside of the confines of the law to expedite a process that likely could have been handled in accordance with the Fourth Amendment. It may have required more time and effort, but certainly wasn't an impossibility.
Citizens may not be pleased that two drug dealers will go unpunished. But they should be equally displeased the two officers who undid these convictions haven't even suffered the brief indignity of a paid vacation for their actions. As civil rights attorney Barry Dyller ( Dyller, Barry ) points out, this tells other law enforcement officers that there are zero consequences for bending the rules.
“The commonwealth and DA have a duty not merely to convict, but a duty to seek justice,” Mr. Dyller said. “If there is no consequence for those officers, it’s a signal to other officers it’s not the end of the world if you cut corners. ... For every time someone is caught, there has to be 100 times when they are not.”
Then there's this depressing statement from the DA, which clearly shows how much faith and deference his office extends to law enforcement.
Mr. Scanlon said as far as he knows, Mr. Booker’s and Mr. McCullough’s cases are the only two where this has happened. He acknowledged he has not done any research to determine if there are other cases.
Chances are, Scanlon still has yet to do any research. Why go looking for information that might disprove your bold, unresearched statements? Why give the other side that much more ammo when defending the accused? Better to stay on this side of the blue line and avoid biting the hand that feeds you criminal cases.

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Alfred Olango (Olango, Alfred ), El Cajon CA, 2016-09-28

California police officer fatally shoots man who witnesses claim was unarmed and mentally challenged

A San Diego-area officers (Officers unidentified) fatally shot a man who witnesses claim was mentally challenged and unarmed Tuesday afternoon, marking the latest victim in an unsettling series of black men killed by police.

Gunfire rang out around 2 p.m. local time in a parking lot at the Broadway Village Shopping Center in El Cajon, Calif. after police had received multiple calls about a man who was "not acting like himself," Police Chief Jeff Davis told the Daily News in a statement.

Upon arriving, the first responding officer discovered a black male in his 30s frantically pacing back and forth, "not only endangering himself, but motorists," Davis said.

The officer allegedly ordered the man to remove his hand from his front pant pocket. When the man didn't comply, the officer drew his firearm.

A second officer arrived shortly thereafter and prepared to stun the man with a Taser. But as the officer prepared the electronic device, the man allegedly pulled out an object from his pocket, placed his hands together and took "what appeared to be a shooting stance," Davis said.

Both officers discharged their weapons simultaneously, fatally striking the man with several bullets as well as a high-voltage Taser shock. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead Tuesday evening.

Police released a grainy screengrab that appears to show the victim with his hands locked together as two officers surround him with their weapons drawn. The screengrab, Davis said, is taken from cellphone footage recorded by a standerby.

"That was the only phone provided to officers in this investigaion," Davis said.

Police would not immediately say what the object the victim pulled from his pocket was, but noted no weapons were retrieved from the scene.

Several eyewitnesses said the victim had his hands above his head when he was shot, but police spokesman Rob Ransweiler disputed those accounts, adding he was "confident that the community will support the decision made by the officer."

"The investigation just started, but based on the video voluntarily provided by a witness, the subject did NOT have his hands up in the air," the police department said on Twitter late Tuesday.

Police had not released the victim's name by early Wednesday, but a family friend identified the dead man as 30-year-old Alfred Olango.


Cindy Hahn ( Hahn, Cindy ) Carlsbad CA, 2013

Carlsbad police beat a woman senseless for an alleged seat-belt violation

Cindy Hahn, a 40-year-old mother from Valencia CA. after suffering permanent memory loss and brain trauma following the beating she took while being arrested by Carlsbad police for a seat belt violation, which is a $20 infraction.
The New York Daily News reported on a police brutality suit brought by 40-year-old Cindy Hahn, who was arrested and beaten in 2013 as her two children, ages 7 and 11, watched. According to Hahn’s complaint, on July 31, 2013, she and her children were leaving a birthday party when they came upon a vehicle which was unoccupied with its alarm blaring. Police cruisers with their lights flashing surrounded the vehicle, but officers were allowing the alarm to blare. When Hahn — whose father is a police officer — asked an officer on duty why police weren’t shutting off the car alarm, the officer — identified in court documents as Officer Kenyatte Valentine (Valentine, Kenyatte ) — reportedly told her to mind her “own fucking business.” Hahn used her cell phone to call the police non-emergency line to complain about Officer Valentine’s behavior. As she drove away, Valentine pulled her over claiming she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt. He and another officer pulled her from the vehicle and pinned her to the ground.
That's when things truly went downhill, as you will read below

Rather than simply giving her the citation, or cuffing her, Officer Valentine proceeded to repeatedly punch Hahn in the face as shown in this video. (Warning: Potential violence trigger)

All this because of a seatbelt violation.

To date, it appears that no officers were disciplined or fired as a result of this incident. But pending charges against Hahn for the classic "resisting arrest" were dropped once the district attorney was shown the video, according to the New York Daily News.

The video’s release apparently led to charges of resisting arrest and battery on a police officer against Hahn to be dropped, but the violent confrontation and falsification of police reports still merits a lawsuit, she believes.
That's right, the cops lied on their police reports just as we've seen officers do in the shooting of Tamir Rice, in the arrest of Skip Gates, and many other cases. And if not for the video they would have gotten away with it.

Officer Susan Rahr (Rahr, Susan ) King County WA, 2016

The Empathetic Police Academy

During Susan Rahr’s seven-year stint as sheriff of King County, Washington, she reviewed scores of internal affairs investigations. The ones involving allegations of an excessive use of force attracted her closest scrutiny, and led her to pose her own questions to the deputies involved.

“Why did you use force so quickly?”

“Why didn’t you try another way of defusing the situation?”

The deputies’ answers often reflected an approach that has long been in vogue with cops called “Ask. Tell. Make.”

“You would ask someone to do something. If they didn’t do it, you would tell them. If they didn’t do it, then you would physically make them do it,” Rahr says. “And that doesn’t reflect real life on the street. Most good police officers don’t jump that quickly from the first step to using force.”

Then she would ask, “Where did you learn that?”

The responses were usually the same: at the academy – the state’s Criminal Justice Training Center, which schools every aspiring city police officer and county deputy in Washington.

In 2012, she decided to stop asking follow-up questions and address the problem at the source. When she learned the job of leading the academy was coming open, she put her hand up, retiring as sheriff – one of the state’s most prestigious law enforcement posts – to take a job training fresh-faced police recruits.

The concept of police as guardians was her attempt to strike a balance. “A guardian describes the complete police officer – the multidimensional officer – and how the cop sees himself or herself,” she says. “The guardian has fierce warrior skills. They have to be a scholar. They have to be a humanitarian.”

She led an effort to revamp the academy’s five-month curriculum. She didn’t cut back on any firearms or defensive tactics training. But she added exercises to teach recruits how to defuse tense situations without resorting to force, see honor in solving a problem without making an arrest, and view interactions with police through the eyes of a victim. “A lot of the people that call the police for help don’t need law enforcement. They need social services. They need counseling. They need housing. Police officers need to see themselves almost as a broker to help connect people who are in a crisis to the resources they need,” she says.


Detective Gregory Gordon, NYC, 2016-08-01

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is asking Detective Gregory Gordon to return his medals and nominations to the department amid an investigation into comments he made online insulting the commissioner, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mr. de Blasio’s wife.

Mr. Gordon, a vocal Donald Trump supporter, went on a Facebook rant when Commissioner Bratton declined a request by the Republican presidential nominee to speak at a precinct, the New York Daily News reported.

“If this is true, Bratts can take our medals and shove them up his ass,” Mr. Gordon wrote last month.

Detective Gregory Gordon, NYC, 2016-08-01

Mayor de Blasio hits back at racist, Facebook-ranting NYPD cop who called his wife a ‘former crack addict’

Mayor de Blasio blasted back Wednesday at Detective Officer Gregory Gordon (Gordon, Gregory ) who called his wife a crack addict, attacking the right-wing officer for his “reprehensible” Facebook insults.

“I would say that about any other human being, I don't care if they wear a uniform or they don't,” the mayor said of loose-lipped Detective Gregory Gordon.

News also raised questions about Gordon’s Feb. 2, 2013, shooting of Michael Walker(Walker, Michael), 33. Though police said he was carrying a gun and was shot in the chest, Walker’s gun was found 20 feet away and was actually shot in the upper back.


Detective Gregory Gordon, NYC, 2016-08-04

‘Racist’ cop was caught grinding in uniform at West Indian Day Parade

The NYPD cop who posted racist rants on Facebook — one calling the mayor’s wife a “former crack addict” — was one of the officers caught on video dancing suggestively with semi-nude women at the West Indian Day Parade, The Post has learned.

Detective Gregory Gordon, 33, was among several officers captured in the video bumping and grinding with buxom, scantily clad dancers marching in the parade on Sept. 5, 2011, on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, sources said.

“He’s the same guy that got in trouble for dancing at the West Indian Day Parade,” a source said.

An enthusiastic Gordon could be seen in the video, which went viral at the time, thrusting against women bent over in front of him as he pumped his arms up and down.

Detective Gregory Gordon NYC, 2016-08-08

Racist Facebook-ranting NYPD cop was drinking when he hit pregnant woman's car and didn't try to help, victim says

A Staten Island woman left bleeding and unconscious in the street after her car was hit by off-duty Detective Gregory Gordon was shocked to learn he is in hot water nearly a decade later over his hateful Facebook rants.

Detective Gregory Gordon, 33, has come under fire after the Daily News broke the news of his posts calling Mayor de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray a “former crack addict,” telling blacks to get over slavery and condemning NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton for rejecting Donald Trump’s request to speak at a precinct.

Marie Kiell ( Kiell, Marie ) , who was pregnant when her sedan was broadsided by Gordon on March 22, 2007, claims he reeked of booze and that fellow cops helped cover up that the off-duty then rookie cop had been drinking.

“He doesn't even care if we lived, or if my child lived,” Kiell, 42, said from her Staten Island home last week.

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Terence Crutcher (Crutcher, Terence ) Tuksa OK, 2016-09-20

TULSA (CBSNewYork/CBS News) Protesters gathered Tuesday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, following officer-involved shootings that left two black men dead in recent days.

As of this writing there is no police body camera footage available.

In Tulsa, Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed Friday by Officer Betty Shelby (Shelby, Betty ) , who had been responding to a report of a stalled vehicle. Crutcher is black, Shelby white.

Police said Crutcher did not have a weapon on him or in his sport-utility vehicle.

Investigators on Tuesday said they found the drug PCP in Crutcher’s car. But his family’s attorney said the drug discovery is a distraction that does not justify the shooting, and it is also unclear if Crutcher was on the drug during the incident. For all we know cops planted drugs.

Police helicopter video shows Crutcher walking toward his car with his hands up. Police said he was not cooperating, and said another officer used a Taser on him before Shelby fired one shot.

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Keith Lamont Scott (Scott, Keith Lamont ) CHARLOTTE NC, 2016-09-21

At least 12 Charlotte cops injured in protests following officer-involved death of black man

CNN)Violent protests erupted overnight in Charlotte, North Carolina, after a police officer fatally shot a black man while trying to serve a warrant for a different man at an apartment complex.
Police said the man killed, Keith Lamont Scott, had a gun. But his family members said he was carrying a book.

As of this writing there is no police body camera footage available of the Scott murder.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters, officers were injured and a highway was shut down during protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal shooting of a black man by police who said he was armed and posed a threat.

Officer Brentley Vinson (Vinson, Brentley ) , who shot Scott, has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such cases. Vinson has been with the department for two years.

The protests broke out Tuesday after 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by a black officer at an apartment complex on the city's northeast side. They continued into early Wednesday morning, when TV footage showed dozens of protesters on Interstate 85 apparently looting semi-trucks and setting their contents on fire on the highway.

Neither the North Carolina Highway Patrol nor Charlotte police could immediately be reached for comment. The North Carolina Department of Transportation website showed a portion of I-85 near UNC Charlotte was closed in both directions early Wednesday. The website said the closure was due to police activity.

Tuesday night, a larger group of demonstrators gathered near the scene of the shooting. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted that demonstrators were destroying marked police vehicles and that approximately 12 officers had been injured, including one who was hit in the face with a rock. Photos and TV video showed police firing tear gas to break up the crowd. Some officers were in riot gear.

By 5 a.m. Wednesday, the streets were quiet with no protesters in sight. Broken glass and rocks littered the ground where a police car had been vandalized. Less than 5 miles away, wooden pallets barricaded the entrance of a Walmart that had apparently been looted.

UPDATE:November 30, 2016 11:35 AM CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte police officer who shot and killed a black man at an apartment complex will not face charges a North Carolina prosecutor announced Wednesday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray said Officer Brentley Vinson’s actions in killing Keith Lamont Scott were justified.

Scott’s family has said he was not armed.

However, at a lengthy news conference Murray displayed a nearby store’s surveillance video showing the outline of what appeared to be a holstered gun on Scott’s ankle, and he gave extensive details about other evidence that Scott was armed.

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UPDATE:Keith Scott killing: No charges against officer

Jose Guerena (Guerena, Jose ), Tucson AZ, ~20111-05-20

Arizona SWAT Team Defends Shooting Iraq Vet 60 Times

A Tucson, Ariz., SWAT Officers unidentified team defends shooting an Iraq War veteran 60 times during a drug raid, although it declines to say whether it found any drugs in the house and has had to retract its claim that the veteran shot first.

And the Pima County sheriff, whose team conducted the raid, scolded the media for "questioning the legality" of the shooting.

Jose Guerena, 26, died the morning of May 5. He was asleep in his Tucson home after working a night shift at the Asarco copper mine when his wife, Vanessa, saw the armed SWAT team outside her youngest son's bedroom window.

"She saw a man pointing at her with a gun," said Reyna Ortiz, 29, a relative who is caring for Vanessa and her children. Ortiz said Vanessa Guerena yelled, "Don't shoot! I have a baby!"

Vanessa Guerena thought the gunman might be part of a home invasion -- especially because two members of her sister-in-law's family, Cynthia and Manny Orozco, were killed last year in their Tucson home, her lawyer, Chris Scileppi, said. She shouted for her husband in the next room, and he woke up and told his wife to hide in the closet with the child, Joel, 4.

Guerena grabbed his assault rifle and was pointing it at the SWAT team, which was trying to serve a narcotics search warrant as part of a multi-house drug crackdown, when the team broke down the door. At first the Pima County Sheriff's Office said that Guerena fired first, but on Wednesday officials backtracked and said he had not. "The safety was on and he could not fire," according to the sheriff's statement.

A report by ABC News affiliate KGUN found that more than an hour had passed before the SWAT team let the paramedics work on Guerena. By then he was dead.

A spokesman for Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said he could not discuss whether any drugs had been found at the home or make any other comment. "We're waiting for the investigation to be complete," he said.

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Aiyana Stanley-Jones (Stanley-Jones, Aiyana), Detroit MI, ~2014-09-17

How A Police Officer Shot A Sleeping 7-Year-Old To Death

A judge has declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict June 18, 2013 in the trial of Officer Joseph Weekley ( Weekley, Joseph ) , a Detroit police officer, who fatally shot 07 year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a police raid. Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He accidentally fired his gun, killing Aiyana, while leading officers on a raid to find a murder suspect in 2010. He said he pulled the trigger during a struggle with the girl's grandmother, but Mertilla Jones denied interfering with the gun and another officer testified there was no struggle over the weapon. The raid was recorded for a police reality TV show, "The First 48," and Aiyana's family members have said they believe the officers involved were more concerned about how they appeared on TV rather than properly conducting their police work. A retrial date has not been set.

07 year-old shot to death

Aiyana Stanley-Jones was sleeping in her home on the east side of Detroit on the night of May 16, 2010, when officers barged into the house. They were conducting a police raid in search of a murder suspect who lived at that address — and being filmed for a reality TV show in the process — when Officer Joseph Weekley accidentally fired his gun. What exactly caused him to fire is still a matter of dispute. But the shot killed Aiyana.

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Harper Westover ( Westover, Harper), Washington DC, ~2016-09-02

2-year-old cited for littering in D.C., but officials say they’re dropping the case

Harper Westover, age 2, had never run afoul of the government before. The “Paw Patrol” fanatic lives in Northeast Washington with her parents, who insist she’s just the tidiest, most polite and well-behaved toddler in the nation’s capital. They call her “Harpie.”

But to officials at the city’s Department of Public Works, Harpie is known by another name, etched in capital letters on D.C. government letterhead: VIOLATOR.

On Thursday, she received in the mail a “Notice of Violation” reporting she was being fined $75 for allegedly littering at the end of the alley by her home, on 9th Street NE.

Officials included evidence of a discarded envelope a city worker had found with a bag of trash in the alley. Exhibit A against Harpie the Violator was a photograph of that unopened envelope addressed to her from Bucky’s Buddies, a kids club for fans of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the alma mater of her mother, Theresa.

On Friday, Westover, an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, called the solid waste inspector who issued the ticket, certain her daughter would be quickly absolved. She argued that her toddler did not haul a trash bag or carry her Bucky’s Buddies envelope to the end of the alley. Besides, Westover told the inspector, her daughter is 2. Could the Department of Public Works kindly rescind the fine?

“The inspector’s response was there was a piece of trash in the alley with Harper’s name on it. I said, ‘I understand that, but she’s only 2 years old. Are you willing to rescind the ticket?’ She said ‘No,’?” Westover recalled. “They list Harper as a ‘violator.’ As a mom, it bothered me.”

In a telephone interview with The Washington Post, Harper, fresh from an afternoon nap, insisted she was innocent.

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Celeste Guap( Guap, Celeste), Oakland CA, ~2016-09-08

In interviews, Jasmine Abuslin ( Abuslin, Jasmine ) AKA (Celeste Guap) Guap, Celeste said she had sex with 14 officers from Oakland police department, as well as five from the Richmond police department, three Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies and a Livermore cop. She says she only had sex with three officers — all from Oakland PD — while she was underage.

Three Oakland police officers committed statutory rape of Guap when she was under-age. She says all of the law-enforcement agents who had sex with Guap knew she worked as a sex worker.

As of late Wednesday, four Oakland police officers have been fired and another seven have been suspended without pay for their roles in a sex scandal with a teenage female. The female, who goes by the name of Celeste Guap, stated she had numerous liaisons with officers from the Oakland and Richmond police departments, the Alameda County Sheriff’s office and a Livermore police officer. Three of the Oakland police officers had sex with her while she was underage. In other words, the teen was trafficked among the officers.

Guap said she had sex with Officer Brendan O'Brien (O'Brien, Brendan) numerous times while she was seventeen years old.

She says that O’Brien later introduced Oakland police Officer Terryl Smith (Smith,Terryl) and Officer James Ta’ai (Ta’ai, James ) to Guap. Smith, Ta’ai, and O’Brien worked in the same squad out of OPD’s Eastmont Substation.

According to Guap and fellow Officer Luis Roman ( Roman, Luis ), three cops committed statutory rape of Guap while she was still 17.Oakland police Officer Giovanni LoVerde ( LoVerde ,Giovanni ) met Guap through Facebook. She says she had sex with him on multiple occasions when she was 18. LoVerde then introduced Guap to another Oakland police officer, Roman.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf apologized to Oaklanders in a press conference, stating:

“I am deeply sorry for the harm that this scandal has caused, particularly to community trust, which for many was already so tenuous,” said Schaaf. “The discipline we have announced today sends a loud and clear message that we will hold our officers to nothing but the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.”

Oakland’s City Administrator Sabrina Landreth detailed the findings of the investigation into the sex trafficking scandal:

“Each individual was found to have committed one or more of the following offenses: attempted sexual assault, engaging in lewd conduct in public assisting in the crime of prostitution, assisting in the evading of arrest for the crime of prostitution, accessing law enforcement databases for personal gain, being untruthful to investigators, failing to report a violation of law or rules by not reporting allegations of a minor having sexual contact with Oakland police officers, and bringing and disrepute to the Oakland Police Department”...

Additionally, seven other officers were suspended without pay. Those officers will also be provided with remedial training for accessing law enforcement databases for personal gain, being untruthful to investigators, failing to report a violation of law or rules by not reporting allegations of a minor having sexual contact with Oakland police officers, and bringing and disrepute to the Oakland Police Department.

Landreth also said counseling and training was ordered for one officer for bringing disrepute to the Oakland Police Department.

Rumblings of the sex trafficking scandal began in the fall of 2015 when an Oakland police officer who had sex with Guap committed suicide, leaving behind a note naming officers who also had sex with the teen. Things boiled to the surface this past June when the East Bay Express published the results of its own investigation into the matter, and Mayor Schaaf fired then-Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent for knowing about the scandal and covering it up. Officer Sean Whent ( Whent, Sean ). Officer Brian J. Bunton (Bunton,Brian J.)

Oakland says its investigation into the matter is now closed but the story ain’t over yet. Numerous officers from the Richmond Police Department, including two school resource officers, are being investigated also. At least two officers from the San Francisco Police Department are also alleged to have been involved in the sex trafficking of Guap.

As if Bay Area police didn’t have enough to be embarrassed by already.

The Express is not publishing his identity for medical reasons. “Please don’t publish my name. I will die. I have a heart condition,” he said via phone. He currently draws a $125,000 pension from the city.

Oakland police Captain Ricardo Orozco was at one point a friend with Guap on Facebook and also followed her on Instagram, according to social-media accounts obtained by the Express. Orozco later retired from OPD, on April 10 of last year. He did not respond to Facebook messages from this paper.

Oakland Police Sergeant Byron Reed, who recently retired, also flirted with Guap on Instagram, according to social-media accounts reviewed by the Express. “We did flirt. We were actually getting to it, making googly eyes with each other,” Guap said, but added that they never slept together.

A retired Oakland police captain even contacted Guap through Facebook. Guap said the two began talking over Facebook beginning in 2015, when she was still underage. But she was eighteen years old in December of last year when the retired captain met her in a hotel on San Pablo Dam Road in Richmond, where he paid $250 for sex.

The Express called the retired OPD captain and he admitted this.

He also said he met her on Facebook and friended her because she was already friends with other retired Oakland cops. The former captain said Guap told him she was twenty when they had sex.

The Express is not publishing his identity for medical reasons. “Please don’t publish my name. I will die. I have a heart condition,” he said via phone. He currently draws a $125,000 pension from the city.

Oakland police Captain Ricardo Orozco Officer Ricardo Orozco (Orozco, Ricardo ) was at one point a friend with Guap on Facebook and also followed her on Instagram, according to social-media accounts obtained by the Express. Orozco later retired from OPD, on April 10 of last year. He did not respond to Facebook messages from this paper.

Oakland Police Sergeant Byron Reed Officer Byron Reed (Reed, Byron ) , who recently retired, also flirted with Guap on Instagram, according to social-media accounts reviewed by the Express. “We did flirt. We were actually getting to it, making googly eyes with each other,” Guap said, but added that they never slept together.

She says she told Reed that she had slept with other police officers when she was 17 years old. According to multiple sources close to the department, Reed has been previously investigated by internal affairs for improper conduct toward minors.

One Deputy Eric Chaloner Officer Eric Chaloner (Chaloner, Eric ) , was briefly investigated by internal affairs last month, but was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The sheriff’s office blamed Guap for not coming forward. “She never came to our agency with any sort of complaint,” spokesman J.D. Nelson said. “We had no way of knowing about this sort of conduct.”

Not surprisingly Guap, the young woman at the center of this story, has other revelations about her time spent with various Bay Area police officers:

Guap also said that she once attended a party with multiple Richmond and Oakland police officers. The cops drank heavily and used cocaine. Guap said she got drunk at the party and blacked out. When she came to, she found that her cell phone was missing; she believes one of the police officers stole it in order to destroy text messages.

This scandal, which we undoubtedly have not heard the last of, is bigger than a couple of “school resource officers,” however, it must be stated: “school resource officer” is a euphemism. Cops are in schools. It should be clear by now—if it isn't already—wherever they are … whether they are in schools or on the street … police must be held accountable for what they do.

Despite his resignation, Contra Costa sheriff’s Deputy Ricardo Perez Officer Ricardo Perez (Perez, Ricardo) remains subject to a criminal investigation by the Oakland Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Guap has claimed to have had sex with about 30 police officers from various agencies, including Perez and three Oakland officers when she was underage. She also said that she was paid for sex in some cases.

In interviews with this newspaper, Guap identified high-ranking Richmond police officers she had sex or sexual contact with after she turned 18 in August: Lt. Andre Hill Officer Andre Hill (Hill, Andre ) , a department spokesman; Sgt. Armando Moreno Officer Armando Moreno( Moreno, Armando ) , who has worked the graveyard shift; resource officers Officer Jerred Tong (Tong, Jerred ) and Officer Terrance Jackson ( Jackson,Terrance ) ; and Sgt. Mike Rood Officer Mike Rood(Rood, Mike).

Guap was arrested last week in Martin County, Florida, where she allegedly bit a security guard at a drug rehabilitation facility.

Schaaf addressed allegations that the Richmond Police Department paid to send Guap across the country, saying “we’re not happy about this” and that Oakland officials made multiple offers to Guap to seek help that was locally based.

Schaaf said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is still completing her criminal investigation into the case and said “we have reason to believe she will be making determinations relatively soon.”

Earlier Wednesday, two Bay Area civil rights attorneys said they had been hired to represent Guap and have set up a trust fund and are seeking donations for her legal and medical care.

O’Malley identified the officers to be charged as former Contra Costa sheriff’s Deputy Officer Ricardo Perez (Perez, Ricardo) ; former Livermore police Officer Dan Black ( Black, Dan ) ; Oakland police Officer Brian Bunton (Bunton, Brian ) , Officer Giovani LoVerde ( LoVerde, Giovani ) and Officer Warit Utappa ( Utappa,Warit ) ; and former Oakland police Officer Tyrell Smith( Smith, Tyrell ) and Officer Leroy Johnson ( Johnson, Leroy ).

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Officer unidentified, Paris France, 2016-09-09

A French police officer was stabbed Thursday during an operation to arrest three women in connection to a vehicle filled with gas canisters found near Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral.
According to BBC, officers found a sedan without license plates and blinking hazard lights near the famous cathedral last Sunday. As well as gas canisters, documents written in Arabic were found in the car.
After a brief skirmish, police injured one of the suspects, whom they believe were radicalized and preparing for an attack.

The suspects “were in all likelihood preparing an imminent, violent act,” said

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A French police officer was stabbed Thursday during an operation to arrest three women in connection to a vehicle filled with gas canisters found near Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral.

According to BBC, officers found a sedan without license plates and blinking hazard lights near the famous cathedral last Sunday. As well as gas canisters, documents written in Arabic were found in the car.

After a brief skirmish, police injured one of the suspects, whom they believe were radicalized and preparing for an attack.

On Wednesday, officers arrested two other people in relation to the vehicle, one of whom is a suspect on the terrorism watch list.

According to French media, the car owner was on an intelligence watch list. His daughter was among the women arrested.

France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the BBC that the three women “were fanatics and were in all likelihood preparing an imminent, violent act.”


Officer Robert Olsen (Olsen, Robert ), Atlanta GA, 2016-09-09

Ex-officer who shot naked black man wants charges dismissed
Published September 09, 2016 Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. – A white former Atlanta-area police officer who shot an unarmed, naked, mentally ill black veteran is asking a judge to dismiss the charges against him.

Robert Olsen was indicted in January on numerous charges, including felony murder, in the shooting death of 27-year-old Anthony Hill ( Hill, Anthony ). He pleaded not guilty in June.

Olsen is scheduled to appear Friday in DeKalb County Superior Court for a hearing on his motion to dismiss the charges.

Olsen shot Hill on March 9, 2015, while responding to a call about a naked man behaving erratically outside a suburban Atlanta apartment complex. Hill's family says he was a U.S. Air Force veteran who struggled with mental health problems.

Olsen has since resigned from the DeKalb County Police Department.

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Glenn Ford( Ford, Glenn), Angola LA, March 2014

30 Years on Death Row - In an incredible miscarriage of justice, a prosecutor admits his cowardice and indifference led to the wrongful murder conviction of a man sentenced to death

Glenn Ford, who spent nearly 30 years on death row in Louisiana for a murder he almost certainly did not commit, died on Monday in New Orleans, less than 16 months after his conviction and death sentence were vacated and he was released. He was 65.

William Most ( Most, William ), a lawyer for Mr. Ford, said the cause was lung cancer, a diagnosis Mr. Ford received shortly after his release in March 2014. He died at a home provided by Resurrection After Exoneration, a nonprofit group that assists freed prisoners, Mr. Most said.

After years of failed appeals, Mr. Ford’s extraordinary release was precipitated by “newly discovered and credible exculpatory evidence,” as prosecutors described it. In 2013, it was provided by a confidential informant to Dale G. Cox, then the first assistant district attorney and now the district attorney for Caddo Parish, which includes Shreveport.

It was there, on Nov. 5, 1983, that Isadore Rozeman, a frail 58-year-old with failing eyesight, was found shot to death in his small jewelry shop. Four men were initially accused of the murder, as well as the theft of jewelry, but Mr. Ford, who had done yard-work for Mr. Rozeman and was seen in the area of the shop on the day of the crime, was the only one who stood trial.
That conclusion came despite the absence of a murder weapon, which was never found. And Mr. Ford was left-handed.

Police quickly honed in on Glenn Ford as their primary suspect. Ford, a known petty thief, had previously worked on Rozeman’s yard, and later admitted pawning some of the murder victim’s stolen jewelry. Subsequently, Ford was charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a trial date set for the following year.

Also, Mr. Ford’s two court-appointed lawyers had scant experience in criminal law, and neither had ever presented a case before a jury. Mr. Ford was black, while the 12 jurors who convicted him and sentenced him to die — as well as the judge and Mr. Rozeman — were white.

In March, A. M. Stroud III (Stroud, A. M. III) , lead prosecutor at trial, wrote a remorseful article in The Shreveport Times, declaring, “Glenn Ford was an innocent man,” taking responsibility for a rush to judgment and arguing for the abolition of the death penalty.

According to Louisiana law, Glenn Ford was entitled to $330,000, about $11,000 for every year of wrongful imprisonment. But the state is denying him the money. Why? In the original trial, prosecutors said Ford knew a robbery of Rozeman's jewelry shop was going to take place. But he didn't report it. Ford was never charged with that crime, but the state says that's reason enough to deny him. Court apeals were not successful.

Dale Cox (Cox, Dale), the acting district attorney of Caddo Parish, got Glenn Ford released after receiving the informant's information. With egregious disregard for events as Cox sees it, the justice system worked and no one, including Marty Stroud (Stroud, Marty ), did anything wrong.

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Antonio Zambrano-Montes (Zambrano-Montes, Antonio), Pasco WA, 2015-02-10

Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a farm worker in the small city of Pasco, 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Seattle, was shot by three patrolmen on Feb. 10, 2015 during a confrontation that was recorded by a passerby and posted online.

Jan 6 (Reuters) - The parents of a Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Washington state have filed a wrongful death suit against local authorities and the officers who killed him, accusing them of excessive force, an attorney said on Wednesday.

On the video, Zambrano-Montes was seen throwing rocks at the officers near a busy intersection before running away.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington, Zambrano-Montes’ parents say their son’s death was a violation of federal law that prohibit police use of excessive force when making an arrest.

“In this case, it’s obvious that 17 shots, resulting in 7-8 bullet wounds in a man who was first fleeing and then attempting to surrender - was excessive in the extreme,” attorney Charles Herrmann ( Herrmann, Charles )said in a press release.

The killing was among a series of fatal incidents across the United States that have put law enforcement agencies under scrutiny over their use of force, particularly against minorities. It prompted demonstrations in Pasco, which has a Latino majority.

The lawsuit names the city of Pasco, its (police chief) Officer Robert Metzger ( Metzger, Robert ), and the three officers who fired at Zambrano-Montes.

Two of the officers involved, Officer Adam Wright ( Wright, Adam ) and Officer Adrian Alaniz ( Alaniz, Adrian ), were cleared of wrongdoing in September and returned to duty following an internal police investigation. The third officer, Officer Ryan Flanagan (Flanagan, Ryan), resigned.

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Officer Eric Casebolt ( Casebolt, Eric ), McKinney TX, ~2016-06-23

WASHINGTON — A Texas grand jury has decided not to indict McKinney Police Officer Eric Casebolt in the manhandling of a black teenager at a pool party last June.

After police responded to disturbance calls at Craig Ranch North Community Pool, a cell phone video caught Casebolt yanking 15-year-old Dajerria Becton (Becton, Dajerria ) to the ground and pulling his gun on two other teens.

One of the teens, Miles Jai Thomas( Thomas, Miles Jai) , told The Huffington Post that the cops showed up after a fight between two adults and “started cursing and yelling at us.”

Following national backlash to the incident, Casebolt resigned. The Texas Rangers began investigating the case and, in January, gave their findings to the Collin County District Attorney’s Office, which presented them to a grand jury. The complete investigation has not been released, WFAA reported.

“The Casebolt news is not surprising,” said Kim T. Cole, the attorney representing Becton’s family. “We are currently in a day and time where the very people who are sworn to enforce the law are not held to uphold the law — and that has got to change.”

“We’re glad that the system worked in his favor in this case,” Tom Mills, an attorney for Casebolt, told The Dallas Morning News.

The McKinney Police Department announced it would hold a meeting with community leaders Monday.

The former McKinney officer who drew national attention to the city after pushing a black teen to the ground while breaking up a pool party had a disciplinary record with the Police Department.

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No Charges for the Texas Pool-Party Cop

Officer Ben Fields, Richland County SC, 2015-10-26

The full video of the Spring Valley High School Police Officer brutally assaulting a peaceful student.

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 26, 2015

Shaun King ( King, Shaun )The video becomes blurry after the Officer Ben Fields ( Fields, Ben ) and the student reach the front of the classroom, but the officer appears to restrain the student by putting her arms behind her back. In a longer version of the video, the officer looms over the student before grabbing her.

Debbie Hamm, superintendent for Richland School District Two, said in a statement officials were “deeply concerned” about the incident.

“Student safety is and always will be the district’s top priority,” Hamm said. “The district will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students. Pending the outcome of the investigation, the district has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the district.”

The student had refused to leave class before the school officer became involved, the sheriff’s office told the local TV station WIST.

James Manning, chairman of the school board, called the video “extremely disturbing” in an email statement Monday evening. He said the use of force appears “excessive and unnecessary.” Fields, said Manning, has been banned from all school property.

“Staff are committed to the safety of all of our students and are taking immediate steps to ensure that our students are treated with the full respect and dignity that they deserve while in our care,” Manning said.

The video, which spawned the trending hashtag #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, has already drawn sharp condemnation around the country.

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Ramsey Orta (Orta, Ramsey ), Las Vegas NV, 2016-09-01

He Filmed The Death Of Eric Garner ( Garner, Eric) . Now He’s Getting Ready To Spend 4 Years In Prison.
Ramsey Orta, who says he’s still haunted by Garner’s death, thinks the NYPD is out for revenge.

LAS VEGAS ? Ramsey Orta says he’ll wake up crying sometimes, and he won’t know why.

A few days will pass, and suddenly he’ll remember the dream. The one where he’s on that block in Staten Island, on that cool July day, filming a police officer putting his friend Eric Garner into a chokehold.

Only this time, Orta feels an arm wrap around his own neck, squeezing tighter and tighter. Until he can’t breathe.

“And then it just goes all black,” Orta said.

On July 17, 2014, Orta lifted up his Galaxy Exhibit phone and recorded arguably one of the most infamous videos in American history.

“I only exposed something that’s been going on for years,” he said, “and you know, now I’ve kind of got everybody pulling out their cameras and filming police brutality around the world.”

His was one of the first in a wave of horrifying videos showing violent, sometimes deadly confrontations between law enforcement and black and Latino Americans: John Crawford III,Tamir Rice, Antonio Zambrano Montes, Charly “Africa” Keunang, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Eric Harris, Tony Robinson, Rubén García Villalpando, an unarmed 15-year-old girl in Texas, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, Christian Taylor, a high school student in South Carolina, Zachary Hammond, Natasha McKenna, Laquan McDonald, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. 
In a sit-down interview with The Huffington Post in July, Orta watched the video of Castile’s death for the first time. 

He and his wife ? activist Jessica Hollie, aka Bella Eiko ? who Orta married in December after a whirlwind romance, are working some stuff out, he says, so he’s crashing at her friend’s place in a low-rise, sun-drenched apartment building near Vegas’ Chinatown.

In a sit-down interview with The Huffington Post in July, Orta watched the video of Castile’s death for the first time.

Orta said a series of arrests over the past two years prove the NYPD has it out for him.

In August 2014, just a couple of weeks after filming the Garner video, Orta was arrested for possessing an illegal handgun. According to the NYPD, Orta had attempted to hide the gun in the waistband of a 17-year-old girl.

But Orta and his supporters say he never had a gun, and that the arrest was pure retaliation.

“Even the dumbest criminal would know not to be doing something like that outside. So the whole story doesn’t fit at all,” Chrissie Ortiz, Orta’s girlfriend at the time, told the Staten Island Advance.

“We need to move to the moon so we can be safe,” she added.

Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the city’s largest police union, had a different take on Orta’s arrest. “It is criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most by demonizing the good work of police officers,” he said at the time.

In February 2015, police raided Orta’s family’s house, arresting him, his mother and brother on charges of selling heroin, pills, cocaine and marijuana. The drug sales were allegedly captured in a series of videos filmed by police.

“He took the video,” an anonymous police source quipped to the Daily News. “Now we took the video.”

Orta was also arrested on multiple other drug charges in June of that year. He spent seven days in jail but the charges were later dismissed. This summer, he filed a blistering $10 million lawsuit against the city alleging the arrests were retaliation against him for “exercising his First Amendment rights in protesting police brutality.”

Earlier this month, a group of 40 documentary filmmakers, including eight Oscar winners, penned an open letter calling on the Justice Department to investigate the “harassment” and “targeting” of citizen journalists who film police violence.

The letter notes that the people who filmed the deaths of Sterling, Castile, Gray and Garner were later arrested.

“Mainstream media has paid ample attention to the images captured by these citizen journalists. Largely, it has ignored the methods in which they were recorded and distributed, and the penalties for those involved,” it states.

The work of these citizen journalists is vital, the letter continues, because the videos “have made it impossible for white Americans to continue ignoring a truth our leaders have spent centuries obfuscating: black lives matter.”

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Judge Amber Wolf ( Wolf, Amber), Jefferson District Court KY, 2016-07-29

LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – A female Metro Corrections inmate was brought to Jefferson District Court on Friday morning without a jumpsuit - and appearing to not be wearing pants - prompting a judge to call the jail and ask “what the hell is going on?”

An attorney for the woman told Judge Amber Wolf that the jail “refused to give her pants and any kind of hygiene products that she needed,” according to a video of the hearing from Friday morning.

judge in Louisville, Kentucky, paused court proceedings to phone up a jail and lambast its director after an inmate revealed she was denied trousers and feminine hygiene products for three days.

Judge Amber Wolf was in disbelief and anger after she was told the female inmate from Metro Corrections spent almost 72 hours in jail without a change of clothes.

The unidentified victim, was in the Louisville Metro Corrections jail for failing to complete a diversionary program for a 2014 shoplifting charge, according to WDBR-TV, which first reported the story. She appeared in Jefferson District Court in front of Judge Amber Wolf for sentencing after spending several days in custody, the news station reports.

In the video, the woman’s attorney can be heard telling Wolf the jail “refused to give her pants and any kind of hygiene products that she needed.”

Wolf then says incredulously, “no pants? what?” And the woman says she came in on Sunday wearing what she had on.

Judge Wolf then telephoned the jail and said: "I'm wondering if there's anyone [...] who can come to my courtroom and tell me why there is a female defendant standing in front of me with no pants on?"

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Melissa Nelson ( Nelson, Melissa ), Jacksonville FL, 2016-08-30

Florida Voters Kick FL State Attorney Angela Corey, of Zimmerman Case Fame, Out of Office

From The Florida Times-Union:

Melissa Nelson, an unknown corporate lawyer and former prosecutor three months ago, cleared her path to become one of the most powerful and influential figures in Northeast Florida on Tuesday night when she easily defeated incumbent 4th Judicial State Attorney Angela Corey ( Corey, Angela ).

The election caps a dizzying rise for Nelson and an equally shocking fall for Corey, one of the most polarizing political figures in Jacksonville history who generated national attention and enormous criticism for her prosecutions of George Zimmerman ( Zimmerman, George ) , Marissa Alexander ( Alexander, Marissa ) , 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez ( Fernandez, Cristian ) and many others. Corey will depart office in the first week of January as the first incumbent state attorney in modern history to lose a contested election.

Many, including famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz ( Dershowitz, Alan ) , say Corey grandstanded the charges against George Zimmerman, intentionally botching the case. Dershowitz accused her of submitting a flimsy probable cause affidavit, and for that, recommended her disbarral.

Congratulations to Melissa Nelson, and to the people of Florida.

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Judge Milas Hale ( Hale, Milas), Sherwood AR, ~2016-08-29

Arkansas Judge Milas Hale has been named, along with some of his Pulaski Country “peers,” in an ACLU lawsuit for pretty much running a debtor’s prison.

In a nearly 60 page lawsuit filed against the city of Sherwood, Pulaski County and District Judge Milas Hale Tuesday, the ACLU of Arkansas along with several law groups, challenges what it calls a violation of constitutional rights for people accused of writing hot checks.
"Everybody knew that something not so good was going on in Sherwood with these hot checks," Sklar said.
For the most part, people running through this court system, even with a bounced check of $15 dollars end up with enormous debt.
"A single bounced check written 10 years ago for $15 can be leveraged into a debt of thousands and thousands of dollars in fines and fees for inability to pay the original check and then inability to pay the payments that were set up,” added Sklar.

It goes on to say the hot check court hearings held every Thursday are held in secret, with no transcripts available and closed off to the public. It also adds that hot check defendants are unknowingly signing a waiver of counsel because they’re told they must fill the form out to enter the courtroom.
One of the defendants that the ACLU is filing these charges for is Lee Robertson ( Robertson, Lee ) . In 2009 Mr. Robertson was undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. He couldn’t work. Why couldn’t he work? He had pancreatic cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Robertson started off owing a few stores about $200. Six years and seven arrests later, in a closed courtroom in Sherwood District Court in Arkansas, Judge Milas “Butch” Hale sentenced the cancer patient to 90 days in jail. His crime? Owing the court $3,054.51.

After his time in prison?

Between the time of his charges and his latest jailing, Robertson had been sentenced to a stretch in jail over outstanding fines. Sherwood police officers came to his door, demanding money and threatening arrest. A private probation company, ProTrac, also charged Robertson $35 per month on top of the payments to the court, burying him further in debt.

He’s not alone. Nikki Petree ( Petree, Nikki ) , 40, was charged for bouncing a single check for $28.93, according to the lawsuit. She has been arrested in connection with that charge on at least seven occasions, and been jailed for more than 25 days. She’s paid at least $640 to the city.
That’s called a scam is every other part of the world. Here’s a statement from Judge “Butch” Hale:

We do not run a so called 'debtor's prison' in Sherwood. If a defendant pleads guilty, or is found guilty, of writing a hot check we set up a payment plan. It is only after the third or fourth time that they fail to comply with a court order that we incarcerate
I guess Judge Hale is having a hard time hearing and seeing given all of that dark-matter from his putrid soul, pushing out through his eyes and ears. If someone cannot afford $20 and writes a bad check, they are not going to be able to afford ten times more. What to do? It’s not Judge Hale’s fault that there isn’t a strong enough safety net in his municipality, but he’s part of a profiteering system that is exploiting people who are down and in trouble. At best he’s a lackey.

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Korryn Gaines ( Gaines, Korryn ), Baltimore County MD, 2016-08-03

During Fatal Standoff, Police Asked Facebook To Deactivate Woman's Account - In Wake Of Shootings, Facebook Struggles To Define Hate Speech

Live Video After Police Shooting Brings New Immediacy To Bearing Witness

Police do not have the authority to directly deactivate a social media account, Johnson and the spokeswoman both said. Facebook decides whether to comply with such requests.

Police (government) censorship is turning into a mixed-bag. One view is might make the cops job more difficult – yet airing such an unfortunate incident does tend to paint both sides of the picture with a clear image. History indicates cops (authorities) do lie, destroy/plant evidence and remain masters of spin and deception.

Why do officers need hide their official activities?

Baltimore County police shot and killed Korryn Gaines, a 23-year-old black woman, after an hours-long standoff on Monday — during which Facebook and Instagram, at police request, temporarily shut down Gaines' accounts.

Gaines, who police say was armed with a shotgun, is the ninth black woman shot and killed by police so far this year, The Washington Post reports. Her 5-year-old son was wounded in the exchange of gunfire. The case has attracted a significant amount of attention on social media.

Police Chief Jim Johnson says Gaines was posting video of the standoff to social media as it was unfolding, which prompted police to request the deactivation of her accounts.

Gaines' Facebook page is now reactivated; it does not have any videos visible to the public. On Instagram, one video apparently recorded during the standoff remains.

It appears to show Gaines' 5-year-old son responding to her questions.

"What's happening right now? Who's outside?"
"The police."
"And what are they trying to do? ... What are they trying to do?"
"They're trying to kill us."
A second video, now deleted, showed a police officer with a gun drawn at Gaines' door.

Facebook and Instagram have not responded to NPR's requests for comment.

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Officer Jermaine Saunders ( Saunders, Jermaine ), Charlotte NC ~2016-08-18

NC Trooper Shoots and Kills unarmed Deaf Man communicating with sign language.

28-year-old Daniel Kevin Harris ( Harris, Daniel Kevin ) of Charlotte, NC was shot and killed by a state trooper. Harris was driving and trooper Jermaine Saunders attempted to pull him over (likely for speeding). Harris continued driving and eventually stopped after the two cars collided. Harris exited his car and began to sign to the trooper. Apparently using sign language is something that police now fear, and trooper Saunders shot and killed Harris feet from his home.

According to police, detectives say Saunders and Harris got into “an encounter” before the officer killed him. However, according to neighbors, as soon as Harris got out of his vehicle, Saunders fired.

“An encounter” is the official term being used during the investigation. Trooper Saunders is currently on administrative leave while the investigation goes on. I’m not entirely sure how much of an investigation needs to be done when detectives investigating the shooting have already said that Harris was attempting to communicate using sign language.

This is yet another example of a needless shooting by a police officer. Harris was clearly unarmed, and yet Trooper Saunders shot to kill.

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Officer Kenny Moats, ( Moats, Kenny ), Maryville TN, ~2016-08-25

Tenn. man who killed cop blamed police for 'misfortune' in letter

The 44-year-old Tennessee man who killed a police officer Thursday penned a letter in which he blamed cops and his own family — for his “misfortune.”

Brian Keith Stalans ( Stalans, Brian Keith ) fatally shot Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats, 32, in the neck after police responded to a domestic violence call at his father’s Alcoa home around 3:30 p.m.

Police had been called to the home of Stalans’ unidentified father earlier in the day in regards to an assault in-progress, but once cops showed up there was no cause for arrest.

“The father did not want to place charges against his son, and we had no reason without any sign of physical injury to take him into custody,” Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said.

Tenn. cop fatally shot after responding to domestic violence call

Brian Keith Stalans could be elgible for the death penalty. (BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE) After police left, Stalans – who’s not allowed to carry a firearm due to a protective order – went to his father’s attic where he cut off a lock and retrieved a gun before leaving to buy ammunition.

His father called police after a girlfriend warned him that his son was returning home with a loaded gun.

Moats and a Blount County deputy – both members of a local drug task force – responded to the call and brought the father to safety.

Their guns drawn, the two cops crouched behind their squad car to await backup when Stalans suddenly unleashed a barrage of bullets from his father’s garage, fatally striking Moats.

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Moats’ partner returned fire and Stalans eventually surrendered without incident.

Investigators found that the vicious cop-killer had set up a barricade in the basement of his father'They also found a letter in which Stalans “blamed the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and his family for his misfortune and told them ‘bye,’” Berrong said.

Stalans was charged with criminal homicide, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if he's convicted.

Maryville residents came out in droves Friday to memorialize the fallen officer, a father of three young children and a nine-year department veteran.

“We know this tragedy will bring our community closer together and that will be a lasting legacy of Officer Moats,” Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said.

Tevin Louis ( Louis, Tevin ), Chicago IL, 2012-07-08

Chicago Cop Killed a Teen Then using a controversial 'felony murder rule' Locked Up His Best Friend for the Murder The disturbing investigation is unfolding four years later.

In 2012, 19-year-old Tevin Louis and his best friend Marquise Sampson ( Sampson, Marquise ) allegedly robbed a restaurant. After reportedly making off with about $1,200, the two ran in different directions. Sampson crossed paths with an officer, who gave chase and ultimately opened fire, killing the teenager. Louis arrived at the scene where his friend was shot ( Officers unidentified) , and attempted to cross the police line. He was arrested for disorderly conduct. But in a shocking turn, using felony murder rule Louis was eventually charged with first-degree murder in the death of his best friend, even though it was the officer who killed Sampson.

Louis was found guilty. He is now serving a 32-year sentence for armed robbery and a 20-year sentence for murder. Louis is one of 10 people with similar cases exposed in the Chicago Reader’s new article headlined Charged with Murder, But They Didn’t Kill Anyone Police Did. For more, we speak with the article’s authors: Alison Flowers ( Flowers, Alison )a journalist with the Chicago-based Invisible Institute, and Sarah Macaraeg ( Macaraeg, Sarah ), an independent journalist and fellow with the International Center for Journalists.

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Officer Matthew Hudak ( Hudak, Matthew ), Carol Stream IL, 2013-01-17

Prosecutors: Schaumburg cops caught on tape robbing drug dealers

When Carol Stream police discovered nearly 10 ounces of cocaine in an apartment storage locker early this month, the alleged owner of the drugs had a story to tell.

He said that after serving as an informant for three Schaumburg tactical police officers, he had become their business partner. The cops, he said, stole cash and narcotics from drug dealers. The informant peddled the dope they seized.

DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney Audriana Anderson ( Anderson, Audriana ) said in court that the roots of the alleged conspiracy stretch back to 2010, when Officer Matthew Hudak ( Hudak, Matthew ) arrested a man on drug charges and convinced him to become an informant.

But that relationship changed in mid-2012, Anderson said, when Hudak and his colleagues Officer John Cichy (Cichy, John ) & Officer Terrance O'Brien ( O'Brien, Terrance )— all tactical officers in Schaumburg's special investigations division, which handles drugs, gangs and undercover work — approached the informant with a new deal in mind: They wanted him to buy and sell drugs on their behalf.

Marijuana, cocaine and thousands of dollars repeatedly exchanged hands, prosecutors said. Hudak allegedly funded one buy with $14,000 in cash; he allegedly gave his share of marijuana to another drug dealer to sell.

The officers allegedly stashed 6 pounds of marijuana at the Hoffman Estates home of Nicole Brehm ( Brehm, Nicole ), 44, who prosecutors said was O'Brien's longtime girlfriend and the mother of one of his children. O'Brien, 46, who has been a police officer for 20 years, is married and has four other children with his wife, prosecutors said.

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Officer Broderick C. Jones (Jones , Broderick C. ) Chicago IL, 2008-01-03

4 cops held as robbers
Chicago police officers accused of scheme to steal drugs, guns

A ring of corrupt police officers paired with drug dealers on the South Side allegedly staged traffic stops and tried to break into the homes of rival dealers to rob them of drugs, guns and cash, federal prosecutors alleged Thursday.

Only one of their four attempts worked, but the investigation into what authorities described as their often inept schemes led to nine arrests that include four veteran cops.

The arrests also reopened questions about the death of an Englewood police officer in 2001. Two of the officers involved--accused ringleader Broderick C. Jones and his frequent alleged accomplice Officer Corey A. Flagg ( Flagg, Corey A. ) --were among several plainclothes cops with Officer Eric Lee ( Lee, Eric ) when he was killed in Englewood. Murder.

Next up was former Officer Darak Haynes ( Haynes, Darak ) , who also pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 19 years, even though the evidence suggested the 10-year veteran profited only $500 from his role in the conspiracy.

A third convicted former officer, Officer Eural Black ( Black, Eural ) , was sentenced to 40 years late Thursday afternoon. Black was convicted after a trial. That means that he did not plead guilty in this case. And as a result of that, he actually got a longer sentence than the alleged ring leader in this case, Broderick Jones.

A fourth Officer, Corey Flagg, will be sentenced Friday. Flagg actually became a government witness during the investigation, meaning he is likely to receive a lesser sentence than the others.

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Officer Dale Jones ( Jones, Dale )

Ex-ford Heights Officer Pleads Guilty To Extortion

A former Ford Heights police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal racketeering charge of extorting payoffs from crack cocaine dealers for allowing them to operate in the south suburb.

Dale Jones, 32, one of six current or former members of the scandal-scarred Ford Heights Police Department indicted last October on corruption charges, also agreed to cooperate with authorities in the continuing probe.

Jones admitted that, in return for payoffs, he warned drug dealers about other law-enforcement efforts, promised to harass their competitors and, in at least two instances, recommended locations for dealers to set up operations.

Jones was secretly recorded on tape taking payoffs totaling $1,400 in separate instances from three cooperating witnesses working with the FBI in 1992 and 1993, according to his plea agreement.

He also admitted taking numerous payoffs from three drug dealers who allegedly employed shifts of workers to sell crack cocaine and cocaine daily on street corners of one of America's poorest towns.

The plea agreement identified two of the dealers, Timothy Smith ( Smith, Timothy ), who pleaded guilty to federal charges, and Warren Johnson ( Johnson, Warren ), who has died.

Jones is the third former Ford Heights officer to be convicted in the probe of police corruption. They include Officer Jack L. Davis ( Davis, Jack L. ), the former police chief, who was found guilty by a jury in February of extorting payoffs from drug dealers.

In a separate scheme, the third former Officer Cordell Williams ( Williams, Cordell ) , pleaded guilty in January to torching his personal car and claiming it had been stolen and set afire. Arson

On Thursday, authorities arrested Sgt. Officer Vincent Taran Hunter ( Hunter, Vincent Taran ) , 32, and Cpl. Officer Odell Boxley ( Boxley, Odell ) , 49, at their Ford Heights homes and moved to have them detained as dangers, too, pending trial. Court hearings were scheduled for Friday.

Davis, Hunter and Boxley were indicted along with Officer Keith Jones ( Jones, Keith ) 37, Officer Dale Jones (Jones, Dale) 32 & former Cpl. Officer Kerwin Hall ( Hall, Kerwin ) , 38, now of Minneapolis.

"These were police officers who had a badge and a shield that they sold," U.S. Atty. Jim Burns said at a news conference.

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Officer Glenn Lewellen ( Lewellen, Glenn), Chicago IL, 2013-05-21

Former Chicago police officer gets 18 years for drug conspiracy

With prosecutors seeking a 30-year prison term for him, former veteran Chicago narcotics cop Glenn Lewellen closed his eyes tightly and held his palms together in prayer Monday as the judge was about to announce his sentence on federal drug conspiracy charges.

A smile cracked his lips as Lewellen heard his sentence: 18 years in federal prison. Moments later, as he was led away by deputy marshals, he turned and gave a thumbs-up to family members who had packed the courtroom

A federal jury convicted Lewellen, 57, last year of using his badge to help a violent crew of drug dealers kidnap and rob rivals of hundreds of pounds of cocaine and millions of dollars in cash.

U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall said she recognized the need to impose a substantial sentence to deter other officers tempted to abuse public trust, but she did not want to require a term that likely meant Lewellen would die in prison. She said she was particularly moved by his recent turn to religion and his attempts to better himself after his arrest in 2010.

Lewellen was accused of involvement in a crime ring led by Saul Rodriguez ( Rodriguez, Saul ), a drug dealer arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2009. Rodriguez was a key government witness.

Co-defendants Anothony Sparkman ( Sparkman, Anothony ), 25, and Robert Cardenas, ( Cardenas, Robert ) 32, were both convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and related charges. Uriarte’s brothers, Hector, Uriarte ( Uriarte, Hector ) 33, and Jorge, Uriarte ( Uriarte, Jorge ) 31, were convicted on racketeering conspiracy and other charges.

Also, a sixth defendant, Manuel Uriarte ( Uriarte, Manuel ) , was found not guilty of participating in two murders in 2000 and 2001, officials said. The jury could not reach a verdict on a racketeering charge against him.

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Timothy Jones ( Timothy Jones, Timothy Jones), Chicago IL, 2013

Jones was convicted Saturday of the murder of a woman who was killed when a Chicago Police car slammed into her during a high-speed chase the man initiated following a residential burglary.

Reynolds’ death was tragic, Spence said in his closing arguments, but “it wasn’t Tim’s fault.”

Timothy Jones' murder trial began Feb. 17, 2015, with jury selection at Chicago's Leighton Criminal Court Building. Opening statements and witness testimony began Feb. 18. using a felony murder rule Jones is charged with the murder of Jacqueline Reynolds ( Reynolds, Jacqueline ) for setting off a police chase in 2013 that led to her death.
Timothy Jones was found not guilty Saturday on four other counts — home invasion, armed robbery and two counts of murder associated with those charges.

Jones’ attorney, Keith Spence, said after the hearing he was “disappointed” and plans to fight the verdict when court reconvenes March 27. He said the jury’s decision to not find Jones guilty of all the charges showed they had “some conflict” and that prosecutors extended the felony murder rule “beyond its actual parameters.”

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Officer Joseph Miedzianowski ( Miedzianowski, Joseph), 1999-04-21

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After a daring robbery at a secret North Side drug house in 1997, Chicago Police Officer Joseph Miedzianowski allegedly stepped in and threatened to arrest the thieves if they didn't return the drugs because the drug house was under his protection, according to court documents.

The allegation, the latest against the veteran police officer, came Thursday as another of Miedzianowski's co-defendants, Officer Juan Martir (Martir, Juan ) , pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges and agreed to help prosecutors.

He became the eighth defendant in the alleged drug conspiracy ring to plead guilty.

Miedzianowski, 46, a Chicago cop for 22 years, is being held without bail in the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Miedzianowski's lawyer, Phillip Turner, said Martir was spreading "lies, lies and fairy tales."

"He's a major drug dealer who wants to get out of jail someday," Turner said. "They've made a deal with the devil."

Martir now faces a 15-year prison term instead of a life sentence.

Martir, 31, was a member of the Imperial Gangsters street gang before he moved to Miami in 1996 and allegedly handed over the day-to-day operation of the drug ring to Miedzianowski.

In all, 24 people have been convicted, including the leaders of four street gangs in the Humboldt Park area; Miedzianowski's former partner on the force, Officer John Galligan ( Galligan, John ) ; and his mistress. Galligan is serving a 57-month prison term. Alina Lis ( Lis, Alina ) , Miedzianowski's girlfriend, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. She faces 30 years in prison.

Joe Miedzianowski ( pronounced mehd-zuh-NOW-ski ) was a police officer for 22 years. Even a partial list of corruption--as told by federal prosecutors, documents, interviews and witnesses at his trial--reads like a movie script:

He planted drugs and guns on suspects, tortured them with a hot coat hanger; beat them with lead-knuckled gloves and stole their drugs, cash and jewelry.

He fixed the criminal cases against his gang members, signed them out of jail for sexual trysts with girlfriends; helped a wanted killer flee the state; and supplied guns, including a sub-machine gun, and bags of ammunition to gang members.

And he betrayed fellow officers by undermining investigations of gang members close to him, and instructing one to burglarize cops' homes and steal their guns.

In a series of jailhouse interviews, Miedzianowski angrily denied doing anything wrong. Overzealous prosecutors and FBI agents framed him, he said, eager to notch their belts with the badge of a Chicago cop.

"The Chicago Fire? Mrs. O'Leary's cow didn't do it, I did. Am I behind anthrax? The Twin Tower attacks? What the hell didn't I do? This is ridiculous," he said.

Even after he was convicted, Miedzianowski threatened to kill the lead prosecutor, Brian Netols, and plotted to obtain AK-47 assault rifles and missile launchers for associates to help him escape from the federal courthouse during a hearing, according to Justice Department and Chicago police documents.

Miedzianowski denied plotting to hire someone to kill Netols, whispering, "I'd rather do it myself, with my bare hands."


Officer Corey Flagg ( Flagg, Corey ), Cjicago IL, 2006-06-08

Cop admits robbing drug dealers, will testify

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A police officer near the center of a ring of cops accused of robbing drug dealers on Chicago's South Side has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

Corey Flagg, 35, a member of an allegedly rogue Englewood District tactical unit, entered a guilty plea to drug conspiracy charges Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman.

Flagg allegedly was recruited along with others by Officer Broderick Jones ( Jones, Broderick ) , also charged in the case, "to conduct vehicle stops and home invasions of drug dealers in order to illegally obtain drugs, money and weapons from those drug dealers," the plea agreement says. Flagg could have faced up to life in prison, but he would now be sentenced to about 10 years and 6 months in prison for his help.

His lawyer, Jeffrey Steinback, said he expects that cooperation will include Flagg testifying against his former partners.

Flagg has been in negotiations with the government for some time, Steinback said. "He's always been willing to own up to his mistakes," he said.

Flagg, a police officer since 1996, recently has been working in construction to support his family, the lawyer said.

"It's been extremely difficult," Steinback said. "He's a proud man, and he's trying to bear up under this."

Assistant U.S. Atty. John Lausch said the scheme hinged on Jones getting information from drug dealers and using it to rob the rivals of those dealers.

"In doing so, Flagg and the other CPD officers used their power, authority, official position and knowledge as law enforcement officers to promote and protect the operation of the conspiracy," Lausch said, reading from the plea agreement.

Guzman asked Flagg if he was pleading guilty because he is guilty.

"Yes, your honor," Flagg said.

Jones and other officers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of racketeering and conspiracy. Officer Erik Johnson ( Johnson, Erik ) also has pleaded guilty.

The officers are set to be tried in September. Flagg is to be sentenced after those prosecutions.

Jack Rimland, a lawyer for Jones, said Flagg's cooperation has been rumored for some time. It is too early to determine its effect on the case, he said.

Eliseo Rosa ( Rosa, Eliseo ), Chicago IL, 1989-05-17

Drug Dealer Admits Bribing Police Officer

CHICAGO A convicted drug dealer pleaded guilty to bribery Tuesday for giving a Chicago police officer $5,000 and a 1982 Camaro automobile in February, 1987. In a tape recording of the transaction, Eliseo Rosa, 27, hinted that he wanted the officer ( Officer unidentified) to change his testimony on drug possession charges against Rosa, according to Assistant State`s Atty. Francis Mahon Jr., who prosecuted the case with Diane Meyer. Cook County Criminal Court Judge Fred Suria gave Rosa three years of probation for the bribery, but also sentenced him to three years in prison for possession of 24 grams of heroin, Mahon said.

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Tristan Scaggs ( Scaggs, Tristan ), Chicago IL, 2006-10-30felony murder rule

North Riverside resident Melvin Martin ( Martin, Melvin ), who is reputed to be the leader of a Chicago street gang, was arrested Oct. 30 after police reportedly foiled the assassination of a rival gang leader ordered by Martin.

According to Chicago police, three members of the New Breed game were sent to the Humboldt Park neighborhood on Oct. 30 to gun down a member of the rival Traveling Vice Lords in retaliation for the Oct. 27 murder of New Breed gang member Marquel Harper ( Harper, Marquel).

The three were riding in a stolen vehicle near the intersection of Kedzie Avenue and Augusta Boulevard when members of the Chicago police special gang task force stopped them just before 4 p.m. According to Andy Conklin, spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the men inside the car was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun. After pointing the weapons at police, the officers fired, killing two of the men, Marcus Thomas ( Thomas, Marcus ) and William Tyler ( Tyler, William ).

Applying felony rule the unarmed driver of the vehicle, Tristan Scaggs, 19, of Chicago was shot in the shoulder and was hospitalized and charged with two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder and five counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

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Legend Preston ( Preston, Legend ) Newark NJ, 2016-08-23

Shotgun-Toting Cops Chase 10-Year-Old Boy Through Streets of Newark, Thinking He Was a Robbery Suspect - Officers unidentified.

Fifth-grader Legend Preston told WABC-TV he was playing basketball in his front yard when the ball rolled into the street. When he ran to retrieve it, the preteen was confronted by officers with their weapons drawn who began to pursue him. Legend thought the cops were upset with him for not practicing the right street safety.

“I ran because [I thought that] they thought that I rolled the ball into the street on purpose, and they were just holding shotguns at me trying to shoot me,” he told the station.

Thankfully, neighbors saw the chase and prevented the cops from pursuing the 10-year-old further, yelling that they were after “a child.” According to the New York Daily News, the neighbors formed a “human shield” to prevent the occurrence of a tragedy, like those captured with frightening frequency on cellphone videos gone viral in recent years.

Via her Facebook page, Legend’s mother—who was inside the house as the incident was unfolding—claims the cops countered by stating her son “match[ed] the description.”

“The [Newark PD] chased down my 10-year-old son with loaded shotguns ready to shoot because they said he matched the description of the over 6-foot-tall man, dark skin with long locs... which my son is none of,” Legend's mother, Patisha Solomon, wrote on the social media site. “They had pictures of the perp who was in eyesight running down the next block!!! Yet they broke off from chasing the perp to chasing my child.”

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Baltimore PD, Baltimore MD, 2016-08-21

Good-ole-boy Baltimore cops hide behind the law again.

We have all seen incidents of pentagon investigating the pentagon and finding everything OK.
Same yo-yo different string for Baltimore PD., recent Justice Department report, highlights multitude of abuses --- again nothing is done.

After engaging in a thorough investigation, initiated at the request of the City of Baltimore and BPD, the Department of Justice concludes that there is
reasonable cause to believe that BPD engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the Constitution or federal law. BPD engages in a pattern or practice of:
1. making unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests;
2. using enforcement strategies that produce severe and unjustified disparities in the rates of stops, searches and arrests of African Americans;
3. using excessive force; and
4. retaliating against people engaging in constitutionally-protected expression.
This pattern or practice is driven by systemic deficiencies in BPD’s policies, training, supervision, and accountability structures that fail to equip officers with the tools they need to police effectively and within the bounds of the federal law.

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Vachel Howard (Howard, Vachel), Los Angeles CA, 2012-06-04

Vachel Howard was arrested for driving under the influence. Hours later, he was dead. Here‘s what happened inside an LAPD jail.

Early on the afternoon of June 4, 2012, Vachel Howard was handcuffed to a bench inside the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Station Jail. He was 56 years old, and had been taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. The grandfather of seven had been strip-searched, and his shirt still hung open. Howard told the officers present that he suffered from schizophrenia. Police suspected he was high on cocaine.

Less than an hour later, Howard was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital, just miles from the jail. He had been released from the handcuffs, but later subdued by half a dozen officers (officers unidentified) after he became, by their testimony, “violent and combative.” A coroner eventually listed three contributing causes of death: cocaine intoxication, heart disease, and a chokehold employed by one of the officers.

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Daniel Rowe ( Rowe, Daniel ), Olympia WA, ~2016-08-16

Trump-loving white supremacist stabs black man to 'defend police' from Black Lives Matter

At approximately 8:30PM on Tuesday, a black man who was standing outside of a bar in Olympia, Washington was stabbed by a self-proclaimed white supremacist. Now in custody, the suspect Daniel Rowe proclaimed and wore his racism with pride via tattoos that included “Skin Head” and “White Power.” Rowe said he was “taking care” of Black Lives Matter.

The suspect came out of nowhere and charged the black man and his white girlfriend, stabbing the man in the abdomen and grazing the girlfriend. The couple allegedly ran after him, tripped him and he fell onto a car and was knocked out. Rowe told police he had been an inmate at Washington State Penitentiary, and added he ”wanted to attend a Donald Trump rally” to continue “stomping out more of the Black Lives Matter group.”

The staff at KOMO News reports:

According to court documents filed after the incident, the suspect assured officers that he was acting on their behalf.

“At one point he stated that he knew we couldn’t hurt the black groups on the street so he wanted to let us know that he takes care of them for us,” police wrote.

Rowe appeared in court on Wednesday on proposed charges of assault in the second degree and malicious harassment, which in Washington state is used for hate crimes, according to the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney.
A prosecutor was expected to file formal charges soon.
Rowe's public defender could not be reached for comment.

Officer Lee Cole, ( Cole, Lee ), Punta Gorda FL, 2016-08-15

Last week, tragic news came out that a 73-year-old former librarian was shot and killed during a citizen’s civics class. Mary Knowlton ( Knowlton, Mary ) was participating in some kind of act out where a police officer was playing “the bad guy,” when the shots he fired—at her—turned out to be real bullets. Shortly after, news broke that the identity officer responsible for shooting was Officer Lee Coel ( Coel, Lee ) . This is the same man that can be seen allowing his K9 to repeatedly attack a man on a bicycle in this video below, posted this past June. The Miami Herald has discovered that police officer Lee Cole is a real piece of work.
The Punta Gorda policeman who tragically shot and killed a retired librarian when he fired real bullets — instead of blanks — at her during a citizens academy is a former Miramar officer with a troubled record, forced to resign from his job at the end of his rookie year.

Three years before the shooting that led to the death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton on Tuesday, Lee Coel was accused twice of using excessive force and relieved of his duties before investigators found he violated department policies and was allowed to resign.

This year, he was sued in Punta Gorda after he ordered his K-9 to attack a bicyclist who was stopped for riding without a light at night, inflicting severe injuries that required surgery.

There are numerous problems with what happened to Mary Knowlton, and they only begin with the fact that Lee Cole should not be allowed to own a gun, let alone be a police officer of anything. While Punta Gorda officials have only been able to say they don’t know why Cole had live ammunition in his gun during an exercise in which they “typically use blanks,” no one has explained why Lee would even fire blanks at a person. If you are ever on a movie set you know that you never actually fire blanks directly at anything because there is always a chance that some kind of mistake might happen, and blanks do have real gun powder in them. While blanks are mostly safe (from a distance), what the fuck are you doing, Punta Gorda? Mary Knowlton attended this Citizen’s Academy in a show of support for law enforcement.


Arshell Dennis ( Dennis, Arshell ) Chicago IL, 2016-08-14

Son of Chicago police officer killed in shooting

Police say 19-year-old Arshell Dennis was shot in the chest early Sunday and pronounced dead. A 20-year-old man also was shot and hospitalized in serious condition. Both were on a porch outside a home.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the deceased's father, Arshell "Chico" Dennis, worked patrol with Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

The younger Arshell was set to begin his junior year at New York's St. John's University and to return to school Sunday. Johnson says he was a "good kid" with "a promising future as a journalist."

Guglielmi says police haven't ruled out anything, but a leading theory is the shooting is a mistaken identity case. Neither victim had criminal records or gang affiliations.

Sylville K. Smith ( Smith, Sylville K.), Milwaukee WI, 2016-08-14

A Milwaukee policeman Officer unidentified whose fatal shooting of a suspect sparked overnight rioting in the U.S. Midwestern city appeared to have acted lawfully after the man turned toward him with a gun in his hand, Police Chief Edward Flynn said on Sunday.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker activated the state's National Guard in case of more violence in response to the death of Sylville K. Smith, 23, who was shot while trying to flee from an officer who had stopped his car on Saturday.

In a scene Mayor Tom Barrett described as “unlike anything I have seen in my adult life in this city,” crowds gathered after the shooting and then turned violent during the night in the city's Sherman Park neighborhood.

Gunshots were fired, six businesses were destroyed by fire and police cars damaged before calm was restored in the neighborhood, which has a reputation for poverty and crime.

Seventeen people were arrested in the disturbances, Flynn said. Four police officers were treated for injuries and released from hospitals.

Flynn, appearing at a news conference with Barrett, said the officer who fired the fatal shot was black and media reports also identified Smith as black.

He said a silent video of the incident appeared to show the officer acting within lawful bounds in shooting Smith. Flynn said the video from the officer's body camera showed Smith turning toward the officer with a gun in his hand.

Flynn said the officer stopped Smith’s vehicle because he was behaving suspiciously and then had to chase him several dozen feet on foot into an enclosed space between two houses.\

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UPDATE: Smith, Sylville K. 2016-10-21

Unidentified officer from above now identified as Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown (Heaggan-Brown, Dominique ), is accused of sexual assault with one alleged attack happening the night after he shot and killed Sylville Smith.
During the second night of violent protests in the Sherman Park neighborhood back in August, investigators say Heaggan-Brown was getting drunk in a bar watching on TV. He's accused of sexually assaulting the man he was with later that night.
Sylville Smith's brother says that's not the only crime the officer committed that weekend.


Officer Tim Smith, Eastman GA, 2016-08-14

A Georgia police officer was fatally shot Saturday night by a suspect who remains on the run, officials said.

Eastman Police Department Officer Tim Smith ( Smith, Tim )was on vehicle patrol in Eastman -- located about 140 miles southeast of Atlanta -- when he encountered the suspect walking in a residential area after responding to a suspicious person call around 9:30 p.m., said Georgia Bureau of Investigations special agent Scott Whitley.

Smith left his vehicle, and was then shot. The suspect then fled the scene.

Smith was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, Whitley said.

Freddie Gray( Gray, Freddie), Baltimore MD, 2016-08-10

'Lock Up All The Black Hoodies': DOJ Report Details Abuses By Baltimore Police

In a damning report released Wednesday, the Department of Justice details the ways in which the Baltimore Police Department has violated the rights of the people its officers are sworn to protect.

The problems detailed in the 163-page report are broad and deep. But they're specific, too: a "pattern or practice" of discrimination is, of course, made of moments.

To be clear, the report emphasizes that this is not a case of a few bad apples. The problems are systemic — supervisors, policies, weak investigations and officer culture all play a role, the DOJ found.

The report, based on interviews with more than 500 people and a review of hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, is packed with statistics and analysis. Alongside the numbers, time and again, it highlights individual victims and specific acts of violence.

In many of those cases, the victims of the violence had come forward to file a complaint with the police department. One of the DOJ's findings is that the Baltimore police actively worked to discourage and suppress complaints from citizens. (As MSNBC's Trymaine Lee put it, the investigation took 14 months "to reveal what black folks in the city of Baltimore have known for generations.")

In other cases, the specific example came directly from police records or DOJ observations. The department was on a ride-along when a supervisor told a patrol officer to stop and question a group of young black men for no valid reason. "Make something up," the sergeant said.

"Lock up all the black hoodies," a commander once ordered.

Another officer wrote on Facebook, "Do not treat criminals like citizens."

There are many more stories: Police retaliating against residents who ask questions or make complaints, a man in handcuffs being tased five to six times, an officer kicking a man who was handcuffed and following commands, a juvenile and his sister arrested for "loitering" on the steps of their own house, arrests for people "just talking" outside, officers cursing at and threatening citizens, citizens arrested for cursing at officers.

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UPDATE:Death of Freddie Gray: 5 Things You Didn't Know


Police accountability, USA, ~2016-08-09


Police union contracts make it more difficult if not impossible to hold police officers accountable for misconduct.

“In big cities, where police unions have political clout, rigid union contracts restricted the ability of police chiefs and civilian oversight bodies to tackle misconduct. As a result, an officer involved in a shooting often cannot be interviewed at the scene; internal affairs investigators have to wait days to get a statement.”
Jonathan Smith, former senior litigator, DOJ Civil Rights Division


1. Disqualifying misconduct complaints that are submitted too many days after an incident occurs or if an investigation takes too long to complete

2. Preventing police officers from being interrogated immediately after being involved in an incident or otherwise restricting how, when, or where they can be interrogated

3. Giving officers access to information that civilians do not get prior to being interrogated

4. Requiring cities to pay costs related to police misconduct including by giving officers paid leave while under investigation, paying legal fees, and/or the cost of settlements

5. Preventing information on past misconduct investigations from being recorded or retained in an officer's personnel file

6. Limiting disciplinary consequences for officers or limiting the capacity of civilian oversight structures and/or the media to hold police accountable.

We reviewed the police union contracts of 81 of America's 100 largest cities* and police bill of rights in all 14 states with such legislation to identify the ways in which these policies make it more difficult to hold police accountable (Download Summary Report).

Dwayne Stafford ( Stafford, Dwayne ) Charleston SC, ~2016-08-08

A big "thank you" to Dwayne Stafford.

Inmate Who Attacked Charleston Killer Dylann Roof Released After Anonymous Person Posted His $100,000 Bond

The inmate accused of attacking the notorious Charleston church killer, Dylann Roof ( Roof, Dylann ) has been freed after an anonymous person posted his $100,000 bond, presumably as a "thank you" for his efforts.

26-year old Dwayne Stafford had served 18-months at Charleston County Jail for first-degree assault and strong armed robbery charges, but once he got his hands on that scumbag Roof, someone quickly posted his six-figure bond.

Authorities said that although Roof is in protective custody, he was assaulted last Thursday while heading to the shower thanks to a "mistake" which led to Stafford's cell being unlocked during the transfer.

Dwayne Stafford ran down the stairs from his cell after Roof went into the shower around 7:45 a.m. Thursday and hit him, bruising Roof's face and back, according to a police report.

Officials are investigating how Stafford managed to get through a cell door to reach Roof. The two detention officers assigned to the unit are being interviewed. Officials also are looking into the possibility of an electronic malfunction, Cannon said.

The 22-year-old Roof was examined by jail medical personnel and then returned to his cell, Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson told The Associated Press.

While authorities earlier said Stafford would be charged with assault, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon told reporters that Roof and his attorneys don't want to press charges.

Roof faces the death penalty for the June 2015 murder of nine black church goers during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. His trial is set for November.

Earledreka White ( White, Earledreka ) Houston, Tex. 2016-march

A black woman called 911 because she was afraid of a police officer. A violent arrest followed.

Nervous and distraught, Earledreka White did the only thing she thought she could to allay her fears after being stopped by a police officer in Houston: She called 911 to report the traffic stop and asked for police backup.

White’s voice was so shaky that she stuttered when trying to give the emergency dispatcher their location, a medical plaza parking lot outside the Loop 610 near downtown Houston. Next to her stood an officer with Houston’s Metro Police Department, waiting while she made the call in the doorway of her sedan.

He’s saying I crossed over a solid line and I did not, White told the dispatcher. I got out of the car to ask him what the offense was. He raised his voice at me and threatened to arrest me. So I’m really confused. And I would like another officer to come out here.

My heart is racing. I’m really afraid.

Less than two minutes later, the officer reached for his handcuffs, then for White’s left wrist.

Soon, the two began shouting as White begged him to stop.

After a violent struggle, the 28-year-old African American woman was arrested, sobbing.

The charge? Resisting arrest.

Video of the March 31 traffic stop has become another Rorschach test for people to calibrate their divided views on police practices in the United States.

Attorneys for White said the footage clearly shows the Houston police officer escalated the confrontation, unprompted. As the video spread online Thursday, some said the incident was yet another example of excessive police force being used against African Americans.

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Korryn Gaines ( Gaines, Korryn), Baltimore County MD, ~2016-08-1

Korryn Gaines, cradling child and shotgun, is fatally shot by police

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said officers unidentified thought a standoff between 23-year-old Korryn Gaines, a black woman, and officers would come to a peaceful resolution on August 1 at her apartment building in Randallstown. But Johnson said Gaines pointed a gun at officers and threatened to kill them while they were trying to serve warrants at the apartment. (Reuters)
Three officers with the Baltimore County police arrived at Korryn Gaines’s apartment around 9:20 a.m. on Monday to serve warrants to her as well as a man who also resided there.

The man was wanted on an assault charge, while Gaines, 23, had an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court after a traffic violation in March.

According to police, no one responded to 10 minutes of door knocking, even though they could hear several people inside. When officers obtained a key to the apartment, they found Gaines sitting on the floor her 5-year-old son was wrapped in one of her arms. In her other hand was a shotgun.

Around 3 p.m., after several hours of negotiation, police say Gaines raised the gun at officers and told them that she would kill them if they did not leave. The officers opened fire.

Perceiving not only her actions, but the words she used, we discharged one round at her, in turn she fired several rounds back at us, Police Chief Jim Johnson said during a news conference on Monday night. We fired again at her, striking and killing her. Tragically in this circumstance, the child that was also in the dwelling was struck by a round. lack of discipline

Breaion King ( King, Breaion ), Austin TX, 2015-07-15

Video: Austin police body-slam black teacher, tell her blacks have ‘violent tendencies’

A dashboard camera captured an Austin police officer ( officer unidentified )violently arresting Breaion King, a black schoolteacher, on June 15, 2015. Another camera in the interior of a police car documented her conversation with another officer afterward. The footage was released on July 21, 2016. (Reuters)
Officials in Austin are investigating the violent arrest of a black elementary school teacher who was body-slammed by a white police officer during a traffic stop.

The investigation comes after the emergence of police video footage showing not only the June 2015 arrest but also a scene afterward, when another white officer told the teacher that cops are wary of blacks because of their violent tendencies and intimidating appearance.

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Video: Austin police body-slam black teacher, tell her blacks have ‘violent tendencies’

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Marc LeBeau ( LeBeau, Marc ), PHOENIX AZ, 2016-07-27

Prime example of a cop too dumb and/or mean to be a cop.

Barefoot Arizona man resisting arrest for suspected DUI gets pinned down on hot asphalt

July 27, 2016 8:32 AM EDT - An Arizona Department of Public Safety report says a trooper pulled over 34-year-old Marc LeBeau for speeding and suspected DUI. The video of his arrest has gone viral.

PHOENIX - Authorities have released the booking photo of Marc LeBeau, who is facing several charges, including criminal speed and resisting arrest, after he was caught on video in a scuffle with an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper. Officer unidentified.

Cell phone video shows a trooper struggling for more than two minutes to place LeBeau in handcuffs Monday afternoon.

LeBeau is seen not wearing shoes and repeatedly yelling, claiming the asphalt where he is lying is too hot.

Expert opinion on the arrest varies. The video doesn't show what led up to the struggle.

DPS said the man was driving 95 miles per hour on Loop 202 near Brown Road, where the speed limit is 65.

Two passing drivers stopped and helped the trooper get LeBeau in handcuffs.

DPS held a news conference on Tuesday to discuss the arrest.

According to Capt. Damon Cecil, LaBeau suffered only scrapes, no burns, and the arresting trooper was unharmed.

DPS believes drugs played a factor in LaBeau's resisting.

DPS does not have their own video of the incident, but Capt. Cecil thanked the two unknown citizens who helped their trooper.

Capt. Cecil reiterated a line from the news release when asked about special training for making arrests on hot pavement: “We don’t get to pick the location a combative suspect wants to fight…they do."

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Paul O'Neal( O'Neal, Paul), Chicago IL, 2016-07-28

Police videos show officers firing at fleeing car, shot suspect being cuffed. Footage shows unarmed black teenager kicked and called 'motherf*****' AFTER being fatally shot

Videos from the fatal shooting of teenager Paul O'Neal by Chicago police show officers ( officers unidentified ) firing down a street as O'Neal sped away from them in a reportedly stolen car and, moments later, officers handcuffing O'Neal as he lay mortally wounded behind a South Shore home.

Acting with uncharacteristic swiftness, Chicago officials on Friday made public nine videos in all. Shortly before the 11 a.m. release, the head of the Chicago police oversight agency called the video footage "shocking and disturbing" and said that her heart went out to the family of 18-year-old O'Neal.

The fatal shot itself was not captured on video, department officials said, even though the officer who chased and shot O'Neal was wearing a body camera. Department officials have not said why the camera did not record the shooting.

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William Binney ( Binney, William ) DC. 2016-08-02

Over a year before Edward Snowden ( Snowden, Edward ) provided everyone a glimpse into just what the NSA truly does on a daily basis, a former NSA staffer, and now-famous whistleblower, William Binney, gave excruciating detail to Wired magazine about all that Snowden would substantiate the following summer.

We covered it in a 2012 post titled “We Are This Far From A Turnkey Totalitarian State” – Big Brother Goes Live September 2013.”Not surprisingly, Binney received little attention in 2012 – his suggestions at the time were seen as preposterous and ridiculously conspiratorial. Only after the fact, did it become obvious that he was right. More importantly, in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, what Binney has to say has become gospel.

Binney was an architect of the NSA’s surveillance program. He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001, after spending more than 30 years with the agency. He referenced testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 2011 by then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller in which Meuller spoke of the FBI’s ability to access various secretive databases “to track down known and suspected terrorists.”

“Now what he (Mueller) is talking about is going into the NSA database, which is shown of course in the (Edward) Snowden material released, which shows a direct access into the NSA database by the FBI and the CIA. Which there is no oversight of by the way. So that means that NSA and a number of agencies in the U.S. government also have those emails.”

Whistleblower's Stunning Claim: "NSA Has All Of Hillary's Deleted Emails, It May Be The Leak"

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Sheriff Lee Baca, la CA, 2016-08-01

Sheriff Officer Lee Baca ( Baca, Lee)

Former LA Sheriff Baca Withdraws Guilty Plea to Test Fate with Jury
After a judge rejected his lenient plea deal in the inmate abuse cover-up, former sheriff Lee Baca chose the mercy of a jury over prison.

ORIGINAL POST: LOS ANGELES, CA — Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to either withdraw his guilty plea or go forward with sentencing on a charge of lying to investigators when he faces a federal judge in downtown Los Angeles today.

On July 18, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson rejected a plea agreement that would have given Baca a maximum of six months in prison on the false statements charge, saying the sentence was too lenient considering the retired lawman's role in obstructing an FBI investigation into Los Angeles County jails. Anderson said the deal "would trivialize the seriousness of the offenses."

Baca was left with the option of attempting to negotiate a new deal for a sentence that Anderson might accept or going forward with sentencing on the guilty plea. The false statements charge carries a maximum penalty of five years behind bars, the same amount of time that Baca's former second-in-command, Paul Tanaka, received after going to trial in a related obstruction of justice case.

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Noodles & Company, Alexandria VA, ~2016-07-28

Two Noodles & Company employees at an Alexandria branch of the chain restaurant Noodles & Company have been fired for treating a local police officer with disdain.

Four items to take away:

1. The employees acted inappropriately (Bad news) have been dealt with by Noodles & Company management. (Good news)

2. The officer-involved handled in the incident with aplomb & clearly the adult in the conflict … give her one big fat atta'girl! ( & free noodles ).

3. The sharp negative was when “Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook went to the restaurant Tuesday to talk to the manager”. Bad news.

4. Like the pharmacist refusing service to fill the birth-control prescription or bakers with the gay cake hang-up (moral objection ) refusing a cop is also wrong. USA needs to decide how refusal of service should work in the US.

In a statement, the company said that “the views and actions of these individuals” were “inexcusable” and do not reflect those of the company or the rest of the staff at the Duke Street location.

[Police: Officer denied service at Noodles & Company]

The incident occurred on Monday evening, according to police, when a female officer came into the restaurant for dinner. While waiting in line, the officer saw a cook approach the cashier and indicate that she would not prepare food for an officer.

The cook said something to the effect of, “‘You better pull me off the line, because I’m not cooking for,” then gestured at the officer, according to Alexandria police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal.

The two employees then laughed, according to a police spokeswoman. The officer walked out, saying, “I guess you don’t want my money.”

“We have concluded the two team members in question acted inappropriately and we immediately terminated their employment,” the company statement said. “We have the utmost respect for law enforcement officials and value the relationship we have built with the local Alexandria Police Department over the years.”

Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook ( Cook , Earl )went to the restaurant Tuesday to talk to the manager, who apologized. The company has now also apologized directly to the officer involved.

Cook said that he thought the officer “handled the situation perfectly” by disengaging rather than escalating the confrontation. He added that he was surprised to see something such as this happen in Alexandria, saying he believes the police have a very good relationship with local businesses and residents.

In a statement, Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg said she “appreciate[s] Noodles & Company’s swift and thorough response to and full-throated apology for this unfortunate situation.”

She added that “after extensive dialogue with the company’s regional and national leadership, we are satisfied that this situation was an anomaly and should not reflect on the company nor its other hard-working employees.”

Charles Kinsey, North Miami FL, 2016-07-25

Not Everyone Thinks Funneling More Resources Into Police ‘Training’ Is Solution to Racist Violence
Human rights advocates say that heavily militarized training can be part of the problem.


A video showing African-American mental health therapist Charles Kinsey ( Kinsey, Charles ) lying on the ground with his hands in the air before being shot by a North Miami police officer has rightfully provoked nationwide outrage and horror.

The shooting, which Kinsey survived, has also shined new light on police treatment of disabled people, who are disproportionately likely to be killed by law enforcement. Kinsey was shot while trying to help autistic man Arnaldo Rios-Soto ( Rios-Soto, Arnaldo ) , whose family says has been traumatized by the incident and is now unable to sleep or eat normally.

The outrage has translated into calls from a handful of advocates to boost “federal funding to increase training for police, and for technology that can help locate people with disabilities or dementia who wander away from their caretakers,” according to Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle.

But some human rights campaigners argue that now is an important time to scrutinize federal funding of highly-militarized police trainings in the Miami area that may contribute to surrounding police agencies’ aggressive tactics.

During each of the federal years 2015 and 2016, the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area received roughly $5.5 million dollars from a controversial “counter-terror” federal grant program that finances training that contribute to the militarization of police forces nationwide.

Known as the Urban Areas Security Initiative, the program has financed a police militarization and weapons expo known as Urban Shield and the training of SWAT teams across the country. In addition, the initiative has bankrolled the dispersal of military equipment to law enforcement agencies, as well as so-called Fusion Centers—intelligence-gathering hubs that have been used to warrantless surveillance on Occupy activists and Muslim-American communities.

Campaigners across the country say that this federal program has financed some of the most blatant examples of law enforcement aggression and overreach that have touched off nationwide protests.

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Officer Aaron Moses, Wichita KA, ~2016-07-21

These Black Lives Matters protesters planned a march. The police threw them a cookout instead.

Activist A.J. Bohannon had organized more than 1,000 Black Lives Matters protesters to march the streets of Wichita on Sunday. But then, days before, he received a call from the new police chief with a different idea.

Instead of having an event that drew a hard line between protester and police, why not bring them all together for an evening of summer revelry and open dialogue?

So instead of marching, they gathered in a wooded park where the police department cooked and served up burgers. The officers played basketball with kids. They took group selfies. One officer did the “whip and the nae nae” and the “Cha Cha Slide” in a crowd of dancing girls — a video that instantly became a viral sensation.

They called it the First Steps Community Cookout, a nod to what they see as the seeds of an ongoing effort to ease the tensions heightened by the recent shootings of and by police officers. Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay ( Ramsay, Gordon ), who has been on the job since January, started the event by taking questions from residents for 45 minutes.

"At one table, three men — a black man, a Hispanic man and a white man — sat down with burgers next to police Lt. Officer Travis Rakestraw (Rakestraw, Travis )to share their ideas.

Officer Aaron Moses ( Moses,, Aaron ) , a 25-year-old who would go on to be Internet famous for his spirited dance moves, said he held several side conversations with people who wanted to know his thoughts about all the violence of the past month. They spoke openly about prejudices, and the need for people on both sides of the issue to address them.

A.J. Bohannon (Bohannon, A.J.), Wichita KA, ~2016-07-17

Man arrested for trespassing after wearing hoodie and sign at Towne East

WICHITA, Kansas – A young man believes he did nothing wrong after being arrested for criminal trespassing at Towne East Square, saying mall security racially profiled him for wearing a hoodie and a sign supporting justice for Trayvon Martin(Martin, Trayvon).

The arrest has brought A.J. Bohannon national attention on social media, and he says he will stand quiet no longer.

“I’ve been called the Martin Luther King of the city, been called A.J. X, but I just really appreciate the support because this is something that can’t be overlooked anymore,” he said.

Bohannon walked into Towne East Square Monday afternoon wearing a black hoodie and a sign, reading “If I don’t stand for something then I will fall for anything,” with the hashtag #RIPTrayvonMartin. He says he had been in the mall around 40 minutes when he went into a store and a woman started taking pictures of him, apparently offended by his message. That tipped off mall security.

“Security stopped me, asked me if I would remove my hoodie and I asked him why,” Bohannon said. “He said because the mall doesn’t allow people to wear hoodies. I ask him, ‘Don’t you sell them here?’ His response was ‘That doesn’t matter, we don’t allow you to wear them.'”

Security guards also asked him to remove the sign. Bohannon refused, stating that he wanted an explanation. Wichita police officers then responded.

“Seeing all the corruption in the judicial system and the corruption in the streets, somebody has to do something,” he said. “I have two five-year-old sons and a one-year-old son, so I have 13 to 17 years to make the streets of Wichita as safe as possible before my sons have to be subjected to the nonsense I’ve been subjected to all my life.”

KSN’s attempts to reach the mall for comment were unsuccessful.

Charles Kinsey, North Miami, ~2016-07-21

Police in South Florida shot an unarmed black caretaker Monday as he tried to help his autistic patient.

Charles Kinsey ( Kinsey, Charles ) was trying to retrieve a young autistic man who had wandered away from an assisted living facility and was blocking traffic when Kinsey was shot by a North Miami police officer.

In cellphone footage of the incident that emerged Wednesday, Kinsey can be seen lying on the ground with his hands in the air, trying to calm the autistic man and defuse the situation seconds before he is shot.

“All he has is a toy truck in his hand,” Kinsey can be heard saying in the video as police officers with assault rifles hide behind telephone poles approximately 30 feet away.

“That’s all it is,” the caretaker says. “There is no need for guns.”

Seconds later, off camera, one of the officers fired his weapon three times.

A bullet tore through Kinsey’s right leg.

Kinsey said he was stunned by the shooting.

“I was thinking as long as I have my hands up … they’re not going to shoot me,” he told local television station WSVN from his hospital bed.

“Wow, was I wrong.”

Kinsey said he was even more stunned by what happened afterward, when police handcuffed him and left him bleeding on the pavement for “about 20 minutes.”

North Miami has not identified the officer (officer unidentified ) or his race. The department said it is investigating the incident, which reportedly came after officers responded to a 911 call “of an armed male suspect threatening suicide.”

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Vernita M. Greenfield, DC, 2016-07-20

For years, co-workers and supervisors looked up to Vernita M. Greenfield( Greenfield, Vernita M.) , a D.C. government dispatcher who worked so many hours that she regularly handled more tow-truck orders to hook and haul vehicles than any colleague at the Department of Public Works, according to court files.

However, her labors only deepened an entrenched “culture of corruption” at the giant city agency, according to federal prosecutors, as the veteran dispatcher raked in more than $35,000 in illegal bribes between July 2011 and May 2013 to steer more than 450 calls to a favored vendor.

Court documents did not identify the company that paid Greenfield $200 to $500 in 60 weekly installments to throw it towing orders. But prosecutors said numerous department workers and several competitors among the roughly two dozen department-approved towing vendors “had complained about Ms. Greenfield’s actions to DPW’s management in the past, to no avail.”

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman sentenced Greenfield, 57, of Washington, to three years of probation and ordered her to forfeit $35,300. In May 2016, she pleaded guilty to one federal bribery count.

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Google, DC, 2016-07-19

The US is becoming a nation that private citizen data is readily available to government but increasing amounts of government data (information) are not available to the citizen.

Google says government requests for user data at all-time high
Demands by governments for user info are on the rise across the Internet

Government requests worldwide for user data related to search engine traffic on Google increased 29% from 2014 to 2015, according to the search site's most recent Transparency Report, which was published today.

Google reports on the government requests every six months. In the second half of 2015, it said it received more than 40,000 requests for data related to more than 81,000 user accounts; That compares to the first half of the year when Google received about 35,000 requests related to about 69,000 accounts.

Several search engines and social media sites voluntarily offer annual or semi-annual transparency reports related to state and federal law enforcement information requests about user data.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an international non-profit digital rights organization, publishes a report on which Internet entities do the best at protecting subscriber data. AT&T and smartphone instant messaging app WhatsApp received the lowest ranking related to practices such as telling users about government data demands and being open about data retention policies. Each garnered just one star out of five related to protecting user data.

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Police Lt. Brian Rice, Baltimore MD, 2016-07-18

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(CNN)Baltimore police Lt. Officer Brian Rice( Rice, Brian) was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in connection with Freddie Gray's arrest and death, Judge Barry Williams ruled in a bench trial Monday.

Rice was the highest-ranking police officer charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray ( Gray, Freddie ), who suffered a broken neck in a police transport van on April 12, 2015.
The scrutiny isn't over for Rice. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying the lieutenant will face a departmental administrative review now that the trial is over.

Same judge acquitted Nero, Goodson
Rice was one of the three officers on bike patrol the morning Gray was arrested, and he was the officer who put Gray into the transport wagon after he was shackled -- failing to fasten his seat belt, according to the testimony of other officers.
Opting for a bench trial over a jury trial, Rice's case was heard by Williams, the same judge who acquitted Officer Edward Nero (Nero, Edward ) and Officer Caesar Goodson ( Goodson, Caesar ) on all charges related to Gray's death.

Freddie Gray's death 'not an accident,' medical examiner says.

( Duenez, Ernesto Jr), Manteca, California,2011-06-08

A Sacramento federal judge Monday approved a settlement that calls for the family of a man who was shot and killed by a police officer nearly three years ago to collect $2.2 million from the city of Manteca.

On June 8, 2011, Whitney Duenez's husband, Ernesto, was shot 11 times and killed by a police officer in Manteca, California, a small city 80 miles east of San Francisco. Police dash-cam video showed Officer John Moody ( Moody, John ) fire shots at Ernesto as he climbed out of a pickup truck parked at his friend's home. Police were responding to a domestic disturbance call, and the 34-year-old was also wanted for not checking in with his parole officer and failing a drug test. (Whitney says that reports of a domestic disturbance are untrue.)

After the shooting, a knife was found in the bed of the pickup. How it got there was never determined.

Drop the knife, Moody ordered, and immediately began shooting, according to court records. He fired 13 rounds.

The final shots were fired after (Duenez) had fallen to the ground, according to an order on cross-motions for summary judgment that U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton issued in December.

Duenez lay on the ground writhing in agony after Moody stopped shooting, court records show. Emergency medical personnel arrived seven minutes later, but it was too late to save him. Duenez was 35.

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Linux, NSA, ~2016-07-14

Linux User? The US Government May Classify You an Extremist

Do you use decentralized, open source software? The US government considers you an extremist.

According to leaked documents related to the XKeyscore spying program, the National Security Agency (NSA) flags as an “extremist” anyone who uses Tor or Tails Linux, or who subscribes to Linux Journal.

The potentially huge scope of the “extremist” label

The XKeyscore program, which considers Tails Linux distribution as “a comsec mechanism advocated by extremists on extremist forums”, has the potential to target a large pool of users. It tracks visits to a plethora of sites including Centurian,,, HotSpotShield, FreeNet, MegaProxy, MixMinion, and of course the Linux Journal. Additionally, it tracks IP addresses of anyone searching for terms such as ‘truecrypt’, ‘ tor’, and ‘Amnesiac Incognito Live System’, along with much more benign terms such as ‘secure desktop’, ‘IRC’, ‘linux’, and even ‘USB’ and ‘CD’.

The result of this large scope is that many users never intending to engage in subversive activity will be tracked. This includes journalists and the generally curious looking up Tor and other decentralized internet programs, as well as
the casual user seeking a more secure computer, a better operating system, or even external storage.

The US government’s history of targeting Tor and file-sharing developers

The tracking and vilification of those involved with the decentralized internet is nothing new for the US government. Aaron Swartz ( Swartz, Aaron ) famously killed himself after facing a potential long imprisonment for his information sharing efforts, and New Zealand tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom had his site Megaupload shut down and his assets seized (though he is working on a relaunch).

More recently, a Tor developer sought by the FBI to appear in court to testify on the subject of her work, fled to Germany to avoid the US government’s grasp, fearing imprisonment or worse.

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FBI, DC, 2016-07-13

FBI says its malware isn't malware because 'we're the good guys'
Another tale from the "twisted and illogical" department...

The FBI does "not believe" that the hacking tools it uses to break into the computers of suspected criminals should be considered "malware," because it says they're used with good intentions.

In the court filing, first spotted by Julian Sanchez ( Sanchez, Julian ), a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, the FBI said that its hacking tools, so-called network investigative techniques (NIT), are not "malicious."

The legal brief written by the FBI last week said that: "A reasonable person or society would not interpret the actions taken by a law enforcement officer pursuant to a court order to be malicious."

"For that reason I do not believe that the NIT utilized in this case pursuant to a court order should be considered to be malware," it added.

The case centers on Operation Playpen, which stirred controversy when it was revealed that federal agents had secretly broken into the child porn site and ran it from a government server. That was when agents deployed its hacking tools to identify the site's users by exploiting a flaw in the Tor browser, used to access the anonymity network.

The FBI refused to detail how the Tor exploit worked, so the judge tossed out the evidence.

The textbook definition of malware is unwanted software -- specifically software designed to "interfere with a computer's normal functioning." In other words, malware is "malicious" no matter what it does, because it's not wanted and interferes with the normal running of a computer.

Despite its troubles in the Playpen case, the FBI was successful in petitioning the Supreme Court to remove restrictions on its operations that would effectively allow the agency to conduct its hacking operations anywhere in the world.

The so-called Rule 41 was changed in May, allowing US judges to issue warrants outside their jurisdiction. Congress must intervene to prevent the rule change, otherwise it will go into effect on December 1.

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Dylan Noble (Noble, Dylan ), Fresno CA, 2016-06-25

Fresno police video shows shooting of unarmed suspect

(CNN)Dylan Noble died in June after police (officers unidentified) shot the unarmed man four times, twice as he approached officers, twice while he was on the ground, still moving.

His family thinks Fresno police didn't need to use deadly force.
Police Chief Officer Jerry Dyer (Dyer, Jerry ) Jerry Dyer said there are questions that body camera recordings, released Wednesday, answer and some they don't.
Was deadly force, in particular the final two shots -- taken by two different officers -- necessary?
"I do not have the answer for that today," Dyer told reporters.

An internal affairs investigation will look into whether police procedures were followed and whether there were other options. A review by the district attorney will determine whether the two Fresno police officers should be criminally charged.

"We're shocked and appalled that the city of Fresno would continue to defend the actions of its officers," said Stuart Chandler, an attorney for Veronica Noble (Noble, Veronica ) , Dylan's mother. "Clearly the only appropriate response is to accept responsibility and commit to changing practices of the police department."

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Governor Pat McCrory ( McCrory, Pat), North Carolina, 2016-07-13

(CNN) —Citing a desire to balance "public trust" with the rights and safety of law enforcement officers, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation this week that blocks the release of law enforcement recordings from body cameras or dashboard cameras with limited exceptions.

Surrounded by uniformed officers from across the state, McCrory signed House Bill 972 on Monday in a news conference in Raleigh. The Republican governor said the new law will promote "uniformity, clarity and transparency" by establishing clear standards and procedures for releasing law enforcement recordings.

Critics, including the state's attorney general, said it could have the opposite effect of minimizing police accountability.

"Technology like dashboard cameras and body cameras can be very helpful, but when used by itself technology can also mislead and misinform, which causes other issues and problems within our community," McCrory said.

Under HB 972, audio and video captured by police body cameras or dashboard cameras are not public records, meaning the general public has no right to see or obtain copies of them.

The measure has been in the works since April and public meetings began soon after, said Rep. Pat Hurley (Hurley, Pat ) Pat Hurley, who co-chairs the state House's Appropriations, Justice and Safety Committee and one of the bill's sponsors.

"Body cameras should be a tool to make law enforcement more transparent and accountable to the communities they serve, but this shameful law will make it nearly impossible to achieve those goals," Susanna Birdsong (Birdsong, Susanna ) , policy counsel for the ACLU of North Carolina, said in a statement.

"People who are filmed by police body cameras should not have to spend time and money to go to court in order to see that footage. These barriers are significant and we expect them to drastically reduce any potential this technology had to make law enforcement more accountable to community members."Abuse of authority cover up mission creep

Meanwhile in Indiana...

Similar legislation took effect in Indiana on July 1, but only after undergoing revisions to alleviate concerns that it gave law enforcement too much authority to withhold footage.

HB 1019 opens viewing of law enforcement recordings to those depicted in a recording or the owner of property shown in a recording. It also requires police to let the public view or copy a video if it depicts evidence pertaining to allegations of excessive force or civil rights violations.

The original version of the bill would have required the public to petition a judge to explain the reason for wanting the video's release. A new provision requires police departments that refuse to release footage to justify why the video should be kept private.

The changes did not allay everyone's concerns. As a result of its passage at least two departments have suspended use of body cameras, citing the cost of storing digital footage for extended periods. Not true storage is cheap.

The new law requires local departments to store all footage for 190 days to give citizens enough time to appeal a decision to withhold footage.

One of the departments to stop using body cameras, the Clarksville Police Department, had previously stored footage for 30 days, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer (Palmer, Mark ) Mark Palmer told the newspaper that another problem with the law is it makes footage more accessible to the public.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux (Gautreaux, Sid ) Baton Rouge LA, ~2016-07-13

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Baton Rouge Cops Barge Into Woman's Yard to Arrest Black Lives Matter Protesters She Invited

A Baton Rouge homeowner invited Black Lives Matter protesters to have a rally on her property—but that didn’t stop cops from arresting dozens of them.

In a video clip posted by CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, the woman who hosted the protest said she was “stunned” after officers moved onto her property and told protesters to disperse. Once some of the protesters left her property and moved onto sidewalks, officers arrested them because they were allegedly going to block the nearby interstate highway.

“I’m very upset,” she told CBS News. “I’m stunned at the behavior of police officers that utilized, from what I understand, the ability to take someone that I guess they targeted that was actually on the street, to bombard my yard and bombard my house.”

The protesters had been peacefully protesting on her property for around 90 minutes, the Daily Beast reports, when officers in riot gear started moving in. At this point, protesters started yelling at the officers that they were trespassing on private property.

The police justified their aggressive behavior by claiming protesters had been planning to march down to the highway and form a blockade. The police decided to preempt the action by blocking off the interstate ramp,, local news station WWLV reports.

“The best way to honor the memory of Alton Sterling, the Dallas Police Department, and Philando Castile is to have peaceful protests,” Edwards said during the press conference.

Various law enforcement officials said during the press conference they understood tensions are high in the city but stressed safety as their number one priority.

“We know there’s a lot of tension right now, we know there’s a lot of emotion,” East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “There’s anger, frustration, hurt, outrage. We respect the right people have to gather and protest peacefully and respect that right. At the same time, we’re not going to tolerate any violence, any lawlessness, or any destruction of property."

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Chris LeDay ( LeDay, Chris ), Marietta GA, 016-07-11

Chris LeDay, the Georgia man who first posted a video of Alton Sterling ( Sterling, Alton ) being shot to death by police, says he was detained by police the next day.

I just made it to my job on base and I'm being detained, he wrote on Facebook on July 6. They said I fit the description of someone and won't tell me anything else. If anything happens I did not resist! Please be aware!

According to Carlos Miller, writing for Photography Is Not a Crime, LeDay works as an aerospace ground equipment technician at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia. While attempting to walk through a checkpoint to get to work, he was stopped and detained by at least ten military police officers with guns, including a few with M-16s, all of them surrounding him in case he tried to make a run for it, Miller reports.

LeDay said that, during the course of his arrest, he was first told he was picked up on suspicion of assault and battery and then that the charges related to unpaid parking tickets. According to his public statements, LeDay spent the night in jail and paid $1,231, after which he was released. During his confinement, he says he was placed in handcuffs and leg shackles over unpaid parking tickets.

It was just over some traffic tickets from a couple of years ago, he told Miller. They said my license was suspended.

LeDay believes the arrest was direct retaliation for his role in making the video of Sterling’s killing go viral. While LeDay lives in Georgia, he is from Baton Rouge and when he heard of the video he made the decision to share it with his thousands of followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Sterling was shot to death by police while pinned to the ground. The video LeDay posted was one of two to capture the killing.

We need to diffuse what the cops are doing, LeDay told Miller. They want to say that not all cops are bad but they are not speaking out against the bad cops.

We weren’t going to let [the police] get away with it this time, LeDay told Atlanta outlet AJC.

LeDay’s suspicion that his detention constituted retaliation is understandable. Only one person has faced any criminal charges in the NYPD killing of Eric Garner: Ramsey Orta ( Orta, Ramsey ) , who filmed the fatal chokehold, was recently sentenced to four years in jail for drug and weapons charges and says he has been repeatedly harassed by police since the filming.

Chris LeDay is in good company. Same thing happened to George Holliday ( Holliday, George ) the gentleman that filmed Rodney King ( King, Rodney ) beating, and Mitchell Crooks ( Crooks, Mitchell ), the man who videotaped Inglewood police officers beating Donovan Jackson ( Jackson, Donovan) a 16-year-old retarded boy

Sarah Lazare is a staff writer for AlterNet. A former staff writer for Common Dreams, she coedited the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahlazare.

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Northwoods, pentagon, 1962

Operation Northwoods was a proposed false flag operation against the Cuban government, that originated within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other U.S. government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, blaming it on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba. The proposals were rejected by the Kennedy administration.

According to secret and long-hidden documents obtained for Body of Secrets, the Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up and approved plans for what may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government. In the name of anti Communism, they proposed launching a secret and bloody war of terrorism against their own country in order to trick the American public into supporting an ill-conceived war they intended to launch against Cuba.

Code named Operation Northwoods, the plan, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war.

Philando Castile ( Castile, Philando ), St. Paul MN, 2016-07-06

Minn. officer fatally shoots black man during traffic stop; aftermath broadcast on Facebook -

As blood soaked through Castile’s shirt Wednesday night, Reynolds said on camera that her boyfriend was legally licensed to carry a firearm and was reaching for his identification when the officer started to shoot.

“He let the officer know that he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet and the officer just shot him in his arm,” she said in a Facebook video viewed by millions.

Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul. A statement from the school system said Castile was hired in 2002, at age 19, and was promoted to supervisor two years ago. The statement described him as a “team player who maintained great relationships with staff and students alike” and said he was “quick to greet former coworkers with a smile and hug.”

Philando Castile, 32, was fatally shot by a police officer at a traffic stop outside St. Paul. His girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car with him. Reynolds live streamed the aftermath on Facebook. Here's what you need to know. (Monica Akhtar, Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

A Minnesota traffic stop turned deadly Wednesday evening when a police officer opened fire on a black driver and killed him — less than 48 hours after Alton Sterling fatal police shooting in Louisiana.

The confrontation’s bloody aftermath was broadcast live on Facebook by a female passenger in the car.

“He killed my boyfriend,” Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds ( Reynolds, Diamond “Lavish” ) Reynolds said in the video posted on her Facebook page.

Philando Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria manager, died at a Minneapolis hospital, a family member later told The Washington Post.

His death came on the heels of another high-profile police shooting, in Baton Rouge, where a white officer killed a black man, Alton Sterling.

[Outrage after video captures white Baton Rouge police officer fatally shooting Alton Sterling ( Sterling, Alton ) a black man]

In a statement Thursday, President Obama said “all Americans should be deeply troubled” by the two shootings. “We’ve seen such tragedies far too many times, and our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss,” Obama said.

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UPDATE: 2016-11-16 Minn. Officer Who Fatally Shot Philando Castile Charged With Manslaughter

The St. Anthony, Minn., police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile earlier this year during a traffic stop will be facing manslaughter charges, NPR reports.

According to the report, Rasmey County Attorney John Choi has claimed that the use of force by Officer Jeronimo Yanez was not justified and that a review of dashcam footage revealed that “no reasonable officer” would have used deadly force.

“Philando Castile was not resisting or fleeing,” Choi said at a press conference. “He had no criminal intent; he was respectful and complaint; he volunteered in good faith that he had a firearm.”

Choi added that Castile provided more information than was required by law.

According to the New York Daily News, Yanez was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm in the July 6 shooting death. If convicted, Yanez could face up to 10 years in prison.

UPDATE:07/10/17: Officer who killed Castile gets $48,500 in agreement

MINNEAPOLIS — The Latest on Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was acquitted last month in the 2016 shooting of black motorist Philando Castile, reaching a separation agreement to leave his police department (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

The Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez acquitted in last year’s fatal shooting of black motorist Philando Castile will receive $48,500 as part of a separation agreement with the Minneapolis suburb of St. Anthony.

Jeronimo Yanez, who is leaving the St. Anthony Police Department under the agreement announced Monday, also will be paid for up to 600 hours of unused compensatory time. The details were released to The Associated Press through a public information request.

Yanez, who is Latino, was acquitted of manslaughter last month in Castile’s death. Yanez shot Castile several times during a July 2016 traffic stop, seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a gun.


Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti ( DeOliveira-Longinetti, Marcia ), New Jersy, 2016-07-04

N.J. Forces Mom to Pay Son's Student Loans: Murder 'Does Not Meet Threshold for Loan Forgiveness'
This is "state-sanctioned loan-sharking," as a bankruptcy attorney puts it.

"Please accept our condolences on your loss, explained a letter from the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority of New Jersey. After careful consideration of the information you provided, the authority has determined that your request does not meet the threshold for loan forgiveness. Monthly bill statements will continue to be sent to you.

That is the response Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti received when she attempted to get student loan forgiven after her 23-year-old son was murdered last year, reports the New York Times.

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Itemad Angel Almatar ( Almatar, Itemad Angel ), Chicago IL, 2015-07-04

An innocent Muslim woman was tackled, beaten and strip-searched by Chicago cops who mistook her being late for a train ride—as terrorism.

The incident occurred on the 4th of July last year, but only went to trial this month. Itemad “Angel” Almatar said that she was also kicked, and had her hijab taken off by five Chicago police officers at a train station, CBS Chicago reported.

Almatar was charged with reckless conduct and resisting arrest over the incident.

Much of the incident was captured on video and shows that Almatar was no criminal. In spite of the video showing her innocence, Cook County prosecutors forced Almatar to go to trial. On Wednesday, a jury found her not guilty on all charges.

“They asked me why I put my food inside my bag, why I’m Muslim, why I’m fasting, why I’m wearing these clothes, why I cover my body,” Almatar told CBS.

Prosecutors claimed Almatar was told to stop by police as they chased her up the stairs, but video surveillance footage shows nobody else in the crowd turning their heads in response to the supposed command, reports CBS.

“She was strip-searched, videographed, and at the same time men were allowed to see her naked. This is the ultimate horror you can do to a Muslim woman,” said Imam Malick Mujahid, a local Muslim community leader, according to CBS. Dissyebdd

Naturally, the Chicago police department has yet to face any accountability for this assault.

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Alton Sterling ( Sterling, Alton ), Baton Rouge LA, ~2016-07-05

Alton Sterling shot, killed by two Louisiana cops (officers unidentified) during struggle after he was selling music outside Baton Rouge store (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)

Chilling cell phone video surfaced Tuesday of two Louisiana cops killing a 37-year-old man selling music outside a Baton Rouge convenience store after an anonymous caller claimed he had a gun.

The police gunfire sparked impassioned protests that continued past midnight outside the store 24 hours after authorities shot Alton Sterling during a fatal 12:35 a.m. encounter. More than 100 demonstrators shouting no justice, no peace clogged the street, setting off fireworks and blocking an intersection to protest Sterling's death.

Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, La. on Tuesday.

The grim 48-second cell phone video of the killing outside Triple S. Food Mart shows two police officers tackling and wrestling a heavy-set man in a red shirt against the hood of a car before throwing him to the pavement.

KING: Don't try to make sense of police killing of Alton Sterling
He’s got a gun, one officer cries while the pair pinned Sterling to the ground.

You f-----g move, I swear to God, the other cop yells, before the two draw their weapons. The terrified bystander turns the camera phone away as five shots ring out two of which a coroner said struck Sterling in the chest and back.

The Baton Rouge Police Department has not provided many details on what happened between the officers and Sterling or what caused the officer to pull his firearm, according to The New Orleans Advocate. Investigators are still working to find out what caused the incident to escalate.

WAFB-TV, a local station, reports that Sterling was selling CDs in front of a Triple S Food Mart. According to the station, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office says Sterling was shot in the chest and back multiple times.

"They shot him? a man’s startled voice says in the video. Yes, a woman replies between sobs.

Officers responded to the store about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday after an anonymous caller said a man selling CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun, said Baton Rouge Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.

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Thomas Drake (Drake, Thomas), DC, 2016-05-22

The first is Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the very same NSA activities 10 years before Snowden did. Drake was a much higher-ranking NSA official than Snowden, and he obeyed US whistleblower laws, raising his concerns through official channels. And he got crushed.

Drake was fired, arrested at dawn by gun-wielding FBI agents, stripped of his security clearance, charged with crimes that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life, and all but ruined financially and professionally. The only job he could find afterwards was working in an Apple store in suburban Washington, where he remains today. Adding insult to injury, his warnings about the dangers of the NSA’s surveillance programme were largely ignored.

The government spent many years trying to break me, and the more I resisted, the nastier they got, Drake told me.

Drake’s story has since been told and in fact, it had a profound impact on Snowden, who told an interviewer in 2015 that: It’s fair to say that if there hadn’t been a Thomas Drake, there wouldn’t have been an Edward Snowden ( Snowden, Edward ).

But there is another man whose story has never been told before, who is speaking out publicly for the first time here. His name is John Crane ( Crane, John ), and he was a senior official in the Department of Defense who fought to provide fair treatment for whistleblowers such as Thomas Drake until Crane himself was forced out of his job and became a whistleblower as well.

During dozens of hours of interviews, Crane told me how senior Defense Department officials repeatedly broke the law to persecute Drake. First, he alleged, they revealed Drake’s identity to the Justice Department; then they withheld (and perhaps destroyed) evidence after Drake was indicted; finally, they lied about all this to a federal judge.

As Drake interviewed NSA colleagues and scoured the agency’s records, he came across information that horrified him. It appeared that the NSA even before September 11 had secretly revised its scope of operations to expand its powers.

When he told his boss, Baginski, that the NSA’s expanded surveillance following 9/11 seemed legally dubious, she reportedly told him to drop the issue: the White House had ruled otherwise.

The complaint was signed by three former NSA officials, William Binney( Binney, William ) , Kirk Wiebe ( Wiebe, Kirk ) and Edward Loomis ( Loomis, Edward ), and a former senior Congressional staffer, Diane Roark ( Roark, Diane ). Drake also endorsed the complaint – but because he, unlike the other four, had not yet retired from government service, he asked that his name be kept anonymous, even in a document that was supposed to be treated confidentially within the government.

Binney, Wiebe, Loomis and Roark shared Drake’s concerns about the constitutional implications of warrantless mass surveillance, but their complaint also focused on two other issues.

The first was financial. The whistleblowers contended that the NSA’s surveillance programme, codenamed Trailblazer, was a shameful waste of $3.8 billion it had been more effective at channelling taxpayer dollars to corporate contractors than at protecting the homeland.

Second, the whistleblowers warned that Trailblazer actually made the US less secure. They acknowledged that Trailblazer had vastly expanded the amount of electronic communications NSA collected. But this avalanche of raw data was too much it left NSA’s analysts struggling to distinguish the vital from the trivial and thus liable to miss key clues.

Drake had discovered a shocking example while researching his postmortem report on the September 11 attacks. Months beforehand, the NSA had come into possession of a telephone number in San Diego that was used by two of the hijackers who later crashed planes into the World Trade Center. But the NSA did not act on this finding.

To Crane, however, it is a simple matter of right and wrong. It was not he who broke the law; it was his superiors. Therefore it is not he who should pay the price but they.

I just want to see the system work properly, he says. I know the system can fail world war two, Nazi Germany but I also know that you need to do what is right. Because the government is so powerful, you need to have it run efficiently and honestly and according to the law.

As Drake later told the NSA expert James Bamford ( Bamford, James ) , the NSA intercepted seven phone calls between this San Diego phone number and an al-Qaida safe house in Yemen. Drake found a record of the seven calls buried in an NSA database.

The Bush administration’s mass surveillance efforts were partly exposed in December 2005, when the New York Times published a front page article by reporters James Risen ( Risen, James ) and Eric Lichtblau (Lichtblau, Eric ), which revealed that the NSA was monitoring international phone calls and emails of some people in the US without obtaining warrants.Maleficence misconduct prevaricate mission creep

Denver Fenton Allen( Allen, Denver Fenton), Rome GA, ~2016-06-24

‘You’ll find out how nasty I really am’: A judge’s seething response to a hostile defendant

It started as a routine hearing in a Georgia courtroom. It ended as an extraordinary display of vulgarity — between a defendant and judge.

Denver Fenton Allen, the defendant in a murder case, repeatedly threatened a judge and hurled crude obscenities and aggressive remarks during a hearing, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Allen was appearing before Bryant Durham Jr.( Durham, Bryant Jr.) , a superior court judge in Floyd County. The hearing, held in Rome, Ga. last week, lasted less than 20 minutes.

But in that brief time, Allen and Durham launched a series of crude obscenities and aggressive remarks at each other in a heated exchange that was filled with offensive language, according to a transcript of the hearing.

Durham: I — I am finding — I’m finding you in contempt of court,” Durham said, after Allen made a obscene comment.

Allen: I don’t care.

Durham: I know you don’t. And I sentence you to 20 days for that. And if you say anything else, I’m going to add 20 days for everything you say.

Allen: F— you.

Durham: Forty days.


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Richard Rosario (Rosario, Richard ), New Your NY, ~2016-03-23

Richard Rosario, Bronx Man with 13 Alibi Witnesses, Freed After Serving 20 Years

Richard Rosario, 40, was convicted in 1996 of fatally shooting 16-year-old George Collazo. Rosario has always maintained his innocence and says 13 witnesses placed him in Florida at the time of the murder. Rosario's lawyers claim police never contacted the alibi witnesses.

Today, for the first time in two decades, Richard Rosario was able to step out of a courthouse and walk freely with his family into the city in which he'd grown up.

Rosario has been behind bars since 1996 for a murder he insists he did not commit, and a judge released him from custody this morning after Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark ( Clark, Darcel ) concluded that Rosario had not received a fair trial and should be set free. However, Clark did not ask that the charges against Rosario be dropped, and he still faces the possibility of a retrial while the DA's office continues to look into the case.

"I've been in prison for 20 years for a crime I didn't commit," Rosario told the judge. "My family didn't deserve this. I didn't deserve this, and nor did the family of the victim."

Applause filled the courtroom as Bronx state Supreme Court Justice Robert Torres ( Torres, Robert ) announced his decision.

Rosario was 20 years into a 25-to-life sentence for the 1996 murder of George Collazo ( Collazo, George ) in the Bronx, even though he insists he was 1,000 miles away in Florida on the day of the crime. At least 13 alibi witnesses back up Rosario's story, among them a sheriff's deputy, a pastor, and a federal correctional officer.

Microsoft, Redmond Wa, 2016-06-23

Microsoft has significantly upped the tally of U.S. government gag orders slapped on demands for customer information, according to court documents filed last week.

In a revised complaint submitted to a Seattle federal court last Friday, Microsoft said that more than half of all government data demands were bound by a secrecy order that prevented the company from telling customers of its cloud-based services that authorities had asked it to hand over their information.

The original complaint -- the first round in a lawsuit Microsoft filed in April against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- had pegged the number of data demands during the past 18 months at 5,624. Of those, 2,576, or 46%, were tagged with secrecy orders that prevented Microsoft from telling customers it had been compelled to give up their information.

The monthly average of data requests accompanied by a gag order during the stretch was 143.

Microsoft's revised complaint updated those numbers to account for the past 20 months, from September 2014 to May 2016. It was unclear whether the changes reflected an increase in secrecy orders in the last two months or simply a recount, although the numbers suggested the latter.

In any case, Microsoft now claims that of the more than 6,000 data demands it's received in the last 20 months, 3,250, or 54% of the total, came with a gag order. The Redmond, Wash. company received an average of 163 data requests locked by a secrecy order each month during that span.

Microsoft's lawsuit asked the court for a judgment that would declare unconstitutional a section of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a 30-year-old law that government agencies increasingly name when forcing email, Internet and cloud storage service providers to hand over data to aid criminal investigations.

The firm hasn't objected to the ECPA as a whole, but to what it said had become the routine issuing of gag orders alongside the demands for data. The new figures are likely an attempt by Microsoft to strengthen its argument.

In both the original and revised complaints, Microsoft asked the court to strike the ECPA gag order section on the grounds that it violated both the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

A comparison of the two complaints by Computerworld showed that Microsoft's lawyers made numerous editing corrections in the latest, but did not change their contentions that the ECPA's secrecy clauses were unconstitutional.

The attorneys altered the complaint in at least two ways, however. They cited a second section of the ECPA as unconstitutional, and made it clearer that they believed the company's constitutional rights -- not just those of its customers -- were being violated by the government's actions.

"For the same reasons that Section 2705(b) is facially invalid, it is also unconstitutional as applied to Microsoft," the revised complaint stated.

Because of the amended complaint, the federal court hearing the case has rescheduled the briefing schedule for replies by the DOJ and Attorney General Lynch, and for rebuttals by Microsoft. computerworld_dailynews_2016-06-23


James Brissette ( Brissette, James ), New Orleans LA, 2005-09-04

The Danziger Bridge shootings were police shootings that took place on September 4, 2005, at the Danziger Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana. Six days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, members of the New Orleans Police Department killed two civilians: 17-year-old James Brissette and 40-year-old Ronald Madison ( Madison, Ronald ). Four other civilians were wounded. Victims unidentified. All of the victims were African-American. None were armed or had committed any crime. Madison, a mentally disabled man, was shot in the back.
New Orleans police fabricated a cover up story for their crime, falsely reporting that seven police officers responded to a police dispatch reporting an officer down, and that at least four suspects were firing weapons at the officers upon their arrival.[2] Rev. Raymond Brown, the local head of the National Action Network, described the shootings as "...a racial tragedy."

On August 5, 2011, a federal jury in New Orleans convicted five police officers of myriad charges related to the cover-up and deprivation of civil rights.[4] An attorney for the Justice Department described it as "the most significant police misconduct prosecution [in the U.S.] since the Rodney King ( King, Rodney ) beating case".[5] The convictions were vacated on September 17, 2013, however, because of prosecutorial misconduct, and a new trial was ordered. The Justice Department appealed the decision to vacate the convictions,[7] but a federal appeals court agreed that a new trial was warranted. However, on April 20, 2016; the five former officers pleaded guilty to various charges related to the shooting, and in return received reduced sentences ranging from three to 12 years.

Nearly five years after a federal jury found them guilty of either gunning down unarmed civilians or covering up the incident on New Orleans' Danziger Bridge, five former police officers have entered guilty pleas as part of a deal with the government. The deal sharply reduces the penalties they faced before their initial convictions were overturned in 2013 over prosecutorial misconduct.

The judge in the case accepted the terms of the deal shortly before 1 p.m. local time, after a hearing on the case began around noon.

In court today, former Officer Kenneth Bowen( Bowen, Kenneth ) , Officer Robert Faulcon ( Faulcon, Robert ) , Officer Robert Gisevius( Gisevius, Robert ) and Officer Anthony Villavaso ( Villavaso, Anthony ) pleaded guilty to three counts each: deprivation of rights under color of law, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and obstruction of justice by engaging in misleading conduct.

Officer Arthur Kaufman( Kaufman, Arthur ), the former officers' supervisor who was accused of arranging a cover up, pleaded guilty to two counts: conspiracy to obstruct justice and falsification of evidence to obstruct justice.

Their punishments are markedly less severe than those the officers received four years ago: While their previous sentences had carried a collective weight of more than 200 years in prison, the plea deal reduces that to less than 45 years in total.

"Four of the officers have been in prison since 2010," Eve Troeh of member station WWNO in New Orleans tells our Newscast unit, adding that Kaufman was not in prison because he "was not directly involved in the shooting."

In addition to the prison sentences, each defendant was assessed a $100 fee for each count, by the judge's order. Civil lawsuits filed by the victims' families against the former officers are still ongoing, as the local news site reminds us.

When they were initially found guilty, Bowen, Faulcon, Gisevius and Villavaso were all sentenced to more than 30 years in prison. Faulcon got the most time: 65 years for "killing [a] mentally ill man with a shotgun blast to the back," as the Two-Way reported back in 2012. His new prison sentence would be for 12 years.

Both Bowen and Gisevius went from facing prison terms of 40 years each to 10 years; Villavaso, from 38 years to seven.

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Officer Caesar Goodson ( Goodson, Caesar ), Baltimorre MD, 2016-06-23

Police Officer Who Drove Freddie Gray Van Acquitted, Baltimore Community Reacts Angrily Goodson is the third officer of six to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray.

Officer Caesar Goodson, the van driver in the Freddie Gray ( Gray, Freddie ) case, was charged with seven different crimes—from second degree “depraved heart” murder to reckless endangerment. He was found not guilty on all charges today by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams ( Williams, Barry ) .

Additional charges included manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office. Gray died due to the injuries he incurred while in the custody of the Baltimore City Police on April 19, 2015, a week after being put in Goodson’s van. “Murderer!” chanted protesters outside the courthouse after the verdict was released.

Abuse of authority brutality misconduct

Officer Edward Nero ( Nero, Edward ), Baltimore MD, 2016-05-23

Abuse of authority brutality misconduct

Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty of all four misdemeanor charges he faced in connection with the arrest of Freddie Gray ( Gray, Freddie ) .

Gray died on April 19, 2015, after suffering injuries while in police custody.

Following the ruling, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement, "This is our American system of justice and police officers must be afforded the same justice system as every other citizen in the city, state, and country."

Outside the courthouse, about a dozen protesters gathered. Once news of the verdict made its way through the crowd, they began chanting, "Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail!"

The Rev. Westley West, a well-known activist in Baltimore, looked shocked. He was angry.

"[Baltimore] should be upset," he said. "They should also let their voice be heard. Take to the streets. How much longer are we gonna lay down and let the same thing to keep happening?"

Nero was not charged directly with Gray's death. As the Two-Way reported when the bench trial began, he faced charges of second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Nero, 30, was accused of negligence for failing to buckle Gray into a seat in the police van. Gray's neck was broken during transport while he was handcuffed and shackled, but not buckled in.

Officer William Porter ( Porter, William ), Baltimore MD, 2015-12-16

Abuse of authority brutality misconduct

Judge Declares Mistrial, First Officer Charged In Freddie Gray Death Walks Free For Now

The trial of Officer William Porter, one of six police officers facing criminal charges for the death of Freddie Gray ( Gray, Freddie ) in Baltimore, just ended with a hung jury. After three days of deliberations, jurors were unable to agree on the charges, meaning no action will be taken against Porter unless he’s found guilty during a second trial.
The mistrial also throws the other five trials into question, as prosecutors might delay the other officers’ trials and re-try Porter.

Gray died in the officers’ custody last April, after suffering from a high-energy injury to his neck and spine in a police van. Video of his initial arrest shows cops dragging Gray to the vehicle. Officers then broke Baltimore Police Department protocol by failing to secure Gray’s seat belt. The 25-year-old was subsequently tossed around the van as he was transported to a local jail. But the officers ignored pleas for help and were slow to get him medical attention. Gray died because his brain didn’t get enough oxygen after the high-impact injury was sustained during the ride. At least one surgeon believes the 25-year-old could have survived if the officers sought help sooner.

Freddie Gray ( Gray, Freddie )

Abuse of authority brutality misconduct

7 Things You Should Know About the Death of Freddie Gray and the Cop on Trial

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby ( Mosby, Marilyn ) shocked the nation in April when she announced that charges would be brought against all six of the officers allegedly involved in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, whose demise in Baltimore police custody sparked weeks of protests this past spring. The first of those officers, William Porter, headed to trial on Tuesday. Here's what you need to know about the case.

The cause of Gray's injuries remains in dispute, but there's a dark police tradition of deliberately giving some suspects a "rough ride.
The incident: Gray died from a spinal injury after officers left him shackled in the back of a police van without a seatbelt. Although the exact cause of his injuries remains in dispute, there's a dark police tradition of deliberately giving some suspects a "rough ride."

The public response: Gray, who is black, became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, joining a growing list of police-shooting victims— Michael Brown ( Brown, Michael) in Ferguson, Eric Garner ( Garner, Eric ) in New York City, Tamir Rice ( Rice , Tamir ) in Ohio, Laquan McDonald ( Mc Donald, Laquan ) in Chicago—that have led to protests across the nation. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlins-Blake ( Rawlins-Blake, Stephanie ) brought in the Maryland National Guard and imposed a week-long curfew to curb rioting that broke out there on the day of Gray's funeral.

The charges: Officer William Porter ( Porter, William ), who is 26 and also black, has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct. In Tuesday's opening statements, prosecutors argued that Porter "criminally neglected" his duty to ensure Gray's safety by failing to fasten his seatbelt or call for medical help when it was clear that Gray was seriously hurt.

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Michael Jackson ( Jackson, Michael ),

Child abuse

Michael Jackson Stockpiled Nude Images Of Children, According To Police Report

Police discovered Michael Jackson had a large collection of pornography, which allegedly included images of children, animal torture and gore, reportedly used in his bid to seduce young boys. The collection was revealed in newly surfaced documents obtained by RadarOnline that detail a raid on Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch estate in 2003, carried out as part of an investigation into child molestation charges against the singer.

According to previously unseen reports from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, authorities seized more than 80 video recordings and computer hard drives, as well as notes, diaries, documents, photographs and audiotapes.

Former Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen, who helped prosecute Jackson’s case, told RadarOnline that many of the materials found were used to “desensitize” children.

The police report describes several of the materials found at Jackson’s estate and notes that many of the books and images “can be used as part of a ‘grooming’ process by which people (those seeking to molest children) are able to lower the inhibitions of their intended victims and facilitate the molestation of said victims.”

One of the books found in Jackson’s possession was titled, Room to Play, which “contained numerous photographs of children.” According to the report, some of the images contained children’s faces superimposed on adult bodies with their private parts exposed.

Authorities also found numerous photos of children located inside a safe in the employee break room of Jackson’s home.

Jackson was charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent for the purpose of a committing a felony in 2003 after a young boy came forward claiming the singer molested him. In 2005, a jury acquitted him of all charges after a 14-week trial.


victim unidentified ( unidentified, victim ) , Mesa AZ, ~2006-03-01

I have a cousin who works for the Mesa, Arizona Police Department. In October of 2002, Officer Dan Lovelace ( Lovelace, Dan ) who works for the Chandler, Arizona Police Department gunned down a woman victim unidentified who attempted to pass a fake prescription at a local Walgreens. Lovelace claimed the woman attempted to run him down as she sped away from the scene, and he shot her in self-defense. Forensic and eyewitness evidence contradicted his testimony. Despite this, Lovelace was acquitted of all charges against him.

At the time, I asked my cousin what he thought of the verdict. He simply stated that he would never question a fellow officer in the line of duty. "And besides, she was a felon. A drughead," he exclaimed. In his view, an officer should never be questioned. His (or her) authority is absolute out in the field. From what I’ve been able to discern, this attitude is systemic in police officers. The force is a fraternity. They stick together and watch each others’ backs.

I recalled this exchange in light of an undercover investigation conducted by a Miami local news crew that aired last month in which an investigator attempted to perform a seemingly simple task: to obtain a form to file a complaint against a police officer. The investigator went to 38 separate departments in South Florida in an attempt to obtain such a form. He walked out of 35 of them empty-handed.

But the worst part of the story was the reactions he received from several officers when he asked for the form. Some of the reactions included asking for his personal information in a threatening manner, threatened citations, lewd comments about his wife, asking if he was on medications, etc. One officer went so far as to chase the man out of the office and down the street, at one point putting his hand on his gun in a threatening manner.

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Officer Andrew Holmes ( Holmes, Andrew ), Charlottesville VA, ~2014-

An Albemarle County police officer is facing three lawsuits alleging excessive force and multiple counts of unlawful search and seizure.

Filed in county circuit court Thursday morning, three lawsuits from a total of six plaintiffs accuse Officer Andrew Holmes of conducting three illegal searches between April 2014 and September 2015 — two on vehicles and one on a home.

Attorney Jeff Fogel, who is representing the plaintiffs in all three cases, said during a news conference early Thursday that Holmes has “targeted African-American males for stops and intrusive searches.” Holmes is white and each of the plaintiffs in the cases is African-American.

Ultimately, Fogel said, each of the searches proved fruitless, and complaints filed by each of the plaintiffs to the police department have seemingly fallen on deaf ears.

“In each of the cases we have here today … nothing, but nothing, was found,” Fogel said.

Abuse of authority obstruction of justice misconduct Drug War

Officer Paul Figueroa ( Figueroa, Paul ), Oakland CA, ~2016-06-21

Police Department or Frat House? 3 Oakland Police Chiefs Resign in 9 Days Amid Sex Crime Scandal

In Oakland, California, a third police chief has resigned in just over a week amid a massive scandal in which multiple Oakland police officers are facing allegations of statutory rape and human trafficking after allegedly having sex with an underage girl who was working as a sex worker. On Friday, interim Police Chief Paul Figueroa resigned from his post for undisclosed reasons after just two days on the job. His predecessor, Officer Ben Fairow ( Fairow, Ben ) , lasted just six days on the job. The string of resignations began when Police Chief Sean Whent; Officer Sean Whent ( Whent, Sean )resigned on June 9. On Friday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf ( Schaaf, Libby ) announced she would not appoint another acting chief, instead putting the Oakland Police Department under civilian control. We speak to two reporters who helped break the Oakland Police Department sex crimes story. Darwin BondGraham ( BondGraham, Darwin ) and Ali Winston ( Winston, Ali ) are journalists with the East Bay Express.

Maleficence incompetence misconduct

George Villanueva ( Villanueva, George ), Brooklyn NY, ~2016-06-21

Brooklyn man who fatally pushed NYPD cop off roof of brownstone denied sentence reduction after appeal

George Villanueva was convicted Thursday in the lesser charge of second-degree aggravated manslaughter, but will face the same 28 1/2-year prison sentence as his initial conviction in 2011.

A Brooklyn ex-con currently serving 28 1/2 years to life in prison for pushing an NYPD officer to his death was resentenced Thursday to the same amount after a higher court had reduced the conviction.

The family of Officer Alain Schaberger ( Schaberger, Alain ), along with PBA President Pat Lynch and almost 100 uniformed officers and detectives, filled Brooklyn Supreme Court to witness George Villanueva receive the maximum sentence allowed for his newly imposed sentence of second-degree aggravated manslaughter.

“I stand here as I did four years ago this month to ask you, your honor, once again to give us justice,” said Paul Schaberger in a victim impact statement to Justice Neil Firetog.

Villanueva, 47, was convicted and sentenced for the March 2011 first-degree manslaughter and criminal contempt charges where Schaberger was pushed off the ledge of a Brooklyn brownstone, fell nine feet and broke his neck.


Rudell Mullings (Mullings, Rudell), New York NY, ~2016-05-04

A 350-pound ex-federal jail guard who admitted Wednesday that he forcibly raped a female inmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan was sentenced to seven years behind bars.

Rudell Mullings, 54, withdrew his claim that he had consensual sexual intercourse with the victim to avoid a formal hearing in Brooklyn Federal Court, but the last-minute admission didn’t cut him any slack with the judge.

The unidentified victim ( victim, unidentified ) , who is serving a 30-year sentence for a murder rap, was escorted by U.S. Marshals into the courtroom by U.S. Marshals, where she read a moving statement about the attack.

“I want to thank the court that I was believed despite my low status as an inmate,” she said.

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Officer Louie Puroll ( Puroll, Louie ), Pinal County AZ, 2010-12-01

Deputy Louie Puroll Placed on Administrative Leave Following Last Week's New Times Story

Something about an article in last week's New Times has landed Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Louie Puroll in some hot water -- he's been placed on administrative leave, and the PCSO confirms to New Times it has something to do with our story.

In the article, Whitewash, Puroll told New Times staff writer Paul Rubin a few details about some encounters he's had with members of a Mexican drug cartel.

Puroll tells me that representatives of "the Mexican cartel" have approached him four or five times at this restaurant over the years wanting to do business.
"They didn't want me to sell or buy the stuff, just that they'd make it worth my while to look the other way out in the desert if I bumped into them," he says.
Puroll says he didn't arrest any of these men, call for backup, or write reports about the encounters.

Puroll also told Rubin about a potential threat against the reporter's life made by a "rancher of Mexican decent," who offered to off Rubin for some of things written in his first article on Puroll, Pinalcchio.

After four hours of dialogue, I shut down my tape-recorder at the truck stop.
Puroll tells me: "Now that that's off, let me tell you something. You're lucky to be alive right now."
The deputy explains that a friend of his, a "rancher of Mexican descent," recently offered to murder me because of what I wrote in "Pinalcchio."

I ask the deputy what he'd said to his pal.
"I said that it wouldn't be a good idea, not to worry about it," he says evenly.
I ask him why he's telling me this. He sees me taking notes, but continues.
"Thought you'd like to know some people were upset with you, that's all," the deputy replies, smiling slightly.

PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney ( Gaffney, Tim ) wouldn't go into much detail about Puroll's leave -- he's waiting to get more information from Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu before the information is released publicly.

However, when asked to confirm if Puroll had been placed on administrative leave -- and if it has something to do with our story -- Gaffney says "yes and yes."

Check back later for more details.

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Officer Dan Lovelace ( Lovelace, Dan ), Pinal County AZ, ~2010-12-20

We figured it might be a matter of time before we'd hear more about fired Chandler police officer Dan Lovelace after he was hired by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu ( Babeu, Paul ) to be one of the PCSO's finest.

Officer Chandler, Investigated for Abusing Jail Inmate in New Gig With Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Sources tell New Times Officer Lovelace is now under investigation for prisoner abuse stemming from a jailhouse incident on December 11 at the Florence jail.

Lovelace's law enforcement past is documented, dark, and hard to forget.

In 2000, he was involved in a high-speed pursuit of a stolen car through a residential area that resulted in the death of an innocent ASU student driving home from work.

In 2002, Lovelace killed an unarmed woman in the drive-through of a Walgreens' as she attempted to pass a fake prescription. Her little boy was in his car seat as Lovelace fired away.

Chandler terminated Lovelace and charged him with murder. In 2004, a jury found him not guilty.

After the verdict, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office added him to the Brady List of rogue officers for "inconsistencies between his trial testimony and statements given to internal affairs."

Chandler reportedly paid out $7.4 million in wrongful-death settlements thanks to Lovelace.

In 2009, newly elected Pinal County Sheriff Babeu, also an ex-Chandler officer, gave his friend -- who had campaigned for him -- a job.


Officer unidentified, Huntsville AL, 2016-06-18

Alabama Police Officer Fatally Shoots Armed Drunk-Driver

victim unidentified

Police say a police officer has fatally shot an armed man who was driving drunk in northern Alabama.

Huntsville police spokesman Lt. Stacy Bates tells local news outlets that an Alabama state trooper approached the man in the Central Square parking lot before the suspect pulled a handgun Saturday morning. Bates says the suspect refused to drop the weapon before he and the trooper battled over the gun.

Bates says a Huntsville police officer fired his weapon and struck the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers received a call of a suspected drunk driver who had struck several mail boxes in Madison County.

The officer who shot the suspect is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Names of the suspect and officer have not been released.

Cmdr. Glenn Evans, Chicago IL, 2016-06-14

Move to fire high-ranking Chicago cop backfires when statute of limitations deadline missed.

A bid to fire a controversial, high-ranking Chicago police officer for misconduct has fizzled after officials realized recently they failed to act before a five-year statute of limitations passed on taking disciplinary action.

The missed opportunity is an embarrassment for the Independent Police Review Authority, the embattled agency that since the fallout over the Laquan McDonald ( McDonald, Laquan ) video-recorded shooting has tried to reshape its performance and Glenn Evans image.

An IPRA spokeswoman said, however, that the agency is still investigating Cmdr. Glenn Evans ( Evans, Glenn ) over separate allegations of misconduct that carry penalties up to dismissal.

Evans had risen to commander in large part for his aggressive style and hands-on approach, but even at that rank he continued to amass an unusual number of citizen complaints, including nine as a commander, a Tribune analysis in 2014 found. The most serious allegation — that he shoved a gun down the throat of a man and threatened to kill him — led to him being criminally charged, but a Cook County judge acquitted Evans despite DNA evidence.

In his first major test on discipline since becoming Chicago police superintendent, Eddie Johnson ( Johnson, Eddie ) has so far refused to go along with a recommendation by the city's police oversight agency to fire a former police commander with a long history of excessive-force complaints.

At issue now is what discipline should be meted out to Evans after the Independent Police Review Authority found him at fault for pressing his fist into the nose of a woman who refused to be fingerprinted in 2011. A lawsuit brought by the woman, Rita King ( King, Rita ), alleged she suffered a broken facial bone.

The misdemeanor charges against King were later dropped.

Brutality seems commonplace within the Chicago PD. See: Jon Burge ( Burge, Jon )

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Col. George H. White, SAN FRANCISCO CA, ~1977-09-04

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4, 1977 -- He was a "rock-em, sock-em cop not overly carried away with playing spook," according to a friend who knew him at the time. But the diaries and personal papers of the Central Intelligence Agency operative who ran "safe houses" in San Francisco and New York in which drug-addicted prostitutes gave LSD and other drugs to unsuspecting visitors tell a different story.

The diaries were kept by Col. George H. White ( White, George H. ) , Alias Morgan Hall ( Hall, Morgan ) , a colorful federal narcotics agent and CIA "consultant" who died two years ago. They reveal new details, including names and dates, about the safe house project, dubbed "Operation Midnight Climax," which was part of the CIA's MK-ULTRA program in the 1950s and 1960s to manipulate human behavior. Curiously, White's widow donated his papers to the Electronics Museum at Foothill Junior College, a two-year school set amidst the rolling Los Altes hills 40 miles south of San Francisco. The papers are a rare find for anyone interested in the espionage business and show White dashing about the world, busting up narcotics rings in South America, Texas and San Francisco's Chinatown.

Harry C. Anslinger ( Anslinger, Harry C. ) was White's boss and the No. 1 man in the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. It could not be learned from the diaries whether Anslinger knew that one of his top narcotics agents also was working for the CIA, in fact, was tape-recording and observing men to whom prostitutes gave drugs after picking them up in bars. But a July 20, 1953, entry by White strongly suggests Anslinger knew: "Arrive Wash. - confer Anslinger and Dr. Sidney Gottlieb ( Gottlieb, Sidney ) re CIA reimbursement for 3 men's services."

These entries fit in with a 1963 internal report by then-CIA Inspector General Lyman B. Kirkpatrick ( Kirkpatrick, Lyman B. ) about the MK-ULTRA project. That report, made public in 1975, discussed the safe house operations and the connection to the Bureau of Narcotics:

White, born in 1906, started out as an itinerant journalist, working for newspapers in San Francisco and Los Angeles before becoming a narcotics agent in the early 1930s. During World War II he was in the Office of strategic Services, the precursor of the CIA. where he acquired the rank of lieutenant colonel and made future contacts. After that, he went back to his narcotics work, interrupting it in the early 1950s to become an investigator for the Serate committee headed by Sen. Estes Kefauver( Kefauver,Estes ) that looked into organized crime.

One interesting detail links White to the 1953 case of Dr. Frank Olson ( Olson, Frank ), and Army employee who was working with the CIA at Camp Detrick, Md. Olson had been given LSD without being told, and 10 days later jumped to his death from the 10th floor of a New York City hotel. At the time, Lashbrook was in the room with Olson, who had gone to New York to be treated by Dr. Harrold Abramson ( Abramson, Harrold ) , a psychiatrist who had worked for the CIA. According to CIA documents, Lashbrook called Gottlieb, his supervisor at the time, and then went to the police station to identify the body. He was asked to "turn out his pockets."

Maleficence cover up mission creep obstruction of justice

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Ollie Lee Brooks, Tulsa, OK, ~2016-06-12

The Tragic Killing of Ollie Lee Brooks ( Brooks, Ollie Lee) Is Exhibit A in the Case for Ending America's Drug WarPredatory policing in Tulsa results in one man's demise—and raises questions about how, and for whom, the criminal justice system works.

An older black man living on the margins of society manages to scrape together enough money to get a motel room to do his thing in peace (cocaine), the police run a warrant check on the guests at the motel, they find a trivial warrant, discover evidence of another criminal offense (drug possession), a struggle ensues, and Ollie Brooks is dead.

The officers were not wearing body cams, and there is no surveillance video to verify their account. But there is no reason to doubt their explanation for why they went to his room in the first place: They had gone to the motel "to search the register for guests with outstanding warrants, police spokesman Leland Ashley said."

You read that right: Police in Tulsa are going around to motels and hotels and checking guest lists against their lists of people wanted for warrants. Or at least they're going to some motels and hotels. There are no reports of police running warrant checks at the Tulsa Hilton Garden Inn or the Tulsa Marriott Courtyard.

This looks to be a race- and class-based predatory policing practice, targeting the poor, who often have arrest warrants not just for alleged crimes but for the crime of being unable to pay fines for past offenses. It has the same sort of stench about it as the now well-known predatory policing in Ferguson, Missouri that culminated in massive civil unrest after the killing of Michael Brown nearly two years ago.

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Jamycheal Mitchell ( Mitchell, Jamycheal), Portsmouth, Va. ~2015-10-29

Man accused of stealing $5 in snacks died in jail as he waited for space at mental hospital

After the 24-year-old’s arrest, a judge ordered Jamycheal Mitchell to a state psychiatric hospital to get help. But like an increasing number of the mentally ill, he sat in jail for months as he waited for a bed to open.

Other inmates said Mitchell paced naked in a cell often covered in his own filth. Family members said they were told he sometimes refused to eat or take medication, and jail records show he manically yelled. He grew gaunt, and by Aug. 19 he was dead, having shed at least 36 pounds.

A state medical examiner has yet to report a cause of death, and police are investigating Mitchell’s case, but his family and civil rights and mental health advocates are outraged that he was allowed to waste away over a $5 misdemeanor. Jail officials denied any wrongdoing, saying Mitchell was fed regularly and was seen by a nurse.

In Virginia, officials said 89 inmates are waiting in jail for court-ordered mental health treatment. The backlog for Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, where Mitchell was to go, is averaging 73 days.

Shades of Sen. R. Creigh Deeds ( Deeds, Creigh ) son, awating a psychiatric bed attacked the Senator. We see getting treatment for his son Austin "Gus'' Deeds before his Nov. 19 knife attack at their isolated Bath County homestead.

Deeds said his 24-year-old son's mental illness began to manifest itself after he turned 18.

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Aliya Nigro ( Nigro, Aliya), Henrico County VA, ~2015-10-23

Assault with a Deadly Carrot? Teen Could Face Charges For Tossing Veggie

Carrot caper Food fight

Who knew carrots could be so dangerous?
The mother of a 14-year-old girl says her child is facing assault and battery charges for throwing a baby carrot at her school teacher.

"I don't even know how to combat the stupidity," Karrie May ( May, Karrie ), whose 14-year-old daughter Aliya May is currently suspended for launching the vegetable, said. May said her daughter has been out of school for a month.
"I don't understand this,” May said. “Yes, it happened, and I can see a couple of days in school detention or even a couple days out-of-school suspension. But this goes way beyond that. We have to go to court, and her charges aren't small: assault and battery with a weapon."

The teen was leaving class when she spotted a former teacher of hers in the hallway of Moody Middle School in Henrico County, Virginia. She reached into her pocket and tossed a leftover carrot from lunch at the teacher, which hit the woman in the forehead, according to WTVR.

The student has been suspended from school for a month.
In school documents, administrators claim that the carrot was used as a weapon, but the girl maintains that the root veggie toss was meant as a joke.
“I don’t even know how to combat the stupidity,” the girl’s mother, Karrie May, told CBS 6.
The school’s disciplinary review board sent the family a letter trying to get the girl to admit guilt, but they declined. Now, they are awaiting a summons to see what’s next.
Todd Stone, a legal expert who spoke with CBS 6 News, says that the firmness of the carrot could affect the case.
“If it’s a soft carrot, it may not be as offensive,” Stone says, “But if it’s a raw carrot, you don’t have to have an injury or show you were hurt to prove a battery.”
Of course, there’s already a reddit thread with a heated debate surrounding the incident.
Note to self: If you’re tossing a carrot, make sure it’s cooked. Or, just don’t.

Abuse of authority incompetence mission creep

Officer Timothy N. Runnels ( Runnels, Timothy N.), Kansas City MO., 2014-10-14

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A federal judge has released a police dash cam video showing a Missouri police officer using force and a stun gun on a teenager who went into cardiac arrest.

Former Independence Officer Timothy N. Runnels was sentenced last week to four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of 17-year-old Bryce Masters ( Masters, Bryce ) during a Sept. 14, 2014, traffic arrest. The video was played in court during Runnels' sentencing hearing, The Kansas City Star reported.

Police said Masters was uncooperative during the stop. The video shows Runnels instructing Masters to get out of the car, and Masters can be heard asking Runnels why and whether he is under arrest.

Runnels then can be seen trying to pull Masters out of the car and uses the stun gun on Masters. The stun gun continues to discharge for about 20 seconds. After Masters goes limp, Runnels can be seen handcuffing the teen and dragging him to the curb, where he drops him face down onto the pavement.

Runnels called for an ambulance after a few minutes but did not check on Masters. When the ambulance arrived, Masters was in cardiac arrest. He was taken to a hospital and put into a medically induced coma and treated for lack of oxygen to the brain.

Masters nearly died, according to court testimony.

Masters testified recently that he is forgetful and has difficulty focusing as a result of the incident.

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Officer Jessie Laconsay ( Laconsay, Jessie ) Honolulu HI, ~2016-06-08

Police officer under investigation, accused of sexually assaulting juvenile unidentified minor victim.


misconduct sexual with minor

After hours on the run, a Honolulu police officer suspected of first-degree sexual assault was arrested Wednesday.

Police won’t confirm specifics, but we do know the victim is a minor and someone he knows.

Authorities issued an alert asking for the public’s assistance to locate off-duty officer Jessie Laconsay. They had been searching for him since Tuesday evening.

"Sadly, it's a continuation of incidents and problems and crimes involving our county law enforcement officers, and it seems like the Honolulu Police Department needs a change in leadership," said state Sen. Will Espero ( Espero, Will ), a Democrat. "It's quite appalling."

In recent months, a grand jury began looking into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption within the agency.

The department also came under scrutiny this year when Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha ( Kealoha, Louis ) sought to promote a major who had been arrested in 1994 for domestic violence. The major later declined the promotion.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell ( Caldwell, Kirk ) recently appointed an attorney involved in anti-domestic violence work to serve on the Honolulu Police Commission. Loretta Ann Sheehan, the appointee, said she intends to work toward improving public confidence in the department.

He was located at around 1 p.m. Wednesday across Dillingham Airfield.

We spoke with witnesses, who saw the 37-year-old was sitting alone off the side of the road before armed police officers swarmed him.

Police Chief Manuel Treviño ( Treviño, Manuel ) , Texas, 2016-06-05

This Is Why Police Beat People: Two Police Academies Caught on Video Teaching Excessive Force

Not one, but two police training academies have now been suspended for what appears to be teaching the use of excessive force — as the norm — captured on video.

After an investigation by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), the Lower Rio Grande Development Council (LRGVDC) Regional Police Academy and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy have been suspended until two further investigations are concluded.

“During a defensive tactic training session, video was conducted for the purposes of cadet instruction and feedback,” the Lower Rio Grande Development Council told local station CBS 4 News in a statement. “Video feedback had not been previously utilized by LRGVDC Police Academy and after evaluating this practice and as a result of this incident, this method will not be used in the future.”

Though CBS 4 blurred the faces of cadets and instructors to protect their identities, video shows cadets being taught to use an elbow to strike directly under the chin of a suspect to bring the person to the ground. Other clips show a strike to the face using an extended-arm slap, which also grounds throws the suspect to the ground. Similar techniques show blows to the top of the head and more.

As the Department of Justice’s own website on American policing noted, some scholars say “that the high stress paramilitary model of training results in police practices that are contrary to democratic governance and that a structure utilizing university connections, experiential learning, and critical thinking would be significantly more effective.”

President Obama’s official directive for law enforcement embodies ‘community policing’ — but such training courses, as evidenced in the video, are antithetical to the very idea of collaborative problem-solving, community trust-building, and integrating police into the localities in their charge.


Edward Snowden ( Snowden, Edward ), Moscow, 2016-June

Snowden did more to raise NSA concerns than officials claimed
While there isn't a flood of data, it's clear there was more than just one email.

Jon Fingas - For the longest time, US officials denied that Edward Snowden made serious attempts to raise concerns about NSA surveillance activities before he took off with classified data. There was only evidence of one not-so-worrisome email, they said. However, it's now clear that this isn't the whole story. Documents obtained by Vice News (and published by the NSA) show that Snowden likely did more to raise concerns with the NSA than officials claimed. While there's no smoking gun, two out of three previously unmentioned Snowden interactions with the Oversight and Compliance Office involved disputes over an open-book test on foreign intelligence gathering. The findings suggest that Snowden might have disagreed with the test's interpretation of the law, which would be in sync with the previously released email.

Internal conversations also show that there was a rush to put out the one-email story, even when it wasn't certain that this was the extent of Snowden's contact. Officials discovered those extra discussions mere hours after its official response went out, and didn't bring them up until now. Moreover, the NSA's assertion that Snowden had clear paths to report concerns wasn't entirely true. It's not certain that he took an oversight training course before leaving, or that contractors like him could safely blow the whistle whistle blower without facing reprisals. One of the suggested options for reporting concerns, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Office, was created in response to Snowden's leaks. He couldn't talk to a division that didn't exist, could he?

The uncovered details still fall well short of Snowden claims. He says he reported "problematic" NSA programs to "more than 10 distinct officials" who did nothing, and there's no hard evidence that this occurred. However, Snowden maintains that the agency is being "NSA intentionally deceptive" with public releases -- it's allegedly NSA withholding email from before 2013, any online chat transcripts (such as for Jabber, IRC and Lync) and testimony from his coworkers at the time. There's no way to verify that he's right without official documents. If there is a grain of truth to what he's saying, though, it'd hint that the NSA is once more trying to discredit Snowden by releasing only a fragment of its data.


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Ken Starr ( Starr, Ken ), Waco TX, 2016-06-03

Ken Starr abruptly yanked out of interview when confronted about emails revealing he knew about Baylor rape allegations

This after the disgraced former University president's embarrassing, gaffe-filled ESPN interview

Irony alert:Ken Star name standing prominently in the Bill Clinton ( Clinton, Bill ) impeachment

Ken Starr is conveniently making the media rounds claiming he voluntarily resigned as the president of Baylor University after a damning report revealed that under his leadership the Texas college failed to investigate widespread allegations of campus sexual assault, now arguing he left in order to more freely discuss the issue. Unfortunately for his efforts to save the last remnants of his reputation, a pair of new interviews out this week actually reveal Starr to be either totally inept or an absolute liar.

First, Starr sat for an interview with ESPN on Wednesday where he announced that after being booted as Baylor’s president last week, he’d also given up his position as University chancellor “as a matter of conscience.”

Starr gave an incoherent and rambling explanation to ESPN’s Joe Schad about why, as the leader of the institution, he did not know about the numerous sexual assault complaints, citing a “veil of ignorance”:


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National Security Letters, DC, 2016-06-01

Yahoo Publishes National Security Letters After FBI forced to drop Gag Orders

How National Security Letters Work

The FBI has been issuing National Security Letters (NSL) since the 1980s, controversial subpoenas, but their usage and abuse dramatically increased after 9/11 and the passage of the US Patriot Act, which gave the FBI increased authority to issue them and expanded the kinds of records they allowed law enforcement to obtain. The FBI has issued more than 300,000 NSLs since 2000.

NSLs don’t require court approval. Instead they are simply written demands from the FBI that compel internet service providers, credit companies, financial institutions and others to hand over confidential records about their customers. This can include subscriber information, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, websites visited, and IP addresses used to access accounts.

An FBI agent investigating a national security case can send a self-issued NSL to a credit bureau, ISP or phone company with only the sign-off of the Special Agent in Charge of their office. The FBI has to merely assert that the information is “relevant” to an investigation.

NSLs come with a gag order that prohibits businesses from telling anyone, other than a lawyer representing them, that that they have received one. This secrecy raises the possibility for abuse—in fact, a 2007 Justice Department Inspector General audit found that the FBI had abused its authority and misused NSLs a number of times.

Although the recipients of NSLs can challenge them in court, few companies have done so over the years. Only four other NSL recipients since 9/11 have publicly disclosed that they received letters, following legal battles. These included the Internet Archive, a group of librarians in Connecticut, a university in North Carolina, and Nicholas Merrill, the founder of Calyx Internet Access, who won a six-year battle to be released from the gag order he received in 2004.

In 2013, a California district court judge ruled that NSL gag orders are an unconstitutional impingement on free speech, after one recipient of an NSL challenged it. US District Judge Susan Illston ( Illston, Susan ) found that although the government made a strong argument for prohibiting the recipients of NSLs from disclosing to the target of an investigation or the public the specific information being sought under an NSL, the government did not provide a compelling justification that the mere fact of disclosing that an NSL was received harmed national security interests.

A blanket prohibition on disclosure, she found, was overly broad and “creates too large a danger that speech is being unnecessarily restricted.” Illston ordered the government to stop issuing NSLs across the board and also ordered the government to cease enforcing the gag provision in other cases where they might have already been issued. However, the government appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which vacated her ruling and sent the case back to the district court. Last month that court ruled that the gag order challenge was no longer relevant because the USA Freedom Act had successfully addressed the issue of gag orders. Opsahl says that EFF will be appealing that decision.

The letters offer no insight into the investigations behind them, and offer little else except a description of the kinds of records the FBI sought. In each case, the FBI wanted the name, address, length of service, activity logs and activity/transaction records for a specific user account.

Despite the fact that many questions around the NSLs still remain, Kurt Opsahl ( Opsahl, Kurt ) , deputy executive director and general counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says the disclosure is a small but important step toward greater transparency and gives Yahoo greater authority to engage in public debates about NSLs.

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Pentagon, Afghanistan, 2010

Newly Released Documents Show Pentagon Whitewash of U.S. Killing and Mutilation of Afghan Family in 2010Jeremy Scahill ( Scahill, Jeremy ) updates what we know about this atrocity.

More than six years after a notorious night raid gone wrong by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, Pentagon documents shed new light on the event including the determination that mutilation of bodies of killed pregnant women was an “appropriate use of force,” according to a new report in by Jeremy Scahill.

Scahill had previously written about the February 2010 night raid near Gardez in Paktia Province in his 2014 book, Dirty Wars. Seven civilians were killed, including two pregnant women where troops used knives to remove bullets from their bodies after the shooting. The victims were all members of family that opposed the Taliban and had worked with U.S. forces to build up the Afghan police and judicial system.

However, a trove of Pentagon documents released in late April showed how the military initially fabricated a story for press consumption about what happened, were reluctant to investigate when challenged by press reports with other witness accounts, and finally attributed the mistakes and atrocities committed to “tactical errors.”

“Although two children were shot during the raid and multiple witnesses and Afghan investigators alleged that U.S. soldiers dug bullets out of the body of at least one of the dead pregnant women, Defense Department investigators concluded that ‘the amount of force utilized was necessary, proportional and applied at appropriate time,’” Scahill wrote. “The investigation did acknowledge that ‘tactical mistakes’ were made.”

The 2010 attack on the family compound of Mohammed Daoud Sharabuddin ( Sharabuddin, Mohammed Daoud ) , a police officer who had been promoted and who had trained with U.S. forces, began with bad intelligence that he had been working with the Taliban. In fact, the opposite was true, and Daoud’s home was filled with photographs of himself with America soldiers. When the attack began at 3:30 a.m., the policeman and his teenage son went outside to see what was happening, thinking it was a Taliban attack. “Both were immediately hit with sniper fire,” Scahill wrote.

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Looking at the following four entries - Idriss Scott Stelley, Officers unidentified SFPD, Richard Tims or Fajitagate can you guess which incident resulted in the indictments of ten members of the San Francisco Police Department, including the chief and assistant chief?

Idriss Scott Stelley ( Stelley, Idriss ), San Francisco CA, 2001-06-13

Late on a Wednesday night, San Francisco police began receiving emergency calls from the Metreon theater complex. One caller said a man with a gun
was in theater 14, threatening to open fire. Another said the man had a knife. A third, the man's girlfriend, said he was having a psychiatric
breakdown and might hurt someone.

Interactive graphic: 911 calls for help end in death in theater

According to the Police Department's training workbook, reports like these of a "crime in progress" call for a carefully coordinated response: Officers should approach cautiously and take cover, as one officer assumes leadership to resolve the situation safely, with minimum force.

Instead, what occurred at the city's largest theater complex on June 13, 2001, was chaotic and deadly. Within a few minutes of arriving on the
scene, according to police records, officers fired more than 20 shots, wounding one of their own and killing a mentally disturbed man, 23-year-old
Idriss Scott Stelley.

A police investigation concluded that the officers acted properly, and the district attorney's office found they committed no crime. After
Stelley's mother, Mesha Monge-Irizarry, sued, accusing the department of using excessive force and poorly training the officers, the city denied
liability but paid $500,000 to settle the suit.

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Officers unidentified SFPD, San Francisco CA, 2002-01-21

Abuse of authorityMaleficencemisconduct

On martin Luther king day, four black children are held at gunpoint & brutalized by Officers unidentified in SF's bayview/hunters point disrict. Upon realizing the kids did nothing wrong officers leave.

Jerome Brown, 14, was the most badly beaten of all the children. His crime: asking the police to “take the guns off my li’l cousin.” Suddenly, one of the officers shouted out, `Take him down.' . His mouth needed stitches inside and out, he’d suffered a concussion, couldn’t stand alone and for a while didn’t know who he was.

Abuse of authority brutality incompetence Maleficence

misconduct lack of discipline

Other victims are Demond Bishop ( Bishop, Demond ) Janell Harris ( Harris, Janell ), Alema Hoskins ( Hoskins, Alema ), Brian Brown ( Brown, Brian), Tyrell Taylor ( Taylor, Tyrell )

Richard Tims ( Tims, Richard ), San Frisco CA, 2002-04-26

2002-04-26 04:00:00 PDT San Francisco -- Vilda Curry ( Curry, Vilda )was about to step inside a Popeye's Chicken for some dinner last month when a bullet hit her in the stomach.

Curry, her insides burning, fell to the ground in front of her 7-year-old daughter, Amber, near Geneva Avenue and Mission Street. She had been shot by a police officer down the street who had been aiming at a man suspected of having just stabbed a teenager.

Curry, who works for San Francisco's Human Resources Department, was hospitalized for six weeks, during which doctors removed an ovary and a
fallopian tube and repaired her colon. Doctors left the bullet in her pelvis, saying it would do more harm than good to remove it.

A day after she was released from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, the 39- year-old Curry described her painful recovery and lashed out at police
yesterday, saying officers should have protected innocent bystanders like herself.

"This is really gross," Curry said. "That's what I have to endure because of someone else's negligence."

Curry was hit by police gunfire (friendly fire) March 16 when officers ( Officers unidentified ) shot and killed 35- year-old Richard Tims of San Francisco. Police said Tims had knifed a 16-year- old boy moments before. The teenager survived.

The shooting is under investigation by police, the district attorney and the city's civilian-run Office of Citizen Complaints.

Earlier this month, Curry's family joined several other African Americans in filing a complaint with the Office of Citizen Complaints, accusing
police of recklessly shooting minors, people with mental disabilities and African Americans in Curry's case and others.

Curry said police had treated her and her family as if they were suspects and never offered their sympathies. Officers took her 7-year-old daughter
to the police station instead of San Francisco General Hospital, where Curry was first treated, she said.

incompetence lack of discipline

SFPD, San Francisco, 2002-10-18

SFPD responds to a fight between students at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School by sending over 55 cops to the scene. Upon arrival officers beat up and arrest at least eleven students & one teacher (who was video taping the scene) all arrested are black.

San Francisco – A student fistfight escalated into a violent confrontation with police at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School in the Bayview
district Friday. Over 60 police officers came into the school wielding batons, hitting and traumatizing students.

“School should be the place for a safe environment,” said Channing Hale, a sophomore at the school. “But today, it felt like we were on the

In a press conference later that day, Jackie Wright, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Unified School District, called the incident “an
altercation that got out of hand.”

Wright stressed that no weapons were involved amongst the students. She also contended there was no violence at the school, but that assessment
differs from the accounts of students and teachers at the scene.

Fajitagate, SAN FRANCISCO CA, 2002-11-22

"Fajitagate" - In the early morning of November 22, 2002, Adam Snyder ( Snyder, Adam ) had just closed the Blue Lite Saloon where he worked as a bartender. He and a customer Jade Santoro ( Santoro, Jade ) walked out on Union Street. Officer David Lee ( Lee, David ) and two other off-duty officers were leaving the Bus Stop Bar a block away

"They wanted my food," Snyder said. --------- One Officer demanded Snyder's bag of fajitas. He refused and a fight broke out. Officer Alex Fagan Jr.( Fagan, Alex Jr.), Officer Matt Tonsing ( Tonsing, Matt ) & Lee, were detained but not arrested. From there, it grew into a huge scandal.

It turned out Fagan Jr.'s father was the assistant police chief.

District Attorney Terence Hallinan ( Hallinan, Terence ) cried cover up, saying the department intentionally mishandled the investigation. The
three young officers were ultimately charged with assaulting Snyder and Jade Santoro. A grand jury indicted Chief Earl Sanders( Sanders, Earl ),
Fagan Sr., five members of their command staff and two other ranking officers (Officers unidentified).

The charge was obstruction of justice. Although the charges against the chief and the police brass were ultimately dropped, the upheaval from the
scandal continued to rock the department.

Lee, Tonsing and Fagan Jr. were ultimately acquitted of assault charges. A civil jury did find Tonsing and Fagan Jr. liable for some damages. Lee
was completely exonerated.

Lee and Fagan Jr. left the police force after failing to complete their probationary service as rookie officers. Lee now works in private security,
but his dream is to be re-hired by the department. He applied again three years ago.

"I passed the written test, the physical agility test, [and[ the psychological evaluation," Lee said. "The hiring board unanimously said let's roll
with him."

But Lee says former Chief Heather Fong's ( Fong, Heather) administration passed him over.

Chief Sanders took a disability retirement. In order to clear their names and reputations, Sanders and several other command staff members went to court where a judge declared them factually innocent!

Jade Santoro's life has been full of twists and turns. He was arrested three months ago after police found large quantities of cocaine and marijuana for sale in his home. His lawyer is former District Attorney Terence Hallinan (Hallinan, Terence ) , who lost his re-election bid to Kamala Harris a year after Fajitagate.

Santoro became a bit player in another big scandal involving the police department. His drug charges were dropped along with hundreds of others when the crime lab was shut down when a former lab technician admitted stealing cocaine evidence.

scandal - The scandal subsequently expanded and would take until 2005 to reach a final criminal resolution. Accused Fagan, was the son of San Francisco Police Department Assistant Chief (later Chief) Alex Fagan. It was subsequently alleged by then San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan that the elder Fagan, Chief Prentice E. Sanders, and nine other officers were involved in a coverup of the initial criminal acts of the three off-duty officers. Sanders and nine other senior officers were indicted by Hallinan and arrested on February 28, 2003, for the crime of obstruction of justice. Sanders took a leave of absence due to the charges, and Alex Fagan, Sr., the next most senior officer, automatically became the acting chief. Acting Chief Alex Fagan Sr., in turn, resigned in early 2004 and was replaced by Heather Fong, on Jan 22, 2004.


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Fat Leonard, DC, 2016-05-7

Leonard Glenn Francis ( Francis, Leonard Glenn ) , aka Fat Leonard, a Malaysian defense contractor Trading as Glenn Defense Marine Asia seems a better than average beltway bandit.

A 51-year-old Malaysian citizen, Francis has since pleaded guilty to fraud and bribery charges. His firm, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, is financially ruined.
But his arrest exposed something else that is still emerging three years later: a staggering degree of corruption within the Navy itself.

A long-running Navy corruption scandal reached new heights Friday as a lieutenant commander and two retired officers were arrested on federal charges of feeding inside information to a Singapore-based defense contractor for sex, vacations and other favors.

All three defendants are accused of acting as paid moles for the contractor, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, by leaking intelligence about criminal investigations into the company or other information to give the firm an unfair advantage over competitors.

The new cases bring the number of people charged in the mushrooming scandal to 14. Prosecutors have said that as many as 200 people are under investigation. According to Navy officials, about 30 admirals are under scrutiny for possible criminal or ethical violations.

Lt. Cmdr. Gentry DeBord ( DeBord, Gentry ), a supply and logistics officer, was charged in federal court in San Diego with conspiracy to commit bribery. An affidavit filed by federal investigators describes him as a sex-starved officer who routinely beseeched Glenn ­Defense executives to arrange prostitutes for him during port visits in Asia.

According to the affidavit, DeBord would email the executives in code, referring to prostitutes as “bodyguards” or “cheesecake,” or sometimes more obliquely as “food.” Emails excerpted in court files show Glenn Defense was happy to oblige and mocked him as “sex crazy.”

Retired Captain Michael George Brooks ( Brooks, Michael George ) , served as U.S. naval attache in Manila, also had a strong sexual appetite. He allegedly used a different code to request prostitutes from Glenn Defense executives, referring to the women as “shakes,” “chocolate shakes,” “mocha shakes” or “high tea,” court papers show.
Brooks, of Fairfax Station, Va., is charged with granting diplomatic clearance to Glenn Defense so that it could bring armed guards into the Philippines, avoid inspections and dodge customs duties, according to the indictment against him.

According to the indictment, Brooks also allowed Glenn Defense executives to “ghostwrite” official Navy documents and correspondence as part of an elaborate scheme to protect the company’s contracts and win it more business.

A second office, retired Commander Bobby R. Pitts ( Pitts, Bobby R. ) , from Chesapeake, Va., was charged in a separate indictment with leaking Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) files to Glenn Defense to help the firm thwart fraud inquiries. In return, he received meals, entertainment and — on “at least” one occasion — the services of a prostitute while he headed a Navy contracting office in Singapore between 2009 and 2011.

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UPDATE: Fat Leonard 2017-03-14 Leonard Glenn Francis

Fat Leonard (Leonard, Fat ), DC, 2017-03-14

The Justice Department unsealed a fresh indictment Tuesday charging eight Navy officials — including an admiral — with corruption and other crimes in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case, escalating an epic scandal that has dogged the Navy for four years.

Among those charged were Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless (Loveless, Bruce ), a senior Navy intelligence officer who recently retired from a key job at the Pentagon, as well as four retired Navy captains and a retired Marine colonel. The charges cover a period of eight years, from 2006 through 2014.

The Navy personnel are accused of taking bribes in the form of lavish gifts, prostitutes and luxury hotel stays courtesy of Leonard Glenn Francis (Francis, Leonard Glenn) “Fat Leonard”. Francis, a Singapore-based defense contractor who has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Navy of tens of millions of dollars.

The indictment lists page after page of bribes allegedly provided to the defendants including $25,000 watches, $2,000 boxes of Cohiba cigars, $2,000 bottles of cognac and $600-per-night hotel rooms.

Navy officials have said that about 30 admirals are under investigation, although only a handful have been named publicly.

Robert Gilbeau(Gilbeau, Robert ) , a one-star admiral, was convicted last June after he pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators about his contacts with Francis. He has since retired. He is scheduled to be sentenced next month in federal court.

Others taken into custody Tuesday included David Newland ( Newland, David ) , 60, a retired captain from San Antonio; James Dolan (Dolan, James ), 58, a retired captain from Gettysburg, Pa.; David Lausman ( Lausman, David ), a retired captain from The Villages, Fla.; and Donald Hornbeck ( Hornbeck, Donald ) , a retired captain who lives in Britain.

Agents also arrested Enrico de Guzman (de Guzman, Enrico ) , a retired Marine colonel from Hono-lulu; Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Shedd ( Shedd, Stephen ), an active-duty officer from Colorado Springs; and Robert Gorsuch ( Gorsuch, Robert ) , 48, of Virginia Beach, a retired chief warrant officer.

None of the defendants could be reached for comment Tuesday. The charges against them include bribery, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators.

Officer unidentified, Boston MA, ~2016-05-26

WATCH: Off-Duty Boston Cop Shoves Pedestrian's ( victim unidentified ) Face Into the Sidewalk Over Jaywalking Dispute

A Boston Police officer is reportedly under investigation after he was caught on video pinning a pedestrian to the ground while off duty.

Video posted to Facebook by Stephen Harlowe ( Harlowe, Stephen ) this week shows the off-duty officer, who is wearing a Red Sox jersey, with his knee in the back of a man who is face down on the sidewalk. The officer can be heard telling the man that he’s “under arrest right now.”

As the officer pulls the man down the street by his collar, the man explains that the officer cut him off while he was using a crosswalk.

“I tapped his [vehicle’s] glass with my umbrella,” the man says.

“And you tackled him and shoved his head into the ground?” Harlowe asks the officer, repeatedly asking to see a badge.

Harlowe briefly spars with the officer over whether drivers must yield to pedestrians. And although the officer claims that the man “cracked” his glass, Harlow observes that the mark is simply a “smudge, not a crack.”

Within minutes, police backup arrives and the video ends.

Harlowe later told NECN that the officer “acted like [the man] had shot somebody.”

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Trey Sims ( Sims, Trey ), Prince William County VA, 2016-05-26

(Detective) Officer David E. Abbott Jr.( Abbott, David E.Jr.) of the Manassas City Police Department. He committed suicide as police were attempting to arrest him on child molestation charges last year, and was the lead detective in a teen “sexting” case in 2014. (Manassas City Police Department)

The investigation of a “sexting” case involving a Prince William County teenager, and the desire by prosecutors and police to repeatedly obtain photos of his genitalia, sparked a national uproar in the summer of 2014. Authorities backed down from their second search warrant for explicit photos, and the teen was placed on probation. The case took a further turn last December when the detective, David E. Abbott Jr., was accused of molesting two young boys and killed himself as police moved to arrest him at his Gainesville townhouse.

But the case isn’t over. The teenager, Trey Sims, 19, filed a federal civil rights suit Wednesday against both Abbott’s estate and Claiborne Richardson II ( Richardson, Claiborne II) , the assistant Prince William commonwealth’s attorney who police said directed Abbott to obtain a search warrant for photographs of Sims’ genitalia, for comparison with video sent to Sims’ then-15-year-old girlfriend. In June 2014, Abbott did get a search warrant and photograph Sims with a cell phone, which attorney Victor M. Glasberg ( Glasberg, Victor M.) alleged was manufacturing child pornography. When Abbott and Richardson obtained a second search warrant, for photos of Sims erect, reports in The Washington Post “prompted a firestorm of public protest,” Glasberg wrote, causing Richardson and Abbott to withdraw the warrant.

Beginning in January 2014, Sims was placed on home confinement, could not use a cell phone and could only leave home to go to school, Osbourn High in Manassas. When his trial arrived in June 2014, Richardson had to dismiss the charge because he could not prove Sims’ age, his lawyer, Jessica Harbeson Foster ( Foster, Jessica Harbeson ), said. Leaving the courtroom, “Abbott told Trey, menacingly,” Glasberg wrote, “words to the effect, ‘This isn’t over’ and ‘I will be back.'”

Alexandria civil rights attorney Victor M. Glasberg, who is representing Trey Sims in his civil rights suit against Prince William County authorities.

Richardson then directed Abbott to obtain a detention order for the 17-year-old, and he was arrested and taken to juvenile jail. That day, Abbott obtained a search warrant and at the juvenile detention center ordered Sims to pull down his pants, or Abbott would force him to do so, the suit alleges. Abbott then took photos of Sims’ unerect penis with a cell phone, forced Sims “to touch and position his penis for the pictures,” Glasberg wrote, “to be photographed as though masturbating, thereby creating child pornography.”

Prince William police would later allege that Abbott, an unmarried youth hockey coach who lived with his mother, had been conducting inappropriate relationships with some of his teen players. Glasberg cited the warrants police obtained for two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and two counts of use of a communication device to solicit a sexual offense, and said that Abbott was “simply gratifying his own perverse pleasures” by photographing Sims. He said Sims was embarrassed and humiliated by the encounter.

Julian Assange ( Assange, Julian ), Stockholm, 2016-05-26

Swedish court refuses to drop arrest warrant for Julian Assange

By Josh Varlin 26 May 2016

The Stockholm District Court upheld Sweden’s European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday, explicitly rejecting the conclusion of the United Nations' Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) that Assange has been arbitrarily detained in violation of international human rights conventions.

In February 2016, the UN working group issued its finding that Assange’s detainment as a result of the actions of the Swedish and British governments violates the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The UNWGAD is a United Nations expert group founded in 1991 to investigate allegedly arbitrary deprivations of liberty.

Assange’s persecution began in August 2010 after two women with whom he had had sexual relations visited a Stockholm police station to see if they could compel Assange to take an HIV test. The two women had not intended this visit to open a police investigation.

Earlier that year, WikiLeaks had already begun publication of documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan leaked by Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning ( Manning, Chelsea ) . This included the infamous “Collateral Murder” video.

In response, Washington began pressuring US allies internationally, including Sweden, to restrict Assange’s freedom of movement and potentially arrest him. US prosecutors also empaneled a secret grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia.

Swedish prosecutors initially wanted to question Assange for charges of rape and molestation. However, Chief Prosecutor of Stockholm Eva Finne ( Finne, Eva ) found on August 25, 2010 that there was no evidence of rape but that the lesser charge of molestation could still be investigated.

Under the pressure of right-wing Social Democrat Claes Borgstrom ( Borgstrom, Claes ) , who represented the two alleged victims with the apparent goal of bolstering his election chances, Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny ( Ny, Marianne ) resurrected the rape investigation. Assange waited for weeks in Sweden to be questioned but left with Ny’s written permission.

In December 2010, Sweden issued a European Arrest Warrant, essentially requesting that the UK arrest and extradite Assange to Sweden. Since December 2010, Assange has been subjected to different periods of humiliating detainment, including several days in jail, over a year under house arrest and years in the Ecuadorian embassy.

Ecuador granted Assange asylum and has let him stay in its London embassy since June 2012 because Assange compellingly argued that he will be extradited from Sweden to the United States for his political and journalistic activities exposing imperialist war crimes.

Since then, Assange has been trapped in the embassy due to the UK’s refusal to let him leave for Ecuador. Meanwhile, the investigation against Assange has not progressed since 2010, despite Assange’s numerous offers to be interviewed in the Ecuadorian embassy or otherwise provide testimony. Ny, pressured by the UK, has insisted that Assange be interviewed in person in Sweden, despite the fact that Swedish authorities have interviewed 44 people in the UK since 2010 and even moved an entire Stockholm court to Rwanda in 2012.

Assange has not been charged with any crime.

Assange’s attorneys asked the Stockholm District Court in February to nullify the EAW, which effectively imprisons him inside the tiny Ecuadorian embassy, after the UN working group issued its finding that the inquisitorial actions of Sweden and the UK constitute arbitrary detention.

Prior to the UN group’s decision, Assange said he would accept their reasoning as definitive, promising to turn himself over to UK authorities for arrest and extradition if he was found not to have been arbitrarily detained.

The group’s findings “are legally-binding to the extent that they are based on binding international human rights law, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).” The UNWGAD further says that its decisions “are also considered as authoritative by prominent international and regional judicial institutions, including the European Court of Human Rights.”

UK and Swedish authorities nevertheless rejected the group’s findings.

The Stockholm court likewise rejected the UN group’s decision, saying, “Unlike the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention the district court does not consider [Assange]’s stay at the Embassy of Ecuador in London a form of detention.”

The court also said in a statement, “The district court finds that there is still probable cause for the suspicion against [Assange] for rape, less serious incident, and that there is still a risk that he will depart or in some other way evade prosecution or penalty.”

This is despite evidence that Assange is the victim of a frame-up, including the fact that the alleged victims did not intend to charge Assange until the politicized intervention of Swedish prosecutors, and that they positively and publicly discussed Assange on social media after the alleged molestations.

Five hundred human rights organizations, activists, Nobel laureates and diplomats have condemned the Swedish and British rejection of the UNWGAD ruling in an open letter. Signatories include director Alfonso Cuarón, Pentagon papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, filmmaker Laura Poitras, the Japanese Lawyers International Solidarity Association and the US-based National Lawyers Guild.

The Guardian, which reported on the revelations from WikiLeaks and worked with Assange, has since viciously turned on him. In a February 4, 2016 editorial, published before the UNWGAD’s full report was made public, it bluntly editorialized, “Julian Assange: no victim of arbitrary detention.”

The paper, aligned with the British Labour Party, later published an anti-Assange editorial by Marina Hyde containing legal inaccuracies. For example, Hyde claimed that Assange had not been under house arrest, something agreed on as fact by the UN working group, Assange’s legal team, Sweden and the UK.

Meanwhile, the British pseudo-left has aligned itself with the drive by the United States to railroad Assange. The Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party both echoed the Guardian and the Swedish and British states in claiming that “Assange must face rape charges.”

The National Union of Students has likewise attempted to block Assange from speaking at British universities, following its “no platform” policy, supposedly aimed at creating “safe spaces” on campuses. Assange condemned this attack on his democratic rights, anchored in gender-based identity politics, at a recent event at the University of Sheffield, which he addressed via video link from the Ecuadorian embassy.

The World Socialist Web Site rejects these attempts to witch-hunt Assange and calls for workers and young people in the US, UK, Sweden and internationally to oppose the US-backed efforts to silence him.
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Kanya Bennett ( Bennett, Kanya ), DOJ, 2016-05-19

Why Is It So Hard for the Federal Govt to Tell Us How Many People Police Are Killing? - One year and a 116 page report later, and law enforcement still won't hand over the real data.

By Kanya Bennett / ACLU May 19, 2016

One year ago today, the White House released The Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing—116 pages of recommendations meant to address the epidemic of killings of unarmed Black and brown people by the police officers sworn to protect them. The report was supposed to be a blueprint for reforms in policing this country has needed for decades. Yet 12 months after its publication, our government still can’t even come up with the number of people who have been killed by U.S. police.

“[E]mbarrassing and ridiculous"—that’s how the director of the FBI characterized our government’s lack of data on killings by police. He also said it’s “unacceptable” that we have to rely on two newspapers—The Guardian and The Washington Post—to get national estimates for these statistics.

The federal government is the official record keeper of shark attacks and farm animals. Certainly police shootings are of national significance, too, and should be documented by the very entity that provides dollars and resources to local police. How can we start to address a national crisis if our own government can’t measure it?

This year’s tallies by the Guardian and the Post are roughly the same as they were at this point last year—the problems with our police departments’ use of force aren’t going away.

Think of David Joseph( Joseph, David ) , who was unarmed and naked when an Austin, Texas, police officer shot him three times and killed him. Reports indicate that the 17-year-old African-American may have been experiencing a mental health crisis when he was shot in February. Almost a year ago, similar circumstances surrounded the fatal police shooting of Anthony Hill ( Hill, Anthony ) in DeKalb County, Georgia.

A police officer in Winslow, Arizona, shot Loreal Tsingine ( Tsingine, Loreal ) five times, killing her after she allegedly threatened him with scissors. Police said the 27-year-old Native American woman was a shoplifting suspect from a nearby convenience store.

Mental illness plays a role in 25 percent of fatal police shootings. People of color make up 47 percent of those killed by police. Just as troubling as these statistics is that we have to piece them together from two newspapers’ databases whose totals don’t match up. Why isn’t our government doing the job?

Because the recommendation in The Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing on data collection is a “should,” not a “must”: “policies on use of force should also require agencies to collect, maintain, and report data to the federal government on all officer-involved shootings, whether fatal or nonfatal, as well as any in-custody death.”

“Should” means that providing data on police shootings to the federal government remains voluntary, which is why the FBI’s Unified Crime Reporting data—the most comprehensive government database on crimes in the nation—can’t produce any national statistics. A grand total of 224 police departments out of the more than 18,000 across the country reported fatal police shootings to the federal government in 2014.

For too long, the Department of Justice has allowed police departments to opt out of sharing their data with the federal government, even when these departments receive federal funds. As we and 81 other organizations urged the Department of Justice in March, it’s time to require any department that gets a piece of the annual $4 billion in criminal justice grants it gives to state and local agencies to collect and report data on police-community encounters. The Justice Department should also issue regulations for the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act, so we know what “custody” means and what happens when departments don’t comply.

Since the task force report, the White House, FBI, and Bureau of Justice Statistics have each begun new police data programs. But these initiatives all rely on voluntary participation just like their failed predecessors. The numbers say it all: A mere 53 police departments nationwide have signed up for the White House Police Data Initiative. That’s a participation rate of less than 1 percent.

The FBI says it is making significant improvements to its database. But even with the best data system in the world, what good is it without data? The federal government needs to take more than modest steps to collect information on police-community encounters. And law enforcement has a responsibility to provide the data we need to advance necessary reforms.

If the federal government is giving out federal dollars, law enforcement has to hand over the data.

Kanya Bennett serves as a Legislative Counsel in the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office.

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Rahm Emanuel ( Emanuel,Rahm ), Chicago IL, 2016-05-21

Chicago to admit police code of silence.

Attorneys for the city of Chicago have told a federal judge that they are prepared to admit to a jury that a code of silence exists within the police department in an attempt to keep Mayor Rahm Emanuel off the witness stand.

But U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman ( Feinerman, Gary ) said Friday that he would still ask Emanuel (D) to testify in the case of two whistleblower police officers suing the city, explaining that the mayor’s testimony could offer “much more texture” on the issue.

Legal experts said it was likely the city would settle rather than allow Emanuel to take the stand in the case, which is set to go to trial May 31. But they said the city’s willingness to have attorneys formally acknowledge a code of silence in court was a significant step after years of denials.

Emanuel himself brought up the code of silence problem in a December speech to the City Council during protests and calls for his resignation over the death of Laquan McDonald ( McDonald, Laquan ) , the black teenager who was killed by a white officer in a shooting caught on police dash-cam video.

In a statement Friday, Adam Collins, a spokesman for Emanuel, said the mayor in his speech "finally put voice to something we all know to be true."

"He stands by what he said then, and what he's said since, but we don't believe he can offer anything further of substance in this case," Collins said.

The trial, set to begin May 31, involves a civil rights lawsuit brought by Chicago police Officer Shannon Spalding ( Spalding, Shannon ) & Officer Daniel Echeverria ( Echeverria, Daniel ) over allegations they were blackballed by the department for cooperating with the FBI in an investigation into a corrupt tactical team. The two alleged that when supervisors learned of their role in the undercover investigation, they called them "rats" and passed along sensitive information to others in the Police Department. They were removed from their unit assignment and shuttled throughout the department to lesser jobs far from their homes and at bad hours, according to the lawsuit, which names the city and a dozen high-ranking officers as defendants.

The trial will center on whether the department has a de facto policy that uses the code of silence to allow bad officers to act with impunity.

During his December speech, Emanuel condemned "the tendency to ignore, deny or in some cases cover up the bad actions of a colleague or colleagues."

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Niki Leith ( Leith, Niki), USA, 2016-05-18

Need Painkillers, but the DEA's Reclassification of Hydrocodone Makes Them Way Too Hard to Get
I just lost a part of my body and was made to feel as though I was a criminal for simply trying to fill a valid prescription.

Patient with pain Drug War

What I didn't know at this point was that the prescription that had been written for me was for Norco, a pain medication that is a combination of hydrocodone and Tylenol. A couple years ago, this drug was reclassified as a schedule II pain medication. Restrictions for it had been significantly altered. It was more difficult to have it filled and even more difficult to find.

when we stopped at the pharmacy by our house. They were out, and they said most pharmacies in the area would probably also be out since the reclassification had limited them to receiving very small shipments.

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"Listen, I'm going to be honest with you—because of the reclassification of hydrocodone combination drugs, our restrictions are a lot tighter. If you call us on the phone and ask if we have it in stock, Rite Aid policy is that we tell you no, whether we actually have it or not. You have to come in."

I understand the DEA's intent with the rescheduling of this drug. I understand the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the US. But there is an evident disconnect between the intent and the execution at the patient level. Pharmacies have now been conditioned to treat those seeking schedule II drugs like addicts; with absolutely no context or knowledge of their medical afflictions, they meet patients' needs with hostility because the fear of consequences due to the restrictions has outweighed the need to provide quality care for patients. What once was a means of living with pain has now become a source of immeasurable stress and financial burden for patients who are struggling.

MBTA Police pension fund, Boston MA, 2016-05-22

CAT AND MOUSE: The MBTA Police Association Retirement Fund continues to fight requests to release information on its pension payouts, saying it’s not required to disclose details because the millions of dollars it receives in public funding are ‘private.’

Pols & Politics: MBTA Police retirement fund playing hard to get
Still refusing to release pension payout figures

The MBTA Police pension fund is digging in amid its year-plus fight to keep its records secret, arguing that it’s not required to disclose basic details of its pension payouts because the millions of dollars it gets in public funding are “private” the moment they’re received.

The response by the little-scrutinized MBTA Police Association Retirement Fund follows a Herald challenge to repeated denials to release what it’s paying its retirees. The information the newspaper has sought is the same as what the separate but similar MBTA Retirement Fund had (begrudgingly) first released nearly three years ago and is currently posted on the state’s Open Checkbook website.

Yet, the police fund — which received $2.2 million in taxpayer money as recently as fiscal year 2014 — has waged a long-standing fight against disclosure.

The Herald has sought the records since March 2015, when state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack ( Pollack, Stephanie ) and two members of the fund’s board — both MBTA employees — also called for its release.

Instead, the fund dug in its heels, arguing that the ?decision to make the records public needed to be collectively bargained.

In the wake of a Suffolk ?Superior Court ruling in March, in which a judge said the ?records of the $1.6 billion MBTA pension fund should be public because of the millions in taxpayer cash infusions it receives, the Herald renewed its request. The fund denied it the same day.

Fund attorney Randall Nash ( Nash, Randall ) — writing the fund’s most ?detailed denial to date in a May 19 letter — argued it didn’t need to cite an exemption to the ?public records law because it simply doesn’t need to disclose anything.

Nash acknowledged that “the structure and character of the (T Police) Plan are identical to the structure and character of the MBTA Retirement Fund.” But he claims the court ruling ordering that plan to open its books is “not binding” to the police fund because it wasn’t a legal party to the ruling. Furthermore, “any final decision will be subject to appeal,” Nash added.

He also cited a previous ?ruling by Williams that the fund is not a public entity, though that claim is directly challenged by the court ruling.

At the heart of the argument for disclosure are the annual contributions the publicly-funded MBTA makes to the plan. Nash, however, called the contributions a “contractually determined form of employee compensation.”


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Donald Rickard ( Rickard, Donald ), Washington DC (CIA), 1962

Former CIA Agent: U.S. Assisted in the Capture of Nelson Mandela ( Mandela, Nelson )
One-time spook Donald Rickard admitted agency's role just weeks before he died.

A CIA agent played a key role in helping South Africa’s apartheid government arrest Nelson Mandela in 1962, initiating the anti-apartheid leader's nearly 28-year incarceration, a new report in the Sunday Times reveals.

The former CIA spy Donald Rickard admitted the U.S. role in a taped interview with filmmaker John Irvin in March, according to reporter Ivan Fallon. Irvin’s film focuses on the months leading up to Mandela’s arrest.

Rickard, who died weeks after the interview, stated, “I found out when he was coming down and how he was coming... that's where I was involved and that's where Mandela was caught.”

He appeared unapologetic, employing Cold War language to argue that the arrest had to take place because Mandela was “the most dangerous communist” outside of the Soviet Union.

While a CIA tip-off has long been suspected, Rickard denied such a role as recently as 2012.

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CIA Inspector General , DC, 2016-05-16

CIA destroys key torture reports

Whoops? CIA Watchdog 'Mistakenly' Destroys Its Sole Copy of Senate Torture Report
Following a long battle to release the probe, some worry that the report could vanish altogether.

The years-long battle to force the Obama administration to release the nearly-7,000-page Senate Intelligence Committee’s report detailing the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program just took an absurd new turn.

According to exclusive reporting from Yahoo News correspondent Michael Isikoff, the CIA inspector general’s office says it “mistakenly” destroyed its sole copy of the mass document “at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved.”

While the deleted report was not the only copy in existence, the foul-up is already proving an embarrassment for the office, which is “responsible for independent oversight of the CIA,” according to its materials.

Citing information obtained by “multiple intelligence community sources familiar with the incident,” Isikoff explains:

The incident was privately disclosed to the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Justice Department last summer, the sources said. But the destruction of a copy of the sensitive report has never been made public. Nor was it reported to the federal judge who, at the time, was overseeing a lawsuit seeking access to the still classified document under the Freedom of Information Act, according to a review of court files in the case.

…The deletion of the document has been portrayed by agency officials to Senate investigators as an “inadvertent” foul-up by the inspector general. In what one intelligence community source described as a series of errors straight “out of the Keystone Cops,” CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document, filled with thousands of secret files about the CIA’s use of “enhanced” interrogation methods.

This is not the first time CIA evidence has gone missing. Isikoff notes:

Ironically in light of the inspector general’s actions, the intelligence committee’s investigation was triggered by the CIA’s admission in 2007 that it had destroyed another key piece of evidence — hours of videotapes of the waterboarding of two “high value” detainees, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

CIA destroys key torture tapes

What's more, in 2014 the CIA hacked into the computers used by the Senate committee overseeing the report, but was later absolved for the breach by the inspector general's office.

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Duncan Campbell ( Campbell, Duncan ) 04.09.1999

NSA snooping on windows

Careless mistake reveals subversion of Windows by NSA.

A CARELESS mistake by Microsoft programmers has revealed that special access codes prepared by the US National Security Agency have been secretly built into Windows. The NSA access system is built into every version of the Windows operating system now in use, except early releases of Windows 95 (and its predecessors). The discovery comes close on the heels of the revelations earlier this year that another US software giant, Lotus, had built an NSA "help information" trapdoor into its Notes system, and that security functions on other software systems had been deliberately crippled.

The first discovery of the new NSA access system was made two years ago by British researcher Dr Nicko van Someren ( van Someren, Nicko ) . But it was only a few weeks ago when a second researcher rediscovered the access system. With it, he found the evidence linking it to NSA.

Computer security specialists have been aware for two years that unusual features are contained inside a standard Windows software "driver" used for security and encryption functions. The driver, called ADVAPI.DLL, enables and controls a range of security functions. If you use Windows, you will find it in the C:\Windows\system directory of your computer.

ADVAPI.DLL works closely with Microsoft Internet Explorer, but will only run cryptographic functions that the US governments allows Microsoft to export. That information is bad enough news, from a European point of view. Now, it turns out that ADVAPI will run special programmes inserted and controlled by NSA. As yet, no-one knows what these programmes are, or what they do.

Dr Nicko van Someren reported at last year's Crypto 98 conference that he had disassembled the ADVADPI driver. He found it contained two different keys. One was used by Microsoft to control the cryptographic functions enabled in Windows, in compliance with US export regulations. But the reason for building in a second key, or who owned it, remained a mystery.

A second key

Two weeks ago, a US security company came up with conclusive evidence that the second key belongs to NSA. Like Dr van Someren Andrew Fernandez ( Fernandez, Andrew ) , chief scientist with Cryptonym of Morrisville, North Carolina, had been probing the presence and significance of the two keys. Then he checked the latest Service Pack release for Windows NT4, Service Pack 5. He found that Microsoft's developers had failed to remove or "strip" the debugging symbols used to test this software before they released it. Inside the code were the labels for the two keys. One was called "KEY". The other was called "NSAKEY".

Fernandes reported his re-discovery of the two CAPI keys, and their secret meaning, to "Advances in Cryptology, Crypto'99" conference held in Santa Barbara. According to those present at the conference, Windows developers attending the conference did not deny that the "NSA" key was built into their software. But they refused to talk about what the key did, or why it had been put there without users' knowledge.

A third key?!

But according to two witnesses attending the conference, even Microsoft's top crypto programmers were astonished to learn that the version of ADVAPI.DLL shipping with Windows 2000 contains not two, but three keys. Brian LaMachia ( LaMachia, Brian ) , head of CAPI development at Microsoft was "stunned" to learn of these discoveries, by outsiders. The latest discovery by Dr van Someren is based on advanced search methods which test and report on the "entropy" of programming code.

Within the Microsoft organisation, access to Windows source code is said to be highly compartmentalized, making it easy for modifications to be inserted without the knowledge of even the respective product managers.

Researchers are divided about whether the NSA key could be intended to let US government users of Windows run classified cryptosystems on their machines or whether it is intended to open up anyone's and everyone's Windows computer to intelligence gathering techniques deployed by NSA's burgeoning corps of "information warriors".

According to Fernandez of Cryptonym, the result of having the secret key inside your Windows operating system "is that it is tremendously easier for the NSA to load unauthorized security services on all copies of Microsoft Windows, and once these security services are loaded, they can effectively compromise your entire operating system". The NSA key is contained inside all versions of Windows from Windows 95 OSR2 onwards.

"For non-American IT managers relying on Windows NT to operate highly secure data centres, this find is worrying", he added. "The US government is currently making it as difficult as possible for "strong" crypto to be used outside of the US. That they have also installed a cryptographic back-door in the world's most abundant operating system should send a strong message to foreign IT managers".

"How is an IT manager to feel when they learn that in every copy of Windows sold, Microsoft has a 'back door' for NSA - making it orders of magnitude easier for the US government to access your computer?" he asked.

Can the loophole be turned round against the snoopers?

Dr van Someren feels that the primary purpose of the NSA key inside Windows may be for legitimate US government use. But he says that there cannot be a legitimate explanation for the third key in Windows 2000 CAPI. "It looks more fishy", he said.

Fernandez believes that NSA's built-in loophole can be turned round against the snoopers. The NSA key inside CAPI can be replaced by your own key, and used to sign cryptographic security modules from overseas or unauthorised third parties, unapproved by Microsoft or the NSA. This is exactly what the US government has been trying to prevent. A demonstration "how to do it" program that replaces the NSA key can be found on Cryptonym's website.

According to one leading US cryptographer, the IT world should be thankful that the subversion of Windows by NSA has come to light before the arrival of CPUs that handles encrypted instruction sets. These would make the type of discoveries made this month impossible. "Had the next-generation CPU's with encrypted instruction sets already been deployed, we would have never found out about NSAKEY."

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Deutsche Version: Peinlicher Fehler deckt die Unterwanderung von Windows durch die NSA auf.
See also: Only NSA can listen, so that's OK.

Big Brother, Spies , 2015-02-17

Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984

None of us are perfect. All of us bend the rules occasionally. Even before the age of over-criminalization, when the most upstanding citizen could be counted on to break at least three laws a day without knowing it, most of us have knowingly flouted the law from time to time.

Indeed, there was a time when most Americans thought nothing of driving a few miles over the speed limit, pausing (rather than coming to a full stop) at a red light when making a right-hand turn if no one was around, jaywalking across the street, and letting their kid play hookie from school once in a while. Of course, that was before the era of speed cameras that ticket you for going even a mile over the posted limit, red light cameras that fine you for making safe “rolling stop” right-hand turns on red, surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition software mounted on street corners, and school truancy laws that fine parents for “unexcused” absences.

Consider that on any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears. A byproduct of this new age in which we live, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior. As I point out in my book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, this doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers that monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere.

Stingray - police have been using Stingray devices mounted on their cruisers to intercept cell phone calls and text messages without court-issued search warrants. Thwarting efforts to learn how and when these devices are being used against an unsuspecting populace, the FBI is insisting that any inquiries about the use of the technology be routed to the agency

Doppler radar devices - detect human breathing and movement within in a home, are already being employed by the police to deliver arrest warrants and are being challenged in court.

License plate readers - yet another law enforcement spying device made possible through funding by the Department of Homeland Security, can record up to 1800 license plates per minute. However, it seems these surveillance cameras can also photograph those inside a moving car. Recent reports indicate that the Drug Enforcement Administration has been using the cameras in conjunction with facial recognition software to build a “vehicle surveillance database” of the nation’s cars, drivers and passengers.

Sidewalk and “public space” cameras - sold to gullible communities as a sure-fire means of fighting crime, is yet another DHS program that is blanketing small and large towns alike with government-funded and monitored surveillance cameras.

pre-crime cameras - Couple these surveillance cameras with facial recognition and behavior-sensing technology and you have the makings of “pre-crime” cameras.

biometric and DNA databases - Capitalizing on a series of notorious abductions of college-aged students, several states are pushing to expand their biometric and DNA databases by requiring that anyone accused of a misdemeanor have their DNA collected and catalogued.

scan & ID a fingerprint from 20 feet away - However, technology is already available that allows the government to collect biometrics such as fingerprints from a distance, without a person’s cooperation or knowledge. One system can actually scan and identify a fingerprint from nearly 20 feet away.

Radar guns - have long been the speed cop’s best friend, allowing him to hide out by the side of the road, identify speeding cars, and then radio ahead to a police car, which does the dirty work of pulling the driver over and issuing a ticket. Never mind that what this cop is really doing is using an electronic device to search your car without a search warrant, violating the Fourth Amendment and probable cause. Yet because it’s a cash cow for police and the governments they report to, it’s a practice that is not only allowed but encouraged. Indeed, developers are hard at work on a radar gun that can actually show if you or someone in your car is texting. No word yet on whether the technology will also be able to detect the contents of that text message.

Body Cameras - It’s a sure bet that anything the government welcomes (and funds) too enthusiastically is bound to be a Trojan horse full of nasty surprises. Case in point: police body cameras. Hailed as the easy fix solution to police abuses, these body cameras—made possible by funding from the Department of Justice—will turn police officers into roving surveillance cameras. Of course, if you try to request access to that footage, you’ll find yourself being led a merry and costly chase through miles of red tape, bureaucratic footmen and unhelpful courts.

TV sets record audio - Samsung’s Smart TVs are capable of “listening” to what you say, thereby allow users to control the TV using voice commands, it also records everything you say and relays it to a third party.

Remotely activate audio on your cell phones- FBI can remotely activate the microphone on your cellphone and record your conversations. The FBI can also do the same thing to laptop computers without the owner knowing any better.

surveillance of social media- Government surveillance of social media such as Twitter and Facebook is on the rise. Americans have become so accustomed to the government overstepping its limits that most don’t even seem all that bothered anymore about the fact that the government is spying on our emails and listening in on our phone calls.

Drones-snooping - Drones, which will begin to take to the skies en masse this year, will be the converging point for all of the weapons and technology already available to law enforcement agencies. This means drones that can listen in on your phone calls, see through the walls of your home, scan your biometrics, photograph you and track your movements, and even corral you with sophisticated weaponry.

Internet and cell phone kill switch - which enables the government to shut down Internet and cell phone communications without Americans being given any warning. It’s a practice that has been used before in the U.S., albeit in a limited fashion. In 2005, cell service was disabled in four major New York tunnels (reportedly to avert potential bomb detonations via cell phone). In 2009, those attending President Obama’s inauguration had their cell signals blocked (again, same rationale). And in 2011, San Francisco commuters had their cell phone signals shut down (this time, to thwart any possible protests over a police shooting of a homeless man).

Monitoring & altering email traffic the emails of its citizens but was actually altering the contents of those emails - in 2011, it was reported that the government of Tunisia was not only monitoring the emails of its citizens but was actually altering the contents of those emails in order to thwart dissidents. How much do you want to bet that government agents have already employed such tactics in the U.S.?

When people talk about privacy, they mistakenly assume it protects only that which is hidden behind a wall or under one’s clothing. The courts have fostered this misunderstanding with their constantly shifting delineation of what constitutes an “expectation of privacy.” And technology has furthered muddied the waters.

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Bomb Scare, Manchester England, 2016-05-15

Old Trafford: Urgent inquiry demanded after bomb 'fiasco'

An "urgent" inquiry has been demanded after a dummy bomb used in a security exercise caused a Premier League match at Old Trafford to be postponed.

The game between Manchester United and Bournemouth was called off after the item was discovered close to kick-off.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the device, which police said was accidentally left by a private firm.

Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd ( Lloyd, Tony ) called for a full inquiry into the "fiasco".

He also told BBC Sport that United "need to apologise very, very seriously" to supporters of both clubs who were at Old Trafford.

Bomb disposal experts were called to the 75,000-seat stadium on Sunday after the replica device was found in a toilet.

The Premier League match has been rearranged for Tuesday at 20:00 BST and will be screened live by Sky Sports.

Lloyd called the situation "unacceptable" and demanded an inquiry to discover "how this happened, why it happened and who will be held accountable".

A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) statement read: "Shortly before today's planned football fixture, staff from the Manchester United ground alerted police to a suspicious item that had been found in the toilets within the North West Quadrant, between the Sir Alex Ferguson stand and the Stretford End.

"Police quickly attended and explosive experts were called in to assess the item, which has been described as an incredibly realistic-looking explosive device."

The Sir Alex Ferguson ( Ferguson, Alex ) Stand and the Stretford End were evacuated and sniffer dogs brought in.

Kick-off was delayed initially and shortly afterwards the match was abandoned on police advice.

A bomb disposal team carried out the explosion at about 16:30 BST.

Assistant chief Constable John O'Hare ( O'Hare, John ) said: "I am grateful to the Manchester United and Bournemouth supporters for their support and assistance today.

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Researchers Solve Juniper Backdoor Mystery; Signs Point to NSA

NSA backdoor spying

Security experts say purported NSA attack on Juniper firewalls underscores precisely why they have been saying for a long time that government back-doors in systems are a bad idea, because they can be hijacked and repurposed by other parties.

According to Weinmann, to make their scheme work, the attackers behind the Juniper backdoor altered Juniper’s source code to change a so-called constant or point that the Dual_EC algorithm uses to randomly generate a key for encrypting data. It’s assumed the attackers also possess a second secret key that only they know. This secret key, combined with the point they changed in Juniper’s software, the inherent weaknesses in Dual_EC, and the configuration error Juniper made, would allow them to decrypt Juniper’s VPN traffic.

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Monique Tillman ( Tillman, Monique ) , Tacoma WA, 2014-05-24

A Tacoma, Washington family is suing over the brutal beating in 2014 of then-15 Y/O female, one Monique Tillman, who a Tacoma Police officer pulled off her bicycle, choked and then shocked with a Taser.

The Free Thought Project reported Saturday on the attack, which was recorded by security cameras.

Monique Tillman and her brother were bicycling home on May 24, 2014 when they cut through the parking lot of the Tacoma Mall. Officer Jared Williams ( Williams, Jared ), a uniformed white officer of the Tacoma Police Department, was working mall security that day. He pursued the two teenagers — who are black — and informed them that they were trespassing on mall property.

When the girl tried to explain that she and her brother live nearby and routinely cut through the parking lot, Williams became enraged and attacked the girl.

The officer jerked the girl off her bike and began choking her, slamming her against a car and slinging her around like rag doll. He then shocked her with a Taser.

“He was choking me, grabbed me by my hair and tried to slam my face into the concrete. The next thing I know, I’m on the ground being tased,” the girl said.

Williams arrested the teen and charged her with resisting arrest and assault on an officer. The charges were dismissed by the court.

Now, the family is filing suit this week against Williams, the mall’s parent company and the security firm that Williams was working for.

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Troubled NY lawmakers - A compilation of lawmakers in New York state who have faced legal or ethical charges since 2000.

Dean Skelos ( Skelos, Dean ), Nassau County

Skelos, the Senate Majority Leader, was arrested on corruption charges on May 4, 2015, along with his son Adam. Federal authorities filed a six-count criminal complaint, which include conspiracy, extortion, and bribe solicitation. Skelos is alleged to have used his office to steer money towards his son's private business. Both were convicted on all counts in December 2015. Dean Skelos was sentenced to 5 years in prison in May 2016. Adam Skelos received s sentence of 6.5 years in
federal prison.

Sheldon Silver ( Silver, Sheldon ) Manhattan

Silver was arrested by federal authorities on January 22, 2015. Silver is accused of receiving secret, unreported payments from a Manhattan law firm — separate from the reported income he has long received from a prominent personal injury law firm. He was convicted on all 7 counts on November 30. He was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on May 3, 2016.

Thomas Libous ( Libous, Thomas ) Broome County

Libous was charged with one count of making false statements to the FBI in an indictment that was unsealed on July 1, 2014. He was accused of repeatedly lying to FBI special agents in June 2010, when he was interviewed as part of a probe into whether he used his influence to get his son a job with a prominent Westchester County law firm. In July 2015, Libous was convicted of a felony for lying to the FBI. In November 2015, he was sentenced to six months of house arrest, two years of probration, and a
$50,000 fine. He has vowed to appeal.

Gabriela Rosa ( Rosa, Gabriela ) Manhattan -
Rosa pleaded guilty on June 27, 2014 to federal charges that she lied about her martial status to immigration authorities.
Authorities alleged the Dominican native paid $8,000 for a sham marriage in order to gain U.S. citizenship. She resigned from office, althought the felony charge would have meant an automatic expulsion. Rosa was in her first two-year term.

William Scarborough ( Scarborough, William ) Queens

State prosecutors charged Scarborough in 2014 with misusing campaign funds for personal use, and federal authorities charged him with filing reimbursement claims for travel which did not occur. He agreed to resign from the Assembly as part of a plea deal accepted in May 2015, and was sentenced to one year and one month in prison.

William Boyland ( Boyland, William ) Brooklyn

Tried and acquired of federal corruption charges in 2011, Boyland was rearrested and charged with soliciting more bribes while that trial was underway. He was convicted in March 2014 of 21 federal charges, including bribery, mail fraud and extortion. He was sentenced to three years in prison in May 2014.

Dennis Gabryszak ( Gabryszak, Dennis ) Cheektowaga, Erie County

Accused by seven former aides of making repeated inappropriate comments, with one aide saying she viewed photos of naked women on his iPad and saw female escort websites in his web history. He resigned Jan. 12, 2014.

Robert Rodriguez ( Rodriguez, Robert ) Manhattan

Charged with driving while intoxicated while driving in an Albany suburb in June 2013.

Micah Kellner ( Kellner, Micah ) Manhattan

In July 2013, he acknowledged making suggestive remarks to a female staffer during online games of Scrabble, admitting that he hired her because she was “cute” and telling her he “wouldn’t mind falling asleep with you.” He fought disciplinary action against him, and did not seek re-election when his term ended in at the end of 2013.

John Sampson ( John Sampson, John Sampson) Brooklyn

Former Senate Democratic leader was charged with embezzling $440,000 and obstruction of justice in a scheme to control money from the foreclosure of four Brooklyn properties. He was hit with additional federal charges May 6, 2013. In July 2015, Sampson was convicted of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements and is awaiting sentencing.

Eric Stevenson ( Stevenson, Eric ) Bronx

Convicted in April 2013 of accepting bribes in exchange for helping developers get proper building permits and expediting approval processes. He was convicted in January 2013 on bribery and extortion charges, and was automatically removed from office because of the conviction. In May 2014, he was sentenced to three years in prison.

Nelson Castro ( Castro, Nelson ) Bronx

Resigned in April 2013 after it was revealed he had been indicted on perjury charges in 2009 and had been working as an informant ever since. His cooperation led to criminal cases against other legislators. Castro pled guilty to federal perjury charges in September 2013 and was sentenced to 250 hours of community service. State charges against him were dropped in
November 2014.

Malcolm Smith ( Smith, Malcolm ) Queens

The former Senate majority leader was charged in April 2013 with conspiracy, extortion and wire fraud as part of a bribery scheme to petition his way on the Republican ballot for the New York City mayoral race. His re-election bid ended with a primary loss on September 2014. In February 2015 he was convicted of all charges, and in July was sentenced to seven years in

Vito Lopez ( Lopez, Vito ) Brooklyn

Lopez resigned in May 2013 after a legislative ethics panel censured him for sexually harassing female staffers. He was fined $330,000 but did not face criminal charges.

Nicholas Spano ( Spano, Nicholas ) Yonkers

Pleaded guilty in 2012 to federal tax charges, admitting that he under reported his income between 2000 and 2008.In June 2012 he
was sentenced to a year and one day in jail.

Shirley Huntley ( Huntley, Shirley ) Queens

Lost re-election bid after she was indicted on federal fraud embezzlement charges. Pleaded guilty to embezzling $87,700 from a non-profit organization for personal use and committing mail fraud in her attempt to cover it up. Huntley was sentenced in May 2013 to one year and one day in prison.

Carl Kruger ( Kruger, Carl ) Brooklyn

Pleaded guilty in December 2011 to federal bribery charges for collecting about $1 million in payments from businesses that had dealings with the state. Resigned from his Senate seat. Sentenced in April 2012 to seven years in prison.

Kevin Parker ( Parker, Kevin ) Brooklyn

Parker was convicted of criminal mischief in December 2010 after an altercation with a photographer for the New York Post. A jury acquired Parker of more serious felony assault charges. He was sentenced to three years probation and a $1,000 fine in
March 2011.

Pedro Espada ( Espada, Pedro ) Bronx

Lost primary in 2010 following a corruption investigation and other ethical issues. Was later indicted on various corruption charges by the Attorney General and federal prosecutors. In May 2012, a federal jury found Espada guilty of embezzling money from federally funded healthcare clinics. He was sentenced to five years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to tax evasion in
October 2012.

Hiram Monserrate ( Monserrate, Hiram ) Queens

Indicted in March 2009 on three felony and three misdemeanor charges, accused of slashing his girlfriend in the face with a broken drinking glass. He was convicted of a single misdemeanor charge and sentenced to three years of probation, community service, and a $1000 fine.
After a lengthy debate, the Senate voted to expel him in February 2010. In October 2010, he was indicted on federal corruption charges for embezzling money when he served on New York's city council. He pleaded guilty in December 2012 and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Vincent Leibell ( Leibell, Vincent ) Patterson, Putnam County

Pleaded guilty in December 2010 to felony bribery and tax-evasion charges related to kickbacks he'd received. He had resigned from the Senate days earlier. Resigned before end of Senate term and pleaded guilty to felony corruption charges. Didn’t seek re-election in 2010 and won election as Putnam County executive, but didn’t take office. He was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison in May 2011.

Adam Clayton Powell IV ( Powell, Adam Clayton IV) Manhattan

Convicted of driving while impaired and had his license suspended for 90 days. Left office in 2010.

Anthony Seminerio ( Seminerio, Anthony ) Queens

Resigned from the Assembly in June 2009 after a federal indictment was handed down. He pleaded guilty to a single count of theft of honest services for taking bribes. He was sentenced in February 2010 to six years in federal prison, where he died in January 2011.

John Sabini ( Sabini, John ) Queens

Sabini pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunk driving charges in November 2007. He resigned from the Senate in August 2008 to serve as chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Diane Gordon ( Gordon, Diane ) Bronx

Convicted in April 2008 on eight charges of bribery and official misconduct. She was accused of steering city-owned land to a private developer in exchange for a house. She began serving a jail term of two-to-six years in January 2009.

Joseph Bruno ( Bruno, Joseph ) Brunswick, Rensselaer County

The former powerful majority leader retired from the Senate in July 2008 amid a pending federal investigation for corruption.
Bruno was indicted on eight charges, including mail and wire fraud, and was found guilty of two after a trial. The conviction was overturned on appeal in 2011. He fought efforts to be retried, but did face trial again in May 2014. He was acquired of the remaining charges.

Efrain Gonzalez ( Gonzalez, Efrain ) Bronx

Was indicted in August 2006 on federal mail fraud and lost election as result of federal investigation; he later pleaded guilty to two charges of mail fraud and two charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. In May 2010, Gonzalez was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Sam Hoyt ( Hoyt, Sam ) Buffalo

Hoyt was prohibited from participating in the Assembly’s internship program after the chamber’s ethics committee found he had an “inappropriate personal relationship” with a 23-year-old intern in 2003. Left the Assembly in July 2011 when he was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a post at the Empire State Development Corporation.

Michael Cole ( Cole, Michael ) Alden, Erie County

Was censured in April 2007 by the Assembly and stripped of committee posts due to his spending the night in the apartment of a student intern. He failed to be re-elected for a second term, losing a September 2008 primary challege.

Karim Camara ( Camara, Karim ) Brooklyn

Charged with driving while intoxicated in Albany in 2007. Pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and paid a fine. He continued to serve through January 2015, when he resigned to head Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services.

Ada Smith ( Smith, Ada ) Queens

Convicted of misdemeanor harassment in August 2006. She was accused of throwing coffee in a staff member’s face. Smith was censured by the Senate minority leader for “a pattern of inappropriate, unprofessional and often abusive behavior.” She lost a primary challenge that fall.

Brian McLaughlin ( McLaughlin, Brian ) Queens

McLaughlin was arrested in October 2006, charged with embezzling more than $2 million in state and labor union funds. He announced he would not run for re-election and left office at the end of 2006. He was found guilty in 2008 of racketeering and embezzlement and was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Ryan Karben ( Karben, Ryan ) Monsey, Rockland County

Resigned from the Assembly in May 2006 during an investigation of improper fraternization with staffers.

Clarence Norman ( Norman, Clarence ) Brooklyn

Was convicted in three separate corruption trials between 2005 and 2007. He was found guilty in September 2005 of intentionally soliciting illegal campaign contributions, In December 2005, he was convicted for stealing $5,000 donated to his reelection campaign In February 2007, he was convicted for extortion payments from judicial candidates. The first two cases resulted in a sentence of three-to-nine years, while the latter trial added an additional sentence of one-to-three years.

Guy Velella ( Velella, Guy ) Bronx

Resigned from the Senate in June 2004 after pleading guilty to bribery. He received a one-year sentence and spent 182 days in jail. Velalla died in January 2011.

Roger Green ( Green, Roger ) Brooklyn

Pleaded guilty to petty larceny charges in June 2004, accused of filing false claims for trabel reimbursement. He was sentenced to three years of probation. He resigned from his Assembly seat after the plea, thatn ran for re-election that fall and won.
Two years later, he opted not to run, launching an unsuccesful campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gloria Davis ( Davis, Gloria ) Bronx

Resigned in January 2003 after pleading guilty to taking bribes. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation.

Jerry Johnson ( Johnson, Jerry ) Nunda, Livingston Co unty

Johnson pleaded guilty to second degree attempted burglary in 2000. He was accused of breaking into the house of one of his female aides. He was sentenced to six months in prison. The felony charge required him to resign from office.


Dean Skelos (Skelos, Dean ), Albany NY, 2016-05-12

MANHATTAN -- Another week, another New York power broker sentenced to prison.

Former Senate majority leader Dean Skelos arrived to court in New York, Thursday, May 12, 2016. For the second time in less than two weeks, a once-powerful New York politician is facing sentencing in a spate of corruption cases that have roiled Albany. Skelos, 68, and his son, Adam Skelos ( Skelos, Adam ) , 33, are scheduled to appear in federal court following convictions last year for extortion, fraud and bribery.

Former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison, while his son received 6 1/2 years.

Skelos, 68, and his son Adam, 33, were convicted in December of eight counts of bribery, conspiracy and extortion. The sentence comes days after former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ( Silver, Sheldon ) , D-Manhattan, was sentenced on similar corruption charges.

Skelos and Silver were two of the most powerful figures in New York, leading the state Legislature as it decided spending priorities and new laws. Skelos served in the post from 2008 until he was arrested last year. Silver was speaker from 1994 until his arrest in January 2015 on corruption charges.

"The nearly simultaneous convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos, whose corruption crimes were laid bare during fair and public trials, have no precedent," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, whose office led the cases, said in a statement. "And while Silver and Skelos deserve their prison sentences, the people of New York deserve better."

Skelos and his son were convicted of scheming to use Dean Skelos' powerful position to secure more than $300,000 in work for his son from New York City real-estate developer Glenwood Management, an environmental firm with strong ties to the developer and a medical-malpractice insurer on Long Island.


Richard Simone ( Simone, Richard ), Concord, MA, ~2016-5-10

Abuse of authority

Simone on the ground submitting to arrest and recreant hectoring pigs Rodneyed the victim. Police get physical with suspect after chase through several Mass. towns ends in N.H. State police to review level of force used

CONCORD, Mass. —A Worcester man will be in court Thursday after he allegedly led police on a high speed chase through several towns and two states. But it is the actions of arresting officers that is in the spotlight.

The chase ended in a residential area in Nashua, New Hampshire, about 50 miles northeast of where it started.

News helicopter video shows the pickup truck stop next to a utility pole on a dead-end street before police officers surround it with their weapons drawn. The driver steps from the truck, gets onto the ground submitting to arrest, on all fours and lowering himself when the officers set upon him, throwing punches.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office said a use of force investigation has been launched against multiple officers after video caught police ( Officers unidentified ) pummeling a man who led police on a high speed chase Wednesday.

"The pursuit, like all pursuits that involve Massachusetts State Police, will be reviewed by the department's pursuit committee," State police said in a statement. "Additionally, MSP will also review the apprehension of the suspect, to determine whether the level of force deployed during the arrest was appropriate."

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Sheila Breck ( Breck, Sheila ), Hancock County IN, 2015-09-23

Woman Killed by Ambulance Billed $25K for Ambulance Ride She Didn't Live Long Enough to Take

An ambulance company added insult to injury after billing an Indiana woman’s family for an emergency transport she didn’t live long enough to take.

Sheila Breck was killed Sept. 23 2015 when an ambulance slammed into her SUV at 85 mph as she was going to pick up her daughter from work, reported WRTV-TV. The emergency crew that responded to the Hancock County crash, which also injured two ambulance crew members and a pickup truck driver, called for a medical helicopter for the 64-year-old Breck, who died before it arrived. But her family was billed for the emergency helicopter, anyway.

“About a week later, I was trying to deal with all of the insurance issues, car insurance issues, and PHI, the air ambulance company, started calling me and telling me she had this bill for $25,000,” her daughter, April Breck, told the TV station.

PHI Air Medical insists it’s not a bill, but simply a “statement”—although the document includes an “amount enclosed” box and a field to write in a credit card number, and Breck said the company sends her one every month.

“Sure looks like a bill to me,” she said.

“If our helicopter and crew have been called to a scene to provide critical care services to a patient in need, this means we have incurred costs on our end to provide this specialized care,” the company said.

The ambulance went into a cornfield after the collision. The crew on board, 48-year-old Carroll Burgin ( Burgin, Carroll ) of Greenfield and 35-year-old Chad Harvel ( Harvel, Chad ) of Spiceland, were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in the crash.. A pick-up truck was also struck in the crash, but the driver was treated at the scene.

Robert Fitzpatrick ( Fitzpatrick, Robert ), Boston MA, ~2016-05-09

Former FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick pleads guilty to perjury in ‘Whitey’ Bulger case

Former FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick portrayed himself for years as a whistle-blower who tried to end the agency’s corrupt relationship with notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger ( Bulger “Whitey”, James ).

It’s a story he repeated when testifying for the defense at Bulger’s 2013 trial — except there he embellished the tale, telling jurors that when he met Bulger in 1981 to determine whether the FBI should keep him on as an informant, the gangster stunned him by saying, “I’m not an informant.”

On Monday, Fitzpatrick admitted it was all a lie. Now 76 and in ailing health, Fitzpatrick took the stand in federal court in Boston and pleaded guilty to six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice for his testimony at Bulger’s trial.

“I am guilty,” said Fitzpatrick, who told the judge he takes medication for a kidney ailment, diabetes, and high blood pressure and asked the court for a hearing aid during the proceeding.

Judge Joseph Boeckmann ( Boeckmann, Joseph), Cross County Arkansas, ~2016-05-10

Arkansas judge resigns after allegations that he offered young men reduced sentences in exchange for sexual favors - Thousands of pictures of naked defendants found on judge's computer

A state commission discovered the photos after fielding complaints about Cross County District Judge Joseph Boeckmann's behavior. In a May 5 letter sent to Boeckmann's lawyer, the commission stated that they were "in the process of recovering as many as 4,500 photos," reports NBC News.

Once, the judge allegedly asked a man to pose like Michelangelo’s Statue of David in exchange for $300.

He allegedly instructed another man to strip naked and bend over, handcuffed, inside an Arkansas courtroom while he snapped photographs, up close.

And on multiple occasions, he allegedly sentenced men — often young and poor — to illegitimate “community service” that ultimately led them to the judge’s home or office, posing for more suggestive photographs as “proof” they had completed their work.

“You’re free to go,” the judge allegedly said after the handcuff incident. “Case dismissed.”

"They all depict young men, many naked who are in various poses inside the judge's home and outside in his yard," the letter states, adding that many of the men had received checks from the judge and had appeared before him as defendants.

Boeckmann would provide with defendants his number and "have them serve what he described as 'community service' at his home." Some of them would get reduced sentences or leniency. He was also often retaliatory when they would not comply.

The allegations came to light in November after the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission released a report containing details of his behavior. Over the past six months, a number of former defendants have come forward with their own stories about how Boeckmann sexually assaulted and coerced them. In February, the judge denied any misconduct and stated that photos “may have been taken to corroborate a defendant’s participation in community service.”

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Rebecca Musarra ( Musarra, Rebecca ), Treton NJ, 2015-10-16

Arrested for remaining silent

Lawyer arrested when she remained silent during traffic stop by New Jersey troopers

A woman who says she was arrested and brought in for “obstruction” during a traffic stop this past October has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. The reason she is suing is because her arrest for “obstruction” seemed based solely on her refusing to answer the question “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Rebecca Musarra is an attorney from Philadelphia and believes she understands the law a touch better than the two law enforcement officers who arrested her.

Musarra claims in the suit the troopers violated basic rules familiar to anybody who's ever watched a police show on TV, including the right to remain silent.

She claims at least three troopers insisted during the ordeal that her refusal to answer questions was a criminal act.

The documents show Trooper Officer Matthew Stazzone ( Stazzone, Matthew ) pulled Musarra over just before 9:30 p.m., suspecting her of speeding. He was quickly joined by a second trooper, Officer Demetric Gosa ( Gosa, Demetric ), records show.

The video records the incident. According to Musarra, she was patted down and had no less than three officers in her holding cell tell her that her refusal to speak constituted a criminal act of some sort.

The dashboard camera footage shows Stazzone approached the vehicle on the passenger side and asked Musarra for her license, registration and insurance.

"While you're looking for that, do you know why you're being pulled over tonight?" the trooper asked her, according to the tape. She claims she provided the documents but didn't respond.

After she continues not responding to the officer asking the same question he tells her he is going to place her under arrest if she doesn’t respond. He’s clearly annoyed and tells her to get out of her car, at which point she asks him if he’s arresting her for refusing to speak, to which he tells her:

Yeah. Obstruction.

Musarra alleges that while she was in a holding cell later that evening a supervisor came in to ask what had happened and then chalked up the event to the troopers involved being “rookies.” Musarra says everyone was very contrite after the fact, offering to drive her and get her car out of towing. But that’s not the point.

Musarra, a private attorney for a Delaware firm who sometimes represents immigrant children in legal matters pro bono, said she comes from "a law enforcement family." Her father is a former prosecutor in Warren County and her mother is a former probation officer, she said, and she understands "cops have a difficult job to do."

But, she added, "there has to be some sort of accountability."

By the way—she wasn’t charged with “obstruction” and she didn’t “obstruct” anything but this guy’s inflated sense of self.

State Police did not provide any video from inside the station in response to NJ Advance Media's records request. In her lawsuit, Musarra claims she was patted down twice and cuffed to a bench inside a holding cell. She also claims the troopers denied her request to call her parents, promising to call on her behalf but never doing so.

She claims a supervisor, Trooper Officer James Butler ( Butler, James ) , later entered the cell to ask her what had happened.

"I said, 'Well, the trooper arrested me for not answering his questions,'" Musarra told NJ Advance Media. "And the supervisor indicated (to me) that was obstruction."

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Jarret McClasland ( McClasland, Jarret ), 2016-05-09

This 27-Year-Old Is Going to Prison for Life Because His Fiancée OD'd

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

At every level of the criminal justice system, from patrol cops to judges, there’s an increased push for a more humane approach to drug use—treating addiction where it exists instead of shoveling drug users into America’s overcrowded jails and prisons.

But you can always count on U.S. prosecutors to find some way to exact inhumanely long prison sentences. In several states, prosecutors have begun to charge people who sell or give someone drugs with murder if that person dies.

The Washington Post highlights one such case: Jarret McClasland and his fiancée Flavia Cardenas ( Cardenas, Flavia ) did heroin together for her 19th birthday—she OD’d and died. The 27-year-old was charged with second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility for parole.

“They took our son from us,” says his dad. “The sentence they gave him is a living execution … You would not believe the kind of person he is versus the kind of person they portray.”

The Post notes that in at least four states—New Jersey, Tennessee, West Virginia and Louisiana—prosecutors are routinely charging people who supply drugs with homicide. In other states, lawmakers have introduced legislation classifying overdose deaths as murders.

“It’s not different than a person who shoots somebody with a gun,” said U.S. attorney David Hickton ( Hickton, David ) .

Yeah, OK. In addition to illustrating the preternatural ability of the U.S. justice system to deflect reform, the efforts rely on several clichés and misconceptions about people who use drugs and people who sell them. As the cultural figure of “addict” has metamorphosed from urban person of color to suburban straight-A cheerleader—your daughter!—it’s only natural for a new threat to emerge, which can naturally only be met with an aggressive crackdown. What better way to maintain the equilibrium of a racist drug war than pinning OD deaths on the (ideally urban) drug dealer?

Of the five anecdotal cases highlighted in the Washington Post report, in four the overdose victim was female, while the person charged was male. Although in these particular cases, the people charged were boyfriends and husbands, the gender breakdown doesn’t seem all that surprising—it resonates with the notion of women led astray by bad men. It’s a common trope in drug war history, going back at least to the image of 19th-century Chinese immigrant luring white women to their opium sex dens, where God-only-knows what kind of nation-weakening miscegenation took place.

The prosecutions are reliant on the myth that there’s a clear-cut difference between users and dealers—a black-and-white distinction that rarely occurs in real life.

“A lot of people who deal drugs are addicts, even though they are caught selling or trafficking,” Inimai Chettiar ( Chettiar, Innimai ) , director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice told the Post, “If you go after the person who sold to the person who wound up dying, you’re not really going after the people who are responsible for the drug trade–the kingpins.” Going after drug cartels is certainly more work than demonizing someone’s boyfriend as a heartless dealer.

These prosecutions also mark the kind of policy hypocrisy that can only come from a drug panic. Alcohol-related deaths—ranging from drunk driving accidents to overdoses to death following long-term illness—greatly outstrip those related to opioids. And while in most states, bartenders can face civil and criminal charges for serving an inebriated person, when’s the last time a bartender was charged with murder after serving a drink that contributed to an alcohol-poisoning fatality?

Obviously, it’s a good thing that prosecutors aren’t targeting bartenders. But horrific cases like the McClasland one shouldn’t be happening either.


Homeland Security & DOD, DC, 2016-05-09

Troubling Development: Pentagon Allowed to Supply Military Gear Directly to Homeland Security Dept. for 'War on Immigrants'
The amendments were passed by Congress in late 2015.

Amendments to a controversial Pentagon program to sell military gear to domestic police forces have quietly extended the scheme to provide war on terror weaponry directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The amendments for FY2016, passed by Congress in late 2015, were highlighted in a briefing note published by the Congressional Research Service in February 2016. Under the controversial "1033" program, the Department of Defense (DoD) is able to provide "surplus" military-grade equipment to law-enforcement agencies.

The program, legislated for in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), provided local police forces access to billions of dollars worth of high-tech military equipment, including armored tanks, rocket launchers, automatic weapons, night-vision goggles, and other supplies traditionally used by the U.S. Army in foreign war theaters.

The DHS often provided multimillion-dollar grants to law-enforcement agencies to purchase the military equipment.

Excessive police brutality in cases like Ferguson and Baltimore put the 1033 program under the spotlight, and led widespread calls for greater accountability over the way domestic police departments are able to access military-grade equipment through the Pentagon scheme. In May 2015, the Obama administration moved to impose more robust oversight processes for the program, one of the consequences of which was a recall order compelling police departments to return equipment that was considered to be excessive.

The new provisions were, however, wide enough that military-grade equipment can still be acquired from the Pentagon by law-enforcement agencies if they can justify its necessity. Further amendments to the NDAA later that year expanded these provisions further, but their alarming scope has gone unreported until now.

Militarizing the Borders

Republican representatives in Congress managed to secure a key amendment to Section 1052 of the NDAA, expanding the application of the Pentagon weapons transfer program directly to the Department of Homeland Security.

The new provision stipulates that Pentagon equipment can be supplied to domestic agencies for the purpose of counterdrugs, counter-terrorism and “border security,” thus formally militarizing border operations under homeland jurisdiction.

“Section 1052 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2016 changed the scope of qualifying activities, expanding it to include counter drug, counter-terrorism, and border security activities,” explained a February 2016 Congressional Research Service briefing note. “The original statute required the Secretary of Defense to consult in these matters with the Attorney General and the Director of National Drug Control Policy. The amendment adds a requirement to consult with the Secretary of Homeland Security, as appropriate.”

Institutionalizing Pentagon Intrusion Into the Homeland

Amendments in the legislation widely assumed to be designed to improve the transparency and accountability of the 1033 program, in reality increase the role of the Pentagon in overseeing domestic law-enforcement and DHS operations.

According to the new Congressional Research Services briefing note, the 1033 program’s open-ended carte blanche for domestic law-enforcement agencies to access military-grade equipment has not been repealed, but integrated deeper into the Pentagon bureaucracy.

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Khairuldeen Makhzoomi ( Makhzoomi, Khairuldeen ), Los Angeles CA, 2016-04-17

A college student who came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight in California earlier this month after another passenger became alarmed when she heard him speaking Arabic. running scared

The student, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, was taken off a flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Oakland on April 6 after he called an uncle in Baghdad to tell him about an event he attended that included a speech by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“I was very excited about the event so I called my uncle to tell him about it,” he said.

He told his uncle about the chicken dinner they were served and the moment when he got to stand up and ask the secretary general a question about the Islamic State, he said. But the conversation seemed troubling to a nearby passenger, who told the crew she overheard him making “potentially threatening comments,” the airline said in a statement.

“That is when I thought, ‘Oh, I hope she is not reporting me,’ because it was so weird,” Mr. Makhzoomi said.

That is exactly what happened. An Arabic-speaking Southwest Airlines employee of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent came to his seat and escorted him off the plane a few minutes after his call ended, he said. The man introduced himself in Arabic and then switched to English to ask, “Why were you speaking Arabic in the plane?”

Mr. Makhzoomi said he was afraid, and that the employee spoke to him “like I was an animal.”

“I said to him, ‘This is what Islamophobia got this country into,’ and that made him so angry. That is when he told me I could not go back on the plane.”

Zahra Billoo, the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said there had been at least six cases of Muslims being pulled off flights so far this year. The conduct of Southwest Airlines was of particular concern, she said, after another Muslim passenger was removed from a flight in Chicago last week.

Guido Menzio ( Menzio, Guido ), Philadelphia PA, 2016-05-05

Professor: flight was delayed because my equations raised terror fears- running scared

Flight from Philly to Syracuse goes out on the tarmac, ready to take off. The passenger sitting next to me calls the stewardess, passes her a note. The stewardess comes back asks her if she is comfortable taking off, or she is too sick. We wait more. We go back to the gate. The passenger exits. We wait more. The pilot comes to me and asks me out of the plane. There I am met by some FBI looking man-in-black. They ask me about my neighbor. I tell them I noticed nothing strange. They tell me she thought I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things on a pad of paper. I laugh. I bring them back to the plane. I showed them my math.

This just underscores the idiocy of “see something, say something.” As Bruce Schneier often says, when you encourage amateurs to do security you get amateur security.

On the other hand as Alex Tabarrok observes, Algebra has “Arabic origins plus math is used to make bombs.”

It’s a bit funny. It’s a bit worrisome. The lady just looked at me, looked at my writing of mysterious formulae, and concluded I was up to no good. Because of that an entire flight was delayed by 1.5 hours.

American Airlines confirmed on Saturday that a woman expressed suspicions about a University of Pennsylvania economics Professor Guido Menzio. She said she was too ill to take the Air Wisconsin-operated flight.

Menzio was flying from Philadelphia to Syracuse on Thursday to give a talk at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He was solving a differential equation, but said he was told the woman thought he might be a terrorist because of what he was writing.

American spokesman Casey Norton said the crew followed protocol to take care of an ill passenger and then to investigate her allegations. They determined them to be non-credible, he said.

On Facebook, Menzio recounted the “unbelievable” experience in the present tense. “The passenger sitting next to me calls the stewardess, passes her a note.”

The plane, ready to take off, then returned to the gate and the passenger left. Menzio was then asked to disembark the plane and “met by some FBI looking man-in-black”.

“They ask me about my neighbor,” he wrote. “I tell them I noticed nothing strange. They tell me she thought I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things on a pad of paper. I laugh. I bring them back to the plane. I showed them my math.”

Menzio, who is Italian and has curly, dark hair, told the Associated Press he initially “thought they were trying to get clues about her illness.”

“Instead, they tell me that the woman was concerned that I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things on a pad of paper.”

He told the Washington Post that he was “treated respectfully throughout” the process but remains perturbed by a system that “relies on the input of people who may be completely clueless”.

Passenger fears have prompted a series of problems on airplanes in recent weeks. Last month an Iraqi student who was overheard talking with his uncle in Arabic was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight after a fellow passenger reported him, prompting anger from civil rights groups.

Joseph Sperling ( Sperling, Joseph ), Chicago IL, 2013-06-06

Five Illinois police officers all testified that they searched a drug dealer’s vehicle — and found marijuana — only after obtaining probable cause from the suspect’s statements, but surprise video evidence contradicted this version of events and acquitted the suspect.

Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn ( Haberkorn, Catherine ) tossed out the obviously false testimony, and furious state officials are considering criminal charges against the officers who lied under oath, according to The Chicago Tribune.

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It was just another marijuana bust by Chicago’s crack dope squad and should have resulted in an easy conviction, but thanks to a forgotten camera, things didn’t exactly work out the way the cops planned. Now, the pot dealer is free, he has a bunch of cash in pocket, and it’s the cops who are facing justice.

It went down on June 6, 2013, when three Chicago Police narcotics officers; Officer William Pruente ( Pruente, William ), Officer James Padar ( Padar, James ) Officer Vince Morgan ( Morgan, Vince ) and a pair of suburban Glenview police officers; Officer James Horn ( Horn, James ) and Officer Theresa Urbanowski ( Urbanowski, Theresa ) pulled over Joseph Sperling ( Sperling, Joseph )on the pretext that he had failed to properly use his turn signal, then claimed Sperling told them there were drugs in his vehicle. The cops said they found marijuana in plain view and arrested Sperling on marijuana possession and distribution charges.

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Raju Kosuri ( Kosuri, Raju ), Ashburn VA, 2016-05-02

The U.S. government has indicted a Virginia couple for running an H-1B visa-for-sale scheme the government said generated about $20 million.

Raju Kosuri and Smriti Jharia ( Jharia , Smriti ) of Ashburn, Va., along with four co-conspirators, were indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The scheme involved, in part, setting up a network of shell companies and the filing of H-1B visas applications for non-existent job vacancies.

Workers were required to pay their own visa processing fees and were treated as hourly contractors, the DOJ alleged. Treating H-1B workers as hourly contractors is in violation of the program rules, the government said.

More than 800 H-1B visa petitions were submitted over a period of nearly 15 years, according to court documents.

The six people indicted in the case face prison time of anywhere from 10 to 30 years if convicted.

Neither Kosuri or Jharia could not be reached immediately for comment.

The H-1B program may be susceptible to fraud. In 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service reported that a review of 246 randomly selected petitions filed in 2005 and 2006 revealed a fraud rate of just over 13%.

Corey Jones ( Jones, Corey ), Palm Beach County FL, 2016-05-02

The group Anonymous has sent a message to Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg ( Aronberg, Dave ) .

A Facebook post reads in part, "you decided not to charge Officer Nouman Raja ( Raja, Nouman ) . You did not listen to the community that elected you."

The group demands that Aronberg change his answer in not charging former police officer Nouman Raja in the shooting death of Corey Jones or step down from his position by May 2.

The group says if Aronberg refuses it will call activists to email and call him and stage a protest on May 20th.

Governor Bob McDonnell, Richmond VA, 2016-04-27

Today the Supreme Court begins hearing the case brought against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell ( McDonnell, Bob ) for 11 counts of conspiracy to commit fraud. The case deserves much more attention than it has received so far, because it provides an opportunity for the Court to limit the harm it caused by Citizens United and previous cases by ruling that giving money to politicians amounts to free speech, and hence basically cannot be curbed. It could correct what amounts to legalized bribery by ruling that you may give all you wish — but not get any material benefits in return.

The charges against McDonnell stem from gifts he received from Jonnie Williams ( Williams, Jonnie ) , the owner of a nutritional supplement firm called Star Scientific. Former Governor McDonnell does not dispute that he received lavish gifts from Williams. Among other things, Williams gave McDonnell and his family over $100,000 in loans, plus $15,000 for his daughter’s wedding, a $20,000 shopping spree in Manhattan for the governor’s wife, an all-expenses paid vacation in the Virginia mountains for the McDonnell family, and a $6,000 Rolex watch for Governor McDonnell.

Nor does McDonnell deny that he used his influence to try to help Star Scientific. In fact, he invited officials from the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University to meet with Williams in order to persuade the universities to conduct clinical trials that Star Scientific couldn’t afford. McDonnell arranged meetings between Williams and other state officials, and even sponsored a “product launch” for the company at the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond. All of this is now public knowledge, and McDonnell does not dispute any of the details of the case.

Dr. Margaret Hamburg ( Hamburg, Margaret ) DC, 2016-04-11

Former FDA Commissioner Charged in RICO Lawsuit, so far with little major media play.

Jamie Graham - "This lawsuit is unusual; it shines a light on blatant political corruption — the purchase of powerful executive posts.

In 2009, President Barak Obama ( Obama, Barak ) Barak Obama nominated Dr. Margaret Hamburg for Commissioner of the FDA as a political appointee.

The suit, filed by Larry Klayman ( Klayman, Larry ) , a former federal prosecutor, charges Dr. Margaret Hamburg, her husband, Peter Brown, an executive in the hedge-fund Renaissance Technologies, with collusion, conspiracy and racketeering alongside the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson to conceal those deadly risks — to protect their financial stake.

The suit alleges that Dr. Hamburg and her husband had made large donations to Hillary Clinton’s campaigns, and to the Clinton Foundation. And that they 'gave political contributions and gratuities to President Obama to induce him to nominate her to be appointed as FDA Commissioner.'
'Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg was nominated as a result of huge political and other gratuities to Hillary Clinton ( Clinton, Hillary ) and The Clinton Foundation, and at Mrs. Clinton’s recommendation.'

The suit further charges that 'During the confirmation process before Congress, Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, acting in concert with her husband, Peter F. Brown ( Brown,Peter F.) , at all material times the Co-CEO of a hedge fund named Renaissance Technologies, L.L.C., failed to disclose to Congress and other relevant authorities, her and her husband’s clear-cut conflict of interest –specifically, that Renaissance Technologies, L.L.C. held hundreds of millions of dollars of Johnson & Johnson stock, the manufacturer of the deadly drug, Levaquin.'”

Tom Angel ( Angel, Tom), Burbank CA, 2016-04-28

Sheriff's Top Brass No 'Angel,' Sent Racist Emails
Tom Angel, Sheriff Jim McDonnell's chief of staff, sent the emails in 2012 and 2013 when he was the No. 2 police official in Burbank.

LOS ANGELES, CA - A top Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department official forwarded emails with jokes containing derogatory stereotypes of Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others from his work account during his previous job with the Burbank Police Department, it was reported Thursday.

Tom Angel, Sheriff Jim McDonnell's ( McDonnell, Jim ) chief of staff, sent the emails in 2012 and 2013 when he was the No. 2 police official in Burbank, hired to reform a department reeling from allegations of police brutality, racism and sexual harassment, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing city records.

"I took my Biology exam last Friday," said one of the forwarded emails obtained under the state's public records law, according to the newspaper. "I was asked to name two things commonly found in cells. Apparently 'Blacks' and 'Mexicans' were NOT the correct answers."

Another email listed 20 reasons "Muslim Terrorists are so quick to commit suicide," including "Towels for hats," "Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower" and "You can't wash off the smell of donkey."

Angel told The Times he did not mean to demean anyone and said it was unfortunate his work emails could be obtained under the state's records laws. Asked about the "Biology exam" email making light of high incarceration rates in some minority communities, he described himself as Mexican.

More messages were discovered during a recent internal affairs investigation and add to a growing list of racist emails and texts traded among department officers. Already, the racist communications have resulted in the dismissal of 13 pending criminal cases.

“When we’re talking about bias policing and racial profiling, there is a direct connection to these associations being made by officers,” Adachi said. “That’s the kind of mentality that tells you it’s OK to shoot, OK to kill, OK to arrest" people of color.
Public defender releases offensive text messages from San Francisco officer

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi releases offensive text messages sent by and to San Francisco Police Officer Jason Lai (Lai, Jason ).

The department said the latest texts were uncovered during a department investigation into allegations that an officer had committed a sexual assault while off-duty. The officer, Jason Lai, has been charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful access and use of criminal and motor vehicle databases.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said the three officers mentioned at Tuesday's news conference have left the department. A fourth officer is also facing discipline, officials said.

In addition to the other slurs, Lai also used a derogatory term in Chinese to refer to black people and followed that up with a text message referring to them as “a pack of wild animals on the loose.”

According to CNN:

The SFPD’s first texting scandal occurred last year when a federal prosecutor filed court papers detailing racist and homophobic texts made by former (SFPD Sgt.) Officer Ian Furminger ( Furminger, Ian ) , one of three officers unidentified convicted of stealing money and drugs from the residents of low-rent Tenderloin hotels. … Fourteen officers unidentified 14, including a captain, were implicated in sending or receiving such texts.

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Dennis Hastert ( Hastert, Dennis), Chicago IL, 2016-04-28

Brother of top Illinois Republican named judge in Hastert case

Morning Spin: The brother factor at Hastert sentencing - the shameless politically connected child molester Dennis Hastert apparently has 'connected' a lighter sentence.

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield.


Some day-after notes on the epic sentencing hearing of former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert:

*The brother factor: A pair of politically well-known brothers factored into the court proceedings. Judge Thomas M. Durkin ( Durkin, Thomas M.), is the brother of Illinois House Republican leader Jim Durkin ( Durkin, Jim ) . And Scott Cross (Cross, Scott ), whose testimony that Hastert sexually abused him decades ago provided high drama, is the brother of former Illinois House Republican leader Tom Cross ( Cross, Tom ).

Tom Cross was Hastert's political protege. And Jim Durkin succeeded Tom Cross as House minority leader. In Chicago, you might well expect brotherly ties among Democrats, where politics is a family business. In this case, the ties are on the Republican side.

They regret the error: How did some media outlets get the Hastert sentence so wrong? The Tribune's Kim Janssen, a former federal courts reporter, offered a pretty good explanation (read from the bottom up).

*Rise and fall: A timeline that looks at the key dates in Hastert's career.

*What was said: They still don't allow video cameras at 219 S. Dearborn St. To that end, here's a transcript of what was actually said in court.

*Club med: Judge Durkin indicated he'll recommend sending Hastert to a federal prison medical hospital. There are five of them. Here's what they do.

*Six degrees, part one: Thomas Durkin was appointed to the federal bench in Chicago to succeed Wayne Andersen. The judge, who retired from the bench in 2010, oversaw the long-running lawsuit that led to City Hall being forced to take steps to root out patronage from city hiring and promotions. Andersen appointed a court monitor in the Shakman case.

*Six degrees, part two: The Cross family statement was put out by someone at Culloton Strategies, where Tom Cross now works as a senior consultant following his 2014 loss for state treasurer. The name behind the company is Dennis Culloton, who was former Gov. George Ryan's press secretary who also testified at the ex-governor's corruption trial.

Robert Bates ( Bates, Robert ), Tulsa OK, 2016-04-27

Tulsa, Oklahoma (CNN)A jury found a sheriff's deputy guilty of second-degree manslaughter Wednesday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect.
Robert Bates, who was a volunteer reserve sheriff deputy for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office last year at the time of the shooting, never denied killing Eric Courtney Harris ( Harris, Eric Courtney ).

Bates, 74, said he meant to use his Taser stun gun, not his revolver, on the suspect, who had been tackled by other deputies and was being held on the ground.
The jury deliberated less than three hours and recommended Bates serve four years in prison, the maximum possible sentence. Preliminary sentencing is set for May 31. After the verdict, Bates was escorted out of the courtroom by two deputies from the department he once served.
In his closing argument to the jury, defense lawyer Clark Brewster said Bates should be be thanked for trying to help his fellow deputies. He displayed the stun gun and Bates' pistol and showed how they were similar size and weight.
"He got out of his vehicle to man up and help," Brewster said. "I truly believe you will find this was an accident driven to this point by the actions of Mr. Eric Courtney Harris ( Harris, Eric Courtney ) ."

Prosecutor John David Luton told the jury Bates was nodding off in his car before the arrest. He said it was wrong to blame Harris for the shooting.
"Bob Bates didn't act with usual and ordinary care," Luton said in his closing argument. "He also didn't do what a reasonable person would do under similar circumstances. ... Eric Harris deserved to be chased, he deserved to be tackled, he deserved to be arrested. He did not deserve to be killed by reserve deputy Bob Bates."

13 Y/O male unidentified, Baltimore MD, 2016-04-27

13-year-old with 'replica' weapon shot by police in East Baltimore running scared

UPDATE 2016-04-28 This incident is an good example cops made a bad decision for the right reasons then blew it with PR follow-up. Detained and took mother in for interview before allowing her visit son in hospital.

A 14-year-old boy armed with a replica gun was shot and wounded by a Baltimore police officer Wednesday afternoon.
The teen, later identified by the Baltimore Sun as Dedric Colvin ( Colvin, Dedric ) , ran when approached by two undercover police officers driving an unmarked police car shortly after 4 p.m., the authorities said.
He is expected to survive after being hit in the leg and the shoulder.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who said that the boy was 13, said that he had been seen with what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol in his hand.  Colvin's mother later said it was a BB gun.
“It is a dead-on ringer, semi-automatic pistol that resembles a Beretta handgun,” Davis said. "Those police officers had no way of knowing that it was not, in fact, an actual firearm. It looks like a firearm."
Colvin's mother Volanda Young ( Young, Volanda ) told the Sun that she saw her son covered in blood on the street after his older brother rushed home to tell her that the teen had been shot.
She said that she didn't know where he got the gun, but added that she knew he was scared and that he was fleeing when he was shot.
Young herself said that it was "humiliating" being taken in for police questioning before being allowed to go to the hospital where her son is recovering.

13 Y/O male unidentified was shot by Baltimore Police Officers unidentified in East Baltimore who said he was carrying a "replica" weapon, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday evening.

Police said two detectives saw the youth with what looked like a firearm and gave chase. One of the Officers fired, wounding the boy. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The crime scene was in the area of the 1100 block of E. Baltimore St., near the McKim youth center and basketball courts. The street is closed from Lloyd Street to N. Central Avenue.

Davis said he had "no reason to believe that these officers acted inappropriately in any way," saying the officers did not know whether the weapon was a gun or a replica.

Davis also confirmed that the boy's mother was taken in for questioning. He told reporters at the scene that "she knew" that he had left their home with the replica weapon.

Trooper Matin M. Dunlap, Harford County MD, 2015-10-22

State trooper charged with assaulting motorist during October 2015 traffic stop in Harford

BEL AIR, Md. —A Maryland state trooper was arrested after a Grand Jury indicted him on charges he assaulted a man being arrested following a pursuit on I-95 in Harford County last fall.

Officer Matin M. Dunlap ( Dunlap, Matin M.) 25, is charged with one count of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault and two counts of misconduct in office in connection to the incident on Oct. 22, 2015.

Police said Dunlap turned himself in to investigators at the Bel Air Barrack just before 1 p.m. Wednesday. After processing, he had an initial appearance before a court commissioner and was released on $1,000 bond.

An investigation into Dunlap's actions began when troopers involved in the arrest of Dennis Donoghue ( Donoghue, Dennis ) , 55, of Riverdale, filed a complaint.

The investigation found Donoghue was stopped on the right shoulder of northbound I-95 near White Marsh. Police said Dunlap spotted the stopped vehicle and pulled up behind it.

As the trooper walked up to the stopped the occupant, later identified as Donoghue, accelerated away. Dunlap called the barrack and began to follow the vehicle with his emergency equipment activated.

Police said Donoghue turned off his vehicle lights and continued north on I-95, refusing to pull over and stop before additional troopers joined the pursuit. During the pursuit, Donoghue’s car collided with a marked patrol car driven by a supervisor from the JFK Barrack, police said.

Troopers deployed stop sticks that successfully deflated tires on Donoghue’s car along I-95 north, south of Belcamp.

Police said a trooper first class and a corporal who had been in the pursuit were the first to reach Donoghue and get him out of his car. They told investigators that Donoghue was passively resisting and they were not able to handcuff him.

The trooper, reported that while attempting to handcuff Donoghue, who was lying on the ground, Dunlap began to repeatedly jab the man in the abdomen and side with a metal expandable baton. The trooper also struck and injured the hand of one of the troopers trying to handcuff the driver, police said.

Investigators said a state police corporal grabbed Dunlap’s expandable baton in an attempt to stop him from striking Donoghue. The corporal said that Dunlap pulled the baton away and continued to jab Donoghue.

A state police sergeant arrived at the scene and forcibly pushed Dunlap away from Donoghue and ended the assault. Donoghue did not request or require medical treatment, according to troopers who arrested him and sent him to the Harford County Detention Center.

Police said that troopers reported to barrack command staff what they saw Dunlap do, and the criminal investigation began the next morning. Dunlap, who has been employed with state police since July 2013, was suspended with pay and assigned to administrative duties when the criminal investigation began. He is now suspended without pay following his arrest.

The Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Unit is also investigating the actions of Dunlap.

Officer Jeffrey Heffernan ( Heffernan, Jeffrey ), Patterson NJ, 2016-04-26

The Supreme Court Just Reacquainted This Police Department With The First Amendment

Jeffrey Heffernan was a police officer for the City of Paterson, New Jersey. A fellow police officer observed Heffernan picking up a campaign sign for the mayoral candidate running against the incumbent. When a supervisor confronted him, Heffernan claimed that he was not politically involved, could not vote in the City of Paterson, and was picking up the sign on behalf of his mother. Heffernan was demoted to a walking post because his actions were considered to be “overt involvement in political activities.” Heffernan sued the City of Paterson and claimed that the City had violated his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech association. However, the City filed a motion for summary judgment on Heffernan’s free association claim. The district court granted the City’s motion for summary judgment because there was no evidence Heffernan associated himself with the political candidate at issue. Heffernan admitted himself, that he was not associated with the candidate, therefore there is no evidence of a violation of free association. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed.

With only a few exceptions, Justice Stephen Breyer explains in an opinion handed down Tuesday morning, “the Constitution prohibits a government employer from discharging or demoting an employee because the employee supports a particular political candidate.” The police department in Paterson, New Jersey, however, allegedly did not get this memo.

The plaintiff in Heffernan v. City of Paterson, a former police detective, claims that he was demoted to patrol officer because his supervisors thought that he backed the wrong political candidate. In reality, Officer Heffernan had no involvement with the political campaign at issue in the case, and was allegedly demoted solely due to a mistake by his supervisors. Heffernan’s case turned upon whether a government employee loses their constitutional rights if their employer lashes out at them in error.

The case allegedly began when Heffernan’s bedridden mother asked her son to pick up a sign from a mayoral candidate’s campaign office that she wished to display in her yard. That candidate opposed the incumbent mayor, who had appointed both the police chief and Heffernan’s immediate supervisor. A day after Heffernan picked up the sign from the candidate’s office, he was demoted.

Thus, as Breyer explains, Heffernan’s supervisors “punished Heffernan for what they thought was his ‘overt involvement’ in Spagnola’s campaign” when, “in fact, Heffernan was not involved in the campaign but had picked up the sign simply to help his mother.”

George W. Bush, DC, 2016-04-21

Psychologists Who Designed the CIA Torture Program Can Be Sued by Victims, Federal Judge Rules
The first time such a case has been allowed to proceed.

In what lawyers are calling an unprecedented stance, the U.S. Department of Justice has indicated that it will not try to get a lawsuit dismissed regarding the CIA’s torture-tainted interrogations. The suit was filed last October by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two victims of the program. In the past, the DOJ has argued that the very existence of the program is too secret to talk about in open court and judges have gone along with it. Eric Tucker at the Associated Press reports:

The Justice Department has signaled that it won't try to block a lawsuit arising from the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques, leaving the door open for a court challenge over tactics that have since been discontinued and widely discredited. [...]

"The government is actually going to show up at the hearing instead of trying to shut it down," said Dror Ladin ( Ladin, Dror ) , a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case. "It's going to be suggesting procedures that might allow the case to go forward."

That’s good news. But, of course, after a few hours or days in court the DOJ might try to return to its old ways in the matter.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit in October 2015 on behalf of three men who were tortured in accordance with a program designed by two CIA contractors, James Mitchell ( Mitchell, James ) and John “Bruce” Jessen ( Jessen, John “Bruce” ) . In the 525-page summary of the still-unreleased 6,000-page Senate torture report, these psychologists were identified by their pseudonyms: Grayson Swigert ( Swigert, Grayson ) and Hammond Dunbar ( Dunbar, Hammond ) . The pair were not only the architects of the interrogation methods, but also operated and assessed them. DOJ lawyers approved these torture techniques. The CIA paid the men and their company tens of millions of dollars.

In 2008, when activists were first pushing details of these crimes into public view—but before the names of these two guys had become known—I wrote:

What we do know is horrible enough. Most horrible of all is knowing that medical personnel and psychologists violated the most basic ethics of their professions—Do No Harm—by participating in and helping to design "enhanced" interrogations designed to break prisoners. Some did break. Some were killed. This systematic torture focused on sensory and sleep deprivation, overstimulation, and dependency creation. Massive amounts of pain and fear were also included. For their part, psychologists "reverse-engineered" the military's Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) program—designed to help American soldiers and marines resist torture—as a means to teach interrogators how to employ torture against captives.

Let me repeat that. Training established to help American prisoners of war cope with, or at least anticipate, their captors' efforts to break them down was "reverse-engineered" as a means to break down prisoners at Guantánamo and "black sites" run by the CIA or military intelligence operations in Europe, Asia, North Africa and the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

Talk about becoming the enemy.

The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Suleiman Abdullah Salim ( Suleiman, Abdullah Salim ) , Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud ( Ahmed Ben Soud, Mohamed ) , and the estate of the late Gul Rahman ( Rahman, Gul ) , who died as a result of his torture. The three were tortured and experimented on in accordance with Mitchell and Jessen’s guidelines. Among other things, they were beaten, starved, doused with water, forced to remain naked for long periods, and subjected to sleep deprivation—all designed to break their will. The suit was filed under the Alien Tort Statute “for their commission of torture; cruel , inhuman, and degrading treatment; non-consensual human experimentation; and war crimes.”

The total of known victims of these crimes was tallied in the Senate torture report at 119.

In an interview with Vice last year, Mitchell said:

“I would like the American people to look at this from my perspective,” Mitchell said. “At a time when America was under attack, I was asked to take on a task that could potentially save thousands of lives. I was briefed about pending attacks in the wake of 9/11, I was told that [President George W. Bush ( Bush, George W. ) ] had authorized my action, I was told that the highest law enforcement office in the land had judged those actions to be legal, I was told that the intelligence committees in Congress had been briefed.”

“I was told for years that my activities had saved lives and prevented attacks,” he said. “And now I’m being denigrated by some of the very people who pushed me to use harsher measures.”

Neither of these guys should be off the hook for what they did. But, like just about always, the top dogs—the ones who actually authorized these crimes, including pushing for even “harsher measures”—face neither lawsuits nor, of course, prison time. Instead, they’re still publishing books, getting fat fees for speaking engagements, being asked by television interviewers their opinions of U.S. foreign policy, and enjoying their leisure while the victims suffer from PTSD and nightmares engendered by their experience.


Unidentified police officer, North Braddock PA, ~2016-04-13

F*cking Police Car
The video says the officer works for North Braddock Police Department.
By Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story
April 17, 2016

An unidentified police officer (Officer unidentified) outside the city of Pittsburgh was caught on tape berating a school child on a bus for smiling at him, according to a video posted to Facebook.

The video was posted on April 13 but the caption doesn’t give much in the way of details. It says the officer works for the North Braddock Police Department. He walks over to an unidentified minor child seated on a school bus and leans over threateningly.

“Smile in my face one more time and I’ll be dragging your ass off this bus and back to that f*cking police car,” the officer says. “Don’t smile one more time.”

The video doesn’t show the child he was talking to, but the other children on the bus seem to be elementary school-age.

The video has so far been shared 3,300 times.

Heriberto Godinez ( Godinez, Heriberto ) Chicago IL, July 20 2015

WATCH: Chicago Police Release Video of Cop Standing On Neck of Suspect Who Died During Arrest Two unidentified officers were placed on desk duty after authorities finally released the disturbing dashcam video.

Two Chicago police officers have been placed on desk duty after authorities finally released dashcam video showing one of them standing on the neck of a suspect who died following the encounter last July.

According to WGN, 24-year-old Heriberto Godinez died as he was being arrested on suspicion of burglary near a garage on the south side of the town.

In dashcam video finally released by Chicago police after months of wrangling and delays, Godinez is seen thrashing on the ground and kicking his legs as officers take him into custody.

After police back-up arrives, one officer can be seen placing his foot of Godinez's face and neck pressing him into the ground. Godinez later died at the scene

The Cook County medical examiner's office determined that Godinez had cocaine and alcohol in his system, but did not specify that they were the cause of his death.

According to Godinez's family, they blame police brutality.

“The police should be ashamed of themselves,” Godinez's sister, Janet, said. “They treated my brother worse than animal. My brother was hiding, my brother was scared.”

Newly sworn-in Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson apologized to the family, saying that the two officers have been taken off street duty pending the outcome of an investigation;

John Geer ( Geer, John ), Fairfax County VA, 2016-04-15

There is no question that then-Fairfax County Officer Adam D. Torres ( Torres, Adam D.) shot and killed an unarmed man after he responded to a domestic disturbance call more than two years ago. Now a jury will decide whether he is guilty of murder, or reasonably feared for his life and committed no crime.

The list of police officers charged with a crime for shooting and killing someone is not long, and the percentage of officers convicted is not high. Between 2005 and 2015, only 54 officers were charged nationwide, out of an estimated 10,000 fatal police shootings in that period. Of the 54 charged, only 17 have been convicted, with 26 cleared and 11 still pending.

Last August, Torres joined that list of officers charged with an on-duty shooting, for killing John B. Geer in Springfield in August 2013. Jury selection is set to begin Monday morning in Fairfax circuit court for a trial estimated to last about five days.

Prosecuting a police officer for his actions in uniform has always been difficult, and the Torres case posed additional problems: In a departmental abuse of authority) Fairfax police refused to cooperate with state and federal prosecutors who wanted to see the officer’s internal affairs files, and federal prosecutors took no action even after they’d obtained the files.
Finally in July 2015, Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh convened a special grand jury, which heard testimony from four other Fairfax officers who told detectives Geer, 46, had his hands up when Torres suddenly fired one round into his chest. Torres, now 33, was indicted nearly two years after the killing, the first officer ever charged with a shooting in the 75-year history of the Fairfax police.

Officer Kerrie Orozco ( Orozco, Kerrie ), ~2015-05-26

On Tuesday, May 26, police officers, friends, family and a respectful public lined the procession route for Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco’s funeral. Orozco was killed while trying to serve a felony warrant to a “convicted felon and a known gang member. — someone who put her life on the line for the safety of others, trying to make her world and the world for her newborn a little better.

Two weeks prior to Kerrie Orozco two unidentified officers responded to a call to a non-emergency phone number involving an alcoholic threatening suicide who was holding a knife.
The officers who arrived on scene came with M4 assault rifles at their shoulders. They came without anyone with a treatment background to talk to the alcoholic who was threatening suicide. Minutes later, Justin Way ( Way, Justin ) lay dead in his bed, shot by M4 rifles in a very enclosed space.

The officers’ and Way’s girlfriend’s, who made the call, stories differ significantly. The officers, though, reported that Way threatened his girlfriend and the officers with the knife. (Detective ) Officer Mike Smith (Smith, Mike ) who drafted the incident report told Way’s parents that their son was shot when he refused to put down the knife because, “That’s what we do.”

Question pondered here is why the officers decided M4 military grade assault rifles were appropriate when responding to a drunk man threatening to harm himself with a knife while lying in bed.

The officers’ commander told reporters, “If the deputies feel that that is the appropriate weapons system to use, then yes,” M4s were appropriate.

The M4 - 700-950 rounds per minute
U.S. Special Operations adopted it as their “go-to” weapon system.
range 500 meters (1,640 feet - almost 5 football fields)
muzzle velocity of 2,970 feet per second
Single 5.56 mm round that is fired by the M4 can, and has, gone through multiple people and walls.

“Weapons systems” are not what police should use. That is military terminology — plain and simple. Such language, first, assumes that a “weapon” is, in fact, necessary in every situation. Second, it assumes that every individual police officers deal with is a target, to be dealt with by this or that weapon. It also demonstrates the mission creep of the police. When police start thinking like soldiers, it’s not surprising that they act like soldiers.

That cops are speaking in militaristic terms is only a symptom of officers thinking in militaristic terms.

One of the unidentified officers involved in the Justin Way shooting had posted on Facebook, “Most people respect the badge. Everyone respects the gun.” That mentality, itself, needs policed.

Politically popular “community policing” grant money doled out to hire officers to do that community policing went toward building bigger and more intimidating police forces, toward SWAT budgets and weaponry. This happened because no one watched the watchmen. The police were made safer — most definitely a worthwhile goal — but the point of the grants was missed. And politicians got the dual benefit of seeming more community-minded and overseeing police forces seeming to do more to fight crime.

Keith Gartenlaub ( Gartenlaub, Keith ), Riverside CA, ~2016-04-05

How a federal spy case turned into a child pornography prosecution - still mission creep. running scared overt parallel construction

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — FBI agents entered Keith Gartenlaub’s home in Southern California while he and his wife were visiting her relatives in Shanghai. Agents wearing gloves went through boxes, snapped pictures of documents and made copies of three computer hard drives before leaving as quietly as they had entered.

The bureau suspected that Gartenlaub was a spy for China.

The FBI had obtained a secret search warrant to enter the house, citing national security grounds. The agents were searching for evidence that Gartenlaub, an information technology manager at Boeing, had leaked computer information about the defense contractor’s C-17 military transport plane to people acting on behalf of China.

But since the search in January 2014, no spy or hacking charges have been brought against him.

Instead, seven months later, he was charged with the possession and receipt of child pornography. He has denied the charges, but a jury convicted him in December. Parallel construction.

Gartenlaub’s case highlights how exceptional powers given to the government in recent years to gather information about suspected terrorist or espionage threats without some of the traditional safeguards for a defendant’s rights are now leading to charges in more routine criminal ­cases.

mission creep - Over the past 15 years or so, the wall between U.S. intelligence officials and criminal prosecutors has fallen, making it easier for them to share information, especially to fight terrorism. And under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), defendants are generally unable to effectively challenge the warrants that authorized the search or surveillance because they are not permitted to see them or the underlying application on national security grounds.

Gartenlaub’s attorneys are troubled that what began as an espionage case — one that resulted two weeks ago in a guilty plea by a Chinese businessman with no connection to their client — morphed into a child pornography prosecution.

In Gartenlaub’s case, the government made sealed filings, so neither the defense nor the public was able to see them. Based on the secret filings, the judge held that the government had shown probable cause that the house to be searched belonged to “an agent of a foreign power” or a spy.

There has, over the last decade-plus, been an erosion of the formerly bright line between foreign intelligence surveillance and investigation for criminal prosecution,” said Jennifer Daskal, a former official in the Justice Department’s national security division who teaches law at American University. mission creep

Erik Prince ( Prince, Erik ), MOYOCK NC. 2016-03-25

Erik Prince in the Hot Seat: Blackwater Founder Under Investigation for Illegal Mercenary Bizrunning scared

Blackwater Founder's Latest Scheme: Money Laundering for Libyan Officials Through a Chinese Bank

In a major new exposé, The Intercept has revealed that the Justice Department is investigating Blackwater founder Erik Prince for possible money laundering, ties to Chinese intelligence, and attempts to broker military services to foreign governments. Prince is currently the chairman of Frontier Services Group, an aviation and logistics firm specializing in shipping in Africa. But documents obtained by The Intercept show that Prince has also set up shell companies to offer paramilitary services to at least a half-dozen African nations, including Libya. Both the United States and the United Nations have imposed a series of restrictions on military dealings in Libya. Prince is also suspected of attempting to open Chinese bank accounts to move money for his Libyan associates. As part of its investigation, The Intercept obtained an internal slide presentation showing Prince’s private force would operate in Libya for the stated purpose of stopping the flow of refugees to Europe. Prince has also long been interested in raising a private military force to battle Islamic militant groups in a variety of countries. We spend the hour with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill ( Scahill, Jeremy ) and Matthew Cole (Cole, Matthew ) , the reporters behind "Erik Prince in the Hot Seat." "In a lot of ways, Erik Prince is like a Mafia don," Scahill says. "He has been able to avoid any criminal charges against him personally for activities that his companies have engaged in. … Whether or not the U.S. government will actually seriously go after him is still to be seen." .


CIA, Washington DC, 2016-04-08

Beauty Business Goes Big Brother: CIA Funding Skin Cream That Can Harvest your DNArunning scared
Company has developed a patented technology that removes a thin outer layer of the skin, which reveals unique biomarkers that can be used for a variety of diagnostic tests.

The CIA invested in a cosmetic company to help develop a skin cream that can be used to secretly harvest DNA evidence.

Clearista is marketed as a painless way to erase blemishes and soften skin using only water and a special detergent — but the CIA is interested in the popular skin care product’s potential for gathering information about an individual’s biochemistry, reported The Intercept.

The CEO of Skincential Sciences, the company that makes Clearista, told the website that In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital arm, had invested in research and development of the skin cream — but he’s not sure what the agency intends to do with his company’s work.

“There’s no better identifier than DNA, and we know we can pull out DNA,” said Russ Lebovitz, CEO of Skincential Sciences.

The company has developed a patented technology that removes a thin outer layer of the skin, which reveals unique biomarkers that can be used for a variety of diagnostic tests — including DNA collection.

CIA Funding Skin Cream Harvest your DNA

(Deputy) Officer Carl A. Koontz ( Koontz, Carl A.), Russiaville IN, 2016-03-27

Drug War Idiocy: One Indiana Deputy Killed, Another Wounded in Midnight Drug Raid Over a Syringe

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Howard County Sheriff's Deputy Carl A. Koontz, 27, was shot and killed and (Sgt.) Officer Jordan F. Buckley ( Buckley, Jordan F. ) , 35, was shot and wounded in a midnight drug raid gone wrong Sunday night in Russiaville, Indiana. The target of the raid, Evan Dorsey ( Dorsey, Evan ) , 25, was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the mobile home that was raided.

According to Drug War Chronicle, which has been tallying deaths directly related to domestic drug law enforcement activities since 2011, the killings bring this year's total to nine. Over the past five years, drug war deaths have occurred at a pace of roughly one a week, and this year so far is right on track.

In this case, they died over a syringe. That's right -- as the Indianapolis Star reported, the deputies were serving an arrest warrant on Dorsey for failure to appear in court over possession of a syringe.

(Trooper) Officer Chad Dermyer ( Dermyer, Chad ), Richmond VA, 2016-03-31

The Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer shot and killed at the Greyhound Bus Station in Richmond, Virginia, last week died while on a drug war training exercise aimed at patrons of the transportation hub.

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Trooper Chad Dermyer, 37, was gunned down by James Brown III ( Brown, James III ) 34, an Illinois man with a lengthy criminal record, who in turn was shot and killed by Dermyer's colleagues. Two women were wounded in the gunfire, neither with life-threatening injuries.

The two fatalities come as a shock, but hardly a surprise. According to Drug War Chronicle, which has been tallying deaths directly related to domestic drug law enforcement activities since 2011, the killings bring this year's total to 11. Over the past five years, drug war deaths have occurred at a pace of roughly one a week, and this year so far is about on track.


Cenk Uygur ( Uygur, Cenk ), Los Angeles CA, ~2016-04-08

TYT’s Cenk Uygur livestreamed Booting from American Airlines Flight Because Pilot Wasn’t ‘Comfortable’
"If you book a flight with @AmericanAir they will ruin your day, ruin your plans and then rob you."

Late Friday night and into Saturday morning, Young Turks host Cenk Uygur live-streamed an altercation at an American Airlines boarding gate in Los Angeles over a flight that was delayed 4 hours, leading the host to be kicked off the flight before he even took a seat.

On Twitter, Uygur posted: “Management at @AmericanAir just kicked me off a flight to Miami because I complained the flight was delayed for 4 hours. Never got on plane.”

He later added: “If you book a flight with@AmericanAir they will ruin your day, ruin your plans and then rob you. They say they won’t give me money back.”

In a video he uploaded, he and other passengers can be heard angrily arguing with boarding agents over the fact that no plane was available after a 4 hour delay. Uygur can be heard repeatedly asking, “Who made the decision that we weren’t ever going to get a plane,” after accusing America Air supervisors of “thinking this is funny.”

In a separate video, a supervisor directs him to customer service before admitting that he’s been booted.

According Uygur, he was told “the Captain didn’t feel comfortable” with him on the plane.

David Eckert ( Eckert, David ), Deming NM, ~2013-11-12 Anal Probes And The Drug War: A Look At The Ethical And Legal Issues

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Last week, news wires, blogs and pundits lit up with the horrifying story of David Eckert, a New Mexico man who last January was subjected to a series of invasive and degrading drug search procedures after a traffic stop. The procedures, which included x-rays, digital anal penetration, enemas and a colonoscopy forced , were all performed without Eckert’s consent.

Eckert was pulled over by Deming, New Mexico Officer Bobby Orosco ( Orosco, Bobby ) for making a rolling stop at a stop sign as he was leaving a Walmart parking lot. According to a subsequent search warrant, Orosco thought Eckert appeared nervous. A drug dog was called in, which alerted the officer to Eckert’s seat. The officer then claims he received a tip from another, unnamed officer that Eckert had previously hidden drugs in his anus. (Eckert apparently has a prior record.) Based on all of this, the police officers were able to get both Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dougherty ( Dougherty, Daniel ) and a local judge to sign off on all the humiliation that followed. (According to the original report, the hospital then sent him a bill for the “services,” and has since threatened to send a collection agency after him).

Days later, a second resident of New Mexico came forward with similar allegations. Timothy Young ( Young, Timothy ) says that after a traffic stop in October 2012, he too was subjected to x-rays and a digital anal exam without his consent. New Mexico news station KBO-TV was first to report both incidents, which were performed by physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, New Mexico. In both cases, doctors and police failed to find any illegal drugs.

A third alleged victim ( unidentified victim) has since come forward, although this woman says her anal search and vaginal search, x-rays and CAT scans came courtesy of federal border patrol agents, and without a warrant.

These incidents raise troubling questions about how the criminal justice system and medical establishment could allow for such extreme and invasive measures based on such little suspicion for nonviolent drug offenses. Oddly, according to constitutional scholars and medical ethicists I’ve consulted, the indignities imposed upon Eckert and Young were both illegal and unethical. And yet it also may be that (a) none of the law enforcement officials or medical personnel responsible for the violations are likely to be held accountable in any way, and (b) they could probably do it all again tomorrow, and still wouldn’t likely be held accountable.

The Legal Issues

Any discussion of the legal issues involved in these cases needs to begin with the general evisceration of the Bill of Rights wrought by the drug war. There’s a reason why some constitutional law scholars refer a “drug war exception” to the Fourth Amendment. Over the last 45 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has generally taken the approach that drugs are such an existential threat to American society that some basic and inherent rights need to be suspended in order to facilitate their eradication.

Officer Chris Medlin ( Medlin, Chris ) Aiken Sc, 2014-10-02

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According to a federal lawsuit filed by attorney Robert Phillips, what you see in the video below occurred in the town of Aiken, S.C., starting at about 12:20 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2014. The two occupants of the car are black. All the police officers are white.

Here’s what happened: Lakeya Hicks ( Hicks, Lakeya ) and Elijah Pontoon ( Pontoon, Elijah ) were in Hicks’s car when they were pulled over by Officer Chris Medlin. Hicks was driving. She had recently purchased the car, so it still had temporary tags.

In the video, Medlin asks Hicks to get out, then tells her that he stopped her because of the “paper tag” on her car. This already is a problem. There’s no law against temporary tags in South Carolina, so long as they haven’t expired.

Illegal stop - drug pretense - handcuffs - body cavity searches no drugs.

Medlin then asks Pontoon for identification. Since he was in the passenger seat, Pontoon wouldn’t have been required to provide ID even if the stop had been legitimate. Still, he provides his driver’s license to Medlin. A couple of minutes later, Medlin tells Hicks that her license and tags check out. (You can see the time stamp in the lower left corner of the video.) This should be the end of the stop — which, again, should never have happened in the first place.

Instead, Medlin orders Pontoon out of the vehicle and handcuffs him. He also orders Hicks out of the car. Pontoon then asks Medlin what’s happening. Medlin ignores him. Pontoon asks again. Medlin responds that he’ll “explain it all in a minute.” Several minutes later, a female officers appears. Medlin then tells Pontoon, “Because of your history, I’ve got a dog coming in here. Gonna walk a dog around the car.” About 30 seconds later, he adds, “You gonna pay for this one, boy.”

Illegal stop - drug pretense - abuse of authority - handcuffs - body cavity searches - no drugs found .. hassling another black couple

Officer Jacquelyn D. Hogue ( Hogue, Jacquelyn D), Fairfax VA, 2016-04-07

After Fairfax police ticket cars awaiting state inspection, Va. passes law banning it
Police Charge Mechanic With 'Felony Assault' For Calling Them Out On Ticket Scheme

The story of Bruce Redwine ( Redwine, Bruce ) and the Chantilly Service Center made people mad. For years, he and other auto shop owners watched with outrage as a Fairfax County parking enforcement officer ticketed cars that were awaiting state inspection or repair. One shop owner estimated his customers had been hit with $60,000 worth of fines and fees for expired inspection stickers or tags over six years. Redwine got so angry he snatched one ticket out of the parking officer’s hand, only to be charged with felony assault on a police officer.

State Del. James M. LeMunyon (R-Fairfax) investigated the situation after reading about it in The Washington Post in October. He introduced a bill in December to prohibit ticketing cars awaiting state inspection, and it passed both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly unanimously. On Wednesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed the bill into law, his spokesman said.

One parking enforcement officer in particular, Officer Jacquelyn D. Hogue, was a regular in ticketing cars outside the repair shops, the shop operators said and court records showed. When she entered the industrial park, word spread rapidly and shop employees hustled to move their customers’ cars inside before Hogue could slap a ticket on them. Redwine, who’s been running Chantilly Service Center for 21 years, said he did state inspections and emissions tests first thing in the morning, to make sure no expired stickers were visible, but cars sometimes failed, and repairs sometimes took time.

In one episode in October 2014, Hogue ticketed one of Redwine’s customers’ cars even though he had moved the car into his garage. As Hogue walked toward him with the ticket extended, Redwine said he snatched it out of her hand. He admitted using some insulting language toward her, but not touching her. Hogue later went to a magistrate who issued a felony warrant for Redwine. Redwine had to surrender himself at the Fairfax jail, be handcuffed, booked, fingerprinted and photographed.

Then he went to trial, where Fairfax prosecutors reduced the charge to a misdemeanor — Hogue is not a police officer — but Redwine was convicted and sentenced to four days in jail. He appealed to circuit court and in September 2015 a jury found him not guilty after 20 minutes of deliberation. But he had to spend thousands in legal fees to reach that result.

May I suggest we take Officer Jacquelyn D. Hogue and a magistrate or two out for a beer then actually demonstrate 'Felony Assault' on both so in the future they will understand the difference. :-)

James Anderson ( Anderson, James ), USA, 2016-04-01

In fatal shootings by police, 1 in 5 officers’ names go undisclosed

Officer unidentified - One evening last September, Pamela Anderson’s 33-year-old son was threatening her and needed to go to the hospital for medication to control his schizophrenia. She called police to her apartment on Chicago’s West Side, as she’d done many times before. Her previous calls had ended peacefully. But that night, an officer shot and killed James in front of her, saying he lunged at police with a box cutter.

Anderson remembers the face of the Chicago police officer who killed her son. But she doesn’t know his name. The department won’t identify him or the officers involved in eight other fatal shootings in 2015, saying an agreement with the police union prevents the disclosures.

Joshua Sisson ( Sisson, Joshua ), a 30-year-old white man armed with a knife, was shot on Jan. 1, 2016, on a street in San Diego, Calif. San Diego police responded to a domestic disturbance call where Sisson had allegedly held a knife to his boyfriend's neck. Police said Sisson moved toward an officer while holding the knife.

Sean O'Brien ( O'Brien, Sean ) , a 37-year-old white man armed with a knife, was shocked with a stun gun and shot on Jan. 2, 2016, in Livingston, Mont. Livingston police were called because he was making threats inside of a home goods store. When officers arrived, O'Brien ran at an officer with a knife.

Lance Light ( Light, Lance ) , a 54-year-old white man armed with a gun, was shot on Jan. 2, 2016, on a street in Maryneal, Tex. Light, a suspect in a homicide, fled from Sweetwater police in his vehicle. When he stopped, he got out and pointed a revolver at an officer.

and 253 more citizens killed by police ......

misconduct prosecutorial, USA, March 31, 2016

Trial and Error: Report Says Prosecutors Rarely Pay Price for Mistakes and Misconduct

New report shows how prosecutors get away with putting innocent people in jail.

The Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal group that represents people seeking exonerations, examined records in Arizona, California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania, and interviewed a wide assortment of defense lawyers, prosecutors and legal experts.
In each state, researchers examined court rulings from 2004 through 2008 in which judges found that prosecutors had committed violations such as mischaracterizing evidence or suborning perjury. All told, the researchers discovered 660 findings of prosecutorial error or misconduct. In the overwhelming majority of cases, 527, judges upheld the convictions, finding that the prosecutorial lapse did not impact the fairness of the defendant’s original trial. In 133 cases, convictions were thrown out.
Only one prosecutor was disciplined by any oversight authorities, the report asserts.

CIA, Ashburn VA, 2016-04-01

CIA left explosive material on Virginia school bus for two days while elementary, high school students rode to school

Dozens of Virginia elementary and high school students rode to and from school for two days straight on a school bus with explosive materials abandoned by the CIA during a training exercise — and school officials had no idea the potentially dangerous substance was still there.

The CIA had been conducting training for explosives-detecting dogs on a bus during spring break at Briar Woods High School in Loudoun County, about an hour northwest of Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Post.

During K-9 training from March 21 to 24, CIA trainers had placed explosive material in the engine compartment of the bus, as well as inside the school, for the dog to find.

Although the dog found the substance inside the engine, some of the putty-like material had slipped deeper and was wedged behind the hoses and was not discovered until Wednesday during routine maintenance. Incompetence.

Virginia State Police, RICHMOND, VA, 2016-03-31

A drug intercept training session goes down in flames.
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police confirm that a trooper Officer Chad P. Dermyer ( Dermyer, Chad P) , has died from his injuries in the Greyhound Station shooting in Richmond on Thursday.

Around 8 p.m., police announced that Trooper Dermyer, 37, passed away from his injuries.

The suspect in the shooting died at the hospital after troopers returned fire.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says a suspect opened fire on an officer at the Greyhound station at 2910 North Boulevard on Thursday around 2:45 p.m. Two nearby troopers then shot the suspect, who died after being transported to VCU Medical Center. Two other women were shot and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

One of the two injured is a female track team member for Binghamton University, the athletics department confirmed. She was on her way to a track meet at William & Mary. Both women are expected to survive.

State Police were at that station for a training exercise on how to intercept drugs at bus terminals, which are often critical transfer points for narcotics. Dermyer had just been training for his new position around 2:40 when he was shot by a man he approached as part of that training, according to State Police.

"The male subject pulled out a handgun and shot Chad multiple times," Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty said. "The male subject continued firing his weapon, as two state police troopers opened fire."

Dermyer was rushed to the hospital where Richmond Police, Virginia State Police, VCU Police, and numerous ambulances came flooding in, gathering outside the emergency room until about 6 p.m. when a motorcade of vehicles with lights on slowly left the area.

Brendan Hamilton was chillingly close to the shooting.

"I had my hand on the door handle," said Hamilton. "I heard two gun shots go off … I did not think they were gunshots, but then there were five, maybe 10 more after that, and I could see the muzzle flash through the tinted door."

Jeremiah Welch was walking down the Boulevard to the bus station when he came about the chaotic scene. "All I saw was people running out with their children, officers with guns behind the walls like trying to get in and then police officers just coming from everywhere." He says several took cover behind taxis.

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Daniel Shaver ( Shaver, Daniel ), Mesa AZ, 2016-03-30

‘Please Don’t Shoot Me,’ Unarmed Man Begs — Before Being Shot Dead by Arizona Police: Report
Distraught widow is now fighting to ensure that the officer responsible ends up behind bars.

A police report indicates that an unarmed young father of two begged for his life before being shot dead by a police officer in Mesa, Arizona. His distraught widow is now fighting to ensure that the officer responsible ends up behind bars.

According to KTAR radio in Phoenix, the newly-released police report indicates that Shaver told officers “please don’t shoot me,” shortly before he was indeed shot five times and killed.

Officer Philip Brailsford ( Brailsford, Philip ), in the Mesa Police Department, has been charged with second-degree murder, and he has pled not guilty. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said a plea deal is being considered, in place of going to trial.

On the night of Jan. 18, police were called to a hotel on reports of a suspect pointing a rifle out of the window. When police went to the room, they ordered Shaver and a woman to crawl out from the room. As Shaver was leaving, officers say he made a slight movement toward his waistline, at which point Brailsford shot him five times.

KTAR reports: “No weapons were recovered from Shaver’s body, but officers found two pellet rifles in the hotel room, which they later determined were related to his pest control job, police said.” Incompetence.

Shaver was 26 years old, and had wife and two daughters back home in Texas.

Former Officer Jason Van Dyke (Van Dyke, Jason ), Chicago IL, 2016-03-31

Chicago Cop Suspended for Murdering Teen Given New Job by Police Union
The man who put 16 bullets into Laquan McDonald ( McDonald, Laquan ) is now being paid by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.

A Chicago cop who was suspended from the force for shooting an unarmed African-American teenager 16 times now has a job with the police union.

Jason Van Dyke, the white police officer who killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, emptying his gun into the teen as he walked away from cops, was charged with first-degree murder last year. He was subsequently suspended without pay from the department. Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president Dean Angelo ( Angelo, Dean ) told the Associated Press the organization had taken on Van Dyke because he’s in a “very difficult situation, financially."

Angelo told the Chicago Sun-Times that Van Dyke performs a number of odd jobs for the union. “He might be on the roof, he might be in the office,” Angelo said, “he does anything we need.”

A national light was cast on the McDonald case last year, thanks to the city’s handling of the shooting. The facts of the case, when they finally emerged, seemed to involve police brutality and murder, a coverup, suppression of video of the incident, and dirty politics.

2 Chicago officers involved in McDonald case now off street Incompetence.

Van Dyke's partner, Officer Joseph Walsh (Walsh, Joseph ) and a detective who found the shooting justified, Officer David March ( March, David ) retain their police powers but can no longer work on the street in any operational role, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Friday.

Jamar Clark, (Clark, Jamar ) Minneapolis MN,

Minneapolis Police Department Officer Mike Ringgenberg ( Ringgenberg, Mike ) and Officer Dustin Schwarze ( Schwarze, Dustin ) will not face charges in the November shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday.

Schwarze shot Clark only after Ringgenberg scuffled with the young man, during which Clark took control of the officer's gun and Ringgenberg told Schwarze to open fire, the prosecutor said.
Investigators concluded that the officers acted in self-defense, he said.
"(Schwarze's) actions were reasonable given both his observations and Ringgenberg's plea," Freeman said.
The shooting led to angry demonstrations in Minneapolis and Freeman's announcement on Wednesday -- which was attended by members of Clark's family -- angered community activists in attendance.

Conflicting claims

Five people were wounded in November when gunfire erupted near a Minneapolis police precinct where activists were demonstrating. In other protests, demonstrators stopped traffic on an interstate and disrupted travelers trying to get into an airport.
Several witnesses said Clark was restrained when a bullet struck him in the head. One witness told CNN he thought Clark was in handcuffs. Police and attorneys have disputed those claims.

Freeman addressed the witnesses' accounts during his Wednesday news conference, calling them conflicting. Of 20 witnesses, he said, two said Clark was not handcuffed, six said they were uncertain and 12 said he was handcuffed, though they disagreed on whether he was handcuffed with his hands in front of him, his hands behind him or only on his left hand.
Freeman said none of the civilian witnesses reported hearing Clark say he was ready to die.
Forensic evidence further demonstrated that Clark had no wrist wounds that would have resulted from being handcuffed during the tussle, and blood found on the handcuffs suggests they were on the ground, not on Clark's wrists, when he was shot, Freeman said.

His death is the latest in a string of controversial police killings that includes the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Eric Garner in New York; and Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

Johnathan Scott Mcrae ( Mcrae, Johnathan Scott) Phoenix AZ, 2016-03-29

A Great Safety pin caper leads to felony charge against protester at state House,

Abuse of authority & Incompetence.

The man removed after a chaotic Arizona House of Representatives hearing Monday on last week's problematic election faces three charges, one because of an open safety pin.

Johnathan Scott Mcrae, 23, was forcefully removed from the Arizona House after he refused to leave at the initial request from authorities.

Police documents state that Mcrae was booked into the county's Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of three charges: resisting arrest and criminal trespassing in the third degree, both misdemeanors, and aggravated assault on an officer, a felony charge.

According to court documents released Tuesday, officials asked Mcrae to leave because he was "yelling and causing a disturbance in the gallery of the House of Representatives building" near 17th Avenue and Washington Street.

Records show Mcrae was asked to leave four times and refused to comply.

Court documents said that after six state troopers carried him out of the gallery, Mcrae was taken to the Capitol District Facility, where he was searched for weapons.

When authorities asked Mcrae if he had any weapons, he said no. However, one state trooper searching the man was pricked by an open safety pin that was hanging out of the left side of Mcrae’s shorts.

Court records identified the safety pin as a weapon of assault, and the trooper sought medical assistance for his injury.

Troopers were then asked to remove the man.

"He clamped down on the seat that was there — on the armrest," Cecil said. "And troopers had to physically remove his arm ... from the armrest."

Some witnesses did not believe Mcrae’s arrest was necessary or justified, according to various social-media accounts.

Flint Water, Flint MI, 2016-03-20

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‘It was definitely an inside job': The mystery surrounding missing water files at Flint City Hall

“Well, sure, (it’s suspicious) when they go into a room where all the water files were and they take a TV, but not the cord to make it work, yes,” Weaver said.

Days before the federal government opened an investigation into the Flint water crisis, someone broke into a vacant City Hall office full of documents related to the embattled Michigan city’s water system.

Nearly three months later, officials have confirmed that a TV went missing, but little else is known, according to the Flint Journal.

Without suspects or a firm handle on what else may have been swiped, authorities told the paper last week that the crime may remain unsolved.

No warrants have been issued in the case, but officials don’t shy away from speculative statements that stop just short of conspiracy theories.

“It was definitely an inside job,” police chief Tim Johnson told the Journal. “The power cord (to the TV) wasn’t even taken. The average drug user knows that you’d need the power cord to be able to pawn it.”

“It was somebody that had knowledge of those documents that really wanted to keep them out of the right hands, out of the hands of someone who was going to tell the real story of what’s going on with Flint water.”

[Water in Flint still untested for Legionnaire’s despite sickness and deaths]

The break-in was discovered by a City Hall employee who returned to work after a break on Dec. 28 and noticed a broken window, according to the Journal.

Surveillance footage showed someone leaving the scene with a TV that investigators believe was removed from the room in question, the paper reported. That particular room was not assigned to a city employee at the time. No other offices were targeted, the Journal reported.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver told the paper that the break-in was suspicious, but she stopped short of calling it an “inside job.” She noted that documents were scattered across the room when the break-in was discovered, making it difficult to determine what — if anything — had been taken.

[It’s not just Flint. Lead taints water across the U.S., EPA records show]

“They had to know what room to go into, I could just say that,” she added.

Authorities said they cannot be sure about what went missing because they hadn’t done an inventory of the room. State and local police are still investigating the crime. For now, a frustrating reality remains: Nobody seems to know anything.

“We don’t know if papers or files were taken because papers were all over the floor,” Weaver told the Journal. “Maybe papers were taken, maybe they weren’t. We just don’t know.”

Days after the break-in, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Genesee County.

On Jan. 12, Snyder dispatched his state’s National Guard to begin handing out bottled water, filters and testing kits to residents in the city of nearly 100,000.

MORE READING: Flint’s water crisis reveals government failures at every level

‘Welcome to hell': The chilling case of a teen ‘horror’ blogger accused of killing her parents

DOD, DC, 2016-03-15


The Department of Defense last week asked Congress to enact a new exemption from the Freedom of Information Act for military tactics, techniques and procedures, as well as rules of engagement, that are unclassified but considered sensitive. A similar request by DoD last year was not acted upon by Congress.

DoD justified its current proposal as a military necessity, and as a matter of common sense:

"The effectiveness of United States military operations is dependent upon adversaries, or potential adversaries, not having advance knowledge of the tactics, techniques, and procedures that will be employed in such operations. If an adversary or potential adversary has knowledge of such information, the adversary will be better able to identify and exploit any weaknesses, and the defense of the homeland, success of the operation, and the lives of U.S. military forces will be seriously jeopardized."

This year's proposal was drafted as an amendment to the existing FOIA exemption for DoD critical infrastructure. So it has some noteworthy features that were not included in last year's proposal: The use of the exemption would require a written determination by the Secretary of Defense that the public interest does not outweigh the need to protect the information. The Secretary would also have to prepare a written statement of the basis for the use of the exemption. "All such determinations and statements of basis shall be available to the public, upon request...."

The large majority of military doctrinal publications are unclassified and publicly available. A relatively small number are classified and unavailable. But there is a middle category of unclassified publications whose distribution is restricted, which the proposed amendment aims to preserve.

Some recent Army titles that fall in that middle category include, for example: Special Forces Air Operations (ATP 3-18.10), Special Operations Communications System (ATP 3-05.60), and Countering Explosive Hazards (ATP 3-34.20). The Department of Defense does not readily release such titles today, even in the absence of the proposed amendment. But in order to withhold them under FOIA, it must engage in some dubious legal acrobatics, or else practice delay and defiance.

The proposed new FOIA amendment was included in a package of legislative proposals that DoD transmitted to Congress on March 10, 2016.

DOD seeks FOIA exemptions.

Abuse of authority.

Officer Jacai Colson ( Colson, Jacai ), Landover MD, ~2016-03-13

The Maryland officer who died after a gunman opened fire on a police station Sunday was struck by friendly fire. Incompetence.

An autopsy on Officer Jacai Colson showed he was "inadvertently shot by a fellow responding officer during the gunbattle," police said a day after the attack.

They identified the suspect who shot at the building as 22-year-old Michael Ford ( Ford, Michael ). He is in custody and remains hospitalized after being injured during the exchange of gunfire. His brothers, Elijah Ford ( Ford, Elijah ) and Malik Ford ( Ford, Malik ), are also in custody.

Officer Cynthia Hurley ( Hurley, Cynthia), Alexandria VA, ~2016-03-07

These cops donated a piggy bank full of money after thieves stole one from a young boy

Alexandria Police Officer Cynthia Hurley gave a new money-filled Pikachu piggy bank to a boy after thieves stole his from his family's apartment. (Alexandria Police Department)

Officer Anthony Spence ( Spence, Anthony ), Baltimore MD,

Abuse of authority & Incompetence.

Baltimore school officers charged following video of apparent assault

A Baltimore school police officer who was captured on camera slapping, kicking and cursing at a young man is facing criminal charges.

Anthony Spence has been charged with second-degree assault, second-degree child abuse and misconduct in office, according to online court records.

The charges came after footage showed Spence, 44, striking the young man; video of the confrontation surfaced earlier this month.

A second schools Officer Saverna Bias ( Bias, Saverna ) , was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office, the Baltimore Police Department said in a statement Wednesday.

“Both officers turned themselves in last night and were processed at the Central Booking Intake Facility,” the police statement said.

The school police force in Baltimore is separate from the municipal police force.

The video clip that sparked the investigation showed an officer, since identified as Spence, repeatedly striking a young male across the face while using profanity. Spence is then seen kicking the young male, whose name has not been released.

The footage shows another officer standing nearby during the encounter, which occurred at REACH Partnership School. The Baltimore Sun reported that this second officer is Bias.

The school system said in a statement Friday that the young man is “believed to be a student on the school’s roster,” the Sun reported.

The day after the video surfaced, a school system spokeswoman told The Washington Post that the young man in the video did not attend REACH, although officials were unsure about whether he was a student at another school in the system.

But Lauren Geisser ( Geisser, Lauren ), a lawyer who says she represents an unidentified 10th-grader at REACH, told the Associated Press that her client is the subject of the video.

America's Secret Prisons, USA, post 9/11running scared abuse of authority.Uncovering America's Secret Prisons
Investigative journalist and TED senior fellow Will Potter ( Potter , Will ) discusses the secret prisons that the ACLU says are violating inmates' rights.

Little Guantanamos. This is the phrase that some are using to describe prisons known as Communications Management Units, CMUs, highly secretive and dubious of legality. And they're right here in the United States. And an estimated 70 people might be held there. CMUs, largely unknown to the general public and media, are rarely granted access. Well, one journalist was recently able to get inside one of them in Marion, Illinois. And he joins us now to share what he saw. Will Potter is an investigative journalist and TED senior fellow, and author of the book Green Is The New Red: An Insider's Account of Social Movements under Siege.

PERIES: So Will, I guess on everyone's minds is how did you manage to get inside the prison? And of course, once you got inside, what did you see?

POTTER:Well, journalists are not allowed in CMUs. But I had been writing about one prisoner in particular for quite some time. From the day of his arrest I'd followed him all the way through the legal process, up through his conviction. And so I was able to able to visit Daniel McGowan ( McGowan, Daniel ), who's an environmentalist who is in the CMU, as a friend. And I was quite surprised by that, even, because I'd uncovered evidence that the counterterrorism unit had been monitoring my work and speeches about CMUs and writing about CMUs that I had done. But I quickly found out how that happened. And it's because Daniel was told that if I asked any questions or if I reported about our visit that he would be punished for my work. And when I arrived at the prison I was reminded of the fact that I was not allowed to ask him any questions. Nevertheless, it was an important insight into how CMUs operate, and an opportunity to see this from a perspective that other journalists have not been able to.

PERIES: Right. And you say many of these prisoners are Muslim. Is there any reason to believe that any of these prisoners, Muslim or otherwise, are any security threat to us in the U.S.?

POTTER: No, not at all. I mean, I think that really speaks to the discriminatory nature of these prison units, is that spectre and that fear, that outright racist stereotyping, is being used to create this fear of this community that frankly doesn't exist. The Muslim community that is imprisoned in the CMUs are not the Zacarias Moussaouis of the world. They're not the 9/11 hijackers, they're not anything like that. They're people like [Yasin Arif] ( Arif, Yasin ) who is an imam from upstate New York who was asked to bear witness to a loan, and it turned out one of the people that he was, that was involved in that loan, was an undercover FBI agent who was trying to entrap someone else in a fake attack. And Arif didn't know anything about it. So it was really a manufactured plot that Arif found himself wrapped up in, and as a result of that ended up eventually in the CMU. Those are the types of cases that we're talking about here.

UPDATE 03/09/2016 18:34:04-

2013 - A federal court has dismissed an environmental activist's claims against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons over a restrictive prison wing he was housed in, but a lawsuit filed by other prisoners against the government over its restrictive communication management units continues.

Daniel McGowan, 39, served seven years in federal prison for arson connected with the Earth Liberation Front, four of them in the secretive communication management units, or CMUs, dubbed "Little Guantanamo" by critics.

Along with dozens of other mostly Muslim inmates, McGowan's phone calls with the outside world and physical contact with his family were severely limited. Even after he was released to a halfway house, McGowan was briefly tossed back into prison this year for writing a Huffington Post blog entry detailing his case. abuse of authority.

McGowan's lawyers at the Center for Constitutional Rights had argued that his re-jailing proved he was still at risk for re-incarceration in the CMUs. But the judge overseeing the lawsuit disagreed, citing a 1990s-era law that severely restricts the rights of federal prisoners to challenge cruel and unusual punishment.

McGowan's lawyers at the Center for Constitutional Rights said in a statement that they were "deeply disappointed" by Senior Judge Barbara J. Rothstein's decision, but that they would push on with the larger lawsuit.


Deanne Choate ( Choate, Deanne ), Gardner KA, 2015-03-26

Gruesome Police Killing: Daughter Sues After Her Mother Shot to Death in Her Own Bed
Michele Choate sued Gardner, Kan., and three of its police for the death of her mother, Deanne Choate.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CN) - After awakening a naked woman in her bed, Kansas police shot her to death when she complied with their order to show them where she kept her gun, her daughter claims in court.
Michele Choate sued Gardner, Kan., and its police Officer Robert Huff ( Huff, Robert ) , Officer Justin Mohney ( Mohney, Justin ) and Officer Jeff Breneman ( Breneman, Jeff ) for the death of her mother, Deanne Choate, in Federal Court.

Gardner, pop. 20,000, is 30 miles southwest of Kansas City.
Gardner police got a 911 call on March 26, 2015 that Deanne Choate, 54, had been drinking alcohol, was suicidal and had a gun. When police arrived they immediately handcuffed and arrested Choate's boyfriend and removed him from the home, then found Deanne Choate sleeping naked in her bed, her daughter says in the Feb. 25 complaint.
After waking her up, officers questioned her for eight minutes, repeatedly asking, "Where is the gun?"

"Deanne was obviously not carrying or concealing on her person any type of weapon," her daughter says.
"During this time, officers came and went from the room. They looked under the sheets of the bed." They stayed in the room "with the naked, 115-pound woman" and finally gave her a sweatshirt to wear, according to the complaint.
After repeatedly demanding, "Where is the gun?" and "We know you have a gun," Deanne finally "complied with officers' request and produced a handgun, stating, 'Oh, here it is.'"

Then they shot her to death.

"Deanne was not threatening in any way as she complied with officers' instructions in providing a handgun located between the mattress and headboard of the bed," her daughter says. "The gun would have easily been located by officers if they had searched and 'cleared' the room as reported."

The officers then were ordered "to turn off their video and audio recording devices to further protect officers and prevent recording of incriminating evidence," though before they killed her, Deanne had been "polite and compliant," her daughter says.

Gardner officials did not respond to a request for comment.
Michele Choate seeks punitive damages for wrongful death, municipal liability and failure to train and supervise.
She is represented by Michael Hughes with McCormick, Gordon Bloskey & Poirier, of Overland Park.

Greg Gunn ( Gunn, Greg ), Montgomery AL, ~2016-02-25

‘They stood over him and watched him die': Outrage in Alabama after white unidentified officer kills black man

Colvin Hinson heard his neighbor die.

It was about 3 a.m. Thursday when Hinson was awoken by a commotion outside his Montgomery, Ala., home. Someone was frantically pounding on his window and shouting his name.

As Hinson searched for his phone to dial 911, a flurry of gunshots suddenly split the night in two.

When he looked outside, though, Hinson realized it was pointless to call the police.

An officer was already there, with a gun in his hand.

“By the time I got to the door, the officer was standing there, my neighbor lying dead,” Hinson told the Montgomery Advertiser.

Details are still vague, with police providing few details, but the little that is known about the fatal Feb. 25 shooting already has stirred outrage.

The officer is white. His victim, a 58-year-old grocer named Gregory Gunn, was black and unarmed. Police say he was acting suspiciously, carrying a retractable painter’s stick and that the shooting followed some sort of struggle.

Now Gunn’s family is claiming he was killed because of the color of his skin.

“I know he was racially profiled,” Franklin Gunn, Gregory’s younger brother, told The Washington Post early Tuesday morning. “He was black. That was the only thing suspicious about him.

“They thought he was a low-life nothing, walking the street,” he said. “They didn’t see a man. They didn’t see a black man. They saw somebody who needed to die, and they executed him. Now they are trying to cover it up.”

Vanessa Gathers ( Gathers, Vanessa ), Brooklyn NY, ~2016-02-24

Update February 23, 2016: At a hearing in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon, Judge Matthew D’Emic ( D’Emic, Matthew ) endorsed District Attorney’s request to vacate the manslaughter conviction of Vanessa Gathers.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson ( Thompson, Kenneth ) announced on Tuesday afternoon his office will ask a judge to vacate the manslaughter conviction of 58-year-old Vanessa Gathers, who served 10 years in prison for her alleged role in the 1991 murder of an elderly man in Brooklyn.

Gathers, who was released from prison in 2007, had initially confessed to the police that she had been one of two women who had assaulted and robbed 71-year-old Michael Shaw ( Shaw, Michael ) in his apartment. But she later said the confession had been coerced, and she maintained her innocence throughout her initial trial and during her years behind bars.

Thompson said his Conviction Review Unit had re-examined the evidence against Gathers and concluded that her confession was indeed false.Abuse of authority, Incompetence.
Saying he was acting “in the interest of justice,” Thompson said, “I have concluded that this conviction should not stand.”

The detective who took Gathers’ confession was Officer Louis Scarcella ( Scarcella, Louis ) , the retired New York Police Department investigator whose work has been the focus of a long and intense review by prosecutors and judges in Brooklyn. Since 2013, eight people who accused Scarcella of misconduct have won their freedom or had their convictions wiped out. All of those cases were prosecuted under the leadership of Thompson’s predecessor, Charles J. Hynes ( Hynes, Charles J. ) .

Claudia Castillo ( Castillo, Claudia ) , Miami FL,

Anonymous servers cop a dish of social justice

At the end of January, Claudia Castillo, a Miami resident, noticed a cop speeding down the freeway. She engaged in a pursuit, managed to make the cop to pull over, and told him to stop speeding. the cop apologized for his actions, but all of this was recorded and released to the US media via CBS.

A few days after the incident went public, Officer Javier Ortiz ( Ortiz, Javier) , another Miami police officer and the local leader of the Miami FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) union, has published Mrs. Castillo's contact info, including telephone and email, and asked his followers and friends to call her and give her a piece of their mind.

This information was released via Mr. Ortiz's Facebook account, and later the cop continued to badger Mrs. Castillo via Twitter (see images at the bottom of the story). The Facebook post in which Mr. Ortiz doxed Mrs. Castillo is now gone, but we don't know if someone reported it to Facebook and had it taken down, or if it was Mr. Ortiz himself.

Misconduct Abuse of authority

“I think this merits some attention at a county-wide level,” she told CBS4’s Natalia Zea.

She wanted IA to investigate the driving habit of one of their colleagues who she says she caught speeding with no lights or siren.

“He passed me like I was standing still,” said Castillo.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez ( Perez, Juan ) released a statement on the matter saying, “The Miami Dade Police Department will have his immediate command staff investigate the matter, once the officer and citizen are identified. The appropriate course of action will be taken at that point.”

Late Monday evening, the Miami-Dade Police Department identified the as Officer Daniel Fonticiella ( Fonticiella, Daniel ) who works at PortMiami.

The incident seems to have caught the eye of some of Anonymous's hackers, who have scraped all sources they could find to put together a similar list of personal information for Mr. Ortiz, which they later released online as well. A small piece of the dox, in a redacted version, is available as proof at the end of this story.

The hacktivists also urged people to call Mr. Ortiz, just like Mr. Ortiz urged his followers to harras Mrs. Castillo, who did complain about threats she received via telephone and email soon after Mr. Ortiz's Facebook post.

In the end, the whole story is even more ridiculous because Mrs. Castillo, as well as the cop she pulled over, Officer Fonticella, both have a history of bad driving. Mr. Fonticella is now at the center of an internal affairs investigation following Mrs. Castillo's video.

Officer Ashley Guindon ( Guindon, Ashley ) , Wodbridge, Va. 2016-02-28

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A police officer was fatally shot a day after being sworn in, and two of her colleagues were wounded while responding to a reported argument at a northern Virginia home, authorities said.

A county official said a civilian woman was also killed in the domestic dispute Saturday.

Dr. John Farquhar ( Farquhar, John ) , USA, 2016-02-22
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Investigation Reveals the Secret Deaths of Dozens at Privatized Immigrant-Only Jails

Dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances inside these facilities in recent years.

The investigation published in The Nation magazine documents more than 100 deaths at private, immigrant-only prisons since 1998. The investigation's author, Seth Freed Wessler ( Wessler, Seth Freed ) , spent more than two years fighting in and out of court to obtain more than 9,000 pages of medical records that private prison contractors had submitted to the Bureau of Prisons. We speak to Wessler about his piece, "This Man Will Almost Certainly Die."


Rex Iverson ( Iverson, Rex ), Brigham City Utah, 2016-02-23

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Utah Man Dies in Police Custody After Being Jailed for $2,400 Unpaid Medical Bill His death brings more questions about the modern-day debtors’ prisons, what Utah is calling “justice courts.”

Rex Iverson was put in the Box Elder County Jail when he didn’t pay an ambulance bill. The next day, he was dead.

Iverson didn’t have the money to pay bail much less the $2,376.92 bill to the Tremonton City Ambulance service. There was an attempt to to garnish his wages, “but he didn’t have a job, that we knew of,” City treasurer Sharri Oyler explained.

“We go to great lengths to never arrest anybody on these warrants,” Elder County Chief Deputy Sheriff Dale Ward told the Ogden Standard-Examiner. “The reason we do that is we don’t want to run a debtors’ prison. There is no reason for someone to be rotting in jail on a bad debt.”

“How can you get blood out of a turnip?” Josh Daniels of the Utah-based Libertas Institute said. “The thing about going to jail, your time does not pay your debt… A person should be obliged to pay, but putting him in jail doesn’t solve the problem.”

Iverson’s death brings more questions about the modern-day debtors’ prisons, what Utah is calling “justice courts.” According to he Standard-Examiner, in the last three years, 13 people have been arrested and jailed for debts similar to Iverson’s, many from government agencies.

Last fall, John Oliver blew the lid off of the corrupt system of debtors’ prisons which are supposed to be illegal but that isn’t stopping many. The Free Thought Project cites a report from last October by the Sixth Amendment Center, which says that Utah’s “justice courts” exist to monetize misery, rather than to ensure justice or any kind of due process. In Iverson’s case, there was neither.

Andy Lopez ( Lopez, Andy ), Sonoma County CA, 2013

Moments before 13-year-old Andy Lopez was fatally shot by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who mistook his replica AK-47 pellet gun for a real rifle, a man in a truck drove by the boy and felt a surge of worry.
"Hey. Throw that thing away," the truck driver recalled yelling out his window. "Police behind!"
Andy didn't listen as he walked toward a field near his home on the edge of Santa Rosa. And the driver kept going.

Deputy Officer Erick Gelhaus ( Gelhaus, Erick ) shot Andy seven times as he walked along Moorland Avenue with an airsoft BB gun designed to resemble an AK-47 rifle. Santa Rosa police, who investigated the shooting, said Gelhaus believed the weapon was real and friends of Andy have said an orange tip on the gun indicating it was fake was either taken or broken off.

(Sheriff) Officer Lee Baca ( Baca, Lee ), Los Angeles CA, Friday, ~2016-02-10

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation, cover up, lying, beatings ...

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The case against Baca is the result of an investigation by the FBI, and is one in a series of cases resulting from an investigation into corruption and civil rights abuses at county jail facilities in downtown Los Angeles.

Federal prosecutors say Baca agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to lying to investigators in the probe that tainted his career. This led to a month-long scheme to obstruct the investigation, which included members of the conspiracy concealing the informant from the FBI, the United States Marshals Service and the grand jury.

Baca's attorney, Michael Zweibeck, said his client had agreed to plead to a single count as part of a deal with prosecutors that will see him spend no more than six months in prison.

That changed Wednesday with the surprise announcement by federal authorities that the corruption went all the way to the top of the department and that Baca had finally agreed to take the fall. But if the court decides to impose a sentence greater than six months, Baca would be allowed to withdraw from the plea agreement and face a possible indictment.

Baca retired amid the probe that found civil rights abuses by deputies and a cover up that led to charges against his second-in-command and almost two dozen others.

The deputies claimed he initiated the violent encounter when he was un-cuffed for fingerprinting, but prosecutors said his injuries indicated both arms were shackled during the beatdown. The pair had cell phones, which is prohibited.

Tanaka and retired captain Tom Carey, who headed an internal investigations unit, were charged in May with the alleged attempt to derail the federal jails probe. "No one is above the law".
Former LA Sheriff Baca Withdraws Guilty Plea to Test Fate with Jury


149 exonerated in 2015, USA, 2015

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A Record Number Of People Were Exonerated In 2015 For Crimes They Didn’t Commit Prosecutorial misconduct

All following were victims of bad procedure, sloppy police work, incompetence, torture, misconduct, false/coerced confession, improper/flawed/invalid forensic evidence, Faulty Eyewitness Identification.
Wrongful conviction of Debra Milke ( Milke, Debra ), Bobby Johnson ( Johnson, Bobby ) , Shawn Whirl ( Whirl, Shawn ), Raymond Mora ( Mora, Raymond ) , William Vasquez ( Vasquez, William ), Amaury Villalobo ( Villalobo, Amaury )

bad guy - Officer Jon Burge ( Burge, Jon ), (Detective) Officer Armando Saldate Jr, ( Saldate, Armando Jr. )

Researchers found that 149 people were cleared in 2015 for crimes they didn't commit -- more than any other year in history, according to a report published Wednesday by the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan Law School. By comparison, 139 people were exonerated in 2014. The number has risen most years since 2005, when 61 people were cleared of crimes they didn't commit.

Here are some patterns the organization found in 2015 exonerations:

Official misconduct - About 40 percent of the 2015 exonerations involved official misconduct, a record. About 75 percent of the homicide exonerations involved misconduct.

False Confessions - Almost 20 percent of exonerations in 2015 were for convictions based on false confessions -- a record. Those cases overwhelmingly were homicides involving defendants who were under 18, intellectually disabled, or both.

Guilty Pleas - An innocent person pleading guilty to a crime they didn’t commit may seem unfathomable. But the National Registry of Exonerations said the number of false guilty pleas has been increasing for seven years, and has risen sharply in the past two years.
More than 40 percent of people exonerated in 2015 were convicted based on guilty pleas made by an innocent defendant, a record. The majority of these cases involved drugs (Drug War). Some were homicide cases.

No Crime Was Actually Committed - In about half of the exonerations in 2015, no crime was actually ever committed by the people put behind bars -- a record, according to the report. Most of these cases involved drugs. Some included homicide or arson. Drug War

The report details the 1981 conviction of Raymond Mora, William Vasquez and Amaury Villalobo on six counts of murder for starting a fire in a Brooklyn, New York, building that killed a mother and her five children. The convictions were based on the building owner’s account that she saw the men leaving shortly before the fire, and a fire marshal's testimony that the blaze had multiple origin points and was started with accelerants -- signs of arson.

Each of the men’s wives gave alibi testimony that the men weren't near the building when the fire started. All three men were convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life.

Flawed Forensic Evidence - Many of last year's exonerations involved flawed or invalid forensic evidence. According to the Innocence Project, improper forensic science is a leading cause of wrongful conviction.

Too often, the group says, forensic experts speculate when they testify, asserting conclusions that stretch the science. Further, some forensic techniques aren't backed by research, but are nevertheless presented to juries as fact. And there are honest mistakes. The FBI has admitted that from 1972 to 1999, almost every examiner in the bureau's elite forensics unit gave flawed testimony in nearly every trial in which they presented evidence.

Forensic fields like ballistics, bloodstain pattern identification and footprint and tire print analysis, have been “long accepted by the courts as largely infallible,” Kozinski said in his paper, arguing that the techniques should be viewed with skepticism.

Faulty Eyewitness Identification - False identifications of innocent people happened in several cases the exoneration registry report outlined.

The Innocence Project says eyewitness misidentification of a suspect plays a role in more than 70 percent of convictions that are later overturned through DNA evidence. Hundreds of studies have shown that eyewitness identification is frequently inaccurate and that human memories are not reliable, especially with traditional identification procedures. While simple reforms have been proposed, only about 14 U.S. states have implemented them, according to Innocence Project.

Kozinski called for states to adopt rigorous procedures for witness identification.

There’s no clear data on how many innocent people have been wrongfully convicted. The Innocence Project, citing multiple studies, estimates from 2 percent to 5 percent of prisoners are actually innocent. The U.S., which leads the world in incarceration of its citizens, has approximately 2 million people behind bars. That means a wrongful conviction rate of 1 percent would translate to 20,000 people punished for crimes they didn't commit. On death row, 1 in 25 are likely innocent, according to a recent study.


Yassin Aref ( Aref, Yassin), Albany NY, 2004-0804

America's Secret Prisons

'Little Gitmo' When an upstate imam named Yassin Aref was convicted on sketchy insubstantial 'suspect terrorism charge', he was sent to a secretive prison, Communication Management Unit (CMU) denounced by civil libertarians as a Muslim quarantine.


Andrew Stepanian ( Stepanian, Andrew ), New York, 2011-07-15

The Balancer: Animal-Rights Activist Andrew Stepanian Talks About His Time Inside ‘Little Gitmo’

In 2006, animal-rights activist Andrew Stepanian was convicted of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act and was sentenced to three years in prison. He spent the last five and a half months of his time inside a Communication Management Unit (CMU) in Marion, Illinois, one of two prisons in the country that primarily houses Muslim inmates. Christopher S. Stewart, author of New York's "Little Gitmo" feature, spoke with Stepanian about the experience of being a "balancer," as CMU guards call the few non-Muslim inmates who are "reportedly blended into the population ... in order to address the criticism that CMUs were housing only Muslims."

America's Secret Prisons



Juana Raymundo ( Raymundo, Juana ), Collegedale TN, 2015-01-11

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Cops Use Taser on Cleaning Woman After Mistaking Her for Burglar, Then Charge Her with Evading Arrest
The police went overboard in their use of force.

Two Tennessee cops are being criticized for excessive force for tasering a 36-year-old middle-school cleaning woman after they confronted her at night in the otherwise empty school.

Juana Raymundo, originally from Guatemala, has been charged with evading arrest after she ran from the police who thought she was a burglar — despite seeing her cleaning supplies in the hallway — reports the Times Free Press.

According to the police report,( Sgt.) Officer Jamie Heath ( Heath, Jamie ) and Officer Brian Desmond ( Desmond, Brian ) entered Ooltewah Middle School at 8:30pm earlier this month after noticing a door to the school was left open. Inspecting the school with their guns drawn, they spotted the cleaning supplies in the hallway before encountering an empty-handed Raymundo who appeared, “nervous and somewhat reserved.”

The officers state that they didn’t point their weapons at the woman as they attempted to question her in both English and rudimentary Spanish, saying she kept repeating “no” as she moved away from them, turning a corner and then running away as Heath yelled at her to stop in Spanish. According to the two cops, they chased her through the school cafeteria, down a flight of stairs and out the building and into the parking lot where Heath warned her to stop or he would use his Taser.

Heath said he then used his Taser, causing her to fall to the ground. The officers then called for medical backup.

Investigators said that Raymundo, who works for an outside cleaning service, has difficulties understanding both English and Spanish.

The police are doing it to themselves. US police through violent and often unaccountable actions under color of authority is causing an 'unwarranted' fear of an encounter with law enforcement.

A civilian repeatedly sees the cop on the news kill/beat-up/humiliate a suspect/innocent bystander etc...


Officer Unidentified, DC, 2016-02-01

D.C. officer fatally shoots a person armed with BB gun, police say

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By Clarence Williams and Dana Hedgpeth February 1 at 7:28 PM

A District police officer on Monday fatally shot a person who police said reached for a BB gun that resembled a semiautomatic weapon during an early morning encounter in Northeast Washington.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. in the 5300 block of Clay Terrace NE.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said on Monday afternoon that the officer was on patrol in an area that is known for violent crime. The officer saw a person acting suspiciously, and when the officer tried to speak to him, he ran away, Lanier said.

She said that the male then tripped and fell, and a gun fell onto the ground. The person scrambled for the gun and ignored the officer’s commands to stop, Lanier said.

Then the officer ( Officer Unidentified) fired one shot, striking the person, the chief said.

The person was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 3?a.m.

As of Monday afternoon, Lanier said that police had not positively identified the male and do not know his age. Victim Unidentified.

The officer was not injured. Lanier did not release his name, but she said that he has been on the police force for almost two years. She said that the officer was white and that the person who died was black.

Last week, the D.C. auditor released a report that said shootings and incidents of excessive force by city police officers remain low, nearly a decade after federal oversight ended for the department. The report says that intentional firings of service weapons were virtually cut in half since the early 2000s.

The report said the number of shootings was 28 in 2001, 30 in 2004 and 31 in 2007, and had declined to seven in 2010, nine in 2012 and 15 in 2015.

In November, officials said an officer shot and killed Darick Napper ( Napper, Darick ), 34, of Southeast, in the chest during a confrontation; Napper was armed with large hunting knife and a second “edged” weapon.

In August, 22-year-old Renita Nettles ( Nettles, Renita ) who was armed with several knives and believed to have set fire to her home, was shot in front of a crowd of onlookers. She was later determined to be incompetent to stand trial and ordered by a D.C. Superior Court judge to undergo psychiatric treatment.

In March, an officer shot 23-year-old Troye Roberson ( Roberson, Troye ) three times after police chased him as they were investigating a report of an attempted armed robbery.

Derrick Price ( Price, Derrick ), Marion County FL, 2014-08-07

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Cowardly Cops Caught on Camera, Gang-Style Beating of an Unarmed Man Lying Face Down. Watch the video and then ask yourself why so many people, both innocent and guilty, so often run from police.

Marion County, FL — In August of 2014, multiple deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s office conducted a drug bust. During the bust, Derrick Price ran from deputies Officer Jesse Terrell ( Terrell, Jesse ), Officer Trevor Fitzgerald ( Fitzgerald, Trevor ), Officer James Amideo ( Amideo, James ), Officer Cody Hoppel ( Hoppel, Cody ) and Officer Adam Crawford ( Crawford, Adam ). However, once Price realized he could not outrun the pickup truck, he quickly stopped, put his hands up, and laid face down on the ground — completely surrendering.

Upon reaching the unarmed, nonviolent, completely compliant, and prostrate man, the deputies proceeded to unleash a furious beating composed of kicks to the head, knees to the body, and countless blows from fists.

Price was left severely beaten and bloodied in the parking lot after the assault. The deputies would go on to lie and claim that Price was combative and resisting. Luckily for Price, however, the entire gang beating was captured on video.


Dustin Heathman ( Heathman, Dustin ), Williston, FL, 2014-06-01

Abuse of authoritymisconduct
Williston Case

On June 1, 2014, Officer Cody Hoppel ( Hoppel, Cody ) participated in a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team operation, located at 17161 Northwest 162nd Terrace, Williston, Florida.

The suspect, Dustin Heathman ( Heathman, Dustin ), 36, had an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of probation for driving on a suspended driver’s license in Levy County. Sources say that the charges in Levy County were dropped.

According to reports, Heathman had barricaded himself inside the residence.

MCSO deputies and SWAT responded to the scene. The SWAT Team utilized a military vehicle known as a Lenco BearCat Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), or Light Armored Vehicle (LAV).

MCSO stated SWAT was dispatched because Heathman’s father had told them that Heathman had weapons in his possession.

The arrest affidavit alleges that, after several hours of negotiations, Heathman fired at the SWAT Team at which time they returned fire.

Heathman eventually surrendered.

According to the plea agreement, Heathman exited his residence and was given verbal commands by a member of the SWAT Team to walk to the rear of the BearCat, which was parked in front of the residence. At one point, Heathman was ordered to stop, remove his shirt, and drop his shorts down to his ankles. Heathman complied with all of the orders.

The U.S Attorney’s Office stated that Heathman was fully compliant and continued to obey verbal commands and walked slowly with his hands up to the rear of the BearCat. At no time did Heathman pose a threat to anyone at the scene.

The court documents state, “As soon as Heathman made it to the rear of the vehicle, and before he was given any verbal commands, he was grabbed from behind by Hoppel in a bear hug and slammed to the ground face-first for the sole purpose of inflicting injury to [Heathman].”

The report states that this was done despite the fact that force was not was necessary to subdue Heathman.

Hoppel testified that while he was punching Heathman in the face, two other SWAT Team members were standing next to him. Hoppel stated that at least one of the two SWAT members participated in the beating. At that time, Heathman was fully compliant and subdued, and did not pose a threat to the SWAT Team.

Not one of the SWAT Team members came forward to report the incident. Moreover, the arrest affidavit makes no mention of Heathman engaging in a physical altercation, resisting arrest, or how Heathman’s face sustained injury, other than to say his ear was hit by “flying” glass.

However, Heathman’s booking photo tells a different story, which was not immediately available after his arrest.



Officer James Amidei ( Amidei, James ),

OCALA — Two of five Marion County sheriff's deputies suspended following the beating of a suspect in Marion Oaks last August have entered guilty pleas in federal court.

Bruce Ackerman/Star-Banner

Deputies Officer James Amidei ( Amidei, James ) , 32, and Officer Trevor Fitzgerald ( Fitzgerald, Trevor ), also 32, pleaded guilty before a federal magistrate Wednesday on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. The case involves the "unreasonable use of force" by sheriff's deputies on Aug. 7, according to court documents.

The felony carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Their plea agreements, however, allow for downward departures from sentencing guidelines based on their acceptance of responsibility and cooperation with the government.
Speaking after the hearings Wednesday, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III said Amidei stood by and watched the beating and that Fitzgerald sat on the suspect's legs.

Bentley declined to provide information about the other three deputies involved the case. They have been identified by local officials as Officer Adam Crawford ( Crawford, Adam ), Officer Cody Hoppel ( Hoppel, Cody )and Officer Jesse Terrell ( Terrell, Jesse ).

Derrick Price ( Price, Derrick ), at the time a suspect in a drug investigation, was caught following a search beginning at his home. His mug shot showed a large bruise under his left eye.

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CIA, Washington DC, 2016-01-31 (article date)

‘Eyewash’: How the CIA deceives its own workforce about operations

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Senior CIA officials have for years intentionally deceived parts of the agency workforce by transmitting internal memos that contain false information about operations and sources overseas, according to current and former U.S. officials who said the practice is known by the term “eyewash.”
Agency veterans described the tactic as an infrequent but important security measure, a means of protecting vital secrets by inserting fake communications into routine cable traffic while using separate channels to convey accurate information to cleared recipients.

Fred Hitz ( Hitz, Fred ), who served as the CIA’s inspector general from 1990 to 1998, said that intentionally deceiving agency employees seemed fraught with risk. “Somebody who is not clued in could take action on the basis” of false information, Hitz said. “That’s really playing with fire.”
But others said that eyewashing was a standard security practice that had been in existence for decades.
Play Video URL below.

A 19-year veteran of the CIA claims he was fired for trying to make hundreds of once-secret documents public. Jeffrey Scudder ( Scudder, Jeffrey ) shares his story about how his career unraveled. (Theresa Poulson/The Washington Post)

Edward Snowden , CIA, 2016-01-30

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The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prepared to kidnap Edward Snowden ( Snowden, Edward ) , the whistle-blower who exposed illegal and unconstitutional mass spying by the National Security Agency (NSA), documents obtained by the Danish media outlet Denfri show.
US intelligence maintained an aircraft and paramilitary team on standby in Copenhagen, awaiting orders to seize Snowden in the event that he crossed into a number of European countries, the documents show. They were obtained by Denfri through a Freedom of Information Act suit in August 2015.
The existence of the CIA plane was first reported in 2014 by The Register, which identified the aircraft as a Gulfstream V, registered under the number N977GA. The plane had previously been used to transport CIA captives to the agency’s “black site” torture centers across Europe, which were built up as part of an expanding global network of secret CIA prisons since 9/11.

Snowden has become a public enemy of the first order in the eyes of the US ruling class since he began releasing troves of data on spy programs run by the NSA and other US government agencies in the summer of 2013. According to May 2014 comments from then-NSA Director Keith Alexander ( Alexander, Keith ) , Snowden downloaded more than 1 million secret US government documents.
For the “crime” of exposing the vast and criminal surveillance enterprises run the by US government, Snowden has been subjected to innumerable death threats and slanders by the American media and political establishment.

Snowden embodies a new generation of educated and technologically-trained workers and youth who are increasingly hostile to the existing social order. That is why he has been hounded and turned away by governments around the world, and now lives in de facto exile in Moscow, where he received a temporary visa only after being forced to live for weeks in Moscow’s international air terminal, after the US cancellation of his passport frustrated his effort to travel to Ecuador, where he was seeking asylum.
There is now firm evidence that the US ruling elite sought to make good on its threats against Snowden, in the form of a snatch-and-grab operation, likely aimed at transferring the whistleblower to a covert torture base somewhere in Europe.

Roman Seleznyov ( Seleznyov, Roman ), Moscow, 2014-07-10

US ‘kidnaps’ Russian MP’s son to ‘exchange him for Snowden’

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A Russian MP claims the US kidnapped his son from the Maldives on bogus cyber-fraud charges and may be preparing to offer him as bait in a swap deal for Edward Snowden ( Snowden, Edward ).

Roman Seleznyov, 30, was arrested at Male international airport as he was about to board a flight to Moscow. He was forced by US secret service agents to board a private plane to Guam and was later arrested. The Russian ministry slammed his detention as “a de-facto kidnapping.”

Moscow considers the kidnapping "a new hostile move by Washington,” and accused the US of ignoring proper procedure in dealing with foreign nationals suspected of crimes.

“The same happened to Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, who were forced to go to the US from third countries and convicted on dubious charges.”

Conflict, Crime, Russia, Politics, USA, Hacking

Snowden Edward, CIA, 2014-08-23

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A plot by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Israel’s Mossad to kidnap National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden ( Snowden, Edward ) was foiled by agents of Russia’s intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB).

The plan was to abduct Snowden in Moscow where he was hiding out and spirit him across the Russian border to Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member, where a plane would be waiting to transport him for interrogation to Diego Garcia, the Indian Ocean military base where terrorism suspects have been held secretly in recent years.

According to an FSB officer, who agreed to speak to this writer off the record to protect his identity, the plot unraveled at the start of October 2013, two months after Snowden had been granted a temporary Russian asylum permit. On August 7, Snowden’s permit was extended for another three years.

The plan was to seize Snowden from under the noses of FSB agents tasked by Russian President Vladimir Putin with ensuring his safety in the Russian capital. The collapse of the enterprise, after only six weeks of planning, led to heated exchanges between Moscow, Washington and Tel Aviv with threats of retaliation from Russia.

At first, the CIA sought Israel’s help to kidnap Snowden, making it clear Israel owed the agency. For years, Langley and the NSA have shared massive amounts of intelligence with Mossad. The NSA in particular had, at Israel’s request, been wiretapping the phones and monitoring all other communications between Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and their relatives, friends and supporters in the United States. The NSA had also undertaken other intelligence gathering exercises at Israel’s prompting.

In order to pull off their scheme, the CIA had decided the outfit with the best operatives in Moscow, with “sleeper” agents within the FSB, was Mossad. The British, according to an intelligence source in London, were also approached for help but dismissed the project as foolhardy. Nevertheless, the CIA was determined to go ahead.

According to the FSB source, however, Russia’s intelligence agency uncovered the covert plan before CIA and Mossad agents were able to carry it out.

Russian officials immediately contacted Washington and Tel Aviv to inform them that their operatives had been discovered and in order to avoid embarrassment they should leave Moscow before they were arrested, and the Kremlin made the plot into an international incident.

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Matthew Hovland-Knase ( Hovland-Knase, Matthew ), Minneapolis-St. Paul MN, 2015-06-20

Minn. Cop Blames ‘Muscle Memory’ After Dashcam Video Shows Him Shooting Unarmed Driver
Video published last week by KMSP shows Eden Prairie Police Sergeant Lonnie Soppeland engaged in pursuit of Matthew Hovland-Knase’s motorcycle.

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A Minnesota policeman who shot a man in the arm following a high speech chase said that he made the mistake due to stress and “muscle memory” from a recent training exercise.

Video published last week by KMSP shows Eden Prairie Police Sergeant Officer Lonnie Soppeland ( Soppeland, Lonnie ) engaged in pursuit of Matthew Hovland-Knase’s motorcycle at speeds that topped 110 miles per hour on June 20, 2015.

After pulling over Hovland-Knase, Soppeland can be heard yelling for the suspect to “get your hands where I can see them.”

Almost immediately, the sound of a gunshot is heard.

“Sh*t! F*ck! F*ck!” Soppeland curses.

“Please help me!” Hovland-Knase begs as the officer approaches, holstering his gun to help the injured man steady the motorcycle.

“Oh, sh*t!” the suspect moans. “What the f*ck, man?”

Soppeland begins administering first aid after returning from his cruiser with medical supplies.

“You actually shot me, didn’t you?” Hovland-Knase says.

“I’m not going to say anything right now,” Soppeland explains. “But you know, it was not intentional, I can tell you that.”

“I know,” Hovland-Knase replies.

According to court records, Hovland-Knase was later found guilty of fleeing an officer.

Soppeland told detectives that the shooting “was not my conscious choice…I could feel the effect of the adrenaline.”

“As I was giving commands, I drew my firearm with my right hand, I planned to steady it with my left hand. When my hands made contact, the firearm discharged once unintentionally,” he insisted.

At the suggestion of the detectives, Soppeland agreed that a training exercise 20 days earlier was partially responsible for the incident.

“Yes, I feel the muscle memory from that recent training of squeezing the trigger contributed to the unintentional discharge during a high stress situation,” he said.

The Eden Prairie Police Department told KMSP that Soppeland had returned to duty after a “full investigation of the incident was completed by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.”

“Based on the findings of the investigation, no further disciplinary action was taken and Soppleand has returned to regular duties with the Eden Prairie Police Department,” a statement from the department noted.

Watch the video below from KMSP.

NYPD abuse of authority , NYC, 2016-01-25

abuse of authority Documents Uncover NYPD’s Vast License Plate Reader Database Surveillance ( Surveillance Database )is about power. Vigilant gives the NYPD power to monitor our whereabouts.

Supporters of license plate readers are fond of saying that unless you’re a criminal, you needn’t fear the invasive technology. But those who adhere to that argument should consider just a few examples from around the country:

A police officer in Washington D.C. pleaded guilty to extortion after looking up the plates of cars near a gay bar and blackmailing the car’s owners.
The DEA contemplated using license plate readers to monitor people who were at a gun show. Since the devices can’t distinguish between those who are selling illegal guns and those who aren’t, a person’s presence at the gun show would have landed them in a DEA database.

A SWAT team in Kansas raided a man’s house where his wife, 7-year-old daughter, and 13-year-old son lived based in part on the mass monitoring of cars parked at a gardening store. The man was held at gunpoint for two hours while cops combed through his home. The police were looking for a marijuana growing operation. They did not find that or any other evidence of criminal activity in the man’s house. With these stories firmly in mind, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s latest license plate reader discovery is all the more chilling.

Last year, we learned that the NYPD was hoping to enter into a multi-year contract that would give it access to the nationwide database of license plate reader data owned by the company Vigilant Solutions. Now, through a Freedom of Information Law request, the NYCLU has obtained the final version of the $442,500 contract and the scope-of-work proposal that gives a peek into the ever-widening world of surveillance made possible by Vigilant.

Surveillance is about power. Vigilant gives the NYPD power to monitor our whereabouts and, by extension, our affiliations, interests, activities and beliefs.

The scope-of-work proposal explains how Vigilant vastly expands the NYPD’s surveillance capability beyond what was possible with its own license plate database. Known as the Domain Awareness System, it collects the license plate data scanned by the approximately 500 license plate readers operated by the NYPD and combines it with footage from cameras and other surveillance devices around the city. The NYPD holds on to the license plate data for at least five years regardless of whether a car triggers any suspicion.

Scott Walker Gov., Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2015-2016

Scott Walker Corruption Case Threatens to Implicate Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices
Prosecutors want the US Supreme Court to weigh in.

For three years, prosecutors in Wisconsin tried to investigate what they believed was illegal campaign coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ( Walker, Scott ) & conservative outside groups. The investigation has become a political flash point in the state:
The Wisconsin Supreme Court dismissed the case, but on Friday, the case moved to the national stage when prosecutors signaled their intention to take it to the US Supreme Court. And the focus is now set to shift from the actions of Walker and his allies to potential ethical violations by the Wisconsin Supreme Court justices themselves.

This summer, the Wisconsin Supreme Court took up the question of whether to stop the investigation into alleged coordination between Walker's 2012 recall campaign and conservative outside groups that receive unlimited donations from undisclosed donors. The problem was that the election campaigns of two justices on the state's top court had benefited significantly from spending by those same groups accused of illegal coordination with Walker. The special prosecutor overseeing the investigation, along with legal ethicists, asked the two justices with conflicts of interest to recuse themselves. But no justices stepped aside.

Then, in August, the special prosecutor, Francis Schmitz ( Schmitz, Francis ), asked the state Supreme Court to consider reopening the investigation. The request was viewed as a sign that Schmitz was considering an appeal to the US Supreme Court. Not only did the court say no; it went further, issuing an opinion earlier this month that removed Schmitz from the case, making it harder for him to appeal to the US Supreme Court. (To do this, the court found that Schmitz was improperly appointed to lead the investigation. This was a reversal from the summer, when the court allowed Schmitz's appointment.)


Georgia Department of Corrections, DOJ GA, 2016-01-21

More Than 50 Individuals Charged in Massive Corruption, Fraud And Money Laundering Schemes Operated from inside Georgia State Prisons. In total, 15 current or former Autry correctional officers, 19 current or former GA DOC inmates, and 17 individuals have been charged by the grand jury in the fraud and bribery schemes.

ATLANTA – Numerous Georgia Department of Corrections employees, inmates and individuals outside the prison system have been charged federally with conspiring to commit wire fraud, conspiring to commit money laundering, and accepting bribes to smuggle contraband into Georgia prisons. Much of the alleged criminal activity was committed inside Georgia state prisons and was initiated by inmates.

“The indictments allege that inmates managed and directed a number of elaborate fraud schemes that victimized citizens from across the country from within the Georgia prison system using contraband cell phones,” said U.S. Attorney John A. Horn. “Since September 2015, we have charged 75 people with criminal conduct that is initiated from within state prisons. The unfortunate common denominator to this criminal conduct is the pervasive availability of contraband cell phones, which allows too many prison inmates to continue victimizing our communities while serving their sentences.”

“Prisons should be a deterrent for individuals on both sides of its walls. Acquiring cell phones and smart phones have, however, emboldened current and former inmates and their associates to engage in criminal conduct with a perceived impunity from law enforcement officials. In many of these cases, the corrections officers themselves facilitated the introduction of the prohibited cell phones into the prisons, thereby allowing these criminal enterprises to continue and even expand. The FBI will continue to pursue investigations involving public corruption as seen here and will continue to work with its Georgia Department of Corrections partners in addressing these and other problems posed by the illegal introduction of cell phones within the confines of prison walls,” said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.

According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the indictment, and other information presented in court: The Georgia Department of Corrections (“GA DOC”) is the agency responsible for overseeing the operations of the Georgia state prison system and its more than 50,000 inmates. Jimmy Autry State Prison (“Autry”) is a GA DOC prison located in Pelham, Georgia. Autry is a medium security prison that houses approximately 1,700 adult male inmates.

Mary Anne Grady Flores, Syracuse, NY, 2011-2016

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When my US government uses highly questionable law to quell anti-war protesters activities, maybe it it time for a new government.

The police issued restraining orders as the peace activists stood quietly outside the barbed wire before armed guards.

The protesters wrote about the protective order on their website.

“We hope you’re sitting down. Or you might fall down laughing,” resister John Hamilton ( Hamilton, John ) wrote on the group’s blog. He said the police issued restraining orders as the peace activists stood quietly outside the barbed wire before armed guards.

Four protesters are suing two town judges in state Supreme Court, saying the order goes too far, violates their First Amendment rights and treats Evans like a crime victim when they do not even know him.

Syracuse, NY - Four drone protesters are pushing back against an order of protection the DeWitt Town Court issued against them on behalf of the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard.

Mark Scibilia-Carver, Clare Grady, Mary Anne Grady Flores ( Flores , Mary Anne ) and Daniel Burgevin (Burgevin, Daniel ) , of Tompkins County, filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court against DeWitt Judge Donald Benack Jr. ( Benack, Donald ) and Judge Robert Jokl Jr. ( Jokl, Robert ).

Last Tuesday, which marked the National Day of Action to Stop Killer Drones, Mary Anne Grady Flores, a grandmother of three and committed drone resister, learned she has been sentenced to go back to jail for six months. Her sentence starts on Tuesday, Jan 19. She has been told to report to the Dewitt Town Court to be remanded to Jamesville Correctional Facility, East Syracuse NY.

According to a press release about her case:

Mary Anne had been out on appeal of a lower court convicting her of violating an order of protection. It had been given on behalf of Col. Earl A. Evans (a sniveling coward) ( Evans, Earl A. ) of the Hancock Air National Guard Base 174th Attack Wing (in Syracuse, NY), to “protect” him from nonviolent anti-drone activists. She had been charged with violating the order while taking pictures of eight Catholics protesting the US drone assassination program at Hancock on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Onondaga County Court Judge Miller upheld the lower court conviction. Of note is that all eight Catholic drone resisters were acquitted because they went to uphold law, not break it.

Orders of protection, typically given in domestic violence situations, have been used by the Court and the Base in an attempt to deter protest and suppress free speech. Judge Miller also upheld a lower court ruling on the Hancock 17, seventeen nonviolent drone resisters given orders of protection, jail time, and fines. In her sentencing statement on July 10, 2014, she said “There are 4 perversions which brings me before this court and the last is the reversal of who is the real victim here? The commander of a military base involved in killing innocent people halfway around the world, or those innocent people themselves, who are the real ones in need of orders or protection.” The people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Palestine need orders of protection against the killer drones being launched from U.S. Air Bases.

County Court JudgeHon. Thomas J. Miller ( Miller, Thomas J. )
Phone: 315-671-1056
Fax: 315-671-1188

EAST SYRACUSEHon. Donald Benack Jr. ( Benack, Donald )
204 North Center St.
East Syracuse NY 13057
Ph. 437-3541
Fx. 463-1137

Honorable Robert L. Jokl Jr. ( Jokl , Robert L.)
Town Justice
5400 Butternut Drive
East Syracuse, New York 13057-8509
(315) 446-7136


Cedrick Chatman ( Chatman, Cedrick ) Chicago, Illinois

Video Shows Cop Gun Down Unarmed Teen in the Back as He Ran Away
This video epitomizes why Chicago cops are frantically trying to destroy all incriminating data against them.

Running scared
Chicago, IL (RT) — Lawyers for the city of Chicago, Illinois have dropped objections to the release of surveillance footage that shows the police shooting a black teenager in 2013. Cedrick Chatman was killed as he fled officers who stopped him for car theft.

Surveillance camera footage (5:36 mark in the video) shows Chatman bolting from the car, and one of the plainclothes officers pointing a gun and firing in his direction. When the camera pans over to the other corner, Chatman is lying motionless the ground.

US District Court Judge Robert Gettleman lifted the protective order on the recordings on Thursday after lawyers for the city said they would no longer oppose the release in the interest of transparency.

“I went to a lot of trouble to decide this issue, and then I get this motion last night saying that this is the age of enlightenment with the city and we’re going to be transparent,” said Gettleman. “I think it’s irresponsible.”

Chatman, 17, was shot on the afternoon of January 7, 2013, in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. According to the police report, Officer Kevin Fry ( Fry, Kevin ) and Officer Lou Toth (Toth, Lou ) stopped the silver Dodge Charger that Chatman was driving because it matched the description of a car that had been reported stolen. As two officers in plainclothes approached, Chatman bolted from the car and ran down Jeffery Avenue.

Fry said at one point he saw Chatman turn around and point an object at the officers. He fired four shots, hitting Chatman twice. Attorneys for Chatman’s family said that the video contradicts Fry’s account, and that the teenager never turned around.

The object in Chatman’s hand turned out to be a black box containing an iPhone. Police believe the box was obtained in the carjacking, according to Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), which had ruled the shooting justified.

“The video supports Officer Fry’s observation that (Chatman) was pointing a firearm at Officer Toth,” the final IPRA report said, concluding that the “use of deadly force was in compliance with Chicago Police Department policy.”

However, that finding only came after the firing of a senior IPRA investigator, who originally said the shooting had not been justified. Lorenzo Davis said his last performance review accused him of “a complete lack of objectivity combined with a clear bias against the police” and said he was the only supervisor who refused to make“requested changes as directed by management in order to reflect the correct finding” in cases of officer-involved shootings.

Ross Ulbricht ( Ulbricht, Ross ), New York, ~2016-01-12

running scared

IT’S BEEN NEARLY a year since a jury determined that Ross Ulbricht had created and run the anonymous black market for drugs known as the Silk Road, a conviction that resulted in a life sentence without parole. Today his defense team finally had their chance to contest that outcome, and with it, one more chance to free the 31-year-old man who’s become the face of the Dark Web.

As the first significant step in Ulbricht’s appeal, his defense on Tuesday filed a 145-page argument for a new trial, calling for a higher court to throw out his conviction on seven charges, including conspiracies to traffic in narcotics, money laundering, and computer hacking as well as a “kingpin” charge usually reserved for mafia bosses and drug cartel leaders. That appeal includes a long list of what it describes as improprieties and abuses in Ulbricht’s investigation and trial. Its most powerful argument: That the court erroneously suppressed information about federal agents investigating the Silk Road who used their positions to steal bitcoins from the site and even attempted to extort money from Ulbricht.

In its brief, Ulbricht’s defense points out that the full extent of the crimes of corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration agent Officer Carl Mark Force IV ( Force, Carl ) weren’t revealed to the defense until after the trial, and that similar offenses by Secret Service agent Officer Shaun Bridges ( Bridges, Shaun ) weren’t disclosed to the defense at all until indictments against the two agents were unsealed months after Ulbricht’s conviction. “To a significant degree the extent, and in some respects the nature, of Force’s misconduct—as well as Bridges’s participation altogether—was hidden by the government from the defense (and the Court) in this case until after trial,” writes Ulbricht’s lead attorney Joshua Dratel. “Contrary to the government’s claims and the Court’s decision, the evidence of Force’s (and Bridges’s) corruption was both material and exculpatory.”

Officer Richard Jones ( Jones, Richard ), Harvey IL, ~2016-01-13

running scared
Cop Officer Who Beat Pregnant Woman, Not Fired – Now Accused of Raping Another Pregnant Woman. The woman filed the complaint on Wednesday against Richard Jones and the city of Harvey, a south suburb of Chicago.

CHICAGO (CN) – A police officer accused of past misconduct faces a new federal complaint accusing him of raping a pregnant woman and threatening to arrest her if she resisted.

Identifying herself only as Jane Doe, the woman filed the complaint on Wednesday against Richard Jones and the city of Harvey, a south suburb of Chicago.

Doe, who says she is 20, says Jones began harassing her in June 2015.

The Harvey police officer allegedly added his phone number to her cellphone without her consent, and began calling her repeatedly. Doe says she did not answer his calls or messages.

In August, when Doe was visibly pregnant, Jones saw her at a gas station and made comments to her such as “You know how good you look,” “I’ve wanted you since the first day I saw you when you were wearing that dress,” and, “There are so many things I would like to do to you,” according to the lawsuit.

The next day, Jones pulled Doe over for driving without a license and ordered her to follow him to a nearby train parking lot, she says.

He allegedly waved her into a secluded area behind the parking lot, then forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Jones then ordered Doe to bend over the car, where he raped her, ignoring her protests and the fact that she was pregnant, according to the complaint. She claims he threatened to arrest her if she did not comply with his demands.

Jones remains on the force, despite the fact that this is not the first time he has been accused of misconduct against a pregnant woman, Doe says.

In 2011, Jones allegedly caused 17-year-old Kwamesha Sharp ( Sharp, Kwamesha ) to miscarry by kneeing her in the stomach and sending the ambulance away. A settlement in her case could cost the city up to $1 million, the Chicago Tribune reported last year.

The Tribune detailed Sharp’s case in an investigation of policing in Harvey, Ill., a town it said provides “perhaps the clearest view of the breakdown of oversight” of police in Illinois, in a state already infamous for its lack of police oversight.

12 Y/O female, DUNCANNON PA, 2016-01-11

running scared

A 12-year-old girl in Pennsylvania is dead after being accidentally shot by a police constable on Monday, according to multiple reports.

TIME reports that Constable Officer Clarke Steele ( Steele, Clarke ) intended to shoot Donald Meyer ( Meyer, Donald ) , but the bullet grazed the intended target's arm, striking his daughter, Ciara Meyer ( Meyer, Ciara ) , instead.

The constable was reportedly serving an eviction order at the time of the fatal incident.

On Tuesday, police told the Associated Press, that a man came to the door and closed it, before reopening it, armed with a loaded .223-caliber rifle which was described as being "slung and concealed along his body" and aimed at the constable's chest.

The man's alleged actions resulted in the constable reportedly firing his weapon once, which hit Ciara, who was standing behind her father. She died at the scene.

Police also told AP that the rifle had "a loaded chamber and a magazine containing 30 rounds."

Meyer, 57, was flown to Hershey Medical Center where he was treated, AP reports. He was reportedly charged with aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person.

David Kent ( Kent, David ), Kelso WA.,

KELSO, Wash. -- Officers shot and killed a man who they said was threatening them with a chainsaw just outside of Kelso Saturday.

The suspect was identified Tuesday as David Kent, 37, of Kelso, Washington. Investigators said he died at the scene.

Two deputies with the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and one Kelso Police officer were involved in the shooting. They were not injured.

Investigators said the shooting occurred in the 8900 block of Rose Valley Road, about 20 miles east of Kelso.

The incident started when the driver of a minivan crashed into a utility pole and attempted to elude police, investigators said.

The officers said they deployed Tasers on Kent before shooting him. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

The three officers were identified as Officer Brent Harris (Harris, Brent ) , Officer Alexis Tonissen and ( Tonissen, Alexis ) Officer Darrel Stair ( Stair, Darrel ).

An autopsy found that Kelso resident David Jay Kent died of multiple gunshot wounds from Saturday’s confrontation with police, the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office announced Tuesday.

The coroner’s office has ruled the death a homicide. The finding in no way implies criminal behavior on the part of the three officers involved the shooting. It is simply a finding that Kent, 37, died at the hands of others, Davidson said.

The coroner’s office had released Kent’s identity Tuesday morning after notifying his family.

Davidson declined to reveal details about where and how many times Kent was shot. Standard toxicology specimens will be sent to the Washington State Patrol Toxicology Laboratory for analysis, but results will not be available for 6 to 8 weeks, Davidson said.

The Clark County Major Crimes Team is investigating the shooting. It’s standard practice for an outside agency to investigate police shootings.

According to the sheriff’s office, two deputies and a Kelso patrolman confronted Kent on Rose Valley Road after a high-speed chase that began in Longview. They shot and killed him after Kent stopped his car and threatened them with a chainsaw, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Mark Nelson said the shooting was justified because Kent posed a threat and “put the deputies and the officer in a deadly force situation.” He noted the officers had tried to subdue Kent with a stun gun.

The sheriff’s office is not releasing further details — for example, whether the chainsaw was running during the confrontation — until all three officers are interviewed by investigators, Cowlitz County Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig said Tuesday.

Unidentified male victim, Anchorage AL, 2016-01-12

An Anchorage police officer shot and killed a man while responding to a report of a fight at an apartment in Spenard on Tuesday evening.

At a press conference later Tuesday night, Anchorage Police Chief Chris Tolley ( Tolley, Chris ) said two officers responded to the apartment at West 32nd Avenue and Arctic Boulevard. Tolley would not say exactly what prompted the shooting or whether one or both officers fired. Officers Unidentified. Medics came and pronounced one male dead at the scene, Tolley said.

The man was armed with a knife, Tolley said, adding that alcohol may have been a factor, though he would not say why police thought so.

A homicide unit and a crime scene team were investigating the scene Tuesday night, where a sheet was draped over the apartment's open doorway. All that could be seen through the front window was a miniature Christmas tree. Neighbors in the two-building complex looked on quietly from their balconies as investigators arrived.

NSA, DC, 2016-01-07

Note to Congress: The NSA Seizes More than Just Your Conversations with Israeli Leaders

Over the holiday break, Congress was up in arms over a Wall Street Journal report revealing lawmakers' private conversations with Israeli officials and interest groups were swept up by the National Security Agency during the US-Iran nuclear negotiations. But these aren't the only congressional communications collected by the NSA.

How vast is the dragnet? On what other national policy matters has NSA surveillance impacted Members of Congress? A congressional investigation remains long overdue, but these revelations should prompt Congress to create a Church Committee for the 21st Century.

Why Were the Communications Collected?

The communications were partly collected by the ubiquitous surveillance authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Executive Order 12333. The authorities don't just collect the communications of a specific suspect or target like with a FISA or probable cause warrant. Section 702 and EO 12333 collect communications about broad swaths of topics and categories—even the entire set of communications exiting a city or entire country. Indeed, even communications between two Americans routed abroad (a not uncommon occurrence given the structure of the Internet) may also be collected.

Innocent American (including Congressional) communications will be collected even if the NSA is targeting legitimate foreign intelligence targets. That's a huge—Constitutional—problem. After conducting a sample of Section 702-collected communications a federal judge found that millions of innocent Americans' communications ended up in NSA databases. It shouldn't surprise anyone that many communications between a lawmaker or their staff and foreign leaders (or their staff) might be collected by the NSA.\

Ramsey Orta ( Orta, Ramsey), NYC, 2016-01-12

Why is Ramsey Orta, Man Who Filmed Police Killing of Eric Garner ( Garner, Eric ), the Only One Criminally Charged?

As Sgt. Officer Kizzy Adonis ( Adonis, Kizzy ) becomes the first officer to face reprimand for Eric Garner’s ( Garner, Eric ) death, the only person present that day to be criminally charged is the young man who filmed it. Ramsey Orta, who recorded the fatal chokehold on his cellphone, has been arrested multiple times since. Orta says police have deliberately targeted him for capturing Garner’s death on video and exposing it to the world. Supporters rallied for Orta on Monday at a court appearance on Staten Island. Orta joins us along with ’s daughter, Erica Garner ( Garner, Erica ) , and Reggie Harris ( Harris, Reggie ), a member of the Black Organizing Project.

RAMSEY ORTA: Clearly, when they (NYPD) jumped out on me, that was the first thing that came out his mouth: "You filmed us, so now we’re filming you," because I asked, "Why do you have your cameras out?" When they jumped out on me, they had their phones in their hand, instead of a gun or anything, from my knowledge, was supposed to be in their hand. So I asked him: Why is he filming me? And he said, "Because you filmed us."

Abuse of authority lack of discipline


Sam Benson ( Benson, Sam ), Atlanta GA, ~2016-01-09

Atlanta Police Stop and Put Gun to Head of Rapper After He Withdraws $200,000 From His Bank
Apparently, it's now a crime to withdraw money from your own bank account.

Abuse of authority Incompetence.

Rapper exiting an Atlanta bank, found himself in handcuffs and on the ground with guns pointed at his head after police stopped him for making a substantial withdrawal from his account, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting.

According to Sam Benson — who goes by the stage name of “Blac Youngsta” — he had just exited a Wells Fargo branch in the upscale community of Buckhead after withdrawing $200,000 in order to buy a new car.

“I come out the bank, I see the police, I’m walking to my car, I see one of them point to my bag like ‘him,’” explained the rapper. “They come bum-rushing me at the car, put me on the ground, putting guns to my head.”

A spokesperson for the Atlanta police department explained that they were responding to a call “at the request of the bank manager” before finding “that no crime had been committed.” Officers Unidentified.

On Facebook, Benson posted a picture of himself in handcuffs and on the ground — surrounded by laughing police officers.

Noel Aguilar ( Aguilar, Noel ), Sheriff LA, ~2014-05-27

Los Angeles Deputy Officer Jose Ruiz ( Ruiz, Jose ) Shoots Partner Officer Albert Murade ( Murade, Albert ) & blame suspect. Both Kill Suspect in Retaliation.

Abuse of authority Incompetence.

The police report & video seem incongruous! (Updated):
Disturbing video emerged Friday showing two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies killing a man after they had chased him for riding a bicycle while wearing headphones.

The incident took place more than a year ago with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department initially telling the media that they shot and killed 23-year-old Noel Aguilar, a “known gang member,” after he pulled out a gun and shot a deputy.

But now a video shows the two deputies struggling to arrest Aguilar when one deputy pulls out his gun and shoots the second deputy before placing his gun back into its holster, then placing the blame on Aguilar.


Emanuel Lutchman ( Lutchman, Emanuel ), Rochester NY, 2015-12-30

FBI arrests mentally ill Rochester man in fabricated ISIS plot

Abuse of authority .

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested 25-year-old Emanuel Lutchman on December 30, claiming the existence of a New Year’s Eve plot to attack partiers in a bar in Rochester, New York.
Lutchman was charged with “[a]ttempt to provide material support … to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” also known as the Islamic State or ISIS. The charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
He allegedly prepared to kidnap and kill New Year’s revelers in a plot instigated by three confidential informants working for the FBI. Because of Lutchman’s complete lack of funds—according to the Democrat & Chronicle, he was “known for his aggressive panhandling”—one of the paid informants purchased the $40 of supplies, including knives and zip ties.

Lutchman apparently converted to Islam in prison after being sentenced to five years imprisonment for a robbery he committed in 2006 at the age of 16.
The alleged plot has all the hallmarks of an FBI-concocted scheme, including a vulnerable victim and extensive involvement by federal agents. Lutchman has a history of mental illness, as documented in the official affidavit, including “previous state Mental Hygiene arrests.” His father, Omar Lutchman, told NBC New York, “He has mental issues and he’s been having mental issues for a long time.”

“This thing could have been avoided and it could have been handled better if he’d had the right help,” the elder Lutchman noted. His son has attempted suicide in the past, including over the past summer. Emanuel’s grandmother, Beverley Carridice, told NBC News that he was prescribed psychiatric drugs but was inconsistent in taking his medication.

Carridice, who raised Lutchman from age 2 to 13, noted that he was psychologically vulnerable and unlikely to commit an attack without government involvement: “Whatever went down, the family is sorry. We do not support radical Islam. … But, they sent this guy to befriend him and set him up in a sting. How is that right? For the federal government to set up youths that they know are vulnerable?”

Charma Lutchman, Emanuel Lutchman’s former stepmother, told the Democrat & Chronicle that Emanuel had been hit by a car while living with Carridice, an event which permanently changed the youth and caused him to be more withdrawn.

“He wasn’t the same boy I knew after he got hit by a car,” she said. “He was different, more quiet.”

In addition to Lutchman’s psychological vulnerability, the FBI informant known as CS-2 played a main role in the financing and organization of the plot. (“CS” stands for “confidential source,” or a paid informant.) Omar Lutchman claims that the alleged plot would not have taken form without federal involvement, saying, “We just believe that he was influenced.”
Three FBI informants pressured Emanuel Lutchman at every turn. When one of the informants, CS-3, pulled out of the operation on December 29 at the FBI’s request, Lutchman texted CS-2, “In a way I was thinking about stopping the operation cuz [sic] I was trusting [CS-3] and at the last of our moment [sic] he decided to pull out.” According the affidavit CS-2 encouraged Lutchman, telling him “not to let CS-3’s backing out of the operation upset him.”

In addition to Lutchman’s psychological vulnerability, the FBI informant known as CS-2 played a main role in the financing and organization of the plot. (“CS” stands for “confidential source,” or a paid informant.) Omar Lutchman claims that the alleged plot would not have taken form without federal involvement, saying, “We just believe that he was influenced.”
Three FBI informants pressured Emanuel Lutchman at every turn. When one of the informants, CS-3, pulled out of the operation on December 29 at the FBI’s request, Lutchman texted CS-2, “In a way I was thinking about stopping the operation cuz [sic] I was trusting [CS-3] and at the last of our moment [sic] he decided to pull out.” According the affidavit CS-2 encouraged Lutchman, telling him “not to let CS-3’s backing out of the operation upset him.”

Lutchman is alleged to have had contact with an individual overseas who claimed to be an ISIS member in Syria. The affidavit does not claim that this individual gave any specific orders to Lutchman, nor does it identify this individual, their allegiance or specific location, leaving the possibility open that they are also involved with American intelligence.
The credibility of the supposed plot is further undermined by the fact that Lutchman’s communications with this unidentified individual began between December 25 and 26—in other words, about five days before his arrest. As Democrat & Chronicle columnist David Andreatta notes, “When was the last time ISIL hatched a terror plot in five days with $40?”

This case has several parallels with an earlier case in Rochester last year, in which Mufid Elfgeeh ( Elfgeeh, Mufid ) , a 30-year-old food store owner, was also charged with giving “material support” to ISIS for attempting to send two informants to Syria. The FBI apparently even used at least one of the same informants, CS-2, in both cases.

A comparison published by the Democrat & Chronicle points out the similarities in the affidavits in the Lutchman and Elfgeeh cases. CS-2, identified as such in both documents, played a key role in planning the alleged crimes.
CS-2, like the other informants in this case, was compensated well; he had received at least $7,000 from the FBI before this investigation, and will likely receive thousands more for ensnaring Lutchman in the latest plot.
The World Socialist Web Site has reported extensively on numerous concocted terror plots over the last fifteen years, many of which constitute entrapment. Some of the most brazen federal orchestrations include the Newburgh Four case in 2009 and the so-called “JFK plot” in 2007.
A report published by Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute noted that “in some cases the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by conducting sting operations that facilitated or invented the target’s willingness to act.”

Authorities at the state and federal level are hailing Lutchman’s arrest as a stunning victory that made Americans safer, despite the dubiousness of the planned attack. Governor Andrew Cuomo told Time Warner Cable News, “The federal agencies have done a magnificent job."
US Attorney for Western New York William Hochul Jr. took the opportunity to gloat: "This New Year's Eve prosecution underscores the threat of ISIL even in upstate New York but demonstrates our determination to immediately stop any who would cause harm in its name. What began as an ISIL directive to harm the community ended with the arrest of this defendant and a message for other individuals considering similar behavior—you will be caught, you will be prosecuted, and you will be punished."
Even though the police had no knowledge of any remaining specific threats in the city, Rochester canceled its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
The plot, trumpeted across media in upstate New York in particular, has already been used to retroactively justify an unprecedented police buildup across the country on New Year’s Eve. It will no doubt also be used to reinforce a climate of fear and justify police-state measures domestically and imperialist barbarism internationally.

Officer Jon Burge ( Burge, Jon ), Chicago IL, 1972-1991

Govt (read taxpayers) Pay Millions in Reparations to 57 Victims of Worst Cop in History – Who Still Receives a Pension
Former Chicago Police Commander received 13 commendations before his termination for torturing over 200 citizens.

Chicago, IL — Responsible for torturing more than 200 people to obtain false confessions, former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge has cost the city and Cook County over $100 million in legal fees and settlements. On Monday, the city of Chicago paid out $5.5 million in reparations to 57 of Burge’s victims, while the corrupt former police commander continues to receive his $4,000 monthly pension from the city.

Between 1972 and 1991, Chicago Police Commander Officer Jon Burge ( Burge, Jon ) and his men tortured hundreds of people to extract forced confessions from them. Up to 200 torture victims have accused Burge of using cattle prods on their genitals, plastic bags to cause suffocation, phone books to strike their heads, burning them on radiators, and forcing guns into their mouths during interrogations. Suspended from the department in 1991, Burge was fired two years later after the Police Department Review Board ruled that he had tortured hundreds of people.

In 1973, Burge and his men arrested Anthony Holmes ( Holmes, Anthony ) before torturing him at the police station. After hooking him up to an electrical box and placing a bag over his head, the officers repeatedly shocked Holmes, forcing false homicide confession. Holmes spent 30 years in prison for a murder that he did not commit because Burge tortured a confession, instead of tracking down the real killer.

Abuse of authority, Incompetence, human rights violations.

California Drug Enforcer, York County PA, ~2016-01-05

Officer Christopher M. Heath ( Heath, Christopher M.) California Drug Enforcer Caught With Marijuana in Pennsylvania


A deputy sheriff who works for an anti-narcotics task force in Northern California found himself swept up in a $2 million marijuana arrest in Pennsylvania last week. The authorities are now trying to determine if any of the cases he worked on have been tainted.

According to a criminal complaint, Christopher M. Heath, the deputy, and another man, Tyler Long ( Long, Tyler ) , 31, drove across the country to deliver more than 122 packages of marijuana to a person in West Manheim Township, Pa.

But investigators had been tipped off, and they stopped the car at around midnight on Dec. 28. The pair were arrested, along with a third man in another vehicle, identified as Ryan J. Falsone ( Falsone, Ryan J. ) 27.

In addition to the marijuana and $11,000 in cash, the authorities found Deputy Heath’s badge and his duty firearm, David Sunday, the York County chief deputy prosecutor, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

Officer taped tending pot plant, Shaler PA, ~Oct 2, 2010

…Ex-Pa. Officer Richard D. White . ( White, Richard D. ) caught on tape tending marijuana plant charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and hindering apprehension

Abuse of authority Incompetence.

Oct 2, 2010 By Rick Wills

Pittsburgh Tribune

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A former Ross police officer is accused of tending to marijuana plants while on duty in uniform and while being videotaped, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Richard D. White, 58, of Shaler is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and hindering apprehension.

The 3-foot marijuana plant was spotted Aug. 17 by Ross police Officer Gregory Garcia ( Garcia, Gregory ) in a fenced-in area near Cemetery Lane. The area, which has several radio transmission towers, is used occasionally by Ross police for training exercises.

10 Y/O female , North Carolina, ~2016-01-06

TSA frisks 10-year-old over juice box: How far should airport security go? (+video)

A father alarmed by a thorough TSA pat-down of his 10-year-old daughter posts a video that questions the effectiveness of airport security.

Abuse of authority Incompetence.

A father published a video of what he said was a too-thorough airport security pat-down of his 10-year-old daughter, adding to the debate over how much Americans should give up for security.

Kevin Payne's daughter, Vendela, accidentally left a Capri Sun juice pouch in her bag at the airport in North Carolina on Dec. 30. Transportation Security Agency officials found the juice and did a chemical test swab. When it came back with a false positive for explosives, a female agent administered a pat-down that lasted nearly two minutes and left both parent and child fuming, Matt Rascon reported for NBC San Diego.

"My goal was just to clear security as quickly as possible so we could make our flight even though I knew that in my mind they shouldn't be doing what they were doing," Mr. Payne told NBC San Diego. "I didn't want to make an issue of it there or then because it wasn't the time or place and I didn't want to further traumatize my daughter."

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Payne filmed and published the awkward episode on YouTube as he questioned whether he was being an overprotective father or reacting reasonably to a process that cared more about security theater than catching criminals. He said the screening involved far more touching than such a small girl needed, although TSA was supposed to "modify" its screening for children under 12 after a similar incident in 2011.

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Since terrorist groups such as the Islamic State group and Boko Haram have used children in violent acts in other countries, minors traveling in the United States are sometimes seen as a security risk. Some commenters pointed out that searching children belongs in the federal process for keeping everyone safe, as Morgan Cook for the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

"I’m sorry your child go searched,” wrote Janelle Sherako, a commenter on the website Nextdoor who was frequently searched while traveling by plane with a knee brace. "But I’d rather have my child searched every flight along with any other potential threat than to be on a plane and get hijacked, blown up, or (another) negative outcome.”

Some critics have less patience with invasive TSA security procedures, however. A classified study in June reportedly showed that while TSA can successfully catch rogue Capri Suns, weapons planted in luggage to test their inspection capabilities went through security undetected 67 out of 70 times, according to the Associated Press.

Payne said although he was intimidated by the possibility of arrest while at the airport, he is now considering options for a formal complaint.


Darius Pinex ( Pinex, Darius ), Chicago il, 2011 - Jan-xx

Judge: Rahm Emanuel ( Emanuel, Rahm ) administration lawyer intentionally withheld evidence about a fatal police shooting

Almost five years after the fatal police shooting of Darius Pinex at a Englewood intersection in Chicago, allegations of a cover-up threaten to reverse a jury verdict in favor of officers. Officer Raoul Mosqueda ( Mosqueda, Raoul ) and Officer Gildardo Sierra ( Sierra, Gildardo ) have maintained for years that they stopped Pinex on a night in January 2011 because his car matched the description heard over radio dispatch of a dark green Aurora with a temporary license plate and custom rims, that had been implicated in a shooting.

The officers have repeatedly claimed that they were conducting a “high-risk” traffic stop on the vehicle before Pinex refused orders and put his car in reverse, throwing a passenger from the car and nearly running over one of the cops.

According to court records, Sierra and Officer Raoul Mosqueda did not hear the dispatch as they originally claimed because it aired over a different radio zone. The discrepancy raises serious questions whether the officers had the legal justification to stop the car in the first place, let alone open fire on Pinex and passenger Matthew Colyer ( Colyer, Matthew ).

Court records show that Sierra fired at least eight shots at the car as it was backing up and Mosqueda fired multiple times from the passenger side, fatally striking Pinex in the head after he had hit a light pole.

As investigators searched the scene for evidence however, there was confusion about the dispatch the officers claimed they had heard. According to court records, supervisor Sgt. Officer Jeffrey Siwek ( Siwek, Jeffrey ) called an emergency dispatcher over his police radio about an hour after the shooting to ask why the Aurora had been wanted.

But on Monday a federal judge ruled that the lawyer, senior attorney for the city Jordan Marsh ( Marsh, Jordan ) , intentionally hid evidence that could have changed the outcome of the case. The Aurora Oldsmobile described by the dispatcher had a different temporary license plate number than the one driven by Pinex. And the dispatcher in the recording made no mention of a shooting or a gun in the vehicle — the reason Mosqueda gave for approaching the car with his gun drawn.

“After hiding that information, despite there being numerous times when the circumstances dictated he say something about it, Marsh said nothing and even made misleading statements to the Court when the issue arose,” U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang ( Chang, Edmond ) wrote, reversing the federal jury’s decision and calling for a new trial in the case brought by Pinex’s family.

Marsh resigned just hours later, according to the Associated Press.

That’s when the two ignored police communication protocol and moved the conversation off public frequencies onto their private cellphones and held two unrecorded conversations. Later, while testifying in court proceedings during the case, both Siwek and the dispatcher said they had no recollection of what they spoke of that night.

Pinex’s lawyers have said the cover-up likely began with the realization that the officers needed a reason for the traffic stop so the dispatcher gave Siwek details about an earlier call from the South Chicago District involving an Aurora.

The truth of the matter court records show, is that Sierra and Mosqueda could not have even heard the dispatch because it aired over a different radio zone – a serious revelation that casts doubt about whether or not the officers had the legal justification to stop Pinex in the first place.

“Well, this um, the car we were approaching fit the description of a vehicle that was wanted from a shooting in another district,” officer Sierra told investigators with the Independent Police Review Authority in a recorded interview. “It came across the wire from our… police radios.”

But attorney Steven Fine ( Fine, Steven ), who is representing Pinex’s family in a $10 million dollar wrongful death suit against the city, claims the officers knew they were in the wrong.

“They killed Darius Pinex for no reason,” said Fine. “They lied about the dispatch…[they] knew they had no reason to stop that car.”

According to the lawyer for the City of Chicago , Jordan Marsh (Marsh, Jordan ), the officers were in fear for their lives after Pinex, who was found dead with his right foot on the brake pedal, attempted to escape the traffic stop, and they shouldn’t be judged for what happened during “12 seconds on that cold dark Chicago night.”

Both officers remain employed by the Chicago Police Department, most notably Sierra, who was involved in two other shootings within six months of Pinex’s death, one of which was fatal.

In the latter shooting, Sierra fired three rounds into the back of 29-year-old Flint Farmer ( Farmer, Flint ) as he lay down on the ground. Sierra claimed he thought Farmrer’s burgundy cellphone was a gun at the time. As a result, Sierra said he felt his life was threatened by Farmer, and discharged his weapon 16 times at Farmer, hitting him seven times, including the three fatal shots while he was on the ground.

Cook County prosecutors did not bring any charges against Sierra, who admitted to drinking “multiple beers” before arriving to work on the night he killed Farmer, for his role in the death, claiming it was reasonable for Sierra to mistake Farmer’s cellphone for a gun.

Sierra was stripped of police powers after the final shooting, but remains on desk duty four years later.

The jury is still deliberating in regards to the shooting of Pinex, and whether the City of Chicago is responsible for his death.

James E. McBride ( McBride James E.), DC, 2015-09-29

Death of man restrained at a D.C. hospital ruled a homicide

The death of a 74-year-old man who struggled with security guards at MedStar Washington Hospital Center last fall has been ruled a homicide, authorities said on Jan. 4. (WUSA 9)

The death of a 74-year-old man who suffered neck injuries during a struggle with security guards last fall at MedStar Washington Hospital Center has been ruled a homicide, authorities said Monday.

James E. McBride, who had been a patient, was restrained by guards who were trying to bring him back to the hospital after he left without signing out on Sept. 29. He died two days later.

The D.C. medical examiner’s office said Monday that McBride’s cause of death was “blunt force injuries” of the neck. It also said the injuries involved “cervical spinal cord transection” and “vertebral artery compression.” They did not offer a further explanation.

[Broken vertebra on man who died after struggling with hospital guards]

D.C. police officials said they continue to investigate the death but they declined to comment further. Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the District, said Monday that there is an ongoing investigation into the case. He said no charges have been filed.

Family members previously issued a statement saying McBride, who lived in Northwest Washington, was a “loving husband to his wife of 40 years, and a wonderful father to his son and daughter.” Family members could not be reached Monday.

In a statement released Monday, the hospital said the incident “was devastating to all of us at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and our hearts continue to go out to the patient’s family.” The statement said the hospital is cooperating with authorities.

Hospital officials also said in the statement that reviews conducted after the incident have led to changes including enhancing training of care teams and security officers. They also created a team to respond to some “high-risk” situations.

The hospital said the reviews “were focused on ensuring that nothing like this ever happens again.”

The incident began about 5 p.m. Sept. 29 when McBride left the hospital, Washington Hospital Center officials said. They would not say why McBride was at the hospital.

The patient’s nurse and a security guard found him across the street, near MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, according to hospital officials. The nurse and guard walked the man back to the hospital grounds and turned him over to two other security guards.

A police report said the patient and guards were still outside the hospital when McBride “became non-compliant and resisted and a struggle ensued.” According to that report, McBride was “taken to the ground” by two of the people, and a third “utilized hand controls to restrain” him.

[Hospital reveals few details in death of patient who struggled with security]

At the time of the incident, Arthur St. André, a surgical care specialist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told reporters that the patient died after an “interaction that was physical between the patient and the officers.”

The security guards involved are special police officers, meaning they are qualified to carry firearms and have arrest powers limited to the area of their jurisdiction, in this case the grounds of the hospital campus on Irving Street NW. They are licensed through the D.C. police.

Two of the guards involved in the incident with McBride had previously been put on administrative leave.

Peter Hermann contributed to this report.

Officer Nicholas Wayne Powell ( Powell, Nicholas Wayne ), Winston-Salem NC, ~ 2016-01-04

Eastbound Business 40 is closed at U.S. 52 while Winston-Salem police investigate a shooting that injured a police officer and a man involved in a traffic stop.
The shooting happened about 1:55 a.m. after Officer Nicholas Wayne Powell, 27, tried to prevent a man from driving off in a car that police had stopped.
Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry Rountree said that Powell was shot multiple times by the suspect, who was also shot one time by his own gun.
The suspect had re-entered the vehicle and was trying to drive away as Powell attempted to stop him from driving off, Rountree said. While Powell was trying to accomplish that, the suspect managed to drive the car about a quarter of a mile with Powell in or hanging onto the vehicle, Rountree said.
During the struggle Powell and the suspect were shot.
Neither Powell nor other officers discharged or even pulled their weapons, Rountree said.
Rountree said the shooter was Gary Lynn ( Lynn, Gary ) , 26, of Raleigh. Rountree said Lynn has a criminal history that includes robbery and weapons charges.
Police said neither the officer nor Lynn have life-threatening injuries.

Officer Michael Bergeson ( Bergeson, Michael ), CHICAGO IL, 2012-08-03

Admin Pay for Cop who Faced Charges of Drunkenly Hitting Cyclist and Fleeing

An off-duty Chicago cop who apparently struck a female cyclist with his truck while drunk, fled the scene, and then lied about the incident on a police report, was acquitted of both felony charges he faced: leaving the scene of an accident and filing a false police report. However, last Thursday Cook County Judge James Linn did find Officer Michael Bergeson, 34, guilty of misdemeanor failing to provide aid and information at an accident involving injury.

On August 3, 2012, around 3:25 a.m., Nina Pilacoutas ( Pilacoutas, Nina ), 27, was cycling west home from her bar-tending job with boyfriend Clayton Meyer ( Meyer, Clayton ) when they came to California and Wabansia, a skewed intersection with four-way stop signs. Bergeson was allegedly driving his Ford F150 pickup northbound on California when he blew a stop sign. Pilacoutas went over the hood of the truck and landed face-first on the pavement, suffering a concussion, facial injuries, broken bones in her feet, and bruises on her body.

According to Meyer, Bergeson was speeding and swerving prior to the crash. The officer allegedly got out of his truck, acting confused, and asked if the victim was OK. According to Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Freeman, the driver drunkenly called 911 three times after the crash but did not admit fault, or provide his name or location. He repeatedly hung up on the dispatcher. Bergeson allegedly fled the scene once the ambulance was on the way.

Fortunately, the truck’s license plate was left at the scene and police traced it to Bergeson’s home on the 1800 block of North Whipple, near the crash site. However, Bergeson did not answer the door and the truck was not in sight. Two days later he made a police report claiming that it was Pilacoutas who ran a stop sign and hit his truck.

CHICAGO — Officer Michael Bergeson has been acquitted of felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident and filing a false police report.

Clayton Meyer and his girlfriend Nina Pilacoutas were both cycling home after work when they reached an intersection with stop signs.

chicago copAccording to Meyer, the boyfriend, officer Bergeson was speeding and swerving and ran a stop sign, hitting Nina with his truck so hard that she flew over the hood and then smashed her face on the concrete.

She suffered multiple broken bones, multiple facial injuries and bruises, as well as blunt force trauma to her head.

Officer Bergeson then got out of his truck and was clearly intoxicated, according to Meyer.

According to the attorney, officer Bergeson called 911 in a confused and drunk manner and kept hanging up on the dispatcher, without providing his name or location. That’s when he fled the scene before the ambulance could arrive, according to reports.

However, his license plate number was recovered.

For two days, officer Bergson was unable to be found at his home, and his truck was missing.

Then, strangely, he filed a “police report” in which he claimed that it was Nina who hit his truck while she was cycling.

Bergeson was eventually charged with fleeing the scene of an accident and filing a false report, but an attorney, Lauren Freeman, seemed to suspect that he might get away with it.

“Do not cut this guy a break because he called 911 in a drunken, cryptic manner,” Freeman said during the bench trial.

“That’s what makes it worse, because the defendant is a cop, and he leaves a bleeding young woman in the middle of the street because he’s drunk.”

Nonetheless, he was acquitted of the two felonies. He is still receiving pay and has been given administrative duties.

Instead, the judge found him guilty of a misdemeanor for failing to provide aid at the scene of an accident.

Bergeson may get probation or a maximum of one year.

1,134 Young Black Men, USA, 2015

Young Black Men Killed by U.S. Police at Highest Rate in Year of 1,134 Deaths

Final total of people killed by U.S. police officers in 2015 shows rate of death for young black men was five times higher than white men of the same age.

Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police officers in 2015, according to the findings of a Guardian study that recorded a final tally of 1,134 deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers this year.

Despite making up only 2% of the total US population, African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 comprised more than 15% of all deaths logged this year by an ongoing investigation into the use of deadly force by police. Their rate of police-involved deaths was five times higher than for white men of the same age.

Paired with official government mortality data, this new finding indicates that about one in every 65 deaths of a young African American man in the US is a killing by police.


Efrain Grimaldo ( Grimaldo, Efrain ) Huston TX, 2014-09-02

Houston, TX — Caught on video illegally selling assault rifles and sensitive information to undercover informants, a former officer of the year has also been accused of secretly working for Los Zetas cartel in a drug trafficking conspiracy in operation since 2006. Although the cop allegedly provided the cartel with firearms, bulletproof vests, luxury vehicles, police scanners, and database access, recently filed court documents revealed at least two convicted cocaine traffickers are cooperating with the government against the disgraced cop.

On September 2, 2014, Efrain Grimaldo, the nephew of Houston Police Officer Noe Juarez ( Juarez, Noe ), was sentenced to 33 years in federal prison after caught smuggling 1,640 kilograms of cocaine throughout the southern states and east coast. On June 24, 2014, Efrain’s brother, Sergio Grimaldo ( Grimaldo, Sergio ) , was extradited from Mexico and later charged along with Officer Juarez for participating in a conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine. Juarez was also charged in a separate conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Fired from the department following his own arrest, Juarez claims he had no idea that his nephew was a member of the Zetas cartel. But as the evidence continues to pile up with undercover surveillance videos and co-conspirators testifying against him, Juarez appears to simply be another cartel associate who successfully infiltrated the Houston Police Department.

In September, Bullitt County Sheriff’s Deputy Officer Chris Mattingly ( Mattingly, Chris ) was indicted for conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana. Mattingly has also been accused of working for a Mexican drug cartel and threatening to kill the captain of the Drug Task Force investigating him.

During the LAPD Rampart scandal in the late 1990s, more than 70 cops assigned or associated with the CRASH anti-gang unit were implicated in police misconduct, including unprovoked shootings, planting false evidence, excessive force, and theft. Subsequent investigations revealed that several cops, including Officer David Mack ( Mack, David ), Officer Rafael Perez ( Perez, Rafael ), and Officer Kevin Gaines ( Gaines, Kevin ), were actually Bloods who had infiltrated the LAPD in order to gain a tactical advantage over rival Los Angeles gangs.


William Amaro Sanchez ( Sanchez, William Amaro ), Bal Harbour FL, 2015-12-31

Entire Florida Police Dept Busted Laundering Tens of Millions for International Drug Cartels

Entire Police Dept

Bal Harbour, FL – The village of Bal Harbour, population 2,513, may have a tiny footprint on the northern tip of Miami Beach, but its police department had grand aspirations of going after international drug traffickers, and making a few million dollars while they were at it.

The Bal Harbour PD and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office set up a giant money laundering scheme with the purported goal of busting drug cartels and stemming the surge of drug dealing going on in the area. But it all fell apart when federal investigators and the Miami-Herald found strange things going on.

The two-year operation, which took in more than $55 million from criminal groups, resulted in zero arrests but netted $2.4 million for the police posing as money launderers. Members of the 12-person task force traveled far and wide to carry out their deals, from Los Angeles to New York to Puerto Rico.

Along the way, the small-town cops got a taste of luxury as they used the money for first-class flights, luxury hotels, Mac computers and submachine guns. Meanwhile, the Bal Harbour PD and Glades County Sheriffs were buying all sorts of fancy new equipment.

The latest revelations show that at least 20 people in Venezuela were sent drug money from the Florida cops, including William Amaro Sanchez, the foreign minister under Hugo Chavez and now special assistant to President Nicolas Maduro.


Hope Steffey ( Steffey, Hope ) , Stark County OH, 2008-06-06

Hope Steffey Update: Unlawful strip search part of “a pattern” in Stark County Steffey is the woman who sued Stark County Sheriff Tim Swanson, accusing his deputies (Officers unidentified ) of using brutal and excessive force.

WKYC reports that since the release of the now-notorious Hope Steffey ‘strip search’ video, 4 more Stark County, Ohio women, including Valentina Dyshko ( Dyshko, Valentina ) of North Canton, have come forward alleging that they were forced to remove their clothing when detained at the Stark County Jail.

Video that Channel 3 News obtained shows that both male and female deputies forcibly removed her clothes inside the county jail.

Steffey said deputies left her completely naked for six hours.

Steffey's lawsuit against the county was settled and now all the money issues have been resolved in the case.

The insurer for the county told Channel 3 News that Steffey and her lawyers received $475,000.

Of that, Steffey says she received $100,000.

The county contested the legal fees for Steffey's lawyers, but a court-appointed mediator settled the dispute.

The insurance company said it cost $230,086 to defend the case. The county had to pay a $100,000 deductible.

The total cost to defend and settle the Steffey lawsuit was more than $705,000.

Frank Andrews ( Andrews, Frank ), Choctaw County AL, 1964-11-28

A single gunshot has haunted Officer Quinnie Donald ( Donald, Quinnie ) for more than five decades.

The former Alabama sheriff's deputy shot and killed a black man in 1964 outside a house known for selling illegal booze. If the same events played out today, the death of Frank Andrews might have become a flashpoint in the national debate about police use of force and minority rights.

Instead, the white deputy spent 50-plus years second-guessing his actions and waiting to find out whether he would be prosecuted in the shooting, which forced the Andrews family to endure years of pain and left Donald with the sense that something was always hanging over his head, about to drop.

That gnawing uncertainty ended only weeks ago, when Donald, 78, learned that the FBI had closed its last investigation into Andrews' death with a determination that no charges were warranted. He now says the shooting was an accident, but FBI reports show that's not what he said at the time, and it's still not clear exactly what happened that night in Lisman, just a few miles from the Mississippi state line in rural Choctaw County.

"I'm proud that they closed it, but I don't like bringing it up," Donald said quietly during an interview at his home earlier this month. "I regret that it happened."

Andrews' family could not be located for comment on the government's decision. Several years ago, two of Andrews' relatives told The Associated Press they never really knew how he died.

FBI reports show Donald and another deputy stopped at Smith's Cafe on Nov. 28, 1964, to investigate a possible disturbance or illegal alcohol. The county was dry at the time.

In the interview, Donald said he remembers the headlights of the patrol car illuminating Andrews on the side of the road as they arrived.

"He was either taking a pint of whiskey or selling a pint of whiskey. We never found out which," Donald said.

The officers split up, and Donald said he saw Andrews put his hand in his a pocket as if trying to pull a knife on the other officer. Donald, whose regular service revolver was broken, said he was carrying an unfamiliar pistol that took only a slight touch to fire.

"I pulled out the gun and didn't know it had such a light trigger," he said. "It went off when it wasn't supposed to."

Andrews, 27, was shot in the lower back. Donald and his partner drove him to a hospital, but the man was dead within hours.

During the initial investigation, Donald did not explicitly claim that the shooting was an accident, according to an FBI report. Instead, he told investigators he fired because he believed Andrews was going to cut partner Bo Clark, the brother of then-Sheriff Leon Clark. A partially opened knife was found in Andrews' pocket at the hospital, the FBI report said.

A grand jury declined to indict Donald, as sometimes happened in the 1960s, when Southern whites killed blacks under questionable circumstances. Then a month-long FBI investigation ended without charges in December 1964.

Bettie R. Jones ( Jones, Bettie R.) , Chicago IL, ~2015-12-26


A Chicago police ( Officer unidentified ) shot and killed two people, including one who was fired on accidentally, while responding to a domestic dispute call early Saturday, authorities said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the two killed as Bettie R. Jones, 55, and Quintonio Legrier ( Legrier, Quintonio ) , 19. Both died at nearby hospitals shortly after the incident, police said. The incident comes as the troubled city is already embroiled in a federal civil rights investigation after a 2014 officer-involved shooting.

"(Jones) was accidentally struck and tragically killed," Chicago Police said in a statement late Saturday. "The department extends its deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends."

Police said an officer was responding to a "domestic dispute" around 4:30 a.m. Saturday when a person became combative "resulting in the discharging of the officer's handgun, fatally wounding two individuals." Both of those killed were black. Police did not disclose the officer's name or race.

The shooting is under investigation and is under review by Independent Police Review Authority, which conducts a review of all police-involved shootings in the city. Police declined to offer further details about the incident.


Bobby Daniels ( Daniels, Bobby ), Douglas County, GA, ~2015-12-21

Douglas County, GA — Bobby Daniels was a peace officer by trade – a private security guard employed at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta. When he learned that his emotionally troubled 25-year-old son Bias had suffered a breakdown and was holding a fellow security guard at gunpoint in a mobile home part in Douglasville, Bobby raced to the scene. Using the skills of persuasion and patient de-escalation upon which a private peace officer must rely, Bobby persuaded his son to relinquish his handgun and place it on the hood of a car.

Just seconds later, Daniels was fatally shot – not by his mentally ill son, but by the sheriff’s deputies who had arrived on the scene.Incompetence.

In familiar fashion, law enforcement officials insist that the victim of this police shooting – at least the 960th to occur in 2015 – was to blame, and they have provided contradictory accounts as to how it happened.

“I think that he could have been trying to help the situation instead of hurting it, but when he pointed the gun at the officers, he was shot,” asserted Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller ( Miller, Phil ) in remarks to reports at the scene shortly after the December 21 incident.

A different official account provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation claims that as Bobby and Bias struggled over control of the gun, deputies attempted to incapacitate the younger man with a taser.

“As the fight continued between Bias and Bobby, the handgun was pointed at the deputies, at which point one of the deputy [sic] fired, striking and killing Bobby,” according to the GBI.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that my officer thought his life was in danger, and he did what he thought he had to do,” insists Sheriff Miller, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

That the deputy believed himself to be at risk is a certainty, if only because police officers are incessantly catechized about the grossly exaggerated risks of their job and marinated in misinformation about a non-existent “war on police.” That this was a potentially deadly situation was clear, as well. Daniels, who sought a non-lethal solution to the predicament, was willing to place himself at risk. The deputies, on the other hand, behaved in accordance with the “officer safety uber alles” mindset.

Bobby Daniels, 48, died at the scene. An autopsy is planned.

Authorities said Bias Daniels picked up the gun and ran. He was later arrested on charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping and obstruction. Douglas County jail records do not indicate whether he has an attorney to comment on the charges.

Names of the deputies (Officers unidentified) present weren't released.

GBI officials said they will independently review Bobby Daniels' death and report to the Douglas County district attorney.

Douglasville is about 20 miles west of Atlanta.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl ( Bergdahi, Bowe ), 2015

Is the military justice system bowing to Republican-led political pressure while covering up major crimes?

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was arraigned this week on charges related to his disappearance from a U.S. base in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and held for five years, suffering extensive torture. The Taliban freed him last year in exchange for five Guantánamo prisoners. Bergdahl has said he walked off his post in an attempt to reach another U.S. base and report wrongdoing in his unit. Two independent army experts, including the officer who investigated the case, recommended against any jail time. But earlier this month, Army General Robert Abrams ( Abrams, Robert ) rejected their advice and ordered Bergdahl court-martialed on charges of desertion and misbehavior against the enemy. We are joined by Rachel VanLandingham ( VanLandingham, Rachel ) , a former top Army lawyer who says General Abrams bowed to Republican-led political pressure. A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, VanLandingham served as chief legal adviser for international law to U.S. Central Command under Generals Martin Dempsey and David Petraeus. She is now associate professor of law at Southwestern Law School.

Critics say General Abrams may have bowed to political pressure. Republicans have denounced Bergdahl since the prisoner swap was reached. Senate Armed Services Committee chair, Senator John McCain, has vowed to hold hearings if Bergdahl isn’t punished. A recent House Republican probe said the Taliban prisoner exchange violated federal law. And on the campaign trail, front-runner Donald Trump has called Bergdahl a traitor who should be executed. The search to find Bergdahl involved thousands of soldiers, and Republicans have said several were killed in the process. But the Army’s investigation found no evidence to support that claim. And while Bergdahl faces continued Republican-led attacks, the Navy SEALs story has been met by a wall of official silence.!&utm_campaign=7ffeb0b702-Daily_Digest&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-7ffeb0b702-191689569

Diana Williams ( Williams, Diana ), NYPD, 2011-09-11

Incompetent Cops Arrest Innocent Deaf Woman, Kidnap, Sedate and Humiliate Her Cops were on the scene for 45 minutes and never bothered to request a translator.

A deaf woman reached a $750,000 settlement this week after an NYPD officer lied about her disability and refused to provide a legally mandated translator before wrongfully arresting her. Although the cop was responsible for wrongfully arresting the deaf woman and violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, taxpayers will bear the burden of the settlement.

On Sept. 11, 2011, Diana Williams and her husband, Chris Williams ( Williams, Chris ), who are both deaf, attempted to evict tenants who had failed to pay rent. After the tenant’s boyfriend allegedly gestured that he had a gun, Chris Williams called for the police using a video relay service that should have tipped off the dispatcher to send a translator along with the responding officers. When NYPD officers arrived at the scene without a translator, they began questioning the hearing people while ignoring the deaf people.

Officer Christopher Romano ( Romano, Christopher ) and his partner spoke only to the tenant’s hearing roommate and her boyfriend, while ignoring Diana and Chris Williams. The cops were on the scene for 45 minutes, yet Romano never bothered to request a translator. Although several deaf tenants in the building offered to translate for Williams, who cannot hear, speak English or read lips, Romano rejected their help and decided to arrest her based on the false account from the tenant’s boyfriend.

After cuffing Williams’ hands behind her back, Romano was unable to explain the arrest to her deaf family members before taking her away. Although Williams clearly needed an interpreter, Romano checked the “No” box on the arrest report asking if an interpreter was required. He also checked “No” on separate paperwork asking if Williams had a disability.

In a deposition, Romano falsely insisted he spoke with Williams before arresting her.

At Richmond University Hospital, Williams was able to communicate with an interpreter who agreed to tell the cops her side of the story. In response, one of the officers reportedly signed, “Bullshit.”

After spending the night in handcuffs, Williams was returned to the hospital where her breathing continued to get worse. Instead of giving her access to another interpreter, Williams was injected with a sedative and awoke again at the precinct. Held for 24 hours, she was finally released without charges.

Officers repeat shooters, USA, ~Dec. 22 2015

At Least 100 Officers Involved in Fatal On-Duty Shootings in 2015 Had Used Deadly Force Before

A police officer is not supposed to resort to deadly force unless he believes that he, or someone in the vicinity, is being threatened with imminent death or serious bodily injury. It’s supposed to happen rarely, and it’s supposed to be the result of a more or less objective decision-making process. That’s why the results of a new Washington Post investigation are so troubling: it turns out that while the majority of American police officers hardly ever fire their guns in the line of duty, a significant number of them do so multiple times over the course of their careers. The Post found that at least 100 of the roughly 1,000 police officers involved in fatal on-duty shootings in 2015 had used their firearms, in many cases fatally, at least once before. A handful had done it twice, and one had done it three times.

From the Post:

In most cases, the person killed was armed and the shootings were found to be justified by authorities or were still under investigation. The shootings cut across departments of all sizes, involved officers on a range of assignments and grew out of circumstances such as routine patrols, undercover police operations and standoffs with SWAT teams that spanned hours.

The findings – which, it’s important to note, don’t include police officers who were involved in deadly force incidents while working at other departments -- can be explained in one of two ways.

The first is that some police officers are more likely to encounter dangerous situations than others based on the nature of the work they do: a patrol officer in a high-crime neighborhood in Baltimore is more likely to come face to face with an armed suspect than a suburban cop who mostly writes traffic tickets.

The other explanation is the concerning one: Some police officers might just be more trigger-happy than others, and will use deadly force in situations that their colleagues would resolve peacefully.

A sound public policy goal would be to weed out those overly aggressive officers and replace them with officers who are better at de-escalation. Because even if most police shootings are justifiable, it’s also true that many of them can be avoided. Whatever you may think about the national debate over police accountability, it should not be controversial to say that officers who possess the skills and temperament to avoid the use of deadly force are preferable to those who don't.


Corey Williams ( Williams, Corey ), Shreveport LA, 1998

Police, killers & Prosecutors frame man with 68 IQ for murder.

Corey Williams was hiding under a sheet on the couch in his grandmother’s house when detectives arrived to bring him to the station. Williams, who was then just 16, is intellectually disabled: He suffered from pica as a child, compulsively eating dirt and lead paint chips, leading to a severe case of lead poisoning.

The murder in question occurred in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1998, when Jarvis Griffin ( Griffin, Jarvis ) was shot and robbed while delivering pizza. Four men were present: Williams; Gabriel Logan ( Logan, Gabriel ); his brother, Nathan Logan ( Logan, Nathan ) ; and Chris Moore ( Moore, Chris ), known by the nickname “Rapist.” Moore and Nathan are older than Williams, and they, as well as Gabriel, are cognitively unimpaired. Griffin’s blood was found on Gabriel’s sweatshirt. Nathan’s fingerprints were found on the murder weapon, which he himself brought to the police. Witnesses say Gabriel, not Williams, robbed Griffin, and held an object that looked like a gun. And the three other men split the proceeds of the robbery—and the pizza—among themselves and a friend. Williams never saw a penny of it. It’s not even clear he fully understood what was happening that night: Witnesses say he fled the scene in confused terror.

But it was Williams who was charged with first-degree murder, Williams who was named by the others as the man who pulled the trigger, Williams whom the police singled out as the killer, Williams whom prosecutors sent to death row.

Why did Corey Williams end up imprisoned for a crime he almost certainly did not commit while Nathan and Moore remain free? All evidence pointed to the other three men as the perpetrators—yet Williams confessed to the murder, and the other men’s detailed testimonies corroborated his confession. Why would Williams confess to a murder he didn’t perpetrate? And if his confession was false, how could the other men’s testimony so accurately corroborate it?

The solution to this puzzle is both simple and outrageous—so outrageous that the state concealed it for more than 15 years. That’s how long prosecutors refused to release transcripts of interrogations conducted the night of the murder. It’s easy to see why they stalled. These transcripts, finally obtained by Williams’ defense this year, explain the central mystery of the case. Williams didn’t commit the crime; his testimony was coerced. The other men didn’t corroborate his confession; they refuted it. But when detectives presented them with Williams’ false confession, they quickly molded their story to fit with it. The prosecutor who sent Williams to death row—then fought to keep him there despite his intellectual disability—was aware of all this. He didn’t report it or inform the defense. Instead, he kept the transcripts hidden.

Lateef Dickerson ( Dickerson, Lateef ),Dover DE, 2014-08-24

Dover police released dashboard camera video showing Cpl. Thomas Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson in the face during an arrest in Dover, Del., on Aug. 24, 2013. (Dover Police Department via YouTube)

Delaware police have released the dashboard camera video of a 2013 incident in which an officer kicked a submissive suspect in the face, knocking him unconscious and breaking his jaw.

A grand jury initially declined to indict Officer Thomas Webster ( Webster, Thomas ), in March 2014, and Webster was allowed to return to full duty that June.

But on Monday, Webster was arrested on felony second-degree assault charges after a second grand jury was convened to review the case. Days later, Dover police released the dashboard camera video after a federal judge ruled that it was no longer confidential.

UPDATE: Tuesday, May 05, 2015
DOVER, Del. -- The attorney for a Dover police officer is blasting prosecutors' efforts to continue to pursue assault charges against him after a grand jury declined last year to indict him.

Cpl. Thomas Webster was arrested and released on bond Monday after a second grand jury indicted him on assault.

Webster was placed on leave in 2013 after reportedly kicking Lateef Dickerson, a suspect in a fight, breaking his jaw and rendering him unconscious.

But a grand jury declined to indict Webster in March 2014, and the U.S. Attorney's Office found no civil rights violation.

The ACLU subsequently sued Dover police on Dickerson's behalf.

A spokesman for Attorney General Matt Denn says Denn, who took office in January, reviewed the case and thought it should be presented to a grand jury again.


Jamal Rutledge ( Rutledge, Jamal ), Fort Lauderdale FL, 2015-01-13

Young Handcuffed 'Thug' Saves Arresting Officers Life

Handcuffed teen Jamal Rutledge saves Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Franklin Foulks’ ( Foulks, Franklin )life

A HANDCUFFED teenager is being hailed as a hero after he helped save the life of a police officer who was processing him.
Last September, Jamal Rutledge — a juvenile defendant — was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and burglary, according to NBC Miami.

But as officer Franklin Foulks was booking Rutledge, the cop collapsed holding his chest in distress.

Rutledge immediately began to kick the security fence and yell for help, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said. A nearby officer heard Rutledge’s cries and radioed for help. A rescue team arrived shortly after and transported Foulks to hospital.

The FLPD said attending medical staff noted quick action by Rutledge and other cops saved Foulks’ life.

Rutledge and three other officers involved will be honored publicly next week.

Sugar the cat, North Catasauqua PA, 2009

Cowardly Cop Kills Family’s Cat with a Shotgun After It Hissed at Him
In a new and cowardly low, a Pennsylvania cop blew a cat away with a shotgun because it hissed at him.

By Matt Agorist / The Free Thought Project December 17, 2015

North Catasauqua, PA — Six years ago, when Tom Newhart and his wife rescued a baby cat and named him Sugar, they never imagined that his life would end in a hail of gunfire. However, thanks to a North Catasauqua police officer, that’s exactly what happened. Officer Unidentified.

Last Sunday, Sugar escaped from the Newhart’s home. Hours later, he’d be gunned down by police.

“It’s like one of your children, you raised them, bottle fed them,” said Newhart as he began tearing up.

When Sugar escaped, a neighbor five houses down found him and decided to call the police after not being able to detain the lost cat. When the cop showed up, he pulled out a shotgun and it was open season on lost cats.

“I found the cat sitting right here,” said the neighbor, Mike Lienert.

When the officer showed up, he told Lienert that it’s “not politically correct, but if it’s injured we will put it down,” — as if being ‘politically correct’ has anything to do with killing an innocent animal.

The officer then walked into Lienert’s backyard, blew the cat away, and then told Lienert that he’d have to clean up the mess. Lienert said aside from poking at the dead cat’s body, the officer never attempted to catch the cat.

Lienert said the cat did hiss at the officer, but instead of grabbing a pair of gloves and putting the cat in a cage, this public servant did some target practice.

After recovering Sugar’s body, the Newhart’s decided to have him x-rayed by the vet to see if the officer was justified in shooting him. However, they found that Sugar was fine, and the officer had no reason to kill him.

“No lacerations, no blood, other than neck wound on body. ” Newhart said.

Newhart said he called the Mayor and the chief of police, who told him that this is not policy and has never happened before.

“This guy doesn’t deserve the badge he wears, and should be fired immediately and held accountable,” said Newhart in aFacebook post.

In a statement, the borough said it’s in the process of gathering information and conducting a review and investigation of what took place. After this process is complete, the borough will be taking the necessary and appropriate steps, according to WFMZ.

According to a local animal shelter, the officer’s actions could be considered animal cruelty. According to the Free Thought Project, the officer’s actions are considered cowardly and sadistic.


Nicholas Robertson ( Robertson, Nicholas ), Los Angeles County , 2015-12-11

Terrified man crawling away from cops fatally shot by LA deputies was acting ‘erratically,’ shot at 33 times

CBS Los Angeles spoke to Robertson's friends and family at the scene.

"They shot him in his shoulder, and he was crawling to this gas station," said Pamela Brown, Robertson's mother-in-law.

She doesn't believe Robertson had a gun and she doesn't understand why deputies fired so many rounds.

A 28-year-old man who was shot dead by Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies had fired rounds into the air in a neighborhood and sparked multiple calls to police in the minutes leading up to his death, police said Sunday after protests.

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies ( Officers Unidentified )fired a total of 33 shots at Nicholas Robertson on Saturday when he didn’t comply with their commands to drop a handgun he had been seen carrying in various areas of Lynwood earlier that morning, Los Angeles County Capt. Steven Katz said during a news conference.

Cell phone video taken of the shooting shows Robertson crawling away from the deputies as they fire, but Katz said additional video from the scene shows that Robertson was “motioning (the gun) in the direction of the deputy sheriffs” and wouldn’t put the gun down as he was being shot.

“When he collapsed, his arms were underneath him and the gun was still in his hand. There was never a time when the weapon was not in his possession,” Katz said. He added that the handgun wasn’t loaded when deputies approached Robertson, and there is no evidence that he fired at them, but the suspect was holding rounds at the time he was shot.

Katz said the number of shots fired by the deputies — one who has been in the field for a year and one who has been in the field for 18 months — were “not necessarily unusual.”

Officer Jeffrey M. Asher ( Asher, Jeffrey M.) Springfield, 1997-04-18

From "Man who filmed incident disputes police" by Jack Flynn, published April 18th, 1997:

SPRINGFIELD - Police yesterday acknowledged waiting two weeks before probing charges that a white patrolman, Asher had kicked a black suspect, but blamed the delay on the failure of witnesses to come forward with a videotape of the incident.

Deputy Chief Daniel Spellacy ( Spellacy, Daniel ) said the department had virtually no information on the alleged March 20 assault by Officer Jeffrey M. Asher until suspect Roy Parker's ( Parker, Roy ) lawyer went public with a videotape 14 days later.

But the former Springfield man who filmed the incident insisted yesterday that he gave a detailed statement to police by telephone shortly after Parker's arrest. The witness, Donald Garner ( Garner, Donald ) of Anchorage, Alaska, also disputed a police assertion that his telephone had been disconnected, making it impossible for investigators to contact him.

"We had nothing to go on before that," said Spellacy, adding that police administrators had heard "only rumors" about the tape.
Garner, however, said he gave a detailed statement to a police officer over the phone the night of March 20. The officer who took the statement, Garner said, assured him that it would be turned over to department supervisors.

From "Principal decides to seek charges" published Nov. 15th, 2004 by Kathleen Moore:

SPRINGFIELD - The lawyer representing a charter school principal who said he was beaten by four police officers said yesterday his client will move forward with assault and battery charges.

In a reversal of a decision announced by another lawyer last week, lawyer Perman Glenn III also said he would ask the U.S. Attorney's Office to take over the internal investigation into whether police used unnecessary force on Douglas G. Greer ( Greer, Douglas G. ) , who said he was suffering a diabetic attack when police responded to a call about an unresponsive motorist at a Main Street gas station on the night of Nov. 4. "I don't think it's right to have the Springfield police investigate the Springfield police," he said.

Speaking publicly about his case yesterday for the first time, Greer, principal of the Robert M. Hughes Charter Academy, denied a police report that he apologized to police and ambulance workers when he awoke from a diabetic blackout at the 1 Stop Gas Station and Convenience Store at 679 Main St.

After suffering a diabetic attack "I woke up and I was in handcuffs in a puddle of blood," he said. "I probably said thank you and did whatever I needed to do to get into the ambulance."

Before yesterday, Minister Yusuf Muhammad, a Nation of Islam minister, had spoken on Greer's behalf. Greer is black and the four officers are white.

Two of the officers were involved in racially charged incidents in the past, with one, Officer Jeffrey Asher ( Asher, Jeffrey ) cleared of brutality after a citizen videotaped him kicking a black suspect and another, Officer James L. Shewchuck ( Shewchuck, James L. ) , accused of helping to organize a support party for another officer ultimately cleared in the fatal shooting of a black motorist who was driving a van falsely reported stolen in 1994.

A man who said he witnessed the incident told investigators for Glenn that he saw police officers beating Greer with a chrome flashlight.

Glenn said yesterday he has decided to move forward because Greer feels he has responsibility to the community and his students."He feels the community deserves a closer examination of the facts and circumstances, and he believes the courts should be involved," Glenn said.


Marvin Banks ( Banks, Marvin) , Hattiesburg MI, ~2015-05-09

Mississippi man charged with murdering two policemen found dead in jail

Read more at Reuters

A Mississippi man charged with shooting and killing two police officers in May was found unresponsive in his jail cell and later was pronounced dead, a sheriff's office official said on Saturday.

Marvin Banks, 30, faced two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police Officer Benjamin Deen ( Deen, Benjamin ) , 34, and Officer Liquori Tate, 25 ( Tate, Liquori ) , who were gunned down in during a routine traffic stop on May 9. It was the first killing of a police officer in the city for more than 30 years.

Deputies found Banks unconscious and alone in a jail cell on Friday, Forrest County Sheriff's Office spokesman Nick Calico said.

Paramedics attempted to revive Banks before taking him to a hospital where he pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m., according to Calico.

Calico said the cause of death was unknown. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation will handle the case and an autopsy will be performed, he said.

His brother, Curtis Banks ( Banks, Curtis ), and Joanie Calloway ( Calloway, Joanie ) have also been charged in the case with accessory after the fact of capital murder. A fourth person, Cornelius Clark ( Clark, Cornelius ), was charged with obstruction of justice.

Several other people face charges of obstruction of justice, rendering criminal assistance to a fleeing felon and possession of a stolen weapon.

Read more at Reuters

Officer Joel Jenkins ( Jenkins, Joel ), Chillicothe OH, 2015-

Another police officer, Joel Jenkins, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury for killing two men in two separate incidents in Pike County, Ohio. Jenkins, who has since been dismissed from the police force, was charged with first degree murder and reckless homicide for killing a man after a high-speed chase on March 28 of this year. Added to that was involuntary manslaughter involving a gun, for the gunning down of Jason Brady ( Brady, Jason ) , a 40-year-old man, just a week ago. Finally, Jenkins was charged with another count of reckless homicide and tampering with evidence.
The county sheriff told the press that evidence points to Jenkins’ drinking alcohol during last week’s shooting on December 3. Reportedly, Jenkins was handling a gun that was not his on-duty weapon when it accidently went off, mortally wounding Brady.

WAVERLY - A grand jury has indicted a former Pike County Sheriff's Office deputy on murder and other charges related to two separate incidents that left two men dead.

Joel Jenkins now is charged with crimes in both a March 28 Robert C. Rooker ( Rooker, Robert C. ) incident in which a Pike County man ended up dead after a high-speed chase and a Dec. 3 Jason Brady, ( Brady, Jason ) incident in which he told officers a gun misfired in his home and killed his neighbor.

A special grand jury convened Thursday and heard evidence in both cases. Prosecutors from Attorney General Mike DeWine's office handled both cases.

Jenkins now is charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and reckless homicide, a third-degree felony, in connection with the death of 26-year-old Robert Rooker after a chase through Pike County. No specific details on that indictment were available.

The grand jury did not issue any indictments on the other Pike County deputies at the scene, Maj. Officer Tim Dickerson ( Dickerson, Tim ) and special deputy Officer Paul Henderson ( Henderson, Paul ).

In addition, the grand jury charged Jenkins with one count of involuntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, and added a gun specification to that charge as it relates to the death of 40-year-old Jason Brady's shooting death last week. In addition, Jenkins is charged with one count each of reckless homicide and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies.

Jenkins initially was on leave after the March incident, but was reinstated and placed on a leave a second time before the Dec. 3 incident at his home in which Brady died. Pike County Sheriff Charlie Reader ( Reader, Charlie ) has said he believes the evidence shows that Jenkins was drinking alcohol and was handling the gun — not his duty weapon — when it went off. Jenkins called the business line at the sheriff's office last week and told them that a weapon had accidentally fired and injured Brady, who later died at the scene.

In the March 28 incident, Henderson started the chase when he tried to pull over Rooker for speeding on Ohio 124. The chase wound its way through rural roads until it ended on Fields Hollow Road, near Latham, with shots fired by Dickerson and Jenkins, after Rooker's Ford Ranger had gone off the road into a small ravine. Henderson would later write in a report that he saw Jenkins "with his service weapon pointed towards the suspect's vehicle" and said he saw Jenkins with "his hands on his face, and I could tell he was seriously affected at what had just happened."

Reader replaced Rich Henderson as sheriff in May. Henderson left to take a job in the private sector.

Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk said Jenkins had bonded out of jail earlier this week. Attorney general spokesman Dan Tierney said it is believed that Jenkins will be served with the indictments Friday.

A pretrial hearing on the involuntary manslaughter charge was postponed Wednesday, pending the grand jury session. Jenkins was fired after the Dec. 3 incident.

Travis Nevelle Page ( Page, Travis ), Winston-Salem NC, ~2015-12-11

Abuse of authority Incompetence

Finally, on Wednesday, a 31-year-old black man, Travis Page, died while in police custody in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In a video of the event, taken by a woman on the scene of Page’s arrest, a police officer tells the taker of the video that they were responding to a discharged firearm report. According to news reports, the police chased Page, who resisted arrest. Before handcuffing him they pepper-sprayed him. Page became unresponsive and died in police custody.
The woman who made the video tells the police repeatedly that Page, who she recognized, would not do anything and had not done anything wrong. In tears she asks them, “What did you to him?”

Corporal Officer Robert Fenimore ( Fenimore, Robert ), Officer Christopher Doub ( Doub, Christopher ) , Officer Austin Conrad ( Conrad, Austin ) Officer Jacob Tuttle ( Tuttle, Jacob ) were all placed on administrative duty during the investigation, which is standard department procedure. Conrad and Tuttle have 3 years or less of experience with Winston-Salem police, while Fenimore and Doub each have spent 20 years or more with the department.

Mario Woods ( Woods, Mario ) San Francisco CA, 2015-12-02

Man Mario Woods Executed by Police Firing Squad Today in San Francisco. Update: Additional Videos.

The man is alleged to have had a knife. Why a lone man with what must have been a small knife (it is hardly visible, if at all, in the video) would require a large number of police all intent on gunning him down is unanswered. San Francisco police claim to have fired less-lethal weapons at him but how multiple police firing less-lethals could not manage to subdue a single individual is bizarre.

This execution took place earlier today (Wednesday, Dec 2nd) in the Bayview District of San Francisco. The video was originally posted to Instagram by “daniggahot” and through a succession of tweets made its way to Shaun King who, as far as I know, was the first to embed the video in a tweet, that which you can view below.

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UPDATE: Black Lives Matter Mario Woods protest at Levi's stadium brought sophomoric reaction from local law enforcement authorities.

Adriana Camarena ( Camarena, Adriana ) a member of the Justice for Alex Nieto ( Nieto, Alex ) Committee, an organization formed after Nieto was killed by San Francisco police officers last year, called the meeting a farce and asked for Suhr to step down.

“You get up here (at these meetings) and you tell the same version of events,” Camarena said. “You tell a narrative that someone poses. It’s the narrative you have to defend in court, but it’s a lie. So are you here to resign?”

Suhr said after the meeting he does not plan to resign.

“I took this job, and I knew it was a tough job,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that came up to me after the meeting to tell me to stay strong, and I intend to.”

Abuse of authority


Officer Garrett Swasey ( Swasey, Garrett ), Colorado Springs CO, 2015-11-27

Slain Colorado Springs Officer Garrett Swasey Remembered by Family, At Church

Swasey, 44, was one of three people killed after authorities say Robert Dear ( Dear, Robert ) opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Nov. 27. Four other civilians and five other officers were wounded.

Garrett Swasey, who rushed 10 miles to help fellow police under fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, led a big-spirited life rooted in family and faith with the soft touch of an ice dancer.

That's because he won a skating championship decades ago.

Until he was killed Friday in a gunman's attack, he was an elder at the small Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs. Its website features Swasey smiling with wife Rachel; daughter Faith, 6; and son Elijah, who will be 11 this month.

In a statement released Sunday, Rachel Swasey described him as "a devoted husband of 17 years and a wonderful father to his two children."

"His greatest joys were his family, his church, and his profession," she said. "We will cherish his memory, especially those times he spent tossing the football to his son and snuggling with his daughter on the couch."

Jeffery Pokora ( Pokora, Jeffery ), Montreal CA, Jan-2015

Montreal, CA — A man is facing charges after a police officer was seen ramming his SUV into his car for attempting to report his dangerous driving. Montreal police accused of closing ranks over officer's alleged road rage.

According to Jeffery Pokora ( Pokora, Jeffery ), he was driving down the street earlier this year when he was nearly hit by a reckless SUV that came barrelling through a stop sign. The driver of the SUV was SPVM Police Officer Roberto Tomarelli ( Tomarelli., Roberto ).

Pokora then followed the driver to report his unsafe driving. The rest of the scene is caught on video after Tomarelli pulls into a parking spot.

As the video begins, the two men get out of their vehicles and talk to each other for around three minutes.

During the conversation, Pokora says that the officer tried to intimidate and threaten him. Pokora said that Tomarelli took “his right index finger and starts to poke and drill me several times and repeatedly into my left shoulder.”

When the conversation is over, Tomarelli gets in his car to leave, but Pokora, while on the phone with 9-1-1, blocks him in. This move would prove to be a dangerous one.

“What happened next was EXTREMELY SHOCKING and DISTURBING to me,” wrote Pokora, and the video shows this assertion to be correct.

Tomarelli proceeds to start smashing his SUV into Pokora’s car, multiple times. While fearing for his life, Pokora then tried to drive away, while calling 9-1-1 back and explaining to them that a maniac is chasing him.

Montreal police confirmed they investigated the incident, but say there's more to the story than the video suggests.

Jabari Dean ( Dean, Jabari ), Chicago IL, 2015-11-30

FBI arrests Chicago student after race revenge threat. In broad strokes most of student age are both hormone & hubris impaired. Dean was wrong as is law enforcement & abetting judicial system.

US law enforcement v blacks conflicts evolved into same vitriolic hate tone observed with Israel-Palestine, Hatfield–McCoy, India-Pakistan, Shia–Sunni, Tutsi-Hutu & more . All locked in to incessant discordancy.

FBI agents arrested a black student who allegedly threatened to shoot 16 whites -- one for each bullet that hit a teen in a notorious police shooting.

Police Officer Jason Van Dyke ( Van Dyke, Jason ), who was charged last week with the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald ( McDonald, Laquan ) was released on a $1.5 million bail, local media reported.

Van Dyke's release came just hours after the online mass shooting threat by Jabari Dean, 21, caused the University of Chicago to close its doors.

In the latest racially charged incident to trouble the US city in recent weeks, Dean allegedly admitted to posting the threat when federal agents arrived at his Chicago home.

Officer Kristin Bantle, Steamboat Springs CO, 2015-11-29

Two Brave Cops Under Attack for Exposing Militarization and Corruption in their Department Both whistle blowers now find themselves targeted for prosecution.

Officer Kristin Bantle ( Bantle, Kristin ), a sixteen-year veteran police officer, received notice of her termination from the Steamboat Springs, Colorado Police Department on August 15 – the same day she had her first court appearance on a contrived charge of “attempting to influence a public official.” The convergence of those events was appropriate, given that they constitute official retaliation against Bantle for publicly criticizing the SSPD’s “culture of fear and intimidation” and its “militaristic” approach to law enforcement. Her trial on a fourth-degree felony charge is scheduled to begin on December 1.

Bantle has rejected several proposed plea deals, the terms of which she believes would have prevented her from warning the community about “a paramilitary police department” for which excessive force is standard operating procedure, and abuse of individual rights is commonplace. She outlined her concerns in a March 25 letter to the Steamboat Springs City Council. She was not the first or only former SSPD officer to go public with concerns about the department. Former Detective Officer Dave Kleiber ( Kleiber, Dave ), who resigned in 2013, had provided an even more detailed critique of the SSPD in a March 9th open letter to city residents.

Both whistleblowers now find themselves targeted for prosecution. The charges against Bantle, who was removed from her duties as a School Resource Officer last Spring — a few weeks after contacting the City Council — are related to omissions in a job application she filed with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office a few years ago after she had become disillusioned with the SSPD. Kleiber, who now works as a private investigator, learned in July that the County Prosecutor’s Office may prosecute him for alleged perjury during a 2013 criminal trial.

DEA, DC, 2015-11-27

DEA withholding records related to federal drug agents in the fatal shootings of unarmed civilians during raids in Honduras.

The continuing Honduran inquiry is one of at least 20 investigations across the government that have been slowed, stymied or sometimes closed because of a long-simmering dispute between the Obama administration and its own watchdogs over access restrictions to public record.

The new restrictions grew out of a five-year-old dispute within the Justice Department. After a series of scathing reports by Glenn Fine (Fine, Glenn ), then the Justice Department inspector general, on F.B.I. abuses in counterterrorism programs, FBI. lawyers began asserting in 2010 that he could no longer have access to certain confidential records because they were legally protected.
That led to a series of high-level Justice Department reviews, a new procedure for reviewing records requests and, ultimately, a formal opinion in July from the department's Office of Legal Counsel. That opinion, which applies to federal agencies across the government, concluded that the 1978 law giving an inspector general access to "all records" in investigations did not necessarily mean all records when it came to material like wiretap intercepts and grand jury reports.

Asset Forfeitures, USA, 2015-11-17

Police Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014

Abuse of authority

Between 1989 and 2010, U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989. Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly $4.5 billion for the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year. According to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses. This means that the police are now taking more assets than the criminals.

The police have been violating the laws to confiscate assets all over the country. A scathing report on California warns of pervasive abuse by police to rob the people without proving that any crime occurred. Even Eric Holder came out in January suggesting reform because of the widespread abuse of the civil asset forfeiture laws by police.

Bloomberg News has reported now that Stop-and-Seize authority is turning the Police Into Self-Funding Gangs. They are simply confiscating money all under the abuse of this civil asset forfeiture where they do not have to prove you did anything. Prosecutors are now instructing police on how to confiscate money within the grey area of the law.

A class action lawsuit was filed against Washington DC where police were robbing people for as little as having $100 in their pocket. This is getting really out of hand and it has indeed converted police into legal criminals or “gangs” as Bloomberg News calls them.

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Laquan McDonald ( McDonald, Laquan ), Chicago IL, 2014-10-20

Chicago Officials Release Graphic Video Showing White Officer Killing Black Teenager Laquan McDonald (VIDEO)
State’s attorney says the officer's actions "were not justified or the proper use of deadly force."

Video footage showing the killing of a black teenager by Officer Jason Van Dyke ( Van Dyke, Jason ) was publicly released on Tuesday, on the same day a white Chicago police officer was charged with murder in the shooting death.

Brandon Smith ( Smith, Brandon ) , the journalist who won a Freedom of Information lawsuit leading to the video’s release, was barred from entering the press conference, as were several other journalists who did not have Chicago police credentials. Smith and his lawyer told the Guardian that they were not notified of the video’s planned release on Tuesday until seeing it on social media. While standing outside of the police headquarters, Smith’s lawyer Matt Topic was notified by officials via phone that a copy was en route to his office.

Missing Minutes From Security Video Raises Questions

Abuse of authority Incompetence cover up

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez addressed questions surrounding the missing footage at a press conference Tuesday.

Chicago police officers deleted footage from a security camera at a Burger King restaurant located fewer than 100 yards from where 17-year old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed, according to a Chicago-area district manager for the food chain.

McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer on the night of October 20, 2014. Nine of the shots struck McDonald in the back, according to the Medical Examiners report.
The 86-minutes of missing video runs from 9:13 p.m. to 10:39 p.m., according to the lawyers for McDonald’s family. He was shot at approximately 9:50 p.m.

The Burger King sits at 40th and Pulaski and has a series of outside security cameras. On the night of the shooting, McDonald was trailed by Chicago police officers through the Burger King parking lot after a call about a man with a knife, according to attorneys for the McDonald family.
Just south of the restaurant, McDonald was shot after police on the scene said he posed a "very serious threat" to the officer’s safety. But that claim is disputed by attorneys for McDonald’s family and by some eyewitnesses that night.

"One witness, this witness told us this was an execution. That’s his word," said attorney Jeff Neslund, who along with Michael Robbins, represents McDonald’s family.
After the shooting, according to Jay Darshane, the District Manager for Burger King, four to five police officers wearing blue and white shirts entered the restaurant and asked to view the video and were given the password to the equipment. Three hours later they left, he said.

The next day, when an investigator from the Independent Police Review Authority asked to view the security footage, it was discovered that the 86 minutes of video was missing.
In a statement, a spokesman for the IPRA said: "We have no credible evidence at this time that would cause us to believe CPD purged or erased any surveillance video."

UPDATE: 2015-11-25 – Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who faces murder charges after shooting Laquan McDonald, had at least 17 citizen complaints against him, according to a University of Chicago database of police records. Here's what else the records show about complaints against Chicago cops. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)

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Here's what else the records show about complaints against Chicago cops. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)

n Dyke, a white 14-year veteran of Chicago’s police force, has been accused of misconduct 17 times before, according to data from the University of Chicago and the journalism non-profit Invisible Institute. The database, published less than a week before the announcement that Van Dyke would be prosecuted, details tens of thousands of complaints against Chicago police officers that weren’t previously made public. Fewer than five percent of the allegations resulted in disciplinary actions for the officers; none of the 18 complaints against Van Dyke led to a penalty.

MORE UPDATES: Chicago police reports conflict with video of Laquan McDonald's shooting

Hundreds of pages of newly released Chicago police reports from the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald are most striking for one simple reason: They are dramatically at odds with the dashboard-camera video that has sparked protests across the city, cost Chicago's top cop his job and embroiled Mayor Rahm Emanuel in scandal.

The reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers said McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video of the October 2014 shooting shows the 17-year-old walking away. The scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Atty. Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with first-degree murder also contends McDonald was walking away.

At least one patrol officer said that McDonald was advancing on the officers in a menacing way and swung his knife in an "aggressive, exaggerated manner" before he was shot and killed. Officers also said that even after McDonald had been shot by Van Dyke, the teen tried to lift himself off the ground with the knife pointed toward the officers, and though he had been mortally wounded, still presented a threat.

The reports, a collection of handwritten statements from the night of the shooting, and follow-up reports in the days and months after, often refer to Van Dyke as VD and call him the victim. McDonald is called O, for offender. Some reports are in police shorthand.

"VD believed O was attacking w/knife," said a report of Van Dyke's account. "Trying to kill VD. In defense of his life, VD backpedaled + fired. O fell to ground, continued to move/grasp knife. VD continued firing. O appeared to be attempting to get up, still holding knife. Pointing at VD."

UPDATE: Chicago IL, 2016-01-08

Story highlights
1) Attorneys say police threatened witnesses to Laquan McDonald ( McDonald, Laquan ), killing and told them to change their stories
2) Police spokesman: "This is the first time I'm hearing of that allegation"
3) Allegations raise new concerns about the magnitude of a possible police cover-up

Chicago (CNN) At least three witnesses to the Laquan McDonald police killing were questioned for hours, threatened by officers and ordered to change their accounts to match the official Chicago police version of the shooting, the attorneys for the teen's estate say.

The allegations are contained in more than 3,000 pages of recently released documents related to the case. The attorneys also allege that police officers up the chain of command fabricated witness accounts to support the way officers at the scene described the October 20, 2014, shooting as justified.

"It's not just the officers on the street," attorney Jeffrey Neslund told CNN. "It's a lieutenant, a sergeant and detectives -- and the lengths they went to justify what simply was not true."

CNN contacted Neslund and Michael Robbins after the city released the documents to the news media in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests.

Asked if they stood by the accusations they made in letters to the city's corporation counsel last March, Robbins said, "Absolutely."

"You have a false narrative put out by police," he said, "outright lies to cover up an illegal shooting, corroborated by other officers."

CNN asked the Chicago Police Department for a reaction to the allegations. "This is the first time I'm hearing of that allegation," spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. "But this is why we want an independent investigation to l