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Title: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Metro on April 13, 2015, 05:02:15 pm

Will Hillary Clinton push the Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch? (
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on April 13, 2015, 08:35:53 pm

Will Hillary Clinton push the Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch?

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Good stuff!
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Post by: Metro on April 19, 2015, 09:41:08 am

Thanks. Still trying to move the mountain.
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Post by: Battle on April 19, 2015, 01:56:29 pm
An entire fiscal quarter went by and still no confirmation vote.

That gives every single corrupt individual in law enforcement more than enough time to 'cover their tracks' before she can begin her first order of business.

God, I despise the gop.
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Post by: Metro on April 21, 2015, 03:11:34 pm

Confirmation could happen in the next week.
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Post by: Metro on April 23, 2015, 03:24:12 pm

Now will she push for increased scrutiny of local law enforcement? (

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Post by: Battle on April 24, 2015, 03:49:09 am

Now will she push for increased scrutiny of local law enforcement?
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Very good question, Metro!  :)

After Ms. Loretta Lynch gets sworn in, I wanna see every single corrupt police officer, and law enforcement individual sh!tcanned!  Just like this...  effective immediately: (

You Are Fired!
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Metro on April 26, 2015, 07:59:18 am

Immediately is a tough bill. I'd settle for by January 2017 - especially if the training of better leaders and officers could focus on community control over the next two years.
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Post by: Battle on April 26, 2015, 05:42:34 pm

Immediately is a tough bill. I'd settle for by January 2017 - especially if the training of better leaders and officers could focus on community control over the next two years.

Whatever her first order of business should be, Attorney General Lynch must set an aggressive tone by demonstrating an impressive  'no nonsense' display of power.  Remember, my suggestion was directed at corrupt M/Fers in the criminal justice system such as judges, police and other law enforcement individuals...

---not the useful ones.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Metro on April 28, 2015, 10:31:37 am

Well, Baltimore has given the new AG an excuse to expand that Ferguson report to a national analysis. Her initial statement on boosting police morale could have been written more effectively.
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Post by: Battle on May 06, 2015, 01:41:20 pm

Well, Baltimore has given the new AG an excuse to expand that Ferguson report to a national analysis. Her initial statement on boosting police morale could have been written more effectively.

Attorney General Lynch's tour of Baltimore, Maryland should be able to get the 'ball' rolling on a national analysis on police misconduct, however,  it was State Attorney Mosby (Kristopher, if you're reading this... any relation?) stance on diligently charging those 6 lousy police officers with felony counts of 2nd degree murder that really set things off that impressed me. 
I'm like,

"Go 'head girl!"   ;D
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Post by: Battle on May 22, 2015, 03:49:20 am
( the beat goes on!

Grand Jury Returns With Indictments On All 6 Police Officers


(CNN) - Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday on charges connected to the death of Freddie Gray.

The indictments came after prosecutors presented evidence to a grand jury for two weeks, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

Mosby didn't take questions at the press conference and didn't go into details about what additional evidence had come to light.

The officers are scheduled to be arraigned on July 2, she said.

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Post by: Battle on May 28, 2015, 06:35:52 am
( Hm... the Rook is activated.

Gaming Kingpins Busted!
By Michael Herzenberg


(Bkln's In Da House) - The U.S. Attorney's office on Wednesday named 18 of the world's top soccer officials in a federal corruption indictment, with four others pleading guilty, as part of an investigation led by the FBI and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York.

Attorney General Lorretta Lynch and federal prosecutors say several FIFA officials were involved in a conspiracy with sports marketing companies since the 1990s, raking in close to $150 million in bribes and kickbacks.

According to the indictment, those involved in the scheme used American banks to commit wire fraud, and profited heavily from the sport's growing popularity in the United States.

"They did this over and over, year after year, tournament after tournament," said Lynch. "They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest and to protect the integrity of the game. Instead they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interest and enrich themselves."

"If you touch our shores with your corrupt enterprise—whether that is through meetings or using our world class financial system—you will be held accountable," said FBI Director James Comey.

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Now if only the U.S. Attorney General's office could target blizzard entertainment and their corrupt executives for committing the exact same offense with that on-going 'eSports' scandal... (
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Metro on May 29, 2015, 09:44:40 am

This process of DoJ dealing with institutional actors could be good, if more every day people were in a position to take advantage of it.
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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2015, 03:24:25 pm

This process of DoJ dealing with institutional actors could be good, if more every day people were in a position to take advantage of it.

Institutional actors?  That's an interesting term. :)
Does reagan count as a institutional actor?
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Post by: Battle on May 30, 2015, 07:15:59 am
Has anyone seen this?  ;D


Mrs. Marilyn Mosby was suing M/Fer's long before she decided to indict 6 bullsh!t cops on murder charges as Baltimore City State's top Prosecutor.

15 years ago, Mrs. Mosby made an appearance on the television court program, 'Judge Judy'.

I'm like,
"Go 'head, girl!"  ;D

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Post by: Metro on June 05, 2015, 06:44:02 am

Sorry. Institutional actors is a social science term to describe government agencies and large private corporations/nonprofits. "Anchor institutions" is a synonym.
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Post by: Battle on July 10, 2015, 01:40:10 pm
Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake fires Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts

By Yvonne Wenger,
The Baltimore Sun



(Baltimore, MD) Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts Wednesday, saying his presence had become a distraction in a city that needs to focus on ending a dramatic spike in homicides.

The mayor's decision to replace Batts on an interim basis with Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis — effective immediately — came as the City Council was preparing to send her a letter calling for Batts' resignation. And the city's police union was poised to hold a no-confidence vote next week.

Under the terms of his contract, he will get $190,000 in severance plus a payout for unused leave. He had been earning $201,700 a year.

Rawlings-Blake's decision was applauded by many church and political leaders, some pointing to the rise in homicides, which reached a 25-year high in May when 42 people were killed. In June, 29 were killed.

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Post by: Battle on July 30, 2015, 10:49:02 am
University of Cincinnati Officer Indicted in Shooting Death of Samuel Dubose



(Cincinnati, OH) A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge in what a prosecutor called “a senseless, asinine shooting” of an unarmed man during a minor traffic stop. Officials say it was the first time such a charge had been leveled against an officer in the county.

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Post by: Battle on August 06, 2015, 07:35:42 am
( Bird Bonus!!!
Ex-Cop Sentenced!
by JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.AUG. 5, 2015

(Manhattan, NY) - An undercover New York police detective who joined a gang of motorcyclists as they attacked a driver and his family in Upper Manhattan was sentenced to two years in jail on Wednesday.

The detective, Wojciech Braszczok, 34, who was fired from the Police Department after his conviction, showed little emotion when Justice Maxwell Wiley of State Supreme Court handed down the sentence, rejecting a defense lawyer’s plea for a punishment without jail time.

“Just as much as anybody, Mr. Braszczok terrorized these people,” Justice Wiley said. “Mr. Braszczok’s actions on that day have to be punished.”  8)

The former detective declined to make a statement in court on Wednesday. His lawyer, John Arlia, argued that Mr. Braszczok had already been punished, having lost his job and pension and having had his identity exposed to drug dealers he arrested in 13 years on the police force.  :-[

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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Metro on August 08, 2015, 10:07:15 am

Document, file injunctions, sustain investigations ... it is time for true justice to take root.
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Post by: Battle on August 14, 2015, 01:10:15 pm
( rookie Cop!

Arlington rookie cop terminated after Christian Taylor shooting
by Claire Z. Cardona

(Arlington, TX) - According to The Dallas News, the officer involved in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christian Taylor has been terminated, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said Tuesday.

Johnson cited several examples of poor judgment in the incident as reasons for Officer Brad Miller’s termination. He said he made the decision after receiving a briefing from investigators Tuesday morning and the decision was his alone.

Miller, 49, fatally shot Taylor, who was unarmed, during a burglary call at Classic Buick GMC near Interstate 20 and Collins Street early Friday. The incident began after private security for the car dealership called 911 shortly after 1 a.m. to report that Taylor was damaging a car in the parking lot.

“This is a extraordinarily difficult case,” Johnson said. “Decisions were made that have a catastrophic outcome.”

Miller’s poor judgement in tactics in the shooting officially led to his firing, but the fact that Taylor was shot and killed played a role in the chief’s decision, police spokesman Christopher Cook said.

Since Miller was still in field training at the time of the shooting, he cannot appeal the firing.

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Post by: Metro on August 20, 2015, 04:35:06 am

The problems are systemic. Harassment is increasing, even in isolated suburban communities.
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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on August 20, 2015, 10:12:36 am

The problems are systemic. Harassment is increasing, even in isolated suburban communities.
One of the most striking things about STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON is the outrage over the Rodney King case.  The nation was riveted over what has become an everyday event now. 

The only real solution is to take the profit motive out of crime from the top to the bottom of the food chain. 

From for-profit prisons that demand government provide minimum number of prisoners to local governments who balance their budgets on harassing fines of its more economically vulnerable citizens, there's too much money to be made in the perpetuation of crime by government.  When the crime rate dropped once NYPD ceased revenue based police work, that was the national reveal of America's dirty secret. 
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Post by: Metro on August 23, 2015, 07:31:37 am
When the crime rate dropped once NYPD ceased revenue based police work, that was the national reveal of America's dirty secret.

The ideology of privatization has become the bane of liberty and dignity in the United States.
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Post by: Battle on August 16, 2017, 06:59:25 am
I'm in the process of restoration here at HEF, images that photobucket dot com has snatched from millions and millions of account users in messageboards nation-wide and around the world.  Please forgive me for bumping older articles to complete this process.

Meanwhile, here's an update I've been keeping an eye on for some time way back in 2014.  Anyone remember this altercation where a South Carolina State Trooper fired his gun at an unarmed African American during a traffic stop after ordering him to retrieve his wallet? 

( Here's an update:



COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who shot an unarmed man during a traffic stop in 2014 has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Circuit Judge Casey Manning on Tuesday sentenced Sean Groubert to five years in prison and three years of probation for shooting Levar Jones in the hip after stopping him for a seat belt violation in Columbia.

Groubert was given credit for 17 months he served after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and battery last year. Dashcam video shows Groubert shot Jones as he reached into his truck to get his driver's license.

Groubert said he thought Jones was getting a gun. Groubert is white and Jones is black. Groubert apologized, saying that he made a mistake and Jones did nothing wrong.

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Post by: Battle on May 12, 2018, 01:22:41 pm
Georgia Police Officer Resigns After Misconduct Caught on Dash Cam Video

by Kalhan Rosenblatt

Saturday May 12th 2018


"You are not in charge! Shut the fvck up and get out of the car!"

A Georgia police officer has resigned following the arrest of a woman whose routine traffic stop escalated into a heated confrontation.

james h. legg resigned from the Alpharetta Police Department on Friday night over the arrest of Ms. Rose Campbell, 65.

She was stopped on May 4 after an officer observed her swerve into a neighboring lane.

According to dash cam video, the officer appears to reach into the vehicle to pull Ms. Campbell out and she yells, "You are in violation of my rights!"

Ms. Campbell continues to plead with the officer to wait until his supervisor arrives, and as she does, more officers begin arriving at the scene. Soon a second officer appears and tries to help the first get Ms. Campbell out of the car.

legg is the third officer seen arriving at the scene. He initially walks over to the passenger-side door, but then comes around to the driver's side where the officers are struggling with Ms. Campbell.

He shouts, "You are not in charge! Shut the f--- up and get out of the car!"

legg can be seen grabbing Ms. Campbell's arm and forcefully pulling it behind her back as she wails.

Once Ms. Campbell is cuffed, legg is seen aggressively pulling her forward before she is led to the police car.

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Post by: Battle on June 25, 2018, 10:38:07 am
Monday, June 25th 2018

Ohio Police Officer Fired After Misconduct Caught on Dash Cam Video
by Cleeve Wootson


“Have a seat in my car. We’ll make sh!t up while we go.”

The dash cam was mounted just below the police cruiser’s roof, in perfect position to capture the 26-year patrolman’s transformation from concerned father to authority-abusing police officer.

On that day in April, John Kovach’s 18-year-old daughter, Katlyn, was dating an 18-year-old her parents didn’t approve of named Makai Coleman.

She wasn’t responding to her father’s attempts to talk, so Kovach tracked his daughter’s computer to a friend’s house on West 34th Street in Lorain, Ohio, he told investigators. Then he sat in his patrol cruiser, waiting.

When Coleman’s silver Pontiac drove past, Kovach flipped on his flashing lights and initiated the traffic stop that would end his two decades with the Lorain Police Department.

“You can get out,” the officer told Coleman, according to a profanity-filled video of the interaction. “You’re going to jail.”

When Coleman asked why, his girlfriend’s dad told him: “Have a seat in my car. We’ll make [expletive] up while we go.”

Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera and Safety-Service Director Dan Given said those statements and several other things that happened during a nearly nine-minute stretch were violations of the department’s standards of conduct and policy procedures, according to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

“These actions are not acceptable for members of our Police Department, and we felt it warranted immediate dismissal,” Given told the newspaper.

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Post by: Battle on June 27, 2018, 06:08:43 am
Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Baltimore prosecutor wins 2nd term
by Lukas Mikelionis


Baltimore's top prosecutor won her Democratic primary Tuesday, assuring her of a second term despite criticism over what critics say was her botched 2015 prosecution of six police officers in the death of a black man named Freddie Gray.

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Post by: Battle on July 12, 2018, 10:42:46 pm
Wednesday, July 11th 2018
Police Officer Resigns For Derelict Of Duty

by Associated Press


"Why Is She Wearing That Sh!t?!"

CHICAGO — A police officer has resigned amid an investigation into his response to a woman who said she was being harassed in a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County announced on Twitter that Officer Patrick Connor resigned late Wednesday. Records show he had been with the force since 2006.


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Post by: Battle on July 13, 2018, 05:19:25 pm
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Chief Wanted Perfect Stats, So Cops Were Told To Pin Crimes On Black People, Probe Found
by Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver and David Ovalle


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The indictment was damning enough: A former police chief of Biscayne Park and two officers charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record.

But the accusations revealed in federal court last month left out far uglier details of past policing practices in tranquil Biscayne Park, a leafy wedge of suburbia just north of Miami Shores.

Records obtained by the Miami Herald suggest that during the tenure of former chief raimundo atesiano, the command staff pressured some officers into targeting random black people to clear cases.

“If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries,” one cop, Anthony De La Torre, said in an internal probe ordered in 2014.

“They were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city."

In a report from that probe, four officers — a third of the small force — told an outside investigator they were under marching orders to file the bogus charges to improve the department’s crime stats.

Only De La Torre specifically mentioned targeting blacks, but former Biscayne Park village manager Heidi Shafran, who ordered the investigation after receiving a string of letters from disgruntled officers, said the message seemed clear for cops on the street.

“The letters said police were doing a lot of bad things,” Shafran told the Herald. “It said police officers were directed to pick up people of color and blame the crimes on them.”

Beyond the apparent race targeting, the report — never reviewed in village commission meetings — described a department run like a dysfunctional frat house.

It outlines allegations that the brass openly drank on duty, engaged in a host of financial shenanigans and that the No. 2 in command during the period, Capt. Lawrence Churchman, routinely spouted racist and sexist insults.

Amid the probe, Atesiano abruptly resigned in 2014. Afterward, there was a stark change in village crime-busting statistics.

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Post by: Battle on July 28, 2018, 06:53:41 am
Saturday, July 28th 2018

Man says officers beat him, called him a 'fake American'
by Associated Press


NEW ORLEANS — Two white New Orleans police officers have been fired after they were accused of beating a Hispanic man who they allegedly called a "fake American." (

Authorities say the rookie officers were off-duty when they attacked Jorge Gomez outside a bar early Tuesday.

Gomez's face was badly bruised and his forehead required stitches.

Gomez, who says he was born in the U.S. and grew up in Honduras, told reporters that the officers were angry that he was wearing a military camouflage-style outfit.

He says they called him a "fake American" and beat him after he said he'd served in the military.

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Post by: Reginald Hudlin on July 29, 2018, 09:35:47 am
we should change the name of this thread to American Horror Police Stories
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Post by: Battle on July 29, 2018, 12:27:33 pm
Thursday, July 26th, 2018

North Miami Beach Cop Arrested for Beating Eight-Month Pregnant Woman, Forcing Early Labor
by Tim Elfrink

Just after 8:30 last night, Miami Beach Police rushed to Española Way to find a woman who was eight months pregnant in distress.

The woman told police she was having severe abdominal pain and contractions after another woman had beaten her in the stomach.

Police quickly found her attacker: 26-year-old Ambar Pacheco, who works as a police officer in North Miami Beach. (

Pacheco didn't deny the brutal attack on a "visibly pregnant" woman, MBPD officers say in an arrest report.

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Post by: Battle on August 02, 2018, 02:35:25 am

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Ohio police chief overdosed on drugs taken from evidence room, investigators say

by Maria DeVito

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – An Ohio police chief who died of a fentanyl overdose allegedly took the drugs from his department's evidence room, authorities say.

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Post by: Battle on August 03, 2018, 08:52:32 am
Friday August 3rd 2018

Detroit police officer suspended after video shows him repeatedly punching woman in a hospital

by Sheena Jones and Steve Almasy


A Detroit police officer has been suspended with pay after a bystander's video showed him punching a possibly mentally ill woman at least 10 times at a hospital, the police chief said.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig has called the video "very disturbing" and said a criminal investigation has been launched into the officer's use of force.

But he also added the officer is entitled to due process.

The department is not making any conclusions but observations, Craig said.

The police chief also said the suspended officer has had six minor use of force incidents before, the most recent in 2015.

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Post by: Battle on August 13, 2018, 03:05:32 am
Monday, 12 August 2018

Baltimore police officer resigns because he got caught on cam striking a helpless man
by Edmund DeMarche


The Baltimore police officer who was seen in cell phone video striking a man several times and knocking him down over steps on a sidewalk is no longer with the department, police said in a statement late Sunday.

Interim Police Commissioner Garry Tuggle accepted the officer's resignation.

The police officer, who was not officially identified had served on the department for just over a year.

He was suspended shortly after the video first surfaced on Saturday.

The Baltimore Sun reported that police said the incident started after the man was stopped by police, let go and then approached again.

“When he was asked for his identification, the situation escalated when he refused,” police told the paper.

“The police officer then struck the man several times.”

The video begins with the officer standing in front of a black man who has his back to a wall.

The officer, who is also black, can be seen shoving the man in the chest before the officer began to throw punches.

The man tries to block punches from the officer but doesn't appear to fight back.

The man is pushed over some steps by the officer who continues to throw punches, and the video ends with the officer on top of him.

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Post by: Battle on August 24, 2018, 03:01:57 pm
Friday, 24 August 2018

Columbia police dog died after being left in vehicle for eight hours because of gross negligence and conscious indifference
by David Travis Bland


COLUMBIA, South Carolina — The Columbia Police Department said Thursday that a police dog that died in July had been left in a police vehicle for eight hours.

“I guess the simplest way for me to start is to say we made some mistakes,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

The dog, named Turbo, was a 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever who specialized in explosive detection. Turbo was with CPD for seven months. Master Police Officer David Hurt worked with the dog.

Hurt was at C.A. Johnson High School for active shooter training, Holbrook said. The officer deactivated the K-9 unit vehicle’s heat alarm, which causes a siren and horn to go off when the temperature inside the vehicle reaches a certain level. Hurt had parked in the shade and left all the windows cracked, according to Holbrook.

The dog was in the car from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Other dogs were also in police vehicle during the training at the high school. Hurt asked another officer to check on Turbo during the eight hours.

That officer reported back to Hurt that Turbo was fine at the time. But when Hurt returned to the vehicle at 3:30 he saw that his dog was panting heavily, foaming at the mouth, and unsteady on his feet. He immediately recognized the signs of Turbo being overheated and called for help.

Holbrook called Hurt’s actions negligent and lacking common sense.

The Columbia Police Department announced Turbo’s death on July 28, saying the dog experienced a “heat-related work injury” two days prior. Holbrook said the dog experienced organ failure after being taken to a veterinarian and was euthanized.

Holbrook said Hurt “didn’t give any logical reason for why he deactivated the heat alarm.”

“Officer Hurt was very emotionally attached ... this is not something that just goes away. This is something he’ll live with.”
The officer will face no criminal charges, but he has been removed as a K-9 officer, suspended from the bomb squad for six months and will be on leave with no pay for five days.

Holbrook says the review determined there was no criminal intent.

Information from the investigation was shared with the State Law Enforcement Division and the 5th Circuit solicitor’s office.

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Post by: Battle on August 24, 2018, 04:07:18 pm
Friday, 24 August 2018

Dash Cam Reveals police taunting distressed man
by Megan Jones

Police dashcam video obtained by The Beacon-News shows officers responding to a disturbance in a residential neighborhood Sept. 14, 2017, and the situation escalates as the man and his mother go inside their home.

The man yells obscenities at officers.

Officer Jeffrey Johnson then ridicules the man, challenges him to "bring it," and later tells other officers the man is "getting tased immediately - just FYI," according to the audio.

"Hey, you still live with mom. Bring it. Bring it. Bring it. Bring it. Go ahead, please, finish yourself off," Johnson said to the Yorkville man.

The Yorkville Police Department concluded an internal investigation and on Aug. 2 announced disciplinary measures against the three officers.

Sgt. Sarah Klingel was fired.

Johnson was suspended without pay for 30 days.

Officer Christopher Hayes received a written warning.

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Post by: Battle on August 29, 2018, 07:23:28 am
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Ex-cop roy oliver found guilty of murder, could face life for killing Jordan Edwards
by Tasha Tsiaperas

("I hope & pray this  f_____r  gets life imprisonment."

Earlier Tuesday, the Dallas County jury convicted the former Balch Springs police officer of murder for shooting the unarmed 15-year-old as he left a party with his brothers and two friends in April 2017.

The former officer, who was fired from the force not long after the shooting, was immediately taken into custody, and his bond was revoked.

In the hallway after the verdict was read, Jordan's father, Odell Edwards, embraced supporters, rocking them from side to side as he wiped tears from his reddened eyes.

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Post by: Battle on August 30, 2018, 06:54:30 pm
("When Pigs Fry!"
Thursday, 30th August 2018

Police Officer Convicted of Murder Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
Dallas County prosecutors considering additional aggravated assault charges against former cop guilty of murder
by NBC staff & Associated Press


Jurors on Wednesday night sentenced a former Texas police officer convicted of murder to 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

The prosecution and the defense both rested Wednesday afternoon following the second day of the sentencing phase in the trial of former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver, who was convicted Tuesday for the 2017 slaying of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

"The beautiful thing about his sentence is, because he received over 10 years, he will not be eligible for an appeal bond," Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said.

"So, he will start serving that sentence today. I’m quite certain that the defense, as the judge indicated, has already submitted its certification to appeal this case, but we feel very comfortable about the verdict and feel very comfortable about the case we put on."

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Post by: Battle on September 05, 2018, 11:40:20 am
("There should be a law against dumb law enforcement officers."

Wednesday, 5th September 2018

Dumb Cop Tasers 11 year Old Girl For Shoplifting
by Sharon Coolidge, Cameron Knight and Mark Curnutte

Cincinnati police investigators said an officer who deployed a Taser to stop an 11-year-old girl from shoplifting violated the department's use of force policy, but also found problems with his telling the girl: "You know, sweetheart, this is why there’s no grocery stores in the black community.”

The comment was caught on Officer Kevin Brown's body camera and is the second time the officer is accused of making inappropriate comments while doing his job.

Two years ago he was written up for using a homophobic slur in reference to an alleged domestic violence victim, though the woman did not hear him.

Councilman Wendell Young, a former police officer, said “I just don’t know if you have room on the police department for people like this.

This guy, from what I am hearing, has serious issues. He apparently polices the way he feels.”

Young said he’s not cavalier about anyone’s employment, but said “there comes a time you have to cut your losses.”

“If it’s true he tased the little girl, if it’s true that he said what he’s reported to say, if it’s also true that not terribly long ago he made derogatory comments about the gay community, he’s building a case that makes it difficult for us to continue with him as a member of the police department.”

Brown's punishment is up to Police Chief Eliot Isaac, who make a determination after an internal departmental hearing.

Punishment could range from counseling to termination, and Brown would have a chance to appeal any decision.

Cincinnati police released a use of force report related to the Aug. 6 incident involving Brown, 55, who was working a theft prevention detail at the Spring Grove Kroger.

Body camera footage was included in the release and shows the girl, who is African-American scared and crying as Taser barbs are taken from her back.


Brown, also African-American, violated four policies according to the report:

The comment constituted prejudice.

He did not turn on his body camera until after he deployed his Taser.

He did not warn the girl he was going to use his Taser.

He told her to stop three times as she was exiting the store, but did not warn that he was going to escalate his use of force.

The incident wasn't serious enough to deploy a Taser. Police investigators said officers should use the least amount of force necessary when dealing with juveniles.

Isaac told reporters Tuesday using a taser was "unnecessary in this circumstance."

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Post by: supreme illuminati on September 05, 2018, 03:16:07 pm
These incidents are proliferating with a pre-1950's rate of violence. Fools like this Officer Brown are the reasons why I teach my clients the multipronged problem avoidance, resolution, and proven, Afrikan fighting science [ Montu Ra ] rooted self defense techniques aimed at swiftly and relentless dismantling criminal cops and any other criminal that runs up on them.

I cannot stomp on this repulsive creature's skull enough. That 11 year old baby? IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE ENTIRE AFRIKAN COMMUNITY. Lord help that fool if I get a crack at him.

On second thought? Nah. Lord? Don't help that fool at all, please. Thanks.
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Post by: Battle on September 05, 2018, 06:51:40 pm
These incidents are proliferating with a pre-1950's rate of violence. Fools like this Officer Brown are the reasons why I teach my clients the multipronged problem avoidance, resolution, and proven, Afrikan fighting science [ Montu Ra ] rooted self defense techniques aimed at swiftly and relentless dismantling criminal cops and any other criminal that runs up on them.

I cannot stomp on this repulsive creature's skull enough. That 11 year old baby? IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE ENTIRE AFRIKAN COMMUNITY. Lord help that fool if I get a crack at him.

On second thought? Nah. Lord? Don't help that fool at all, please. Thanks.

It's sickening, Supreme, I know...  :-[

Y'know, what?   You're right.

Martin, Medger Evers and Malcolm had enough and took action.  We should finish it.   We are failing our children, our women and elders.

We, the People... will handle these matters after November 2018 the correct way.

Thanks for your commentary.   I always look out for your words of wisdom.
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Post by: Battle on September 08, 2018, 09:23:48 am
Friday, 7th September 2018

A stupid, drunken police officer (in uniform) walked into a man’s home — mistaking it for her own — and killed him*
by Lindsey Bever and Taylor Telford


A police officer in Dallas shot and killed a man she thought was in her apartment — only, it wasn't actually her apartment, authorities said.

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Post by: Battle on September 21, 2018, 07:40:51 am
Friday, 21st September 2018

A dumb white sheriff was caught on tape making racist remarks. Now he faces calls to resign.
by Eli Rosenberg


The sheriff of New Jersey’s most populous county apologized Thursday after a recording in which he reportedly made racist remarks about blacks as well as the state’s Sikh attorney general was published by the public news radio outlet WNYC, generating wide calls for him to step down.

NPR affiliate WNYC published comments  from a secret taping it said it had obtained of Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, who is white, making unsavory remarks after the inauguration of Phil Murphy, a Democrat who succeeded Chris Christie (R) in January as the state’s governor.

A man at the station identified as Saudino is heard talking to colleagues about Murphy’s speech.

“He talked about the whole thing, the marijuana, sanctuary state ... better criminal-justice reform,” he says of the governor.

“Christ almighty, in other words let the blacks come in, do whatever ... they want, smoke their marijuana, do this, do that, and don’t worry about it. You know, we’ll tie the hands of cops.” (
Later Saudino says that Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh attorney general in the country, was appointed by Murphy solely because of his religion.

“He didn’t do that to help Bergen County. He did that because of the turban,” he says. (

Saudino apologized for the remarks Thursday evening but did not address the swelling number of calls for his resignation.

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Post by: Battle on September 21, 2018, 07:06:10 pm
Friday, 21st September 2018

Dumb white New Jersey sheriff resigns after racist remarks captured on tape

by John Bowden


A New Jersey sheriff has resigned after he was caught on tape making racist remarks about African-Americans and the state's attorney general.

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Post by: Battle on September 24, 2018, 10:41:59 am
Monday, 24th September 2018

Stupid Dallas officer who killed neighbor in his apartment is fired
by Justin Carissmo



A white police officer who shot and killed her black neighbor in his apartment was fired by the Dallas Police Department on Monday.
Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall fired Amber Guyger after an internal investigation determined the former officer "engaged in adverse conduct" when she was arrested on manslaughter charges, according to a news release.

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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2018, 01:57:09 pm
Monday, 24th September 2018
18 Convictions Overturned in Cases Tied to Disgraced Garbage Police Sergeant
by Phil Rogers


In an extraordinary move, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx did something Monday which isn't often done in Chicago's criminal justice system.

She apologized.

Foxx's comments were directed to 18 men, whose convictions had just been thrown out by Chief Judge Leroy Martin.

All 18 were arrested at the hands of notorious police sergeant Ronald Watts and his tainted tactical unit, which critics say ran roughshod and virtually unsupervised for a decade on Chicago’s South Side.
"The system owes an apology to the men who stand behind us,” Foxx declared, after standing at the back of the court and shaking hands with each of the plaintiffs as they walked from the bench.

"We know that what was happening with Sgt. Watts, and the way he ran his operation, is that there were many men and women who fell victim to his corrupt ways."

While even fellow officers pointed to corruption in the unit, only Watts and one of his officers, Kallatt Mohammed, were ever prosecuted for shaking down and framing residents of the Ida B. Wells housing project.

Both went to prison.

"It's noteworthy to me who's not here, and that's the city and the Chicago Police Department," attorney Joshua Tepfer said after court.

"(They) really owe the apology to these men and so many others, for letting this happen and covering it up for so long."

Indeed, residents of the Wells housing project had long argued that residents there were being unjustly targeted.

"They put cases on people who didn't cooperate with their corrupt schemes, took bribes, stole money and drugs from drug dealers, and really ruined the lives of dozens---maybe hundreds," attorney Joel Flaxman said.

"These officers knew who they were, would go after them, and would frame them over and over again."

With Monday's exonerations, at least 42 individuals have now seen their convictions overturned. And the State’s Attorney’s office says it is examining many more.

"I believe in the interest of public safety in Cook County, we must have a criminal justice system that has integrity and credibility," Foxx said.

"That means that we have to admit when things have gone wrong and actively work to fix it."

"Maybe this is a day of reckoning," attorney Sean Starr told reporters.

"We hope that the officers that are on the street that see things happening-don't continue to play a complicit part in this. Speak up."

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Post by: Curtis Metcalf on September 26, 2018, 08:10:18 am
Thanks for posting this, Battle. I had not seen this story. It's this kind of thing that comes to mind whenever some folks talk about slavery being so long ago. Racist oppression is not distant history. It's not history at all.
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Post by: Battle on September 26, 2018, 09:12:19 am
Thanks for posting this, Battle. I had not seen this story. It's this kind of thing that comes to mind whenever some folks talk about slavery being so long ago. Racist oppression is not distant history. It's not history at all.

I agree with you 100%!

I read this meme online 20+ years ago and it gave me pause.  It stayed with me forever.

It goes:

Slavery never ended. It was just extended.
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Post by: Battle on October 19, 2018, 01:24:42 pm
Thursday, 18th October 2018
3 Florida Ex-Cops Sentenced In Scheme To Frame Innocent Black People
by David Lohr


Three former Florida police officers were sent to prison this week after pleading guilty to their roles in a departmentwide conspiracy to frame people of color for crimes they did not commit.(

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Guillermo Ravelo, a 37-year-old former officer with the Biscayne Park Police Department, to 27 months behind bars, the Miami Herald reported. On Wednesday, former officers Charlie Dayoub, 38, and Raul Fernandez, 62, were sentenced to one year apiece after pleading guilty to making false arrests.(

Dayoub and Fernandez had cooperated with federal authorities in making a case against former police chief Raimundo Atesiano.(

The former officers told prosecutors that Atesiano’s goal was to clear cases involving property crimes in the small village north of Miami, even if it meant pinning crimes on innocent people.(

“Atesiano was acting under color of law as chief of police when on three separate occasions he ordered officers under his command to falsely arrest and charge individuals with unsolved burglaries,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in September.(

At his sentencing Thursday, Ravelo told U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga, “I am not here to make excuses,” according to the Herald.

“I let down my family, the people I serve and most of all my two boys.”

Ravelo pleaded guilty in July to charges of conspiring to violate the civil rights of two black men and for using excessive force on a Hispanic man whom he punched in the face while the man was handcuffed.(

Jonathan Pereira, the victim of the 2013 assault, was stopped for a broken tail light and then falsely arrested by Ravelo on charges of battery and resisting arrest. (

The charges were later dismissed.

“This has had a really big impact on me,” Pereira, 27, said at the sentencing hearing, according to the Miami Herald.

“It has made me look at law enforcement differently.”(

The judge, who based the sentencing on a recommendation from the prosecution, could have sentenced Ravelo to up to 10 years in prison.

A day earlier, Dayoub and Fernandez appeared in court for sentencing.

One of the cases involved a 16-year-old black teen who was falsely accused of committing several break-ins in 2013.

Federal prosecutors had recommended one year of probation for Fernandez and eight months of house arrest for Dayoub. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore ignored the recommendation and handed down one-year sentences.

“To think that they can come into court and get a slap on the wrist is insulting to the men and women in law enforcement,” Moore said in court.

Federal authorities launched an investigation into the department after four other officers told an outside agency what was happening at the department.

Atesiano, 52, was indicted in June.(

In September, he pleaded guilty to framing multiple black people.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced in November.

One of those victims was Clarens Desrouleaux, a 41-year-old Haitian man who served five years in prison for a series of burglaries he was falsely accused of committing.

Desrouleaux’s conviction was tossed in September and he’s since filed a federal lawsuit, accusing the town and three officers of violating his civil rights.

“I applaud the combined efforts of our law enforcement partnership to end this calculated abuse of power,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a press release.

Earlier this month, Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez told the Miami New Times his office is investigating thousands of arrests in an effort to vacate cases tied to the former officers.

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Post by: Battle on December 18, 2018, 03:51:48 am
Monday, 17th December 2018
2 Police Officers Railroaded
by Jeremy Gorner, William Lee, Madeline Buckley and Hannah Leone


Two Chicago police officers were killed Monday night when they were hit by a train while investigating a call of shots fired on the city’s Far South Side.

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Post by: Battle on January 07, 2019, 07:05:49 pm
Monday, 7th December 2019
Stupid police officer shoots and kills recovering dog
by Michael Brice-Saddler


An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was fired after shooting a barking chihuahua in the head Friday, an incident officials labeled “disheartening.”
Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals said in a statement Saturday that deputy Keenan Wallace had been terminated after it was determined there were “numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident.”

Cellphone video of the encounter shows Wallace opening fire on the dog — named Reese’s — within feet of its owner, Doug Canady. Police say the incident began following a call for service for an “aggressive” dog at Canady’s home.

The department on Monday declined to comment further or confirm reports that Wallace is a K-9 handler, referring The Washington Post to its news release on the incident. Canady did not respond to a message requesting comment Monday morning.

“Our Department is [saddened] about this incident and apologize for any distress and disappointment this incident has caused anyone who was affected by this disheartening event,” the sheriff wrote. “We will keep Reese’s in our thoughts through the recovery process.”

On Saturday, Canady shot a video of himself with Reese’s at the hospital. The dog is seen with a cast around her neck and two of her legs.

The video was posted with the caption “Reese’s Road to Recovery.”

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Post by: Battle on January 08, 2019, 11:39:16 pm
Wednesday, 9th December 2019
Supreme Court rejects appeal from former Missouri City cop on death row

by Keri Blakinger


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a former Missouri City police officer convicted of hiring a hitman to kill his wife, one of two Houston-area death row losses in the high court this week.
Though he has consistently maintained his innocence, Robert Fratta was sentenced to death in 1996 after a Harris County jury found him guilty of masterminding a murder-for-hire plot designed to do away with his wife Farah.

Robert and Farah Fratta were embroiled in a heated divorce and custody battle when the 34-year-old mother was shot in the head while stepping out of her car at their home.

The ex-officer and erstwhile firefighter was at church at the time, but investigators flagged him as a suspect in part because he'd reportedly asked around for a hitman before the crime.

In the end, prosecutors said, he hired Joseph Prystash, who in turn hired a third man to carry out the killing.

All three men are now on death row.

Written from a prison typewriter, the appeal the court declined to review on Monday raised a slew of questions including everything from claims about allegedly ineffective lawyers to insufficiency of the evidence used to convict him and problems with jury instructions during his trial.

But at the heart of the claim are questions about whether Fratta was allowed to file his own appeals in tandem with attorneys' filings - something lower courts did not let him do, repeatedly ignoring some of the claims he filed himself.

"The rule of law is taking another hit," said attorney James Rytting, who represents the condemned former officer.

"Robert Fratta's trial was deeply flawed, (he) proved that himself and was penalized for figuring out serious problems with his trial on his own and for trying to bring them to the courts' attention."

In addition to turning down Fratta's case, the court declined to review the conviction of Shelton Jones, who was convicted of the 1991 killing Houston police officer Bruno D. Soboleski.

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Post by: Battle on January 28, 2019, 03:51:46 pm
Monday, 28th January 2019
St. Louis cop charged in Russian roulette shooting death... of a fellow officer
by Aamer Madhani


Hendren took all the bullets out of a revolver and then put one back in, police said in a probable cause statement.

He spun the cylinder, pointed it away and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire.

Alix then took the gun, pointed it at Hendren and pulled the trigger without discharging a bullet, police said.

Hendren’s partner told Hendren and Alix “that they shouldn’t be playing with guns and that they were police officers,” police said in the statement.

“He felt uncomfortable with them playing with guns and didn’t want to have any part of it and started to leave."  Hendren took the gun back and pulled the trigger.
“As [Hendren's partner] left the room but before leaving the apartment, he heard a shot," police said.
Alix was struck in the chest.

Hendren and his partner used police radio to report an officer in need of aid and rushed Alix to St. Louis University Hospital.

She was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital.(

Police said Thursday that a preliminary investigation indicated that Hendren had “mishandled” the gun.(

Police Commissioner John W. Hayden Jr. called it an “accidental discharge of the weapon.”
The gun was recovered at the scene, police said.

They have not said whether it was a service weapon, or why Hendren and his partner were at the apartment during their shift.

Alix entered the St. Louis Police Academy in June 2016 and was commissioned as a police officer two years ago.(

She was assigned as a patrol officer in South St. Louis.(

She is survived by her husband, mother, father and sister.(

Hendren had been with the department for about a year, police said.(

His partner, also 29, has been with the department for nearly two years.(

“Today, as much as it saddens my staff and me to file these charges, Katlyn and her family deserve accountability and justice,” St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said.

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Wednesday, 30th January 2019
Baltimore will stop prosecuting marijuana possession, Mosby announces

by  Tim Prudente


(BALTIMORE) - Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday her office would cease prosecuting people for possessing marijuana regardless of the quantity or the person's criminal history.

Calling the move monumental for justice in Baltimore, Mosby also requested the courts vacate convictions in nearly 5,000 cases of marijuana possession.

"When I ask myself: Is the enforcement and prosecution of marijuana possession making us safer as a city?" Mosby said, "the answer is emphatically 'no.'

Mosby follows district attorneys in Manhattan and Philadelphia who have scaled back or outright ended marijuana prosecutions.
Maryland lawmakers decriminalized possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana in 2014.

But she also stood alone, politically: No police and no other city officials joined her at the announcement.

Hours later, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced her support for what "Mosby is attempting to address, namely the unnecessary criminalization of those who possess marijuana merely for personal use.

"But at the same time, we also need to understand that those who deal illegal substances fuel criminality in our neighborhoods which leads to violence."

Mosby aims to formalize marijuana policies already in practice. A report released Tuesday by her office shows city prosecutors dropped 88 percent of marijuana possession cases in Baltimore District Court since 2014 - 1,001 cases.

Still, convictions have saddled thousands in Baltimore with criminal records and frustrated their job searches, Mosby said.

The marijuana arrests have disproportionately affected minority neighborhoods in Baltimore.

Nationwide, African-Americans are four times more likely than whites to be arrested for possessing marijuana.

The ratio jumps to six times more likely in Baltimore, prosecutors wrote in the report.

Such arrests squander scarce police resources, Mosby said, noting 343 people were killed in Baltimore in 2017.

Police closed nearly one-third of those cases. Last year, 309 people were killed and police closed closer to one-quarter.

"No one," Mosby said, "thinks spending resources to jail people for marijuana is a good use of our limited time and resources."

But it remains unclear how the policy will play out in the streets. Mosby made her announcement at the nonprofit Center for Urban Families in West Baltimore while surrounded by her staff, marijuana advocates and neighborhood activists. Police leaders weren't there.

Former Baltimore mayor and state's attorney Kurt Schmoke has supported the decriminalization of marijuana and advocated treating drug addiction as health policy not criminal justice.

Schmoke said Mosby can't go at it alone.

"In order for her policy to be effective, she has to coordinate it with local law enforcement," said Schmoke, now president of the University of Baltimore.

Mosby said Tuesday night that she had informed interim police commissioner Gary Tuggle of her plan.

Tuggle, a former agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said his officers wouldn't quit arresting people for possessing marijuana.

"Baltimore Police will continue to make arrests for illegal marijuana possession unless and until the state legislature changes the law regarding marijuana possession," he said in a statement.

Drug arrests, however, have largely declined. Since lawmakers decriminalized small amounts of marijuana in 2014, arrests for possession for larger amounts have also plunged. Within one year, arrests dropped by more than 60 percent.

Police leaders have long said they are focused on violent crime and marijuana arrests aren't a priority. But officers routinely use marijuana as reason to search the pockets or car of someone suspected in more serious crimes.

Additionally, prosecutors had already been dropping many marijuana cases in Baltimore.

One of Mosby's former political rivals said her announcement rang hollow.

"Baltimore stopped prosecuting marijuana cases years ago," said Thiru Vignarajah, a former deputy attorney general of Maryland who lost to Mosby in the November election. "This announcement is a good way to grab a headline but changes nothing."

A longtime drug czar of Baltimore County said early intervention from the courts can help steer someone away from harder drugs.

"Most heroin addicts started their drug use with marijuana. It's a gateway drug," said Mike Gimbel, who led Baltimore County's Office of Substance Abuse for more than a decade. "For her to make a blanket statement that we're not worried about how much they had, or we don't care if they have a criminal history - that's absolutely irresponsible."

Her message amounts to legalizing marijuana in Baltimore City, Gimbel said.

"Give everybody amnesty, everybody gets off, and we lost the ability to interact with these people and stop the cycles of addiction," he said.

Mosby has pledged to continue to prosecute anyone suspected of selling marijuana. She said her office would take cases to court when police find evidence of drug sales, such as baggies and scales.

"There has to be something beyond mere possession," she said.

The shift on marijuana comes as just the latest change in drug prosecutions by Baltimore prosecutors. Mosby has said she plans to hand-off fentanyl cases to the federal court where penalties are stiffer.

Neighborhood activist Dayvon Love, of the group Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, said marijuana arrests have broken up many families in Baltimore.

"It was not a war on drugs, but a war on black people, a war on brown people, a war on poor people," he said. "Think about all the generations that have been lost."

In nearby Baltimore County, State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said he had no plans to quit prosecuting marijuana cases. Most first-time offenders are placed in a treatment program in the county, he said.

Mosby also urged state legislators to support a bill that would empower her office to vacate criminal convictions in everything from corrupt cop cases to marijuana prosecutions. The current procedures require action from both prosecutors and defense attorneys to vacate a conviction.

On Tuesday, prosecutors filed papers for marijuana cases dating back to 2011 to be vacated - about 1,000 in Circuit Court and nearly 3,800 in District Court. Judges would rule on the requests.

The policy shift in Baltimore comes amid a national trend of softening criminal penalties and even permitting the use of marijuana. Ten states and D.C. have legalized the use of marijuana by adults, said Olivia Naugle of the Marijuana Policy Project.

"We applaud State's Attorney Mosby," Naugle said. "Decades of arresting people for marijuana possession did not make Baltimore safer."

Maryland has already decriminalized small amounts of marijuana possession under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2014 and signed into law by former Gov. Martin O'Malley. Possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana is now punishable only by fine in the state.

In her statement, Pugh advocated a collaborative approach going forward, involving Mosby, lawmakers and police.

State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch have been considering legalizing marijuana for adult use and taxing it as a way to help pay for the $3.8 billion in recommendations from the so-called Kirwan commission, which is trying to boost public school education in the state.

Miller has been in favor of legalizing the drug for several years, but has said he believes bills setting up referendums should be passed in the year they go before the voters. The state's next election is in 2020.

"The State's Attorney's announcement does not change the plans of the General Assembly," said Yaakov "Jake" Weissmann, Miller's chief of staff.

In a recent interview with The Sun, Busch said he did not expect marijuana legalization to pass this year.

"I don't think you're going to see it come through this year," Busch said. "I think anything dealing with the legalization of recreational marijuana will have to go to referendum as well."

Busch's chief of staff, Alexandra M. Hughes, said that view is unchanged. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has said he's not in favor of legalizing marijuana this year, calling such efforts "premature."

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Wednesday, 13th February 2019

Bumbling Cops Strike Again: 42 Shots, 7 Officers, within 11 Seconds

The call came in just after dark on Tuesday — a masked man with a gun was robbing a T-Mobile store in Queens, holding two employees in a back room.

Within minutes, the first police officers arrived, and two officers and a sergeant ran inside, officials said. More officers pulled up outside, and still more.

The man in the store advanced quickly toward the officers inside, pistol raised.

They retreated out of the store.

Then everything went wrong.
Seven officers opened fire toward the store — a total of 42 shots within 11 seconds, the police said.

“It goes from zero to 60,” said Chief Terence Monahan, the Police Department’s highest-ranking uniformed officer.

When the barrage of gunfire ended, two men lay bleeding on the sidewalk outside the store.

Neither was the robber.

They were brother officers, struck in a crossfire of police bullets. (

One of them, a veteran detective, Brian Simonsen, died from his wounds. (

A sergeant was hit nearby — “I’m shot,” he said into his radio. (

“Perp’s still in location.”

The man in the store was wounded and quickly arrested.

In a final, terrible twist, the gun he had carried turned out to be fake, the police said. Lethal in appearance, but harmless.

Those 11 seconds of blind confusion will be parsed in the days and weeks ahead, as the police do an internal investigation to learn how such a chain of events could occur and how a recurrence could someday be prevented.

Detective Simonsen, 42, a 19-year veteran, was fatally shot in the chest, the police commissioner said. (

He was the first New York City police officer to be killed in the line of duty since July 2017.

The sergeant who was struck, Matthew Gorman, 34, underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to his hip and was expected to recover.
New details released on Wednesday gave some shape to the confusing initial accounts of the chaotic event.

Details of fatal police shootings in New York City can be slow to emerge in the initial 24 hours, in part because police investigators do not typically interview the officers who have discharged their weapons right away for legal reasons related to the Fifth Amendment.

Instead, investigators begin by gathering the accounts of officers who were present but did not open fire.

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Wednesday, 13th  February 2019
Chicago ex-cop assaulted in Connecticut prison

by Associated Press


(CHICAGO) — A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald was assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison, the officer's wife said Wednesday.(

Jason Van Dyke was transferred earlier this month to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut.

He was placed in the prison's general population hours after his arrival and was assaulted there, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.(

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Friday, 15th February 2019
Portland police are in 'collusion with right-wing extremists' after texts surface

by Avery Anapol


Police in Portland, Ore., are facing accusations of "collusion" with right-wing extremists following the publication of text messages between Portland Police Department Lt. Jeff Niiya and far-right activist Joey Gibson.(

Gibson, the leader of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, reportedly communicated in a friendly way with Niiya, including about plans for demonstrations, which have often turned into violent clashes with left-wing Antifa protesters.

Local newspaper Willamette Week obtained a series of text messages between Niiya and Gibson through a public records request.

The messages, dating back to 2017, show Gibson coordinating with law enforcement about policing protests. (

Portland City Councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty on Thursday released a statement saying she is "not surprised" at the revelation made in the newspaper.

"I am not shocked, and I am not surprised at today's reporting of Lt. Jeff Niiya's collaboration with Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson over text to provide aid and support for their hate marches," Hardesty said, according to the Associated Press.

"This story, like many that have come before it, simply confirms what many in the community have already known - there are members of the Portland police force who work in collusion with right-wing extremists," she said.

In one series of messages, Niiya appears to tell Gibson that he will not seek an arrest of Gibson's assistant, Tusitala "Tiny" Toese, despite there being an active warrant for Toese.

"Just make sure he doesn't do anything which may draw our attention," Niiya told Gibson in 2017, according to the Willamette Week.

"If he still has the warrant in the system (I don't run you guys so I don't personally know) the officers could arrest him. I don't see a need to arrest on the warrant unless there is a reason."

A police spokeswoman told Willamette Week that it was not unusual for law enforcement to encourage people to turn themselves in on an active warrant, especially if a "crowd management situation" is involved.

Patriot Prayer has been at the center of a number of violent clashes with left-wing "anti-fascist" members.

It is unclear if police had the same level of communication with any left-wing protesters.(

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) also directed police to conduct an investigation into the texts.(

Gibson told the Willamette Week that his relationship with Niiya was "sweet," but later issued a longer statement criticizing Wheeler over his reaction to the report.

"His job was to talk with as many activists as possible to be able to predict what the protests will be like," Gibson said of Niiya.

"His main goal was to prevent conflict as much as possible.

The only time he told me the locations of other groups was when I was trying to avoid them and the conflict.

He was literally doing his job and the mayor throws him under the bus like he usually does to the police."(

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Post by: Battle on February 15, 2019, 11:59:19 pm
Saturday, 16th February 2019

Officer apparently lied in seeking warrant before deadly raid
by Phil Helsel and Tom Winter

Houston's police chief said Friday that there appear to be "some material untruths or lies" in an affidavit used to get a warrant for a drug raid that left four officers shot and two people in the home dead.

Police Chief Art Acevedo emphasized that police "had reason to investigate that location" on Harding Street, a raid that ended in a shootout that killed the two occupants, Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58.

"Thus far it appears that there are some material untruths or lies in that affidavit — and that's a problem," Acevedo said.

"That's totally unacceptable."

"More than likely, the investigating officer will be charged with a serious crime at some point," the chief said.(

He added that there will be a review of past investigations, as well as a broader look at the department’s narcotics unit street level units.

Earlier Friday, NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston obtained police documents that say narcotics Officer Gerald Goines justified the warrant request by claiming that he sent a confidential informant to make a narcotics buy at the home, and that the informant returned with what the informant said was heroin and said there was a weapon at the residence.

But in the police documents, an investigator said they were unable to find that informant, and that all the informants listed as working with Goines denied making a drug buy for him at that home or ever buying from Tuttle or Nicholas.

Acevedo acknowledged those documents Friday, but did not name the officer.

The police department has said that when officers were serving the felony warrant at the home at around 5 p.m. on Jan. 28, they were met with gunfire and several officers returned fire, killing Tuttle and Nicholas.

Police have said that a small amount of marijuana and white powder believed to be cocaine or fentanyl as well as three shotguns and two rifles were recovered after the raid on the home.

Goines was one of the four officers wounded in the shooting, according to police documents.

"We're going to get to the truth," Acevedo said. He said the police department is conducting “an impartial investigation into everything that occurred leading up to and during that raid."

Acevedo did not name what he called the "target officer" in the investigation into the shooting, but past cases will be investigated as well.


Acevedo said that one officer has previously been relieved of duty, and the person he referred to as the investigating officer is still hospitalized and will also be relieved.

A message with the police union about whether Goines has legal representation was not immediately returned Friday night.

Acevedo said there was a 911 call earlier in January from a woman who said her daughter was doing heroin in the home that was raided.

"This was not just an investigator deciding to go target a house, as far as we've determined so far, for no reason," he said.

If information was determined to have been falsified for the warrant it would be a crime, Acevedo said.

But the details of exactly what occurred are still under investigation, he said.

He said that search warrants have been obtained for cellphones.

"No matter what we end up with here, right, we know we have a criminal violation already — and a serious criminal violation by the individual that prepared that affidavit on the initial search warrant at the Harding Street location," Acevedo said.

The Houston Police Officers’ Union said in a statement to KPRC that the facts detailed by Acevedo on Friday were "extremely concerning."

"Such actions, if true, would be extremely disturbing and would not be a reflection of the many men and women of HPD who do an incredible job every day, including those who have worked tirelessly since the shooting ensuring that no stone goes unturned," the union said.

Acevedo pledged a thorough and impartial investigation.

"I"m telling you, there's a lot of pissed off cops right now," the police chief said.(

"There are a lot of angry cops. Because when you violate that oath of office, you make it hard for 98, 99 percent of these cops that go out there every day."(

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Wednesday, 27th February 2019
Chicago will elect a black woman as its mayor for first time

by Associated Press


(CHICAGO) — A former federal prosecutor and a county board leader will face each other in a runoff to become Chicago's first black female mayor after leading a large field Tuesday that included a member of the Daley family that has dominated the city's politics for much of the last six decades.

Political outsider Lori Lightfoot, who was a federal prosecutor in northern Illinois, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were the top two vote-getters among 14 candidates, but neither received more than the 50 percent needed to avoid an April 2 runoff.

The winner will succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the nation's third-largest city. Emanuel did not seek re-election.

Among those they defeated was William Daley, who has never held major elected office but featured the most famous surname in the race. His father, Richard J. Daley, and brother, Richard M. Daley, held the city's top job for nearly 43 years of a 55-year span before Emanuel took the oath in 2011.

Daley is a former U.S. Commerce secretary who, like Emanuel, served as White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama.

Emanuel 's decision not to seek a third term drew some of the biggest names in state and municipal government as would-be successors, along with some political newcomers with strong support, in a transitional election for a lakefront metropolis still struggling to shed its reputation for corruption, police brutality and street violence.

"What do you think of us now?" Lightfoot said Tuesday night to a crowd of her supporters. "This is what change looks like."

Lightfoot, the first openly gay woman to run for Chicago mayor, has been critical of efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department in the wake of the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.

Preckwinkle, who leads the county's Democratic Party, also made a campaign issue out of McDonald's shooting.

"We may not be at the finish line. But, we should acknowledge that history is being made," Preckwinkle, who previously served 19 years on the City Council and was a Chicago Public Schools teacher, told her supporters.

"It's not enough to stand at a podium and talk about what you want to see happen," she added, taking an apparent shot at Lightfoot.

"You have to come to this job with the capacity and the capability to make your vision a reality."

Turnout was low Tuesday.

Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election, said by late afternoon turnout was around 27 percent of registered voters.

The record low for a February mayoral election was 33.8 percent in 2007, when Emanuel was first elected.

"It appears that some voters either just disengaged or are not willing to make a decision until they know who's in the runoff, assuming there is a runoff," Allen said.

Businessman Willie Wilson, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and activist Amara Enyia, who received financial support from Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, rounded out the top vote-getters.

Although a nonpartisan election, the candidates were all attached in varying degrees to the Democratic Party. The Republican Party has virtually disappeared from the city.

"A problem is the absence of the Republican Party offering a different choice and different ideas," said DePaul University political scientist Larry Bennett.

"Those running are all Democrats, offering odd claims of doing something different."

The variety of candidates reflected the many issues facing Chicago's next mayor: poor neighborhoods in need of investment, overwhelming pension debt, low-performing public schools and a crime rate that is often pointed to as among the nation's worst.

However, an issue that took center stage in the contest is the need to change how business is conducted at City Hall.

For some that means an end to pay-to-play, paying off influential politicians in order to do business in the city.

Since 1972, more than two dozen city aldermen have been convicted of crimes related to official duties.

Last month, Edward Burke, a 50-year veteran and former chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee, was indicted after authorities said a wiretap on his cellphone captured him pressuring executives of a fast-food chain to hire his law firm in exchange for help with permits.

Preckwinkle, Mendoza, attorney Gery Chico and Daley all sought to distance their ties to Burke, who had a comfortable lead in his race for re-election on Tuesday.

Reforming the city's police department is a job the winning candidate can't dodge.

A consent decree approved last month by U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. is aimed at tightening supervision, improving training and fixing the department's disciplinary system.

The decree is the most important consequence of the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by former officer Jason Van Dyke.


A video of the shooting sparked demonstrations and resulted in Van Dyke's murder conviction.

Illinois' attorney general sued the city to force the court's involvement after years of inaction by the City Council, which dealt with systemic police misconduct in recent years by approving millions of dollars in lawsuit settlements.

Emanuel's popularity plummeted after release of the McDonald shooting video and he eventually decided not to seek re-election to a third term, leading to the scramble to succeed him.

Voters also chose among candidates for the 50-member City Council.

The city has a tradition of having a dominating mayor and a City Council that isn't aggressive in serving as a separate branch of government, according to Bennett, the political scientist.

That has meant the performance of various city departments hasn't received adequate scrutiny.

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Saturday, 16th March 2019
Raising middle finger at police is free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution, court rules

by Kevin Grasha


(CINCINNATI, OH) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has ruled that “raising” a middle finger at a police officer is protected as free speech.

In a ruling filed this week, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said:

"Any reasonable officer would know that a citizen who raises her middle finger engages in speech protected by the First Amendment.”

The case stems from a 2017 traffic stop in suburban Detroit.

Taylor police Officer Matthew Minard pulled over Debra Cruise-Gulyas for speeding.

Minard apparently decided to show leniency and wrote a ticket for a lesser violation.

The 6th Circuit's opinion describes what happened next like this:

As Cruise-Gulyas drove away, she “repaid Minard’s kindness by raising her middle finger at him.”

Minard then pulled her over a second time, less than 100 yards from where the initial stop happened, according to the opinion.

He changed the ticket to a speeding violation. (

Cruise-Gulyas then sued the officer. (
A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit said her gesture did not violate any identified law.

Minard, it said, “clearly lacked authority to stop Cruise-Gulyas a second time.”

“Minard should have known better,” the opinion says.

It pointed to a 2013 ruling by another appeals court that said the “ancient gesture of insult” does not give police “a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”

Minard's attorneys had sought to have Cruise-Gulyas' lawsuit thrown out, saying "qualified immunity" protected him from liability.

The 6th Circuit said that protection doesn't apply if an officer violates a person's constitutional rights.
Cruise-Gulyas' attorney, Hammad Khan, said he was pleased with both federal court rulings in the case.

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Post by: Battle on March 20, 2019, 07:20:34 am
Wednesday, 20th March 2019
San Francisco To Pay $13.1 Million To Man Framed By Police For Murder
by James Doubek


San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a $13.1 million settlement for a man framed by police for murder.

Jamal Trulove spent more than six years in prison for a 2007 murder before being acquitted in a 2015 retrial.
"And trust me I'm not done with them by a long shot!!" a profile appearing to be Trulove wrote on Twitter.

"After what these cowards of the law did to me, I will lit my freedom ring through every platform I get to show what injustice really looks like. Me!"

He sued in January 2016.

In April of last year, a jury in Oakland found that two police officers on the case, Maureen D'Amico and Michael Johnson, deliberately fabricated evidence and failed to disclose exculpatory material.

Alex Reisman, one of the lawyers for Trulove, told The Associated Press that Trulove "endured a lot," spending years in maximum security prisons in Southern California, hundreds of miles away from his family.

Police arrested Trulove for the 2007 murder of his friend Seu Kuka, who was shot in a public housing project in San Francisco.

Trulove was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.

But a California appeals court overturned that conviction in 2014 and ordered a new trial. He was acquitted in a retrial in 2015.

Trulove's attorneys said police manipulated a witness into misidentifying Trulove as the shooter.

The police officers named in the lawsuit have retired and none were disciplined for their actions in the case, Reisman told the AP.

Trulove was pursuing a career in acting and hip-hop at the time of his arrest.

He appeared in the reality TV show I Love New York 2.

This year he appears in the movie The Last Black Man in San Francisco, which is scheduled for release in June.

Trulove wrote on Instagram in March that he has been dealing with PTSD from the experience.
"Theres nothing I could do to make up for that time I missed," he wrote.

"No amount of money could ever reverse the time I missed with my kids and the affect that it's had on there up bringing and our relationship."

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Tuesday, 19th March 2019
As 3-Year-Old Daughter Died in Hot Patrol Car, Hot Mississippi Cop Had Hot Sex With Her Hot Supervisor
by KC Baker


A former Mississippi cop faces up to 20 years in prison for leaving her 3-year-old daughter to die inside a hot car while she had sex at her supervisor’s house, multiple outlets report. (

On Monday, Cassie Barker, 29, pleaded guilty to culpable negligence manslaughter in the death of her daughter, Cheyenne Hyer, inside her patrol car in 2016, CBS News reports. (

The former Long Beach officer accepted the plea agreement to a lesser charge after initially being indicted for second-degree murder, the Biloxi Sun Herald reports. (

The child died on Sept. 30. 2016, after Barker went to the home of her supervisor, Clark Ladner, to talk to him at the end of her shift and ended up having sex with him, CBS affiliate WLOX reports. (

She left the car running with the air conditioner on to combat the 100-degree temperature, but the vent wasn’t blowing cold air, CBS News reports. (

She fell asleep in Ladner’s home for four hours, leaving her daughter strapped in her car seat in the sweltering heat. (

The child was unresponsive when Barker finally returned to her car. (

The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital, where officials say her body temperature had topped 107 degrees, CBS News reports. (

Barker had left the child unattended in a car on a previous occasion, authorities said, CBS News reports. Barker had left the child in her car when she went into a store, prompting a passerby to call Gulfport police, the Sun Herald reports.(

Prosecutors are recommending 20 years in prison when she is sentenced on April 1.(

“I don’t know what I could ever do to you that could be worse than what you’ve already experienced,” Harrison County Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois told her in court, WLOX reports. (

“You will forever be entombed in a prison of your own mind.” (


Barker and Ladner were fired after the child’s death, the Sun Herald reports. (

Cheyenne’s father, Ryan Hyer, says he still cannot believe his daughter is dead. (

“As a parent, you are supposed to protect your child, and Cheyenne is gone because her mother didn’t protect her, not once but twice,” Hyer said.

“May God have mercy on her soul.”

An attorney for Barker did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Post by: Battle on March 22, 2019, 09:24:37 am
Friday, 22nd March 2019
A police unit went after Stormy Daniels for ‘moral’ crimes. Now due to misconduct, it has been disbanded.

by Kyle Swenson


Beset by the fallout of a high-profile scandal involving adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and allegations that an officer traded sex for releasing women he had arrested, an Ohio police department has taken the unprecedented action of disbanding a unit that was once in charge of pursuing “moral crimes.” (

On Tuesday, Columbus Police Department interim chief Tom Quinlan announced he was abolishing the department’s 10-officer vice unit, a group overseeing crimes involving gambling, prostitution and drugs, due to the negative attention it received in recent months.
“Today I removed three officers from their vice assignments, and notified the remaining seven vice officers that I am abolishing their assignments,” Quinlan said in a video posted to the department’s Twitter account. (

“The vice unit is currently undergoing an internal review by the investigative deputy chief.” (

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Post by: Battle on March 26, 2019, 01:41:20 pm
Tuesday, 26th March 2019
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Chief Eddie Johnson furious that charges against Jussie Smollett dropped
by Kia Morgan-Smith


Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson came out swinging, still strongly blaming Jussie Smollett for wasting his department’s time and resources by allegedly conducting a fake hate crime.

Johnson is reportedly “furious” that the Empire actor’s charges were dropped and criminal record cleared by prosecutors, CBS reports.
Smollett made a stunningly surprise court appearance on Tuesday and it was learned that the state decided not to pursue 16 indictment charges filed against the actor.

His attorney professes there was no deal made with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to drop the charges.

Johnson spoke out about the latest revelation on Tuesday at Navy Pier about the case.
“My personal opinion is, you all know where I stand on this,’” Johnson said.

“Do I think justice was served? No. What do I think justice is? I think this city is still owed an apology.”


Equally angered was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who said it was a “whitewash of justice” for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s to drop charges against Smollett, The Wrap reports.

“This is a whitewash of justice,” Emanuel said Tuesday afternoon during a joint press conference with the police. (

“A grand jury could not have been clearer.”

Anthony Guglielmi, the chief communications officer for the Chicago Police, also criticized the decision, saying on Twitter:

“Chicago police detectives did an excellent investigation and their work was reaffirmed by an independent grand jury who brought 16 criminal counts. In our experience, innocent individuals don’t forget bond & perform community service in exchange for dropped charges.”(

Jussie Smollett, however, remains in the clear after appearing in a Chicago courtroom for an emergency hearing Tuesday morning.

It was decided that he would not face any criminal charges for allegedly lying to police in what many saw as a racial and homophobic related attack.

Smollett’s previous community service was taken into consideration and he must surrender his $10,000 bond as restitution, but otherwise, the case and the situation appears to be over.

20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment, which produces Empire, has also released a statement on Instagram saying that they are “gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed.”

Feeling relieved, Smollett spoke out during a press conference with his attorney at his side, and opened up about the emotional roller coaster, vowing that he has been consistent and honest since the beginning.

“First of all I want to thank my family, friends and the incredible people of Chicago, and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me and supported me and shown me so much love. No one will ever know how much that meant to me and I will forever be grateful.
I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I have been accused of.

“This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I am a man who has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through the fire like this. I just wouldn’t.

Surprisingly, Smollett’s attorney said that brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo admitted to attacking him, but there is no word on whether charges will be brought against them.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office released a statement about the dropped charges against Smollett.

It said in part:

“After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollet’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”

Smollett’s attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes issued a joint statement after the hearing saying that Smollett was “a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment.”

The statement goes on to say that Smollett and others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions.

“This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.

“Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career.

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Post by: Battle on March 27, 2019, 05:47:12 am
Tuesday, 26th March 2019
Virginia's first black female police chief says she was forced to resign
by Elisha Fieldstadt


The first African-American woman to serve as a police chief in Virginia wrote in a four-page letter Monday that she was forced to resign in a move she believes was racially motivated.

"I can assure you that I did not 'quit' on the citizens of Portsmouth.

My mother did not raise me to be a quitter, wrote the former Portsmouth police chief, Tonya Chapman.

"She raised me to be a strong woman. As such, my resignation was not tendered under my own volition.

This was a forced resignation and our City Manager was the conduit."

Chapman, who became chief of the city's police force in 2016, said she met some resistance in her efforts to change a police department culture that, she said, included "bias and acts of systemic racism, discriminatory practices and abuse of authority."

"Some quite frankly did not like taking direction from an African American female," Chapman wrote.

These "racial tensions" within the department became "blatantly apparent" after a white officer fatally shot a black man in 2015, Chapman wrote.

The officer in the incident was fired and indicted on a charge of first-degree murder, but was later found guilty of a lesser manslaughter charge.

Portsmouth is a city of about 100,000 people, of whom more than 50 percent are black.

Chapman also wrote that for two years, "members of a highly influential fraternal organization" have tried to generate a vote of "no confidence" in her, "without success, as they have not been able to articulate valid reasons."

She said a former black male chief of the department had been similarly targeted while, in contrast, a white chief who "turned this department upside down" was not.

The Portsmouth Fraternal Order of Police said in a statement that "at no time did the Portsmouth FOP call for or attempt to call for a vote of no confidence" in Chapman.

The police union continued that it "was willing and wanted to establish a good working relationship with Chief Chapman for the benefit of the department" and will continue on that path with the new, interim chief.

A statement from the city said Portsmouth City Manager L. Pettis Patton accepted Chapman's resignation on March 18, and Assistant Chief Angela Greene was named interim police chief.

NBC News reached out to the city and Patton for comment. Dana Woodson, public affairs officer for the city, responded, "We do not comment on personnel matters."

Chapman said when she met with Patton last week, "She began to read a scripted document that stated in part that I had lost the confidence of my department."

When Chapman asked for further details from Patton, whom she said she had an "extremely close professional relationship" with, Patton "continued to state that she could not say anything more."

"She then stated that if I did not sign the pre-written letter of resignation, she would terminate me," Chapman wrote.

She said she was promised two months severance pay if she resigned, so she signed the letter "under duress."

"Citizens of Portsmouth, I ask you, if I had done anything to warrant my immediate dismissal, would I have been offered a severance?" Chapman wrote in her letter.

Chapman said that in the first year of her three years as chief, homicides decreased in the city by more than 50 percent.

She also said that under her leadership minority representation at the Portsmouth Police Department rose to 31 percent.

The department employs more than 350 personnel, including 255 sworn officers.

She said she has requested a positive letter of recommendation from the City of Portsmouth and for her severance package to be extended to six months.

The Portsmouth NAACP and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives plan to address Chapman's resignation at Tuesday's Portsmouth City Council meeting, according to NBC affiliate WAVY.

"We continue to witness patterns of blatant systemic racism resulting in the elimination of Black leaders in our City Governance and we are hell bent on fighting it through transparency, accountability and policy changes," the Portsmouth NAACP said in a statement after Chapman's resignation.

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2019
Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, will be 1st black woman and 1st openly gay person to hold post
by Phil Helsel and Associated Press


Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot defeated Toni Preckwinkle in a runoff for Chicago mayor Tuesday.

She will be the first openly gay person and first black woman to lead the city.

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Post by: Battle on April 04, 2019, 03:23:47 am
Thursday, 4th April 2019
"When your daughters first crush is a little negro boy"
by Nicole Chavez, Nick Valencia and LaRell Reynolds


A Louisiana police officer almost resigned from his job after sharing a racist Facebook meme. (

Then, he became his town's police chief. (

Almost two years ago, Wayne Welsh, then assistant police chief of Estherwood, came across a meme on Facebook and shared it.

The image depicted a white woman pushing the face of a white girl underwater in a bathtub.(
"When your daughters (sic) first crush is a little negro boy," the meme reads. (

Welsh was suspended from his job after sharing it, and he later apologized. (

When the spot for police chief was vacated last year, he was the interim for nine months. (

He ran unopposed for police chief last November. (

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Post by: Battle on April 06, 2019, 03:43:34 pm
Saturday, 6th April 2019
Detroit police officer attends breathalyzer training DRUNK

by Aleanna Siacon


(DETROIT, Mich) – A Detroit police officer attended a Michigan State Police training class with alcohol in his system, officials confirm.(

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) reported that the training took place Thursday, and Detroit Police Chief told the TV station that an internal investigation would be conducted.(

“The bottom line is that he showed up to work under the influence of alcohol,” Craig told the television station.(

“This was a Michigan State Police training, he blew a .08. Certainly that’s a problem, it’s a problem for me, and it may be a problem on how it was handled after that.”(

The officer was not disciplined by state police at the event. (

State police Lt. Mike Shaw told the Detroit Free Press the officer was attending a DataMaster training class. (

A DataMaster is an instrument used to analyze blood alcohol concentration via a breath sample. (

"During that class he volunteered to give a sample and it was determined he had alcohol in his system.The MSP sergeant dismissed him from the class and sent him to his department. His command staff was notified. He does not work for us so we can not discipline him.That will be up to his employer."

A Detroit police spokesperson confirmed Saturday morning that an internal investigation is underway, but did not share more information about the officer or the incident.(

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Post by: Battle on April 06, 2019, 05:18:41 pm
Saturday, 6th April 2019
Louisville police criticized for handcuffing black teen just for making a wide turn

by Andrew Wolfson


He was homecoming king at Central High School and had just graduated with several scholarships.

He had never been arrested or in trouble before and had a steady job selling new cars at a major dealership.

But 18-year-old Tae-Ahn Lea is black and lives in Park Duvalle, in Louisville’s West End.

And when he borrowed his mom’s car to go get a slushie one day last August, he found himself being pulled over by the Louisville Metro Police Department's Ninth Mobile Division for the most minor of traffic violations — making a "wide turn" onto another street.
Before he was let go 25 minutes later, he was pulled from his car, frisked and handcuffed.(

His car was searched by a drug-sniffing dog, then by police officers who went through his wallet and even looked under the lid of his drink for contraband.(

He was forced to stand on the street, embarrassed, as traffic drove by, with the cuffs chafing his wrists, as one officer asked him,

"Why do you have this negative view towards the police?"(

Nearly 1 million people have since viewed a video of the traffic stop on YouTube, and more than 17,000 have commented on it.

Many said it shows exactly why minorities distrust law enforcement.(

"Cops have a habit of making citizens enemies for life," one commentor said.(

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Friday, 19th April 2019
Customs officer who was part of drug trafficking ring gets 12 years in prison

by Alejandra Reyes-Velarde


A veteran U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and his ex-wife were both sentenced to 12 years in prison for their roles in a drug trafficking operation, federal prosecutors in Southern California announced Thursday.

Manuel Porras Salas, 52, and his former wife, Sayda Powery Orellana, 50, were convicted in December of one count each of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, conspiracy to commit money laundering and making false statements to law enforcement. (

Orellana was found guilty of an additional four counts of money laundering, prosecutors said.

The two took part in distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, heroin and marijuana from Southern California to Chicago, the U.S. attorney’s office said.(

Salas, who had worked at John Wayne and Ontario international airports in his 25 years as a customs agent, was indefinitely suspended after the drug trafficking allegations surfaced.

“While the narcotics distribution was not directly related to Officer Salas’ position with the government, we cannot tolerate any law enforcement official playing a role in illegal activity that threatens the well-being of American citizens,” U.S. Atty. Nick Hanna said in a statement.

The investigation began in March 2012 when a commercial truck driver was arrested with 260 kilograms of heroin, cocaine and marijuana worth about $1.5 million as he was driving through Gallup, N.M.

The truck driver told officers he was working with Salas and Orellana to transport the drugs to Chicago, prosecutors said.

The driver said he would receive drug proceeds and deposit the money into bank accounts at the direction of Salas and Orellana.

He eventually pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Phone and bank records pointed investigators to Salas.

When confronted, Salas and Orellana told officials that they didn’t know the driver and that the money deposited into Orellana’s bank account was meant for someone else. (

“Mr. Salas violated the trust placed in him by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the people of this country for his own and his former wife’s personal financial gain,” said Ryan Korner, an Internal Revenue Service criminal investigator.

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Post by: Battle on May 09, 2019, 03:45:24 pm
Thursday, 9th May 2019
Departmental trial to start Monday for NYPD pig accused of using banned chokehold that led to death of Eric Garner
by Rocco Parascandola


A judge on Thursday shot down a Staten Island cop’s attempt to delay his departmental trial for using a banned chokehold that led to the death of Eric Garner, paving the way for what will be the only public accounting of the 2014 incident that helped galvanize the Black Lives Matter movement.

A lawyer for NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo had argued that the Civilian Complaint Review Board does not have the jurisdiction to prosecute him in the trial room at One Police Plaza because the complaint against Pantaleo was filed by a woman who didn’t witness what happened July 17, 2014, when Garner died after he was forced to the ground by several cops.(

Police were arresting the 43-year-old Garner for allegedly selling loose untaxed cigarettes near Bay St. Cellphone video obtained by the Daily News captured Pantaleo, then 29, putting him in a chokehold banned by the NYPD and forcing him to the ground.

The disturbing footage, which went viral, showed Garner pleading for help as he yelled “I can’t breathe” 11 times.(

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Joan Madden refused to issue an injunction Thursday, which would have delayed the Monday start for the departmental trial.

"It’s been five years since this tragic incident,” Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Joan Madden said.

“And the Garner family, the police officer and the public should have resolution of these issues in this trial.”

Stu London, Pantaleo’s lawyer, afterwards said he was not surprised at the ruling and that he will argue at trial that Pantaleo did not use a chokehold, but rather a department approved take-down tactic.

The CCRB said Madden made the right call, as did Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr.

“They tried every trick in the book to keep the case from going forward,” Carr said.

"We all seen Eric being murdered on video. It wasn’t just me. It wasn’t just an eyewitness ... It was all of us who seen Eric being murdered on camera.”

Pantaleo, who is on desk duty without his gun and shield, was cleared in Garner’s death by a Staten Island grand jury in December 2014.

The feds have completed their investigation but have not yet released their findings.

They have until July 17, the five-year anniversary of the incident, to do so.

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Friday, 11th May 2019
NYPD Detectives Racially Profiled Over 360 Black and Latino Men While Searching for Howard Beach Killer
by Aliya Semper Ewing


Just two weeks after Chanel Lewis, 22, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano, shocking new details have emerged about the initial manhunt that left black and Latino men stripped of dignity, if not also their rights.
According to the Daily News, in the months after Vetrano’s sexual assault and murder, law enforcement had no leads on a suspect other than a DNA test showing a black male as the culprit.
Based on this, then-Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce demanded DNA swabs from over 360 black and Latino men simply because they had been previously arrested in Queens, N.Y.
There appears to be no cohesive reason as to why these men were named on a list of potential suspects other than their race and having been previously arrested in Howard Beach.
The majority had been arrested for non-violent crimes including misdemeanors such as shoplifting or low-level drug possession.

There was also no pattern to the men’s ages, which widely ranged from early 20s to mid-60s.

The News learned of this biased swabbing campaign from an anonymous letter that included a list of 50 of the profiled men and their photos taken off a police database.

Only three of those 50 men who’d been swabbed were previously arrested for violent crime.

Legal experts say this act likely violated the civil rights of the men and is a calling card of the NYPD’s “racially biased” policing tactics.

The mandatory swabbing was not simply an inconvenience on the path to proving innocence; it was dehumanizing, and in some cases caused emotional distress and reputation damage.

One man told the Daily News his parents were so deeply disturbed by repeated visits from detectives that they sold their house and moved to Westchester County.

Another man said he was embarrassed and stigmatized after his neighbors saw detectives questioning him at his door.

Terri Rosenblatt, supervising attorney of the DNA Unit at the Legal Aid Society tells the Daily News:

“This DNA dragnet of black and brown New Yorkers brings the NYPD’s racially biased policing to a new low. The police aggressively collect DNA from New Yorkers using a variety of racially biased and sometimes secretive means. These tactics are fundamentally inconsistent with the fair policing that our city lawmakers claim to support and only serves to sow more distrust of the police without any significant law enforcement purpose.”

It’s important to note that while the swabbing request was technically voluntary, power dynamics combined with fear from those unfamiliar with their rights put these men in a troubling situation, often feeling they must comply or face worse consequences.

Civil rights lawyer Joel Berger detailed:

“ ‘Consent’ rarely is voluntary. The law is clear that a waiver of one’s right must be “knowing and intelligent,” and that must include awareness that one has the right to refuse. Police illegally put pressure on people to ‘consent’ in various ways such as claiming that they can arrest or return speedily with a warrant, or threatening other consequences.”

Phillip Walzak, a police spokesman, declined to comment to The Daily News about the swabbing practice, as did former Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.
However, Michael Palladino, head of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, claims the DNA swabs were justified by the facts of the case.


“I don’t see it as an issue of race,” he said to The News.

“It’s really about following up on the evidence left at the scene. In this case the DNA recovered at the scene indicated the killer was black so our detectives requested samples from people consistent with the evidence.”

Clearly, Palladino believes that the heinous acts of one black man makes all black men suspect regardless of disposition, history, age, location, alibi, or any other differentiating detail.

Maurice Sylla, 56, was one of the men asked to be swabbed.

Sylla was “consistent with the evidence” of being a rapist and murder as Palladino claims, because in 2014 he was arrested for driving without a license.

“Because I had a fender-bender a mile away from the murder scene, they profiled me,” he said.
Not only was he profiled, Sylla claims that detectives interrogated and terrified his teenaged niece after they mistakenly went to his sister’s home in search of him.

But he didn’t cave into the intense police pressure.

Instead, Maurice Sylla called the 106th Precinct and demanded to speak to the officer in command.


When a sergeant ignored Sylla’s request and refused to connect him, Sylla told them he’d call Internal Affairs and the Civilian Complaint Review Board if they didn’t leave him alone and stop harassing his family.
“They left me alone after that,” Sylla said.
“They realized I would be their worst nightmare because I know my rights.”

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Post by: Battle on May 13, 2019, 10:54:50 am
Monday, 6th May 2019
~Here's a story about 6 lovely Jail Guards~
by Victoria Bekiempis and Jan Ransom


A woman who arrived at the jail next to Manhattan criminal court to visit a detainee last August was given a curt instruction: sign a consent form and undergo a search.

Believing that she had no choice, the woman complied, a prosecutor said in court on Monday.

A correction officer told her to pull down her pants and spread her legs, while other officers stood nearby and watched.

She was then instructed to lower her underwear and remove a sanitary napkin.

The officers found no contraband, the prosecutor said.

This search was one of five illegal searches described in a 27-count indictment unveiled on Monday against five guards and a former supervisor who worked at the Manhattan Detention Complex on Centre Street, a jail known colloquially as the Tombs.

The corrections officers were arrested and arraigned in State Supreme Court on charges including official misconduct, conspiracy, unlawful imprisonment and filing false documents.

They all pleaded not guilty and were released without bail.

Staff at the city’s jails must get written permission to search people they think may be smuggling contraband into the prison.

If a visitor consents, a correction officer may only pat their outer clothing and examine the seams and pockets, the indictment said.

Staff may also ask people to remove outerwear like a coat, hat and shoes.
The correction officers “blocked exits, surrounded visitors on all sides, forcibly removed visitors’ clothing, including underwear, touched visitors’ breasts, examined visitors’ vaginal and buttocks areas, forced visitors to squat without pants or underwear, and forced visitors onto the floor,” the document said.

They also are accused of forcing visitors to sign consent forms under false pretenses, and lying on official reports to cover up their actions, the district attorney’s office said.

“These officers flagrantly abused their power,” the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said in a statement.

The officers accused of illegal searches in the indictment were Alifa Waiters, 45, Daphne Farmer, 49, Jennifer George, 32, Lisette Rodriguez, 51, and Latoya Shuford, 36. Leslie-Ann Absalom, 53, a retired correction captain, was also charged.

Lawyers for two of the accused officers declined to comment, while lawyers for the other four did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Peter Thorne, a spokesman for the city Department of Correction, said in an email the five guards have been suspended.

“People visiting loved ones in our city’s jails should feel safe, period,” Mr. Thorne said.

“If these allegations are proven true, the officers involved face termination.”

Elias Husamudeen, the president of the correction officers’ union, said in a statement that the officers at the Manhattan jail had arrested more than 50 visitors last year for attempting to smuggle in heroin, marijuana, cocaine, razors and other contraband.

“Every day they do everything they can to keep this jail safe for visitors, inmates and correction staff,” he said.

“They deserve more public support for the diligent professionalism they exude every day.”

The arrests coincided with the release of a new report from the city Department of Investigation, which found that staff in city jails “continues to subject visitors, mostly women, to invasive searches that violate D.O.C.’s own policies and are inconsistent with the dignity and rights of visitors.”

The indictment also comes on the heels of dozens of lawsuits alleging illegal strip searches have occurred at city jails. A review of these lawsuits uncovered a pattern:

Visitors claimed they signed waivers for routine “pat frisk” searches, but instead were given full searches, sometimes even cavity checks, in bathrooms or search rooms.

Alan H. Figman, a lawyer representing at least 50 women who have accused correction officers of conducting improper searches at jails, said the city “has done absolutely nothing to rein in a systemic violation of visitors’ well-being and rights.”

He applauded the indictment.

“It’s good they’re finally doing something about this,” Mr. Figman said.

Mr. Figman, who also represents many women who were searched during visits to Rikers Island, criticized the Bronx district attorney’s office for declining to prosecute correction officers there.

“It’s gotten to the point of ridiculousness,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Bronx district attorney did not respond on Monday to requests for comment.

Under city policy, visitors may be required to take off coats, hats and shoes during a frisk search, but no other garments.

If contraband is discovered, the officers involved in the search, as well as the supervising captain, are required to fill out a report, according to the indictment.

If visitors do not want to be searched, they can leave voluntarily; correction officers can also offer them a visit in which they have no physical contact with the prisoner or deny them a visit outright.

Prosecutors said several of the officers charged tried to hide evidence of the illegal searches by filing false paperwork with the Correction Department and the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

The people subjected to illegal searches were restrained with “physical force, intimidation, and deceit, even after visitors asked to leave or visitors affirmatively stated that they did not consent to be searched,” prosecutors said in court papers.

The guards did find contraband during the searches, including marijuana, Xanax and tobacco, and arrested three women as a result. But prosecutors said these arrests were tainted because the searches were improper.

The district attorney’s office dismissed charges against one of the women after reviewing security camera footage of the search, according to the investigation department report.

Charges were eventually dismissed against a second woman, and the last one pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, prosecutors said.

Scott Simpson, one of the lawyers who filed a class-action lawsuit in 2015 on behalf of several women who said they were improperly searched at Rikers Island, said the searches had caused his clients lasting emotional pain.

“Hopefully these indictments lead to a safer, more respectful visiting process where visitors do not have to endure a traumatic experience simply to see their loved one,” he said.
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Post by: Battle on May 14, 2019, 09:25:37 pm
Monday, 13th May 2019
Ex-State Trooper sentenced to prison for up to 15 years in death of Detroit teen riding on ATV


Former Michigan State Police trooper Mark Bessner has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison. (

Bessner was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 15-year-old Damon Grimes.
Damon Grimes was riding an ATV on Detroit’s east side in August 2017 when Bessner used a taser on Grimes from a moving car — the move led to Grimes crashing his ATV into a pickup truck killing Grimes from a blunt force trauma injury.
Inside the Third Judicial Circuit courtroom of Judge Van Houten, Bessner fought back tears explaining that he thought of Grimes every day.
“I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a child,” he said, turning back to look at the Grimes family which spoke on the deceased teens behalf moments earlier.
“I understand their anger, the anger at me — but judge I hope this court will not be driven by anger.”
After carefully going over sentencing protocol, Judge Van Houten explained that the guidelines are not mandatory.

She estimated that the traditional sentence would be between 19 and 38 months, but chose to give a longer sentence after considering Damon Grimes age, and the amount of training Bessner was given and prior warnings he’d received while on the job.

She also singled out Bessner telling him that it is “the few officers like you” that create mistrust for all other officers who fulfill their duties.

It’s a concern that the Grimes family didn’t shy away from afterwards.

Inside the courtroom Damon Grimes aunt addressed Bessner directly explaining the loss they have in their home, how the teen’s death has changed their lives — noting he’ll never have a first kiss, a first date, a graduation or any other milestones they’d long looked forward to.

Outside the courthouse, more family members addressed the fear created by violence against a teen by an officer.

“To be honest no,” said Dezanique Grimes when asked whether she still trusts police.
“They’re supposed to protect and serve us. He wasn’t protecting and serving nothing that day — I feel like if it comes to me dealing with the law I’ll be nervous, I’ll be scared.”

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Post by: Battle on May 14, 2019, 09:57:25 pm
Monday, 14th May 2019
~It's the story of 6 cops from Louisville~

by Darcy Costello and Matthew Glowicki


Six Louisville Metro Police officers were indicted Monday on felony theft charges, accused of working private security jobs while clocked in for their patrol shifts.

A Jefferson County grand jury returned an indictment for one count of theft by deception for six officers:

Michael Abnerathy Jr., Dontae Booker, Cortez Ernest, Jackie Miller, Ashley Spratt and Roniqua Yocum.

The indictment provides few details but alleges the theft occurred between January and November 2018.

It's also unclear how much money was involved, though the officers' charges are for an amount over $500 but less than $10,000.

A press release from the Jefferson commonwealth's attorney office said the "work fraud scheme" involved the officers working and getting paid for private security jobs during their city government patrol shifts.

The security jobs were arranged by a company created by Miller, according to prosecutors.

Department policy allows officers to work secondary jobs, though they can't conflict with the officer's work for the department.

In a statement, Col. Michael Sullivan, the deputy chief of police, said an investigation by the Public Integrity Unit — which investigates possible criminal wrongdoing by Metro Government employees — was initiated several months ago after "we discovered possible criminal behavior by several officers."

"We take allegations of officers involved in criminal wrongdoing seriously," Sullivan said.

All except Abernathy were also indicted on a charge of criminal syndication: engaging in organized crime.

Abernathy was indicted on a criminal facilitation to criminal syndication charge, accused of facilitating the acts of others.

Miller also was indicted on a charge of tampering with physical evidence.

The tampering happened on March 19, 2019, the indictment notes. 

All six officers are on administrative reassignment, Sullivan said.

Arraignment is set for 9 a.m. May 20 in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Attorney Steve Schroering, who represents Spratt, declined to comment.

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Post by: Battle on May 16, 2019, 08:16:40 pm
Thursday, 16th May 2019
White Cop Resigns After Video Shows Him Pulling Gun On Black Man Picking Up Trash
by Justin Wise


A white Colorado police officer has resigned after being caught on video drawing his gun on a black man who said he was picking up trash at his property. (

The city of Boulder said in a statement Thursday that officer John Smyly violated multiple department policies when he confronted Zayd Atkinson, 26, in March.

The city added that Smyly resigned before the city concluded an investigation into the incident.

"While the finding likely would have resulted in suspension or possibly termination, Officer Smyly resigned prior to the conclusion of the disciplinary process," the statement said.

Smyly's resignation comes more than two months after he and other officers confronted Atkinson, a student at Naropa University, at the patio area of his apartment, according to ABC News.

Cellphone footage shot by a neighbor showed Smyly holding his firearm amid the confrontation. (

Atkinson can be seen holding a bucket and a metal trash grabber.

Smyly reportedly asked Atkinson if he was permitted to be at the location.

Atkinson responded by showing the officer his school identification card and telling him that he lived there.

Smyly then detained Atkinson for further investigation, which prompted Atkinson to grow frustrated.
Atkinson's behavior reportedly led Smyly to radio for backup because the resident was "being uncooperative and unwilling to put down a blunt object," a police statement obtained by ABC News said.

ABC News noted that other officers arrived on the scene soon after.

They left after determining that Atkinson had a right to be on the property.

A police internal affairs report said that Smyly's choice to detain Atkinson was "not supported by reasonable suspicion that Mr. Atkinson was committing, had committed, or was about to commit a crime."

The city said that an investigation did not find evidence of racial profiling.

The confrontation between Smyly and Atkinson sparked massive backlash in the community.

Atkinson also told ABC News's "Good Morning America" in April that he's been struggling with stress and trauma since the encounter.
"I thought that once the firearm was out that that meant that he was going to try to kill me," Atkinson said.

"It was a frightening experience. I didn't know what else to do besides, you know, to fight with my voice and to practice my rights, which were thoroughly being breached."

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Post by: Battle on May 17, 2019, 05:04:35 pm
Friday, 17th May 2019
Officer Arrested For Trying To Hire Hitman Against Ex-Husband
by Jonathan Dienst and David K. Li


A New York City police officer was arrested on Friday for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband, a police official told NBC New York.


The FBI and NYPD internal affairs officers took Valerie Cincinelli, a 12-year veteran of the department, into custody, NBC New York reported.
Cincinelli works out of the 106th Precinct in the borough of Queens, which serves the neighborhoods of Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Howard Beach, and Old Howard Beach.

She had been on modified duty since 2017 for a previous unrelated domestic incident, the police official said.
Cincinelli is set to appear before a federal judge in Central Islip, New York, on Friday afternoon.

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Post by: Battle on May 18, 2019, 07:52:20 pm
Saturday, 18th May 2019
Fatal police shootings will become a crime under proposed California law

by Marco della Cava


(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — A showdown over when police in this state can use deadly force is set to unfold in the California Legislature next week, one that could bring sweeping changes to local law enforcement departments that give officers broad latitude in deciding when to shoot to kill.

At issue is Assembly Bill 392, known as the California Act to Save Lives, which would put the onus on officers to justify discharging their weapon, shifting the standard from “reasonable” — as defined by the Supreme Court's 1989 Graham v Connor ruling — to “necessary.”

That means that, under the proposed bill, police must feel confident that it is truly necessary to shoot to protect themselves or others from danger, or they could be prosecuted for killing their victim.

Instead of reaching for their guns, officers would be pressed to engage in de-escalation tactics — in addition to considering options such as a Taser or a baton — that aim to reduce tension between officer and suspect.

Experts say these include listening to the suspect's story, explaining the actions an officer is about to take, and ensuring that the suspect's dignity is preserved throughout the interaction.

The change to the rules of engagement have the potential to reverse an alarming trend. California has the highest percentage of police shootings per 100,000 people among states with more than 8 million residents, says Seth Stoughton, a former police officer and now law professor at the University of South Carolina who is an expert on deadly force rules.

"The states are all over the map in the way they regulate deadly force, with some being very permissive, and that’s where California is right now," says Stoughton, noting that the Western state shares that reputation with Georgia, Texas and Florida. Among large states, New York has the fewest officer-related shooting deaths.

"This new bill would make the preservation of life law enforcement's top priority in California," says Stoughton, who wrote letters to California lawmakers in support of the bill. "Having the state Legislature tell police officers, 'This is the job we expect you to do' is an important piece of symbolism."

AB 392's co-sponsor, Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), says the law would encourage police to consider non-lethal methods when bringing suspects into custody.

"The piling on of killings of often unarmed civilians by police for the past six or seven years now is wearing on the conscience of this nation," she says. "The thought after these shootings often is, ‘Isn’t there something else police could have done?’ And maybe sometimes there are other things."
But critics say 392 ignores the nuanced difficulties inherent in police work and will have a calamitous effect on everything from policing practices to recruiting.

“This bill is an affront against anyone who wears a badge, and if people understood its consequences nobody would vote for it,” says Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), who served on the California Highway Patrol for 28 years. “Unless you’ve been in this arena, you don’t understand how fast things unfold.”

Lackey says officers take their power to kill extremely seriously, recounting a CHP colleague who became so distraught after one fatal shooting that he became an alcoholic and later committed suicide.

Lackey says a problem does exist with current policing protocols, which have resulted in the high-profile shooting deaths of civilians such as Stephon Clark, a Sacramento man who was killed by police officers in March 2018 while carrying only a cell phone.

“But this bill isn’t the solution to that problem,” he says, adding that adopting a new policy could lead to tragic results for officers. "You change the policy midstream and you’ll cause officers to think before reacting and that time gap is going to be deadly."

AB 392 pits victims’ relatives and the American Civil Liberties Union against a massive statewide force — state and local officers serving 40 million people across 600 agencies with 120,000 personnel — that until recently was protected by one of the toughest police privacy laws in the country.

On January 1, Senate Bill 1421 became law, allowing the public to seek access to police records and internal investigation files to get more information about incidents in which police either use lethal force or are suspected of criminal activity.

Theresa Smith is among many victims’ rights advocates that has spent time in Sacramento sharing her story in support of both 1421 and 392. Her son, Caesar Ray Cruz, was killed in 2009 in Southern California after a tipster told police he was a gang member and armed.

After being confronted by police in a Walmart parking lot, Cruz was fatally shot. Officers said they thought Cruz was reaching into his waistband, but he was not armed.

The deadly force “bill is important simply because if it had been in effect when my son was shot, there might be some accountability for their actions,” says Smith, who started a non-profit called LEAN to help relatives of those killed by police deal with grief and seek answers.

“This bill is about saving lives,” she says. “That includes police lives, and it includes the lives of bystanders. My son was shot in a Walmart parking lot at Christmas.”

Smith says she understands that police work is difficult and dangerous, and, “if you’re in imminent danger for your life, you have to make that decision. But if someone’s running from you, or has their back to you, or is having a mental breakdown, that’s something else.”

Advocates for stricter parameters on police use of force say that evidence abounds of instances in which violent armed shooters are taken into custody without incident.

Some also argue that there often is a racial component at play.

“Time and time again, officers manage to safely arrest people who are armed and dangerous, though often those people are white,” says Lizzie Buchen, legislative advocate for the ACLU of California.

“We know police have the tools and skills to apprehend people without harming them,” says Buchen. “But there are just dramatic discrepancies of outcomes when you’re dealing with people of color.”

Buchen says the bill is not aimed at neutering police, but rather is suggesting a best-practices solution that should result in a lower use of force, fewer deadly incidents and a rebounding of trust between police officers and the communities they serve.

Another bill, Senate Bill 230, was put forth by law enforcement as an option to 392 and focuses largely on increasing training but doesn't address changing the standard for the use of force. (

Lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the use of force issue remain tentatively optimistic that conversations between the two sides of this issue  will result in a bill that police officers and victims’ rights groups can support.

“We’re looking to pass what would be the strongest use of force bill in the nation, one that defines it as being useable only when necessary, not when reasonable,” says bill sponsor Weber.

“We’re in conversations with law enforcement, and we hope that will net some positive results.”

But Robert Harris, president of Protect California, a coalition of law enforcement associations and trade unions, says that changing the terms on use of force “is a line in the sand we don’t want to cross.”

The problem with requiring officers to, in the moment, determine "if force is necessary is that it creates a standard officers will never reach, and allows for 20/20 hindsight,” he says.

“I don’t think 392 will reduce incidents, and I fear that officers, out of fear of being second guessed, won’t be as proactive as they can be about their policing.”

For Smith, however, who lost her son to a deadly encounter with police, setting a new standard for when police should discharge their firearms is critical to rebuilding a rapport with law enforcement that is rapidly eroding.

“Right now, if you’re an officer, you can kill someone and have there be no consequences,” she says.

“A badge shouldn’t be equal to a license to kill. We just want law enforcement, with all their training, to be held accountable. Because no one should be above the law.”

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Post by: Battle on May 20, 2019, 01:24:05 am
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Friday, 17th May 2019
Cop Tried to Hire Hitman to Kill Her Estranged Husband and a Child
by Chris Agee


Authorities in New York say a fellow law enforcement officer has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to hire a hitman to kill her estranged husband and a child.

According to WNBC, 34-year-old Valerie Cincinelli is accused of approaching her boyfriend to find someone willing to murder her ex.

One source told the network that she also wanted the hitman to target a child identified by investigators as the boyfriend’s teen daughter.

A federal sting operation focused on the suspect, who had reportedly worked as a police officer out of the New York Police Department’s 106th Precinct in Queens.

Records indicate a complaint regarding an unrelated incident led to her being placed on modified assignment about two years ago, as reported by Newsday.
Police reports indicate she allegedly took $7,000 out of a bank account in February with the intention of giving it to her boyfriend who would use it as payment for the homicides.

Cellphone communications during this period document further development of her deadly plans, according to a criminal complaint.

A few months later, investigators believe Cincinelli provided more specific instructions to her boyfriend, telling him that she wanted the female victim killed “over the weekend” and for the hitman to “wait a week or a month to kill John Doe.”

It was on Friday morning that a Suffolk County police detective arrived at her home to tell her her ex-husband had been killed.

Cincinelli reportedly believed the story, which was devised as part of the FBI operation.

She allegedly soon began talking to her boyfriend, who was cooperating with authorities and wearing a wire, about how to establish an alibi.

Shortly after the detective left, Cincinelli’s boyfriend reportedly received a test message from someone identified as the hitman, along with images of the fake murder scene.

The FBI agent writing the messages reportedly included a demand for $3,000 in order to carry out the hit on the teen girl.

Police say the suspect then instructed her boyfriend to destroy the evidence by deleting his text messages.

The one-time “cop of the month” — as awarded by the Rotary Club of Jamaica — was arrested on Friday and locked up without bail.

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Post by: Battle on May 23, 2019, 08:24:41 am
Thursday, 23rd May 2019
Records for officer accused of manslaughter show violations & complaints

by WWESH (NBC News affiliate)


Documents from the Orlando Police Department show more history of an officer accused of manslaughter in a 2018 case of a police-involved shooting.(

Anthony Wong Shue* is accused in the death of Juan Silva, who was suspected of being involved in shoplifting at a strip mall off Colonial Drive last year. (
Wong Shue was also the center of another officer-involved shooting that injured a suspect in 2011.(

The officer's disciplinary record shows several complaints made by citizens.

Internal investigations found only one of those complaints to call for disciplinary action.

In 2008, he was reprimanded after a man said Wong Shue was one of several officers who pulled him over, under the false assumption his car was stolen.

"(The citizen) alleged the officers pointed their firearms at him," wrote investigators in the internal review. "(He) said that although requesting the officers' names and badge numbers, along with an incident report of what had occurred, the officers departed the scene without providing him the requested information."

Other disciplinary actions were taken from internal findings.

Wong Shue was also written up in 2010 for violating OPD's obedience policy, though the violation isn't explained in the records. (
This year, an internal review found he was one of many officers who allegedly misused the Driver and Vehicle Information Database.

According to the records, he searched his own name late last year, and admitted to doing so and was suspended for it.
The officer is out of jail on bond, and is still employed by the police department.

Prosecutors have not given details about their investigation and what evidence led them to charge him with manslaughter.

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Post by: Battle on May 23, 2019, 07:07:35 pm
Thursday, 23rd May 2019
Cop fired after punching, using Taser on woman in front of her daughter

by Elisha Fieldstadt


An Atlanta police officer has been fired for using unnecessary force after he punched, tackled and used a Taser on a woman — whom he believed had an outstanding warrant for a speeding ticket — in front of her 4-year-old daughter.(

Sgt. James Hines was fired on May 17 after the Atlanta Police Department investigated the May 1 arrest of Maggie Thomas, according to a statement from the department. (

"The Office of Professional Standards determined that the force used during the arrest was unnecessary and inconsistent with Atlanta Police Department training," the statement said.

Video of the incident posted by Thomas' lawyer, Gerald A. Griggs, on Twitter shows Hines forcibly remove Thomas from her car and throw her to the ground. As Thomas screams, her daughter looks on, crying "Are you going to jail?"

The person filming the incident, who appears to be on the phone with authorities, says, "I'm recording this. He slammed her on the ground. He's tased her like three times. This is crazy. … He slammed her on the car."(

According to an incident report by Hines, he "saw a black female sitting in a silver Infiniti" and "had gotten an earlier lookout on a silver Infiniti."

When Hines approached Thomas in her car she "became agitated and asked why I was looking at her car and what was I doing back behind her apartments," Hines wrote.

"She said something about there shouldn't be a white officer harassing her."

Hines left Thomas but then "began to wonder why she became so agitated" so he looked up her records, he wrote.
He saw she had a warrant for her arrest due to a speeding ticket, called for backup and went "back to the parking lot to make sure Ms. Thomas did not get away."

When Hines approached Thomas again, she refused to hand over her license or get out of the car so he handcuffed one of her hands and she held her daughter with the other, he wrote. (

Thomas started honking her horn with her head, at which point people came out of the apartments, and one of them took the little girl from the car.

"I then took Ms. Thomas to the ground and she still refused to give me her right hand. I took out my Taser and drive-stunned her to her back," Hines wrote.

Hines handcuffed Thomas' other hand, at which point she bit him on his hand, the officer wrote.

"I immediately punched her in the face and she fell to the ground," Hines wrote.(

Another officer put her in Hines' police car as Hines tried to verify the arrest warrant.

"The warrant for her arrest was unable to be confirmed due to the computers being down for the City of Atlanta," Hines said.

He arrested her anyway for disorderly conduct, but not before medics treated her for a swollen eye and determined there were no marks on Hines' hand "from being bitten," he wrote.

The Atlanta Police Department has recommended that the disorderly conduct charge against Hines be dropped.

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Post by: Battle on May 26, 2019, 12:43:47 pm
Thursday, 23rd May 2019
We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.

by John Kelly and Mark Nichols


At least 85,000 law enforcement officers across the USA have been investigated or disciplined for misconduct over the past decade, an investigation by USA TODAY Network found.

Officers have beaten members of the public, planted evidence and used their badges to harass women.

They have lied, stolen, dealt drugs, driven drunk and abused their spouses.

Despite their role as public servants, the men and women who swear an oath to keep communities safe can generally avoid public scrutiny for their misdeeds.

The records of their misconduct are filed away, rarely seen by anyone outside their departments.

Police unions and their political allies have worked to put special protections in place ensuring some records are shielded from public view, or even destroyed.

Reporters from USA TODAY, its 100-plus affiliated newsrooms and the nonprofit Invisible Institute in Chicago have spent more than a year creating the biggest collection of police misconduct records.

Obtained from thousands of state agencies, prosecutors, police departments and sheriffs, the records detail at least 200,000 incidents of alleged misconduct, much of it previously unreported.

The records obtained include more than 110,000 internal affairs investigations by hundreds of individual departments and more than 30,000 officers who were decertified by 44 state oversight agencies.

Among the findings:

Most misconduct involves routine infractions, but the records reveal tens of thousands of cases of serious misconduct and abuse.

They include 22,924 investigations of officers using excessive force, 3,145 allegations of rape, child molestation and other sexual misconduct and 2,307 cases of domestic violence by officers.

Dishonesty is a frequent problem.

The records document at least 2,227 instances of perjury, tampering with evidence or witnesses or falsifying reports.

There were 418 reports of officers obstructing investigations, most often when they or someone they knew were targets.

Less than 10% of officers in most police forces get investigated for misconduct.

Yet some officers are consistently under investigation.

Nearly 2,500 have been investigated on 10 or more charges.

Twenty faced 100 or more allegations yet kept their badge for years.

The level of oversight varies widely from state to state.

Georgia and Florida decertified thousands of police officers for everything from crimes to questions about their fitness to serve; other states banned almost none.

That includes Maryland, home to the Baltimore Police Department, which regularly has been in the news for criminal behavior by police.

Over nearly a decade, Maryland revoked the certifications of just four officers.

The records USA TODAY and its partners gathered include tens of thousands of internal investigations, lawsuit settlements and secret separation deals.

They include names of at least 5,000 police officers whose credibility as witnesses has been called into question.

These officers have been placed on Brady lists, created to track officers whose actions must be disclosed to defendants if their testimony is relied upon to prosecute someone.

USA TODAY plans to publish many of those records to give the public an opportunity to examine their police department and the broader issue of police misconduct, as well as to help identify decertified officers who continue to work in law enforcement.

Seth Stoughton, who worked as a police officer for five years and teaches law at the University of South Carolina, said expanding public access to those kinds of records is critical to keep good cops employed and bad cops unemployed.

“No one is in a position to assess whether an officer candidate can do the job well and the way that we expect the job to be done better than the officer’s former employer,” Stoughton said.

“Officers are public servants. They police in our name," he said.

There is a "strong public interest in identifying how officers are using their public authority.”

Dan Hils, president of the Cincinnati Police Department’s branch of the Fraternal Order of Policemen union, said people should consider there are more than 750,000 law enforcement officers in the country when looking at individual misconduct data.

“The scrutiny is way tighter on police officers than most folks, and that’s why sometimes you see high numbers of misconduct cases,” Hils said.

“But I believe that policemen tend to be more honest and more trustworthy than the average citizen.”

Hils said he has no issue with USA TODAY publishing public records of conduct, saying it is the news media’s “right and responsibility to investigate police and the authority of government. You’re supposed to be a watchdog.”

The first set of records USA TODAY is releasing is an exclusive nationwide database of about 30,000 people whom state governments banned from the profession by revoking their certification to be law enforcement officers.

For years, a private police organization has assembled such a list from more than 40 states and encourages police agencies to screen new hires.

The list is kept secret from anyone outside law enforcement.

USA TODAY obtained the names of banned officers from 44 states by filing requests under state sunshine laws.

The information includes the officers’ names, the department they  worked for when the state revoked their certification and – in most cases – the reasons why.

The list is incomplete because of the absence of records from states such as California, which has the largest number of law enforcement officers in the USA.


USA TODAY's collection of police misconduct records comes amid a nationwide debate over law enforcement tactics, including concern that some officers or agencies unfairly target minorities.

A series of killings of black people by police over the past five years in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Chicago, Sacramento, California, and elsewhere have sparked unrest and a reckoning that put pressure on cities and mayors to crack down on misconduct and abuses.

The Trump administration has backed away from more than a decade of Justice Department investigations and court actions against police departments it determined were deeply biased or corrupt.

In 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department would leave policing the police to local authorities, saying federal investigations hurt crime fighting.

Laurie Robinson, co-chair of the 2014 White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, said transparency about police conduct is critical to trust between police and residents.

“It’s about the people who you have hired to protect you,” she said.

“Traditionally, we would say for sure that policing has not been a transparent entity in the U.S. Transparency is just a very key step along the way to repairing our relationships."

The number of police agencies and officers in the USA is so large that the blind spots are vast. We need your help.

Though the records USA TODAY Network gathered are probably the most expansive ever collected, there is much more to be added.

The collection includes several types of statewide data, but most misconduct is documented by individual departments.

Journalists obtained records from more than 700 law enforcement agencies, but the records are not complete for all of those agencies, and there are more than 18,000 police forces across the USA.

The records requests were focused largely on the biggest 100 police agencies as well as clusters of smaller departments in surrounding areas, partly to examine movement of officers between departments in regions.

USA TODAY aims to identify other media organizations willing to partner in gathering new records and sharing documents they've already gathered.

The Invisible Institute, a journalism nonprofit in Chicago focused on police accountability, has done so for more than a year and contributed records from dozens of police departments.

Reporters need help getting documents – and other kinds of tips – from the public, watchdog groups, researchers and even officers and prosecutors themselves.

If you have access to citizen complaints about police, internal affairs investigation records, secret settlement deals between agencies and departing officers or anything that sheds light on how agencies police their officers, we want to hear from you.

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Post by: Battle on June 14, 2019, 09:16:48 pm
Friday, 14th June 2019
Deputy suspended for 'attendance issues' charged with driving drunk with child passenger
by Fares Sabawi


A Bexar County sheriff deputy who was already on unpaid administrative leave for attendance problems is set to be fired after she was arrested for Thursday night for driving drunk with a child in her car, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.(

Nancy Cruz, 23, was arrested just before midnight by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, according to the news release.

Her bail is set at $5,000. (

Cruz has been with the agency since July 2017, but was placed on leave April 1 due to "ongoing attendance issues."

The Department of Public Safety will continue investigating the incident, while the sheriff's office internal affairs unit will run a separate investigation into Cruz.

"BCSO administration has begun termination proceedings for what is a pattern of misconduct for this employee, and will be serving her with those documents later this morning," according to the news release.

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Post by: Battle on June 27, 2019, 07:20:08 am
Wednesday, 5th June 2019
Actual Presidential Candidate Unveils Plan To Combat Police Brutality
by Elie Mystal

For all the talk about Kamala Harris’s prosecutorial record, there aren’t a lot of Democratic candidates for president on her left when it comes to criminal justice reform and police reform.

Everybody is kind of in the same camp of “cops should probably stop shooting unarmed black teenagers,” which is nice!

“Cops should stop murdering black people” is a NEW position for the Democratic party.

But when it comes to the details on how to get that done, we kind of end with plans like the one that passed the California Assembly last week:

tepid semantic changes designed to not piss off the cops too much and, therefore, not really help black people survive their encounters with the police.

It’s hard for me to get too worked up about Harris’s time as a prosecutor when nobody is telling me what they’d do that she would not.

So I am all the way here for the plan former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro released yesterday to deal with the police.

In broad strokes, it hits all the points that need to be addressed.

It thinks about changing use of force protocols, and demanding various steps the police must take before they open fire.

It wants to end stop-and-frisk and racial profiling.

It demands accountability and transparency, including the creation of a national database to try to stop brutal cops from being rehired by other police departments.

And it looks a demilitarizing the police and offering officers more training and mental health support.

And that’s just my breezy summary of the highlights.

You can read the full proposal here.

It for sure leaves out or glosses over key granular details, but as campaign promises go, Castro’s here is extensive and well thought out.

It is a comprehensive approach to ending police brutality and murder, and if Castro were a 70-year-old white man, I’m sure we’d be talking about it more.

There is, however, one key detail missing from Castro’s plan, and that detail tends to scuttle any real effort at policing reform.

You can come up with all the comprehensive plans you want, but we don’t have a comprehensive policing system in this country.

We have 50.

In fact, we have hundreds.

Every state and every county within that state has its own podunk way of determining when it’s okay for an officer to shoot me in the face.

Trying to get all of these police departments on the same page runs into immediate Constitutional problems.
I hate it when my law degree interrupts a good narrative about hope and change, but getting around the decentralized powers given to local law enforcement is the threshold question when it comes to making meaningful changes to police behavior.

Castro’s plan, for the most part, relies on yanking on the purse strings.

He wants to tie a lot of his new procedures and protocols to federal funding, in order to get departments to comply.

But, I’m old enough to remember when Jeff Sessions was Attorney General.

We’ve just lived through the inherent problems with trying to get local law enforcement to follow policing directives set in Washington.

That Sessions wanted to use the federal power of the purse for the evil intent of harassing immigrants at the local level, while Castro wants to use the power for the noble reasons of ending police brutality, is irrelevant to the Constitutional provision which remands police power to the states.

As Sessions found out with his various “sanctuary cities” gambits, you can’t easily hold local governments as economic hostages until their police are deputized to serve the federal government.

Moreover, even as I’m generally a fan of more federal control over the police, Sessions reminded us of just how dangerous it can be to have policing priorities dictated by a central government.

People elected to office from Alabama, or even Albany, have no real clue what’s happening on the ground in New York City Terrorizing immigrants might seem like a good idea to people who live in communities with few immigrants.

But when immigrants are your best sources and allies to help you stop actual criminals, it makes no sense to alienate them from law enforcement.

Granted, I struggle to think of which part of Castro’s platform would be bad anywhere, but you know, different places are different.

For instance, Castro wants to hold police accountable for “collateral damage.”

He’s thinking about it in terms of stopping the police from shooting at moving vehicles (which is one of those things that tends to only happen to you when you are fleeing while black).

But the collateral damage issue is going to play much differently in Lubbock than Dallas.

Castro’s plan is strongest when it focuses on concerns that can be implemented on the federal level without the need of actually getting buy-in from officers on the ground.

Establishing reporting requirements, empowering the Department of Justice to investigate all police shootings that result in a fatality, and legislation that pierces the veil on qualified immunity are all ideas that would both help and should survive a Constitutional challenge (don’t quote me on that).

There’s a lot the federal government can do to change the calculus of an officer who is about to shoot somebody, even if that officer is reluctant to change.

But in order to live in a world where it’s illegal for cops to shoot unarmed black people for no reason, we’re going to either have to get in there at the state level, or massively rethink the relationship between the federal government and the states when it comes to policing.

Both paths are hard, and both paths require ceding some local control to the federal government, which is terrifying when you think about the kinds of people Republicans are willing to elect to serve in the federal government.

At least Castro is trying.

I’m going to need other Democratic candidates to get at his level.

Police brutality towards black and brown lives is intertwined with our system of government.

It’s part of our DNA, a part that apparently white people didn’t know about until the invention of the camera phone.

Getting to the point where black lives legally matter to law enforcement is going to be a massive societal undertaking.

It’s got to start with comprehensive approaches like the one Julián Castro has laid out.

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Post by: Battle on June 27, 2019, 05:54:10 pm
Thursday, 27th June 2019
ACLU lawsuit: Pa. State Troopers violated law by stopping Latinos, acting as immigration officers
by Jeff Gammage


Pennsylvania State Police have routinely violated the law by stopping and holding people based solely on their Latino appearance, terrorizing drivers and passengers in usurping federal authority to investigate supposed immigration violations, the ACLU charges in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

The troopers’ conduct, the suit says, has sent a clear message to communities across Pennsylvania:

The State Police are in the immigration-enforcement business.

The 10 Latino plaintiffs — family members traveling to visit loved ones, farmworkers finishing their day, a victim of a car accident — are challenging what they contend is a pattern of police misconduct that follows a common script.

Latino motorists, the suit says, were pulled over by troopers who immediately sought to ascertain the immigration status of the car’s occupants.

In some cases recounted in the ACLU filing, the trooper immediately asked if the driver was a U.S. citizen, even before requesting a driver’s license.

Troopers have taken it upon themselves to act as enforcers of the complex system of federal civil immigration laws, according to the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

“The Pennsylvania State Police have neither the training, expertise nor lawful authority to play immigration cops,” said Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

“And well-run police departments recognize that terrorizing immigrant communities scares crime victims and witnesses from cooperating, thus undermining public safety.”

The suit follows an investigative series in 2018 by The Philadelphia Inquirer and ProPublica that raised questions of racial profiling and unlawful arrest of immigrants by state troopers.

Efforts to reach the state police for comment were not immediately successful on Thursday.

Until recently the Pennsylvania State Police had no guidelines for how its officers should handle encounters with undocumented immigrants.

A spokesman earlier said that the police consider each traffic stop to be unique, and views the state as a gateway to the Northeast, placing a special responsibility on highway patrol officers to be alert for drug, gun, and human traffickers and to reach out as necessary to federal agencies.

Law-enforcement officials in Pennsylvania typically are not trained or deputized as federal immigration officers, unlike those in places like Georgia and Texas, where many sheriffs’ offices have formal partnerships with ICE.

The plaintiffs seek both damages and vindication of their constitutional right to be free from unlawful detention.

Their hope, the suit says, is that the State Police will improve training and supervision to prevent similar conduct in the future.

Named as defendants are the state of Pennsylvania, the State Police, and six individual troopers, allegedly complicit in a pattern of wrongful stops that has gone on since at least early 2017, after President Donald Trump took office.

The news organizations’ 2018 series and followup stories determined that:

U.S.-born Latinos said they were pulled over and asked whether they were in the country legally.

Two men sharing a smoke break in a parking lot were questioned about their immigration status by a trooper, who discovered they were undocumented and arrested them.

A trooper stopped a U.S. citizen for a traffic violation, but then zeroed in on the passengers, who did not have documentation.

The trooper held the group for hours until immigration officials showed up.

After publication of the series, that type of action was banned under State Police regulations enacted earlier this year, aimed at halting unlawful searches and detentions.

Now, for example, if a car is stopped for a traffic violation, passengers are not to be questioned or asked for identification solely to verify whether they are in the United States legally.

The policy says troopers may not detain or arrest foreign nationals simply for being in the country without official permission.

The extent to which local and State Police should cooperate with ICE has become a combative issue nationally and in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University and the Latino activist group Juntos released a study describing how some county and municipal governments in Pennsylvania use their local manpower to actively assist federal immigration agents, often alerting those authorities to undocumented migrants in their custody.

At least 19 counties either had formal contracts with ICE to hold migrants; shared jail information; provided jail access to federal agents; supplied times that ICE could pick up a migrant; had the probation office work with ICE; or wished to pursue a stronger relationship with the agency, the study said.

Chester County tied for first among the surveyed counties for greatest cooperation with ICE.

Critics of those alliances say it turns local police into immigration agents, creating potential liability for local governments and damaging police-community relations.

It creates uncertainty for immigrants about encounters with local and state authorities who might take it upon themselves to act as surrogates for ICE.

Ten states now have laws that limit enforcement of federal immigration laws by cities and counties, and more than 400 counties around the country restrict their engagement with ICE.

At the same time, nine states, mostly in the South and West, have passed laws requiring local agencies to help with immigration enforcement, according to a national survey.

In the year after  Mr. Trump took office, state and local police officers across Pennsylvania swept carloads of Latino immigrants into ICE’s grasp.

That helped the ICE Philadelphia field office, which covers Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, compile more “at-large” arrests of undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions than any of the nation’s 23 other field offices.

In Pennsylvania, local police and state troopers have stopped Hispanic drivers, questioned them and their passengers about their immigration status, and then detained them without warrants for up to four hours until ICE arrived, research by ProPublica showed.
The new lawsuit cites five incidents of immigration enforcement that it says were neither instigated nor requested by ICE.

Named in two of those is Trooper Luke Macke, who the Inquirer and ProPublica found had converted routine traffic stops into immigration arrests.

In 2017, he turned over at least 19 undocumented migrants to federal deportation officers after interrogating them about their legal status and detaining them without warrants, the investigation found.

None of the migrants had criminal records.

Trooper Macke encountered some of them not in cars on the roads he patrols, but randomly — as they had a smoke before a night shift outside a shipping company warehouse or bought a soda inside his own State Police barracks in Carlisle.

Other troopers committed similar violations, the suit alleges.

“The law is clear: It is illegal for police officers, including PSP troopers, to unilaterally stop or detain a person simply because they suspect that a person may be subject to civil immigration enforcement.”

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Post by: Battle on July 08, 2019, 02:32:55 pm
Monday, 8th July 2019
Ex-LMPD cop Kenneth Betts sentenced on state charges
by Natalia Martinez



(LOUISVILLE, KY) - A former Louisville Metro Police Department officer who pleaded guilty to the sex abuse of children in the department's Explorer Program receives yet another sentence.

Kenneth Betts appeared in court Monday to face sodomy charges brought by the state. (

He was sentenced to five years for two counts of sodomy in the third degree.

That sentence is on top of the 16 years he was handed down by a federal judge.

The five year sentences will run concurrent to the time he’ll serve in his federal sentence. (

The state's sentence resulted from the accusations of two underage victims dating back to 2007 and 2012.

They were both in the police department's Explorer Cadet program at the time.

Betts was a supervisor in the program.

He was one of several other officers accused in the debacle.

Betts faced up to 25 years in prison for the state's charges.

The plea agreement was reached for five instead.
Betts pleaded guilty to both the federal and state charges. (

Brian Butler, Betts' attorney, said his client is glad to put this behind him and that he's apologized to the victims.

A co-defendant, former LMPD officer Brandon Wood, was sentenced to 70 months in prison on the federal charges.

Following that proceeding, Wood headed over to state court to face seven counts of sexual abuse involving a minor.

Wood had previously pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to five years for each of those counts to run concurrently.

He will serve 10 years of supervised release after his federal sentence. (

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Post by: Battle on July 13, 2019, 10:25:33 am
Friday, 12th July 2019
Former Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Battery In Beating Of Jail Inmate

by CBS Chicago



(Chicago) - A former Cook County correctional officer caught on video repeatedly punching an inmate has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. (

Miguel Ortiz was charged with two felony counts of official misconduct in 2016. (

Instead, he pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of battery. (
Ortiz resigned from the Cook County Sheriff’s office not long after the beating. (

Miguel Ortiz, a Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer, is charged with felony official misconduct and misdemeanor battery in the beating of inmate Litroy Bolton.

Avoiding a felony conviction means Ortiz might keep his pension.


On Jan. 17, 2014, Ortiz was caught on video as he beat Litroy Bolton in a cell in the medium-security wing of the Cook County Jail.

The video showed Bolton did nothing to antagonize Ortiz, who repeatedly punched the inmate in the head, according to the sheriff’s office, which had moved to fire him before his resignation in 2016.

Officers put Bolton in handcuffs after the beating.

Sheriff’s officials said video contradicted Ortiz’s statement that Bolton took a fighting stance before he was punched.

Bolton told investigators he had refused to get into a cell, because it wasn’t cleaned properly after a sick inmate earlier was held in the cell.

“Maybe somebody was sick, it was contagious, but at that time, Officer Ramos did inform Ortiz not to put me in there,” Bolton told CBS 2 after Ortiz was charged in the case.

“I just felt helpless, defenseless, like I couldn’t do nothing, was nothing going to happen about this, ain’t nothing going to never ever happen, and they just going to beat me up, and they’re going to get away with it.”

Bolton’s attorney had accused the sheriff’s Office of Professional Review, which investigated the incident, of dragging out the case for more than 2 ½ years before ruling Ortiz used excessive force.

Ortiz was found to have assaulted ten other inmates before he was de-deputized in 2015.

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Post by: Battle on July 14, 2019, 07:59:57 am
Thursday, 11th July 2019
Maryland police agencies have for years broken law mandating reporting of excessive force, charges against officers
by Kevin Rector


In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death from injuries suffered in police custody and the subsequent protests and rioting in Baltimore in 2015, state lawmakers passed a law mandating police agencies across Maryland report when officers use excessive force or injure someone and cases of officers’ criminal misconduct, among other data.

However, dozens of agencies — including the Baltimore Police Department — never did so. (

That’s resulted in extreme undercounting of such encounters in annual reports mandated by the law and collated by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.

In 2018, 42 of 148 agencies required to submit data did not, according to the commission.

“There was a misunderstanding here about which unit was responsible for submitting,” said Matt Jablow, a Baltimore Police spokesman, after The Baltimore Sun asked this week about the agency’s failure to comply with the law.

Jablow said the agency has since reported its figures to the commission.

Its doing so more than doubles the statewide totals for 2017 and 2018 in several key categories, including instances of serious injury or death of an officer or someone who came in contact with police, as well as the number of officers who faced criminal charges.

For instance, in 2018, the commission’s statewide report noted 11 cases in which contact with an officer resulted in injury or death.

The Baltimore Police Department’s recently submitted figures included 15 such incidents in the city alone.

The 2018 statewide report noted 20 cases in which criminal charges were filed against officers.

Now, the Baltimore Police Department’s 34 such incidents are added to that number.

Several lawmakers who backed the legislation mandating the reporting in 2016 said that the lack of compliance with the law is unacceptable — and that the legislature should amend it to add repercussions for agencies that fail to comply.

“This is indicative of the problem that you have when you pass legislation with no accountability mechanism in place,” said State Senator Jill Carter, a Baltimore Democrat who was a state delegate at the time of the bill’s passage and who contributed some of the law’s language.

“The legislature must revisit this and entertain sanctions for noncompliance. Otherwise, the work that we’ve done up until now, the effort we’ve put in up until now, is absolutely futile.”

Delegate Curt Anderson, a Baltimore Democrat who also backed the bill, said he intends to have the House Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, revisit the language of the law to see what can be done to strengthen it.

“As a member of the legislature, you assume that at least the police would comply with laws that are passed. But maybe we made a mistake by not putting some kind of compliance enforcement in the bill,” he said.

“That’s something we’re going to have to take a look at.”

A full list of agencies out of compliance obtained by The Sun showed they run the gamut statewide from big agencies like the Baltimore Police to much smaller ones — like those in small towns, at public universities in the city and at mental health hospitals.

Several large agencies from the suburban counties around Washington that were not on the list only complied recently, after being questioned about their failure to comply by WTTG-TV in Washington.

Heads of several agencies that didn’t report their information said they hadn’t known about the requirement and would rectify their failure to comply immediately — including Leonard Hamm, head of the Coppin State University Police in Baltimore, and his son Akil Hamm, head of the Baltimore City Public Schools Police.

Several said they did not have significant use-of-force cases to report, and hadn’t heard from the commission that they were out of compliance.

“If we don’t have anything of any significance, and the training commission don’t ask us for it, it can slip our mind,” the elder Hamm said.

Gregg Todd, deputy secretary of operations for the Maryland Department of Health, which oversees state mental health hospitals and their police agencies, several of which were out of compliance, said the reporting requirements were “simply not picked up” in the past, but that the department has begun submitting the required information.

He also said the health department is in the process of unifying all of its police operations under one command, which he said will improve compliance with the reporting law.

Gerard Shields, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, of which the commission is a part, defended the commission’s role in overseeing the reporting program.

He said all police agency heads are notified in January that the previous year’s data is to be submitted, and that in 2018, the commission “sent out two follow-up communications to them.”

Also, verbal reminders were given at gatherings of law enforcement agencies in the state, Shields said.

He said the commission has found that “some agencies do not believe they have to file if they did not have an incident” to report, but that is not correct.

They must report even a lack of incidents, he said.

Anderson said not properly understanding the law is no excuse for noncompliance.


“Police agencies by their nature are the ones who you would think would follow the law, and it’s disturbing that so many agencies have either ignored it or are ignorant of it,” he said.

“Of course, ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

Delegate Erek Barron, a Prince George’s County Democrat who has pushed for increased police transparency in the state, said the noncompliance of the police agencies does not come as a surprise given the yearslong, concerted effort from many of them to prevent additional reporting requirements around instances of excessive force and misconduct at the state level.

“It’s a consistent stance by many of these agencies to hide how often there are instances, and how these instances are investigated," he said,

“which is a big problem.”

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Post by: Battle on July 15, 2019, 07:34:33 pm
Monday, 15th July 2019
South Bend police officer who fatally shot black man resigns
by Tom Stelloh


A white police officer who fatally shot a black man last month in South Bend, Indiana, has resigned, officials said Monday.(

Police union president Harvey Mills said that job-related stress, a lawsuit, national media attention and "hateful things said on social media have been difficult" for the officer, 19-year veteran Sgt. Ryan O'Neill, and his family. (

O'Neill shot 53-year-old Eric Logan to death on June 16 after he allegedly approached the officer with a knife, authorities said.(

The killing sparked fury among black residents in South Bend, with many frustrated over a body camera initiative launched by Democratic presidential nominee Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The program was intended to help repair frayed relations between the city's police department and minorities, yet O'Neill didn't have his camera switched on and Logan's killing was not recorded. ("That's called Obstruction of Justice..."

The killing and its aftermath rekindled South Bend's racial tensions for Buttigieg, who had already faced criticism for demoting the city's first black police chief.

He canceled presidential fundraisers and policy roll-outs to head back to South Bend — and was heckled by angry residents when he got there.

Asked during last month's presidential debate why just six percent of South Bend's police officers are black when 26 percent of its population is black, Buttigieg said:


"I couldn't get it done."

Mills said that O'Neill is the subject of a special prosecutor investigation, a civil rights lawsuit, and possible department discipline over the killing — "fights" that are "just too much for Sgt. O'Neill and his family to undertake right now," Mills said.

"Resigning will allow him to focus on these challenges, as well as assist his wife with their three children, one of whom is a newborn," Mills added.

Mills said that he was confident than an investigation into the shooting will determine that O'Neill actions were justified.

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Thursday, 18th July 2019
13 Philadelphia officers to be fired over racist, offensive online posts
by Minyvonne Burke


Thirteen Philadelphia police officers are to be fired for making racist or offensive Fakebook posts.

The 13 are among 72 officers in the city who had been placed on administrative duty after an online database called the Plain View Project shared more than 5,000 Fakebook posts and comments on June 1 2019 by current and former law enforcement officers in Philadelphia and seven other jurisdictions around the country.

Some of the posts were homophobic. (

Others advocated violence or were deemed racist. (

In one post from 2014, a Philadelphia officer wrote that a suspect "should be taken out back and put down like the rabid animal he is," according to the Plain View database. (

Another officer shared a photo in November 2015 that said Islam was a "cult" that glorified "death."(

In a recent post from February, an officer with the city's police department commented on a news article about an alleged murderer, writing,

"hang him."

Plain View Project said the Fakebook posts and comments "could undermine public trust and confidence in our police."

The Philadelphia Police Department conducted an internal investigation with a law firm to determine if some of the posts by its officers were constitutionally protected speech.

The department announced disciplinary actions Thursday that depended on how egregious the Fakebook posts by those individual officers were.

Some of the 72 officers who had been placed on administrative duty will be suspended for five days, police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said at a news conference Thursday.

Seventeen others will face more severe disciplinary action, including the 13 who will be suspended with the intent to dismiss, according to Ross.

The remaining four will receive a 30-day suspension, he said. (

"I continue to be very angered and disappointed by these posts," Ross said. The 13 officers to be fired made posts that "advocated violence."

The highest ranking official to be fired is a sergeant, Ross told reporters.

He declined to identify any of the 13 by name.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said many of the posts were "deeply disturbing."

"We have a duty to represent ourselves and our city," he said at the news conference.

"We will not allow this incident to break down the progress we have made and we pledge to do better."

Ross said every member of the police department will have to watch a training video about social media and policies on off-duty behavior.

The Plain View Project scoured 3,500 public accounts from officers in Dallas, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; Phoenix, Arizona; York, Pennsylvania; Twin Falls, Idaho; Denison, Texas; and Lake County, Florida.

In June, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner added 22 names to her "exclusion list" of officers banned from bringing cases to her office after the Fakebook posts were made public.

In a letter sent to Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards and St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden, Gardner said seven of those 22 were "permanently banned."

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Thursday, 18th July 2019
4 more Chicago cops fired for alleged cover-up of fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald
by Jeremy Gorner



The Chicago Police Board fired a sergeant and three officers Thursday night over the alleged cover-up of the murder of Laquan McDonald by a police officer. (

The decision appeared to turn on the infamous police dashboard camera video of the fatal shooting that contradicted the officers’ police reports.

The nine-member board found that the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald in order to justify the actions of Officer Jason Van Dyke in shooting the teen 16 times. (

McDonald was high on PCP when he refused police commands to drop a knife while walking away from officers on a Southwest Side street in October 2014.

The board voted unanimously to fire Officers Ricardo Viramontes and Janet Mondragon as well as Sgt. Stephen Franko for several rules violations, most importantly making false statements.

All but one board member voted to fire Officer Daphne Sebastian as well for bringing discredit to the department and preventing the department from achieving its goals, though the board held that she did not make a false statement.

The decision likely marks the final punishment to be meted out following two historic criminal trials that saw Van Dyke become the first Chicago police officer in half a century to be convicted of an on-duty murder and a judge clear three other officers — including Van Dyke’s partner — of criminal conspiracy charges in a controversial ruling in January.

The officers can challenge their dismissals by filing lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Court.

Patrick Murray, first vice president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, slammed the board’s decision, saying the officers did nothing wrong. (

“It is obvious that this Police Board has out-served its usefulness,” he said.

The video of McDonald’s shooting roiled the city after a Daley Center judge ordered its release in November 2015, more than a year after the teen’s death.

The U.S. Department of Justice later issued a scathing report about Police Department inadequacies, paving the way for a federal consent decree mandating a series of reforms that will be overseen by a federal judge.


Largely on the strength of the video, Van Dyke was criminally charged with McDonald’s killing, while a separate special prosecutor indicted Van Dyke’s partner, Joseph Walsh; lead detective David March; and Officer Thomas Gaffney on charges they conspired to cover up for Van Dyke.

Meanwhile, a disciplinary investigation by city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office recommended that 11 officers in all — including Van Dyke, now serving a 6 ¾-year sentence in federal prison — be fired.

But six of them — including the two highest-ranking, Deputy Chief David McNaughton and Chief of Detectives Eugene Roy — left the department before Superintendent Eddie Johnson could move to discipline them.

In 2016, Johnson sought to fire Franko, Mondragon, Sebastian and Viramontes but opted not to bring department charges against the 11th officer.

The board’s 55-page decision Thursday night comes three months after Franko and the three officers fought the disciplinary charges at a three-day hearing in which testimony and evidence were presented.

Unlike the more stringent reasonable doubt standard to prove guilt in a criminal trial, the Police Board found the officers violated department rules based on a preponderance of evidence, meaning it was more likely than not.

The Police Board found that Mondragon, Sebastian and Viramontes — all at the scene when McDonald was shot — lied or exaggerated what they saw that night to protect Van Dyke, while Franko, a supervisor, signed off on their false police reports.

Soon after the shooting, Mondragon told a detective that she didn’t see which officer opened fire on McDonald because she was putting her squad car in park.

About a year and a half later, she stood by her account with Ferguson’s investigators, who scoffed at her claim, noting that Van Dyke took about 14 seconds to unload his 16-shot gun.

Sebastian, Mondragon’s partner that night, told the detective that McDonald continued to move after he was shot and fell to the street.

In recommending the department charges against Sebastian, Ferguson’s investigators said the dashboard camera video — taken from her police SUV — showed that claim was misleading “at best.”

Viramontes also told the detective that McDonald continued to move after he was shot and fell to the street.

The officer went even further, saying the teen tried to get up with the knife still in his hand.

When Ferguson’s investigators showed him video of the shooting, Viramontes stood by his statements.

In his interview with Ferguson’s investigators, Franko tried to draw a distinction in the level of his involvement, telling them he only “reviewed” the officers’ reports but “did not approve anything.”

He told Ferguson’s investigators he didn’t check the police reports for accuracy but defended describing three officers as battery victims because the reports didn’t offer an alternative to the word “battered.”

While admitting he approved one report that falsely listed Van Dyke as being injured during the encounter with McDonald, Franko claimed he had simply overlooked that detail in signing off on the report.

On the last day of the Police Board hearing in April, Tiffany Fordyce, a city lawyer, sought to poke holes in Viramontes’ claim that McDonald tried to get up after he was shot. (

“He was on the ground twitching from the 16 bullets in his body,” she said in her closing remarks.

“He did not get up.”

Fordyce also pointed out inconsistencies in Sebastian’s statements.

While Sebastian told the detective after the shooting that McDonald continued to move after he was shot, she testified at the Police Board hearing that the teen didn’t pose a threat, Fordyce noted.

The city attorney also said that Franko, “utterly failed" to ensure the accuracy of the police reports, pointing out he had an opportunity to view the video of the shooting before his review.

Franko testified at the Police Board hearing that he had seen only a bit of the video.

In their closing arguments, the officers’ lawyers said the city had failed to prove their clients covered up the details of the shooting or even lied.

“If a police officer doesn’t see every single thing on video, it doesn’t make them a liar,” said William Fahy, Mondragon’s lawyer.

Thomas Pleines, Franko’s attorney, questioned how his client could have been part of an alleged conspiracy if he wasn’t even at the shooting.

Viramontes’ attorney, Jennifer Russell, pointed to an FBI-enhanced slow-motion version of the video that she said showed he was telling the truth.

Sebastian’s lawyer, Brian Sexton, said the city tried to prove its case by “Monday morning quarterbacking.”

Sexton said Sebastian’s perception — not the video — was crucial.

In Sebastian’s view, Sexton said, McDonald was “not walking away, getting away. He’s preparing for a confrontation.”

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Monday, 22nd July 2019
Two dumb Louisiana cops fired after Facebook post saying Representative Ocasio-Cortez 'needs a round'
by Rebecca Morin


(WASHINGTON) – Two Louisiana police officers were fired Monday, just days after one of them wrote in a Facebook post that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a "vile idiot" who should be shot.
Gretna, La., police officers Charlie Rispoli, who create the post, and Angelo Varisco, who liked the post online, were fired, police chief Author Lawson announced in a press conference Monday.


"These officers have certainly acted in a manner which was unprofessional, alluding to the violent act to be conducted against a sitting U.S. congressman, a member of our government, we're not going to tolerate that," Lawson said at the news conference, according to the New York Times.

"This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to our department." (

Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the department, shared a blog post that falsely claims the New York Democrat said

"We pay soldiers too much," according to a screenshot of the post taken by The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.

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Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
Videos show NYC cops doused with water & hit with buckets
by Caitlin O'Kane


Videos showing New York City police officers being doused with water while responding to calls over the weekend have gone viral online – and sparked widespread outrage in the city.

One video, taken in Harlem over the weekend, shows two officers being doused with water and pelted with empty buckets while making an arrest. (

NYPD Chief Terrence Monahan responded to the incident on Twitter.

"The videos of cops being doused with water and having objects hurled at them as they made an arrest in #Harlem is reprehensible," Monahan wrote. (

"NYC's cops & communities have made remarkable progress — together — but every New Yorker must show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less."  (

Another video, taken in Brooklyn on Saturday and posted on Instagram Monday, shows two drenched officers walking away from a group of people, who follow them and continue to pour buckets of water over the officers' heads.
The officers involved in the incident were responding to a call about a disorderly conduct, CBS New York reports.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also responded to the incidents on Monday night.

"Throwing things at NYPD officers is not only not acceptable, it can lead to charges. All of those actions can lead to charges," he said, according to CBS New York.

No arrests were made in either cases, and the NYPD is investigating, the police department said.

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Post by: Battle on August 07, 2019, 05:28:17 pm
Wednesday, 7th August 2019
Denver PD officer loses appeal of suspension for illegal choke hold
by Rob Low


An officer with the Denver Police Department was suspended for 30 days after he used excessive force on a man during an arrest, which goes against DPD policy.


Officer Rudolph Suniga`s effort to appeal the decision was denied. (

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Tuesday, 13th August 2019
Black man framed by NYPD for rape and robbery at 17 awarded nearly $10 million after 30 years in prison
by Kia Morgan-Smith


Mark Denny is celebrating his bittersweet victory after he was released from prison nearly 30 years after he was wrongly convicted of rape and robbery.

The NYC man entered into a settlement that was approved by the Comptroller Scott Stringer who agreed to pay out $9.75 million settlement to stave off a $50 lawsuit Denny was aiming to file against the city and the NYPD.

Denny claimed he was framed by cops for a crime he didn’t commit, according to records obtained by The NY Post through the Freedom of Information Law.

On May 24, Denny gave up his rights to sue or hold the city liable in exchange for the settlement.

“It was in the best interest of the city to settle pre-litigation,” Stringer spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays told the outlet.

Denny was convicted of robbing a Brooklyn Burger King, along with three others back in 1987 when he was 17.

He was also accused of raping an 18-year-old female employee.

Denny maintained his innocence but was convicted and sentenced up to 57 years in prison in 1989.

The Innocence Project, which helped the now exonerated Central Park Five prove their own innocence, took up Denny’s case after he argued he was “targeted and framed” by dozens of NYPD detectives.

The Kings County district attorney’s Conviction Review Unit found that Denny wasn’t on the scene that night.

He was freed December 2017.

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Post by: Battle on August 16, 2019, 04:07:09 pm
Friday, 16, August 2019
Retired Cabell County deputy, son indicted on drug charges
by Tiersa Davis



(HUNTINGTON, West Virginia) — U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced that a retired Cabell County deputy and his son were indicted on drug charges.

Larry McCallister, 76, and Steven Dale McCallister, 45, were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Larry McCallister is a retired Cabell County deputy sheriff. (

Larry McCallister was charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises and aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Steven McCallister was charged with distribution of fentanyl, possession with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and felon in possession of a firearm.

Both suspects were present Monday at a home in Barboursville during the execution of the search warrant.

Law enforcement seized about 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl, 300 grams of methamphetamine and more than $8,000 in cash.

A revolver and a Cadillac also were seized.

If convicted, Steven McCallister faces 10 years to life in prison.

His father faces five to 40 years in prison if he is convicted.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West and the West Virginia State Police.

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Monday, 19th August 2019
NYPD judge rules Officer Pantaleo should be fired, was ‘untruthful’ in Eric Garner case
by Kirstin Cole

he NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado has ruled Officer Daniel Pantaleo's use of a chokehold in the July 2014 arrest of Eric Garner was misconduct, and the cause of 43-year-old Garner's death, according to her full 46-page report, first obtained by the New York Times on Sunday.

Writing of Pantaleo's actions during Garner's arrest, Maldonado said "this tribunal found it to be reckless -- a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a New York City police officer."

The judge called Pantaleo "untruthful" during the investigation and called fellow police officers who testified in the case "unhelpful or unreliable."

The report comes just over two weeks after Pantaleo was suspended after sources said at the time that Maldonado recommended he be terminated from the police force.

Earlier this summer, Attorney General William Barr declined to bring federal charges against the embattled officer.(

Although Maldonado issued the recommendation, Police Commissioner James O’Neill has the final say.

News could come as soon as Monday if Pantaleo is officially fired.

Garner died on July 17, 2014, after police attempted to arrest the 43-year-old father of six, who was allegedly selling loose cigarettes illegally on Staten Island, a crime for which he previously he had been arrested.

In the video, Pantaleo can be seen wrapping one arm around Garner's shoulder and the other around his neck before jerking him back and pulling him to the ground.

As Pantaleo forces Garner's head into the sidewalk, Garner can be heard saying,

"I can't breathe. I can't breathe."

Activists and lawyers for the Civilian Complaint Review Board call the maneuver Pantaleo used on Garner an illegal chokehold.

But union officials and the officer's lawyers describe it as a "seatbelt hold" -- a takedown move taught to rookies at the police academy -- and blame Garner's death on his poor health.

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Monday, 19th August 2019
New York police officer fired for deadly 2014 chokehold on Eric Garner

by Daniel Trotta and Jonathan Allen


(NEW YORK) - The white New York Police Department officer who used a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner while trying to arrest him in 2014, giving rise to the Black Lives Matter movement, was fired on Monday, Commissioner James O'Neill said.

The officer, Daniel Pantaleo, was suspended earlier this month after a departmental judge ruled that the officer should be fired.

He had previously been on desk duty since he was seen in widely viewed cellphone videos using a banned chokehold on Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk during an attempted arrest.

Police believed Garner was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Garner's repeated dying cries of "I can't breathe," widely viewed on social media, became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests what its leaders call the disparate use of excessive force against black people across the United States.

His death, and the slow-moving investigations that followed, have generated some of the harshest criticisms of Mayor Bill de Blasio during his tenure and have spilled over into his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The case tested the liberal mayor's relationships with both civil rights activists, who have long complained that the city's black and Latino residents are harassed by police, and the rank-and-file police officers who work for him, some of whom say they have been made scapegoats by his office.

Firing was one of the few punishments left available.

A Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo in 2014 on criminal charges, and federal prosecutors said last month they would not bring charges because there was insufficient evidence.

In 2015, New York City paid a $5.9 million settlement to Garner's family to avoid a civil lawsuit.

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Tuesday, 20th August 2019
Phoenix police must now document each time they point their gun at a suspect
by Jason Hanna


Phoenix police officers must now document every instance in which they point a gun at a person -- a decision that the city long considered but now has been made after recent public outcry about aggressive police tactics in Arizona's capital.

From now on, Phoenix officers must fill out a form when an officer points a gun, and the incident will be reviewed by a supervisor, city officials announced Monday.

"When a gun is pointed at someone, that's a traumatic event," Police Chief Jeri Williams said at a news conference.

"I think this is a first step in being ... that accountable, transparent organization that is willing to share what we do and how we do it."

The decision comes two months after a tense community meeting where residents vented about a well-publicized incident, in which video showed an officer pull a gun on a family during a shoplifting investigation outside a Phoenix dollar store in May 2019.

City officials haven't linked Monday's announcement directly to that incident.

Two separate panels already had recommended that the police department record each gun draw, including the National Police Foundation this April.

The NPF made its recommendation after the city asked it to study a 2018 spike in officer-involved shootings in Phoenix (44 were reported that year, compared to a yearly average of 21 from 2009 to 2017).

"Our community has ... said that they want our police department to collect more data around the work they are doing in the field," Mayor Kate Gallego said at Monday's news conference.

"We know that what you measure is what you focus on."

Requiring officers to document when they point their guns at people is not unique. Cities with similar requirements include Dallas, Baltimore, Cleveland, New Orleans and Chicago, the foundation says.

A Phoenix community panel had recommended gun-pointing documentation in 2015, when it was studying police relations with city residents.

It was not immediately clear how the city would publicize the gun-pointing data.

But a co-chair of that 2015 panel, Carol Coles-Henry, told CNN affiliate KNXV on Monday the information could be useful.

City leaders and residents could use the information to learn how often guns are drawn, on whom they're drawn, and whether other actions could have been taken instead, she told KNXV.

"This gives an opportunity to tell the story factually," Coles-Henry said.

The police department initially resisted the panel's recommendation, saying in 2016 that it "had the potential to significantly affect officers' decision-making processes during critical incidents."

On Monday, Williams struck a more optimistic note -- suggesting that the documentation could also highlight what the department is doing right.

"I'm hopeful that we're about to articulate and document the number of times where we did, by policy ... point a gun at someone but at the same time de-escalated that, and didn't use that type of lethal force," Williams said.

Jeff Hynes, a Glendale Community College justice studies professor and a retired Phoenix police commander, is concerned that the new tracking could cause some officers to hesitate in life-threatening situations, he told CNN affiliate KPHO.

"If you have an officer take that reflective moment, that pause, it's going to reduce your numbers. But the other edge of that sword is, at what cost?" Hynes asked.

"If I pull my gun, the administration is going to look at it. The public is going to look at it. And that split second, that pause, could mean the difference between somebody being injured or killed or a fellow partner being injured or killed," Hynes said.

Williams, the police chief, said the May encounter outside the Phoenix dollar store still is under investigation.

"We are awaiting the results and awaiting due process to finish," she said.


In that incident, a Phoenix couple said officers drew guns on them in a parking lot after their 4-year-old allegedly stole a doll from the store.

Video from a bystander shows some of those moments:

As one officer handcuffed a man, another officer pointed a gun at a vehicle.

The officer holstered the weapon after a woman exited, holding a small child, with a second child by her side.

The woman had refused the officer's commands to put her hands in the air, and the officer feared that she was hiding something or was reaching for a weapon, according to a police report.

The couple filed a notice of claim against the city for $10 million, which serves as a precursor to a lawsuit.

The two children who were with them were traumatized by the experience, the couple has said.

Police said stolen underwear also was in the couple's car.

But the stolen property was returned, and store employees said they did not want to prosecute the case, so no one was charged.

The officers involved were put on desk duty, pending the investigation.

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Tuesday, 20th August 2019
California police shooting law propelled by Stephon Clark’s death wins Newsom’s signature

by Hannah White


Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed what it is believed to be one of the toughest laws in the country regulating when police officers can use use deadly force.

The signing of Assembly Bill 392 concludes a legislative battle between law enforcement lobbyists and civil rights groups who, until May, could not agree on how strict the state’s deadly force law should be.

It was shaped by a string of deadly encounters between law enforcement officers and unarmed black men, including the March 2018 shooting of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police.

Clark’s death shook the city, with a protest shutting down Interstate 5 one evening and another march leading to mass arrests in East Sacramento this spring.

“This is the Stephon Clark law,” said his brother, Stevante, after the signing on Monday.

“This is about his legacy. This is about legislative change.”

During a bill-signing ceremony, Newsom said AB 392 will reduce the number of lives lost by deadly force.

The law “stretches the boundaries of possibility and sends a message to people all across the country that they can do more,” he said.

“Training matters, yes. Accountability matters, certainly. Transparency, indeed. But culture. Changing hearts changing minds, changing our approach to dealing with one another.”

The new standard instructs officers to use lethal force only when it is “necessary” based on the totality of circumstances they encounter.

That’s considered a stricter standard than today’s practice, which instructs police that they can use deadly force when it is “reasonable” to do so.

The legislation also requires evaluating an officer’s conduct before and after deadly force is used and it emphasizes de-escalation tactics as effective alternatives to pulling a trigger.

The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat, joined Newsom, civil rights groups, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Democratic leaders at the California Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento during the signing.

Weber, who first introduced legislation to change the law in 2018 following the death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, said the bill was one of her life’s greatest challenges.

“For 400 years, people of color have often had a different kind of justice than others in this nation,” she said.

“After 400 years of demonstrating our commitment and humanity to this nation, we deserve fairness and justice.”

Weber at a ceremony with Newsom thanked the families of people who have been killed by police for their support of the bill.

“They have remained focused and committed to this work,” she said.

“They gave me what was most important in their life—the life of their children—to look after.”

During committee hearings, families of those killed or injured by police demonstrated their support for AB 392 during tear-filled testimonies, some while wearing t-shirts with their loved ones’ printed faces.

Law enforcement representatives argued the original draft created an “impossible” standard that would make police second-guess themselves in life-threatening situations.

But after Weber’s team accepted amendments this spring that rolled back criminal provisions and expanded on the term ‘necessary,’ powerful law enforcement groups rescinded their opposition.

Several Republicans then voted for the bill and Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, offered their support to all but ensure its passage.

Three of the state’s leading law enforcement unions and advocacy groups issued a joint press release Monday commending the Legislature for passing the bill and urging lawmakers to pass another measure, Senate Bill 230, that would provide training to police departments on the new use-of-force standard.

“With the passage of the AB 392 and SB 230 legislative package, California will go further than any other state in the country to provide our officers with the tools and training they have requested and deserve,” said Rick LaBeske, president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, in the news release.

“This legislative package will serve as an example for other states to follow when updating their own use of force policies.”

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Tuesday, 20th August 2019
Philly Police Commissioner Richard Ross Abruptly Resigns
by Richard Gonzales


Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the abrupt resignation of his city's police commissioner Richard Ross Tuesday amid reports of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination within the police department.

Calling himself "disappointed," Kenney, in a statement, said Ross has been "a terrific asset to the Police Department and the City as a whole."

"New allegations of sexual harassment as well as gender and racial discrimination among the rank and file have recently been brought to my attention," Kenney added.

"While those allegations do not accuse Commissioner Ross of harassment, I do ultimately believe his resignation is in the best interest of the Department."

Kenney said that the city recently had implemented a new sexual harassment prevention policy and other reforms, but he suggested that something had gone awry.

"I do not believe the Police Department has taken the necessary actions to address the underlying cultural issues that too often negatively impact women—especially women of color," Kenney said.

The move appears to stem from complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a subsequent lawsuit by two female officers, Cpl. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer Allen.

They alleged they were subjected to "continuous and on-going" sexual harassment and discrimination from within the department.

McCowan is black and Allen is black and Hispanic, according to their complaint as cited by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The mayor's spokesperson, Deana Gamble, told the Inquirer, "According to the claims, Commissioner Ross was aware of the alleged harassment," adding:

"Commissioner Ross failed to act adequately after learning about the alleged harassment."

Ross joined the department as a patrolman in 1989 and worked his way up through the Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs.

He was named a deputy commissioner in 2005 and was appointed Police Commissioner in 2016.

Deputy Commissioner Christine Coulter was named Acting Commissioner while the city seeks Ross's replacement.

As the Inquirer reported:

"The resignation came less than a week after Ross helped negotiate the surrender of a gunman accused of shooting six city cops during a 7½-hour standoff last Wednesday in Tioga. At a news conference days later, Kenney said Ross was the best police commissioner in the nation."

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Wednesday, 21st August 2019
Sergeant in Garner case pleads guilty to departmental charges, loses 20 vacation days

by Rocco Parascandola


A sergeant slapped with departmental charges for her role at the scene of the chokehold death of Eric Garner has pleaded guilty to failure to supervise and will lose 20 vacation days, police sources said Wednesday.

Sgt. Kizzy Adonis’ supervision“was lacking in certain areas,” one source said, though Police Commissioner James O’Neill concluded “that nothing about her actions on that day either caused the use of the banned chokehold or delayed the arrival of medical attention for Mr. Garner.”

Adonis faced a departmental trial had she not pleaded guilty.

A police spokeswoman, Assistant Commissioner Devora Kaye, confirmed the case against Adonis “was adjudicated.”

Adonis’ lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Sergeants Benevolent Association head Ed Mullins has repeatedly blasted the decision to charge Adonis, noting she made the decision, on her own, to go to the scene when she heard about the confrontation between Garner and other officers.

By the time she arrived, Mullins said, Garner had already been taken to the ground for resisting arrest after he was accused of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

The Rev. Al Sharpton said the loss of vacation days was akin to "no penalty at all" and that it doesn't much matter that Adonis's actions didn't play a role in the chokehold.

“She certainly did not live up to her oath and certainly did not do what was necessary to show she should continue on the force,” he added.

“And it certainly doesn’t speak to holding accountable those with rank to do their job and to make sure their job doesn’t even indirectly affect the safety as well as the protection of a private citizen like Eric Garner.”

On Monday, O’Neill fired Officer Daniel Pantaleo for using a banned chokehold on Garner, setting in motion the asthma attack that ultimately lead to his death July 17, 2014 on Bay St. in Staten Island.

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Thursday, 22nd August 2019
Cop who punched teen in face said he was resisting. But video 'raises concerns,' chief says

by Michael Brice-Saddler


As a police officer patted him down, 17-year-old London Wallace stood with his arms behind his head.
When another officer pointed and ordered him to sit, the teen walked in that direction.
It was then that Fresno, California, police officer Christopher Martinez grabbed Wallace's arm, punched him several times in the face and wrestled him to the ground.
In reports written after the incident, Martinez accused Wallace of resisting arrest and fighting back.
The flurry of punches, he wrote, were necessary to restrain him.
But Wallace's attorney, Nolan Kane, has disputed that account in a complaint filed in Fresno County Superior Court.
He cited newly released body camera footage as reason to doubt the officer's claims and accused the department of using excessive force while breaking up a party eight months ago.
At a Tuesday news conference, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer acknowledged the video was alarming and promised a complete investigation.
"The video I have reviewed certainly raises concerns and raises questions for me as a police chief," he said.
"Those questions will be answered."
The Jan. 23 incident unfolded after police arrived to Fenix Apartments, located just north of downtown Fresno, to conduct a probation search, according to a police report provided by Kane.
More than a dozen men within the second-floor apartment were ordered outside, including Wallace, who is seen on video being searched as his peers watch from the ground.
In the police report, Martinez said Wallace "was not listening" when instructed to sit with the others.
He alleged Wallace walked in the opposite direction and became combative when confronted.

"I believed Wallace was going to attempt to flee down the stairs . . . I gave Wallace a chance to sit on his own, but he still did not sit down as I told him to," Martinez wrote.

When Martinez grabbed the teen's right arm to "regain control," he said,

"Wallace pushed me back and took a fighting stance . . . I was in fear Wallace was going to push me and other Officers over the side railing as he was pushing forward."

He continued, "I punched Wallace approximately three times in the face in order to get him off me and to back him up."
In the body camera video, which was first published Tuesday by ABC30, Martinez appears to throw at least eight punches toward Wallace's head within seconds of grabbing his arm.
Kane alleged the punches left the teen with a broken nose and other facial injuries.


Later in the video, Wallace is shown bleeding from his face.


He yelled that he didn't do anything as he was placed in handcuffs.

In the report, Martinez wrote that he struck Wallace two more times "while he was on the ground and actively resisting, refusing to place his hands behind his back and trying to fight back."
Police charged Wallace with resisting arrest, but prosecutors dropped the charges, Kane said.

He added Wallace was not in possession of any weapons or drugs, as evidenced by the search shown in the video.


Other responding officers wrote in the report that the men inside the apartment were known gang members, but Kane says his client has no gang affiliation or criminal history.

Wallace, he said, posed no threat to the officer that warranted such a violent response.

"We're very fortunate we have this body camera video, because if we're going by just the words of the officers it'd paint a completely different picture," Kane said in an interview. 
At Tuesday's news conference, Dyer said Martinez was placed on desk duty and would not be allowed in the field, pending the results of an internal affairs investigation, according to the Fresno Bee.

He asked the community to bear with him as the department probes into the incident.

"What I am asking for, though I know a lot of people have concerns about what they saw on this video, as do I, and understandably so," Dyer said.

"I ask people reserve final judgment until the entire investigation is complete and findings are rendered."

Kane said Wallace is doing better but still shaken by the ordeal.

"You have a minor who has a clean record who is not only being contacted by police, but being attacked by police," he said.

"It was upsetting for him and his family."

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Post by: Battle on August 23, 2019, 04:03:30 pm
Friday, 23rd August 2019
Ex-Houston police officer charged with murder after deadly drug raid
by Doha Madani and David K. Li


A former Houston police officer was hit with murder charges after allegedly lying to justify warrants for a January drug raid that killed two people and wounded five officers, prosecutors announced on Friday.

Former narcotics officer Gerald Goines allegedly fabricated information in order to obtain search warrants on the belief suspects in a home were dealing black-tar heroin.

The raid resulted in a shootout that killed the house's two occupants, Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58.

Goines was charged with two counts of murder, while former partner Steven Bryant was charged with tampering with a government record, Harris County prosecutors said.

"Under Texas law, if, during the commission of one felony, in this case tampering of a government record a person commits an act clearly dangerous to human life ... that causes the death of another, in his case two deaths, it's first degree murder," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

"We call that felony murder. Today we charged Gerald Goines with two counts of felony murder." (

Both ex-officers were expected to surrender on Friday.

Police documents say the warrant for the Harding Street home was justified by claims that a confidential informant bought heroin there and saw a weapon.

Investigators trying to find that informant were given two names by Goines, who was one of five officers wounded in the raid.

Both informants denied working on that case or buying drugs at that address.

Goines, wounded in the raid, later admitted there was no confidential informant and he was the one who purchased the drugs, Ogg said.

Goines also indicated in the search warrant that Bryant had identified heroin bought at the home.

But Bryant later allegedly told investigators he had retrieved heroin from Goines' police car.

Goines and Bryant later retired.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo vowed to end the practice of "no-knock" search warrants during a community meeting in February.

He said officers will need to request a special exemption from his office to conduct a no-knock raid.

Ogg announced in February that the office would review more than 1,400 criminal cases spanning Goines' decades-long career.

Prosecutors said in April that 27 of those cases, which were pending at the time, would be dropped.

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Post by: Battle on August 25, 2019, 06:19:25 am
Sunday, 25th August 2019
Sheriff's deputy admits he lied about being shot by sniper in Lancaster
by Richard Winton


A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy falsely claimed that he was shot by a sniper in Lancaster this week and will now be the subject of a criminal investigation, officials said late Saturday.

"The reported sniper assault was fabricated by our deputy," Asst. Sheriff Robin Limon said at an unusual 11 p.m. news conference at the department's downtown headquarters.

Deputy Angel Reinosa claimed he was struck in the chest about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday as he walked to his car in the employee parking lot at the sheriff's Lancaster station, authorities said.

At the time investigators believed that Reinosa's bulletproof vest saved his life but that a bullet grazed his shoulder.

But investigators said that much of the deputy's statement "was self-serving and didn't make a whole lot of sense," said Sheriff's Capt. Kent Wegener.

No bullets were recovered from the scene.

"There were many things that didn't add up," Wegener said.

Though Reinosa was initially taken to the hospital for treatement, detectives said they later saw "no visible injuries," Wegener said.

Reinosa eventually admitted that "he was not shot as previously claimed," Wegener said.

The deputy said he used a knife to cut the two holes in his shirt.

Reinosa failed to provide an explanation for his motive for fabricating the story about the shooting, Wegener said.

He has been with the sheriff's department for a year and joined the Lancaster station in May for patrol training.

Reinosa has been with the Sheriff's Department for a year and joined the Lancaster station in May for patrol training.

On Wednesday, the deputy made a radio call from the helipad at the sheriff's station's parking lot and reported that two shots had been fired at him from a nearby apartment building, authorities said.

Reinosa managed to make it back to the station and get medical help.

The incident prompted a massive manhunt for the suspected gunman.


The case will be turned over to the district attorney and Reinosa will likely face charges for filing a false report about a crime, he said.

The incident drew a massive police presence, with a SWAT team and armored vehicles responding to the area.

Deputies blocked off an apartment building and believed the shooter was trapped inside.

Sheriff's officials spent hours overnight searching the apartment building.

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Post by: Battle on August 28, 2019, 06:37:08 pm
Wednesday, 28th August 2019
John Formisano, Newark NJ cop charged with murder

by Svetlana Shkolnikova



John Formisano, the Newark cop charged with killing his estranged wife, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in his first court appearance since last month's shooting rampage in Jefferson that police said targeted her and her boyfriend.

Formisano appeared in Superior Court in Morris County via live video feed from a county Department of Human Services facility, where he is receiving psychological treatment.

The suspended lieutenant, who is a 24-year veteran of the Newark police force, wore a T-shirt for the brief hearing and seldom spoke.

Anthony Iacullo, Formisano’s attorney, consented to his client’s continued detention and said he will petition the court for a detention hearing once Formisano is deemed fit for release.

Formisano was taken to the psychiatric unit of St. Clare’s hospital in Boonton Township shortly after the July 14 shootings of Christie Solaro-Formisano, 37, and her 40-year-old boyfriend, identified in court documents as T.S.

Formisano told police he went to his wife’s house to drop off glasses for one of their two children and “blacked out” when he saw a man in her bedroom.

He allegedly broke open the bedroom door and began shooting, striking the man in the abdomen, thigh and arms, according to court documents.

Solaro-Formisano fled after T.S. was shot, and Formisano followed.

As she ran to her neighbors’ houses on Mirror Place, screaming for help, Formisano allegedly shot her.(

She was found dead on the front porch steps of a neighbor’s house, with gunshot wounds to her abdomen, arm, leg and head, court documents say.

Solaro-Formisano’s family declined to comment Wednesday.

Formisano was arrested during a motor vehicle stop on Foxcroft Drive in Livingston, 30 miles from the crime scene, hours later.

He was charged with murder, attempted murder, unlawful weapon possession and endangering the welfare of a child.

The Formisanos' children were nearby when T.S. was shot.

Court documents show that Formisano filed for divorce in state Superior Court in Morris County on June 7 after almost nine years of marriage, citing "irreconcilable differences."

Neighbors said their breakup had turned “ugly.”

Formisano will next appear in court on Oct. 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is requesting that he do so in person.

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Post by: Battle on September 01, 2019, 11:48:19 am
Sunday, 1st August 2019
Atlanta cop who beat 15-year-old black boy till he went unconscious gets 20-year sentence
by Michael Eli Dokosi



The non-white community has been alarmed about police brutalities against African-Americans with some recorded deaths.

Even more harrowing is seeing such rogue cops get away with zero or little punishment as if Black lives don’t matter.

But it has been good news for the African-American community when police officer, Matthew Johns was handed a 20-year sentence this week after he was indicted on eight felonies for beating 15-year-old Antraveious Payne in 2018. 

Antraveious Payne’s mother said her son’s behavior changed for the worse and he started to experience chronic headaches after Johns attacked him.

Johns was indicted on eight felonies, including four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of violation of oath by an officer and two counts of giving false statement for repeatedly kicking and choking a 15-year-old boy until he was unconscious and then lying about it.

Johns pleaded guilty on July 10, and was sentenced on Monday to 20 years with five to serve in prison in connection with the 2016 incident reports TFTP.

Disturbing dashcam footage revealed Johns beating the Atlanta teenager even when he offered no resistance, but what made the police officer’s case even bizarre is that Matthew had road crash with his cruiser a few weeks prior and was barred from driving, but managed to check out a vehicle and used it to ram another car, then beat the teen and lied about the entire ordeal.

Matthew Johns was part of the department’s elite Apex Unit doubling as a Marine and on September 15, 2016, in southwest Atlanta, WSB-TV reported then that Antraveious Payne and two teenage suspects riding in a stolen car were given a chase by Zone 3 officers and Georgia State Patrol.

It was during the chase that Johns alighted from his cruiser and kicked Payne in the head.

The video also showed he kicked the teen more than once, struck him on his side repeatedly and then was seen kneeling on his neck before punching him in the head while cuffing him.

Johns told investigators he thought the teen was reaching for a gun.

But one of his supervisors didn’t think his story added up, especially when the other officers on scene said the three suspects never resisted.

Prosecutors, using the video of the incident, agreed, noting that Payne got out of the car and laid on the ground with his hands up, showing he did not have a weapon and was willing to surrender.

Nevertheless, Johns still beat the hell out of him until the teen fell unconscious.

Payne was beaten so badly by Johns that he was hospitalized with a concussion and suffered multiple lacerations to his face.

According to the report, after the incident, Johns was placed on administrative leave and no action was taken until a new police chief took office and reopened the case.

Johns was then fired.

However, for beating a compliant suspect for no reason, he faced no criminal charges—until more than a year later.

A lawsuit by Payne or his family is likely to emerge which could cost the taxpayers of Atlanta despite Payne breaching the law by riding in a stolen vehicle because of Johns’ excessive use of force.

It does appear Johns actions are not unique as a recent investigation from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution analyzed 184 fatal police shootings in the state of Georgia since 2010 and according to the data, at least 70 people were shot in the back by police officers.

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Post by: Battle on September 05, 2019, 04:48:09 pm
Thursday, 5th September 2019
2 officers wore disguises, damaged cars of man who filed complaint against them: prosecutors
by Minyvonne Burke



Two New Jersey officers are accused of wearing disguises and damaging a man's vehicles after he filed a complaint against them, prosecutors said.

Asbury Park police officers Stephen Martinsen, 29, and Thomas Dowling, 26, allegedly vandalized two cars in two separate incidents in Ocean Grove and Asbury Park early in the morning on Tuesday, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release.

Both cars belonged to the same man, who several days prior had filed an administrative complaint against Martinsen and Dowling.

"The vast majority of law enforcement officers perform their duties with integrity and honor.

However, when a police officer takes advantage of the very citizens they are sworn to protect, it erodes public confidence and violates the public's trust," Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a statement.

The officers were arrested Tuesday and face charges of conspiracy, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, criminal mischief and unlawful possession of a weapon.


The owner of the vehicles, Ernest Mignoli, told that Martinsen and Dowling slashed the tires on his Jeep Liberty and Toyota Prius.

"I just wouldn't think it would be in the scope of police officers to do something like that," he said, declining to tell the outlet why he filed complaints against the officers.

"I'm a concerned citizen, outspoken critic of Asbury Park Police Department. But this goes behind the pale," he said.

When contacted Thursday, Gramiccioni declined to comment on the disguises or how the officers were caught.

Martinsen joined the department in 2013 as a special law enforcement officer and was suspended without pay following the charges, according to prosecutors. Dowling has been with the department since 2015.

His employment with the city of Asbury Park was terminated after he was charged.

The Asbury Park Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

Police Chief David Kelso said in a statement included in the prosecutor's office's release that Martinsen and Dowling's behavior is "not acceptable."

"We will not let the actions of these officers overshadow the great work and dedication by the men and women of this department," he said.

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Post by: Battle on September 06, 2019, 04:37:23 pm
Friday, 6th September 2019
800 Cases Linked To Gun Trace Task Force Could Be Overturned, Dismissed After Officers’ Convictions
by CBS Baltimore



(BALTIMORE, MD) — A corrupt task force is to blame for nearly 800 criminal cases that Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is hoping to throw out or overturn.

Mosby said the illegal work of the Gun Trace Task Force may have led to wrongful convictions and now the city is trying to right those wrongs.

Eight officers, all part of GTTF, now sit behind bars as convicted criminals.

Cases they worked on might get overturned or tossed out now that the states attorney’s office has been looking into whether the convicted cops played a role in tainting the evidence in the case.

Body camera footage played in court showed one of the convicted GTTF officers in action.

This video, used to convict Detective Jemmell Rayam, is just a glimpse of the evidence used to take down seven more GTTF officers.

Led by Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, all 8 were convicted of racketeering, armed robbery, selling drugs, falsifying overtime and planting evidence on suspects they arrested.

Baltimore families even lost loved ones due to the wrongful acts of the group.

Each officer is behind bars in federal prison, facing anywhere from seven to 25 years of incarceration.

Months ago, Mosby said these convictions would have a ripple effect on the cases these officers worked on.

But the numbers are in:

nearly 800 cases were tainted because of the GTTF.

Now might get thrown out or have convictions overturned, thanks to new legislation that empowers prosecutors.

“I applaud Delegate Erek Barron and the hard work of my policy and legislative affairs team for securing legislation which will allow us to finally right nearly 800 cases impacted by the wrongful and illegal acts of the gun trace task force,” Mosby said.

The bill passed in the Maryland General Assembly and takes effect next month.


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Post by: Battle on September 09, 2019, 06:47:59 pm
Monday, 9th September 2019
Minnesota man killed by police after apparently live streaming chase
by Tim Stelloh

A Minnesota man was killed by police on Saturday night after he apparently live-streamed a pursuit in suburban Minneapolis, according to authorities and video of the incident.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the man as Brian Quinones, 30.

In a statement, the medical examiner said Quinones died from multiple gunshot wounds in the city of Richfield.
The police department there said in a statement that a pursuit began at 10:22 p.m. local time in the nearby city of Edina.

Quinones died 10 minutes later, the medical examiner said.

No officers were injured in the incident, police said.
Additional details about what prompted the chase or the shooting were not immediately provided by authorities.

And it is not clear what may have happened before Quinones began his apparent livestream.

In an apparent live streamed video of the pursuit posted on Facebook, Quinones could be seen calmly driving and checking his rear view mirror.

Music blared while police lights could be seen flashing behind him.

Authorities have not confirmed the authenticity of the video, which has been removed from Facebook.

In the video, Quinones appears to have ended the pursuit when he stopped and got out of his car.

A police foot chase and apparent gunfire can be seen and heard shortly after he exits the car.

In emergency dispatch audio, officers could be heard yelling "drop the knife" before opening fire, the Associated Press reported.

Shortly before the video began, Quinones posted a note on Facebook that said, "So sorry," KARE reported.

Quinones worked for General Mills, KARE reported, and went by the hip-hop moniker Blessed The MC.

A local newspaper, the Star Tribune, reported that Quinones released an album called "T.I.M.E. (This Is My Everything)" on the same day he died.

According to the Star Tribune, he shared the album on Facebook, writing, "I Pray You Treasure It … My Hearts Inside It."

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Post by: Battle on September 09, 2019, 09:54:38 pm
Monday, 9th September 2019
COPA Report Concludes CPD Officer Patrick Kelly Shot Friend Michael LaPorta, Lied About It For Nearly 10 Years
by CBS Chicago



(CHICAGO, Ill) — An explosive new report accuses a Chicago Police officer of pulling the trigger on a friend – and lying about it for nearly a decade.

It has been a long fight for justice for Michael LaPorta, who was shot in the head almost 10 years ago, in what police say was a suicide attempt.

CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini has been investigating this case for years, and had an exclusive report Monday morning.

“I can’t understand why it took so long,” said Patti LaPorta.

“I mean, Mikey lost 10 years of life.”

Mikey is Patti LaPorta’s son.

She said he has had to undergo nine surgeries.

Mikey Laporta was shot in the head in 2010.

He says Chicago Police officer and childhood friend Patrick Kelly fired the bullet.

Kelly and LaPorta had been out drinking the night LaPorta suffered the near-fatal wound.

The CBS 2 investigators have learned the Civilian Office of Police Accountability now believes Kelly was the shooter and is recommending he be fired.

“This was a bad cop,” Patti LaPorta said.

CBS 2 obtained a 74-page report, in which COPA says evidence showed Kelly pulled the trigger and then “gave false statements” to detectives investigating the shooting – trying to make it look like a suicide attempt.

The report said on Jan. 12, 2010, police were called to Officer Kelly’s home and found LaPorta – whose name is redacted in the report – with a gunshot wound to the head.

Kelly claimed LaPorta had shot himself with the officer’s gun in a suicide attempt.

LaPorta suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent two months in the hospital and two more at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago – and he was unable to speak and thus could not provide an account of what happened once he regained consciousness, the report said.

The former Independent Police Review Authority – which COPA replaced in 2017 – made seven allegations of misconduct against Kelly.

Five were sustained, but the questions of whether Kelly shot LaPorta and whether he gave false statements about it were not resolved, the report said.

LaPorta’s family also filed a civil lawsuit against Kelly and the city in October 2010.

A jury ruled in LaPorta’s favor, the report said.

After the IPRA investigation closed, LaPorta did regain some ability to communicate and reportedly began having memories of the incident – specifically that he didn’t shoot himself and had not been suicidal, the report said.

COPA launched a new investigation that included some new interviews and depositions with witnesses.

The report related that in a deposition on May 4, 2012, Kelly said sometime after 10 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2010, Kelly and LaPorta were at Kelly’s house following a night of bar-hopping.

Kelly claimed that LaPorta went into Kelly’s bedroom where the officer kept his gun in a nightstand – and Kelly saw him through the door holding the gun in his left hand and aiming it at his left temple.

Kelly claimed he went to grab the gun from LaPorta and it discharged.

LaPorta had different recollections about the same night.

LaPorta told investigators that Kelly had been punching and yelling at his own dog, which led LaPorta first to complain and quarrel with Kelly, then to decide to leave, the report said.

LaPorta was afraid Kelly was going to shoot something, “like a wall or something like that,” and said he flinched as he prepared to leave.

He said he did not see a gun before being shot, but said he knew Kelly had a gun and usually kept it in his waistband, the report said.

In an interview with COPA on Jan. 25, 2018, LaPorta likewise said he got into a quarrel with Kelly because Kelly hit his dog.

LaPorta said Kelly pushed him and he couldn’t remember if he pushed back, but he said he was leaving.

He again said he flinched because he thought Kelly was shooting the wall, then felt Kelly shooting, the report said.

LaPorta told investigators his next memory was of being in the hospital, and said he did not know initially that he had been shot, the report said.

He said before the incident, he was happy and never thought of suicide, the report said.

Others also testified that LaPorta was right-handed, despite Kelly’s claim that LaPorta had held the gun to his own head with his left hand.

“Based on the review of the available evidence, it is more probably true than not that Officer Kelly shot (LaPorta), without justification on January 12, 2010, in violation of the Chicago Police Department’s Rules and Regulations.

A discussed below, while (LaPorta’s) condition post-injury has affected his memory about the moments leading up to the shooting, COPA finds his testimony about not being suicidal to be credible,” the report said.

“Officer Kelly’s multiple objectively false statements about the events of the night coupled with his intoxication make him not credible.”

The report said various objective circumstances discredit Kelly’s account.

Among them was physical evidence that the gunshot wound could not have been self-inflicted, the report said.

When asked about the report, Michael LaPorta Sr. said,

“Finally, somebody’s doing their job."

For years, Kelly repeatedly declined to talk.

One time he even ran when CBS 2 tried to question him about the shooting – or his other misconduct cases while responding to police calls.

In 2014, while on duty, Kelly is accused of wrongfully shooting Hector Hernandez to death.

A year earlier in 2013, he was accused of wrongfully using a Taser on Elaina Turner, who was pregnant.

Turner’s case settled for half a million dollars.

The Hernandez lawsuit is pending.

“A man died,” said Patti LaPorta.

“Turner, she lost her baby”

“One day, they need to name a hurricane after Patrick Kelly and call it Hurricane Kelly, because this officer, since he started in the department, has left, literally, a path of destruction,” said attorney Tony Romanucci.

“The right thing to do we get justice, he gets criminal charges,” Patti LaPorta added.

Ultimately, it is up to the superintendent and Police Board to decide whether Kelly gets fired.

In addition to wanting him terminated, the Laportas want the Cook County State’s Attorney to charge Kelly criminally.

The LaPortas’ lawsuit accused the city of enabling Kelly to remain on the force despite numerous prior misconduct incidents.

A jury awarded LaPorta $44.7 million two years ago.

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Thursday, 12th September 2019
Officers Said They Smelled Pot. The Judge Called Them Liars.
by Joseph Goldstein


Police officers can often justify a search with six words:

“I smelled an odor of marijuana.”

Courts in New York have long ruled if a car smells like marijuana smoke, the police can search it — and, according to some judges, even the occupants — without a warrant.

But in late July, a judge in the Bronx said in a scathing opinion that officers claim to smell marijuana so often that it strains credulity, and she called on judges across the state to stop letting police officers get away with lying about it.

“The time has come to reject the canard of marijuana emanating from nearly every vehicle subject to a traffic stop,”

Judge April Newbauer wrote in a decision in a case involving a gun the police discovered in car they had searched after claiming to have smelled marijuana.

She added, “So ubiquitous has police testimony about odors from cars become that it should be subject to a heightened level of scrutiny if it is to supply the grounds for a search.”

It is exceedingly rare for a New York City judge to accuse police officers of routinely lying to cover up illegal searches, but Judge Newbauer’s decision does exactly that.

Her decision also shows how marijuana’s status as contraband remains deeply embedded in the criminal justice system, even as the police and prosecutors have begun to wind down arrests and prosecutions for marijuana.

At the height of the stop-and-frisk era, nearly a decade ago, the police were arresting some 50,000 New Yorkers a year for low-level marijuana offenses, more than 85 percent of whom were black or Hispanic.

The arrests have since plummeted, but the presence of a marijuana odor — real or purported — still serves as a justification to detain people and search them, sometimes leading to the discovery of more serious contraband, including guns, police officers and lawyers say.

One woman who served on a grand jury in Brooklyn late last year recalled hearing officers in three separate cases claim to have “detected a strong odor of marijuana” and use it as justification for a stop or a search.

“They said it very formulaically,” the woman, Batya Ungar-Sargon, who is the opinion editor at The Forward, recalled.

Such testimony can be the final word on whether a search was lawful or unconstitutional, especially in New York.

Some other states have more stringent rules.

North Carolina, for instance, does not allow the smell of pot to justify a search of the occupants of the vehicle.

In 2016, a federal judge in Rochester concluded that the rule in New York was unconstitutional and that New York judges had been wrong to allow such searches.

But that decision has had little bearing in New York City.

Lawmakers in Albany considered intervening this year:

A marijuana legalization bill under debate specifically forbade officers from relying on the “odor of cannabis” for some searches.

The bill did not pass.

Instead, lawmakers opted to reduce the penalties for possessing or smoking marijuana.

Car stops have become an increasingly important part of the New York City department’s patrol strategy ever since political pressure began forcing the department to back away from stopping and frisking black and Hispanic men in large numbers, police officers say.

Looser enforcement and more lenient penalties have made the open use of marijuana — along with its unmistakable, pungent scent — more common on city streets and elsewhere.

Still, several officers said in interviews that they had doubts their colleagues consistently told the truth about what they had smelled.

“Certain cops will say there is odor of marijuana, and when I get to the scene, I immediately don’t smell anything,” one Bronx officer, Pedro Serrano, said in a 2018 article in The New York Times.

“I can’t tell you what you smelled, but it’s obvious to me there is no smell of marijuana.”

In an interview last month, Officer Serrano said he still believed that to be the case.

Officer Serrano, who currently works a desk job and is not out on patrol, is one of several current and former officers suing the Police Department over what they describe as arrest quotas.

A Manhattan detective, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the department, said it would be very difficult to prove what an officer did or did not smell.

But the detective said he had come to believe that some officers, particularly in plainclothes units, lied about having smelled marijuana because of how frequently he heard it used as justification for a search.

In recent years, at least five other judges have concluded in individual cases that officers likely lied about smelling marijuana to justify searches that turned up an unlicensed firearm, according to court documents.

These judges came to doubt the police testimony for a range of reasons, such as discrepancies within an officer’s account or among officers, according to a review of the five decisions.

These judges have generally questioned only the credibility of individual officers in individual cases.

Judge Newbauer’s claim was much broader:


that there is widespread lying.

A Police Department spokesman, Al Baker, rejected that assertion as untrue.

He noted that marijuana “gives off a distinctive and pervasive odor.”

“We recognize that judges arrive at their decisions with their own sets of values and insights informed by life experiences,”

Mr. Baker said in a statement.

“Nonetheless, we categorically reject the judge’s baseless assertion in this case and refute her sweeping assertion that police officers routinely fabricate that the odor of marijuana is present in every vehicle they stop.”

The case that led Judge Newbauer — who was a public defender before ascending to the bench — to make this claim involved a car stop in the Bronx on March 24, 2017.

A plainclothes officer, Daniel Nunez, testified that “he noticed a strong odor of burning marijuana” while approaching the vehicle, according to the decision.

Officer Nunez testified that he observed three small bags of marijuana perched atop the center console — which the police photographed, according to the decision.

While searching the trunk, Officer Nunez discovered a gun.

Judge Newbauer concluded that Officer Nunez’s account was riddled with falsehoods.

She decided the photograph of the bags of marijuana neatly arranged was likely staged.

She noted that one of the two defendants, Jesse Hill, had testified that the marijuana had been discovered when officers searched the pockets of the other man who had been in the car with him.

Gaynor Cunningham, a Legal Aid lawyer who represented Mr. Hill’s co-defendant, said the ruling “recognizes an all-too-common practice of dishonesty that police officers employ to circumvent the law to manufacture a ‘legal search.’”

Mr. Baker, the Police Department spokesman, said Officer Nunez had acted lawfully.

Barry Kamins, a former New York City judge and an authority on search and seizure law in New York, said Judge Newbauer was “the first judge to really express an opinion about this type of scenario.”

He said the opinion brought to mind a court decision from 1970, in which a judge accused New York City police officers of lying in a similar fashion.

That case dealt with “dropsy” testimony, in which officers testified they had seen the defendant throw down a small bag of drugs in an attempt to ditch the evidence as the police approached.

Such testimony spiked after a landmark Supreme Court decision required courts to suppress evidence gained from an illegal search.

Officers no doubt did catch people trying to discard evidence.

But there was widespread suspicion that officers sometimes made up “dropsy” testimony rather than admit they had searched someone unlawfully.

Yet even though officers were likely lying at least some of the time, it was all but impossible to figure out if they were lying “in any particular case,” one judge, Irving Younger, wrote in the 1970 opinion.

“Our refusal to face up to the ‘dropsy’ problem soils the rectitude of the administration of justice,” he concluded.

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Dennis Turner, the Orlando cop who arrested a six-year-old girl, has previous complaints for use of excessive force.

He was also once arrested & charged with aggravated child abuse for beating his own 7-year-old-son and investigated for assaulting his ex-wife's boyfriend.
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Post by: Battle on September 23, 2019, 07:06:52 pm
Monday, 23rd Spetember 2019
Orlando police officer who arrested 6-year-old students fired!
by Grace Toohey & Leslie Portal


Orlando Police Department Officer Dennis Turner, who sparked national outrage after arresting two 6-year-old students at a charter school last week, has been fired, Chief Orlando Rolón said Monday evening. (

Rolón said the arrests made him “sick to [his] stomach.”

He apologized to the children and their families.

“I can only imagine how traumatic this was for everyone involved,” he said at a press conference.

Earlier in the day, State Attorney Aramis Ayala confirmed that her office would not prosecute the children and is working to clear their records.

“I refuse to knowingly play any role in the school-to-prison pipeline,”

Ayala said. “... The criminal process ends here today. The children will not be prosecuted.”

News of the kids’ Thursday arrests attracted national headlines after the grandmother of one of the children spoke to WKMG-Channel 6.

Katherine Puzone, an associate professor at Barry University’s law school who runs a juvenile defense clinic in which she and her students represent Orange County children who face criminal charges, said she hasn’t seen a child that young arrested in at least a decade.

“I would wonder what happened at the school that they even let the police get involved with a 6 year old,” she said.

“That was a 6-year old acting out.”

According to Ayala, each of the children faced a misdemeanor battery charge.

Christian Minor, the executive director of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association, which provides pre-delinquent services and juvenile justice advocacy across the state, said outbursts or disciplinary issues are going to happen in schools, but there are de-escalation techniques that officers and educators can use that do not involve the criminal justice system

“The long overarching implications of placing a child in handcuffs in front of their peers can have devastating effects on a child’s development," he said.

“This is a very sad situation that could have been dealt with differently.”


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Post by: Battle on September 24, 2019, 04:02:41 am
Tuesday, 24th September 2019
White officer fired for KKK & Confederate items
by Janelle Griffith


A white Michigan police officer fired after a framed Ku Klux Klan application and Confederate flags were found in his home denied being a racist in an inquiry into the items and said he collected antiques and memorabilia linked to "The Dukes of Hazzard" television series.
Charles Anderson was fired from the Muskegon Police Department on Sept. 13.
The City of Muskegon released a more than 400-page report on Monday that includes transcripts of interviews with Anderson and the man who posted images on social media that spurred the investigation, Robert Mathis.
Mathis took photos of a framed KKK application and Confederate flags in Anderson's Holton Township house while touring it with his wife, Reyna Mathis, and a realtor in early August.
Reyna Mathis, the realtor and Anderson's colleagues were also interviewed for the report.
Anderson, who had been with the department for more than two decades, denied ever being a KKK member or supporter and said that the Confederate items Mathis saw in his home are a "very small part" of an extensive collection of "Dukes of Hazard" memorabilia he has spent decades gathering, according to the report.
Anderson said the unsigned KKK application from the 1920's is a historic item, purchased from a vendor in Indiana and collected as part of his interest in American history and antiques.
Mathis, 52, a U.S. Army veteran, has said he felt morally obligated to report what he had witnessed.
The report includes an executive summary written by Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis that concluded that some community leaders indicated that they had lost faith in Anderson and in the entire police department as a result of Anderson's actions.
The City of Muskegon has a population of about 37,000, according to census data.
The executive summary noted two citizen complaints against Anderson that the department was aware of.
One from 2010 alleges Anderson "acted rudely and disrespectfully" during an incident which led to the use of pepper spray and two people being arrested, the report states.
A second citizen complaint from 2016 involved a DUI arrest in which Anderson did not secure a vehicle after the arrest and did not return a person's driver's license, according to the report.
The citizen complaints were investigated by the department and Anderson was exonerated in both cases, the report states.
The inquiry into Anderson unearthed new complaints made against him that Lewis said will be investigated, according to the report.
The report also details a handful of encounters between Reyna and Robert Mathis and Anderson, including a 2008 incident in which he pulled them over for speeding.
The report states they refused to comply with Anderson's commands and Reyna Mathis "struck him in the face and eye with her hand."
Reyna Mathis was sentenced to 60 days in jail for assaulting an officer, the report states, which she disputes.
She told NBC News on Monday that she was defending herself against Anderson in that incident and that when her lawyer asked to enter the dashboard camera from the police vehicle as evidence, the department was unable to locate it so she was placed on probation.
She said she only realized after the report was released Monday that the officer she was accused of assaulting was Anderson.
Reyna and Robert Mathis said they believe the department tried to tarnish their images to make Anderson look good and as if the couple was seeking revenge after 11 years.
"This whole situation is very disheartening," Reyna Mathis said.
"I feel as though we are being punished because of something we saw in a home that we never asked to see."
Still, the couple said, they have no regrets in reporting what they witnessed.
"We would not take back what we've done no matter how we've been treated or portrayed," Reyna Mathis said.
Neither Anderson nor the officer's union, the Police Officers Labor Council, could immediately be reached for comment Monday.

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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2019, 05:51:36 am
Wednesday, 25th September 2019
South Carolina Deputy in Video of Violent Arrest Is Fired
by Christine Hauser


Mechanics at an auto repair shop in Greenville, S.C., were toiling on a busy summer afternoon last month when they heard a commotion outside.

According to Nick Simmons, the shop manager, someone was shouting,

“Stop resisting!” while another voice asked,

“What did I do?”

The workers were overhearing the arrest of Zebbie Hudgens, a 56-year-old Greenville man, by five deputies from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday, Mr. Simmons described how a violent encounter on Aug. 1 that began with a few witnesses in a parking lot had been thrust before an ever-widening audience, leading to an investigation and the firing of one of the deputies.

“We ran to the door to see what was going on,” Mr. Simmons said in an interview, describing how he and about nine co-workers at Simuns Tire watched from the bays.

“Within 15 seconds, he was being held down by five officers. He kept saying: ‘What did I do? What did I do?’ They were really not answering him at that point in time.”

As Mr. Simmons and his co-workers looked on, the shop’s surveillance cameras were trained on the lot.

The recordings show Mr. Hudgens with his arms outstretched, backing away as a deputy charged him and then threw him to the ground.

Later posted on social media, the videos document the moment a deputy banged Mr. Hudgens’s head into the ground, and when he was repeatedly punched by several deputies while pinned down on his stomach with his hands behind his back.

Activists who work with local law enforcement on accountability shared the footage, which has been watched and forwarded hundreds of thousands of times.

On Sept. 11, after an internal investigation, one of the deputies, James Pregel, was terminated for “conduct unbecoming,” a sheriff’s department spokesman, Lt. Ryan Flood, said in an email.

Mr. Pregel has the right to appeal, Lieutenant Flood said.

He did not immediately provide information about whether there was other disciplinary action.

The Greenville News and other local media in the city, which is tucked into the northwest corner of the state and has a population of more than 68,000, reported last week on the arrest of Mr. Hudgens and the firing of the deputy.

Mr. Simmons’s Facebook page included the videos of the arrest and a cellphone recording of a conversation between the deputies and a worker at Simuns Tire, after the deputies went inside the shop to watch the surveillance video.

In response to being challenged inside the tire shop about whether they had the right to punch a man under arrest, one of the deputies said that Mr. Hudgens was not “complying” and that “we can punch him.” (
Mr. Hudgens, who had just parked a car in the lot, was cited for driving under suspension, interfering with the police and defective equipment, traffic tickets show.

An affidavit says he was resisting arrest.

He took “a fighting stance” and tried to “push away the deputy,” the affidavit said. (

It said he was “actively trying to flee.”  (

Jake Erwin, Mr. Hudgens’s lawyer, said on Tuesday that no date had been set for a court appearance.

“As of today, all of the charges are still pending and I have not received any communication from the solicitor, nor have I seen anything that indicates that Zebbie did anything wrong,” he said in an email.

He said he was considering civil action on Mr. Hudgens’s behalf.

Traci Fant, a community activist with Freedom Fighters Upstate who has worked on law enforcement accountability, said she had spoken with the Greenville County sheriff, Johnny Mack Brown, after the family of Mr. Hudgens reached out to her, and was told Mr. Hudgens had been followed by members of a drug task force “because he was suspicious.”

Ms. Fant said she was told that the other deputies had been “heavily reprimanded.”

Lieutenant Flood declined to provide further details about whether the other officers would face any discipline.

Mr. Hudgens, who is unemployed and lives with family members, was treated in the hospital for bruising and a cut near his eye, Ms. Fant said.

Mr. Simmons, who grew up in Greenville, described the neighborhood as a struggling, low-income area.

He said he believed Mr. Hudgens became confused because the deputies were from a special unit whose members wear uniforms of drab army green, rather than the typical navy blue.

“It is not the greatest neighborhood. If someone starts running toward you from your back…,” Mr. Simmons said, then trailed off.

He noted that Mr. Hudgens had already parked his car when he was tackled.

“He didn’t know he was being pulled over.”
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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2019, 06:44:16 pm
Wednesday, 25th September 2019
How Mandatory Minimums Enable Police Misconduct
by Scott Hechinger

Last year, Jacob, a young man I represented, made an exceedingly rare choice.

He rejected a favorable plea offer because he wanted to hold the police accountable in a hearing to challenge his illegal stop, search and arrest.

To those who do not work in criminal court, Jacob's decision may not seem particularly momentous.

Yet everyday across the country, police officers willfully violate people's rights, in large part because of their certainty of never having to take the stand to answer for their actions.

Police departments rightfully get blamed for the crisis in violent and corrupt policing.

The recent firing of Daniel Pantaleo, the New York Police Department officer who strangled Eric Garner to death, lied about it, kept his job for five years and got terminated only after international pressure and the recommendation of a Police Department judge, underscores why.

But the near impossibility of getting fired is only part of the crisis of impunity.

An overlooked but significant culprit is mandatory sentencing.

In criminal courts throughout this country, victims of police abuse - illegal stops and frisks, car stops and searches, home raids, manufactured charges and excessive force - routinely forego their constitutional right to challenge police abuse in a pretrial hearing in exchange for plea deals.

They do so because the alternative is to risk the steep mandatory minimum sentence they would face if they went to trial and lost.

Prosecutors use the fear of these mandatory minimums to their advantage by offering comparatively less harsh plea deals before pretrial hearings.
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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2019, 07:26:28 pm
Wednesday, 25th September 2019
No charges against ex-officers who mocked Black woman and made her walk home
by Associated Press


Charges will not be filed against two white ex-Detroit police officers who were fired amid an investigation into racist comments and social media posts about a traffic stop.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Tuesday there is “insufficient evidence to criminally charge” Gary Steele or Michael Garrison.

Steele was fired in February after a video on his Snapchat account showed him saying “priceless” and “bye Felicia” as a black woman walked home.

Her car was stopped for speeding and had an expired license plate.


The video’s captions read “what black girl magic looks like” and “celebrating Black History Month.”

Police announced in March that Garrison, Steele’s partner, was fired after investigators found he had made disturbing comments about blacks and other minorities.

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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2019, 09:27:15 pm
Thursday, 26th September 2019
Guilty Plea in Case of Man Forced by Police to Lick Urinal

(HONOLULU, Hi) — A Honolulu homeless man fearing he would be arrested, reluctantly obeyed a police officer's orders to lick a urinal, according to a court document made public Wednesday after a former officer pleaded guilty to failing to report the incident.

And it wasn't the first time.

Officer John Rabago had previously threatened another man he was questioning that he wouldn't be arrested only if he stuck his head in a toilet, the document said.

Rabago, who remains on restricted duty, and Reginald Ramones, who left the department in August, were arrested and charged earlier this year with depriving a man of his civil rights.

Rabago has pleaded not guilty.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, Ramones on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a lesser charge that he knew Rabago committed a civil rights violation but didn't inform authorities about it.

Ramones said in court that Rabago persuaded him not to tell authorities what happened in the public bathroom and to delete their text messages about it.

Rabago told him to say he was joking when he talked about making the man lick the urinal, Ramones said.

Ramones has maintained both men were innocent during meetings with their lawyers, said Rabago's defense attorney, Megan Kau.

Ramones never mentioned either bathroom incident during those meetings, she said.

"I think he got scared and he's now saying things he wouldn't necessarily have said before," Kau said.  :)

Rabago still intends to go to trial in March, she added.

Ramones faces up to three years in prison when he's sentenced in February.

After the man, identified in court documents as S.I., "knelt down before the urinal and licked the urinal," (

Ramones' plea agreement said, Rabago "laughed as he told other officers that S.I. had just licked the urinal." (

Rabago said the January 2018 incident was "just like what happened at Cartwright Field," the plea agreement said, describing a previous incident when Ramones saw a man place his head in a toilet after Rabago's threat.

"It makes no difference whether you're a prince or a pauper, policeman, prosecutor or the president of the United States. Everyone is accountable and no one is above the law," said Myles Breiner, an attorney representing the homeless man.

Breiner said his client is currently incarcerated for a parole violation in a drug case.

There was physical force involved in getting him to lick the urinal pad, Breiner said.

"He submitted to the coercion and the duress of a bunch of officers who found it amusing to force him to place his face in a urinal," Breiner said.

Acting Honolulu Police Chief Jonathon Grems, who is filling in while Police Chief Susan Ballard is out of town, said in a statement that the department wasn't aware of any earlier incidents involving Rabago.

He asked anyone with information to contact the police commission or the department's professional standards office so an investigation may be opened.

Two other officers were also placed on restricted duty when Ballard turned the case over to the FBI last year.

They have since returned to full duty, police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said, adding that an administrative investigation is ongoing.

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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2019, 10:59:35 pm
Thursday, 26th September 2019
Louisville Police Department accused of 'racially biased' traffic stops in at least 3 lawsuits

by Hollie Silverman and Madeline Holcombe


The Louisville Metro Police Department in Kentucky is facing at least three lawsuits alleging that police used the pretext of a traffic stop to pull over African American drivers and conduct "racially biased" unconstitutional searches and seizures, according to the suits.

The traffic stops were part of a department program intended to reduce violent crime but resulted in police officers targeting African Americans in specific neighborhoods, according to two of the suits.

The lawsuits say that police Chief Steve Conrad does not have policies or training in place to protect people of color from discriminatory actions by his officers.

"Louisville has a crisis right now, and I don't think it's the officers' fault," said Sam Aguiar, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in two of the cases, who pointed to understaffing, overwork and high turnover in the department.

"I think it comes from up top."

The Louisville Police Department told CNN it does not comment on pending litigation and did not respond when asked for copies of police reports, body cameras and other footage from the incidents.

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In August 2018, an African-American family returning from church was pulled over by police, according to court documents.

Anthony Parker was driving his fiancée Demetria Firman's vehicle when the car was boxed in by multiple police vehicles, the suit says.

Parker's then 9-year-old son was in the backseat.

Police said they pulled the family over because Parker failed to use his left turn signal, but body cameras worn by police showed he did, according to court documents.

According to the lawsuit, Officer Kevin Crawford twice asked Parker if there were any drugs or weapons in the car.

At one point, Crawford allegedly reaches into the vehicle and opens the door with the inside door handle.

Crawford then removes Parker's phone from his lap before he removes Parker from the vehicle and frisks him, according to the lawsuit.

While this is happening, Firman is told to exit her vehicle by Officer Josh Doerr, who frisks her.

According to the lawsuit, she asks him if something is wrong and he responds,

"This is how we get conduct (sic) all our stops. It's a type of unit that works a little bit different than a traditional one."

Crawford removes Parker's son from the car before officers begin searching the vehicle.

Firman's car and purse were "torn apart without consent," the suit said.

Police found nothing.

The lawsuit alleges Parker and Firman's Fourth and 14th Amendment rights were violated by the chief and the head of the Ninth Mobile Division, which pulled the family over.

The suit says that the chief is responsible for the policies and customs of the department -- like the "People, Places and Narcotics" initiative, the "Violent Crimes" initiative and the "Traffic Stop" policy -- that led to the stop.

But Aguiar said everyone involved should be held accountable.

"It's blatant injustice. Step one is getting some sort of reform, which has taken place, but step two is actually getting justice for these individuals and holding these officers, the ninth mobile division especially, accountable," Aguair said, adding that the department's new traffic stop policy went into effect in August 2019.

Those changes, announced by Conrad in a May YouTube video, included specifying that officers' interactions must be conducted without bias, and that a driver being nervous in an area with high crime is not justification for officers to act.

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Another lawsuit was filed in June after a teen was stopped August 9, 2018 -- three days before the incident with Parker and Firman -- and had his car searched because police said a drug dog had alerted for drugs during an initial search, according to the suit.

Tae-Ahn Lea, 18, was getting a slushie at a gas station and noticed that police were watching him.

After leaving the station in his mom's "fairly new vehicle" and making a right turn at a light, he was pulled over by police for making a "wide" turn and searched without his consent, according to the lawsuit.

He was also patted down and handcuffed as K9 officers were let into his vehicle in an attempt to find drugs, the suit alleges.

In a similar fashion to the stop described in the other lawsuit, Officer Crawford takes Lea's phone from his lap before physically removing him from the car without explanation.

Lea told Crawford and the other officers on multiple occasions that he did not consent to a pat down or to his vehicle being searched, according to the lawsuit.

After an officer claimed that the drug dog received a "hit," Lea was placed in handcuffs for approximately 20 minutes while the search of his vehicle was completed, despite his objection, the lawsuit alleges.

"He was just a teenager, and he was homecoming king of his high school," Aguair said.

"He was working a full-time job already."

Nothing was found in the vehicle during the extensive search, and the teen was issued a ticket for a wide turn which was later dismissed.

Lea is also seeking damages for being deprived of his Fourth and 14th Amendment rights, the lawsuit said.

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A month after the other two incidents, a man and his primary caregiver were pulled over and forced out of the vehicle by officers, according to a federal lawsuit filed September 17.

They were told to take their shoes off while they stood on "dirty asphalt" and watched a K9 officer and police search the vehicle, trunk and items within it.
The plaintiff in that case, Tyrone Daugherty, was given two citations for an obstructed windshield and for failing to signal following the search.

Daugherty is suing for damages after being deprived of his constitutional rights and humiliated, the lawsuit said.

Daugherty pleaded guilty to the citations, but they were dismissed without trial.

The Louisville Metro Police "are targeting African American drivers even if they have never committed a crime.

And it's based on their race," Shaun Wimberly, the attorney for Tyrone Daugherty said to CNN.

"It's not just one officer, this was a practice and a custom of the police department," Wimberly said.

"The constitutional rights of our citizens and our people need to be upheld at all costs, or our community will lose trust of our legal system," Wimberly said.

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Thursday, 26th September 2019
Broward police officer arrested on drug charges
by Eliot Kleinberg



(LANTANA, Fl) - An undercover drug buy in Lantana on Wednesday night ended with a Broward County police officer under arrest and on leave without pay, according to authorities.

Christopher J. Kanan, a road patrol officer in Margate, was booked Wednesday at the Palm Beach County Jail. He left Thursday after posting a $19,500 bond, records show.

Kanan, 31, is charged with attempted possession of methamphetamine, attempted possession of GHB and possession of GHB, a party drug similar to Ecstasy.

His girlfriend, Zamantha Kluger, also will be charged with drug possession, town police said.

A telephone number for Kanan could not be found; court records did not show an attorney for him.

A lawyer for the Margate police union didn't return a call.

A call to Kluger's number was not returned.

A town police report said a man police had arrested with methamphetamine at an apartment near Lantana Road and Federal Highway said he had a customer in Coral Springs who is a police officer.

The man sent texts and Kanan arrived.

Officers had set up items that looked like GHB and methamphetamine.

Kanan said he wanted to talk to his contact.

The officer said the man would soon return.

Kanan walked out, saying he was taking his girlfriend some water, and officers arrested him, the report said.


On Kanan were $500 and $350 rolls of money and a container of GHB.

Police also found a 9mm handgun in Kanan's truck.

It was not his service weapon.

Kanan said he was on leave in Margate, his employer since June 2016, after testing positive for methamphetamine.

He said he was moving to a new apartment and was in Lantana to get bins from a friend.

Kluger, 29, told police she and Kanan were addicted to methamphetamine and GHB and they had bought drugs from the contact at that location.

The woman took a Lyft to the police station to get the keys to Kanan's truck, but passed out in the car.

She admitted she was on GHB and handed the officer a 3-ounce bottle, prompting the town to file a warrant for her arrest.

She took another Lyft home, the report said.

Margate police would not comment on Kanan's arrest, saying he's the subject of two internal-affairs investigations.

He was placed on administrative leave with pay July 16.

Police modified Kanan's leave to one without pay when the second probe started Thursday.


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Saturday, 28th September 2019
New Jersey Police Chief Who Called Puppetine 'Last Hope For White People' on Trial For Hate Crime
by Daniel Avery



A police chief in New Jersey who allegedly said he wanted to "mow down" African Americans and claimed Donald Trump was "the last hope for white people" is currently being tried on hate-crime charges.

During testimony this week in U.S. District Court in Camden, a South Jersey police officer testified that retired Bordentown Police Chief Frank Nucera Jr. routinely used racial slurs and said black people should be shot.

Sgt. Nathan Roohr, a K-9 officer in the Burlington County department, testified Monday that, during an arrest in 2016, Nucera grabbed the head of an African American suspect "like a basketball" and slammed it into a metal door jam.

"[It] made a loud thud," Roohr said.

"I immediately knew it was wrong. I knew I had an obligation to report it," he added.

"This was an obvious excessive force."

The suspect, 18-year-old Timothy Stroye, was handcuffed at the time.

Stroye and his 16-year-old girlfriend were accused of sneaking into a hotel and using the pool.

Nucera, who retired abruptly in 2017, has been charged with hate-crime assault, as well as civil rights violations and lying to the FBI.

Prosecutors maintain he had a "significant history" of making racial remarks.

Roohr and other officers provided dozens of tapes of their former commanding officer spewing racist threats:

In one, Nucera can be heard saying:

"It's gonna get to the point where I could shoot one of these [N-words]."

After tires on a squad car were slashed, Nucera reportedly claimed,

"These [N-word] are like ISIS, they have no value. They should line them all up and mow 'em down. I'd like to be on the firing line, I could do it."

Roohr also said Nucera directed K-9 officers to use police dogs to intimidate black people.

"Let these [expletives] see him. Let 'em see him. I don't care," Nucera can be heard saying in a recording.

Nucera's attorney, however, maintains the accusations were drummed up by officers dissatisfied with his disciplinary and overtime policies.

When charges were originally filed, U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said the accusations against Nucera painted a picture of "intense racial animosity toward African Americans."

"The conduct alleged is a shocking breach of the duty of every police officer to provide equal justice under the law and never to mistreat a person in custody," Fitzpatrick added.

"As a result, the former chief of police is now a charged federal criminal defendant."

If convicted, Nucera could face up to 20 years in prison and forfeit his $8,800 a month pension.

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Post by: Battle on September 29, 2019, 10:10:47 am
Sunday, 29th September 2019
Arizona state trooper arrested on 61 sex related, kidnapping and fraud counts

by Madeline Holcombe and Chris Boyette



Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives arrested one of their own troopers Tuesday on charges of sexual abuse, extortion, kidnapping, harassment and fraud, AZDPS Col. Frank Milstead said at a news conference.

Tremaine Jackson, 43, an AZDPS trooper for about 13 years, used his position of authority to "bargain leniency for favor," Milstead said.

"The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a proud and venerable organization with a storied past," Milstead said.

"Most of the employees serve Arizona with pride and integrity. ... When one of our own betrays public trust or breaks the law, we respond swiftly and without regret."

Jackson most recently worked in the department's Metro Motors District.

Officers began an investigation on May 19 after a woman complained that Jackson made inappropriate comments to her, Milstead said.

A second complaint from a different motorist came June 11, alleging that Jackson sexually assaulted a woman during a traffic stop, Milstead said.

He was placed on administrative leave that day, Milstead said.

Jackson has since been terminated, Sgt. Kameron Lee, public information office supervisor for the department said Tuesday.

It is unclear if Jackson has retained a lawyer.

So far, investigators said they have identified eight victims.

They believe there are more and have set up a hotline and website for other victims to come forward.

Authorities said Tuesday that Jackson would be booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail on charges including sexual abuse, sexual extortion, unlawful sexual conduct, unlawful imprisonment, kidnapping, fraudulent schemes and practices and tampering with a public record.


"The temerity of Trooper Jackson is horrifying," Milstead said.

"Our job now is to respond appropriately."


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Post by: Battle on October 01, 2019, 09:18:14 am
Tuesday, 1st October 2019
by Bobby Allyn


A Dallas jury has unanimously found former police Officer Amber Guyger guilty of murder for fatally shooting her neighbor who lived in the apartment above hers.

She had testified that she entered Botham Jean's unit, thinking it was her own home after a long day at work, and thinking he was an intruder.

She faces a possible penalty of up to 99 years in prison.

Prosecutors maintained that Guyger committed murder when she overlooked indications that the apartment was not her own — the wrong floor, the smell of marijuana coming from the apartment, a bright red doormat — and shot Jean, a 26-year-old accountant who was sitting in his living room eating ice cream when Guyger killed him last September.

"There was no other floor mat like this is the entire building.

This sticks out, literally, like a red thumb," lead prosecutor Jason Hermus said in court on Monday, holding up the doormat to the jury.

"And she walked up to it and stood on top of it."

But in tearful testimony to the jury, Guyger said she was "scared to death" when she opened what she thought was her own apartment door and saw the silhouette of a man she mistook him for an intruder.

"I was scared whoever was inside my apartment was going to kill me," she told the jury.

"No police officer would want to hurt an innocent person."
Guyger lived on the third floor of an apartment complex just south of downtown Dallas.

Her lawyers have said that she was winding down a 13-hour work day when she opened Jean's door.

"What was going through Amber's mind was just, 'I'm going home,' " defense lawyer Robert Rogers said. " 'I'm exhausted, and I'm going home.' "

Guyger said she put her key in the door and realized it was unlocked. Thinking someone had broken in, she drew her gun and entered the apartment.

Then Guyger said she told Jean, "Let me see your hands," and that he instead started to move toward her.

Prosecutors counter that nobody in her apartment complex heard her instruct Jean to raise his hands.

Within seconds of opening the door, she fired two shots at Jean.

One of the bullets struck him in the chest, killing him.

Guyger then called 911 and told the operator over and over:

"I thought it was my apartment."

The case became transfixing to observers around the country for the delicate questions it presented.

Was the shooting a noncriminal accident equal to a "tragic mistake," as Guyger's lawyers argued?

Or were the mistakes of Guyger so reckless that they constituted manslaughter, or so intentionally negligent that it amounted to murder?

In deciding that she was guilty, the jury, about half of whom were African American, sided with the prosecution, meaning Guyger now faces decades of possible prison time.

Others have described the facts of the case as the latest example of a white police officer killing an unarmed black man.

Civil rights groups rallied behind Jean, a native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

And police officers came to the defense of Guyger.

Guyger attempted to cast aside race as being a factor by saying during her testimony that the encounter was "not about hate," she said. "It's about being scared."

To prosecutors, Guyger's distraction led to a crime.

Just before she entered Jean's apartment, Guyger had a 16-minute conversation with a fellow officer, Martin Rivera, whom authorities say was a romantic partner of Guyger's and the two had been swapping sexually explicit messages.

Prosecutors argued that Guyger was so absorbed with those communications that she was too preoccupied to realize she was heading toward the wrong apartment.

Prosecutors, in cross-examining Guyger, emphasized that her training as a police officer should have informed her to back away from the door, hide and call for backup.

Guyger had her police radio on her, and she lives just two blocks away from police headquarters, so she could have had other officers arrive quickly, prosecutors pointed out.

Had she done that, Guyger was asked, might Jean be alive today?

"Yes, sir," she said.

In the state's closing arguments on Monday, prosecutor Hermus said the only way a defendant can claim self-defense to murder is when there is no other reasonable alternatives.
Hermus said that was not the case when Guyger shot Jean.
"Self-defense means you're acting defensively," Hermus said.

"She became the aggressor. That's not self-defense."

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Wednesday, 2nd October 2019
Amber Guyger, Ex-Officer Who Killed Man In His Apartment, Awarded 10 Years In Prison
by Bobby Allyn


Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer who killed her unarmed black neighbor after stepping into his apartment mistaking it for her own, has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison by the same jury that convicted her of murder.

"Your sentence will begin today," Judge Tammy Kemp told Guyger.

She faced between five and 99 years behind bars.

Guyger, who is white, fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean, an accountant from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia who was watching television and eating a bowl of ice cream last year when Guyger fired two shots, striking him once in the chest.

The punishment phase of the murder trial began immediately after the jury delivered the unanimous guilty verdict on Tuesday.

Allison Jean, Botham's mother, testified that her son, the middle child, was "the glue" that united her three children.

He excelled at math, was a dedicated Christian and loved rugby and choir singing.

Friends and family called him "Bo."

He was killed a few days before his 27th birthday.

"My life has not been the same. It's just been a roller coaster. I cannot sleep. I cannot eat," Jean told the jury.

"It's just been the most terrible time for me."

Between sobs, Bertrum Jean, Botham's father, told jurors on Wednesday that the killing of his son has left his family shattered.

"It hurts me every day," Jean said.

"How could we have lost Botham, such a sweet boy? He tried his best to live a good, honest life. He loved God. He loved everyone. How could this happen to him? Hindsight, what could we have done? My family is brokenhearted."

When Allisa Findley, Botham Jean's sister, took the stand and watched a video of Botham's singing at church, prosecutors asked what hearing her brother's voice elicited in her.

"That I want my bother back," Findley said.

"If I could just continue our last conversation and just not hang up the phone."

Her younger brother has not been the same since Jean died.

"It's like the light behind his eyes is off," Findley said.

Guyger testified in the trial that after parking her pickup truck on the fourth floor, one level above her apartment, she approached what she says she thought was her own unit.

She noticed the door was ajar and drew her service weapon.

When she opened the door and saw Jean, she told the jury she shot to kill, fearing for her life after seeing the silhouette of a man she mistook for an intruder.

Prosecutors have underscored the various cues Guyger missed on her way to Jean's apartment, including a bright red doormat that sat outside Jean's apartment.

Prosecutors have said that Guyger's police training should have guided her to seek cover and call for backup if she thought she was in danger, but her legal team said a series of "innocent mistakes" led to an "awful and tragic" outcome.

During the punishment phase, prosecutors showed the jury a series of incendiary text messages Guyger had sent disparaging marchers at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade while she was working the event as a police officer.

"Just push them...or spray with your pepper spray in that general area," she texted.

The prosecution also displayed to the jury posts that Guyger made on the social media platform Pinterest, including one she saved featuring a Navy SEAL sniper with the words:

"Kill first, die last. One shot, one kill. No luck, all skill"

In another social media post made by Guyger, she discussed owning a gun with an image that contained the message:

"I wear all black to remind you not [to] mess with me because I'm already dressed for your funeral."

A trove of phone records was also introduced in the trial showing that, after coming off a long day of work, Guyger had been conversing by text and phone with someone with whom she was having an affair.

Those exchanges demonstrated, prosecutors said, that she was so preoccupied that she walked to the wrong apartment.

The guilty verdict was announced after just five hours of deliberations.

Tim Power, a former prosecutor and judge in the Dallas area, told NPR that the panel did not find Guyger's self-defense argument persuasive.


"The jurors had to believe that what she did was reasonable, and the actions of the jurors were pretty clear with their message and the speed at which it was delivered," he said.

"They believed the zone of reasonableness had been violated and that she was way outside that zone."

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Post by: Battle on October 19, 2019, 10:25:43 am
Saturday, 19th October 2019
De Blasio does not support full repeal of police secrecy law
by Erin Durkin

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD are not supporting a full repeal of the law that keeps NYPD disciplinary records secret, they said Thursday as the state Senate took up the bill for the first time.

The Senate codes committee held a hearing in Manhattan on S3695 (19R), legislation sponsored by Sen. Jamaal Bailey (D-Bronx) that would scrap section 50-a of the New York Civil Rights Law, which deems police personnel records confidential.

The NYPD has used the law to withhold information about complaints against and disciplinary history of police officers, including Daniel Pantaleo, the officer fired for the death of Eric Garner.

De Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill have called for an overhaul of 50-a to allow the NYPD to release more information about disciplinary cases.

But the mayor does not support the repeal legislation, a spokeswoman told POLITICO.
“The Mayor has been vocal in his advocacy of 50-a reform,” said spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie.

But she said legislation “must balance transparency and safety.”

NYPD first deputy commissioner Ben Tucker was scheduled to testify at Thursday’s Senate hearing, but did not show.

The Civilian Complaint Review Board also pulled out.

The police department supports reforming but not fully repealing the state law, said department spokeswoman Devora Kaye.

“NYPD leaders have made their position on supporting reforms to 50-a clear and maintain that it remains important to increase transparency and accountability in policing,” she said.

The NYPD for years routinely released disciplinary decisions against officers despite the law, but in 2016 city officials decided the law required them to keep those rulings secret.

Lawmakers are planning a push to get the repeal legislation passed in Albany in the session that starts in January.

“Families cannot get even the most basic details about the officers who have killed our loved ones,” said Valerie Bell, the mother of Sean Bell, an unarmed man shot to death by police in Queens in 2006.

“The part that was terrible was not getting answers,” she said.

“Not being able to get answers was like losing Sean over and over again. You cannot imagine the pain this causes parents and family members.”

The law “is dangerous for New Yorkers, because it protects officers who kill, officers who rape and sexually assault, officers who disrespect and brutalize us,” added Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham, who was killed in 2012.

“They hide behind secrecy that the government should not allow.”

Separate bills sponsored by state Sen. Kevin Parker would repeal parts, but not all, of the secrecy law.

Parker said he also supports a full repeal.

Police unions are fighting the push to repeal the law.

“Our concern is the safety of our members of our police department, their children, and their spouses. And it’s a very, very real danger,” said Paul DiGiacomo, vice president of the Detective Endowment Association.

The law also applies to correction officers and firefighters, though courts have held that disciplinary cases against correction officers can be released by the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.

Correction Officers Benevolent Association president Elias Husamudeen said the law should not be repealed — and should actually be expanded to shield more disciplinary information for jail guards.

Allowing access to personnel records would “increase their vulnerability to harassment or reprisals,” he said.

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Post by: Battle on October 23, 2019, 05:47:53 am
Wednesday, 23rd October 2019
Officer in viral-video shoplifting incident to be fired
by ABC News

A white police officer in Phoenix, involved in a viral-video arrest of a black couple suspected of shoplifting will be fired, according to authorities.

The decision came after an internal investigation done by the police department over the summer, authorities said during a news conference Tuesday.

On May 27, cellphone videos surfaced showing one police officer threatening to shoot a father as other officers pointed guns at his pregnant fiancee and their young children in the parking lot.

Dravon Ames, 22, and his fiancee, Iesha Harper, 24, were later identified as the civilians in the video.

They were accused of shoplifting at a Family Dollar store.

Chief Jeri Williams said Tuesday that two officers had been sent to the Disciplinary Review Board and that the board had recommended a written reprimand for the first officer and a six-week unpaid suspension for the second officer.

Williams said that she agreed on the discipline decision for the first officer, whom she said had used "inappropriate" language, but had also tried to de-escalate the situation.

However, Williams said, she had differed with the board on how to discipline the second officer, Chris Meyer.

"After meeting with the officer, Chris Meyer, personally and considering all the facts of the case, I have notified him of my intention to terminate his employment," she said Tuesday.

"In this case, a 240-hour suspension is just not sufficient to reverse the adverse effects of his actions on our department and our community."

She said that he was currently on administrative leave and that he did have rights to appeal her decision.

"It was difficult for both of us -- for me to make the decision and for him to take the call," Williams said.

On May 27, Phoenix officers responded to a report of a shoplifting incident at a Family Dollar store.

Officers caught up to the vehicle suspected in the shoplifting at a nearby apartment complex.

That's when the incident quickly escalated and witnesses pulled out cellphones and started recording.


In one video, an officer can be heard yelling at Ames to get his hands up.

The officer, identified as Meyer, is then heard yelling at Ames,

"I'm gonna put a f------- cap in your f------- head."

A second video of the incident shows Ames on the pavement outside his car with the same officer, Meyer, on top of him and placing him in handcuffs.

The officer, according to the video, then yanks Ames off the ground and pushes him against a patrol vehicle before kicking Ames' legs apart, causing him to almost fall down.
"When I tell you to do something, you f------ do it!" Meyer is heard in the video yelling at Ames.

Ames responded that he was complying and then told Meyer,

"I'm sorry."

Both videos showed other officers pointing guns at Ames' car, where Harper, who was pregnant, was in the backseat with her two daughters, a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old.


When the officers yelled at Harper to get out of the car, she told them, "I have two kids."

One officer responds,

"I don't give a s---, put your hands up."

Harper got out of the car holding her 1-year-old.

An officer charged up and attempted to pull the toddler from her arms, according to the video.

A neighbor intervened and agreed to take the children, which police allowed before arresting Harper.

Williams later posted the videos on Fakebook and ordered an investigation.

The officers involved in the incident were not wearing body cameras.

Police said that Harper's 4-year-old daughter had allegedly taken a doll from the store.

No charges were filed against the couple because the store manager declined to press charges.
"We wear this badge as a symbol of our commitment to a higher standard," Williams said Tuesday.

"One that won't erode the trust of those we serve or tarnish the pride that is involved with being a Phoenix police officer."

The couple is suing.

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Post by: Battle on October 23, 2019, 01:53:54 pm
Wednesday, 23rd October 2019
Phoenix police officer fired!!!
by Uriel J. Garcia


(PHOENIX, AZ) – Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams has fired the officer involved in a viral cellphone video depicting him threatening to shoot at a family.

The video, recorded by a bystander on May 27, shows Phoenix Officer Christopher Meyer pointing a gun at a car occupied by Dravon Ames, his pregnant fiancee, Iesha Harper, and their children.

In the video, Meyer can be heard yelling,

"You're going to get f--king shot," when Ames didn't immediately open his vehicle's door. The officer also told Ames,

"I'm going to put a cap in your ass."

A second officer, who police did not identify, received a written reprimand.

Williams described the officer's actions as trying to de-escalate the situation.

The announcement of Meyer's firing during a Tuesday news conference came at the same time Phoenix police announced the firing of Clinton David Swick after an unrelated investigation into his Fakebook posts.

The Plain View Project, launched by Philadelphia lawyer Emily Baker-White, created a database of public Facebook posts and comments made by current and former police officers from several jurisdictions across the United States.

The posts endorsed violence in some cases against Mexicans, Muslims, women and criminal defendants.

Earlier Tuesday, Phoenix police also announced it had fired Sgt. Daniel B. Jones in a separate unrelated internal affairs investigation.

"No chief ever wants to discuss discipline, like this in a public format," Williams said.

"I expect my officers to be respectful, to be professional, to be courteous, and that is not what happened in (these) cases."

The officers have the right to appeal the decision.

Williams said the Police Department's Disciplinary Review Board recommended Meyers receive a 240-hour unpaid suspension for his actions in the police stop.

But, she said, this wasn't enough.

Ultimately, the police chief decides what kind of punishment an officer receives if investigators find wrongdoing.

"I have notified him of my intention to terminate his employment," Williams said.

"A 240-hour suspension is just not sufficient to reverse the adverse effects of his actions on our department, and our community."

Williams said she didn't come to the decision lightly.

Meyer has been with the department since 1995.

"I will say this, it was difficult for both of us. For me to make the decision, and for him to take the call," she said.

For the second officer involved in the stop, Williams said the disciplinary board recommended he receive a written reprimand.

Williams agreed.

Tom Horne, who is representing Ames and Harper, had filed a $10 million claim against Phoenix.

“This is partial justice for my clients. To get full justice, the job is now mine to get it for them with compensation in the lawsuit," Horne said during a news conference.

Horne, a former Arizona attorney general, said he has always been a supporter of police.

But, he said, it's important that those who are tarnishing the profession be held accountable.

“I think the vast majority of police are fine public servants. In any group, whether it’s lawyers, journalists or anybody else, you get some bad apples," Horne said.

"And it’s my job to be sure that justice is done when we do get these bad apples.”

Ames said he also welcomed the decision, saying he hopes this sends a message to officers not to treat others the way Meyer treated him and his family


He said the incident has left his family traumatized.

“It’s been real bad.

It’s hard to get over that type of stuff," he said.

"It was a very tragic and traumatizing moment. So to know that he’s been fired is some type of little relief, but there’s still a lot to work on.”

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Post by: Battle on October 27, 2019, 02:38:49 pm
Sunday, 27th October 2019
Real Courtesy, Professionalism & Integrity
by Rosemary Sobol


(CHICAGO, Ill) — Describing it as a “personal” choice, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson stood firm on his decision to opt out of a speech acting-president will be delivering in Chicago next week at the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

It just doesn’t line up with our city’s core values, along with my personal values,” Johnson told reporters as he stood at a podium next to two other police officials following the Major Cities Chiefs Association conference at McCormick Place on Saturday afternoon.

Johnson clarified that other police officers were given the green light to attend the speech, also held at McCormick Place, if they want.

“It’s not about the department,” Johnson said.

“It’s really about me and the way I feel about the core values of this city.”

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Post by: Battle on October 28, 2019, 04:16:11 am
Monday, 28th October 2019
He dropped the gun, walked out of the house and put his hands up. Then an officer shot him five times.

by Hannah Knowles

Officers yelled at Richard Sanchez to drop his gun — and eventually, he did. He started to walk toward law enforcement, out of a house a relative had fled to call 911 to report Sanchez was intoxicated, making threats and saying irrational things.

Police shouted for the 27-year-old man to put his hands up.

He did that, too.

“Stop!” an officer ordered.

Sanchez kept walking, arms still raised.

Three seconds and two commands later, the officer opened fire.

Body-camera footage now released by police in San Bernardino, Calif., captures the five shots that killed Sanchez and a woman’s screams as he fell onto the lawn.

The officer’s decisions “did not meet the standards held by our department or the community we serve,” acting police chief Eric McBride said in a Friday briefing, a year after the Sept. 28 shooting.

The employee is no longer on the force, he said, and the San Bernardino district attorney is investigating for potential criminal charges.
The alarming video was released as fatal shootings by police continue to stoke outrage around the country and leave communities skeptical that they will receive justice.
The recent conviction of a former Dallas officer who shot her neighbor in his home, as well as murder charges against a Fort Worth officer who killed a woman playing video games in her house, were hailed by some as encouraging signs of law enforcement being held accountable for unjustified deadly force.

But years of cases that did not lead to firings or charges have sown distrust.

Sanchez’s family praised San Bernardino police’s willingness to scrutinize Sanchez’s killing in a statement provided to local media.

“While Richard’s sudden passing has left a void that cannot be filled in the lives of his family members, the family is honored and encouraged by the swift acceptance of responsibility by the leadership of the San Bernardino Police Department — whose investigation into this tragic incident was aimed at uncovering the truth, even when this meant acknowledging the mistakes of a fellow officer,” the statement reads.

The family’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Police say they responded to the home in San Bernardino after Sanchez’s sister-in-law called to say he was threatening family members in the kitchen with a handgun and making odd statements — for example, that he was “God.”

The woman feared for her safety and escaped the house with children, according to officials.

Officers found Sanchez inside the house with his weapon in hand, body-camera footage shows.

Weapons trained on Sanchez through the open front door, police told the man to drop his gun several times.

He set it on a couch.

“Suddenly, and without being told to do so, Sanchez advanced toward the officers, taking eight steps,” Sgt. John Echevarria said in a briefing on the video.
Commanded to put his hands up, Sanchez complied.

But he kept walking through three orders to stop, Echevarria said.

It’s not clear if the officer who fired on Sanchez, whose name was not immediately available, was dismissed or if he resigned, though McBride said that “disciplinary action has been initiated.”

The San Bernardino Police Department did not immediately respond to questions from The Post.

The other officer in the body-cam footage has returned to duty, police said.

McBride noted that members of his department “respond to fast-moving and often dangerous situations every day,” adding later that “each encounter is unique and requires officers to make split-second decisions without the benefit of 20-20 hindsight.”

The chief did not detail how the officer’s decision-making failed to meet standards and said the police department’s internal review of the officer’s actions did not make a finding on whether he violated the law.

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Post by: Battle on October 30, 2019, 08:20:08 am
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
Police blew up an innocent man’s house in search of an armed shoplifter. Too bad, so sad court rules.
by Meagan Flynn


When they were finished, it looked as though the Greenwood Village, Colo., police had blasted rockets through the house.

Projectiles were still lodged in the walls.

Glass and wooden paneling crumbled on the ground below the gaping holes, and inside, the family’s belongings and furniture appeared thrashed in a heap of insulation and drywall.

Leo Lech, who rented the home to his son, thought it looked like al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s compound after the raid that killed him.

But now it was just a neighborhood crime scene, the suburban home where an armed Walmart shoplifting suspect randomly barricaded himself after fleeing the store on a June afternoon in 2015.

For 19 hours, the suspect holed up in a bathroom as a SWAT team fired gas munition and 40-millimeter rounds through the windows, drove an armored vehicle through the doors, tossed flash-bang grenades inside and used explosives to blow out the walls.

The suspect was captured alive, but the home was utterly destroyed, eventually condemned to be demolished by the City of Greenwood Village.

That left Leo Lech’s son, John Lech — who lived there with his girlfriend and her 9-year-old son — without a home.

The city refused to compensate the Lech family for their losses but offered $5,000 in temporary rental assistance and for the insurance deductible.

Now, after the Leches sued, a federal appeals court has decided what else the city owes the Lech family for destroying their house more than four years ago:


On Tuesday, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit unanimously ruled that the city is not required to compensate the Lech family for their lost home because it was destroyed by police while they were trying to enforce the law, rather than taken by eminent domain.

The Lechs had sued under the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause, which guarantees citizens compensation if their property is seized by the government for public use.

But the court said that Greenwood Village was acting within its “police power” when it damaged the house, which the court said doesn’t qualify as a “taking” under the Fifth Amendment.

The court acknowledged that this may seem “unfair,” but when police have to protect the public, they can’t be “burdened with the condition” that they compensate whoever is damaged by their actions along the way.

“It just goes to show that they can blow up your house, throw you out on the streets and say, ‘See you later. Deal with it,’ ”

Leo Lech said in an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday.

“What happened to us should never happen in this country, ever.”

Leo Lech said he is considering appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Police must be forced to draw the line at some point, he said — preferably before a house is wholly gutted — and be held accountable if innocent bystanders lose everything as a result of the actions of law enforcement.

In June 2015, the standoff at Lech’s suburban Denver home captivated and alarmed the public, as their house at the end of the street, one located by a baseball field complex and a park, suddenly turned into a quasi-war zone.

The suspect, Robert Jonathan Seacat, had stolen a shirt and a couple of belts from a Walmart in neighboring Aurora, Colo., and then fled in a Lexus, according to a police affidavit.

A police officer pursued him in a high-speed chase until Seacat parked his car near a light rail station, hopped a nearby fence leading to the interstate, and then crossed five lanes of traffic on foot.

He climbed the fence on the other side — and then, shortly thereafter, came upon the Lech residence.

A 9-year-old boy, John Lech’s girlfriend’s son, was home alone at the time, waiting for his mom to return from the grocery store, Lech said.

He told police he was watching YouTube videos in his room when he heard the alarm trip, according to the affidavit.

He emerged to find a man walking up the stairs, holding a gun.

“He said, ‘I don’t want to hurt anybody. I just want to get away,' " Lech said.

Minutes later, the boy walked out of the house unharmed.

Seacat then began searching the house for car keys.

But by the time he got in the car parked in Lech’s garage, police had pulled into the driveway.

Seacat fired a shot at them through the garage, the affidavit says.

Thus began the 19-hour standoff.
“They proceed to destroy the house — room by room, by room, by room,” Lech said.

“This is one guy with a handgun. This guy was sleeping. This guy was eating. This guy was just hanging out in this house. I mean, they proceeded to blow up the entire house.”

SWAT officers attempted to enter the home on one occasion but retreated after believing they heard Seacat fire several rounds.

After other tactics, including tear gas, robots and police negotiations, repeatedly failed, SWAT officers tried again to enter the home at 8:21 a.m. the next morning.

They found him holed up in a bathroom with a stash of drugs, where he was disarmed and arrested.

When the Lech family was allowed back on the property to retrieve their belongings, they were aghast at what they found.

John Lech, his girlfriend and her son moved in with Leo Lech and his wife, who lived 30 miles away, requiring John to change jobs.

The $5,000 offered by the city “was insulting,” Leo Lech said.
His out-of-pocket expenses to rebuild the house cost him nearly $400,000, he said.

“This has ruined our lives,” he said.

The city did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Tuesday, but police have previously defended their actions during the standoff.

“My mission is to get that individual out unharmed and make sure my team and everyone else around including the community goes home unharmed,” Greenwood Village Police Commander Dustin Varney said in 2015, KUSA reported.

“Sometimes that means property gets damaged, and I am sorry for that.”

State and federal courts have ruled differently in cases involving innocent homeowners caught in the crosshairs of deadly police raids, although the 10th Circuit was more persuaded by courts ruling in police’s favor.

Lech’s lawyers pointed to a 1991 Minnesota case in which the state Supreme Court sided with a woman whose house was damaged by police with tear gas as they sought to apprehend a suspect.

In a 1980 Houston case, the Texas Supreme Court sided with a couple whose home was badly damaged as police sought to apprehend three suspects who barricaded themselves inside.

In that case, the Texas court turned up its nose at the principle the 10th circuit stuck to so closely in its ruling:

that unless a government’s action is clearly labeled “eminent domain,” citizens aren’t entitled to compensation if the police destroy their property as a matter of business.

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Post by: Battle on October 30, 2019, 08:24:53 pm
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
Dumb Cop who leaked Cuba Gooding Jr. mugshot stripped of gun & badge
by  Tina Moore and Craig McCarthy


A detective who allegedly leaked the mug shot of Cuba Gooding Jr. to an entertainment website has been stripped of his gun and badge, according to three police sources.


Detective Josh Ulan, known for his role in the Peter Braunstein kidnapping and sex-torture case from the 2000s, was placed on administrative duty Tuesday as an internal investigation continued, the sources said.


Ulan is accused of handing over the “Jerry Maguire” star’s booking photo to Rolling Out in June when Gooding turned himself into authorities over groping allegations.

The actor has since been indicted on a number of criminal charges in connection to three women accusing him of sexual misconduct.

A spokeswoman for the NYPD told The Post,

“This matter is under internal review.”

“The NYPD’s Special Victims Division is committed to doing everything possible to ensure survivors of sexual assault feel the safety and support needed to come forward, bravely share their experiences, and help the NYPD bring to justice those who have committed these horrific crimes,” Devora Kaye, the department’s acting deputy commissioner of public information, said in the statement.

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Post by: Battle on November 01, 2019, 12:42:17 pm
Friday, 1st November 2019
Connecticut White Officer Retires After Ties to 'Proud Boys' Revealed


A Connecticut police officer has retired after a civil rights organization raised concerns about his membership in a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies, a town official said Friday.

Officer Kevin P. Wilcox retired from the East Hampton Police Department on Oct. 22, according to Town Manager David Cox.

That was one week after The Associated Press reported that Wilcox had been a Proud Boys member and made online payments to a group leader.

Wilcox had been an East Hampton police officer since 1999.

His retirement was a “revision” of a previously planned retirement date in December, Cox wrote in an email.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law called for Wilcox’s removal from the police department after it inquired about his social media connections with other Proud Boys members.

In September, East Hampton Police Chief Dennis Woessner told the organization that Wilcox’s Proud Boys membership didn’t violate department policies.

Kristen Clarke, the civil rights group’s president and executive director, said Wilcox’s retirement is “an important first step” but shouldn’t be the final word on the matter.

“It’s important for us to know who else he may have influenced and how his superiors failed to catch his extremist ties,” Clarke said.

Woessner described Wilcox as a “dedicated law enforcement officer.”

“There is no evidence of any racial bias in any of his policing through his entire career,” the chief said Friday.

In a letter to Clarke earlier this week, the chief said he reviewed the last 10 years of arrests made by Wilcox and found that three of the 60 arrests involved black people.

Wilcox also made 21 traffic stops between January 1st, 2017, and Sept. 13, 2019, and only stopped one black person during that period, the chief told Clarke.

East Hampton is about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of Hartford.

White people account for roughly 90% of its population of nearly 13,000 residents.

In a September 13th letter to Clarke, Woessner said Wilcox had “stopped his association” with the Proud Boys in February, about five months before the Washington-based committee initially inquired about the officer’s social media connections to other group members.

The chief also confirmed that Wilcox made online payments to a group leader.

The civil rights group described those publicly visible, online transactions as monthly dues that helped fund the Proud Boys’ “violent or otherwise illegal” activities.

But the chief said he reviewed the matter, received an “explanatory report” from Wilcox and closed the department’s inquiry as being “unfounded,” with no evidence to support a policy violation.

Wilcox “adamantly denies being associated with white supremacists’ groups,” the chief wrote.

Wilcox hasn’t responded to text messages and voicemails left at an apparent telephone listing for him.

Clarke said her organization’s inquiry about Wilcox was part of its nationwide effort to expose law enforcement officers with possible ties to extremist groups.

“Frankly, his superiors should have been doing this work. But if they won’t, we’ll do it,” she said.

Wilcox isn’t the first law enforcement officer linked to the Proud Boys, a group started in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes.

Last year, a Louisiana sheriff’s department fired a deputy who had publicly identified himself as a Proud Boys member and was an administrator of the Facebook page for the group’s local chapter.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said its deputy violated an internal policy prohibiting employees from engaging in social media activity that “negatively affects the public perception” of the department, The New Orleans Advocate reported in August 2018.

McInnes and the Proud Boys have described the group as a politically incorrect men’s club for “Western chauvinists” and deny affiliations with far-right extremist groups that overtly espouse racist and anti-Semitic views.

In February, McInnes sued the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling the Proud Boys as a hate group.

In response to the lawsuit, the law center said Proud Boy members often spread “outright bigotry” over the internet and have posted social media pictures of themselves with prominent Holocaust deniers, white nationalists and “known neo-Nazis.”

In New York City in October 2018, police arrested several Proud Boys members who brawled with anti-fascist protesters following a speech by McInnes at a Manhattan Republican club.

Proud Boys members also have frequently clashed with counter-protesters at rallies in California and Oregon.

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Post by: Battle on November 12, 2019, 04:49:37 am
Tuesday, 12th November 2019
Officer accused of killing Oklahoma police chief in Florida



A small-town Oklahoma policeman was charged with killing his chief after what authorities described as an alcohol-fueled brawl in a Florida Panhandle hotel room.

The two men had been staying at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach over the weekend for a law enforcement conference, said Escambia County Sheriff's spokeswoman Amber Southard.

At some point early Sunday evening, hotel security was called because the two men were being disruptive, Southard said.

Later that evening, hotel staff called the sheriff's department because the men were fighting.

"An actual physical altercation," she said.

When deputies arrived, they found Chief Lucky Miller dead, she said, and there was no weapon.

She added that alcohol was involved and that an autopsy is underway.

A person who answered the phone at a number associated with Miller declined to comment and asked that The Associated Press not call again.

Michael Patrick Nealey, 49, was arrested Monday morning and charged with killing Miller, according to records.

Miller was the police chief in Mannford, Oklahoma, a small town about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Tulsa.

It has a population of about 3,200.

Nealey was being held without bond at the Escambia County Jail.

He's charged with homicide.

A lawyer for Nealey wasn't listed on jail records and no additional details were immediately available.

Miller, 44, had been police chief since 2007. He and his wife had three children.

"We are heartbroken by the news," Mayor Tyler Buttram said in the statement.

"Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward."

The town administrator has appointed another officer as interim police chief.

The conference was to be held Monday to Wednesday at the hotel, but it's unclear if it is still scheduled.

An email to the organization wasn't immediately returned.

One of the presenters said his session had been cancelled.

A Mannford police officer told The Tulsa World that the pair was in Florida to learn about death scene investigations.

"Mike Nealey was our detective. Lucky was a hands-on guy, so he always wanted to be there to learn things like that," Officer Jerry Ridley said.

Brett Graves, the President of Carterson Public Safety, the company that organized the event, said in a statement that he was saddened by the news.

"We would like to extend our condolences to the families and agency of those involved."

Mayor Buttram said the two men were "the best of friends" and told The Associated Press that he can't fathom what happened in Florida.

"That's what makes everything so hard. We can't even wrap our heads around this," he said.

"The city's just stunned. The police department's stunned. Nothing makes sense, nothing adds up."

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Thursday, 14th November 2019
Former Columbia police chief admits he was drug addicted, illegally had guns in court

by David Travis Bland



A former Columbia Police Department chief may go to prison for 10 years after pleading guilty Wednesday to owning guns while using illegal drugs.

Randy Scott, 50, pleaded guilty during a change of plea hearing at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse in Columbia.

Under federal law, it’s illegal to possess any firearms and use narcotics.

Scott originally pleaded not guilty, court records show.

Scott was the Columbia Police Chief from 2011 to 2013.

He resigned, saying he struggled with post traumatic stress disorder after a deputy died under his watch.

Before becoming the top lawman in Columbia, he was a high ranking deputy with Richland County Sheriff’s Department and worked with the sheriff’s department after leaving the Columbia Police Department.

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Post by: Battle on November 20, 2019, 06:46:47 am
Wednesday, 20th November 2019
Indiana cop fired after stopping black customers for acting 'suspicious'

by Janelle Griffith



A deputy constable in Indiana has been fired after he was seen in a viral video confronting two black men in a store parking lot for "acting suspicious."

In the video posted to YouTube on November 13th, the description says the two men first noticed the officer watching them while they were at a Nordstrom Rack store in the Castleton neighborhood of Indianapolis.

"He watched us buy everything, and then followed us to the car," the YouTube video description says.

According to the description of the 17-minute video posted a day after the incident, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times as of Tuesday morning, the men started filming when they began to exit the parking lot and the officer screamed he was going to run their plates.

"So, we circled back to ask him why he was being invasive and abusing his authority!" the description says.

The men repeatedly ask the officer, identified as Lawrence Township Deputy Constable Daryl Jones by NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis, why he approached them in the parking lot and why he wanted to see their driver's licenses.

They also request multiple times that he call his supervisor.

NBC News attempted to reach the two men confronted by Jones in the video, identified by local news stations as Aaron Blackwell and Durell Cunningham, at numbers listed for them but did not immediately hear back.

Jones was off duty and working security for the Nordstrom Rack store.

The store told NBC News on Tuesday that he no longer works there.

"I'm not calling the supervisor," Jones says, to which one of the men says:

"You're not pulling me over neither."

"What do you need my I.D. for, sir?" one of the men asks Jones.

"Because you want to run your mouth," he responds.

After one of the men tells Jones he didn't have the right to run the vehicle's license plates, Jones shouts:

"I got my rights to do anything I want to do, I'm a police officer."

"That doesn't mean anything," one of the men can be heard saying. Jones then threatens to tow their car and arrest them if they do not present their driver's licenses.

"I don't mind showing you my driver's license, but what is your reason for asking," one of the men says.

"Because you're acting suspicious," the off-duty constable responds.

The pair said they were clear about their complaint without being angry and were stern during the confrontation because they believed they did nothing wrong and did not act suspiciously.

After Jones calls for backup, an officer from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department responds and speaks with Jones near the car.

Jones then returns to the driver's side of the vehicle and tells the men they are free to go.

He walks off as they again request his name.

The responding officer speaks with the two men who questioned why Jones ran their plates without just cause.

The officer tells the pair:

"Not necessarily. We can run plates for any reason or no reason at all. What he does have to have is he has to have what's called reasonable suspicion in order to make a stop. He has to have some sort of reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed."

Lawrence Township Chief Constable Terry Burns told NBC News on Tuesday he fired the constable in the video within two hours of viewing it.

He also said Jones had been in the role for about 20 years.

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Post by: Battle on November 22, 2019, 05:50:16 am
Friday, 22nd November 2019
Illinois man who spent decades in prison is formally declared innocent

by Stacy St. Clair and Jeff Coen


(CHICAGO, Illinois) — An Illinois judge took the rare step Thursday of declaring a Kankakee man innocent of murder after the state’s attorney agreed the man had spent nearly two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Judge Michael Sabol granted Terrence Haynes a certificate of innocence, a proclamation that signifies Haynes never should have been charged with the fatal shooting of Cezaire Murrell in 1999 and marks an end to his long legal ordeal.

“It still hasn’t hit me,” Haynes said as he left court, noting he is looking forward to his first real Thanksgiving turkey in nearly 20 years next week.

“It’s still hard to believe sometimes.”

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe went as far as clapping Haynes on the back after the hearing and hugging a pastor who had accompanied Haynes to court.

Rowe — who was not involved in the original trial — said this was the first time in his career he had joined in a petition for a certificate of innocence.

“Our job as state’s attorneys is to seek justice and not just convictions,” said Rowe, who has previously offered to help Haynes find a job.

Haynes, 42, has since moved to Georgia as he starts a new life.

Wrongful conviction experts said while it’s not unusual for prosecutors to take no position on attempts by former defendants to get certificates of innocence, it is rare for a state’s attorney to actually advocate for one.

Rowe said he made the choice after having an officer from the Kankakee Police Department take a look at the case with fresh eyes.

Haynes’ mother, Gail Gray, has been somewhat reserved at prior hearings when her son has appeared in court.

That was not the case Thursday, when she began to cry when the certificate was granted.

“I just wanted to hear them say he was innocent,” she said.

A jury convicted Haynes after an 11-year-old witness — a first cousin to one of the prosecutors — testified that Murrell was unarmed when Haynes shot him.

The witness recanted his testimony as an adult and now says that his cousin and another Kankakee County assistant state’s attorney encouraged him to lie.

The boy was the only eyewitness called by prosecutors, though three adults at the scene told police that Haynes acted in self-defense after Murrell reached for a gun in his waistband.

None of those adults, however, testified at Haynes’ trial, which ended in his conviction and 45-year prison sentence.

After an appellate court ordered a new trial in light of the recantation and the Chicago Tribune raised questions about the troubled case, Rowe in June declared “not a shred of evidence” from the original prosecution remained intact and dropped the charges against Haynes.

The certificate enables Haynes to seek restitution from the state for the time he wrongfully spent in prison.

Given his 19 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, he would be entitled to about $200,000.

He also is suing the prosecutors and police officers involved in the original murder investigation and trial.

The federal lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Urbana, alleges a combination of sinister motives and incompetence led to his wrongful conviction.

The only blip in the hearing came when it was briefly interrupted by a civil attorney for Kankakee city police officers involved in the federal civil suit, who tried to address the judge.

Sabol had a courtroom deputy remove the attorney, who is from the Chicago-area firm of lawyer James Sotos, after telling him several times to sit down.

Sotos told the Tribune the lawyer was attempting to ask that a full hearing be held and the perspective of the original police officers be heard.

Sotos called Haynes’ claim of self-defense in the case “preposterous” and said such certificates of innocence are “lethal” in civil cases.

In his federal lawsuit, Haynes accuses both prosecutors and local law enforcement of conspiring against him in the murder case.

Though such allegations are commonplace in wrongful conviction lawsuits, Haynes’ complaint is notable because of the unusual — and long undisclosed — relationship between one of the prosecutors and a key witness.

Former Kankakee County Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Jeneary, one of the two prosecutors assigned to the case, failed to disclose during the trial that his star witness, 11-year-old Marcus Hammond, was his first cousin.

Haynes did not learn the truth about their connection until nearly a decade after his conviction.

Jeneary, who is now an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Michigan, could not be reached for comment.

Haynes’ lawyers credited Rowe for helping to speed the process that led to the certificate being granted Thursday, and said they were grateful Haynes can move on.

Haynes essentially had a large part of his life stolen, the lawyers said.

Being able to return to the courthouse where that injustice took place and finally be declared fully innocent was incredibly meaningful to Haynes and his family.

“Although he can’t get the years back that he was incarcerated, a court has declared he is innocent,” attorney Andy Hale said.

Haynes’ birthday is also next week.

He had been incarcerated for so long, his mother said she had forgotten was his favorite cake was.

The answer is red velvet, and Haynes said he expects his family to come through.

After all, on his birthday last year, he was sitting in Pinckneyville Correctional Center.

“A year ago, I couldn’t take a shower when I wanted to,” he said.

“I never could have imagined this, but I never gave up hope.”

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Post by: Battle on November 27, 2019, 01:45:30 pm
Wednesday, 27th November 2019
Ohio trooper accused of looking up estranged wife’s acquaintances while on duty

by Cory Shaffer


(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper faces felony charges after he used a law enforcement database to look up information about acquaintances of his estranged wife while he was on duty, according to prosecutors and court records.

Brian Bracy, 49, of Elyria, pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of fifth-degree felony unauthorized use of property at his arraignment this week in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and was released on a $2,500 personal bond.

The case was assigned to Judge Deena Calabrese.

His first court appearance is set for December 4th.

Bracy, who is based out of the Ohio Highway Patrol base in Brook Park, was placed on unpaid leave after a grand jury handed up its charges earlier this month, Lt. Brad Sellers said.


Prosecutors say Bracy used his access to the Law Enforcement Automated Database system, or LEADS, to search for names, license plate numbers and other identifying information of his wife’s friends 12 times between December 4th, 2017, and September 10th, 2018, after the two had separated.

Court records show Bracy filed for divorce on September 6th, 2018.

The Patrol’s Administrative Investigations Unit received a tip about Bracy’s use of the database earlier this year and began investigating, then turned over the probe to its criminal investigators, Sellers said.

Bracy joined the patrol in 2004.

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Monday, 2nd December 2019
Mayor Lori Lightfoot fires Chicago’s police superintendent weeks before his retirement: "Eddie Johnson intentionally lied to me"
by Gregory Pratt


Mayor Lori Lightfoot has fired police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for intentionally misleading the public and acting unethically in relation to the night where he was found asleep in his car after drinking.

Lightfoot said Johnson had engaged in a series of actions that are “intolerable.”

“Eddie Johnson intentionally lied to me,” Lightfoot said at a morning news conference.

As a result of the move, former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who had been announced previously as Johnson’s interim replacement, will take over as interim superintendent on Monday.

Beck is on a flight back to Chicago and will be in town this afternoon, Lightfoot said.

Johnson was unable to be reached for comment on Monday.

The bizarre story began in October, when officers responding to a 911 call found Johnson asleep in his parked car near his home at about 12:30 a.m.

Johnson told reporters he had failed to take medication he’d been prescribed, leading to him fall asleep in his police vehicle on the way home from going out to dinner.

At the time, Johnson told reporters he had been tired after a long day at work Wednesday but went out to dinner with friends that night.

He said he felt ill as he drove home from the dinner.

“How can I explain it? It’s just your body kind of gives you a warning with the high blood pressure thing that you may pass out, so I pulled over, stopped and I just rested myself until that feeling passed," he said.

Johnson defended officers’ decision not to test for whether he had been drinking, saying,

“Someone asleep in a car doesn’t mean they’re impaired.”

Johnson has not explained why he was driving home from a dinner engagement at 12:30 a.m., particularly on a day he said he felt fatigued.

After suffering a blood clot this past summer, Johnson said his cardiologist “adjusted” his medication during a follow-up appointment on Tuesday.

The superintendent said he removed the old medication from his weekly pillbox but had not yet obtained the new prescription, suggesting he hadn’t taken his blood pressure medication for a couple of days.

Anthony Guglielmi, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, previously released a statement saying alcohol did not play a role in the incident.

But Johnson also admitted to Lightfoot that he had “a couple of drinks” with dinner, the mayor previously said.

Had Lightfoot known all of the facts, she wouldn’t have participated in a celebratory press conference with Johnson announcing his retirement, she said.

Firing Johnson is an indication she will demand “The old Chicago way must give way to new way” of ethical leadership.

Supervisors in the police department will not get away with ethical lapses, she said.

In a message the mayor sent to Chicago police officers, she wrote:

“While I recognize this news comes as a surprise to most of you, this was a decision I felt was absolutely necessary to preserve the legitimacy and honor of the Chicago Police Department. I deeply respect the work that each of you undertake every day and you deserve a Superintendent who lives up to the ideals that I expect each of you to exemplify.

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Monday, 2nd December 2019
Kerry Porter, paid $7.5M for wrongful murder conviction, arrested on a gun charge

by Andrew Wolfson


Kerry Porter, whom the city paid a $7.5 million settlement last year for a wrongful conviction for a murder he didn’t commit, has been arrested on new charges.

According to a citation, when Louisville police went to his home Saturday to investigate unspecified trouble, an officer found two handguns, one of which was stolen.

Porter, 57, was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

But the latter charge cited his conviction for murder, which was set aside in 2011 by a joint agreement of then-Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Stengel and the defense.

Stengel’s successor, Tom Wine, said Monday that the murder conviction cannot be used as the basis for the gun possession charge, but he noted that Porter has other prior convictions and the gun charge can be amended to reflect those.

Court records show that he pleaded guilty in 1997 to burglary and receiving stolen property, for stealing scrap metal.

Porter’s criminal defense attorney, Rob Eggert, could not be immediately reached for comment.


Porter’s bail was set at $10,000.

The citation says that after being issued a Miranda warning, he said there were more firearms in his home and some were stolen.

Following 11 years behind bars, Porter was cleared of the 1996 murder of truck driver Tyrone Camp after The Courier Journal fought to open a sealed statement from a witness who told state and local officials that Camp was killed by another man — Juan Sanders.

Sanders has denied the allegation and never been charged in the case.

The witness, Francois Cunningham, alleged Sanders tried to hire him before doing the hit himself.

He provided intricate details of the murder, including that the murder weapon, a shotgun, had been muffled with a silencer made with carpet and duct tape, both of which were found at the scene.

To protect another investigation — of accused killer Ricky Kelly — police and prosecutors didn’t disclose the statement to Porter’s attorneys at the Kentucky Innocence Project, who had sought for years to free him.

Stengel dropped the case against Porter, citing Cunningham's statement and DNA on the duct tape that belonged to someone other than Porter who couldn’t be identified.

Porter, who was serving a 60-year sentence, was freed.

In Porter’s lawsuit, he alleged that Sanders conspired with his girlfriend, Cecilia, who had been married to Camp, to kill him for his $150,000 in life insurance proceeds.

In depositions in Porter's lawsuit, Juan Sanders denied killing Camp.

Cecilia Sanders refused to comment, citing her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Like Juan Sanders, she has never been charged in the murder.

Camp was ambushed as he warmed up his truck at Active Transportation Incorporated on December 27th, 1996.

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Wednesday, 4th December 2019
Two dozen Baltimore jail officers indicted for allegedly using excessive force
by Regina Garcia Cano & Brian Witte


(BALTIMORE, Maryland) — More than two dozen correctional officers in Baltimore were charged Tuesday with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in a city plagued by decades of institutional corruption, inside and outside jailhouse walls.

The 25 indicted officers are accused of assaulting and threatening detainees at correctional facilities, tampering with evidence and falsifying documents, said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, whose office secured the indictments.

Maryland corrections secretary Robert Green said all the indicted officers have been on administrative leave since 2018, when the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services began investigating the allegations.

Governor Larry Hogan said in a statement that his administration has no tolerance for corruption in the state’s correctional system.

“Our correctional officers have one of the most difficult jobs in all of public safety, and we will not let the criminal behavior of the few tarnish the great work of the nearly 5,000 dedicated officers who serve with distinction every single day,” he said.

Hogan, a Republican, said the department’s anti-corruption actions have led to the arrests and convictions of more than 200 officers, inmates and “citizen accomplices.”

In 2015, Maryland closed the men’s section of a state-run Baltimore jail that was notorious for its decrepit conditions, criminal activity and corruption.

In 2013, a federal indictment exposed a sophisticated smuggling ring operating inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, involving dozens of gang members and correctional officers.

The investigation also revealed that a jailhouse gang leader had impregnated four female guards.

Corruption has infected many corners of Baltimore’s city government.

Most recently, disgraced former mayor Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from sales of her self-published children’s books.


Another former mayor, Sheila Dixon, left office in 2010 as part of a plea deal for misappropriating about $500 in gift cards meant for needy families.

The city’s corruption-riddled police department remains under a federal consent following the April 2015 death of a young black man, Freddie Gray, while in police custody.

The department also has been rocked by a string of indictments and guilty pleas by task force officers accused of extortion, robbery, falsifying evidence, reselling seized drugs.

The indicted officers face a combined total 236 counts, including charges of assault and participating in a criminal gang, Mosby said.

Mosby said 21 of the 25 indicted officers were taken into custody Tuesday.

All were members of a tactical unit with a paramilitary command structure operating inside four detention facilities in Baltimore.

Mosby said the officers used violence and intimidation to “maintain its dominance and its operational territory” inside the jails.

“All 25 of these correctional officers have allegedly abused their power and abused our trust,” she added.

The indictment includes alleged offenses against 25 prisoners and incidents that occurred as far back as 2016, authorities said.

“This case represents our strong effort to root out people who don’t belong in the field where public safety and rehabilitation is the mission,” Green, the corrections secretary, told reporters.

“This is a disturbing case, but it does not represent nor should it cast a shadow on the commitment and integrity of the exceptional correctional professionals in this department.”

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Thursday, 5th December 2019
2nd officer relieved of duties amid investigation into body-slamming incident
by ABC News


Two Chicago police officers have now been relieved of their duties as officials investigate an arrest that was caught on camera and showed one of them slamming a man to the ground.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability opened an investigation into the November 28th incident last week and recommended that the officer who was seen throwing the man to the ground be relieved of his police powers until the case is closed.
On Wednesday, the agency recommended the second officer at the scene also be relieved, according to a statement.

Two officers could be seen in the video, which the city's mayor called "very disturbing," but only one was seen picking up the man and throwing him to the curb.

Police say that Bernard Kersh, the 29-year-old man in the video, was under arrest for drinking in public when he became verbally abusive and then spit on, as well as threatened, one of the officers.

"The officer then performed an emergency takedown, taking the offender to the ground," according to a statement from police.

Kersh has since been charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer, assault and resisting arrest.

The young woman who took the now-viral video told ABC News that she did not see Kersh resist arrest.

"That gentleman didn’t do anything wrong," Jovonna Jamison told ABC News in a telephone interview last Friday.

Kersh's attorney told ABC Chicago station WLS that his client has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

"He's suffered from it for the last six years. He needs some serious help and the fact that the officer reacted the way he did was completely out of control," attorney Sami Azhari told the station.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi previously said on Twitter the arrest was under investigation and the "actions depicted on a social media video" are being taken very seriously.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the video "very disturbing."
"While a single video does not depict the entirety of the interactions between the police and the individual, this particular video is very disturbing," she wrote on Twitter last Friday.

Kersh was taken to the University of Chicago following the incident and treated.

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Saturday, 7th December 2019
NYPD cop bites into sandwich, cuts himself on razor blade
by Becca Glasser-Baker


A NYC police officer was hurt when he bit into a Queens bodega sandwich and cut his mouth on a razor blade tucked inside.

The officer bought the sandwich around 4:30 p.m. Thursday from Bon Appetit in Rockaway Park, and upon eating it immediately felt something cut the inside of his mouth.


He soon found the razor blade tucked inside the sandwich.

Officials told NBC  that the officer is part of the department’s Critical Response Command team.

He has not been identified to media at this time.

The officer was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

NYPD told outlets that they are currently working on getting access to the surveillance cameras at the bodega.

It was also reported that a DNA sample was recovered from the blade and is being tested.

No previous issues have been reported at the bodega.

The store's manager told NBC they were unaware of the incident.


NYPD told outlets that the investigation is ongoing.


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Sunday, 8th December 2019
Four died in a shootout with police after a UPS truck was hijacked. Could it have been avoided?
by Reis Thebault & Marisa Iati


The violent scene unfolded on live television.

Dozens of police officers, guns drawn, swarmed a hijacked UPS truck hemmed in by rush-hour traffic at a busy intersection.

Inside the vehicle, two men suspected of armed robbery had taken the driver hostage.

Outside, the officers took shots with innocent bystanders trapped in the cars in between.

It was, experts later said, a nightmare scenario.
The Thursday shootout in South Florida left four dead — the two hijackers, the 27-year-old abducted UPS driver and a 70-year-old man who happened to be idling at the light on his way home from work.

It also left a mountain of unanswered questions.

As video of the violence circulated on national news and social media, some, including the UPS driver’s family, criticized police tactics, saying it was irresponsible for officers to exchange fire on a crowded street.

Others saw that the first responders had no other option, that they had no choice but to confront a deadly threat.

In the weeks to come, investigators will have to address some thorny and complex issues about police use of force, researchers and law enforcement officials said.

Who fired the shots that killed UPS driver Frank Ordonez and motorist Richard Cutshaw?

How many bullets were fired and from where?

Did the officers’ actions put innocent lives in danger?

“Just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong,” said David Klinger, a criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

The incident “was really, really bad.”

But as chaotic and calamitous as the episode was, it was also “a perfect example” of why police are allowed to use deadly force against dangerous criminals, Klinger said.

Authorities said Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill had left a trail of violence behind them that evening.

Stopping them by any means — even with bullets — was “absolutely the right thing to do,” Klinger said.

“In a situation like this, the police are reactive,” Klinger added.

“This is not a situation they want to be in. Their hand was forced.”

The dramatic exchange of gunfire followed a high-speed chase through two counties that thwarted residents’ commutes at rush hour.

The men had allegedly tried to rob Regent Jewelers in Coral Gables, triggering a silent alarm about 4:15 p.m., police said.

They said a female employee of the store was injured as the robbers and the store owner shot at each other.

The gunmen fled north in a truck, then commandeered a UPS truck while the driver was making a delivery, police said.

Several police cars pursued the UPS truck, with the UPS driver trapped inside, until the vehicle was boxed in by traffic in Miramar and officers surrounded it.

When Heather Taylor, a homicide sergeant in St. Louis, watched the footage, she saw police who refused to retreat and who put innocent lives in jeopardy because of it.

Instead of opening fire in the crowded intersection, she said, officers could have engaged the robbers when they had a clearer shot.

“We don’t always have to be the warrior,” said Taylor, who is also president of the Ethical Society of Police in St. Louis.

“Sometimes we have to understand that retreating is okay. You don’t always have to get the bad guy.”

She acknowledged that the officers were in a difficult situation but said the video was “one of the most tragic” she has seen.

“Yes, the suspects are responsible, absolutely, but we are also responsible for every single round that went toward innocent bystanders,” Taylor said.

“Each one of them had the potential to kill someone.”

On a GoFundMe page that had raised more than $100,000 by Friday evening, Roy Ordonez wrote that his brother, the UPS driver, had been gunned “down like a criminal by the Florida police.”

He asked people to share the fundraising page to “make people aware of trigger-happy police officers.”

“They could have killed many more people, could have been one of your loved ones,” Roy Ordonez wrote.

“Please don’t let my brother’s death be for nothing. Police need to be held accountable.”
Joe Merino, who told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he was Frank Ordonez’s stepfather, said his stepson “was murdered.”

“The police are here to serve and protect,” Merino said, “but where was the protection for my son?”

Autopsies may determine who fired the shots that killed Ordonez and Cutshaw.

Tania Rues, a spokesperson for the Miramar Police Department, referred a question about the timeline for the autopsies to the Broward County medical examiner’s office, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shootout, Rues said.

“The armed suspects engaged law enforcement in open fire,” said FBI agent George Piro on Thursday.

He said the first shot was fired during the chase but declined to provide more details.

Piro said it would be “completely inappropriate” to discuss whether the UPS driver or the bystander may have been hit by officers’ gunfire.

David Harris, a policing expert and a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, said the police officers' actions should be judged against their departments' policies about pursuits and deadly force.

Most professional police associations urge officers to engage only in a chase in very serious situations so as not to unnecessarily endanger officers, the criminals or bystanders, Harris said.

He said most police forces, however, would allow officers to chase the vehicle of people connected to a violent felony, like the firing of shots during a jewelry store robbery.
“A situation like this with a hijacked truck, a kidnapping and maybe hundreds of civilians in danger is very unusual,” Harris said.

“And you won’t find but a handful of police officers in the United States who’ve had an experience like this."

Geoff Alpert, a criminology professor at the University of South Carolina, said that other than having a SWAT truck with heavily armed tactical police officers, he did not know of alternative ways that police could have safely ended the pursuit.

The gunmen had proved that they were willing to resort to violence to escape and could have endangered other people in the area, such as by hijacking other cars, Alpert said.

"This is why the police are trained to do what they do,” he said.

Every shot that police fired has to be accounted for, Alpert added.

He said investigators need to ask each officer on the scene, while their memories are fresh, why they shot and what their target was.

“Every one of them could be justified,” Alpert said,

“or there may be some that aren’t.”
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Friday, 13th December 2019
Brooklyn woman whose baby was ripped from her arms at benefits office receives $625,000 settlement
by Stephen Rex Brown


(NEW YORK) — A mother whose 1-year-old son was ripped from her arms at a Brooklyn benefits office has received a $625,000 settlement from New York City.

Jazmine Headley’s confrontation on Dec. 7, 2018, with Human Resources Administration peace officers and NYPD cops was captured in a video that went viral and prompted apologies from Mayor Bill de Blasio and other prominent officials.

“Ms. Headley came to the City seeking help, and we failed to treat her with the dignity and respect she deserved,” said Olivia Lapeyrolerie, a spokeswoman for de Blasio.

“While this injustice should have never happened, it forced a reckoning with how we treat our most vulnerable and prompted us to make reforms at HRA Centers across the City. We hope this settlement brings Ms. Headley and her family a degree of closure.”

Headley sued the city in August. Her suit recounted the episode and her ensuing trauma in disturbing detail.

The lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court recounts the ordeal — and its ongoing consequences.

“Ms. Headley had been humiliated, assaulted, physically injured, threatened with a taser, brutally separated from her son, handcuffed, arrested, and jailed,” the suit read.

“What unleashed this torrent of violence and abuse against a young mother and her son? Ms. Headley had dared to sit on the floor of the crowded HRA waiting room next to her son’s stroller, her back against a wall. She was tired after waiting for almost three hours to see a caseworker.”

She spent two days at Rikers Island on charges of obstruction, resisting arrest, endangered the welfare of a child, and trespassing.

Those were the first days she’d even been apart from her son, the suit notes.

The charges were later dismissed.

Her son “displayed changed behaviors after the events, including a diminished appetite, separation anxiety, and difficulty sleeping, and he became more withdrawn,” the suit says.

Headley previously said she hoped her suit would prompt reforms that address an unfair stigma associated with people receiving public assistance.

City Hall pointed to an array of changes at the city’s Department of Social Services, including de-escalation training and a plan to equip every peace officer with body cameras by the end of the year.

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Saturday, 14th December 2019
Oregon officers can no longer ask random questions during traffic stops. An attorney hopes more states will follow
by Christina Maxouris

When Mario Arreola-Botello was pulled over, he didn't understand much of what the Oregon police officer was telling him.

Botello, a Latino, non-native English speaker, was stopped for failing to signal a turn and a lane change, his attorney, Josh Crowther told CNN.

What happened next sparked a years-long court battle that landed at the state's supreme court.

In a November ruling, the court decided officers in the state were no longer allowed to ask questions that were irrelevant to the reason of the traffic stop.

It's an issue that's often been tackled in courts across the country, but a University of North Carolina professor says there's never been a decision as "wide-reaching" as this one.

And that's a problem because he says young black and Latino men are often targeted disproportionally when it comes to random car searches.

"It really convinces people that they're not full citizens, that police are viewing them as suspects,"
UNC-Chapel Hill professor Frank Baumgartner says.

"And that's a challenge to our democracy."

While the ruling addresses a nationwide issue, it only applies to one state.
Drivers are being racially profiled but have to depend on their states to expand protections against racial bias and searches, ACLU attorney Carl Takei told CNN.

"When the legal regime permits perpetual stops and searches," he says,

"It enables widespread practices and harms to the people of color that are involved."

In the ruling, Beaverton Police Department officer Erik Faulkner said he asked Arreola-Botello the same questions he usually asks during his traffic stops.

"Do you have anything illegal in the car? Would you consent to a search for guns, drugs, knives, bombs, illegal documents or anything else that you're not allowed to possess?" Faulkner said, according to the ruling.
By asking these questions, Baumgartner says, officers are often able to get what are known as "consent searches."

They're allowed to search a resident's car, not because they have probable cause to do so -- if the driver seems under the influence, or the officer can smell alcohol, for example --- but because the driver has agreed to a search.

"Young minority males are much more likely to have their car searched," he told CNN. But not more likely to have contraband, he says.

In North Carolina, black drivers were 115% more likely to be searched if they were stopped, according to a study by Baumgartner, University of Texas at Austin professor Derek Epp and then-UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Kelsey Shoub.

The study looked at 20 million traffic stops across the state.

These kinds of random searches targeting a certain profile have been standard police practice for decades, Baumgartner says.

"It's succeeded in one thing and that's alienating the black community. And it's alienated individuals who happen to be young men, who live in communities with very aggressive policing strategies," he said.

"It has not succeeded in reducing crime rates because they're not catching very many criminals."

But there's no way to track that kind of data nationally because many states don't require a database for routine traffic stops, Baumgartner says.

That data is "critically important evidence in deciding whether police are engaging in illegal racial profiling," Takei with the ACLU says.

From now on in Oregon, police can ask more questions if they have good reason to do so, Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Danny DiPietro told CNN.

Beaverton police is within Washington County.

"If we see the individual and they have bloodshot watery eyes, flushed looks ... and we believe that they're under the influence of alcohol then we establish what's called reasonable suspicion," he said.

The ruling, DiPietro says, comes at a challenging time where police are striving for better communication with the community.

"We want to be able to communicate with people and show them that ... we're just here for one reason, we're here to promote safety," he said.

But the problem with the ruling, he says, is it doesn't specify what they are and aren't allowed to say.

"We haven't gotten complete clarification on that and that's what's frustrating," he said.

"We don't want to be robotic."

One thing is for sure:

Officers in Oregon can't use an awkward silence for justification of asking questions -- which a previous United States Supreme Court case hadn't clarified.
In 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that a "seizure justified only by a police-observed traffic violation ... 'becomes unlawful if it is prolonged beyond the time reasonably required to complete the mission.'"

In Arreola-Botell's case, the Oregon Court of Appeals said an officer was free to question a driver during an "unavoidable lull" in the traffic stop, "such as while awaiting the results of a records check."

The state's Supreme Court disagreed.

"That's what the importance of this decision is," Crowther says.

That "unavoidable lull" is no longer justification for random questions in Oregon, he says.

But what about the other states?

Rulings like this one are vital, Takei says.
They add on protections that federal courts have stayed away from.

In the 1996 Supreme Court case Whren v. United States, the justices unanimously decided officers could detain a driver if they had "probable cause to believe that he has violated the traffic laws."

That wouldn't violate the driver's Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable seizures, the court said,

"even if a reasonable officer would not have stopped the motorist absent some additional law enforcement objective."

In other words, police officers can be patrolling a high-drug area -- as was the case in Whren v. US -- and stop a car only if they're suspicious it might contain contraband.

"The Whren decision has been heavily criticized because of the way it allows widespread racial profiling throughout this mechanism of pretextual traffic stops," Takei said.

Or, as Takei said, fishing expeditions.

But authorities shouldn't be using traffic stops to launch into criminal investigations, Crowther says.

And at least in Oregon, they won't be able to.
"A decision like this will level the playing field and remove those biases," Crowther said.

He hopes it's just the beginning.
"I'm hoping this is the groundwork or a stepping stone," Crowther said, for more decisions like this across the country.

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Post by: Battle on December 17, 2019, 06:21:03 am
Tuesday, 17th December 2019
Deputy fired after caught on video body-slamming child

by ABC News

A sheriff's deputy caught on security video twice body-slamming a child under the age of 12 at a North Carolina middle school was fired on Monday morning and state investigators are deciding whether to file criminal charges against him, officials said.

The deputy's termination is "effective immediately," Vance County, North Carolina, Sheriff Curtis Brame told ABC station WTVD in Durham, North Carolina.

The disturbing incident occurred on Thursday at the Vance County Middle School in Henderson, about 40 miles northeast of Durham.

"When we first saw the video ... we were shocked," Brame told ABC News.

"I don't expect my deputy or any deputy, or law enforcement in North Carolina to carry out their duties in that way."

The deputy's name has not been released.


In the school surveillance video, the deputy, a school resource officer, is seen walking with the child down a hallway when suddenly he lunges at the boy, lifts him off the ground and slams him to the floor on his back.

Without checking the child for injuries, the deputy picks the student up again and throws him to the floor a second time and drags him down the hall and out of the view of the camera, according to the footage.

Brame said that after viewing the video, he placed the deputy on paid leave of absence and called in the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to launch a use-of-force probe.

Vance County District Attorney Mike Waters said the boy, whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries.

"This is just a stunning kind of incident. I don't see any justification at this point for that officer's behavior and action," Waters said.

Waters said he expects to make a decision early this week on whether to charge the now-fired deputy or take the case to a grand jury.

The video does not include audio and Brame said the former deputy has yet to explain what prompted his violent reaction.

"I don't know what was said," Waters told ABC News.

"I don't think anything that was said or anything like that could justify his action. I don't think that will be relevant to any determination."

The incident comes less than a week after a Florida sheriff's deputy was caught on video slamming a 15-year-old student face-first into the pavement was fired.

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony announced on Wednesday that Christopher Krickovich was terminated for excessive force despite the state's Professional Standards/Human Rights Committee's (PSHRC) recommendation to exonerate him of any wrongdoing for the incident that occurred on April 18.

Krickovich is seen on video allegedly pepper-spraying and slamming the teenager's face into the ground outside of a McDonald's in Tamarac, Florida, after responding to quell an afterschool fight, officials said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Gregory LaCerra was also present and allegedly involved in the violent arrest.

Afterward, prosecutors alleged the two officers filed false charges against the teen in an attempt to cover up the attack.

LaCerra and Krickovich were both charged with battery and falsifying records.

Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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Post by: Battle on December 20, 2019, 03:02:19 pm
Friday, 20th December 2019
Forth Worth Officer Indicted on Murder Charge for Fatal Shooting of Atatiana Jefferson
by Joe Jurado



On Friday, a grand jury in Texas indicted a former Fort Worth police officer on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson.

NBC News reports that the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that Aaron Dean, the 35-year-old former officer responsible for the shooting had been indicted.

Jefferson was a 28-year-old pre-med graduate student.

Lee Merrit, an attorney for Jefferson’s family tweeted this evening that the family is relieved at the indictment but remain cautious that a conviction and proper sentencing is still well away.

On Oct. 12, Dean and a fellow officer were responding to a welfare check after a neighbor saw that the door to the home, which belonged to Jefferson’s mother, was left ajar.

At the time, Jefferson was inside babysitting her nephew and playing video games.

Publicly released bodycam footage shows an officer outside the home, peering through a window with a flashlight and his gun drawn.

The officer yells “Put your hands up-show me your hands,” before a single shot is fired shortly after.

Dean failed to identify himself as a police officer before firing his weapon.

Jefferson’s nephew told police that she had taken her handgun out of her purse when she heard noises outside.

Police have said that she was within her rights to protect herself.

Police Chief Ed Kraus was quoted as saying

“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations for several polices, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct.” (

Coming after the shooting death of Botham Jean by an officer who broke into his home, the death of Jefferson has continued calls for better police accountability.

While it remains to be seen if those calls will ever be answered, one hopes Jefferson’s family is given the justice they’re owed.

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Post by: Battle on December 22, 2019, 03:00:03 pm
Sunday, 22nd December 2019
Black man set to be exonerated after new arrest made in 2010 stabbing
by CBS News


A Texas man who was recently released from prison on bond will likely be exonerated following a new arrest in the 2010 stabbing he was found guilty of in 2010.

Jermarico Carter, 41, was arrested and charged on Thursday after DNA evidence suggested he was responsible for the killings that landed Lydell Grant a life sentence.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Carter, who was apprehended in Georgia, confessed to the killing shortly after being arrested.

"We look forward to presenting this new evidence in court and obtaining justice for Scheerhoorn's family," Ogg said.

"We will begin the exoneration process for Lydell Grant immediately." 

Grant, 42, was convicted in 2012 of murdering 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn in 2010.

Grant always maintained his innocence and was released from prison in Houston on November 26 after being granted a $100,000 bond while prosecutors reexamined his case.

Newly tested DNA from the victim showed no trace of Grant but did result in a hit on the FBI's Combined DNA Index System which implicated Carter.

"We are relieved that Lydell's wrongful conviction has had this important breakthrough," Grant's lawyer and executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas Mike Ware said in a statement.

"We look forward to his full exoneration at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals."

"On behalf of the Houston Police Department, I want to extend an apology to Mr. Grant and his family as they have waited for justice all these years," Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo said Friday in a statement.

"Furthermore, we would like to thank the Innocence Project and the Harris County District Attorney's Office for their diligence and relentless pursuit of justice. We firmly believe the charges being filed on this second suspect, now linked by DNA and additional testing, will help bring closure to the families of Mr. Grant and Mr. Scheerhorn."

Scheerhorn was killed in 2010 after being stabbed in the parking lot outside a Houston night club.
Police say Scheerhoorn ran to the club looking for help, but was turned away by the bouncer and stabbed several more times in front of dozens of witnesses.

Grant was arrested five days later during a traffic stop when police discovered he was driving with a suspended license.

After receiving a Crime Stoppers tip, police labeled him as a suspect in the stabbing, and six witnesses from outside the nightclub identified Grant's picture in a photo lineup.

Grant had been serving a life sentence when he was granted bail in November.

Until officially exonerated, Grant is still technically out on bond, and must continue to comply with the conditions of his release, which include wearing an electronic ankle monitor.

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Post by: Battle on January 13, 2020, 12:04:53 am
Monday, 13th January 2020
Texas Police Officer Fired For Giving A Sandwich Full Of Feces To A Homeless Man Wins His Job Back
by Jazzi Johnson


A Texas officer who lost his job in 2016 for feeding dog feces to a homeless man has had his termination overturned following an appeal.

Officer Matthew Luckhurst, who appealed his suspension from October 28th, 2016, argued his termination from the San Antonio Police Department was unlawful as it did not take place within the first 180 days after the incident, reports KSAT.

Luckhurst, a bike patrol officer, initially stated that the incident occurred when he was on-duty on May 6th, 2016.

Luckhurst admitted to placing discarded pieces of dog feces between two bread slices in a food container.

The officer then left the disguised faux meal next to a homeless man.

Lockhurst said he found the bread and feces along his patrolling route with another officer.

In an attempt to clear the "no trespassing" area, the patrolman said he placed it nearby a non-complying transient man.

Luckurst said the unsuspecting man picked up the food container, smelled it and threw it on the ground.

Following his fellow patrol officer's disapproval, the San Antonio officer then picked up the feces sandwich and disposed of it.

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Post by: Battle on January 13, 2020, 05:07:21 pm
Monday, 13th January 2020
She was a prosecutor seeking police reform, was subjected to a racist conspiracy

by Aaron Katersky & Samara Lynn


St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is about to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the St. Louis police union that alleges a coordinated, racist conspiracy that she says is meant to drive her from office.

The complaint alleges racist and illegal efforts of Gardner’s opponents to block reforms meant to benefit minorities.

The lawsuit filed by Gardner, the first black woman elected as the chief prosecutor in St. Louis, appears to mark the first time an elected local prosecutor has brought a federal case against the police union for racially-motivated civil rights violations.

"As a reformer and black woman, I represent a clear threat to the police union and political establishment that are determined to preserve the status quo in St. Louis -- a status quo that benefits the few in power at the expense of the many," Gardner said in a statement accompanying the lawsuit.

"This lawsuit is a signal that the voice and will of the people of St. Louis, who have fought tirelessly to change a broken criminal justice system, will not be stifled."

The lawsuit cites data from the Missouri State Attorney General showing that African Americans in the state are subjected to more traffic stops and arrests (nearly twice as many) than whites in Missouri.
Several racist social media posts allegedly made by Missouri police officers are also listed in the complaint.

In one, a former police division officer allegedly, "posted a photograph on Facebook of an African American police officer standing with two African American demonstrators, calling the officer 'Captain ‘Hug a Thug' and a disgrace to the uniform.'"

In another, a lieutenant is alleged to have posted,

"I’m not sure what the hell is going on in our country these days. I just drove by an authentic Mexican restaurant in town; and there were white guys putting on a new roof, cutting the grass and doing landscaping."

Another Facebook post allegedly made by another Missouri officer,

"offered to sell a t-shirt emblazoned with the words, 'Black Lives Splatter, because Blue lives matter.'"

The lawsuit also alleges that the Saint Louis Police Officers Association "has gone out of its way to support white officers accused of perpetrating acts of violence and excessive force against African American citizens," including the August 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.

Additionally, the SLPOA paid the bail of Jason Stockley, a white officer who shot and killed an African American motorist named Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011, according to the court complaint.

Gardner, who sought to launch several police reforms, including improving investigations of police misconduct in St. Louis, received threatening letters sent to her office that were "filled with racial invective," the lawsuit alleges.

In the letters, Gardner was called n_____r, and also various sexist expletives, according to the lawsuit.

While Gardner’s lawsuit portrays her as a victim of a racist police force and entrenched power structure she dared to challenge, she has also faced substantive accusations of incompetence after her office’s indictment of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Her dispute with the police union reflects broader tensions in the country between police and progressive prosecutors elected as a check on the system.

Attorney General William Barr has denounced prosecutors like Gardner as "[George] Soros-backed" crusaders who represent a danger to law enforcement.

The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Missouri claims to take aim at "entrenched interests" that Gardner says have tried to thwart her reforms through a "broad range of collusive conduct," including the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate her office.

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Post by: Battle on January 15, 2020, 01:38:49 pm
Wednesday, 15th January 2020
Former LAPD officer charged after accusations of sex assault and blackmail made by fellow detective

by James Queally


A former Los Angeles police officer will face criminal charges related to allegations that he sexually abused and beat another LAPD detective, according to a law enforcement official and the victim's attorney.

Daniel Reedy, a veteran officer who retired last year, will face up to nine criminal charges related to accusations that he used blackmail to coerce Detective Ysabel Villegas into sex and later threatened to leak sexually explicit photos of her to her family, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not have authority to discuss the case, was unable to describe the exact criminal charges against Reedy.

Villegas' attorney, Lisa Bloom, also said Reedy would face criminal charges in a statement Tuesday.

"We are pleased that Mr. Reedy will at last face criminal accountability," Bloom said.

"It has been a long and painful process, but Ms. Villegas will continue to fully cooperate so that justice will be done."

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to discuss the case.

A spokesman for Bloom did not respond to questions seeking details about the charges.

A spokeswoman for the LAPD confirmed Reedy retired in 2019, but declined to comment further.

The Times normally does not name victims of alleged sexual assaults, but Villegas has spoken out publicly about her case on numerous occasions.

Reedy has not responded to The Times' previous attempts to contact him.

He does not have an attorney, according to the law enforcement official.


Reedy and Villegas had been involved in an extramarital affair since 2013, according to an application for a restraining order the detective filed in November 2018.

Villegas said Reedy first became violent toward her in 2016 and began threatening to leak sexually explicit photos of her to other police officers and her family if she did not continue the relationship, court records show.

In a lawsuit she filed against the LAPD in March of last year, Villegas accused Reedy of using the threat of blackmail to coerce her into sex in a Pomona motel in 2017.

"With these photos, he emotionally terrorized me. He controlled and manipulated me," Villegas said during a March 2019 news conference.

Glendora police also investigated an allegation that Reedy physically attacked Villegas at a diner there in summer 2018.

A case was presented to the district attorney's office, but it remains unclear if prosecutors filed charges in that matter.

The status of Villegas' civil suit against the department was not immediately clear.

In the suit, Villegas said she reported Reedy's behavior to several "senior LAPD officers" — including her supervisor in the Robbery-Homicide Division as well as her husband, former Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas — who failed to take action.(

An LAPD spokesman previously said the department launched an investigation into Reedy in November 2018, after Ysabel Villegas first filed for a restraining order.

Jorge Villegas retired from the LAPD in October 2018 amid allegations he was having an improper sexual relationship with a female subordinate officer, sources previously told The Times.

An LAPD surveillance unit later caught Villegas and the subordinate apparently engaged in a sex act in a parking lot, the sources said at the time.

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Post by: Battle on January 24, 2020, 01:52:54 pm
Friday, 24th January 2020
4 police officers disciplined for 'improper' Stormy Daniels arrest at strip club
by ABC News


Two veteran Columbus, Ohio, police officers were fired and another pair were temporarily removed from their positions after investigators found that their arrest of Stormy Daniels at a local strip club was "improper," authorities said.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was performing at Sirens Gentleman's Club on Cleveland Avenue in July 2018 when vice officers raided the bar.


The officers charged Daniels and two other fellow exotic dancers with inappropriately touching and inappropriate acts with customers -- some undercover officers -- from the stage.

An internal affairs investigation was launched and found that the arrest was improper.

The 40-year-old's celebrity status arose during the 2016 presidential election when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was accused of paying Daniels $130,000 in hush money about their purported affair from 2006.

The charges against Daniels and the other women were dropped.

Internal affairs investigators recommended the firing of Officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster as well as the suspension of Sgt. Scott Soha and Lt. Ron Kemmering.

The Director of the Department of Public Safety Ned Pettus Jr. upheld the suggestions and implemented them on Thursday.

"Because of pending litigation as well as a concurrent federal criminal investigation, there will not be further information released at this time," said Sgt. James Fugua, a spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.


Rosser, the arresting officer, failed to file proper paperwork to justify the arrest of Daniels and lied to internal affairs investigators of his intention to go to the strip club that day.

The 19-year veteran made up "elements of human trafficking involving a specific underage dancer names 'Pearl,'" according to Pettus' decision.


Lancaster was terminated after the investigation found she not only participated in arresting Daniels, but she also failed to record her working hours correctly and did not report allegedly witnessing a bathroom attendant sell the manager cocaine, according to the report.

Lancaster was on the job for 32 years.


Kemmering was suspended for 10 days for his "ineffective supervision" that lead to the "improper" arrest of Daniels.

Kemmering has been on the Columbus police force for 24 years.


Soha, who has served for 17 years, was found to have "engaged in malfeasance and gross neglect of duty" when he allowed officers to "improperly arrest" Daniels, according to the report.

The director agreed to suspend Soha for five days.

Daniels filed a federal civil lawsuit against the city and the officers claiming the arrest was politically motivated by pro-Trump supporters.

She was represented by the now troubled lawyer Michael Avenatti.


The suit was settled for $450,000.

The other women also settled their civil lawsuits against the city of Columbus for $150,000, according to ABC local affiliate ABC6.
The vice unit has since been dismantled.

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Post by: Battle on January 28, 2020, 08:40:45 pm
Tuesday, 28th January 2020
A Cop Was Just Charged With Murder Less Than 24 Hours After He Shot and Killed a Black Man Handcuffed in a Police Cruiser
by Tess Owen



The Maryland police officer who killed a handcuffed black man Monday night has been taken into custody and charged with second degree murder — less than 24 hours after the incident.

The police chief of Prince George’s County made the stunning announcement Tuesday evening.
“Here are the facts: I am unable to come to our community this evening and provide you with a reasonable explanation for the events that occurred last night,” Chief Henry P. Stawinski III said at a press conference, and then repeated himself.

“I am unable to come to our community this evening and provide you with a reasonable explanation for the events that occurred last night.”

“I have concluded that what happened last night is a crime. There are no circumstances under which this outcome is acceptable.”

Stawinski identified the victim as 49-year-old William Green.

Police responded to reports of a driver who had rammed his vehicle into several other cars at around 8 p.m. Monday.

They told reporters later that night that they suspected Green was high, and smelled PCP coming from his car.

Stawinski no longer thinks that’s the case.
“We do not believe PCP was involved," Stawinski said.

An officer then cuffed Green with his arms behind his back and strapped him into the passenger seat of the police cruiser.

About 20 minutes later, Officer Michael Owen then got into the driver’s seat and shot him.

According to ABC, Green had asked the officer if he could use the bathroom — then the officer shot him seven times.

Officers at the scene attempted lifesaving measures on him before transporting him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Stawinski said that his office worked through the night to conduct a “thorough and exhaustive review” of the shooting.

He called in a special investigations consult team, forensic scientists, and use-of-force experts.

The chief appeared Tuesday evening alongside the Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and state’s attorney Aisha Braveboy to announce the charges.
“Less than 24 hours ago, we had a critical incident. I have been briefed around the clock,” Alsobrooks said.

“There is nothing that is acceptable about this incident.”

It’s extremely unusual for police departments to announce criminal charges against one of their own so soon after an officer-involved killing.

Charges, if they come at all, can take weeks, if not months, to be filed — and often come after intense community pressure.

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Post by: Battle on February 10, 2020, 01:28:47 pm
Monday, 1oth February 2o2o
Video shows school resource officer threatening student leaving campus with excused absence
by Katie Shepard

(PASCO COUNTY, Florida) - As William Miller tried to drive out of the high school parking lot, two adults stopped him, blocking the exit lane with a golf cart.

A school resource officer employed by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and a school discipline assistant told him he couldn’t leave the campus in New Port Richey, Florida, on the morning of December 17th or he’d be classified as truant and suspended.

William, 17, had just dropped off a friend at River Ridge High School before heading to a morning orthodontist appointment.

The boy told the adults he had an excused absence and would return later in the day with a note.

After arguing for several minutes, he tried to pull his gray Ford F-150 around the golf cart to leave.

“You’re going to get shot, you come another f______ foot closer to me,” the deputy said.

“You run into me, you’ll get f______ shot.”

The tense interaction played out on a body camera video that William’s mother, Nedra Miller, shared on fakebook last month.

Miller told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday that she had called the school to excuse her son’s absence in advance and that he didn’t want to interrupt her at work.

The school suspended William from December 17th to January 9th, his mother said.

Then, River Ridge High School expelled him permanently.

Despite the dire consequences for William, the two adults involved in the interaction have faced few repercussions.

The school district told the Times it is not investigating the incident.

The sheriff’s office opened an internal review to determine whether the deputy, who has not been named, violated any policies.

However, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office told the newspaper the deputy has not been suspended and continues to work at the high school.

“All three were acting like children and all three are wrong,” Miller told the Times.

“But the cop more so. He’s just flat out not okay to be around children. I was shocked that an officer of the law working with children would speak to my son that way.”

The Pasco County school district and sheriff’s office did not immediately return requests for comment early Monday.

Armed police officers have become common fixtures on school grounds nationwide in recent years, as mass shootings have grown more frequent and deadlier.

In Florida, where William goes to school, lawmakers voted last year to allow teachers to carry guns at school in the wake of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.

The tolerance of guns on campus has not been universally welcomed by students, parents or teachers.

Supporters, including the trump administration, say armed guards would prevent mass shootings.

Critics argue the presence of guns would actually lead to an increased risk of violence at schools.
When lawmakers first allowed school employees to be armed in Florida in 2018, the Times reported the legislation did nothing to bar school employees who had been disciplined for threats or violence from bringing guns to class.

At least 19 times, employees had been formally disciplined by the state for making threats, illegally using firearms or harming people at school.
In Florida and across the United States, legally carried guns have been involved in many headline-making incidents on school campuses.

A school resource officer in a Chicago suburb threatened to kill a student while grabbing his neck in November 2018, then drew his gun and pointed it at several students after breaking up a fight, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
In William’s western Florida school district, a school resource officer accidentally fired his service weapon while it was holstered inside a middle school cafeteria last April.

Two students were shot by police officers at Wisconsin high schools in two days in December.

One refused to drop a gun he had brought to school and the standoff ended when a police officer shot him.

The other student stabbed a school resource officer, who then fired one shot.

On January 31st, a school resource officer threatened students and cussed at them after breaking up a fight near a North Miami high school campus.

On a cellphone video recorded by students nearby, the officer is shown placing her hand on her gun. ("See below"

“I’ll shoot all your asses,” she said.

The officer was placed on administrative leave last week, pending an internal investigation.

“The behavior portrayed in this video is inappropriate for any person associated with Miami-Dade County Public Schools,” school district spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego told The Washington Post in a statement.

“The District takes great pride in promoting core values, such as respect and restraint, to students and we expect employees to lead by example.”
Tense interactions between armed officers and students aren’t always clear-cut.

Kids can be combative, rude and even violent.

William’s mother admits that her son could have handled the disagreement in the parking lot differently.

On fakebook, she wrote that she disciplined her son for his behavior, but she still believes the officer and school employee acted inappropriately.

“They are the ones cursing and threatening,” she said.

“My son did nothing to provoke such behavior from the ‘adult’ in this situation.”

When William was stopped on his way out of the high school parking lot, he refused to call his mother at work or tell the sheriff’s deputy where he was going.

He repeatedly told the authority figures he had permission to leave the campus.

They consistently pushed back, telling him he could leave if he called his parents and had them excuse his absence over the phone.

William eventually gave up his argument with the unnamed school resource officer and the school’s discipline assistant, Cindy Bond.

By then, Bond had already decided to give William a four-day suspension for truancy, defiance and profanity.

William cannot be heard using profanity at any point during the body camera footage of the argument, though the deputy curses at the boy several times.

At one point, when William asked why he was being suspended, Bond, who is white, told him he would be suspended for calling her n_______.

William, who is also white, appeared surprised by the allegation.

The video does not show the student saying any profane words or slurs.

“I didn’t say that,” the teen said.

“You’re being, like, hella racist by saying that.”

When William finally parked in the lot and went into the school office, Bond told the officer,

“He cracks me up.”

William’s mother said on fakebook he had been suspended until January 9th.

Then, the school decided to permanently expel him.

Miller said both the threat to shoot her son and the punishment he received were out of proportion for an alleged attendance violation.

“We can all see this could have been a disaster,” Miller wrote on fakebook.

“Someone could have actually been hit or shot. No one in this situation is in the right.”

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Post by: Battle on February 11, 2020, 05:07:45 am
Tuesday, 11th February 2o2o
Violent talk is still wrong — even from a cop

by Post Editorial Board

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea was right to condemn violent anti-cop rhetoric on Sunday — and also right on Monday when he slammed one cop’s violent rhetoric about Mayor Bill de Blasio.

As we noted Monday:

Violent rhetoric begets violence, such as the weekend attacks that wounded two members of the NYPD.

Sunday’s tweet from the Sergeants Benevolent Association:

“Mayor de Blasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you!”

“One hundred percent, that’s inappropriate,” Shea told reporters as one of the wounded lawmen left Lincoln Hospital.

“This is a time that we need to come together, first and foremost.”

After all, the SBA was tweeting back at this from de Blasio:

“This was a premeditated assassination attempt against New York’s Finest. It was also an attack on ALL New Yorkers and everything we believe in. This MUST be a city where everyone can live in peace and respect. This individual attempted to destroy that. We will not let him win.”

We’ve been plenty tough on the mayor, including on policing issues.

But he was spot-on there, and any suggestion that he be the target of violence is way, way out of bounds.

Especially now, when New York needs everyone to take the heat down, not up.

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Post by: Battle on February 13, 2020, 06:50:12 am
Thursday, 13th February 2o2o
Barr is shredding the rule of law & others also bear blame for this moment
by Elie Mystal


Attorney General William Barr promised he would do this. In a speech before the Federalist Society last November, Barr laid out his plans for a new, shockingly authoritarian form of government—one he claimed we’d actually been living under since the country’s founding. He recast the American Revolution as a desperate fight against parliamentary government and praised the framers for the “miracle” of creating a strong executive branch.

The Republicans in attendance, all members of a group which claims to honor the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution (unless you’re black or a woman who desires medical care) did nothing. They didn’t call the cops. They didn’t call their congresspeople. They didn’t rush home to their universities and raise the alarm about the despotic lunatic who had somehow cajoled his way into real legal power. They just sat there, politely clapping and probably daydreaming about new judges they could appoint. Everybody knew then what damage Barr was willing to do to the American rule of law, and nobody did anything to stop him.

Three months and one impeachment trial later, Barr is making good on his threats. While Donald Trump was declared King by the Republican Senate, it’s Barr who has been truly unleashed. He’s seemed to take acquittal as proof that his monarchal theory of executive power is right, or at the very least has correctly absorbed the information that there is no will in the Republican party to stop him.

Since the end of impeachment, Barr has initiated a crackdown on “sanctuary cities,” filing three lawsuits trying to force the states to bow to Trump’s xenophobia. He’s started the process of investigating Trump’s political rivals (the president’s demand for an investigation into Hunter Biden, with the help of dirt dug up by Rudolph Giuliani, is now under way). And, over the past few days, he has intervened to try to spring Trump’s cronies from punishments for crimes they’ve already been convicted of.

Barr is the star of this newest low for the Trump regime, but the entire Republican party, both inside and outside of government, owns this current assault on the rule of law. Every one of them. Including current darling Mitt Romney. They may furrow their brows and performatively despair, but every Republican is responsible for laying the infrastructure of bad faith and partisan hackery that is bringing the entire Department of Justice to its knees. Republicans crying about Barr now are the same ones who supported the legalized religious fanaticism of John Ashcroft, the legalized torture dreams of Alberto Gonzales, and the unwashed bigotry of Jeff Sessions. William Barr is not an outlier. He is the logical result of a Republican agenda decades in the making.

Republicans are gonna Republican. They will find a way to get to “yes” on any legal theory or assertion of power, anything at all, so long as the Federalist Society tells them that this is the one true way the Founders intended for them to win. The Republicans have always used “law and order” merely as code for keeping women and minorities in check. So, it’s not surprising to see a Republican administration discard the rule of law when they think doing so will advance their agenda. And nobody should be surprised that when Republicans lose power they’ll go back to whining about the rules.

Republicans are to blame for this current abomination, but they had a lot of help. While Republicans have been working tirelessly to bring about one-party rule in this country, so-called institutionalists have stood by, clutched pearls, and myopically managed their little aisle of the store while the rest of the building burned. Now that their institutions are under attack, they wonder why there’s nobody left to come to the rescue.
This week, four assistant US attorneys resigned, seemingly in protest of Barr’s meddling in the Roger Stone prosecution. These people were veterans of the Robert Mueller investigation and dedicated public servants.

Their resignations are noted but come too late in the game, with too little impact. The time to resign over William Barr was when William Barr was appointed. It was when Barr came into office on the wings of a 20-page memo—the one in which he argued that the President of the United States could not be found guilty of obstruction of justice—that resignations might have shown real institutional resistance to this man. It was when Barr was allowed to put a stop to the Mueller investigation that the Mueller people should have spoken out. It was after the executive power speech in November that people of good faith and conscience should have publicly broken ranks with the man.

And you’ll note, it’s only the four guys who worked on this one Stone case who finally decided to quit rather than be part of the normalization of Barr’s effort. There are around 5,300 assistant US Attorneys in this country, all under Barr’s ultimate authority. Many of them understand that what Barr is doing is wrong. All of them could be employed with high-paying jobs at law firms, lobbying groups, or law schools by the time their next mortgage payment is due. En masse resignations from them might spark the public consciousness, or at least cripple the ability of their offices to do their work for a time.

But almost all of them are staying.

It’s the classic, useless, institutionalist response.

Barr isn’t directly threatening their work (today) so they shrug and stay and fiddle with their cases while the rest of the institution burns.

They’ll tell themselves they’re the “adults in the room.”

They’ll write books and give speeches (later) about all the “really bad” things they think they’re preventing from happening by staying.

Oh, they’ll take the lucrative job offer eventually—putting kids through college is expensive, you know—just not now, and not all at once, when their protest could mean something.

When Barr comes for one of their cases and undermines their work and Trump calls them out on Twitter, they’ll find their courage.

But not a moment before.

It’s not just the lawyers.

The Trump administration has exposed this kind of institutional rot throughout the government.

Deep state, my ass.

Our government is full of people who know better but choose to normalize this authoritarian regime.

It would be one thing if the people who stayed understood themselves to be saboteurs—double agents working behind the lines to actively destroy the regime at great personal risk.
But they’re not.

And we know they’re not.

We know because we haven’t seen any of the documents.

Trump’s tax returns remain a secret, Trump’s conversations are apparently not recorded, Trump’s internal machinations are never released unless Adam Schiff subpoenas them, and only then if the guy who has the texts isn’t writing a book.

Nobody wants to be the next Edward Snowden.

Very few people even want to be Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman—especially now.

Opposition is what happens when you are willing to fight for something.

Resistance is what happens when you are willing to die for something.

Trump has faced near constant opposition, but he has yet to face true resistance.

The Republicans are complicit, the institutions are weak, and the Democrats… we keep waiting for a savior (Barack! Bernie!) who will swoop in and fix everything. 

Barr knows this.

He knows the only pushback he’ll receive will take the form of bitching and moaning.

He knows the very institution he attacks will roll over for him.

He knows that whenever his tenure is up, there will be a car waiting for him to take him to Fox News, not to jail.

Barr is happening because we let him happen.

He is fueled by our slacktivism.

I don’t know how many thousands of protestors would have to demonstrate for how many weeks to grind the Justice Department to a halt and force Barr to resign and flee into exile in Ukraine.

But I know our country is too decadent and weak to do that.

Barr knows it too.

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Post by: Battle on February 21, 2020, 03:37:37 pm
Friday, 21st February 2o2o
Oakland Police Chief Ousted!
by Associated Press


(OAKLAND, California) — The Oakland Police Commission voted unanimously Thursday to fire the city's first female police chief without cause.(

Commission chair, Regina Jackson, said Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick's ouster comes after “the Oakland Police Department’s failure to increase compliance with the court-ordered reforms” required under a federal settlement more than a decade ago.

The decision was supported by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who appointed Kirkpatrick in 2017.

"The Police Commission is the community’s voice in our system of checks and balances, and I respect its authority and its role," Schaaf said in a statement.

“In 2016, Oakland voters created the strongest and most independent Police Commission in America. Tonight, the commissioners exercised their power," she added.

Oakland Police Officers’ Association President Barry Donelan expressed disappointment over the firing and said Kirkpatrick was well-respected in the department.

“But fighting for Oakland’s residents and Police Officers alike does not endear you to Oakland’s unelected Police Commissioners and our Mayor,” he said.

The police force has been under federal court supervision since the 2003 settlement of a civil rights lawsuit that accused officers of planting evidence, beating suspects and other wrongdoing.

Kirkpatrick took over the troubled department in January 2017 amid allegations that a group of officers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were having sex with the teen daughter of an Oakland dispatcher.

During that time, allegations came to light that Oakland officers had exchanged racist text messages and emails.

Kirkpatrick also had been at odds with the department's federal monitor over the discipline she handed out to officers who shot and killed a homeless man in 2018.


Darren Allison, assistant chief of police, will serve as acting chief until an interim leader is appointed.

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Post by: Battle on March 07, 2020, 05:57:32 am
Saturday, 7th March 2o2o
NYPD and NYC Law Department destroyed cop’s notes on alleged racist arrest quota system, judge rules

by Stephen Rex Brown


The NYPD and city Law Department destroyed a cop’s memo book that documented an alleged racist arrest quota system, a judge has ruled.

Bronx cop Pedro Serrano says he routinely kept notes in real time of the allegations at the heart of his suit claiming supervisors at the 40th Precinct ordered arrests of black and Hispanic men.

The supervisors allegedly treated minority cops more harshly than white colleagues and denied promotions if they refused.

“Serrano alleges that he wrote everything down in his memo books, including information regarding the quota, downgrading felonies, a hostile work environment, general corruption, and retaliations against him in the 40th Precinct,” Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave wrote in a decision late Thursday, imposing a “serious sanction” on the city.

On February 1st, 2013, Serrano filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint claiming discrimination and retaliation and told the NYPD he’d lawyered up.

Just over two weeks later, an NYPD Integrity Control Officer took Serrano’s memo book.

That was the last time he saw his notes. (

Five years later, the city Law Department — after initially saying they would turn the memo book over to Serrano’s attorneys — admitted they didn’t have it.

“The city chose to ignore the ethical guidelines in which our legal system is based by destroying Pedro Serrano’s memo books,” Serrano’s attorney John Scola said.

Both the Law Department and NYPD were culpable, he added.

That missing piece of evidence had unfairly harmed the lawsuit Serrano and three other cops are pursuing against the city, the judge ruled.

If the case reaches a jury, a judge will instruct them that “there is a likelihood that the destroyed memo book would have supported Serrano’s claims of adverse employment action and retaliation,” Cave wrote.

Such an instruction puts the city at a major disadvantage.

The decision is the latest development in the long-running, unusually contentious quotas case.

The suit has revealed allegations of a “collars for dollars” program in which cops who arrested blacks and Hispanics were rewarded with overtime.

A supervisor in NYPD Transit District 34 ordered that Asian, Jewish and white people — known as “soft targets” — not be slapped in cuffs, according to the suit.

Attorneys for Serrano had sought to depose former NYPD Commissioners Bill Bratton and James O’Neill about the alleged quotas.

Cave denied those requests, ruling the questioning of the ex-top cops was unnecessary.

The Law Department stood by its argument that photos of five pages of the memo book were sufficient to have not harmed Serrano’s case.

Two of the photographed pages are blank and one has only three lines of information.

“We take our discovery obligations seriously. The court denied plaintiffs much of the irrelevant information they were seeking to support their meritless claims," Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci said. (

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Post by: Battle on March 12, 2020, 05:20:17 am
Thursday, 12th March 2o2o
Ex-LAPD officer sentenced to 40 years to life in 2015 murder of man outside bar
by Phil Helsel



A former Los Angeles police officer who was convicted of killing a man in 2015 while off duty outside a Southern California bar has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

Henry Solis, 32, was a probationary officer at the time of the March 13, 2015, killing in downtown Pomona.


He was subsequently fired.

He was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury in February and sentenced Wednesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

Solis got into a fight with Salome Rodriguez, 23, then "pursued Rodriguez on foot and shot him multiple times," according to a murder warrant filed in the case.

The district attorney's office said Solis was standing outside the bar before he pursued and killed Rodriguez.

Solis fled to Mexico and was arrested two months after the slaying.

Federal authorities said Solis' father walked his son into Mexico using a pedestrian bridge at the Paso Del Norte border crossing in Texas and then lied about it to investigators.

Victor Manuel Solis was charged with making a false statement to law enforcement.

He was convicted by a jury in June 2015 and sentenced to three years' probation and a $1,000 fine, according to court documents.

Pomona is a city of around 150,000 east of Los Angeles.


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Post by: Battle on March 13, 2020, 06:32:11 am
Friday, 13th March 2o2o
Philadelphia police commander accused of indecent assault goes to trial
by Kristen Johanson



(PHILADELPHIA, Pa) - A former Philadelphia police commander will head to trial on attempted sex assault and indecent assault charges.

He is accused of forcing himself on at least two women.

At his preliminary hearing, the first accuser said she was working overnight when then-Inspector Carl Holmes called her to his office and forced his hands down her pants, as she says she went into shock and froze, but eventually got out of the room.

But the defense tried to poke holes in her story, asking for the specific date or month, which she couldn't recall, and questioning why she didn't officially report it until seven years later.

The second woman took the stand and said when she went to a party with Holmes, he followed her outside and forcefully pulled her in his car.

She said she felt like she had to go because he was her boss and she had just gotten a promotion.


Inside the Philadelphia police car, she said he forced his hands down her pants also, and forced her to grope him as she told him she wanted to just get home.

The defense also tried to poke holes in her story, and through a line of questioning, tried to infer whether the act was consensual.

The judge disagreed and held Holmes on all charges.

A third woman who was supposed to testify, but she lives outside the city and was rescheduled to take the stand in April for her preliminary hearing as she has other health issues and was advised not to travel by her doctors due to the Covid-19.

He'll be arraigned later this month.


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Post by: Battle on March 15, 2020, 11:23:32 am
Sunday, 15th March 2o2o
Former Bossier City police officer charged with murder attempts an escape!
by Alex Onken



(SHREVEPORT, La.) - Former Police Officer and Bossier Parish sheriff’s deputy John Hardy faces new charges in Caddo Parish following a failed escape attempt.

According to Cpl. Angie Willhite, Shreveport police spokeswoman, said the incident happened just after noon on Friday, March 13th.

Hardy requested medical attention and was sent to Oschner-LSU Health Medical Center in Shreveport.

He was escorted by a Bossier Deputy Sheriff.

Cpl. Willhite said that Hardy attempted to disarm the deputy sheriff unsuccessfully — and grabbing her pepper spray and using it on her.
He then attempted to get away — but was stopped by medical staff and LSU Health police.

Hardy was then sent back to Bossier Parish Maximum Security Jail.


He now faces a charge of attempting to disarm a peace officer and battery on a peace officer.


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Post by: Battle on March 20, 2020, 12:56:19 pm
Friday, 20th March 2020
Peekskill Police Officer Indicted In Abuse Case
by Lanning Taliaferro



(PEEKSKILL, NY) — A Peekskill police officer accused of sexually abusing a woman he was investigating was arraigned on a 20-count indictment, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced.

Michael Agovino is accused by a Peekskill woman of demanding sexual favors while he investigated a larceny case in which she was accused.

He was arrested in February.

"This indictment shows that no police officer should ever get away with abusing the power entrusted to them," Scarpino said.

"And once again, we want to assure victims of any crime they should feel safe coming forward. We are here to help."


The charges in the indictment are based on several incidents when, prosecutors alleged, Agovino, while in his Peekskill police uniform, coerced the victim, illegally entered her home, and sexually abused her.

At least four separate incidents took place on several dates starting July 9th, 2019 and ending January 22nd, 2020 when the victim reported it.

Unbeknownst to Agovino, the final interaction in the victim’s apartment was audio recorded, Scarpino alleged.

The 33-year-old is also accused of filing false reports.
Agovino, a Palisades, NY resident, was arraigned before Westchester County Court Judge Susan Cacace on:
3 counts of Burglary in the Second Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, a class C felony
2 counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony
2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony
1 count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, a class D felony
1 count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a class D felony
1 count of Stalking in the First Degree as a Sexually Motivated Felony, a class D felony
1 count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony
4 counts of Official Misconduct, a misdemeanor
2 counts of Forcible Touching/Forcibly touch other person’s sexual/intimate parts, a misdemeanor
3 counts of Coercion in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor

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Post by: Battle on March 27, 2020, 10:50:23 pm
Saturday, 28th March 2o2o
More Than 500 NYPD Members Test Positive For COVID-19; 4,000 Call Out Sick
by Marta Zielinska


(NEW YORK, NY) - The Covid-19 outbreak is taking its toll on the NYPD.

As of Friday, 442 uniformed officers and 70 civilian members have tested positive for the Covid-19.

Another 4,111 NYPD uniformed employees were on sick report, accounting for 11.4% of the Department's uniformed workforce.

This comes as the department suffered its first loss from COVID-19 on Thursday while there are reports that NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism and Intelligence John Miller is hospitalized with virus symptoms.


NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea posted a video on Twitter confirming city custodial assistant Dennis Dickson, who served with the NYPD since 2006, died from complications related to the Covid-19 at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

"Today we lost one of our own," Shea said.

"Custodial Assistant Dennis Dickson, a member of the NYPD since 2006. When Hurricane Sandy struck, he worked 17 days straight and since the coronavirus has struck New York City he's been keeping the NYPD safe so our officers can keep you safe."

The 62-year-old Dickson was a custodian assigned to Police Headquarters.

"Mr. Dickson was a revered member of the custodial staff at Police Headquarters once spending 17 days at the headquarters building during Super Storm Sandy assisting with emergency cleanup operations," the department said in a statement.

"Mr. Dickson was again on the front line cleaning and disinfecting 1 Police Plaza so that our personnel could be here safely, allowing them to continue to serve the people of the City Of New York."

The commissioner said the NYPD family is sending thoughts and prayers to Dickson's friends and family.

"The whole NYPD is grieving," Shea said.

According to multiple reports, Miller is hospitalized in serious condition with Covid-19 symptoms and is awaiting testing.

In an interview Friday morning with WCBS 880, Shea told anchor Steve Scott that he would not go into specifics on individual members and their health, but said he's spoken to Miller and he is doing well and will be okay.

Shea said keeping his members safe is paramount and for now they have the supplies they need to protect their members but the department is making the accommodations to get more equipment where needed, when it's needed.

"We're trying to be conscious, make decisions about how we conserve, but we do not want to be in a position where we have them on reserve and they're not in the hands of those who need them," Shea said.

"It's an ongoing process, and it's something that we're definitely concerned about."

As more people are self-isolating and staying home, Shea said the overall major crime reported to the department has declined significantly, but they are seeing some spikes.

"We're seeing a drop in radio calls, we're seeing a drop in people on the street for the obvious reasons," Shea said.

"We had a tough day yesterday in New York City with several homicides, we have some burglaries occurring, some car breaks occurring throughout the city. So the city that never sleeps is slumbering a little bit, but its definitely not sleeping."

Shea assures the public that the men and women of the NYPD are out on the streets to keep New Yorkers safe, fighting traditional crime, enforcing social distancing rules, making sure establishments are closed and even delivering groceries throughout the city to senior citizens who should not be venturing out at the moment.

"It's a struggle and we're pulling from different parts of the department, but we are very well resourced," Shea said.

"So we're doing all of that and we will get through this together," Shea said.

Officers have been enforcing social distancing with the assistance of clergy and community leaders and educating the public on how to flatten the curve.

The NYPD is using its helicopters over parks and pedestrian plazas to assist patrol officers on the ground.

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Saturday, 28th March 2o2o
'Officers Are Scared Out There'
by Associated Press


(WEST BLOOMFIELD, Michigan) — More than a fifth of Detroit's police force is quarantined; two officers have died from Covid-19 and at least 39 have tested positive, including the chief of police.

For the 2,200-person department, that has meant officers working doubles and swapping between units to fill patrols. And everyone has their temperature checked before they start work.

An increasing number of police departments around the country are watching their ranks get sick as the number of Covid-19 cases explodes across the U.S.

The growing tally raises questions about how laws can and should be enforced during the pandemic, and about how departments will hold up as the virus spreads among those whose work puts them at increased risk of infection.

“I don’t think it’s too far to say that officers are scared out there,” said Sgt. Manny Ramirez, president of Fort Worth Police Officers Association.

Nearly 690 officers and civilian employees at police departments and sheriff’s offices around the country have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an Associated Press survey this week of over 40 law enforcement agencies, mostly in major cities.

The number of those in isolation as they await test results is far higher in many places.

Anticipating shortages, police academies are accelerating coursework to provide reinforcements.

Masks, gloves and huge volumes of hand sanitizer have been distributed.

Roll call and staff meetings are happening outside, over the phone or online.

Precinct offices, squad cars and equipment get deep cleaned in keeping with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

Yet, many are worried it's not enough.

This week, groups representing American police and fire chiefs, sheriffs, mayors and county leaders asked the acting-president in a letter to use the Korean War-era Defense Production Act to ensure they have enough protective gear.

“We’re in war footing against an invisible enemy and we are on the verge of running out" of protective supplies, said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

“We’ve got hospitals calling police departments, police departments calling each other, and it’s time to nationalize in terms of our response.”

Police are accustomed to meeting staffing crunches by canceling vacations and leave, putting officers on 12-hour on, 12-hour off schedules and, when necessary, by shifting detectives and other specialized personnel to patrol.

And officers are used to risk.

It's part of the job.

But at a time when Americans are being advised to stay six feet from each other to combat an insidious virus that can live on surfaces for days, the perils and anxieties are new.

This crisis is unlike any American police forces have dealt with before, said former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

“We're in unprecedented territory here,” said Davis, who led the police department when the Boston Marathon bombing happened in 2013.

Streets are less crowded as people hunker in their homes.

But police must prepare for the possibility of civil unrest among people who become anxious or unhappy about government orders or hospitals that get overrun with patients, he said.

In New York, which has rapidly become the American epicenter of the pandemic, more than 500 NYPD personnel have come down with COVID-19, including 442 officers, and the department's head of counter-terrorism was hospitalized with symptoms.


Two NYPD employees have died.

On a single day this week, Friday, 4,111 uniformed officers called in sick, more than 10% of the force and more than three times the daily average.

Leadership at America’s largest police department maintains that it’s continuing enforcement as usual.

But they’ve also said that if the disease continues to affect manpower the NYPD could switch patrol hours, or pull officers from specialized units and other parts of the city to fill gaps -- steps also taken after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

But the U.S. is now leading the world in the number of confirmed cases; more than 100,000.

Over 1,700 people have died in the country. And doctors say cases are nowhere near peaking.

Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, based in Washington, D.C., said police can't just go out of business.

“They need to have ways so that if one person goes down, who’s going to back that person up, so departments are having to be innovative,” he said.

In big cities and remote areas alike, officers are being told to issue tickets or summons rather than making arrests for minor crimes.


More crime reports are being taken by phone or online.

These steps to limit exposure come as police must beef up patrols in shuttered business districts and manage spikes in domestic violence.

In Detroit, officials say many of those quarantined should return to duty soon.

In the meantime, an assistant chief recently released from quarantine is heading up day-to-day operations while Chief James Craig is out.

Many officers are also worried about whether they'll be able to draw workers compensation benefits if they get sick, since Covid-19 not spelled out in the list of covered conditions.

“No one really knows,” said Robert Jenkins, president of the Florida State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police union, which covers 22,000 officers.

“Unfortunately, we have to be out there. We don’t have a choice.”

While the pandemic has so far hit American cities hardest, rural law enforcement agencies with few staff are in some ways most vulnerable.

In the tiny West Texas community of Marfa, Police Chief Estevan Marquez instructed his four officers not to pull over cars for minor traffic infractions, especially if they're passing through from areas already hit by the virus.

He can't afford for anyone to get sick.

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Monday, 30th March 2o2o
Footage shows NYPD officer planting marijuana in car during search for the second time
by Francis Akhalbey


Lasou Kuyateh was pulled over by NYPD officers, Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran, in 2018 after allegedly smelling marijuana emanating from his car.

Kuyateh, who was with three other passengers, denied having the substance in possession, despite admitting they had been smoking it, The New York Times reported.

But after Pastran searched the car and found nothing, Erickson allegedly found a marijuana cigarette when he took his turn to search.

While searching, his body camera was switched off.

He, however, turned it back on after allegedly discovering the marijuana cigarette.

In the footage of the incident that was obtained by The New York Times, Kuyateh could even be heard shouting Erickson was putting something in his car.

Adamant Erickson planted the marijuana cigarette in his car, Kuyateh rejected a plea deal.

He, however, spent two weeks in jail.

Charges were eventually dropped by prosecutors after it was established the body camera footage, which was the key piece of evidence, was switched off prior to Erickson discovering the substance, according to The Intercept.

Prosecutors also established Erickson, who alleged the camera went off as a result of a “technical difficulty”, might need a lawyer.

This, however, isn’t the first time Erickson has been accused of planting marijuana in a car.

A few weeks after the first incident, the NYPD officer was caught on camera in similar act.

The video, which was obtained by The Intercept, surfaced almost two years after the incident.

This time also, the suspect, Jason Serrano, denied having the substance in possession.

The car he was in was also pulled over after Erickson and Pastran alleged they smelled marijuana emanating from the car.

“There’s nothing to say, the video speaks for itself,” Serrano said.

“I didn’t have no marijuana, I had no weed, I had no drugs, I wasn’t driving, it wasn’t my car, the taillight wasn’t broken.”

During the stop, Serrano was forced out of the car, despite telling the officers he could not move as a result of a wound he sustained in a stabbing incident which resulted in him having an abdominal surgery.
“They said I was resisting arrest, but I just didn’t want to hit the floor, the only thing I was thinking about was this,” he told The Intercept, as he pointed to his stomach.

“I still had staples in me. … I couldn’t even stand up straight.”

After several searches, Erickson, in the video, can be seen placing what looks like a marijuana bud in the car’s drink holder on two separate occasions.

According to the news platform, there are similarities with the correspondence between the officers in both incidents, including Erickson saying,

“We have to find something. … You know what I mean?”, and asking Pastran,

“You good?”

Unlike Kuyateh, Serrano, who only saw the footage of the traffic stop for the first time earlier this year, took a plea deal.

“They had no reason to stop me at all, besides harassment,” Serrano said.

“They couldn’t even tell me what I did wrong. Oh, you smell weed? You smell weed because you placed the little nugget there. You smell weed because it’s on you, that’s why.”

Erickson and Pastran are still at post.

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Wednesday, 15th April 2o2o
Officer charged with murder after 'love triangle' gone wrong
by Tracy Connor/ Associated Press



(BIRMINGHAM, Alabama) — A Birmingham police detective was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of shooting and killing a woman in a slaying the police chief described as a “love triangle gone wrong.”

Police took Alfreda Fluker, 39, into custody at her home in west Birmingham, reported.

Officers responding Friday night to an alert by the city’s gunfire detection system found Kanisha Necole Fuller, 43, shot multiple times inside an unmarked police car in a city park.

Fuller was later pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

Fuller was in the vehicle with an off-duty Birmingham police detective, police said.

The male detective was not injured.

“This is not a press conference that I wanted to give today or any other day, but it’s about the facts and the realities of life,″ Police Chief Patrick Smith said Saturday.

“It’s a press conference about a love triangle gone wrong, something that happened very bad this morning.”

Smith said he didn’t know the exact relationship between the two officers and the slain woman.

“It’s something that’s been going on for a little while,” he said,

“but without our knowledge.”

Fluker, who was also off-duty at the time of the shooting, has been with the department for 15 years and was assigned to a crime reduction unit.

Investigators presented the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for review, and a capital murder warrant was obtained against Fluker, police said.

She was being held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail.


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Sunday, 19th April 2o2o
Racine County sheriff refuses to enforce Safer at Home order

by WISN (an ABC News affiliate)


Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling is taking a stand against Governor Tony Evers' Safer at Home order.

On Friday, Schmaling released a statement that said he will not enforce the order because he believes it violates businesses' and citizens' constitutional rights.
It is unclear if Schmaling has the authority to defy the Governor's order.

People in Racine County had mixed feelings on the subject.

"There's too much of a risk there. People are dying. People are getting really sick. Elderly and some in between. I personally think it should be enforced," said Jaron Turner, who was driving to Illinois on Friday.

"I think the Governor is right. (The sheriff) should be enforcing (the order). (The Governor) has more power than the sheriffs themselves. They should listen to the governor because there's a reason we should stay home and be safe," said Manuel Ortiz from Union Grove.

"At his level, I mean he has the right to say that," said Ken Kurt, from the Village of Yorkville.

"I guess he is in defiance to a point, but as the level goes down, what are you going to do? I know I wouldn't want to be the one to make that decision."

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Monday, 20th April 2o2o
St. Albans officer facing kidnapping and sexual assault charges

by WCAX (A CBS News affiliate)



(ST. ALBANS, Vermont) A St. Albans Police officer will be in court Monday after police say he and his father kidnapped a woman.

The Vermont State Police investigation began Friday after a woman told them she had been sexually assaulted.

Authorities say they learned that between 2003 and 2007 the 26 year-old victim was repeatedly threatened with bodily harm and sexually assaulted by Zachary Pigeon, 29, a police officer.
To stop her from coming forward, police say Zachary and his father, Allen Pigeon, 56, went into her house on Sunday, April 5th, while she was sleeping and forcibly removed her, physically assaulted her and threatened her.

Zachary's charges include aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, simple assault and obstruction of justice.

Allen's charges include kidnapping, burglary, simple assault and obstruction of justice.


They are both being held without bail and are scheduled to be in court Monday.

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Tuesday, 12th May 2o2o
Police report surfaces on how Broward sheriff killed a man in 1993 as a teen-ager
by Eileen Kelley


A police report from 1993 has surfaced, outlining how Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony shot and killed a man in Philadelphia when he was 14.

For 27 years, the sheriff has kept the killing of 18-year-old Hector “Chino” Rodriguez a secret.

It’s a revelation that came back to haunt him while he’s in a heated high-profile campaign for election this August.

The report, which briefly summarizes the circumstances of the killing, apparently contradicts some details that Tony offered in the past week of what happened all those years ago, a case he says was self defense.

Tony has said he never was arrested because he was a juvenile at the time he killed Rodriguez.

The report, though, says he was arrested a day after the killing when he turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Tony was held as an adult until a week later when the case was moved to juvenile court.

Seven months later a judge found Tony not guilty after a trial, the report says.

Where the shooting happened is another factor.

Tony told the Sun Sentinel that he and his brother had run inside their home when the 18-year-old chased them.

He said he ran into his house to get a gun, Rodriguez followed him and so he shot him.

The 1993 report says the scene of the homicide was in front of Tony’s house.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is reviewing whether Tony may have violated the law when he failed to disclose on official law enforcement paperwork that he was arrested or detained by a police agency in the past.

Tony’s campaign said 27-year-old report shows the sheriff was acquitted of the killing, as he has been saying.

It also has said that his acquittal means he has no criminal history, so the campaign maintains he filled out the law enforcement forms properly.

“We are happy to see the release of the police report from the time of the incident," his campaign said.

"There is now absolute confirmation of what we have been saying all along: that Sheriff Tony defended himself and his brother’s life, and that after witness testimony heard by a judge, he was found not guilty.

"Further, it is confirmation that Sheriff Tony has no criminal record. With this concrete evidence fully vindicating the Sheriff, it is time to stop these desperate attempts by opposing campaigns to retry Sheriff Tony based on a traumatic incident from when he was a 14-year old boy, and move on to focusing on the real issues that affect the future and safety of Broward County residents.”

News of the killing has stunned South Florida since it broke a little more than a week ago.

Days later racy photos of Tony from a party-like event also surfaced.

Tony’s campaign say the matters amount to a smear campaign.

Tony’s father, Gregory Scott, told a newspaper at the time of the killing that he had seen his son and Rodriguez laughing together shortly before the shooting.

Tony has denied that Rodriguez was a friend and has told the paper that details of the event are murky.

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Tuesday, 12th May 2o2o
Kentucky police killed 26-year-old EMT in police raid

by Jason Riley


(LOUISVILLE, Kentucky) – The union representing Louisville Metro Police officers lashed out at a local judge Friday for releasing from jail an inmate who allegedly shot a police officer earlier this month, calling the action “a slap in the face to everyone wearing a badge.”

But an attorney for Kenneth Walker claims police conducted an improper raid, which led to officers shooting an innocent woman eight times, killing her.

The woman, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, was a certified EMT working at two local hospitals.

Defense attorney Rob Eggert said police burst in Taylor's home without announcing their presence and fired at least 22 times, with bullets going into neighboring apartments, and “it was incredible that Mrs. Taylor was the only one killed.”

“Had Breonna Taylor been killed by anyone except police, the person or persons responsible for her death would have been charged with a homicide,” Eggert said in a court document, also alleging Walker is a “victim of police misconduct.”

Taylor’s family says neither Walker nor Taylor was involved in drugs and believe police were looking for someone else.

“These are two good kids,” said Bianca Austin, Taylor’s aunt. 

“This is incompetent police work. My niece lost her life over this.”

Austin said LMPD has not given the family any answers as to what happened.

An attorney representing the family, Sam Aguiar, said police were actually looking for someone else and other officers had picked the suspect up at his home in a separate raid shortly before the shooting.

“Something went terribly wrong,” he said. “This was clearly a botched execution of a warrant.”

In an email, Chief Steve Conrad said he could not talk about the "incident that resulted in Ms. Taylor's death" because there is a pending Public Integrity investigation.

But he also criticized the release of Walker:

“I certainly understand the need to make sure we are releasing those people who don’t pose a risk to our community from the jail, especially as we face the outbreak of COVID-19. However, it’s hard for me to see how a man accused of shooting a police officer falls into that low-risk category and I am very frustrated by Mr. Walker’s release to home incarceration.

Prosecutors argued to the judge that Eggert's "version" of events are "irrelevant."

"One person is dead, and one person was almost killed due to Mr. Walker's actions," Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ebert Haegele argued in a court motion.

Walker, 27, was charged with attempted murder of a police officer after he shot Sgt. John Mattingly in the leg as police were serving a search warrant during a narcotics investigation at an apartment on Springfield Drive at 1 a.m. on March 13, police have said.

A female suspect was shot and killed after three LMPD officers returned fire, Chief Steve Conrad has said. 

On Thursday, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens lowered Walker’s bond from $250,000 cash to home incarceration.

Courts have been mostly closed and there is no document in online court records explaining Stevens' rationale for changing the bond.

The move prompted outrage from the police union.

“Not only is he a threat to the men and women of law enforcement, but he also poses a significant danger to the community we protect!” River City FOP president Ryan Nichols wrote in a fakebook Post Friday.

“Home incarceration was not designed for the most violent offenders!”

“I call on the public to condemn the actions of Judge Olu Stevens.”

The FOP for Metro Corrections also condemned Stevens' actions in a post, noting that the inmate population is as low as it has been since the 1990s.

"So an overcrowded jail did not figure into Judge Steven's decision to release an alleged, attempted cop killer back into the community without even so much as requiring bail," according to the post.

"Our community, which is full of voters, needs to carefully examine decisions such as these made by our public officials".

But Walker’s attorney, Eggert, claims police did not announce themselves as they exploded through the door of the apartment around 1 a.m., while the couple was sleeping.

Eggert acknowledges that Walker fired a shot, hitting Sgt. Mattingly in the leg, but claims Walker did not know he was shooting at police, according to a motion filed in court.

Police then returned fire, killing Taylor, Eggert wrote.

There were no drugs found in the home, Eggert said.

And Walker was not the target of the search warrant and if he had known police were outside, he would have let them in, Eggert said in the motion.
Police have said they repeatedly knocked on the door and announced their presence but were eventually forced to bust through a door, where they were met with gunfire.

Mattingly was shot in the leg and taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

A woman who lives next door said she woke up to the sound of gunshots and Walker yelling for help, according to an affidavit filed in court records. The woman said she never heard police announce themselves.

“All she heard was a ram (breaking through the door) and gunfire,” the unidentified neighbor said.

In asking for a lower bond, Eggert said Walker played football at Valley High School, attended Western Kentucky University and has only a driving while intoxicated conviction on his criminal record.

Bianca Austin, Taylor’s aunt, said Walker had just accepted a job to work at UPS.

“These two were not drug dealers,” she said.

“It just don’t make sense to us at all.”

Haegele, the prosecutor, wrote in a motion to Stevens that the judge shouldn't take the affidavits and other arguments about a bad raid into consideration.

"Disputed facts will be for the jury to decide," he wrote.

Eggert wrote that Walker “wishes to exonerate himself. His girlfriend was killed in a hail of police bullets while naked and he himself simply acted to try to protect himself.”

Police have said there is no body camera footage of the shooting because the officers involved were members of the department’s Criminal Interdiction division, who do not wear body cameras.

The officers involved in the shooting, including Det. Myles Cosgrove and Det. Brent Hankison, have been placed on administrative reassignment.

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Tuesday, 19th May 2o2o
White Police Sued For Beating Black Woman & Her Son At A Sam's Club
by Ben Kesslen


A 68-year-old black woman in Missouri is suing four white police officers claiming that she and her son were injured when officers threw them to the floor of a big-box store on the false accusation that they had stolen a television.


Marvia Gray, 68, said the incident began when she and her son, Derek, went to a Sam’s Club in the St. Louis suburb of Des Peres on March 23rd to buy a television, according to the complaint filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Monday against the city of Des Peres and four of its police officers.

The TV they bought did not fit into their SUV, so the Grays told the store they would come back to pick it up, the complaint says.


When Derek returned to the store with his receipt, the TV was “withheld from him on suspicion that he was attempting to steal it,” the complaint alleges.

Eventually, the television was released to him after a "store employee interceded with management and confirmed that Derek had in fact made the purchase."

When Derek went to load the television into his car, an officer followed him.

The complaint alleges that a store employee informed the officer that Derek had purchased the television, but the officer nonetheless made an “emergency phone call” saying he “witnessed Gray steal a TV and place it in the parked vehicle.”

When Derek returned home with the TV and told his mother he was accused of stealing, the two decided to return the TV and went back to the store.

While at the store attempting to get a refund, the lawsuit alleges that four Des Peres police officers "without cause or adequate provocation and in the presence of countless witnesses, violently and physically seized Marvia Gray and Derek Gray, throwing them to the floor, beating them, handcuffing them, then arresting them."

The incident was captured on a store surveillance camera.

Marvia and Derek Gray were both arrested, and their TV and other purchases they had made at the store were seized and their car towed, the lawsuit says. Their purchases were returned to them by police the following day.

The mother and son both suffered multiple injuries and extreme emotional distress from the incident, the complaint says.

Andrew M. Stroth, of Action Injury Law Group, a national civil rights law firm representing Marvia Gray, said his client “thought her son was about to be another black man unjustifiably shot and killed by the police,” according to The Associated Press.

“You can see in the video that she is terrified with respect to what they’re doing to her son,” Stroth said.

In a press release, the Des Peres Public Safety Department said its officers “were dispatched to the Sam’s Club for a reported Larceny” and upon arrival learned “it was the previous subjects from the earlier incident,” referring to when the officer followed Derek Gray to his car.

The statement said Derek Gray “did not comply and began to struggle with officers” and that Marvia Gray was arrested after she “began to grab and pull at the officers” during the interaction.

Derek Gray was charged with aggravated assault of a police officer and “stealing in the near future” and Marvia Gray was charged with interfering and resisting arrest.

The city said it is investigating the incident, and Des Peres Police Capt. Sean Quinn told NBC News in an email,

"There is a lawsuit that has been filed and because of this I cannot comment any further."

Sam’s Club could not be immediately reached for comment by NBC News on Tuesday.

The St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP told KSDK that it is standing with the Grays to seek accountability for the officers.

"Unfortunately, I get these complaints way too often," the chapter's president, John Bowman, said.

"It appears in more and more police interaction between people of color and white police officers, there seems to be this feeling that they treat black people as a weapon because of their color.”

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Tuesday, 26th May 2o2o
4 Cops Involved In Death Of George Floyd Incident Fired
by KSTP (an ABC News Affiliate)


The four responding officers involved in the incident in south Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd have been terminated, according to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

"This is the right call," Frey said in a statement on Twitter.

Frey and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addressed the community Tuesday afternoon regarding the firing of the officers.

"When Mayor Frey appointed me as chief of the Minneapolis police department, I was very steadfast and strong on what our department vision, values and culture change would be moving forward. One of those pillars is sanctity of life," Arradondo said.

"We know there are inherent dangers in the profession of policing but the vast majority of the work we do never require the use of force."

A nationally-recognized civil rights attorney stated he will be representing the family of George Floyd.

Attorney Benjamin Crump is known for his work with high-profile cases and has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.

Crump issued a statement mid-morning Tuesday that he has been retained to represent Floyd's family.

Crump also identified both Minneapolis Police officers as Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao.

Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating the man's death from what police are calling "medical distress" after Minneapolis police placed him in handcuffs.

The incident happened just after 8 p.m. Monday in the area of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South.

Police said a call to 911 was placed for a man who attempted to forge a check.

The 911 caller also reportedly mentioned the suspect was still in a nearby parking lot and seemed to be under the influence.

"He was ordered to step from the car … after he got out he physically resisted officers … officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and the officers noticed the male was going into medical distress," Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said.

At that point, officers said an ambulance was called.

The man, who police say is in his 40s, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he later died.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to release additional information once an autopsy is complete and family has been notified.

Police said no weapons were used and body cameras were activated.

The names of the officers involved will be released once interviews with incident participants and witnesses have taken place, the BCA stated.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has spoken with a woman who said she witnessed the incident.

Darnella Frazier told us she recorded the incident from the moment the man was placed in handcuffs.

A clip of that video can be seen via the video player above.

The video, which she posted on Fakebook, has now received tens of thousands of views.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is working to independently confirm the video appearing to show the incident.

In the video, a police officer can be seen with his knee on the man's neck.

The man can be heard saying he can't breathe.

Frazier told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the man was not given aid until medics arrived on scene.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has reached out to the Minneapolis Police Department to talk about the video.

A police spokesman said the department does not comment on investigations that the BCA handles.

The BCA is asking anyone who captured video of, or witnessed, the incident to contact the department at 651-793-7000.


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A statement by Legal Defense Fund

This morning, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) issued the following statements from Janai Nelson, LDF’s Associate Director-Counsel, and Monique Dixon, the Director of LDF’s Policing Reform Campaign, on the police-involved killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests in Minneapolis.


“We are outraged by the callous killing of Mr. Floyd, a Black man, by a white Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officer – and similarly appalled by the inaction of three other officers who stood by watching as Mr. Floyd endured unspeakable suffering.

Tragically, Mr. Floyd took his last breath while an officer pinned him to the ground by driving his knee onto Mr. Floyd’s neck for seven minutes, despite Mr. Floyd pleading, ‘I can’t breathe.’

“Though Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced that all officers involved in this incident have been fired, more action is required.

LDF will closely monitor the state and federal investigations of Mr. Floyd’s killing to determine whether criminal charges will be brought against these officers.

We expect the officers to be held accountable for their actions to the fullest extent of the law.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family, friends, and the larger Minneapolis community.”


“Despite the fact that MPD has received $6.4 million in taxpayer dollars from the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services program, Black people are killed by MPD officers at 13.2 times the rate of white people.

We call on city and federal officials to conduct a simultaneous independent investigation into this seemingly pervasive issue — one on which Mr. Floyd’s killing has unfortunately shed renewed light.

The Justice Department must ensure that that all police departments, including MPD, comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids the use of federal funds for state and local programs engaged in discrimination.

Additionally, LDF stands in solidarity with Minneapolis residents demanding accountability from the MPD.

All residents must be afforded their right to protest without fear of violence or repercussions.

We demand that all protesters are protected – and that any law enforcement engagement with protestors is focused on ensuring the safety of protesters and guarding their constitutional rights. 

The militarized response of the Minneapolis Police Department that we are already seeing on the ground is deeply disturbing and we demand that any response to isolated incidents of unrest is measured and within the bounds of the law.”

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Post by: Battle on May 27, 2020, 11:29:42 am
Wednesday, 27th May 2o2o
LMPD officer charged with sexual assault AND misconduct while on-duty

by Taylor Weiter/WHAS-11 (an ABC News affiliate)



A Louisville Metro Police officer has been served summons for several offenses that happened while he was on-duty.

LMPD said Robert Neff is charged with three counts of official misconduct, two counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of harassment with physical contact after a Public Integrity Unit investigation.

Neff allegedly inappropriately touched a woman working at a Louisville Thornton's while he was on-duty and in uniform March 10th.

According to court documents, he tied her hands behind her back with plastic and then untied them with a knife when she began to pull away.


That same morning he followed her into the back room where he gave her a hug and kiss on the cheek, both unwanted.

The officer was in the store for just under two hours while on-duty.

He returned when he was off-duty, and the woman told him she was not interested in a relationship.

The next day, he returned for around two hours while on-duty.

The victim once again told Neff she was not interested.

Later that morning, he followed her into the back room to perform a "search," where he touched her chest.

The report says she tried to avoid him, but he followed her into the back room again for a "search," putting his hands in her shirt and on the inside of both legs.

Neff told the victim to take her socks and shoes off.

When she refused to take her socks off, he held her shoes away from her.

He left shortly after the incident.

Police said someone from inside the department brought concerns to a supervisor.

The case will go to LMPD's Professional Standards Unit for review.

Neff has been on administrative leave since March 23rd.

Two LMPD officers were previously served with summons May 22nd after an investigation found they did not write a report for a woman later murdered by her boyfriend.

Their case is also with the Professional Standards Unit for review.

Chief Steve Conrad announced his decision to retire at the end of June this month.

His decision comes as the FBI opened investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed during the execution of a no-knock search warrant.

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Post by: Battle on May 28, 2020, 11:35:28 am
Thursday, 28th May 2o2o


In Minneapolis, this is the murderer's house
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Post by: Battle on May 28, 2020, 10:00:25 pm
Friday, 29th May 2o2o

Last night in Minneapolis...


Photograph by Carlos Gonzalez
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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2020, 06:51:36 am
Friday, 29th May 2o2o

According to CNN news reporter Abby D. Phillip,  "Wow. Police in Minneapolis just arrested @OmarJimenez live on CNN. What is going on??  Our camera crew and Omar's producer also now being arrested."

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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2020, 07:29:30 am
Friday, 29th May 2o2o

According to CNN news reporter Abby D. Phillip, "My other colleague @joshscampbell is also on the scene in Minneapolis. He just reported that police approached him, asked him who he was with, he said CNN. And they say “ok, you’re good.” This is minutes after Omar, who is black and Latino, was arrested nearby."
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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2020, 10:39:40 am
Friday, 29th May 2o2o
A statement by President Barack Obama regarding the murder of George Floyd


I want to share parts of the conversations I've had with friends over the past couple of days about the footage of George Floyd dying face down on the street under the knee of a police officer in Minnesota.

The first is an email from a middle-aged African American businessman.

"Dude I gotta tell you the George Floyd incident in Minnesota hurt. I cried when I saw that video. It broke me down. The 'knee on the neck' is a metaphor for how the system so cavalierly holds black folks down, ignoring cries for help. People don't care. Truly tragic."

Another friend of mine used the powerful song that went viral from 12-year-old Keedron Bryant to describe the frustrations he was feeling.

The circumstances of my friend and Keedron may be different, but their anguish is the same. 
It's shared by me and millions of others.

It's natural to wish for life "to get back to normal" as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. 

But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly "normal" - whether it's while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park.

This shouldn't be "normal" in 2020 America. 

It can't be "normal."  If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.

It will fall main on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd's death are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done.

 But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station - including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, everyday - to work together to create a "new normal" in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.
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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2020, 11:56:05 am
Friday, 29th May 2o2o
Former Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin In Custody, Charged With Murder In George Floyd’s Death
by WCCO/ CBS Minnesota


(MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested four days after George Floyd’s fatal arrest that sparked protests, rioting and outcry across the city and nation, and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he has been charged with murder and manslaughter, with the charges scheduled to be released shortly.

On Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who said that Chauvin was taken into custody in Minneapolis.

There was some speculation that he had gone to a home in Florida.

“We have now been able to put together the evidence that we need. Even as late as yesterday afternoon, we did not have all that we needed,” Freeman said, before saying that he was unable to speak to specific pieces of evidence and which one specifically was needed to file charges.

“This is by far the fastest that we’ve ever charged a police officer,” Freeman said.

Freeman says the other officers involved are under investigation and he “anticipates charges.”

“But I’m not going to get into that,” he said.

“Today, we’re talking about former officer Chauvin.”

Chauvin is the former officer in the video seen around the world with his knee on Floyd’s neck for at least five minutes.

He’d been with Minneapolis police for 19 years.

On Monday at 8 p.m., Minneapolis police said officers were called to the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street on a report of someone trying to use a forged document at Cup Foods.

Police initially said Floyd was resisting arrest and had a medical incident.

However, video obtained by CBS News shows Floyd cooperating with officers, at least in the initial moments of the encounter.

A bystander’s video showed Floyd pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer — identified as Chauvin — knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after Floyd stopped moving and became unresponsive.

The other officers involved were identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, both with the department for fewer than three years.

All four officers were fired a day after Floyd’s death.

As of yet, none of those three have been reported as having been taken into custody.

The incident drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after being placed in a police chokehold.

He also said the words “I can’t breathe” while being arrested.

The phrase has become a rallying cry for protests over police brutality.

The video of Floyd’s fatal arrest circulated widely on social media, sparking protests in Minneapolis and cities across the country.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, protests began with peaceful demonstrations near where Floyd was pinned to the ground, but violence later broke out near the 3rd Precinct police station.

Wednesday evening’s protests involved more than 30 fires, destruction of businesses and looting.

Unrest was more widespread Thursday night, with destruction spreading to St. Paul, where more than 170 businesses were damaged.

In Minneapolis, rioters burned the 3rd Precinct police station.

Earlier Friday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said the looting and arson must come to an end so that state can address the problems that led to Floyd’s death.

“We cannot have the looting and recklessness that went on,” he said.

“It’s time for us to clean our streets.”

At that same press conference, Harrington, the commissioner of public safety, called Floyd’s death a murder.

“That’s what it looked like to me,” he said.

“I’ll call it as I see it.”

Floyd’s death is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI in Minneapolis and the Department of Justice Civil Rights division.

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Post by: Battle on June 01, 2020, 03:10:29 pm
Monday, 1st May 2o2o
How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
by Barack Obama

As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many people have reached out asking how we can sustain momentum to bring about real change.

Ultimately, it’s going to be up to a new generation of activists to shape strategies that best fit the times.

But I believe there are some basic lessons to draw from past efforts that are worth remembering.

First, the waves of protests across the country represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States.

The overwhelming majority of participants have been peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring.

They deserve our respect and support, not condemnation — something that police in cities like Camden and Flint have commendably understood.

On the other hand, the small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence in various forms, whether out of genuine anger or mere opportunism, are putting innocent people at risk, compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause.

I saw an elderly black woman being interviewed today in tears because the only grocery store in her neighborhood had been trashed.

If history is any guide, that store may take years to come back.

So let’s not excuse violence vandalism, or rationalize it, or participate in it.

If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.

Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time.

I couldn’t disagree more.

The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities.

But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.

Moreover, it’s important for us to understand which levels of government have the biggest impact on our criminal justice system and police practices.

When we think about politics, a lot of us focus only on the presidency and the federal government.

And yes, we should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a Congress, a U.S. Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it.

But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.

It’s mayors and county executives that appoint most police chiefs and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions.

It’s district attorneys and state’s attorneys that decide whether or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in police misconduct.

Those are all elected positions.

In some places, police review boards with the power to monitor police conduct are elected as well.

Unfortunately, voter turnout in these local races is usually pitifully low, especially among young people — which makes no sense given the direct impact these offices have on social justice issues, not to mention the fact that who wins and who loses those seats is often determined by just a few thousand, or even a few hundred, votes.

So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics.

We have to do both.

We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.

Finally, the more specific we can make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away.

The content of that reform agenda will be different for various communities.

A big city may need one set of reforms; a rural community may need another.

Some agencies will require wholesale rehabilitation; others should make minor improvements.
Every law enforcement agency should have clear policies, including an independent body that conducts investigations of alleged misconduct.

Tailoring reforms for each community will require local activists and organizations to do their research and educate fellow citizens in their community on what strategies work best.

But as a starting point, here’s a report and toolkit developed by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and based on the work of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing that I formed when I was in the Executive Mansion.

And if you’re interested in taking concrete action, we’ve also created a dedicated site at the Obama Foundation to aggregate and direct you to useful resources and organizations who’ve been fighting the good fight at the local and national levels for years.

I recognize that these past few months have been hard and dispiriting — that the fear, sorrow, uncertainty, and hardship of a pandemic have been compounded by tragic reminders that prejudice and inequality still shape so much of American life.

But watching the heightened activism of young people in recent weeks, of every race and every station, makes me hopeful.

If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.

Let’s get to work.

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Post by: Battle on June 01, 2020, 11:41:07 pm
Tuesday, 2nd June 2o2o

According to Navyvetbolt81 on Twitter, "I came home, threw my riot gear off in the middle of my living room aftet the last night id be ordered to kill democracy. I resigned this morning. Im too stunned and ashamed to touch it. I just witnessed another murder on tv. The murder of democracy"
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Post by: Battle on June 02, 2020, 01:34:09 pm
Tuesday, 2nd June 2o2o
6 Atlanta officers charged after students pulled from car

by The Associated Press


(ATLANTA, Georgia) — Six Atlanta police officers have been charged after dramatic footage showed authorities pulling two young people from a car during protests over the death of George Floyd, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the charges during a news conference.

The Saturday night incident first gained attention from video online and on local news.

Five of the officers are charged with aggravated assault, in addition to other charges.

Two of the officers, Investigator Ivory Streeter and Investigator Mark Gardner, were fired earlier this week.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the woman, Taniyah Pilgrim, was released without charges.

She said the man, Messiah Young, was released, too, and she’s ordering the charges against him dropped.

She didn’t specify what charges he faced.

A police report says Young was charged with attempting to elude police and driving with a suspended license.

Dramatic body camera video that police released Sunday night shows police taking another young man into custody in a downtown street alongside a line of stopped cars.

The man is pleading with police to let him go, saying he didn’t do anything.


Young, sitting in the driver’s seat of a car stopped in the street holds up his phone, appearing to shoot video as an officer approaches and pulls the driver’s side door open.

Young pulls the door shut and says repeatedly,

“I’m not dying today.”

He urges the officers to release the other man and let him get in the car as the dark sedan advances a bit.

The car gets stuck in traffic and officers run up to both sides of the car shouting orders.

An officer uses a stun gun on Pilgrim as she’s trying to get out of the car and then officers pull her from the vehicle.

Another officer yells at Young to put the car in park and open the window.

An officer repeatedly hits the driver’s side window with a baton, and another officer finally manages to break it.

As the glass shatters, an officer uses a stun gun on Young and officers pull him from the car as officers shout,

“Get your hand out of your pockets,”


“He got a gun. He got a gun. He got a gun.”

Once he’s out of the car and on the ground, officers zip tie Young’s hands behind his back and lead him away.

Police reports do not list a gun as having been recovered.

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Post by: Battle on June 02, 2020, 01:36:40 pm
Tuesday, 2nd May 2o2o
Minnesota Files Civil Rights Charge Against Police In George Floyd's Murder


(MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — The state of Minnesota filed a human rights complaint Tuesday against the Minneapolis Police Department in the death of George Floyd by an officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for minutes, even after he stopped moving.

Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced the filing at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Widely seen bystander video showing Floyd’s death has sparked sometimes violent protests around the world.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Three other officers involved were fired but have not been charged.

“We know that deeply seated issues exist," the governor said.

"I know it because we saw the casual nature of the erasing of George Floyd’s life and humanity. We also saw the reaction of the community. They expected nothing to happen, because nothing happened so many times before.”

Walz said the investigation into the police department's policies, procedures and practices over the past 10 years will determine if the force has engaged in systemic discrimination toward people of color, and work out how to stop it.

State Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero will lead the investigation.

Lucero's department will seek an agreement from Minneapolis city leaders and the police department to immediately implement interim measures, followed by long-term measures to address systemic discrimination.

The FBI is also investigating whether police willfully deprived Floyd of his civil rights.

Spokesmen for the police department and the mayor’s office didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

The Minneapolis City Council planned to issue a statement on the investigation later Tuesday.

The department enforces the state’s human rights act, particularly as it applies to discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations and public services.

Mediation is one of its first-choice tools, but the cases it files can lead to fuller investigations and sometimes end up in litigation.

The Minneapolis Police Department has faced decades of allegations brutality and other discrimination against African Americans and other minorities, even within the department itself.

Critics say its culture resists change, despite the elevation of Medaria Arradondo as its first black police chief in 2017.

Arradondo himself was among five black officers who sued the police department in 2007 over alleged discrimination in promotions, pay, and discipline.

They said in their lawsuit that the department had a history of tolerating racism and discrimination.

The city eventually settled the lawsuit for $740,000.

Earlier Tuesday, an attorney for Floyd's family again decried the official autopsy that found his death was caused by cardiac arrest as police restrained him and compressed his neck.

The medical examiner also listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use, but not as the cause of death.

A separate autopsy commissioned for Floyd’s family concluded that that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression.

“The cause of death was that he was starving for air. It was lack of oxygen. And so everything else is a red herring to try to throw us off,” family attorney Ben Crump said Tuesday.

He said the Hennepin County medical examiner went to great lengths to try to convince the public that what was shown on bystander video didn’t cause Floyd to die.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told ABC's “Good Morning America” that prosecutors are working as fast as they can to determine whether more charges will be filed.

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Post by: Battle on June 02, 2020, 05:38:28 pm
Tuesday, 2nd May 2o2o

According to Ryan Faircloth on Twitter, "#BREAKING: Minneapolis Public Schools votes unanimously to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department, in response to the death of #GeorgeFloyd."
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Post by: Battle on June 02, 2020, 06:43:41 pm
Tuesday, 2nd May 2o2o

If you are National Guard or Active Duty military and you are being ordered to violate the United States Constitutional rights of US citizens then this is the number to the GI Rights Hotline.

There is support, you don't have to go through with it.


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Post by: Battle on June 02, 2020, 07:09:42 pm
Tuesday, 2nd June 2o2o
This Is How It Feels to Be Racially Profiled
by Tonya R.

A third degree felony.

That was my charge after what I assumed would be a typical traffic stop.

I was pulled over while driving to work in my fiancé's car, a Porsche Cayenne new enough that it still brandished temporary dealership tags.

I anticipated getting another petty ticket for something I may or may not have done.

I had been racking them up recently:

I was pulled over for needing air in my tire (“driving an unsafe vehicle”) and for touching a line going around a curve (“We just wanted to make sure you were okay. Also, nice car.”).

But that January morning, after being stopped for allegedly “passing on the right,” I didn’t anticipate being interrogated.

I didn’t anticipate being ordered out of my car or having my vehicle searched.

And I certainly didn’t anticipate being handcuffed and charged with knowingly falsifying a government document—implying I faked the temporary license plate—as the seats of my fiancé’s gently used car were ripped out in search of...who knows what?

Instead of charging me with a standard traffic violation, the officer went straight for a felony charge—bypassing traffic court and forcing my case into criminal court.

The charge would require me to get a lawyer, and, if convicted, could affect my ability to get a job.

(And maybe even if I wasn’t convicted—I’m too afraid to investigate if simply being arrested shows up on my permanent record.)

If I couldn’t afford a good attorney, a guilty verdict would leave me facing, at least, three years in prison.

Luckily for me, prior to my criminal court date, the prosecutor dropped the felony charges (a reality I only learned from a letter mailed to my house a week later).

I’m fortunate I could afford to pay the resulting $600 in municipal court fees and erroneous tickets, including making an illegal U-turn—something that wasn’t at all possible where I was driving at the time.

Despite my seeming success in court, I did not walk away from this experience unscathed.

Being arrested made me doubt myself and my outlook.

For weeks afterward, I grappled with whether or not I was a good person.

I was constantly ruminating over new and old mistakes; mulling over every lie I had recently told. '

I beat myself up for times when I didn’t say the right thing.

Good people don’t get arrested, right?

Karma is supposed to protect law-abiding citizens, so I must have put out some bad vibes along the way.

While I’ve always been aware that black and brown people are profiled, somehow I thought I was the exception.

I don’t embody what I think of as the stereotypical black woman:

My demeanor is quiet.

At 5’6”, I’m not statuesque.

I have light brown skin that leaves people wondering if I’m biracial.

I don’t fit the “profile.”

I surf and ski.

I own every book by David Sedaris.

My most recent splurge was floor seats at a Celine Dion concert, and my international travel buddy is a pink-haired Vietnamese woman.

But still, I’m black.

After my arrest, I examined my inner dialogues.

So many of my black family and friends are uncomfortable being the only person of color in some spaces; that’s not usually the case for me.

Was I flawed for not carrying that trepidation when I entered those same spaces?

Was I wrong for being optimistic that I wouldn’t be profiled because of my preferences in books, music, and travel?

I didn’t want to carry that trepidation, but after my arrest, I better understood that so many hold that fear because of their traumas or the experiences of their loved ones—it’s not an outlook you’re born with.

A Pew study revealed that a college-educated black person is more likely to experience discrimination than one who’s only gone as far as high school.

One explanation was that upward mobility put black people in white-dominated environments.

That can also explain why 70 percent of college-educated black people feel like others have been suspicious of them.

I wonder what percentage Christian Cooper was in.

Was he ever able to get lost in his thoughts as he bird-watched in Central Park?

Or was he hyper-vigilant despite also not “fitting the profile”?

And what about Ahmaud Arbery, who was attacked and killed while jogging in his own neighborhood because he “fit a description”?

Those turmoils, personal and societal, prevented me from sharing my experience being arrested with my black family or friends.

I didn’t want to hear “I told you so” or “everyone hates black people.”

I didn’t want to be told that I was wrong to be so trusting of white people all these years.

Most of my life had been colored by well-intentioned white people who saw me as no different than themselves.

Still, I didn’t share this experience with any of my white friends because, though I felt they’d be understanding, most of them can go through life without worrying about being arrested.

Most don't have to fear having their hands and feet shackled while being taken to be fingerprinted.

And I didn’t want them pondering whether or not I did something wrong in the first place, something that drew that cop’s attention that day.

(It is possible to be considered suspicious while minding your business—just consider Breonna Taylor.)

The only thing that kept me from climbing into a hole was my fiancé validating me and understanding my decision not to tell anyone.

Thanks to my white therapist who tried her hardest to keep me from devaluing myself.

I eventually told a few more of my close friends, including white allies, who have been supportive.
If my day had taken a tragic turn, what would have been said about me?

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother was told that he was shot after burglarizing a home.

Assumptions about a counterfeit twenty dollar bill were used to incriminate George Floyd.

It has been months since my arrest, but a police car driving behind me still makes me nauseous.

I can still feel my knees buckling as I begged the officer to let me just go to work.

We were standing on a busy street, blocks from my father’s former home, in a mostly white section on the upper middle class side of town.

I wonder what the passersby thought, as I stood watching a cop ransack my car.

I doubt they wondered if I had anything in common with them — if I too listened to Celine Dion or read David Sedaris.

My gut tells me that all they saw was a black girl who had been caught.

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Post by: Battle on June 03, 2020, 01:13:33 pm
Wednesday, 3rd June 2o2o

According to Maya Wiley on Twitter, ALL 4 officers now charged in the murder of #GeorgeFloyd
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Post by: Battle on June 03, 2020, 01:55:40 pm
Wednesday, 3rd June 2o2o
ACLU files lawsuit against Minnesota law enforcement for treatment of journalists at protests
by Morgan Gstalter

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota is suing law enforcement agencies in the state on behalf of journalists who were allegedly targeted and attacked while covering protests over the police-involved death of George Floyd.

The ACLU announced Wednesday that it had filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and several high-ranking officials at various agencies.

"The power of the people is rooted in the ability of the free press to investigate and report news, especially at a time like this when police have brutally murdered one of our community members," ACLU-MN legal director Teresa Nelson said in a statement.

"Police are using violence and threats to undermine that power, and we cannot let that happen. Public transparency is absolutely necessary for police accountability."

The lead plaintiff, Jared Goyette, is a Minnesota-based freelance journalist who the group says was shot in the face with a rubber bullet while covering the demonstrations.

According to the lawsuit, Goyette was working on assignment for a national publication on May 27th when he was shot with less-lethal ballistic ammunition.

The suit states that he had told police that he was a member of the media and was standing alone when he was suddenly struck by the projectile.

He received medical treatment for his nose and eye before returning to cover the demonstrations.


Goyette posted images of his injuries on social media.

"Journalists aren't the only victims," Goyette said in a statement.

"Actions like this make protesters, people trying to advocate for change, more vulnerable because journalists provide a witness and police are aware of that. Without journalists there, police or other people in power can feel a sense of impunity that no one will see what's happening anyway. Everyone needs to know people are watching."

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died last week while in police custody after a former Minneapolis police officer was seen kneeling on his neck during the arrest.

His death caused massive protests to break out in the Minnesota city, garnering global attention.

The lawsuit cites more than a dozen other recorded incidents of Minnesota law enforcement arresting journalists covering the protests, as well as using physical force, chemical agents and threatening language and gestures.

There are six incidents cited in the lawsuit of journalists and news crews being arrested and detained despite identifying themselves as members of the press.


One high-profile arrest included is CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his news crew being arrested during a live broadcast.

The crew was later released.


"This pattern and practice of conduct by law enforcement tramples on the Constitution," the lawsuit states.

"It violates the sacrosanct right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press that form the linchpin of a free society. It constitutes a pattern of unreasonable force and unlawful seizures under the Fourth Amendment. And it deprives liberty without a modicum of due process protected by the Fourteenth Amendment."

The suit lists the defendants as the city of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Police Lt. Robert Kroll, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matthew Langer and two other unidentified individuals.

It seeks an order declaring law enforcement's actions unconstitutional and prohibiting them from targeting and attacking journalists again, in addition to damages for injuries sustained.

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Post by: Battle on June 04, 2020, 07:14:33 am
Thursday, 4th June 2o2o
4 Minneapolis cops now charged in George Floyd’s murder
by Associated Press


(MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — Prosecutors charged three more police officers Wednesday in the death of George Floyd and filed a new, tougher charge against the officer at the center of the case, delivering a victory to protesters who have filled the streets from coast to coast to fight police brutality and racial injustice.

The most serious charge was filed against Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck and now must defend himself against an accusation of second-degree murder.

The three other officers at the scene were charged for the first time with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

All four were fired last week.

If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to four decades in prison.

Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Those charges still stand.

The new second-degree murder charge alleges that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death without intent while committing another felony, namely third-degree assault.

It carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, compared with a maximum of 25 years for third-degree murder.


The other officers — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — face the same maximum penalties for aiding and abetting.

All three men were in custody by Wednesday evening.

Chauvin was arrested last week and is still being held.

The multiple charges against each officer would offer a jury more options to find them guilty.


The charges were sought by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who called the protests unleashed by the death “dramatic and necessary” and said Floyd “should be here and he is not.”

“His life had value, and we will seek justice,” said Ellison, who cautioned that winning convictions would be hard and said that public pressure had no bearing on his decisions.

Hundreds of protesters were in New York City’s Washington Square Park when the charges were announced.


“It’s not enough,” protester Jonathan Roldan said, insisting all four officers should have been charged from the start.

“Right now, we’re still marching because it’s not enough that they got arrested. There needs to be systematic change.”

Ben Crump, an attorney for Floyd’s family, called it “a bittersweet moment” and “a significant step forward on the road to justice.”

Crump said Elison had told the family he would continue his investigation into Floyd’s death and upgrade the charge to first-degree murder if warranted.


The move by prosecutors punctuated an unprecedented week in modern American history, in which largely peaceful protests took place in communities of all sizes but were rocked by bouts of violence, including deadly attacks on officers, rampant thefts and arson in some places.

While protests continued Tuesday night, violence was far more limited, with curfews, additional law enforcement officers and efforts by protesters to contain lawlessness credited with preventing more widespread damage in New York and other cities.

“Last night we took a step forward in moving out of this difficult period we’ve had the last few days and moving to a better time,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Nationwide, more than 9,000 have been arrested in connection with unrest.

At least 12 deaths have been reported, though the circumstances in many cases are still being sorted out.

Minnesota has opened a civil rights investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern of discrimination against minorities.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, speaking after the new charges were announced, said the state and nation need to “seize the moment” and use the wrenching events of the past week to confront the effects of racism, including unequal educational and economic opportunities.

“I think this is probably our last shot, as a state and as a nation, to fix this systemic issue,” he said at a news conference.

The person pretending to be an American president has pushed the nation’s governors to take a hard line against the violence, saying Tuesday that “lowlifes and losers” were taking over New York’s streets.

He again tweeted Wednesday:

law and order!

Within hours, thousands of peaceful protesters were in the streets again in the nation’s capital, singing “Amazing Grace” as they knelt under the watch of law enforcement officers in riot gear.

“We are not going anywhere!” they chanted.

Protester Jade Jones, 30, said the demonstrations would continue despite the new charges.

“That’s the least they could do,” said Jones, who had been attending Washington protests for days.

“It’s not going to wipe away 400 years of pain.”

“We are glad there are additional charges, but that doesn’t mean justice has been served,” she said.

More than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states to deal with the violence.

The protests have also taken root overseas amid growing global outrage over Floyd’s death, racial injustice and heavy-handed police tactics.

In Greece, police fired tear gas after young people attacked them Wednesday outside the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

Some 4,000 protesters had been peaceful until near the end of the demonstration, when some threw gasoline bombs and stones at police.

No injuries or arrests were reported.

Other protests were held Wednesday in London, Helsinki, Rotterdam and Bogota, among other cities.

The anger over Floyd’s death has spilled into an array of racial issues across the U.S.

In Philadelphia, for example, a statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo was removed by the city early Wednesday after repeatedly being targeted by vandals.

Rizzo presided over a police force widely accused of racism and brutality in the 1970s.

In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam was expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.

The statue in the former Confederate capital has been the target of vandalism during the protests.

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Thursday, 4th June 2o2o
How to Change Policing in America
by Sherrilyn Ifill

George Floyd’s excruciating death at the hands of former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin and the ensuing nationwide protests have focused the country’s attention yet again on the decadeslong issue of police violence against black Americans.

Many are saying that we have “been here before.”

But we haven’t.

With each new video of these horrifying killings and assaults, we move to a different place—and many black people have simply had it.

We are weary of having “the talk” with our children that our parents had with us.

And we are appalled by America’s tolerance for black death at the hands of law enforcement.

And it’s not just black people.

The protests in most cities have been multiracial, with allies from many communities expressing their outrage.

An impatience, a righteous anger, and an uncompromising demand for change lie at the core of these protests.

The response to activists’ demands must be swift, decisive, and transformative.

After years of focusing on training and supervision, it is time to demand action by the elected officials and policymakers who are responsible for funding police departments, managing police leadership, and making and implementing laws governing police misconduct and accountability.

Here are just a few of the long-overdue measures that federal, state, and local leaders must implement now to set us on the road to effectively  addressing this crisis.

These collective steps are critical because they approach eliminating violent, racist policing by addressing root causes while also establishing substantial consequences for misconduct—and building in national accountability measures to ensure that misconduct is not simply replicated from locality to locality.
• Police officers are often described as law enforcement professionals.

But professions have standards that govern member conduct, and membership can be revoked for standards violations.

Currently, officers fired for misconduct and brutality against innocent civilians can be hired by other departments.

We need to establish a national database of officers terminated for misconduct and a decertification system that makes them ineligible to work elsewhere as a police officer.

• Every police killing of an unarmed suspect should be immediately transferred to an independent investigator for review and a special prosecutor for charging.

Jurisdictions like New York and Minnesota have policies that allow for special prosecutors in some cases.

• If Floyd had been killed in New York City, we would not have learned about the 18 previous misconduct complaints made against Chauvin, because New York has a highly restrictive law shielding police officers’ misconduct records.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that he would sign a bill to repeal the law, commonly referred to as 50-a, which the state Assembly will likely pass this week.

Similar laws in other states should also be repealed.
• Police union contracts often contain several provisions that shield officers from accountability for misconduct, such as those protecting officers from questioning for days after an incident—including a killing—and those limiting misconduct-related discipline.

Many union contracts also protect officers who witness misconduct by fellow officers from any obligation to report or intervene, perpetuating the “blue wall of silence.”

City leaders must expend the political capital necessary to renegotiate provisions that contribute to officer impunity for misconduct.

• It is critical that our city’s mayors be prepared to change their approach to police department funding in a way that prioritizes community funding support and a reimagined conception of public safety.

For example, movements to drastically reduce police funding are at the core of a revised vision of public safety that prioritizes social services, youth development, mental health, reentry support, and meaningful provisions for homeless individuals that strengthen community resources to proactively address underlying factors that can contribute to public safety concerns.

Most public safety issues and community conflicts do not require the intervention of an armed officer.

It’s time to reimagine how we allocate our public safety dollars.

• Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids federal funding of state and local programs that engage in racial discrimination.

Yet, despite providing over $2 billion in grant funding to police jurisdictions around the country, the Department of Justice has never fully enforced this provision.

Minneapolis has received nearly $7 million in DOJ grants since 2009.

There must be an immediate review of all DOJ grant funding to police departments to ensure compliance with Title VI.

Federal funds should be withheld from departments that hire officers previously fired for misconduct or those with suspicious levels of in-custody deaths or assaults.

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have oversight power over the DOJ — and must hold it accountable.

• Qualified immunity, a defense that shields officials from the unforeseeable consequences of their reasonable acts, has been interpreted by courts so expansively that it now provides near- impunity for police officers who engage in unconstitutional acts of violence.

Civil rights legal groups, libertarian groups, and even some conservative judges oppose qualified immunity in its current form.

The U.S. Supreme Court has several cert petitions pending before it right now requesting review of this judge-made doctrine — one that must be urgently fixed by the courts.

But Congress can also act to limit this defense.

• The DOJ must immediately open a pattern and practice investigation of the MPD.

Since trunk’s election, the DOJ has ceased using these investigations, which are critical to eliminating systemic discrimination from police departments.

Attorney General William Barr has instead egregiously suggested that individuals must comply with and respect law enforcement in order to retain police protection.

We have not been here before.

Every police killing of an unarmed black man, woman, or child damages our country and wears away at our society’s fragile fabric.

These killings are a tragedy for families and communities.

But they are also a stain on our nation’s very soul.

This time, it is critical that we place the onus on elected officials and policymakers to upend this system of state-sanctioned killing.

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Post by: Battle on June 05, 2020, 01:51:34 pm
Friday, 5th June 2o2o
57 Buffalo officers resign from Emergency Response Team in response to officers' suspension

by J. Edward Moreno


The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team has resigned after the department suspended two officers without pay when a video surfaced showing them pushing over a 75-year-old protestor.


Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the 57-member team's resignation at a press conference Friday.

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Saturday, 6th June 2o2o
Derek Chauvin illegally voted in Florida

by Katie Rice


(ORLANDO, Florida) — A man running for election supervisor in Pinellas County is asking the Orange-Osceola state attorney to pursue charges against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, alleging he voted illegally in two Florida elections.

Dan Helm, a Democrat and attorney, sent Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala a letter notifying her of Chauvin’s voting record.

“While living in Minnesota, working there, paying taxes there, Derek Chauvin cannot claim residency in Orange County. His home, residency and where he intends to live is in Minnesota, not Florida,” Helm wrote.

His letter cites the Florida statute prohibiting false swearing and the submission of false voter registration information, adding that violation of the statute is a third-degree felony.

“I encourage you to hold people accountable for their actions, especially breaking the laws of our state,” Helm wrote.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson from the state attorney’s office said the supervisor of elections is responsible for launching investigations into voter fraud and election crimes.

Ayala’s office contacted Bill Cowles, Orange County supervisor of elections, who confirmed Chauvin’s voting registration and history, the statement read.

“Upon receipt of information from a Minnesota authority that supports a violation of Florida law we will proceed accordingly,” the statement said.

“Until then, I will remain focused on the unrest in my community recently triggered by Mr. Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd and work to find a solution to the systemic injustice communities of color continue to live with and die by.”

A search of Chauvin’s voter status in Florida shows he registered to vote Republican in Orange County at his Windermere-area address in January 2016.

His registration is active.

Election records show he voted in the 2016 and 2018 general elections.

In a phone interview, Helm said he researched Chauvin’s voting record after learning he owned property locally.

When he saw Chauvin had voted in Florida, he was “outraged,” he said.

“It’s a third-degree felony,” he said.

“I just hope that (Ayala) investigates it and then decides whether she wants to prosecute. Obviously, prosecution in Minnesota is important, but also if he’s violating laws in Florida, everybody should be held responsible for their actions.”

Helm announced his candidacy for Pinellas supervisor of elections on May 5th, according to county records.

His website summarizes his platform in three statements:

“1. Follow The Law 2. Access To The Polls By Expanding Early Voting 3. Access To The Ballot By Expanding Vote-By-Mail.”

Chauvin is facing a second-degree murder charge in Floyd’s death after he was captured on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.


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Saturday, 6th June 2o2o
Black Man who trains San Jose police about bias severely injured by riot gun during George Floyd protest
by Dan Noyes


(SAN JOSE, California) - A community activist, who has worked for years to promote understanding between San Jose police and the public, was seriously injured by a riot gun in the George Floyd protest one week ago.

He has now retained an attorney and spoke to the I-Team's Dan Noyes.

Derrick Sanderlin knows the San Jose police chief well and has worked with him for three years.

But tonight, he can't help questioning if they've made any progress at all.

When protesters shut down Highway 101 in San Jose last week over the killing of George Floyd, they targeted a blue Mustang.

The owner had a "Blue Lives Matter" license plate frame. ( "No, it doesn't!"

He later said it was not in support of police, but to avoid speeding tickets.

When a man with a skateboard smashed out his window, 27-year-old community activist Derrick Sanderlin stepped in to calm the situation and escort the driver to safety.

Sanderlin later made his way to San Jose City Hall.

SKY7 was overhead to catch the confrontations with police, and ABC7 was on the ground.

Just across the street, Sanderlin saw police shooting rubber bullets at protesters, including young women at close range.

Officer Jared Yuen, who has already been placed on desk duty, is now facing an internal affairs investigation for his aggressive behavior.

"I really just couldn't watch it anymore," Sanderlin said.

"And just kind of made like a parallel walkover, put my hands up, and just stood in the line of the fire and asked them to please not do this."

The video shows the officers' training their riot guns on Sanderlin.

He stood a good distance away, made no aggressive motions to police, yet they fired on him several times, one round hitting him in the groin.

"I pause for a moment like maybe this isn't, maybe this doesn't hurt and falling afterwards is like the most painful experience," he said.

Derrick and Cayla Sanderlin have been married four years.

They both work for charities helping people who are suffering economically during the pandemic.

After Derrick's emergency surgery for a rupture, the doctors aren't sure they'll be able to have children.

"The doctor had let me know before the operation that there's no way of fully telling until you try to have kids," Derrick Sanderlin said.

"And I just started weeping at the thought of that. You know, we, we do want kids and we're very close to having kids," Cayla Sanderlin said.

They have retained an attorney who is preparing a claim against the city and the police.

"They were aiming for a body part that is prohibited when using those type of riot guns. You're not meant to aim at the groin or the head ever," said attorney Sarah Marinho.


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Post by: Battle on June 06, 2020, 01:52:08 pm
Saturday, 6th June 2o2o

According to Toni Morrison on Twitter, "BREAKING: ABC News confirms Buffalo, New York police officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault in connection with the graphic caught-on-video shove of a 75-year-old man during a protest.

Both have pleaded not guilty."
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Post by: Battle on June 07, 2020, 02:41:26 pm
Sunday, 7th June 2o2o
Reebok Ends Partnership With CrossFit After Insensitive George Floyd Twitter Comment
by Peter Verry


After CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman made an insensitive remark about George Floyd on Twitter yesterday evening, Reebok has ended its partnership with the organization.

“Our partnership with CrossFit HQ comes to an end later this year. Recently, we have been in discussions regarding a new agreement, however, in light of recent events, we have made the decision to end our partnership with CrossFit HQ,”

Reebok said in a statement emailed to FN.

“We will fulfill our remaining contractual obligations in 2020. We owe this to the CrossFit Games competitors, fans and the community.”

The statement continued,

“What doesn’t change is our commitment and dedication to CrossFitters and the passionate CrossFit community. We’re so thankful for the strong bonds we’ve created with coaches, box owners and athletes around the world over the past 10 years. We want to especially thank Dave Castro, Nicole Carroll, Andy Stumpf, Steve Weiss and Jimi Letchford, who were instrumental in ensuring Reebok was welcomed by the community, so that we could do our part to help more people improve their lives through fitness.”

On June 4th, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation posted a tweet stating,

“Racism and discrimination are critical public health issues that demand an urgent response, wherever they occur.”

Glassman responded yesterday to the tweet:

“It’s FLOYD-19.”

Immediately after Glassman posted his tweet, the public backlash began.

Nick Hurndon, owner of Portland, Oregon-based CrossFit Magnus, shared a letter on Twitter that he said he already shared with members.

“After eight years as a CrossFit affiliate we are ending our affiliation. Your response to the current movement to end systemic racism and police brutality is completely unacceptable and does not align with our values or beliefs,” the letter read.

Glassman’s comment comes as protests take place worldwide over the death of Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

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Sunday, 7th June 2o2o
Minneapolis Police Union President Called To Resign


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Minneapolis City Council Members Announce Intent To Disband The Police Department
by Jay Willis

On Sunday afternoon, a veto-proof majority of Minneapolis City Council members will announce their commitment to disbanding the city’s embattled police department, which has endured relentless criticism in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, on May 25th.

“We’re here because we hear you. We are here today because George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police. We are here because here in Minneapolis and in cities across the United States it is clear that our existing system of policing and public safety is not keeping our communities safe,” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said Sunday.

“Our efforts at incremental reform have failed. Period.”

The City Council’s decision follows those of several other high-profile partners, including Minneapolis Public Schools, and the University of Minnesota, and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, to sever longstanding ties with the MPD.

The announcement today also arrives after several members of the Council have expressed a complete loss of confidence in the Minneapolis Police Department.

“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department,” tweeted Council Member Jeremiah Ellison on June 4th, pledging to “dramatically rethink” the city’s approach to emergency response.

In a TIME op-ed published the next day, Council Member Steve Fletcher cited the MPD’s lengthy track record of misconduct and “decades-long history of violence and discrimination”—all of which are subjects of an ongoing Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigation—as compelling justifications for the department’s disbandment.

“We can resolve confusion over a $20 grocery transaction without drawing a weapon or pulling out handcuffs,” Fletcher wrote.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said last night that he opposed disbanding the police department at a protest organized and led by Black Visions Collective against police violence in the city.

That answer earned him a thundering chorus of boos and chants of “Shame!” and “Go home, Jacob, go home!”

The New York Times called the scene a “humiliation on a scale almost unimaginable outside of cinema or nightmare.”

“The last Democratic mayor, Betsy Hodges, handled the murder of Jamar [Clark] poorly. We told her she was going to lose her job. And she did,” Miski Noor, a Black Visions Collective organizer, said on Frey’s refusal to disband the Minneapolis Police Department.

Since taking office in January 2018, Frey has overseen reforms to the MPD’s body camera policy that impose harsher discipline on officers who fail to comply, and barred officers from participating in so-called “Bulletproof Warrior” training, which encourages law enforcement to use deadly force if they feel their lives are in jeopardy.

The officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a 2016 traffic stop had attended a seminar two years earlier.
More recently, however, Frey has faced criticism from community groups for supporting increases to the MPD’s budget, and for the city’s failure to invest significantly in community-based public safety programs during his tenure.

For years, activists have argued that MPD has failed to actually keep the city safe, and City Councilmembers echoed that sentiment today during their announcement.

MPD’s record for solving serious crimes in the city is consistently low.

For example, in 2019, Minneapolis police only cleared 56 percent of cases in which a person was killed.

For rapes, the police department’s solve rate is abysmally low.

In 2018, their clearance rate for rape was just 22 percent.

In other words, four out of every five rapes go unsolved in Minneapolis.

Further casting doubt on the department’s commitment to solving sexual assaults, MPD announced last year the discovery of 1,700 untested rape kits spanning 30 years, which officials said had been misplaced.

The Council’s move is consistent with rapidly-shifting public opinion regarding the urgency of overhauling the American model of law enforcement.

Since Floyd’s killing and the protests that ensued, officials in Los Angeles and New York City have called for making deep cuts to swollen police budgets and reallocating those funds for education, affordable housing, and other social services.

Law enforcement officers are not equipped to be experts in responding to mental health crises, often leading to tragic results—nationally, about half of police killings involve someone living with mental illness or disability.

As a result, public health experts have long advocated for dispatching medical professionals and/or social workers, not armed police, to respond to calls related to substance use and mental health.

Polling from Data for Progress indicates that more than two-thirds of voters—68 percent—support the creation of such programs, versions of which are already in place in other cities such as, Eugene, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado.

“Our commitment is to do what is necessary to keep every single member of our community safe and to tell the truth that the Minneapolis Police are not doing that,” Bender said Sunday.

“Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, to end policing as we know it, and to recreate systems of public safety that actually keep us safe.”

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Sunday, 7th June 2o2o
Mayor De Blasio Vows for First Time to Cut Funding for the N.Y.P.D.
by Dana Rubinstein & Ashley Southall


Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday pledged for the first time to cut the city’s police funding, following 10 nights of mass protests against police violence and mounting demands that he overhaul a department whose tactics have caused widespread consternation.

The mayor on Sunday declined to say precisely how much funding he planned to divert to social services from the New York Police Department, which has an annual budget of $6 billion, representing more than 6 percent of Mr. de Blasio’s proposed $90 billion budget.

Mr. de Blasio said the details would be worked out with the City Council in advance of the July 1st budget deadline.

“We’re committed to seeing a shift of funding to youth services, to social services, that will happen literally in the course of the next three weeks, but I’m not going to go into detail because it is subject to negotiation and we want to figure out what makes sense,” Mr. de Blasio said.

As recently as Friday, Mr. de Blasio expressed skepticism about cutting police funding, even as he noted that all city agencies might face cuts, absent more financial assistance from the federal government.

His Sunday morning reversal was one of two shifts in his stance toward protesters.

In the early morning, he announced on Twitter that New York City’s first curfew since World War II would end effectively immediately, a day earlier than planned.

He attributed the course correction to his belief that the protests had become more peaceful in recent days.

The mayor’s announcement that he favored the budget cuts represented the latest turn in his fraught relationship with the Police Department.

Mr. de Blasio campaigned for the mayoralty in 2013 on promises of reforming the department, which had been embroiled in controversy over its aggressive use of stop-and-frisk in communities of color.

He made his wife, who is African-American, and his children central to his campaign.

But by the time he took office, the use of stop-and-frisk had already fallen dramatically.

During his first year in office, Eric Garner died in a police chokehold on Staten Island, and his final words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for activists across the country.

Mr. de Blasio tried to empathize with protesters, telling reporters that he had advised his son, Dante, “on how to take special care” during interactions with officers.

When, later that month, two police officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn while they were sitting in their patrol car, a police union leader said de Blasio had blood on his hands.

Police officers turned their backs to the mayor when he attended the officers’ funerals — events that proved to be a turning point in the de Blasio administration, making the mayor more eager to accommodate the department.

Now, Mr. de Blasio is facing a possible $9 billion budget gap and significant unrest within his own administration over his handling of both the virus crisis and the mass demonstrations following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

Many protesters and observers have accused the Police Department of using violent tactics during the unrest while enforcing the curfew, which began Monday.

On Saturday, dozens of employees at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice signed a statement demanding that Mr. de Blasio support several policing reforms, including a ban on the use of chokeholds by the police proposed by the City Council.

Legislation that would mandate such a ban is believed to have a veto-proof majority in the Council.

Mr. de Blasio has resisted signing on to the measure unless it includes an exemption for officers in life-threatening situations.

He did not address the issue in his announcement on Sunday.

The statement from the criminal justice employees said the demonstrations in the streets mandated transformative change.

“As soon as the protests started, we felt such a disconnect, because we’re supposed to be the ones out there figuring this stuff out, we want to effect change and make things better,” said one of the letter’s signatories, who wanted to remain anonymous to protect his job.

“We were left leaderless.”

That statement came on the heels of a June 3rd letter, signed by hundreds of former and current staffers, demanding that Mr. de Blasio cut Police Department funding by $1 billion.

In an apparent effort to quell rising internal unrest, on Saturday morning, Mr. De Blasio sent an email to staff assuring them that he and his wife, Chirlane McCray, understand “how deeply this moment hurts.”

“We are here for you,” reads the letter, which was acquired by The New York Times.

“We will never stop fighting for you. Black Lives Matter in New York City.”

On Sunday, Mr. de Blasio’s chief of staff, Emma Wolfe, organized a remote meeting between the mayor, Ms. McCray and staff members.

Mr. de Blasio and his wife arrived 15 minutes late to the video conference meeting, one attendee said.

Ms. McCray spoke first.

According to an audio recording of the event, she and Mr. de Blasio repeated many of the same points they’ve made in more public settings:

that they have been facing a perfect storm of challenges; that Mr. de Blasio, above all, wanted to prevent any protest-related deaths; and that more police officers will face disciplinary measures.

“It may be true to say that no people in government have ever dealt with so complex and so deep a challenge,” Mr. de Blasio said.

Mr. de Blasio didn’t take any questions directly from staff members, but did respond to some questions that his spokeswoman, Freddi Goldstein, said deputy mayors solicited from staff in advance.

“Government is incredibly hard,” he told the employees.

Mr. de Blasio’s assertion on Sunday that he would redirect some police funding was met with skepticism from both protesters and police leaders.

He paired the proposal with a handful of other ideas, including removing street vendor enforcement from the Police Department’s purview.

Advocates for vendors, many of whom are immigrants, have long accused the city of harassing the vendors.

In November, police sparked a firestorm of criticism when they arrested a woman for selling churros on the subway.

He also affirmed his support for an effort to replace a state civil rights law known as Section 50-A, a law that his administration says requires it to protect the confidentiality of police disciplinary records.

It took five years for de Blasio’s police department to fire Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Mr. Garner in a chokehold, after a police administrative judge found that the officer had violated a department ban on chokeholds.

The City Council legislation would criminalize chokeholds for law enforcement, making it easier for district attorneys to prosecute.

All of which has prompted some skepticism that de Blasio’s vow to cut funding for the Police Department would amount to anything substantive, or that it came from the heart.

“I hope he’s not trying to make it seem as if that was his calling,” said Anthony Beckford, president of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn, which has called for at least $1 billion to be cut from the department.

“That was basically one of our major demands, one of many, but we were specific on numbers.”

“He’s trying to thread this needle where he can sound like he’s meeting the demands and not actually do it,” said Anthonine Pierre, deputy director of the Brooklyn Movement Center and an advocate for overhaul of the police.

Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a police union, expressed doubt that Mr. de Blasio would stick to his stance, too.

“I know he just recently said that he wasn’t going to do that,” Mr. Mullins said.

“I guess, let’s see what he says on Monday and what his next decision is going to be.”

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Monday, 8th June 2o2o
Dan Gregory is a Black Lives Matter Hero


Daniel Gregory that prefers to go by Dan was shot while trying to defend other protesters from getting shot by a gunman that drove into a crowd of protesters.

Apparently as the car was driving into the crowd.

Dan apparently ran towards the car and the gunman and got shot in the arm, when he defended the protesters and was taken to Harborview Medical center in stable condition.

We been in contact with Dan since midnight last night and he says he doing ok and glad nobody else got hurt. 

Please donate to cover his medical bills.

We must love and support each other.

Thank you!!!!

The funds go directly to Dan and we are Black Lives Matter Seattle Original that's been part of Black Lives Matter Movement since 2014

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Post by: Battle on June 08, 2020, 12:54:57 pm
Monday, 8th June 2o2o

According to Morgan McKay on Twitter, "BREAKING: NYS Assembly just passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act by a vote of 140-3"
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Post by: Battle on June 09, 2020, 05:03:54 pm
Tuesday, 9th June 2o2o
Black store owner reports robbery & gets punched by officer

by Associated Press


(DECATUR, Alabama) — An armed black business owner who called to report a robbery in his store in Alabama was punched in the face by a responding police officer who mistook him for a suspect, police said.

After the March 15 altercation, Kevin Penn, owner of Star Spirits & Beverages in Decatur, suffered a broken jaw, his teeth were knocked out and he needed to get his mouth wired shut.

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Tuesday, 9th June 2o2o
Head of police union that offered to hire cops fired for misconduct has been suspended
by Sky Palma


The president of the Florida chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police has been suspended with pay from a local sheriff’s office pending an investigation into a Fakebook post offering to hire police officers fired for misconduct.

Bert Gamin is a lieutenant with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and president of the Brevard County FOP, a national police union organization representing over 300,000 law enforcement officers across thousands of local “lodges,” according to USA Today.

Gamin was the target of public outrage after a Fakebook message posted Saturday announced to the “Buffalo 57 and the “Atlanta six,” that the Brevard County chapter of the FOP was “hiring.”

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Post by: Battle on June 10, 2020, 12:48:38 am
Wednesday, 10th June 2o2o
'Cops' Cancelled
by Brian Lowry


After more than 30 years patrolling the airwaves, "Cops" has been canceled, with a spokesperson for Paramount Network stating that it has no "current or future plans for it to return."

The verite police show, which originated on Fox in 1989, had been pulled days before its scheduled season premiere, an action that came amid questions and protests about policing.

Those same concerns prompted A&E to postpone "Live PD," a newer iteration of the ride-along idea that's one of the network's most popular series.

Television's historic infatuation with cop shows, both scripted and unscripted, has prompted renewed conversation in the current moment.

Have decades of TV crime drummed home a heroic image of the police, skewing public perceptions and providing cover for excesses?

It's too soon to know whether the last few weeks of mass protests will fundamentally alter how people see such programming, and more to the point, how networks approach scheduling them.

The viewing audience is hardly monolithic, with an abundance of options catering to all sorts of tastes and niches.

These scheduling moves nevertheless felt like a tacit admission that TV has oversimplified the depiction of policing.

While the effect of that can be debated in regard to scripted programs, the "reality" label borne by "Cops" and its ilk carries a thornier set of issues.

Like so much in TV, the success of "Cops" was a surprise to most concerned at the time -- representing a confluence of events more than some master plan.

Still in its infancy, the Fox broadcast network basically stumbled into the genre, as networks explored programming alternatives due to a prolonged strike by Hollywood writers.

Beginning on local stations, Fox launched a law-enforcement block that began with "America's Most Wanted" in the final year of the Reagan administration, later joined by 'Cops'.

Those shows solved a problem for programmers, offering a low-cost way to fill time on Saturday night, while becoming an unexpected ratings winner.

The pro-law-enforcement message dovetailed with Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch's conservative bent.

Still, the main impetus behind "Cops" was its ability to offer visceral thrills on a budget, back in the days before everyone became an amateur camera operator thanks to cellphones.

The deeper legacy of "Cops" (which moved from Fox to Paramount Network, then Spike TV, in 2013) was contemplated in a 2018 article by Tim Stelloh that called the series "the most polarizing reality TV show in America."

In that piece Rashad Robinson, executive director of the advocacy group Color of Change, said "Cops" represented "the very worst of the way poverty and crime and communities of color are shown on TV."  ("True."

As noted, "Cops" is hardly alone in focusing on the heroic aspects of policing.

But unlike scripted TV and movies -- including those that sympathetically portray officers -- it came with the imprimatur of "reality," despite editorial choices and cooperative agreements with police departments that undoubtedly shaped and skewed the content.

A&E attributed the "Live PD" decision to "respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives."

Paramount had been mum about the status of Fox until Tuesday, although the program had already been removed from its website.

Some critics have called for a purge of such shows, although that seems unlikely.

Several cable networks have lineups heavily devoted to true-crime fare, and practically speaking, clearing those shelves can't happen overnight.

("Cops" reruns, incidentally, could still be viewed on stations like WGN over the weekend.)

The logical next step would be to take sober looks at the images conveyed and whether they're presented responsibly.

The "Cops" theme song famously asks, "Whatcha gonna do?"

At a minimum, networks seeking to demonstrate that they grasp the movement should start by doing that.

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Thursday, 11th June 2o2o
LAPD launches over 50 investigations into officer misconduct during the protests

by ABC News


The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating 58 instances of officer misconduct during protests over George Floyd's death and police brutality, according to the mayor.

Seven officers have so far been assigned to non-field duties pending the outcome of the investigations, Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a press conference.
In a statement, police said the investigations related to

"allegations of misconduct, violations of department policy, and excessive force during the recent civil unrest."

"We will look into every complaint thoroughly and hold every officer accountable for their actions," the statement said.

Police said 56 complaint investigations had been opened and 28 of those involved alleged uses of force.

It was not immediately clear why there was a discrepancy in the number of investigations.


Anyone who believes they were wrongfully accused of a crime, unjustly injured, or experienced misconduct at the hands of an officer can make a complaint with the Department's Internal Affairs Group hotline at 1.800.339.6868, police said.

For complaints specifically related to the protests, individuals can email or make a complaint through the Office of the Inspector General at 213.893.6400 or

Protests over Floyd's death erupted across the country and world.

Floyd, a black man, died on May 25th after a white officer, derek chauvin, kept his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, causing Floyd to cry out,

"I can't breathe."

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

He has not entered a plea and is being held on $1.25 million bail in state prison.

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Friday, 12th June 2o2o
Dashcam video shows RCMP officer tackle First Nations chief during arrest over expired plate
by Ben Cousins


(TORONTO, Canada) - New footage has emerged showing officers punching and tackling an Alberta First Nations chief as they arrested him over an expired vehicle registration.

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam had previously said that he was leaving a casino in Fort McMurray, Alberta after 2 a.m. on March 10th when officers confronted him, his wife and his niece about an expired licence plate tag.

The two-minute dash cam video, obtained by CTV News, shows an officer attempting to arrest Adam, before another officer tackles him to the ground and punches him in the head while he is being restrained on the ground.


During the altercation, Adam suffered a deep laceration inside his mouth and said previously that he fought to maintain his consciousness while blood poured from his mouth.

Adam was held in custody overnight and released in the morning.

He was charged with resisting arrest and assault police in execution of duty of the criminal code and is expected to appear in court on July 2nd.

Initially the RCMP said the officers' actions were reasonable and did not meet the threshold for an investigation.

Police later announced that Alberta’s Serious Incident Response Team would look into the incident.

Adam has called for an independent investigation into the matter and for all officers to wear body cameras.

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Friday, 12th June 2o2o
No-Knock Warrants Banned In Louisville In Law Named For Breonna Taylor
by Barbera Campbell


The Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Council has voted unanimously to ban no-knock warrants.

The legislation was titled Breonna's Law, in honor of a woman who was killed during a raid on her home earlier this year.

Her death became one of the rallying points in protests against police violence, along with that of George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis in May.

Crowds all over the country have chanted her name.

Breonna Taylor was at home at her apartment with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, on March 13th when police arrived to execute a warrant in the middle of the night.

Walker reached for his gun and fired at police, according to his lawyers, because he mistook the entering officers for a robber.

Officers returned fire and Taylor, 26, was shot multiple times and later died.

Walker was initially charged with attempted murder of an officer, but the charge has been dropped.

Taylor's family brought the case to public attention, suing the police, and calling her death an execution.

The legislation passed on Thursday also requires police to wear body cameras when serving warrants and to turn on the cameras five minutes before beginning the operation.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer vowed he would sign the ban into law as soon as it hits his desk, saying

"risk to residents and officers with this kind of search outweigh any benefit."

"This is one of many critical steps on police reform that we've taken to create a more peaceful, just, compassionate and equitable community," he added.

Taylor's mom praised the city council for passing the law at a press conference.

"Breonna, that's all she wanted to do was to save lives," she said of her daughter, who was an EMT.

"So with this law, she will be able to continue to do that. So we're grateful for that."

Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing Taylor's family, thanked "every supporter, every protester, every young activist" and everyone who said Breonna's name after the law was passed.

The three officers who were involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave during an investigation.

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Friday, 12th June 2o2o
Representative Stevens Statement on Justice in Policing Act


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Today, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) announced her support for the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a comprehensive approach to hold police accountable and build trust between law enforcement and our communities.

The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 will take key steps to achieve transformational, structural change, including:

removing barriers to prosecuting police misconduct and recovering damages from officers who have violated civilians’ rights;

combating police brutality, including by requiring body and dashboard cameras, banning chokeholds, ending the use of no-knock warrants in drug cases and enacting steps to end racial profiling;

stepping up pressure on the Justice Department to address systemic racial discrimination by law enforcement;

and finally making lynching a federal hate crime, as the House did in passing H.R. 35 earlier this year.
“This is an inflection point for our country, and Congress must act to address the issues of police brutality and racial discrimination,” said Congresswoman Stevens.

“The Justice in Policing Act will support additional training, community-oriented policing, body and dashboard cameras, and other measures to increase accountability and transparency for law enforcement. This legislation will also make lynching a federal crime, a long-overdue step that passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support earlier this year. We have to pursue real reform to build a strong basis of trust between police departments and the communities they serve."

In addition to the Justice in Policing Act, Representative Stevens co-sponsored the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Representative Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) to create a Commission to examine the social disparities that disproportionately affect black men and boys in America.

The Commission, which will be housed within the United States Commission on Civil Rights, will propose measures to alleviate and remedy the underlying causes of the adverse social conditions that are a reality for too many black men and boys.

These recommendations will be sent to the Executive Mansion, and to Congress and the relevant committees of jurisdiction.

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Friday, 12th June 2o2o
Federal judge orders Seattle police to halt use of tear gas & pepper spray on protesters
by Brooke Seipel


A federal judge in Seattle has ordered local police to stop using tear gas, pepper spray and other force against nonviolent protesters, finding that the Seattle Police Department used excessive force against demonstrators.

The Seattle Times reports U.S. District Judge Richard Jones concluded that protesters' right to free speech had been violated by the police department, citing video and other evidence.

The temporary restraining order issued by Jones also prevents the police from using flash bangs, pepper balls and rubber bullets.

According to the Seattle Times, Jones said in his ruling that the "city and nation are at a crisis level" over "generational claims of racism and police brutality."

He wrote that protesters need the protection of the federal court.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington had sued Seattle-King County and several individuals on behalf of Black Lives Matter, as protests in the city have been violent.

Police officers have been seen using tear gas and flash grenades at protests in the city, with numerous videos of police confrontations with protesters gaining national attention.

Last week, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) announced that police in the city are banned from using tear gas for the next 30 days.

Police, however, continued to use the chemical in protests last weekend.

The use of tear gas against protesters has drawn broad criticism nationwide as well, and recent reports suggest the chemical is particularly threatening in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Post by: Battle on June 15, 2020, 10:53:15 am
Monday, 15th June 2o2o

The Honorable Daniel Cameron
Office of the Attorney General
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 118
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Dear Attorney General Cameron:

It has now been over three months since members of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) killed Breonna Taylor.

Plainsclothes officers with a "no-knock" warrant forced their way into her apartment, where she was asleep and unarmed.

Moments later, the officers fired over twenty shots into Breonna Taylor's home, striking her at least eight times.

While "Breonna's Law" passed in Louisville and federal legislation has been introduced that will also ban no-knocks warrants, these small steps in the right direction are painful reminders that there has still been no justice for Breonna Taylor or her family.

Three months have passed -- and the LMPD's investigations have created more questions than answers.

Their incident report states that Ms. Taylor suffered no injuries -- yet we know she was shot at leats eight times.

The LMPD officers claim they announced themselves before forcing their way into Ms. Taylor's apartment - but her boyfriend who was with her, as well as several neighborhoods, all say this is untrue.

Three months have passed -- and zero arrests have been made, and no officers have been fired.

The LMPD's investigation was turned over to your office, and yet all of the officers involved in the shooting remain employed by the LMPD.

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officers Myles Cosgove and Brett Hankinson must be held accountable for their actions.

Three months have passed -- and Breonna Taylor's family still wants justice.

Ms. Taylor's family has not been able to take time to process and grieve.

Instead, they have been working tirelessly to rally support of friends, their community, and the country to obtain justice for Breonna.

Your office has both the power and responsibility to bring justice to Breonna Taylor, and demonstrate the value of a Black woman's life.

I urge you to use that power and:

1. Bring criminal charges against Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankinson.

2. Commit to transparencey in the investigation and prosecution of these officers' criminal conduct.

3. Investigate the LMPD's reponse to Breonna Taylor's murder, as well the pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens.

Don't let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy.

With every death of a Black person at the hands of police, there are two real tragedies: the death itself, and the inaction and delays that follow it.

This is your chance to end that pattern.

Take swift and decisive action in charging the officers.

The next months cannot look like the last three.


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Post by: Battle on June 15, 2020, 03:33:15 pm
Monday, 15th June 2o2o
NYPD disbands roughly 600 plain-clothes officers
by Amir Vera


The New York Police Department underwent a "seismic shift" in its culture Monday, according to Commissioner Dermot Shea.

Roughly 600 anti-crime unit plainclothes officers were reassigned to new roles, effective immediately, Shea said.

The officers will now work in "a variety of assignments including detective bureaus, neighborhood policing and other assignments," Shea said.

The new change will shift how officers police New York, Shea said.

"It will be felt immediately among the five district attorney's offices.

It will be felt immediately in the communities we protect," Shea said, adding that the NYPD will still have plainclothes officers among the ranks.

The reassignments also close one of the last chapters of stop-and-frisk, Shea said.

The controversial police practice involved both uniformed and plainclothes officers temporarily detaining, questioning and searching residents who were overwhelmingly black or Latino.


It grew out of the tough policies of Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 1990s and continued with his successor Michael Bloomberg into the 2000s and 2010s.

A federal judge in 2013 ruled the stop-and-frisk searches violated the rights of minorities.

Patrick J. Lynch, president of the New York Police Benevolent Association, said in a statement the mission of the anti-crime unit was to "protect New Yorkers by proactively preventing crime, especially gun violence."

"Shooting and murders are both climbing steadily upward, but our city leaders have clearly decided that proactive policing isn't a priority anymore," Lynch said.

"They chose this strategy. They will have to reckon with the consequences."

Shea said Monday the policy shift is coming from him, personally, and is no reflection of the officers on the streets doing work.

"What we always struggle with, I believe, as police executives, is not keeping crime down, it's keeping crime down and keeping the community with us and I think those two things, at times, have been at odds," Shea said.

"It's time to move forward and change how we police in this city. We can do it with brains we can do it with guile. We can move away from brute force."

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Tuesday, 16th June 2o2o
NYPD officers taken to hospital after drinking milk shakes at Shake Shack
by Edmund DeMarche


Three NYPD police officers were taken to the hospital on Monday night after drinking milkshakes at a Shake Shack in the city that they said had an unfamiliar taste, police officials told Fox News.


The burger chain did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News, but the incident raised speculation within police unions that the drinks were tampered with given the recent incidents involving police officers across the country.


Paul DiGiacomo, the president of the Detective Endowment Association Board of Directors, said in a statement that the cops were “intentionally poisoned by one or more workers” at the restaurant in Lower Manhattan.


The officers are expected to recover.

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Wednesday, 17th June 2o2o
White Cop Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Charged With Felony Murder
by Kate Brumack


(ATLANTA, Georgia) — The Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction will be charged with felony murder and 10 other charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Garrett Rolfe kicked Brooks while he lay on the ground and the officer with him, Devin Brosnan, stood on Brooks’ shoulder as he struggled for life after a confrontation Friday night, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said at a news conference.

Rolfe had already been fired after he fatally shot Brooks, 27, on Friday night.

Brosnan, who will be charged with aggravated assault and other crimes, had been placed on administrative leave.

Brooks’ widow, Tomika Miller, attended the news conference along with her lawyers, Justin Miller and L. Chris Stewart.

The shooting sparked new demonstrations in Georgia’s capital against police brutality, after occasionally turbulent protests in response to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis had largely simmered down.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned less than 24 hours after Brooks was killed.


Police were called to a Wendy’s fast food restaurant over complaints of a car blocking the drive-thru lane.

An officer found Brooks asleep behind the wheel of the car and called for another officer to do field sobriety testing.

Police body camera video shows Brooks and officers having a relatively calm and respectful conversation for more than 40 minutes before things rapidly turned violent.

Brooks wrestled with officers, snatched one of their stun guns and turned and pointed it at one of them as he ran through the parking lot.


An autopsy found that Brooks was shot twice in the back.


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Thursday, 18th June 2o2o
Black cop fired after intervening on chokehold: "I lost everything"


Officials in Buffalo, New York, want an investigation into the firing of a black police officer who intervened when a white colleague had a suspect in a chokehold.

The incident happened in November 2006.

At the time, Officer Cariol Horne had served 19 of the 20 years needed to receive her pension, a spokesperson for Horne told CNN.

But Horne was fired for intervening and did not qualify for her pension, the city said.

"The message was sent that you don't cross that blue line and so some officers -- many officers don't," said Horne in an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar.

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Friday, 19th June 2o2o
Police chief resigns amid accusations of racial bias

by Associated Press


(UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland) — A police chief in a Maryland county near the nation's capital resigned Thursday amid reports alleging racial bias and discrimination toward officers of color.

Prince George’s County police Chief Hank Stawinski steps down after leading the department since 2016, news outlets reported.

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks made the announcement and said she accepted his resignation effective immediately.

Stawinski's resignation comes as the local chapter of the NAACP had planned to hold a vote of no-confidence Thursday evening against Stawinski’s leadership.

The resignation also comes after the American Civil Liberties Union detailed what it called discriminatory practices and retaliation by the department in a 94-page report filed Thursday.

Thirteen black and Hispanic officers of the Prince George’s Police Department had asked the ACLU to file a lawsuit on their behalf in 2018.

The officers said white officers would make racist remarks or use racial slurs but wouldn't be punished, while minority officers who reported the incidents would be punished, according to the ACLU.

Alsobrooks planned to hold a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss Stawinski’s resignation.


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Friday, 19th June 2o2o
Louisville's Police Department Fires An Officer Involved In Breonna Taylor's Murder
by Jason Slotkin


Louisville's police department is firing one of the Louisville police officers involved in the March shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday morning that the chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department has started termination procedures against Brett Hankison.
Hankison was one of three officers put on administrative leave for the shooting death of Taylor, who was killed on March 13th when police entered her apartment.


Police Chief Rob Schroeder said that Hankison "displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life" when he shot Taylor, as NPR member station WFPL reported.

In Schroeder's pre-termination letter to Hankison, which was released by the member station, he stated that he finds

"your conduct a shock to the conscience."

The letter says that Hankison "wantonly and blindly fired ten (10) rounds" into Taylor's apartment.
Police officers executed a no-knock warrant at Taylor's apartment in the middle of the night on March 13th.


Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was also in the apartment, believed the officers to be intruders, his attorney has said.

He's a licensed gun owner and fired his weapon, hitting an officer in the leg.


Officers shot back, hitting Taylor eight times, killing her.

Protests in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd had brought attention back to Taylor's death.

Demonstrators in Louisville and across the country are demanding justice for Taylor.

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Saturday, 27th June 2o2o
17 Rikers Island officers face discipline in transgender woman's death
by Justin Carissimo


Seventeen corrections officers in New York City will face disciplinary action in connection with the death of a 27-year-old transgender woman who died at Rikers Island in 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday.

Three officers and one captain will be suspended without pay.

Layleen Polanco, 27, died of an epileptic seizure while in solitary confinement on June 7th of last year.

Polanco was awaiting trial and unable to pay her $500 bail, according to her lawyers.

The mayor, in a statement, called Polanco's death an "incredibly painful moment" for the city.

"What happened to Layleen was absolutely unacceptable and it is critical that there is accountability."

The decision comes after Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark concluded a six-month investigation into Polanco's death and declined to bring charges against the officers.

The city's Department of Investigation released a report earlier this month detailing a 47-minute gap where officers failed to check on Polanco in her cell, violating a Department of Correction policy that requires staff to check on inmates who are in solitary confinement every 15 minutes.

That investigation, however, found no evidence that the officers' actions contributed to Polanco's death.

"Even one death in our custody is one too many and this swift and fair determination on internal discipline makes clear that the safety and well-being of people in our custody remains our top priority," Cynthia Brann, the city's corrections commissioner, said in a statement.

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Sunday, 28th June 2o2o
by David Sachs


A public hearing meant to last 30 minutes flowed late into the evening Monday as scores of protesters took over Denver City Council Chambers to demand drastic police reform and an end to systemic racism.

Just before the city council’s weekly legislative meeting was set to begin at 5:30 p.m., a crowd rushed the chambers and chanted

“Defund DPD.”

The group, which included members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, demanded control of the microphone.

Council President Jolon Clark and his colleagues acquiesced, giving them free rein and throwing out the three-minute limit and decorum rules.

For two-and-a-half hours, residents demanded — often with brimming anger — a shift away from the status quo.

Demands ranged from redirecting taxpayer money away from law enforcement and toward behavioral health services to abolishing the police department altogether.

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“The people have stood up. The table is flipping. And I want you all to understand right now you will be held responsible,” Candace Bailey, who has worked with children in the criminal justice system, told council members.

“You each have blood on your hands.”

Protesters repeatedly named Black and Latinx people killed by officers and deputies with the Denver Police Department and Denver Sheriff Department, including Michael Marshall, William DeBose, Marvin Booker, Jessica Hernandez, Paul Childs and Ryan Ronquillo.

Ivette Mendez, sister to 16-year-old Alexis Mendez-Perez who was shot and killed by off-duty Department of Corrections worker Desmond Manning while he ran through the man’s backyard, said she wanted justice for her brother.

“They got the guy who shot my brother and he’s dead,” Mendez said.

“What more evidence do they need? I also just want to be my brother’s voice. I just want justice for my little brother.”

Rosie DuPree, who grew up in the era of Paul Childs, a teenager killed by a Denver police officer in 2003, said that was the year she learned that “police kill children, too.”

“I am a child of this city. I pay taxes in this city,” DuPree said.

“I’m a business owner in this city and we need more eyes on who makes the decisions, on who trains the people who interact with our children.”

At times, frustrated residents cursed at council members and trolled them.

Council members listened without talking back.

Some protesters blamed the legislators for being complicit, while others acknowledged that the legislative branch has relatively little power compared to the mayor’s office.

At about 8:15 p.m., as the crowd began to disperse, Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca pleaded with the protesters to stay and watch the much less exciting legislative meeting and see how the government sausage gets made.

Most obliged.

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Wednesday, 8th July 2o2o
L.A. Sheriff’s Department employee arrested after alleged sexual misconduct with detainees
by Alejandra Reyes-Velarde


An employee with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of engaging in sexual activity with a detainee, sheriff’s officials said.

Roy’ce Bass, 29, surrendered to investigators Tuesday after an investigation by the Sheriff Department’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Bass, who was a custody assistant at the all-female Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, was released after posting $100,000 bail.

Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that Bass is accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with a detainee or detainees at his workplace between August 2017 and January 2018.

He is scheduled to appear in court November 13th.

“The Sheriff’s Department finds these allegations deeply troubling,” the news release said.

“We are committed to transparency and holding our employees fully accountable.”

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Post by: Battle on July 10, 2020, 06:59:30 am
Friday, 10th July 2o2o
Florida cop lied about work hours AND stole $15,000 from department
by Joseph Wilkinson



A Florida cop was arrested Thursday and charged with faking more than $15,000 worth of work, the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release.

Luis Silberberg, a detective in the office, is accused of slacking for 368 regular hours and 16 overtime hours for which he was paid, according to the release.

Instead, he spent the time at home in the southeast Florida county.


Officials said records show that Silberberg clocked 57 full days that he skipped either partially or entirely and therefore received $15,541 that he shouldn’t have.

The sheriff’s corruption unit began investigating Silberberg 18 months ago for an unrelated issue, the release said.

He’s been charged with grand theft, official misconduct and obtaining property under $20,000 by fraud.

Silberberg had been with the department since 2006.

Beginning in February, while being investigated for being paid not to work, he was given paid leave.

After his Thursday arrest, he was placed on unpaid leave.


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Post by: Battle on July 12, 2020, 04:12:46 am
Sunday, 12th July 2o2o
Deputy Fired And Charged For Lying About Being Attacked
by ABC News



A 22-year-old sheriff's deputy from Virginia has been fired and charged with falsely summoning law enforcement and obstruction of justice after his own sheriff's office said he lied about being attacked when a passerby found him unconscious on the side of the road.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office said Friday night that one of its deputies had been attacked in Warrenton, about an hour west of Washington, D.C., and the office was looking for a darkly colored SUV, sharing photos of the scene on social media.

But the deputy's story apparently crumbled in the following hours.

Jake Preston Dooley was charged with making up the account on Saturday.

Authorities said he was found "lying face down" by a passerby at an intersection, but did not elaborate on how he ended up there in the absence of the attack.

"Detectives thoroughly and vigorously investigated the allegation and determined the incident reported by the deputy was false," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

"Immediate action has been taken and the deputy has been relieved of duty by Sheriff [Robert] Mosier."

Dooley had told authorities he got out of his car to remove a road marker while on his drive home from work just after 7 p.m. Friday when he heard someone yell from a passing SUV and he was "struck in the head by an object."

He was taken to Fauquier Hospital, where he was treated and released for unspecified injuries.

Dooley was released on $10,000 bond, but authorities said he would be taken for a mental evaluation.

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Post by: Battle on July 12, 2020, 06:10:26 pm
Sunday, 12th July 2o2o
Bronx man puts NYPD cop in headlock as crowd cheers!


A Bronx man put an NYPD officer in a headlock while a crowd cheered him on, video of the wild incident shows.

One man in the group filmed the encounter on his cellphone while cursing and taunting the officers, telling one, “This n**** right here, he act gangster cause he got a badge and a gun.”

Seconds later, the officer rushes at a man in the crowd — identified by police sources as Wisnel Manzueta, 29 — but Manzueta gets the better of the cop and puts him in a headlock, dragging the officer to the ground.

Manzueta surrendered alongside his lawyer at the 46th Precinct stationhouse a week later, authorities say.

Though he was initially charged by police, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark’s office deferred prosecution, meaning Manzueta remains free as prosecutors continue to investigate the case and weigh whether charges are merited.


The cop needed two staples to close cuts to his head, a police source said.

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Post by: Battle on July 13, 2020, 04:59:06 pm
Monday, 13th July 2o2o
Bigoted, stupid sexist cop accused of making bigoted, sexist comments steps down
by Janelle Griffith


A New Jersey police chief accused of making derogatory comments about the nation's first Sikh attorney general and the state's first Asian American county prosecutor is stepping down, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Monday.

"Chief Trigo had previously begun the process to retire on September 1st, 2020 and, until that time, elected to take leave to handle a family-related health issue."

On July 4th, an audio recording was posted to YouTube in which Trigo allegedly says former acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park "is pretty hot" and "she got wide ones."

He also allegedly calls her "Chinese."

Park was the first Asian American county prosecutor in New Jersey and the first woman and minority to lead the prosecutor’s office in Union County.

Park is a member of the Council of Korean Americans.

Trigo also allegedly refers to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, the nation’s first Sikh state attorney general, as "that f------ guy with the turban" and says,

"I wanna pull him like a top."

It is unclear when the alleged audio is from.

The user who posted the video, Fanwood Exposed, could not be reached as there was no option to message the account on YouTube.

Fanwood Exposed describes itself as a "news organization exposing the corruption, illegal activity, unethical, immoral, and hypocritical behavior by public officials" in the borough.

Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo said in a statement Wednesday that her office has opened an investigation into the recording and that Trigo needs to "immediately step down" or disciplinary action must be initiated to remove him from office if it is authenticated.

In a statement Friday, Trigo's attorney said the recordings were "manipulated and spliced."

McMahon declined to comment Monday when asked if he or Trigo disputes that the voice on the recording is Trigo's.

"Chief Trigo, the first Spanish police Chief in Fanwood’s history, denies making any inappropriate comments," McMahon said in a statement.

"These altered recordings have unquestionably been manipulated and spliced together by persons upset with the reform and progress the Fanwood Police Department has made under Chief Trigo’s leadership, including the Chief personally hiring and promoting more minorities than any Chief in Fanwood's history."

McMahon also said Friday that Trigo "remains committed to the community and bringing people together, as he has done for nearly three decades."

McMahon said he was confident Ruotolo "will abide by the long-standing norms of her office, and not comment on or prejudge the merits of any ongoing investigation, which the chief welcomes."

Grewal condemned the comments last week and said that if Trigo made them in front of other law enforcement officials,

"they should have called out and reported the speaker's blatant misogyny and racism. Because when an officer behaves in this manner, it tarnishes the reputation and good work of the vast majority of officers who know that this conduct has no place in law enforcement or in our society."

“If the comments in the recording were, in fact, made by Chief Trigo, this is yet one more reason why we need to continue building a culture of accountability in policing in New Jersey," Grewal said in a statement.

"Clearly, others were in the room when these comments were purportedly made by a law enforcement executive, and they did nothing."

Sharon Lauchaire, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, declined to comment Monday about Trigo stepping down.

Trigo did not immediately return requests for comment.

Ruotolo said Monday her office was exercising its supersession authority to temporarily oversee operations of the Fanwood Police Department.

Captain Kevin Grimmer and detective Nicholas Falcicchio, both of the prosecutor's office, will assume control of day-to-day operations of the police force beginning Monday while a search is conducted for a new chief.

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Post by: Battle on July 16, 2020, 04:38:51 am
Thursday, 16th July 2o2o
Dumb Deputy Helped ‘Facilitate’ Jail Attack That Left Inmate Hospitalized
by Kate Feldman



A Texas detention deputy has been arrested after he allegedly stood by while an inmate was beaten up to the point that he needed to be hospitalized.

Jean Camacho-Morales, 33, has been charged with aggravated assault, official oppression and tampering with a government record, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar announced Tuesday night.

Camacho-Morales allegedly watched while six people attacked a 44-year-old inmate in the shower Monday, according to officials.

The unidentified inmate suffered facial fractures and broken vertebrae and was hooked up to a ventilator.

“While this poor victim is lying back there in a shower, beaten pretty severely, he stood by and did nothing, and then allowed the attack to continue,” Salazar said, according to KSAT.

“He allowed this man to lie there in a pool of his own blood for several minutes, probably upwards of a half hour during which time other inmates that were involved actually were able to clean up.”

Salazar insisted that Camacho-Morales did not participate in the attack, but helped “facilitate” it.

Along with the criminal charges, Camacho-Morales was also fired.

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Post by: Battle on July 16, 2020, 11:04:32 am
Thursday, 16th July 2o2o
Ex-officer in Hawaii sentenced for making man lick urinal


(HONOLULU, Hawaii) — A U.S. judge sentenced a former Honolulu police officer Wednesday to four years in prison for forcing a homeless man to lick a public urinal, telling him to imagine someone doing that to his two young daughters.

The homeless man was just as defenseless and powerless as the children of defendant John Rabago, U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi said.

“You took from him his only possession: his dignity as a human being,” Kobayashi said.

Rabago had taken an oath as a police officer to protect and defend but instead took advantage of someone poor and homeless, she said.

Rabago, 44, and another officer had responded to a nuisance complaint in 2018 when they found the homeless man in a stall in a public restroom.

Rabago threatened to beat the man and stuff his face in a toilet if he didn't lick the urinal, Kobayashi said.


He then grabbed the man's shoulder, held him down and stepped on his legs to keep him on his knees until he licked the urinal, the judge said.

Rabago later told the other officer to delete text messages about the incident, Kobayashi said.

“I’m here to judge you on the worst thing you’ve done in your life,” Kobayashi said.

However, she noted that he should not let the act define his future.

Reginald Ramones, the other officer, has also left the department and is scheduled to be sentenced next week.
Ramones pleaded guilty to knowing Rabago committed a civil rights violation and not informing authorities about it.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Brady said Rabago had sometimes been a good officer and ultimately took responsibility by pleading guilty to a pair of civil rights violations in the case, but had initially laughed about the incident and later denied it happened.

“To be homeless, not knowing where your next meal is going to be, to be forced to lick ... a dirty urinal by a uniformed police officer. There’s only one word that comes to mind: hopelessness," Brady said.

Rabago offered his apologies to the victim and his family.

“Two years ago I made a decision I'm not proud of," he said.

“My actions changed the course of life for all of us.”

His defense attorney, Megan Kau, said after the hearing that she and Rabago expected a sentence of about three years.

"I think she’s taking the national environment and making him an example," Kau said about the judge and the protests against racial injustice and police misconduct across the nation.

“This is not the same,” Kau said, noting that Rabago is Filipino American and the victim is white.

Earlier this year, the homeless man filed a lawsuit against the Honolulu Police Department and the city.

“He’s pleasantly surprised that the court punished him appropriately,” his lawyer, Myles Breiner, said.

“He was under the impression that they would coddle him and give him a minimum term, a very low sentence.”


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Post by: Battle on July 16, 2020, 03:51:03 pm
Thursday, 16th July 2o2o
Evidence destroyed in fatal police shooting of man who was half-kneeling
by Erik Ortiz


Evidence was destroyed relating to a fatal officer-involved shooting in June that sparked protests for increased police accountability in Vallejo, California, the city confirmed Wednesday.

The evidence included the bullet-riddled windshield of the unmarked police truck from which the fatal shots were fired.

As a result, a city employee who has not been identified was placed on administrative leave and the city said it would ask that the destruction of the windshield be part of any criminal investigation into the shooting.

The city has also retained an outside investigator to look into the destruction of evidence and is in contact with the FBI as it requests an outside agency to investigate the wider case.

The city also said in a statement that the police truck had been "placed back into service without prior consultation with the Police Chief or City Attorney's Office."

Melissa Nold, an attorney for the family of the man who was killed — Sean Monterrosa, 22, of San Francisco — said she had wanted to examine the windshield as part of evidence for a criminal investigation and civil lawsuit, but was surprised to learn from the city attorney's office this week that it not had been preserved.

"I was outraged when I inquired about the truck and found out that they destroyed a critical piece of evidence," Nold said.

"This is the perfect example of why police departments should be forbidden from investigating themselves."

Bodycam video from the scene outside of a Walgreens in Vallejo made public last week shows an officer in the back seat of the truck firing through the front windshield.

The video, however, did not show the moments leading up to the shooting or Monterrosa getting hit — footage that attorneys for his family say could help clarify whether he appeared threatening to officers, as they have claimed, or was crouched down surrendering.

Nold said that reviewing the windshield was necessary for an accurate scene recreation and to help determine the trajectory of the bullets, especially since bodycam video does not show Monterrosa until he was already lying on the ground.

Gregory Hagopian, a former prosecutor in the Tulare County District Attorney's Office in California and now a defense lawyer, said it's always better to preserve as much physical evidence as possible, which allows all sides to properly build their case and can be better than relying on photos or memory.

"When you've got a case like this where they should know there's going to be an inquest and there's going to be controversy, they should have thought to themselves we want to be as above board as possible," Hagopian said.

"When police seem to be hiding things, when they act shady, it just makes the negative perception of police worse."

Vallejo police said the officers were responding to a report of looting after midnight when they encountered Monterrosa in the parking lot.

There was a previous incident at the scene in which a police car was rammed and officers described seeing "potential looters" get into cars and flee, authorities said. When the other officers arrived, Monterrosa began running toward a car, then stopped and got into a half-kneeling position facing them, according to officers' accounts.

One of the officers told investigators he believed Monterrosa had a gun in his sweatshirt pocket and was kneeling "as if in preparation to shoot," moving his hands toward his jacket at their approaching vehicle.

That officer fired his weapon five times through the windshield, striking Monterrosa, according to authorities.

Police discovered that the object inside Monterrosa's pocket wasn't a gun, but a long hammer.

The Vallejo Police Department has not identified the officer who fired his weapon.

At a news conference last week, Police Chief Shawny Williams called the incident "tragic" but said that it would be "inappropriate" for him to comment about the officer's decision to shoot from the back seat of a vehicle and through a windshield.

Monterrosa's death was the 18th fatal police-involved shooting in Vallejo since 2010, with the majority of those killed being Black and brown men, records show. Monterrosa was Latino.

While the California Department of Justice announced last month that it will undertake an "expansive review" of the Vallejo Police Department because of its history of policing complaints, Attorney General Xavier Becerra has declined to independently investigate Monterrosa's shooting, leaving it to the Solano County District Attorney's Office to determine whether charges are warranted.

Community activists called for an independent investigation led by an agency outside of Solano County.

Earlier this month, District Attorney Krishna Abrams announced she would recuse her office from the case, and said,

"I, too, am listening and hearing their pleas for an independent investigation."

Abrams' office did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday about leading an investigation or the destruction of evidence, while the state Department of Justice had no comment.

Nold said that one of the two agencies will have to investigate Monterrosa's death, and as of now, "the Monterrosa family has been robbed, not only of Sean, but of an independent investigation."

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Post by: Battle on July 18, 2020, 06:26:45 pm
Saturday, 18th July 2o2o
Washington cop shot and killed during violent traffic stop by officer training him
by Jessica Schladebeck


A rookie cop killed after gunfire erupted during a routine traffic stop in Washington state was actually shot by his training officer, not the suspect arrested and charged with his murder.

Officer Jonathan Shoop was on duty with his field-training officer Mustafa Kumcur Monday evening around 9:40 p.m. when they pulled over a Pontiac G6 without a license plate, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Detective David Fontenot wrote in a probable cause statement filed in court on Friday.

The driver, identified as Henry Washington, initially seemed willing to cooperate with officers but fled in his vehicle after speaking with them for about a minute or so.

A brief car chase ensued, ending only when Washington’s vehicle struck a 20-year-old man on a scooter before crashing through a median, authorities said.

According to the probable cause statement, as the cruiser pulled up to Washington’s crashed car, the suspect made his way to the front of the vehicle and fired two shots into the driver’s side window.

The first shattered the glass while the second ricocheted off Kumcur’s service weapon and cut a deep graze in his head.

Kumcur, who was in the passenger seat, in response fired off “multiple rounds,” one of them fatally striking his trainee.

After Washington again fled the scene, the veteran officer pulled Shoop from the cruiser and attempted to save his life.

The rookie officer, who was with the department for about a year, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Kumcur was treated and released from Harborview Medical Center early Tuesday.

Authorities searched for Washington for five hours before they arrested him on a charge of aggravated first-degree murder.

Bothell City Manager Jennifer Phillips in a statement said despite the latest information in the case, there is still no question about who is responsible for Shoop’s death.

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Post by: supreme illuminati on July 21, 2020, 09:06:15 pm
Saturday, 18th July 2o2o
Washington cop shot and killed during violent traffic stop by officer training him
by Jessica Schladebeck


A rookie cop killed after gunfire erupted during a routine traffic stop in Washington state was actually shot by his training officer, not the suspect arrested and charged with his murder.

Officer Jonathan Shoop was on duty with his field-training officer Mustafa Kumcur Monday evening around 9:40 p.m. when they pulled over a Pontiac G6 without a license plate, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Detective David Fontenot wrote in a probable cause statement filed in court on Friday.

The driver, identified as Henry Washington, initially seemed willing to cooperate with officers but fled in his vehicle after speaking with them for about a minute or so.

A brief car chase ensued, ending only when Washington’s vehicle struck a 20-year-old man on a scooter before crashing through a median, authorities said.

According to the probable cause statement, as the cruiser pulled up to Washington’s crashed car, the suspect made his way to the front of the vehicle and fired two shots into the driver’s side window.

The first shattered the glass while the second ricocheted off Kumcur’s service weapon and cut a deep graze in his head.

Kumcur, who was in the passenger seat, in response fired off “multiple rounds,” one of them fatally striking his trainee.

After Washington again fled the scene, the veteran officer pulled Shoop from the cruiser and attempted to save his life.

The rookie officer, who was with the department for about a year, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Kumcur was treated and released from Harborview Medical Center early Tuesday.

Authorities searched for Washington for five hours before they arrested him on a charge of aggravated first-degree murder.

Bothell City Manager Jennifer Phillips in a statement said despite the latest information in the case, there is still no question about who is responsible for Shoop’s death.

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Jesus H! The job of the police is very difficult and dangerous! But wait...what was the rookie doing [ besides driving the car ] while Washington was shooting into the police cruiser? We don't know what the rookie was doing; only what his training officer was doing. Was the rookie surprised by Washington popping out and shooting at them, so he basically was still in the driving position, and didn't react defensively? Did he duck into the shots fired by his partner?
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Post by: Battle on July 23, 2020, 12:51:06 am
Thursday, 23rd July 2o2o
Derek Chauvin and wife face felony tax fraud charges
by CBS News


Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin — already facing charges in the death of George Floyd — has been charged with multiple tax-related felonies, along with his wife Kellie Chauvin, CBS Minnesota reports.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput on Wednesday announced the nine counts of felony tax evasion charges against Derek and Kellie Chauvin.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators began looking into the Chauvins in June 2020 for not filing Minnesota individual income tax returns on time from 2016 to 2019, and for fraudulently filing tax returns from 2014 to 2019.

"When you fail to fulfill the basic obligation to file and pay taxes, you are taking money from the pockets of citizens of Minnesota," Orput said.

"Our office has and will continue to file these charges when presented. Whether you are a prosecutor or police officer, or you are a doctor or a realtor, no one is above the law."

The complaint details, over the course of multiple years, that the Chauvins failed to file income tax returns and pay state income taxes; underreported and underpaid taxes on income from various employments each year; and failed to pay proper sales tax on a vehicle purchased in Minnesota.

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Oakdale Police Department.

If convicted, Derek and Kellie could each face a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison and/or have to pay a $90,000 fine, according to CBS Minnesota.

Kellie filed for divorce in May 2020, which is still pending.

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So let me get this straight: He killed someone over a fake $20 bill but didnt pay his taxes for years.

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Post by: Battle on July 28, 2020, 10:14:27 am
Tuesday, 28th July 2o2o
Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery
by Jill Lepore


To police is to maintain law and order, but the word derives from polis—the Greek for “city,” or “polity”—by way of politia, the Latin for “citizenship,” and it entered English from the Middle French police, which meant not constables but government.

“The police,” as a civil force charged with deterring crime, came to the United States from England and is generally associated with monarchy—“keeping the king’s peace”—which makes it surprising that, in the antimonarchical United States, it got so big, so fast.

The reason is, mainly, slavery.


“Abolish the police,” as a rallying cry, dates to 1988 (the year that N.W.A. recorded “f*ck tha Police”), but, long before anyone called for its abolition, someone had to invent the police: the ancient Greek polis had to become the modern police.

“To be political, to live in a polis, meant that everything was decided through words and persuasion and not through force and violence,” Hannah Arendt wrote in “The Human Condition.”

In the polis, men argued and debated, as equals, under a rule of law.

Outside the polis, in households, men dominated women, children, servants, and slaves, under a rule of force.

This division of government sailed down the river of time like a raft, getting battered, but also bigger, collecting sticks and mud.

Kings asserted a rule of force over their subjects on the idea that their kingdom was their household.

In 1769, William Blackstone, in his “Commentaries on the Laws of England,” argued that the king, as “pater-familias of the nation,” directs “the public police,” exercising the means by which “the individuals of the state, like members of a well-governed family, are bound to conform their general behavior to the rules of propriety, good neighbourhood, and good manners; and to be decent, industrious, and inoffensive in their respective stations.”

The police are the king’s men.

History begins with etymology, but it doesn’t end there.

The polis is not the police.

The American Revolution toppled the power of the king over his people—in America, “the law is king,” Thomas Paine wrote—but not the power of a man over his family.

The power of the police has its origins in that kind of power.

Under the rule of law, people are equals; under the rule of police, as the legal theorist Markus Dubber has written, we are not.

We are more like the women, children, servants, and slaves in a household in ancient Greece, the people who were not allowed to be a part of the polis.

But for centuries, through struggles for independence, emancipation, enfranchisement, and equal rights, we’ve been fighting to enter the polis.

One way to think about “Abolish the police,” then, is as an argument that, now that all of us have finally clawed our way into the polis, the police are obsolete.

But are they?

The crisis in policing is the culmination of a thousand other failures—failures of education, social services, public health, gun regulation, criminal justice, and economic development.

Police have a lot in common with firefighters, E.M.T.s, and paramedics: they’re there to help, often at great sacrifice, and by placing themselves in harm’s way.

To say that this doesn’t always work out, however, does not begin to cover the size of the problem.

The killing of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, cannot be wished away as an outlier.

In each of the past five years, police in the United States have killed roughly a thousand people.

(During each of those same years, about a hundred police officers were killed in the line of duty.)

One study suggests that, among American men between the ages of fifteen and thirty-four, the number who were treated in emergency rooms as a result of injuries inflicted by police and security guards was almost as great as the number who, as pedestrians, were injured by motor vehicles.

Urban police forces are nearly always whiter than the communities they patrol.

The victims of police brutality are disproportionately Black teen-age boys: children.

To say that many good and admirable people are police officers, dedicated and brave public servants, which is, of course, true, is to fail to address both the nature and the scale of the crisis and the legacy of centuries of racial injustice.

The best people, with the best of intentions, doing their utmost, cannot fix this system from within.

There are nearly seven hundred thousand police officers in the United States, about two for every thousand people, a rate that is lower than the European average.

The difference is guns.

Police in Finland fired six bullets in all of 2013; in an encounter on a single day in the year 2015, in Pasco, Washington, three policemen fired seventeen bullets when they shot and killed an unarmed thirty-five-year-old orchard worker from Mexico.

Five years ago, when the Guardian counted police killings, it reported that, “in the first 24 days of 2015, police in the US fatally shot more people than police did in England and Wales, combined, over the past 24 years.”

American police are armed to the teeth, with more than seven billion dollars’ worth of surplus military equipment off-loaded by the Pentagon to eight thousand law-enforcement agencies since 1997.

At the same time, they face the most heavily armed civilian population in the world: one in three Americans owns a gun, typically more than one.

Gun violence undermines civilian life and debases everyone.

A study found that, given the ravages of stress, white male police officers in Buffalo have a life expectancy twenty-two years shorter than that of the average American male.

The debate about policing also has to do with all the money that’s spent paying heavily armed agents of the state to do things that they aren’t trained to do and that other institutions would do better.

History haunts this debate like a bullet-riddled ghost.


That history begins in England, in the thirteenth century, when maintaining the king’s peace became the duty of an officer of the court called a constable, aided by his watchmen: every male adult could be called on to take a turn walking a ward at night and, if trouble came, to raise a hue and cry.

This practice lasted for centuries.

(A version endures: George Zimmerman, when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, in 2012, was serving on his neighborhood watch.)

The watch didn’t work especially well in England—“The average constable is an ignoramus who knows little or nothing of the law,” Blackstone wrote—and it didn’t work especially well in England’s colonies.

Rich men paid poor men to take their turns on the watch, which meant that most watchmen were either very elderly or very poor, and very exhausted from working all day.

Boston established a watch in 1631.

New York tried paying watchmen in 1658.

In Philadelphia, in 1705, the governor expressed the view that the militia could make the city safer than the watch, but militias weren’t supposed to police the king’s subjects; they were supposed to serve the common defense—waging wars against the French, fighting Native peoples who were trying to hold on to their lands, or suppressing slave rebellions.

The government of slavery was not a rule of law.

It was a rule of police.

In 1661, the English colony of Barbados passed its first slave law; revised in 1688, it decreed that “Negroes and other Slaves” were “wholly unqualified to be governed by the Laws . . . of our Nations,” and devised, instead, a special set of rules “for the good Regulating and Ordering of them.”

Virginia adopted similar measures, known as slave codes, in 1680:

It shall not be lawfull for any negroe or other slave to carry or arme himselfe with any club, staffe, gunn, sword or any other weapon of defence or offence, nor to goe or depart from of his masters ground without a certificate from his master, mistris or overseer, and such permission not to be granted but upon perticuler and necessary occasions; and every negroe or slave soe offending not haveing a certificate as aforesaid shalbe sent to the next constable, who is hereby enjoyned and required to give the said negroe twenty lashes on his bare back well layd on, and soe sent home to his said master, mistris or overseer . . . that if any negroe or other slave shall absent himself from his masters service and lye hid and lurking in obscure places, comitting injuries to the inhabitants, and shall resist any person or persons that shalby any lawfull authority be imployed to apprehend and take the said negroe, that then in case of such resistance, it shalbe lawfull for such person or persons to kill the said negroe or slave soe lying out and resisting.

In eighteenth-century New York, a person held as a slave could not gather in a group of more than three; could not ride a horse; could not hold a funeral at night; could not be out an hour after sunset without a lantern; and could not sell “Indian corn, peaches, or any other fruit” in any street or market in the city.

Stop and frisk, stop and whip, shoot to kill.

Then there were the slave patrols.

Armed Spanish bands called hermandades had hunted runaways in Cuba beginning in the fifteen-thirties, a practice that was adopted by the English in Barbados a century later.

It had a lot in common with England’s posse comitatus, a band of stout men that a county sheriff could summon to chase down an escaped criminal.

South Carolina, founded by slaveowners from Barbados, authorized its first slave patrol in 1702; Virginia followed in 1726, North Carolina in 1753.

Slave patrols married the watch to the militia: serving on patrol was required of all able-bodied men (often, the patrol was mustered from the militia), and patrollers used the hue and cry to call for anyone within hearing distance to join the chase.

Neither the watch nor the militia nor the patrols were “police,” who were French, and considered despotic.

In North America, the French city of New Orleans was distinctive in having la police: armed City Guards, who wore military-style uniforms and received wages, an urban slave patrol.

In 1779, Thomas Jefferson created a chair in “law and police” at the College of William & Mary.

The meaning of the word began to change.

In 1789, Jeremy Bentham, noting that “police” had recently entered the English language, in something like its modern sense, made this distinction: police keep the peace; justice punishes disorder.

(“No justice, no peace!” Black Lives Matter protesters cry in the streets.)

Then, in 1797, a London magistrate named Patrick Colquhoun published “A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis.”

He, too, distinguished peace kept in the streets from justice administered by the courts: police were responsible for the regulation and correction of behavior and “the prevention and detection of crimes.”

It is often said that Britain created the police, and the United States copied it.

One could argue that the reverse is true.

Colquhoun spent his teens and early twenties in Colonial Virginia, had served as an agent for British cotton manufacturers, and owned shares in sugar plantations in Jamaica.

He knew all about slave codes and slave patrols.

But nothing came of Colquhoun’s ideas about policing until 1829, when Home Secretary Robert Peel—in the wake of a great deal of labor unrest, and after years of suppressing Catholic rebellions in Ireland, in his capacity as Irish Secretary—persuaded Parliament to establish the Metropolitan Police, a force of some three thousand men, headed by two civilian justices (later called “commissioners”), and organized like an army, with each superintendent overseeing four inspectors, sixteen sergeants, and a hundred and sixty-five constables, who wore coats and pants of blue with black top hats, each assigned a numbered badge and a baton.
Londoners came to call these men “bobbies,” for Bobby Peel.

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Post by: Battle on July 28, 2020, 10:21:14 am

It is also often said that modern American urban policing began in 1838, when the Massachusetts legislature authorized the hiring of police officers in Boston.

This, too, ignores the role of slavery in the history of the police.

In 1829, a Black abolitionist in Boston named David Walker published “An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World,” calling for violent rebellion:

“One good black man can put to death six white men.”

Walker was found dead within the year, and Boston thereafter had a series of mob attacks against abolitionists, including an attempt to lynch William Lloyd Garrison, the publisher of The Liberator, in 1835.

Walker’s words terrified Southern slaveowners.

The governor of North Carolina wrote to his state’s senators,

“I beg you will lay this matter before the police of your town and invite their prompt attention to the necessity of arresting the circulation of the book.”

By “police,” he meant slave patrols: in response to Walker’s “Appeal,” North Carolina formed a statewide “patrol committee.”

New York established a police department in 1844; New Orleans and Cincinnati followed in 1852, then, later in the eighteen-fifties, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Baltimore.

Population growth, the widening inequality brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and the rise in such crimes as prostitution and burglary all contributed to the emergence of urban policing.

So did immigration, especially from Ireland and Germany, and the hostility to immigration: a new party, the Know-Nothings, sought to prevent immigrants from voting, holding office, and becoming citizens.

In 1854, Boston disbanded its ancient watch and formally established a police department; that year, Know-Nothings swept the city’s elections.

American police differed from their English counterparts: in the U.S., police commissioners, as political appointees, fell under local control, with limited supervision; and law enforcement was decentralized, resulting in a jurisdictional thicket.

In 1857, in the Great Police Riot, the New York Municipal Police, run by the mayor’s office, fought on the steps of city hall with the New York Metropolitan Police, run by the state.

The Metropolitans were known as the New York Mets.

That year, an amateur baseball team of the same name was founded.

Also, unlike their British counterparts, American police carried guns, initially their own.

In the eighteen-sixties, the Colt Firearms Company began manufacturing a compact revolver called a Pocket Police Model, long before the New York Metropolitan Police began issuing service weapons.

American police carried guns because Americans carried guns, including Americans who lived in parts of the country where they hunted for food and defended their livestock from wild animals, Americans who lived in parts of the country that had no police, and Americans who lived in parts of North America that were not in the United States.

Outside big cities, law-enforcement officers were scarce.

In territories that weren’t yet states, there were U.S. marshals and their deputies, officers of the federal courts who could act as de-facto police, but only to enforce federal laws.

If a territory became a state, its counties would elect sheriffs.

Meanwhile, Americans became vigilantes, especially likely to kill indigenous peoples, and to lynch people of color.

Between 1840 and the nineteen-twenties, mobs, vigilantes, and law officers, including the Texas Rangers, lynched some five hundred Mexicans and Mexican-Americans and killed thousands more, not only in Texas but also in territories that became the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

A San Francisco vigilance committee established in 1851 arrested, tried, and hanged people; it boasted a membership in the thousands.

An L.A. vigilance committee targeted and lynched Chinese immigrants.

The U.S. Army operated as a police force, too.

After the Civil War, the militia was organized into seven new departments of permanent standing armies: the Department of Dakota, the Department of the Platte, the Department of the Missouri, the Department of Texas, the Department of Arizona, the Department of California, and the Department of the Columbian.

In the eighteen-seventies and eighties, the U.S. Army engaged in more than a thousand combat operations against Native peoples.

In 1890, at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, following an attempt to disarm a Lakota settlement, a regiment of cavalrymen massacred hundreds of Lakota men, women, and children.

Nearly a century later, in 1973, F.B.I. agents, swat teams, and federal troops and state marshals laid siege to Wounded Knee during a protest over police brutality and the failure to properly punish the torture and murder of an Oglala Sioux man named Raymond Yellow Thunder.

They fired more than half a million rounds of ammunition and arrested more than a thousand people.

Today, according to the C.D.C., Native Americans are more likely to be killed by the police than any other racial or ethnic group.

Modern American policing began in 1909, when August Vollmer became the chief of the police department in Berkeley, California.

Vollmer refashioned American police into an American military.

He’d served with the Eighth Army Corps in the Philippines in 1898.

“For years, ever since Spanish-American War days, I’ve studied military tactics and used them to good effect in rounding up crooks,” he later explained.

“After all we’re conducting a war, a war against the enemies of society.”

Who were those enemies?

Mobsters, bootleggers, socialist agitators, strikers, union organizers, immigrants, and Black people.

To domestic policing, Vollmer and his peers adapted the kinds of tactics and weapons that had been deployed against Native Americans in the West and against colonized peoples in other parts of the world, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, as the sociologist Julian Go has demonstrated.

Vollmer instituted a training model imitated all over the country, by police departments that were often led and staffed by other veterans of the United States wars of conquest and occupation.

A “police captain or lieutenant should occupy exactly the same position in the public mind as that of a captain or lieutenant in the United States army,” Detroit’s commissioner of police said.

(Today’s police officers are disproportionately veterans of U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many suffering from post-traumatic stress.

The Marshall Project, analyzing data from the Albuquerque police, found that officers who are veterans are more likely than their non-veteran counterparts to be involved in fatal shootings.

In general, they are more likely to use force, and more likely to fire their guns.)

Vollmer-era police enforced a new kind of slave code: Jim Crow laws, which had been passed in the South beginning in the late eighteen-seventies and upheld by the Supreme Court in 1896.

William G. Austin became Savannah’s chief of police in 1907. Earlier, he had earned a Medal of Honor for his service in the U.S. Cavalry at Wounded Knee; he had also fought in the Spanish-American War.

By 1916, African-American churches in the city were complaining to Savannah newspapers about the “whole scale arrests of negroes because they are negroes—arrests that would not be made if they were white under similar circumstances.”

African-Americans also confronted Jim Crow policing in the Northern cities to which they increasingly fled.

James Robinson, Philadelphia’s chief of police beginning in 1912, had served in the Infantry during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War.

He based his force’s training on manuals used by the U.S. Army at Leavenworth.

Go reports that, in 1911, about eleven per cent of people arrested were African-American; under Robinson, that number rose to 14.6 per cent in 1917.

By the nineteen-twenties, a quarter of those arrested were African-Americans, who, at the time, represented just 7.4 per cent of the population.

Progressive Era, Vollmer-style policing criminalized Blackness, as the historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad argued in his 2010 book, “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.”

Police patrolled Black neighborhoods and arrested Black people disproportionately; prosecutors indicted Black people disproportionately; juries found Black people guilty disproportionately; judges gave Black people disproportionately long sentences; and, then, after all this, social scientists, observing the number of Black people in jail, decided that, as a matter of biology, Black people were disproportionately inclined to criminality.

More recently, between the New Jim Crow and the criminalization of immigration and the imprisonment of immigrants in detention centers, this reality has only grown worse.

“By population, by per capita incarceration rates, and by expenditures, the United States exceeds all other nations in how many of its citizens, asylum seekers, and undocumented immigrants are under some form of criminal justice supervision,” Muhammad writes in a new preface to his book.

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Post by: Battle on July 28, 2020, 10:30:38 am
“The number of African American and Latinx people in American jails and prisons today exceeds the entire populations of some African, Eastern European, and Caribbean countries.”

Policing grew harsher in the Progressive Era, and, with the emergence of state-police forces, the number of police grew, too.

With the rise of the automobile, some, like California’s, began as “highway patrols.”

Others, including the state police in Nevada, Colorado, and Oregon, began as the private paramilitaries of industrialists which employed the newest American immigrants: Hungarians, Italians, and Jews.

Industrialists in Pennsylvania established the Iron and Coal Police to end strikes and bust unions, including the United Mine Workers; in 1905, three years after an anthracite-coal strike, the Pennsylvania State Police started operations.

“One State Policeman should be able to handle one hundred foreigners,” its new chief said.

The U.S. Border Patrol began in 1924, the year that Congress restricted immigration from southern Europe.

At the insistence of Southern and Western agriculturalists, Congress exempted Mexicans from its new immigration quotas in order to allow migrant workers to enter the United States.

The Border Patrol began as a relatively small outfit responsible for enforcing federal immigration law, and stopping smugglers, at all of the nation’s borders.

In the middle decades of the twentieth century, it grew to a national quasi-military focussed on policing the southern border in campaigns of mass arrest and forced deportation of Mexican immigrants, aided by local police like the notoriously brutal L.A.P.D., as the historian Kelly Lytle Hernández has chronicled.

What became the Chicano movement began in Southern California, with Mexican immigrants’ protests of the L.A.P.D. during the first half of the twentieth century, even as a growing film industry cranked out features about Klansmen hunting Black people, cowboys killing Indians, and police chasing Mexicans.


More recently, you can find an updated version of this story in L.A. Noire, a video game set in 1947 and played from the perspective of a well-armed L.A.P.D. officer, who, driving along Sunset Boulevard, passes the crumbling, abandoned sets from D. W. Griffith’s 1916 film “Intolerance,” imagined relics of an unforgiving age.

Two kinds of police appeared on mid-century American television.

The good guys solved crime on prime-time police procedurals like “Dragnet,” starting in 1951, and “Adam-12,” beginning in 1968 (both featured the L.A.P.D.).

The bad guys shocked America’s conscience on the nightly news: Arkansas state troopers barring Black students from entering Little Rock Central High School, in 1957; Birmingham police clubbing and arresting some seven hundred Black children protesting segregation, in 1963; and Alabama state troopers beating voting-rights marchers at Selma, in 1965.

These two faces of policing help explain how, in the nineteen-sixties, the more people protested police brutality, the more money governments gave to police departments.

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on crime,” and asked Congress to pass the Law Enforcement Assistance Act, under which the federal government would supply local police with military-grade weapons, weapons that were being used in the war in Vietnam.

During riots in Watts that summer, law enforcement killed thirty-one people and arrested more than four thousand; fighting the protesters, the head of the L.A.P.D. said, was “very much like fighting the Viet Cong.”

Preparing for a Senate vote just days after the uprising ended, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee said,

“For some time, it has been my feeling that the task of law enforcement agencies is really not much different from military forces; namely, to deter crime before it occurs, just as our military objective is deterrence of aggression.”

As Elizabeth Hinton reported in “From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America,” the “frontline soldiers” in Johnson’s war on crime—Vollmer-era policing all over again—spent a disproportionate amount of time patrolling Black neighborhoods and arresting Black people.

Policymakers concluded from those differential arrest rates that Black people were prone to criminality, with the result that police spent even more of their time patrolling Black neighborhoods, which led to a still higher arrest rate.

“If we wish to rid this country of crime, if we wish to stop hacking at its branches only, we must cut its roots and drain its swampy breeding ground, the slum,” Johnson told an audience of police policymakers in 1966.

The next year, riots broke out in Newark and Detroit.

“We ain’t rioting agains’ all you whites,” one Newark man told a reporter not long before being shot dead by police.

“We’re riotin’ agains’ police brutality.”

In Detroit, police arrested more than seven thousand people.

Johnson’s Great Society essentially ended when he asked Congress to pass the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, which had the effect of diverting money from social programs to policing.

This magazine called it “a piece of demagoguery devised out of malevolence and enacted in hysteria.”

James Baldwin attributed its “irresponsible ferocity” to “some pale, compelling nightmare—an overwhelming collection of private nightmares.”

The truth was darker, as the sociologist Stuart Schrader chronicled in his 2019 book, “Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing.”

During the Cold War, the Office of Public Safety at the U.S.A.I.D. provided assistance to the police in at least fifty-two countries, and training to officers from nearly eighty, for the purpose of counter-insurgency—the suppression of an anticipated revolution, that collection of private nightmares; as the O.P.S. reported, it contributed “the international dimension to the Administration’s War on Crime.”

Counter-insurgency boomeranged, and came back to the United States, as policing.

In 1968, Johnson’s new crime bill established the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, within the Department of Justice, which, in the next decade and a half, disbursed federal funds to more than eighty thousand crime-control projects.

Even funds intended for social projects—youth employment, for instance, along with other health, education, housing, and welfare programs—were distributed to police operations.

With Richard Nixon, any elements of the Great Society that had survived the disastrous end of Johnson’s Presidency were drastically cut, with an increased emphasis on policing, and prison-building.

More Americans went to prison between 1965 and 1982 than between 1865 and 1964, Hinton reports.

Under Ronald Reagan, still more social services were closed, or starved of funding until they died: mental hospitals, health centers, jobs programs, early-childhood education.

By 2016, eighteen states were spending more on prisons than on colleges and universities.

Activists who today call for defunding the police argue that, for decades, Americans have been defunding not only social services but, in many states, public education itself.

The more frayed the social fabric, the more police have been deployed to trim the dangling threads.

The blueprint for law enforcement from Nixon to Reagan came from the Harvard political scientist James Q. Wilson between 1968, in his book “Varieties of Police Behavior,” and 1982, in an essay in The Atlantic titled  “Broken Windows.”

On the one hand, Wilson believed that the police should shift from enforcing the law to maintaining order, by patrolling on foot, and doing what came to be called “community policing.”

(Some of his recommendations were ignored: Wilson called for other professionals to handle what he termed the “service functions” of the police—“first aid, rescuing cats, helping ladies, and the like”—which is a reform people are asking for today.)

On the other hand, Wilson called for police to arrest people for petty crimes, on the theory that they contributed to more serious crimes.

Wilson’s work informed programs like Detroit’s stress (Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets), begun in 1971, in which Detroit police patrolled the city undercover, in disguises that included everything from a taxi-driver to a “radical college professor,” and killed so many young Black men that an organization of Black police officers demanded that the unit be disbanded.

The campaign to end stress arguably marked the very beginnings of police abolitionism.

stress defended its methods.

“We just don’t walk up and shoot somebody,” one commander said.

“We ask him to stop. If he doesn’t, we shoot.”

For decades, the war on crime was bipartisan, and had substantial support from the Congressional Black Caucus.

“Crime is a national-defense problem,” Joe Biden said in the Senate, in 1982.

“You’re in as much jeopardy in the streets as you are from a Soviet missile.”

Biden and other Democrats in the Senate introduced legislation that resulted in the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984.

A decade later, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden helped draft the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, whose provisions included mandatory sentencing.

In May, 1991, two months after the Rodney King beating, Biden introduced the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights, which provided protections for police under investigation.
The N.R.A. first endorsed a Presidential candidate, Reagan, in 1980; the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union, first endorsed a Presidential candidate, George H. W. Bush, in 1988.

In 1996, it endorsed Bill Clinton.

Partly because of Biden’s record of championing law enforcement, the National Association of Police Organizations endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 and 2012.

In 2014, after police in Ferguson, Missouri, shot Michael Brown, the Obama Administration established a task force on policing in the twenty-first century.

Its report argued that police had become warriors when what they really should be is guardians.

Most of its recommendations were never implemented.

In 2016, the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Individual-1, saying that “our members believe he will make America safe again.”

Police unions are lining up behind Individual-1 again this year.

“We will never abolish our police or our great Second Amendment,” Individual-1 said at Mt. Rushmore, on the occasion of the Fourth of July.

“We will not be intimidated by bad, evil people.”

Individual-1 is not the king; the law is king. The police are not the king’s men; they are public servants.

And, no matter how desperately Individual-1 would like to make it so, policing really isn’t a partisan issue.

Out of the stillness of the shutdown, the voices of protest have roared like summer thunder.

An overwhelming majority of Americans, of both parties, support major reforms in American policing.

And a whole lot of police, defying their unions, also support those reforms.


Those changes won’t address plenty of bigger crises, not least because the problem of policing can’t be solved without addressing the problem of guns.

But this much is clear: the polis has changed, and the police will have to change, too.

An earlier version of this piece misrepresented the number of Americans between the ages of fifteen and thirty-four who were treated as a result of police-inflicted injuries in emergency rooms.

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"If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it." ~ Oprah
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Post by: Battle on August 07, 2020, 05:04:49 pm
Friday, 7th August 2o2o
Milwaukee police chief demoted!
by Leah Asmelash


As cities across the country rethink community policing, Milwaukee's police oversight board has demoted the city's police chief due to lack of communication and following the use of tear gas against protesters in the wake of George Floyd's death.

The unanimous vote to demote Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales was made by the city's Fire and Police Commission on Thursday evening.

The FPC is a citizen review board overseeing the operations of the the Fire and Police Departments.


The push to demote Morales began weeks ago, on July 20th, when seven members of Milwaukee's 15-member Common Council released a statement titled,

"Too many failures: We have no confidence in Chief Morales."

That joint statement referenced multiple incidents of "failed leadership" by Morales, including one incident after the death of George Floyd where an officer knelt on the neck of a face-down protester.

That officer, the statement says, is still on duty.

The Council's joint statement also disparages the tear gas and rubber bullets used "to attempt to injure hundreds of peaceful protesters."

Also on July 20th, the FPC sent Morales a list of 11 directives as a result of his "continued failure to communicate openly," the directives say.

They include requests for departmental records relating to various arrests and police shootings, including findings from an investigation into the arrest of Sterling Brown, a player for the Milwaukee Bucks who was arrested and tased in 2018 after an altercation stemming from a parking violation.

In response to the FPC's list of directives, the Milwaukee Police Department on Wednesday released a statement saying the department "has fully complied with every directive issued."

Still, on Thursday, one day after the department's statement, the FPC voted to demote Morales to his previous rank of captain.

Commissioner Ray Robakowski said Morales had "intentionally misled the public" in the last two weeks.

"His conduct is unbecoming, filled with ethical lapses and flawed decisions, making it inconsistent with someone who has the privilege of leading the Milwaukee Police Department," he said.

The meeting was held in person and Morales attended by video, according to CNN affiliate WDJT.

After the meeting, Attorney Franklyn Grimbel, who has been representing Morales, told reporters that the former chief "intends to review his options following the FPC decision," according to WDJT.

CNN has reached out to Grimbel, but requests for comment were not immediately returned.


Morales' demotion comes amid shifting public views of policing across the country -- as more and more Americans demand accountability and the defunding of police departments.

Just two hours away from Milwaukee, Chicago has seen violent clashes between protesters and police officers, amid calls to defund the Chicago Police Department and complaints of police misconduct.

In Los Angeles, the city council made cuts to the Los Angeles Police Department budget and has moved forward with a plan to replace police officers with community-based responders for nonviolent calls.

In Canada, the Vancouver City Council has made a similar move.

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Post by: Battle on August 07, 2020, 06:25:06 pm
Friday, 7th August 2o2o
North Carolina jail workers charged!
by Tina Burnside, Jennifer Henderson and Jamiel Lynch


Video that shows a Black man in apparent medical distress repeatedly telling officers, "I can't breathe," days before he died in a hospital was released this week following a North Carolina judge's order.

John Elliott Neville, 56, of Greensboro, also can be heard telling officers, "Let me go!" and "Help me!" and calling out, "Mama!" during the episode a day after his December 1st arrest.

He became unresponsive during the incident and died later at a hospital.

The five corrections officers and the nurse who attended to Neville leading up to his death have been charged with involuntary manslaughter by Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O'Neill.

They have been relieved of duty, the sheriff's office said.

The case marks the latest chapter in an unfolding, nationwide reckoning over how police treat Black people.

Protests from coast to coast have continued since the May death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, who cried out that he couldn't breathe as an officer knelt on his neck; Floyd also pleaded for his mother's aid in his dying moments.

Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough Jr. apologized to the Neville family on Wednesday, following the court order to release the footage.

"I want to take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate the class in which you have handled the passing of your father," Kimbrough said.

"I have stood with you from the beginning and will continue to stand with you."

CNN has reached out to the district attorney's office and the attorney for Neville's family.

Neville was arrested by the Kernersville Police Department on a charge of assault on a female out of Guilford County, according to the sheriff's office.

While in custody at the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Center, he experienced an unknown medical emergency while he slept that caused him to fall out of his top bunk to the floor, O'Neill said last month during a news conference.

Corrections officers and a nurse were dispatched to his cell, where they found Neville disoriented and confused, O'Neill said.

The decision was made to move him to an observation cell to see what was causing his distress.

Over the next 45 minutes, Neville sustained injuries that caused him to lose his life, O'Neill said.

Videos taken from body and handheld cameras inside the detention facility on December 2nd show at least five officers attending to Neville in his cell where he is on the ground.

Officers can be heard in the 45-minute video asking him to stay down and informing him that he'd just had a seizure.

Neville can be heard screaming, "Hold on, let me up, and let me up," while officers restrain him on the ground and he struggles with them.

Neville yells, "Help me, help me," several times and can be heard yelling, "Mama! Mama! Mama!" and several expletives.

An officer can be heard telling him several times, "John, Listen to me. You are having a medical problem. You need to calm down."

Neville continues to yell and struggle saying, "Let me go! Let me go! Move your hands, let me up! Come on!"

As Neville continues pleading with officers, he is told to relax and to stop resisting.

For several minutes, officers are seen attempting to take handcuffs off Neville, who is seen lying motionless on the ground with a white bag on his head meant to protect the officers from his spittle.

Neville is eventually wheeled out of his cell by officers and down the hall.

While walking him down the hall, an officer can be heard asking, "John, you doing OK, buddy?" Neville responds, "No, help me."

The officer said, "We're helping you. We've got medical here. You've got a medical condition going on, you need to calm down, OK?"

Neville is wheeled to another room where a nurse checks his blood pressure.

The nurse asks Neville if he knows where he is, and he says he does not.

The nurse can be heard telling him to "stay relaxed," and Neville continues to struggle and yell,

"Help me, somebody! Help me, somebody!"

The nurse tells him they are helping him and to calm down.

Moments later, Neville is moved into another cell where he is placed on the ground and restrained by officers who appear to be trying again to take handcuffs off him.

Neville continues to yell,

"Help! My wrists! Help me! Help Me. I can't breathe."

An officer tells him, "I hear you. You're talking, you can breathe."

Neville continues, saying, "Please. I can't breathe. Let me go! I can't breathe, let me go. Please."

An officer responds, "John, Relax."

Neville continues to cry out in despair, saying, "I can't breathe" several times.

One officer is heard telling Neville,

"You need to settle down. We are trying to get these cuffs off you, and you're making it hard. You are breathing because you are talking, you're yelling, and you're moving. You need to stop. You need to relax. Quit resisting us. The quicker you relax the quicker we'll be out of here, man."

Officers continue to try to remove the restraints from Neville, who at this point is no longer yelling and appears to be unresponsive on the ground.

An officer says, "Alright, John, we're almost there. We are almost there, bud," as the others continue to work to remove the cuffs.

CNN has obtained statements from the attorneys for the five officers charged with involuntary manslaughter -- Lavette Williams, Antonio Woodley, Edward Roussel, Christopher Stamper and Sarah Poole.

David Freedman, attorney for Roussel, says his client has worked 30 years ijn law enforcement.

"The video shows there was no criminal activity," Freedman said.

"My client was acting consistent in how he was trained and they were acting under supervision of the health care provider on staff. While the events were tragic, the results to Neville were accidental."

Woodley's attorney, Niles Gerber, said the situation should not be compared to the George Floyd case.

"My client did everything he could to try and help this man who is clearly having medical or emotional episode, in my opinion," Gerber said.

"I don't know what else they were supposed to do. ... I believe there were intervening circumstances that contributed, including the key breaking and the bolt cutters not functioning."

Williams' attorney, Karen Gerber, said her client has worked 17-20 years at the jail.

The detention officers followed their training, she said.

"And though the death is a tragic, they dealt with this situation under adverse circumstances, following the training provided by the agency," Gerber said.

"The equipment they were given broke. The handcuffs broke. All the while they were doing the best they could do to help this man out."

J.D. Byers, lawyer for Stampers, said the video "shows that the officers were doing exactly what they were trained to do.

There was no intention of harming Mr. Neville.

It is an incredibly sad incident for everyone involved.

I am confident that the court of law will determine the case and I hope people view the video fairly."

Terrence Hines, lawyer for Sarah Poole, said the defendants were just trying to do their job.

"Her intent and everyone else's intent was to help Mr. Neville, not harm him," Hines said.

"They were trying to do their job to make sure he wasn't going to harm them or the nurse trying to assist him. It was a sad situation that no one wants to see someone lose their life and honestly, they were doing everything they could to help. It's an unfortunate and tragic situation."

CNN has reached out to the attorney for the nurse who was charged, Michelle Heughins, and has not head back.

Neville became unresponsive at some point while officers were attempting to remove the handcuffs, according to an investigation report from the Forsyth County Medical Examiner.

CPR was started by medical personnel, and EMS was called.

Upon EMS arrival, Neville's pupils were dilated and nonreactive, the report states.

He was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he died December 4th.

Neville's cause of death is listed as "complications of hypoxic ischemic brain injury due to cardiopulmonary arrest due to positional and compressional asphyxia during prone restraint," according to the autopsy report released by the medical examiner's office.

Other significant conditions were listed as "acute altered mental status" and asthma."

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Post by: Battle on August 12, 2020, 04:24:21 am
Wednesday, 12th August 2o2o
Seattle police chief resigns over budget cuts
by Gene Johnson and Lisa Baumann


(Washington, SEATTLE) — Efforts to cut spending on police — a key demand of anti-racism demonstrators across the nation — have claimed an unlikely target: Seattle’s first Black police chief, who enjoyed deep support in its minority communities, is stepping down in protest.(

Carmen Best announced her retirement Monday night, just hours after the City Council voted to cut her annual $285,000 salary by $10,000, as well as the salaries of her command staff, and to trim as many as 100 officers from a force of 1,400 through layoffs and attrition.


She said Tuesday that she was OK with her pay cut, but not with having to lay off young officers, many of them minorities hired in part to improve the department’s diversity.

“That, for me — I’m done. Can’t do it,” she said at a news conference.

Best, a military veteran who joined the department in 1992, was named chief two years ago.

Mayor Jenny Durkan initially left her off a list of finalists for the job, but selected her after an outcry from community groups who had long known Best and wanted her to be chosen.

Durkan praised Best’s service and commitment to improving policing in the city Tuesday.

She noted that Best had established a “collaborative policing bureau” to focus on youth violence prevention and other issues, added mental health workers in precincts, brought back community service officers and sought ways to reduce the burden of 911 calls — all before the protests that erupted after George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police.

“Of all the major cities in America, Seattle had the chief that not only understands the lived experience of Black America — because it is her experience — but has the deep experience in policing needed to change it,” Durkan said.

Deputy Chief Adrian Diaz, who heads the collaborative policing bureau, was named interim chief when Best’s resignation takes effect September 2nd.

Durkan said she would not begin looking to hire a permanent replacement, given the city’s dire economic outlook amid the pandemic as well as uncertainty about the future role of policing.

City Council members and residents alike had criticized Durkan and Best for the department’s response to protests against police brutality prompted by Floyd’s killing.

Officers repeatedly used tear gas, blast balls, pepper spray and other less-lethal weapons indiscriminately and at times without provocation, prompting a federal judge to restrain their use.

Best insisted that officers had a right to defend themselves.

Many of her supporters — even those who considered the department’s protest response heavy-handed — saw her retirement as unfortunate.

“All these organizations that have been pushing for police reform, we all believe Chief Best is a good chief,” said Linh Thai, managing director of the Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute.

“We want her at the helm.”

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County issued a statement demanding that the council “stop prioritizing performative action that solely suggests the appearance of change.”

“It does nothing to further our fight for authentic police accountability and the safety of Black lives, that the first Black woman to hold the position of Chief of Police of the Seattle Police Department has been forced out of her job by the Seattle City Council,” the organization said.

The council voted Monday to cut the department’s current $400 million budget by less than 1%, which advocates described as a down payment on more ambitious cuts — including removing 911 dispatch from the department and other changes.

Council members Lorena Gonzalez, Teresa Mosqueda and Tammy Morales issued a joint statement Tuesday saying they were saddened by Best’s sudden departure.

Separately, member Lisa Herbold called Best’s decision “a staggering loss to leaders of the Black and Brown community.”

Herbold said she was sorry if Best felt targeted or disrespected by the council’s actions.

“Every major city in the nation has a police chief who is learning that leadership means understanding that they may need to figure out how to accept — and get their departments to accept — that the public wants less policing and more community safety,” Herbold said.

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Post by: Battle on August 13, 2020, 01:17:23 pm
Thursday, 13th August 2o2o
Fani Willis will become Fulton County’s first female DA
by Mohammed Awal


When Fani Willis decided to challenge her former employer, Paul Howard, the longtime Fulton County, Ga., District Attorney she had only one thing in mind – to be of service to humanity.

After her crushing landslide victory against Howard in Tuesday’s runoff election securing more 73 percent of the vote, Willis is set to become the first woman to serve as Fulton’s first District Attorney.

Willis worked for 16 years as a prosecutor for Howard, who became the first Black District Attorney in Georgia when he assumed office in 1997.

“It is historic. I’m the first woman DA, but what is better for these taxpayers who they elected is, I’ve been in the trenches,” Willis said of her annihilation of her former boss, who was seeking his seventh term in office in an interview with Channel 2.

An Emory Law School graduate, Willis had always wanted to be a lawyer growing up just like her father, whose message to her even before she could talk well was, “every human being, even a baby is entitled to some dignity.”

“I believe that in my core,” she told Channel 2.

During Willis’ 16 years as Howard’s employee she tried over 100 cases and supervised more than 100 attorneys on court preparation.

Poised to serve humanity, Willis said one of her focus would be giving first-time offenders a second chance, noting:

“We’ll make you do community service to the city you hurt. I just think we can save people, and at the same time, I don’t want any of your listeners to be confused. I am a prosecutor at my heart and my soul. People take kindness for weakness, and I’m very kind, but I’m not weak.”

Again in her 16 years at the Fulton District Attorney’s office, Willis was promoted to the Major Case Division and later named Deputy District Attorney of the Complex Trial Division, reports AJC.

The prosecutor at “heart and soul”, according to the outlet, was the lead prosecutor in the trial of 12 Atlanta Public School teachers accused of correcting standardized test answers by their students.

“All but one of the defendants was found guilty of racketeering,” states AJC.

“My staff and I will do what’s right, every time and all the time, whether the news cameras are on us or we’re handling a case that no one knows but us and that family,” Willis said.

“That’s what you have the right to respect and that’s what I will do.”

Speaking to AJC, the 49-year-old mother of two described her former boss as “a smart man.”

“I always said he stood in line for brains twice and skipped that line of how to treat people,” she said.

“He can look at cases and see things other lawyers miss. He made me a better lawyer. And I’m not the only lawyer he made better.”

Willis said she wants as part of her staff legally conservative minds and legally liberal minds, people she would sit around the table with and hash things out and find the best way to serve the community.

“I want to rely on the wisdom of other people and their experiences to lead the office,” she added.

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Post by: Battle on August 13, 2020, 01:33:05 pm
Thursday, 13 August 2o2o
Salt Lake City police officer suspended for attacking with K9 on Black man
by Jessica Schladebeck


A Utah officer accused of unnecessarily sicking his police K9 on a Black man, who was on his knees with his hands up at the time, has been suspended.

Authorities on Wednesday launched an internal investigation into the incident, most of which was captured on body camera video.

Jeremy Ryans was seated in his backyard smoking a cigarette when officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department showed up at his property.

Someone had called law enforcement after hearing Ryans arguing with his wife inside the home.

Authorities said he’d been violating a protective order, which Ryans maintains should have been lifted at the time.

He told the Salt Lake Tribune he was gearing up to leave for his job as a train engineer when police started shining lights in his face.

“Get on the ground or you’re gonna get bit,” an officer could be heard saying in the clip

Just seconds later, the officer commands his K-9 to attack.

“Hit. Hit,” the officer repeats, with his trained dog launching toward the 36-year-old each time.

“I’m on the ground, why are you biting me? I’m on the ground, stop,” Ryans says in response.

All the while, the officer is praising his dog, cooing “Good boy,” each time he attacks.

Even when another officer is restraining Ryans and putting him cuffs, the K9 officer continues to instruct his dog to “hit.”

Deputy Chief Jeff Kendrick told CBS News the department will be limiting the use of police dogs while the K-9 program undergoes and extensive review.

“Just deploying them just for searches, but we do not want them to come in contact with any individuals,” he explained.

Ryans is still recovering from multiple surgeries and an amputation for his leg has not been ruled out.

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Thursday, 13th August 2o2o
Savannah cops fired for use of excessive force during arrest
by ABC News


The Savannah Police Department announced Wednesday that it terminated two of its officers following a three-month investigation into excessive force used in an arrest.

District Attorney Meg Heap told reporters at a news conference that she will call for a grand jury in September to look into the April incident involving Corporal Daniel Kang and Sergeant Octavio Arango.

Heap, Savannah Police Department Chief Roy Minter and Mayor Van R. Johnson did not disclose specific details about the incident -- which was caught on body cameras -- but they did say excessive force was used during a warrant sweep on a suspect who, ultimately, was misidentified.

"Based on my review of the internal investigation and the video, I believe that the conduct of the two members of the Savannah Police Department during this particular incident was totally unacceptable and egregious behavior on their part," Minter said at the news conference.

Following the incident, the officers notified their supervisors about the use of force during the arrest, the Savannah Police Department said.

The supervisors alerted internal affairs after reviewing the details of the incident and body camera footage, and the officers were put on administrative leave.

In July, Minter recommended the officers be terminated for "conduct unbecoming of an officer," and other policy violations after reviewing the internal affairs report.

The officers appealed but City Manager Pat Monahan upheld the termination orders.

Minter resented the evidence and body camera footage to the Savannah CARES Task Force, which was created last month by the mayor to review current use of force policies and internal affairs data in the police department.

"Last Friday, the CARES Task Force gathered in person and they reviewed the body cam video, and they made a recommendation to the chief that the actions of the officers warranted a referral to the district attorney's office," the mayor said.

Arango had been with the department for approximately 15 years and Kang for eight, according to the police department.

Attorney information for the officers wasn't immediately available.

"We have worked hard to build a rapport with our community and want to strengthen that trust," Minter said in a statement.
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Post by: Battle on August 17, 2020, 04:24:55 am
Monday, 17th August 2o2o
Mississippi police officers charged for murder after 2019 confrontation with Black man
by Renee G


Three Jackson, Mississippi policemen have been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of 61-year-old George Robinson in January 2019.

As reported by the Daily News, a grand jury accused officers Desmond Barney, Lincoln Lampley and Anthony Fox of “eminantly dangerous acts.

While searching the neighborhood after a pastor was killed in a botched robbery, the three officers approached Robinson who was sitting in his car.

They claimed to have witnessed him making drug transactions and pulled him out of his vehicle for non-compliance.

They handcuffed and beat him, as well as body slamming him headfirst into the pavement.

The officers also delivered multiple kicks and punches to Robinson’s head and chest, according to the indictment.


Robinson died two days later, and although his death was ruled a homicide, the Jackson Police Department’s Internal Affairs division found no evidence of wrongdoing immediately following his death.

In a statement made to WLBT, the Robinson family said,

“We are pleased the Jackson Police Department officers involved in his death have finally been charged with murder. For us, the charges prove that George’s life mattered and no one deserves to die the way he did.”

After turning themselves in, the three officers posted bail.


Lampley continues to work for the Jackson Police Department, while Fox and Barney have transferred to a police station in Clinton, Mississippi.

“Our administration is committed to ensuring that Jacksonians have an accountable police department. As part of our accountability process, the City of Jackson has implanted a process involving officer-involved deaths over to the DA for review by a grand jury,” said Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba.

“In the full spirit of transparency, the administration will continue to monitor the situation and provide information to the public throughout each phase,” Lumumba continued.

“We ask that you keep those affected by this tragedy in your prayers.

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Post by: Battle on August 19, 2020, 10:47:59 am
Wednesday, 19th August 2o2o
Deadly Portland police encounters reveal troubling patterns
by Noelle Crombie, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Maxine Bernstein and David Cansler


It’s been 17 years since a Portland police officer fired a single shot at Kendra James, killing the young woman as she tried to drive away during a traffic stop.

The broad outlines of that encounter are by now well-known: James, who grew up in North Portland, was Black and unarmed.

The officer had reached deep into the car to get James out, a decision that the chief at the time criticized.

James put the car in gear.

It started to move.

Officer Scott McCollister said he lost his footing and feared he would be dragged down the street.

He drew his 9mm pistol.

The bullet pierced the woman’s left hip and lodged under her right breast.


The shooting galvanized Black leaders and spurred a movement focused on wholesale police reform that remains just as urgent today as Black Lives Matter activists -- propelled by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis -- seek a fundamental rethinking of policing.

“Everything blew,” said the Rev. LeRoy Haynes, chairman of a group now known as the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, founded in response to the James killing.

The group has gone on to become a leading voice in the effort to transform policing police culture and policy in Portland.

“There was great outrage from the Black community, not only the Black community,” he said.

“People came to the march that we organized from all sections of the city.”


Under the backdrop of current demands for far-reaching change, The Oregonian/OregonLive analyzed fatal shootings by Portland police since James died in 2003.

In the intervening years, police have shot and killed 39 more people.

They were suicidal or in the throes of an emotional crisis.

Some people, like James, were trying to flee police.

In other cases, officers were responding to calls about break-ins, robberies or assaults. Most of those killed had guns or knives.

A handful had replica pistols.

Those fatally shot were disproportionately Black.

At least half of the cases involved people with mental illness.

None of the more than five dozen officers who pulled a trigger in the shootings were ultimately disciplined or indicted by a grand jury, despite attempts to fire or suspend some of them.


Those stubborn and troubling patterns are now spurring the thousands of people who have taken to the streets in Portland in the last two months, saying the names of Black Oregonians killed by police and decrying a criminal justice system that too often harms people of color.

“You can add all the training and this, that and the other,” said Donna Hayes, whose teenage grandson, Quanice Hayes, was killed by a Portland police officer three years ago.

Changing policies and training, she said, doesn’t fix the “warrior” culture in policing.

“They do what they are supposed to do,” she said.

“This is the way they were created.”

The city has paid out a total of more than $2.2 million to the families of four people fatally shot by Portland police officers since James’ death in 2003, according to Portland Copwatch, a grassroots police watchdog organization.

“All of this clearly shows there’s no accountability when a police officer kills a community member,” said Jo Ann Hardesty, a longtime police reform advocate who became the first Black woman elected to the Portland City Council in 2018.

“I think we could all agree that what we’ve been doing is not working.”


Twenty-eight percent of those who died at the hands of police were Black, though about 8% of Portland’s nearly 655,000 residents identify as Black alone or in combination with another race.

Eleven Black people died in the 40 shootings reviewed by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Twenty-seven shooting victims, or 68%, were white and two were Latino.

A study by two researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that Portland ranks 208th out of nearly 400 American metro areas in police killings for all races and ethnicities between 2013 and 2017.

The researchers looked at Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill counties, as well as Skamania and Clark counties in Washington.

The region ranked 56th in the rate of Latinos killed by police and 122nd in the killings of Black people.

Portland’s ranking in the study is affected by the inclusion of a half-dozen counties with very small percentages of Black people.

Nationally, Black Americans are killed at a much higher rate than white Americans, according to The Washington Post, which has tracked fatal shootings by on-duty police officers since 2015.

Black people account for less than 13% of the U.S. population but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of white Americans, the news organization found.

“It isn’t any different here in Portland,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

Despite efforts to train police and improve policing, she said, the outcome for “the most vulnerable segments of our communities, primarily Black people and people in mental crisis” remains the same.

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The death of Kendra James represented a watershed moment in the Police Bureau’s long and strained relationship with the city’s Black community.

When the 21-year-old woman was shot, police removed her from the car, handcuffed her and left her on the ground unattended.

She died from her injuries.

It would be another four days before investigators interviewed the officer.

He received a 5½-month suspension, later reversed by a state arbitrator.

A grand jury found the shooting was justified.

Later, a federal jury reached the same conclusion and rejected the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the James family.


In the aftermath of James’ death, a coalition of community groups and Black leaders pressed Portland police to adopt two dozen reforms addressing what they identified as gaps in police culture, hiring, training, independent oversight, racial profiling and the grand jury process for police shootings.

Progress meeting those calls has been mixed, said Dan Handelman, a longtime police accountability advocate in Portland.

Those pushing for change, for instance, want Oregon’s deadly force statute to include objective standards that define what constitutes a threat to public safety instead of relying on the “reasonable” judgment of the officer at the scene.

That demand — and others including requiring city leaders to ask the FBI to investigate controversial police shootings for possible civil rights violations — hasn’t been met, said Handelman, a founding member of Portland Copwatch.

Oregon lawmakers this week revised the deadly force law but the amendments fell short of the standards sought by activists.

Yet other policy changes, including bias training for officers, have been adopted but haven’t made a meaningful difference, Handelman said.

“We are still seeing the traffic stop data and the shooting data that reflects over-policing of the Black community,” he said.

Donna Hayes said she often thinks of the fear her 17-year-old grandson must have felt when confronted by police in February 2017.

Quanice Hayes, known to his family as Moose, was a suspect in an armed robbery and attempted carjacking earlier that day.

Police were told Hayes had held up a man in a car and that the man had described his assailant as having a tan pistol.

Police discovered Hayes in an alcove in front of a Northeast Portland home and ordered him to keep his hands up but crawl toward officers on the driveway and then lie down with his hands to his side, according to grand jury testimony.

Police said Hayes appeared to reach toward his waistband.

An officer fired, killing him.

Police said they found a black and tan replica gun in a flower bed about 2 feet from Hayes’ body.

Three months before he was killed, police had warned Hayes, then found with a fake gun, that it could get him killed.

Hayes’ grandmother doesn’t buy the police account of what happened.

The family has sued the city.

“He was a kid but he wasn’t a stupid kid to pull a play gun out of his waistband to be shot,” she said.

“All I can think of was how scared my grandson was.”

She said the teen had been taught by family always to keep his hands where police could see them.

“They will see you as Black,” she said she told her grandson.

“Show your hands.”

The analysis found that at least 20, or 50%, of those killed by Portland police had a mental illness or were experiencing a mental health crisis.

Some suffered from a diagnosed condition or appeared suicidal.

Others displayed emotional distress or erratic behavior leading up to their fatal encounter.

Michael Gennaco, a national authority on policing who has studied Portland police practices for more than a decade, said police departments around the country have their own patterns and trends that emerge around their officers’ use of force.

Take Southern California, he said.

There, he said, police shootings tend to be associated with criminal activity — such as a suspect firing on police from a moving car — or violent crime.

“That doesn’t seem to be as prevalent in Portland. It seems to be more mental health or (people) under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” he said.

Gennaco has seen signs of improvement in Portland police over the past decade, he said.

“I see encounters where things are slowed down. I see encounters where there is more deliberation, thoughtfulness and planning with regard to addressing the situation,” he said.

“But even when you do some of that it doesn’t mean you will get a result where deadly force is not used,” said Gennaco of OIR Group based in California.

His organization’s most recent report on police shootings in Portland highlighted a problem with what he called the “action reaction principle” in which officers are trained that someone can pull out a weapon before officers can get to their own guns.

“While that may be consistent with physics,” he said,

“we are worried about the implication. That doesn’t mean you should be shooting someone before you see a gun. In our view, it means you need to get back, you need to seek cover, you need to be safe.”

One of the city’s highest profile police shootings unfolded a decade ago and involved a report of a suicidal and armed man who was distraught about the death of his younger brother earlier that day.

When Aaron Campbell, a Black man, emerged from a Northeast Portland apartment complex, an officer thought Campbell was reaching for a gun.

The officer, Ronald Frashour, fired and killed Campbell.

Campbell was 25.

Campbell was unarmed; a gun was found later in his girlfriend’s apartment.

Campbell’s girlfriend told the primary officer at the scene that Campbell’s state of mind had improved since the previous night, according to Portland police reports.

The information didn’t reach fellow officers, the reports say.

Investigative records laid bare the disconnect between one officer who was talking to Campbell by text and phone and five officers standing ready in the parking lot with a high-powered rifle, beanbag shotgun and dog.

Those officers had no idea of the progress that their colleague had made communicating with Campbell.

Officers would later say they were surprised when they saw Campbell emerge -- walking backward with his hands behind his head -- from the apartment.

The grand jury issued a blistering rebuke of the Portland Police Bureau for its mishandling of the scene and said the agency should be held accountable for Campbell’s death.

The jurors said Campbell died as the result of “flawed police policies, incomplete or inappropriate training, incomplete communication.”

The city settled with Campbell’s family for $1.2 million – the second-largest payout associated with a deadly police shooting death in Portland.

The city has spent millions to settle claims involving people who died in police custody or were shot by police.

It paid $1.6 million to the family of James Chasse, a white 42-year-old who suffered from schizophrenia and died in 2006 from blunt force trauma to the chest after officers chased him and knocked him to the ground in the Pearl District.

The city paid $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by William Kyle Monroe, a white man who was permanently disabled in 2011 after an officer fired lethal rounds from a beanbag shotgun.

The settlement remains the largest payout to date.

A grand jury also indicted the officer for assault.

As recently as last year, people with mental illness continued to be overrepresented in fatal police encounters in Portland.

Of the five fatal police shootings in 2019, three involved people in the midst of a mental health crisis:

-- Andre Gladen, a 36-year-old legally blind man with schizophrenia who had used methamphetamine before bursting into a stranger’s home.

-- Koben S. Henriksen, a 51-year-old man whose father described his son’s illness as somewhere between extreme bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and who witnesses say was walking in traffic with knives.

-- Lane Christopher Martin, a 31-year-old man who threatened a security guard with a knife and hatchet and swung a hatchet as he walked down a busy city thoroughfare.

Martin’s family said he experienced a psychotic break when confronted by police.

Gladen was Black; Henriksen and Martin were white.

Portland police officers, including the one who fatally shot Henriksen, had previously encountered Henriksen and in that case took him for mental health treatment, Henriksen’s father said.

Rick Henriksen described his son as “very sick” and said he had been living on the street and off his medication in the weeks leading up to his death.

One of the officers in that earlier contact “basically talked with my son and talked him down to the point where he sat down and started crying,” the father said.

“Obviously,” he said,

“the shooter didn’t learn much as a result of how you handle or should handle the mentally ill.”

The news organization’s analysis found that 32, or 80%, of the people killed by police were armed with weapons such as guns, knives and in one case a crowbar.

Four of the guns were replicas.

Seven people were unarmed.

Three were Black, including James.

Four were white.

In one instance, police killed a man who emerged from his ex-girlfriend’s apartment holding what the officer thought was a rifle; it turned out to be an umbrella wrapped in a towel.

Those inside the duplex included his ex-girlfriend’s three children who later revealed to police that the man, Ronald Richard Riebling Jr., 40, had ordered them to tell officers he was armed.

No guns were found on the man or in the complex.

Many of the police shootings involved people who were hurting others or threatening to harm them when police arrived.

Police said David Wayne Downs, 38, was threatening a woman with a knife and holding her hostage in the stairwell of a Pearl District building when officers encountered him last year.

Jeb Brock, 42, was holding a woman at knifepoint in a room with a baby when police fired on him last year.

He had stabbed three other residents in the home before officers arrived, according to police, witnesses and grand jury transcripts.

Kelly Swoboda, 49, was wanted in the kidnapping of a 23-year-old woman from her job at a tanning salon near Oak Grove.

He was killed in a 2014 shootout with an officer who was called to the area to investigate a report of a suspicious van near the Hillsboro Library.

He was shot three times and died.

Swoboda fired at the officer, injuring his hand.

The case was one of three since James’ death in 2003 when Portland officers were shot by suspects who died in the confrontations.

Ten years ago, Keaton Otis, 25, shot Officer Christopher Burley in the groin.

In 2004, William T. Grigsby, 24, fired on Officer Richard Steinbronn and Officer Christopher Gjovik -- injuring both.

A total of 65 police officers fired their guns in these shootings, according to the newsroom’s analysis.

Three were disciplined, but those actions were later overturned in arbitration with the police union.

McCollister, who shot Kendra James, ultimately received back pay for his 5 ½ month suspension.

The 2006 arbitration decision also ordered the city to expunge the suspension from McCollister’s record.

Frashour was fired by then-Chief Mike Reese after he killed Aaron Campbell.

But an arbitrator in 2012 found there was "an objectively reasonable basis" for Frashour to believe that Campbell posed an immediate risk of serious injury or death to others.

The arbitrator ordered the city to reinstate him with lost wages.

Reese also suspended two sergeants and an officer who fired the beanbags for two weeks without pay for their role in the Campbell shooting.

An arbitrator upheld those disciplinary actions.

Lt. Jeffrey Kaer was fired by then-Mayor Tom Potter in 2006 after he shot and killed Dennis Lamar Young, an unarmed white man who was inside a car outside of Kaer’s sister’s home.

A 2008 ruling found Potter didn’t have just cause to fire the commanding officer.

Records show McCollister and Frashour still work as officers with the Portland Police Bureau. Kaer retired in 2016.

A Portland officer hasn’t been indicted for killing someone in 51 years, since an on-duty officer fatally shot his girlfriend’s husband in 1969.

The officer, Steven Sims, was eventually convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.

In 2011, a Multnomah County grand jury indicted Portland officer Dane Reister on assault charges after he mistakenly fired lethal rounds from a beanbag shotgun and critically wounded William Kyle Monroe in Southwest Portland.

Reese, then the police chief, fired the officer in 2013.

Reister later died by suicide.

According to the newsroom’s analysis, seven of the 65 officers have fatally shot two people during their careers with the Portland Police Bureau.

One of them, Terry Kruger, is now the police chief of West Linn.

Another, Nathan Voeller, who was involved in fatal shootings in 2006 and 2013, currently serves as a lieutenant in Portland, records show.

His promotions to sergeant and lieutenant came in 2012 and 2018, respectively.

“There is just a sense that a cop can kill somebody and never face responsibility for it,” said state Senator Lew Frederick, D-Northeast Portland, a Black lawmaker who has long pushed for statewide police reform and accountability measures.

“It’s a get-out-of-jail card for anything that was done.”

All told, 20 of the 65 officers who used deadly force in the shootings eventually earned promotions.

Fifty-six of them currently work as police officers in Portland or other law enforcement agencies in the metro area, state certification records show.

The Oregonian/OregonLive provided Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell with the findings of its analysis and sought comment.

In a written statement, Lovell said each shooting involving officers undergoes an extensive internal and external review.

“Even though these incidents are rare, they have lasting effects on families, the community and the bureau,” he wrote.

“We have to learn from such impactful incidents.”

In the past decade, Lovell said the Police Bureau has carried out “major reforms” in areas dealing with mental health, use of force, training, policy, accountability and community engagement.

The bureau, he wrote, is committed to building “community trust through open dialogue and by doing the work required to provide its officers the best training possible so that they can effectively serve the community.”

Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, the police union that represents about 950 rank-and-file officers, sergeants, detectives and forensic criminalists, didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.

The Police Bureau and the city remain under a 2014 settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice after a federal investigation found police used excessive force against people with mental illness and fired multiple cycles of Taser gun shocks unnecessarily.

The agreement led police to improve crisis intervention and de-escalation training, do a better job of tracking when and how police use force and improve their tracking of complaints against officers.

After 2019 became one of the deadliest years of police shootings in the last decade, no one has died in a confrontation with Portland police in more than eight months.

Still, a growing number of activists, lawmakers and criminal justice reform advocates believe the oversight and rules for reviewing fatal shootings by officers are complicated and unfair.

Haynes, of the Albina Ministerial Alliance, said the process

“has been unfair to the citizens of Portland, the mentally ill and Black people. It’s a process that Black folks have no trust in. They know the answer before the grand jury ever issues a statement. In fact the system has broken down.”

Frederick has spent nearly a decade proposing changes to state law that would shift the job of investigating and prosecuting officer-involved shootings from district attorneys to an independent agency such as the Oregon attorney general.

The proposals are now gaining traction in Salem and are part of the focus of a newly formed Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform.

“We need the community to believe there’s a credible investigation following a use of force incident,” he said.

“The promise by law enforcement after these incidents has always been ‘We’ll police ourselves.’ It’s never happened.”

Meanwhile, Hardesty is leading a push to revamp Portland’s police oversight system, which residents will vote on this fall.

The new oversight board would investigate complaints against police employees, deaths of people in police custody, uses of deadly force and officer-caused injuries, as well as cases of alleged discrimination and constitutional rights violations.

Board members would be allowed to subpoena documents, access police records and require witnesses, including police, to give statements.

They also would be allowed to impose discipline, up to firing a police employee.

“We now have a chance to fundamentally change our city’s police oversight system,” Hardesty said.

“It’s long overdue.”

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Post by: Battle on August 31, 2020, 09:44:03 am
Saw this written in another online forum; let me reiterate for the readers at HEF:


In the Hollywood movie, Robocop, corporate America assists dangerous criminals and incite street riots so that property values will lower at a cheaper rate to purchase the city while simultaneously privatizing the city police force.

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Post by: Battle on August 31, 2020, 10:49:20 pm
Tuesday, 1st September 2o2o
Ex-Boyfriend Of Breonna Taylor Says Louisville Police Involved In Coverup Regarding Her Death


The ex-boyfriend of Breonna Taylor is speaking out as more details of his involvement in her shooting death come to light.

Last week, in an interview with the Louisville Courier Journal, Jamarcus Glover, who dated Taylor off and on for roughly four years, said that police wrongfully obtained a search warrant for her house and are now attempting to blame him for her death.


“The police are trying to make it out to be my fault and turning the whole community out here making it look like I brought this to Breonna’s door,” Glover told the outlet.

“There was nothing never there or anything ever there, and at the end of the day, they went about it the wrong way and lied on that search warrant and shot that girl out there,” he added.

According to an extensive report, Taylor and Glover, a convicted drug felon, were involved in a romantic relationship for years.

The night officers entered Taylor’s home unannounced (based on the majority of witness accounts), they intended to speak to Taylor, whom they believed to be home alone, about Glover’s alleged drug connections.

Police concluded that Taylor was involved in her ex-boyfriend’s affairs and that Glover was using her home to stash money, illegal substances and drug packages.


The Courier Journal reports that circumstantial information was given to a judge in order to issue the no-knock warrant.

It included surveillance photos of Glover’s car at Taylor’s home and photos of her in front of a “trap house” where Glover conducted his alleged illegal business.

Police also said they confirmed that Glover was receiving packages at Taylor’s home, though the Louisville postmaster inspector denies the verification request came through his office.

He says a different agency inquired if any suspicious mail was delivered to Taylor’s home and that agency concluded that there were none.

Glover has also stated that Taylor had no involvement with his alleged drug trade though he told his child’s mother during a prison visit after Taylor’s death that “Bre” was holding thousands in cash belonging to him.


The claim could not be verified, as detectives found no narcotics or cash at Taylor’s home the night they barged their way in.

Ju’Niyah Palmer, Taylor’s sister and roommate at the time, told CNN that Taylor was emphatic about Glover keeping any illegal dealings away from her home.

Police records and Taylor’s family attorney, Sam Aguiar, suggest that when authorities approached her apartment on that fateful night in March, they did so knowing that the no-knock warrant they had obtained was to be carried out as a knock and announce.

They also failed to do proper surveillance on the home, completely overlooking the fact that Taylor was accompanied by her current boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when she reentered her home that evening after the two returned from a date.

Walker has maintained that there was no wrongdoing on his or Taylor’s part regarding the shooting.


He never heard the police announce themselves, and he was simply trying to protect the woman he loved. 

On Monday, Aguiar revealed a new development in the story via fakebook.

In a post, he showed evidence that Jamarcus Glover was offered a plea deal that would have required him to say that Taylor was part of his drug operation.

His cooperation would give the Louisville police department a justification for their wrongful search of Taylor’s home.

The deal was offered on July 13th and Glover subsequently rejected it.

Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine’s office, which is responsible for pushing the deal, has since recused itself.

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Post by: Battle on September 21, 2020, 11:35:59 am
Monday, 21st September 2o2o
Florida cop demanded victim send him ‘inappropriate photographs’ in return for stolen property
by Nelson Oliveira


A Florida police officer was charged with bribery after telling a theft victim he would return her stolen property if she sent him “inappropriate photographs,” authorities said Monday.

Brian Pace, an 11-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Sunday night after the woman told officials about his demand.

The officer, who has since resigned from his job, initially spoke with the victim in early May when she called the agency to report that her cell phone and other property had been stolen, Undersheriff Pat Ivey told reporters at a news conference.

Pace later contacted the woman again and allegedly made the shocking demand.

The victim reported the abuse to the sheriff’s office earlier this month, prompting an investigation that led to his arrest over the weekend.

He was busted after meeting the victim to return her stolen items, Ivey said.

The suspect was charged with one count of second-degree bribery.

Pace is the third police officer and the seventh employee of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to face criminal charges this year.

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Post by: Battle on September 22, 2020, 07:03:14 pm
Tuesday, 22nd September 2o2o
Louisiana trooper who was to be fired in death of Black man dies in car crash
by Celine Castronuovo


A Louisiana state trooper died Tuesday after his vehicle crashed hours after he learned that state police planned to fire him for his involvement in the death of a Black man, The Associated Press reported.

The Ouachita Parish Coroner's Office announced that Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth had died Tuesday after being airlifted from the single-vehicle crash site on the highway near Monroe early Monday.

The AP reported that police have not yet released information on the cause of the crash.

Authorities told the AP that Hollingsworth was notified hours before the crash that he would soon be fired following an internal investigation into the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene.

The AP reported last week that federal authorities had launched an investigation into Greene's death.

Greene's family filed a wrongful death suit last year, in which they claimed state troopers "brutalized" the 49-year-old and "left him beaten, bloodied and in cardiac arrest" and subsequently covered up his cause of death.
Louisiana State Police officials initially said that Greene died after crashing his vehicle following a high-speed pursuit by police.

Louisiana police have continued to resist calls for the release of body-camera footage from the incident, citing the ongoing investigations, according to the AP.

Following the announcement of Hollingsworth's death on Tuesday, Greene's family called for "the immediate arrest of the remaining men responsible for this tragic and unnecessary death."

"Trooper Hollingsworth's family has the finality of knowing exactly how he died as their community mourns his loss," Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney representing the family, told the AP.

"The family of Ronald Greene, however, is still being denied the same finality by the State of Louisiana."

The AP reported that Hollingsworth was the only officer out of the six involved in Greene's death who Louisiana State Police placed on leave on September 9th 2o2o.

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Post by: Battle on September 23, 2020, 03:52:00 am
Wednesday, 23rd September 2o2o
NYPD Officer Arrested For Spying For Chinese Government
by Reuven Fenton and Bruce Golding


A Tibetan group based in Queens claimed Tuesday to have uncovered ties between an NYPD cop and the Chinese consulate more than 18 months before he was busted by the FBI as an alleged Chinese spy.

The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey issued a two-page statement detailing what it described as repeated efforts by since-suspended Officer Baimadajie Angwang to infiltrate the group by using his uniform and badge as cover.

But the statement said board members became alarmed on March 3rd, 2019, when they “saw a photo of Angwang’s wife at a Chinese Consulate of New York event.”

“That picture, which indicated Angwang’s affiliation with the Chinese Consulate, made us feel very uncomfortable and somewhat suspicious,” the statement says.

Those worries were further fueled when Angwang, who is of Tibetan descent, “voiced his disapproval of speeches by Tibetan leaders on political and human rights situations in Tibet,” according to the statement.

“He further suggested that we refrain from raising the Tibetan national flag at the Tibetan Community Center,” the statement says.

“What kind of Tibetan would ever tell us not to raise the Tibetan flag? Of course, we never heeded his unsolicited advice.”

A criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court following Anwang’s arrest Monday accuses him of working since May 2018 with unidentified officials stationed in the Manhattan consulate, including a “handler” who’s believed to be involved in “neutralizing sources of potential opposition” to the Chinese government.

Angwang, 33, allegedly reported on the activities of fellow Tibetans, scoped out potential Tibetan intelligence sources and exploited his NYPD position to “provide Consulate officials access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to official NYPD events.”

Angwang was “virtually unknown” to the Tibetan Community before 2018, when he began “using his authority as an NYPD officer to ‘offer service and support,'” according to the group’s statement.

He was granted a January 5th, 2019, meeting with board members and later attended a Tibetan New Year celebration at its community center in Woodside on February 9th, 2019, when US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx, Queens) was the “chief guest,” the statement says.

But the discovery of his wife’s photo and his remarks about the display of the Tibetan national flag led the board to “cut off any contact” with Angwang because “he did not seem like someone we could trust,” according to the statement.

Following “numerous” attempts by Angwang to contact the board, a former president “confronted him over the phone and directly asked about his relations with the Chinese Consulate in New York which he acknowledged,” according to the statement.

The group also expressed gratitude over his arrest, saying,

“Tibetans have long known the Chinese government is spying on our communities, even in a free country like the United States, and this incident shows the lengths to which Beijing would go to undermine the Tibet Freedom Movement.”

Earlier Tuesday, China called the federal charges against Angwang “pure fabrication” and a “plot to discredit the Chinese consulate and personnel in the United States.”

Angwang’s defense lawyer didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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Post by: Battle on September 23, 2020, 12:05:53 pm
Wednesday, 23rd September 2o2o (originally published Wednesday, 2nd September 2o2o)
They Are Still Gunning for Breonna Taylor
by Elie Mystal

Authorities in Kentucky have still not arrested the police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor on March 13th.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is now in charge of the case, had time to speak at the republican National Convention last week, but he has not found the time to bring to justice the three cops who shot Taylor in her own apartment.

What have the authorities been doing for the past five and a half months?

Earlier this week, we learned the answer: The authorities have been busy harassing the Black men who knew Taylor, while trying to name Taylor, posthumously, as a criminal defendant.

Instead of building a case against the police officers who killed her, it would appear that Kentucky prosecutors have been doing everything they can to build a case against Taylor, in a desperate yet classic attempt to blame a Black person for “forcing” the cops to kill them.

The prosecutors in Kentucky have one goal: to secure an acquittal for the police officers who shot Taylor should public pressure somehow force them to bring charges against those officers.

State law enforcement in Kentucky is trying to lose the case against the officers before it even starts.

Now the two men who have been hounded by the authorities while Taylor’s killers march around free are starting to speak out through their attorneys and legal action.

On Tuesday, attorneys filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, against Louisville police, the city, and other officials.

The suit is comprehensive: It alleges serious police misconduct and intimidation, gives new details on Taylor’s murder, and seeks to protect Walker from future harassment through a novel use of Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law.

Walker was in Taylor’s apartment the night police barged in and shot her.

He fired one shot at the people he thought were home invaders.

Ever since, the cops have used that shot—fired from Walker’s registered, legally owned gun—as justification for opening fire and unloading 35 bullets into Taylor’s apartment, eight of which landed in her.

Walker was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

Walker has always maintained his innocence, claiming that the cops did not identify themselves as police officers before breaking into the apartment and that he acted in self-defense.

While the cops have produced no witnesses or evidence that they properly identified themselves, Walker’s story is backed up by his call to 911, made in the moments after the shooting, in which it’s clear he has no idea who just shot up the apartment.

“I don’t know what happened…somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,”

Walker can be heard telling the dispatcher in audio released by Taylor’s lawyers.

While the attempted murder charges against Walker were dropped in May, the AG’s office dropped the charges “without prejudice,” meaning that prosecutors could charge Walker again should they choose.

Walker’s lawsuit seeks to get a declaratory judgement preventing his future prosecution—and this is where Kentucky’s “stand your ground” statute boomerangs into police officers.

Here’s how it’s explained in Walker’s complaint:

Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law, KRS 503.085, protects all Kentuckians who seek to protect themselves or loved ones in self-defense.  Kentuckians have no duty to retreat or submit to force.  “It is the tradition that a Kentuckian never runs. He does not have to.” [The statute] recognizes Kentuckians are “immune” from state officials or police “arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting” any person who acted in self-defense. KRS 503.085(1)(emphasis added).

I’ve always thought that statutes which render a person “immune to prosecution” if they merely claim they were shooting their gun at a person in a legally defensible way were nonsensical.

I think KRS 503.085 is a poorly written law.

But that’s the law white people in Kentucky wanted; now, let’s see if they are willing to enforce it when a Black man claims protection under it.

But Walker’s case doesn’t stop there.

In addition to the delicious legal jujitsu of using this white supremacist law against the forces of white supremacy, Walker’s complaint also focuses on the behavior of the cops once the shooting stopped.

I am drawn to the allegations of police intimidation that Walker has suffered from the moment cops finished murdering his girlfriend.

In his lawsuit, Walker claims that cops on the scene expressed disappointment when they found that Walker had not been shot.

He claims the cops threatened to sic their dogs on him while they were marching him out of the apartment.

And prosecutors charged Walker initially with murder of a police officer, a factual impossibility (because Jon Mattingly, the one officer who was wounded, was very much alive the whole time) that prosecutors must have been well aware of.

All of those tactics are part of a very big problem.

They represent attempts by the police to make innocent people accept responsibility for things they did not do or implicate other innocent people in crimes.

Killing a cop can get you a death sentence in Kentucky.

A person might falsely plead to all sorts of things to avoid such a charge, especially when the police have already established that they are sorry they didn’t kill you during the initial confrontation and have threatened to let their dogs maul you like they’re a bunch of Ramsay Boltons with badges.

Unfortunately, Walker isn’t the only acquaintance of Breonna Taylor who has been subjected to this kind of witness intimidation after her death.

Jamarcus Glover, Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, who is ostensibly the person the police were actually going after on the night they murdered Taylor, missed a court appearance this week.

As that began to make news, his lawyers released documents showing the lengths to which prosecutors have gone to get Glover to implicate Taylor in crimes she did not commit.

Glover’s lawyers claim that he was offered a plea deal on drug charges if he signed an affidavit indicating that Taylor was one of his accomplices in his “organized crime syndicate.”

Glover refused.

The documents also show that Taylor was a named codefendant in the case against Glover.

The local prosecutor, Tom Wine, denies that such a plea deal was “offered” to Glover, but he admits that the concession was part of a “draft” plea sheet ahead of plea negotiations.

Wine also said that Taylor’s name was removed “out of respect for Ms. Taylor.”

Notice the wording there: Wine isn’t saying that the allegations about Taylor aren’t true; he’s saying he didn’t include them in the official plea negotiation “out of respect.”

Everything that is happening to the men who knew Taylor is happening because prosecutors do not want to hold Taylor’s murderers accountable.

This is what the system does when it does not want to secure a conviction.

Prosecutors themselves try to poison the jury pool against their own case, creating avenues of doubt before any trial process gets going.

They try to impugn the character of people who will have to be witnesses for the prosecution.

They try to avoid doing forensic research so that they have no “hard” evidence to present to the jury, should it come to that.

And they try, desperately, to get anybody to speak out against the victim so the defense can use those statements against the prosecution at trial.

The cops shot Taylor under the cover of darkness, but prosecutors are trying to lose the case in broad daylight.

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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2020, 01:21:49 pm
Friday, 25th September 2o2o


(ANDERSON COUNTY, South Carolina) – The Anderson County Coroner’s Office officials said an Anderson Police Department officer was killed Friday morning in a head-on crash on Highway 24.

South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened at about 6:30 a.m. near Wham Road on Highway 24 at the Double Bridges.

Troopers said the driver of a 2013 Dodge SUV was traveling east on SC 24 when they crossed over the centerline and crashed into a 2015 Ford SUV that was headed west on SC 24.


The driver of the Ford died at the scene.

The coroner’s office confirmed the man who was killed was Sgt. ethan kaskin with the Anderson Police Department.

kaskin was a sergeant in investigations.

According to the coroner’s release, Kaskin was traveling in his city vehicle west on Highway 24 Friday morning after working out and was hit head-on by another vehicle traveling east.

kaskin was reportedly returning home to get ready for his shift when the accident occurred.


Coroner Greg Shore said kaskin died from blunt force trauma.

The driver of the Dodge — a 22-year-old woman — was taken to AnMed for treatment of severe injuries.

The coroner’s office, SCHP and SCHP’s MAIT Team are continuing to investigate the crash.

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Post by: Battle on September 28, 2020, 03:34:13 pm
Monday, 28th September 2o2o
Texas sheriff indicted for ‘evidence tampering’
by Nancy Dillon


A grand jury has indicted a Texas sheriff for evidence tampering related to the death of Black man Javier Ambler, who cried “I can’t breathe” as deputies tased him with reality TV cameras rolling last year.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody was booked Monday on the third-degree felony charge that carries up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.

He posed for a bizarre mugshot smiling in front of a large sheriff’s sign before he was released after posting his $10,000 bond.

Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick said Monday that the grand jury composed of Williamson County citizens heard from 19 witnesses before it decided on the charge.

He declined to describe the testimony but said he and Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore opened their investigation in June with a "shared purpose in obtaining long-deserved answers for the family of Javier Ambler.”

The investigation was launched just days after the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV obtained new details of Ambler’s death and reported that the now-canceled A&E reality show “Live PD” had destroyed its footage of Ambler’s fatal arrest.

“The evidence that we’re looking for is the video and audio evidence from ‘Live PD,’” Dick confirmed Monday.

Ambler was driving home on March 28, 2019, when a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy patrolling with a “Live PD” crew started pursuing him because he allegedly failed to dim the headlights of his Honda Pilot.

After a 22-minute chase that crossed into neighboring Travis County and ended just north of downtown Austin at 1:45 a.m., Ambler, a 400-pound former football player, exited his vehicle with his hands up, The Statesman reported.

With cameras filming, the deputy reportedly drew his gun and then tased Ambler.

Another deputy with another “Live PD” crew reportedly arrived on the scene, as did an Austin cop whose body-camera video captured Ambler stomach-down on the ground, warning deputies that he was in medical distress.

“I have congestive heart failure. I can’t breathe,” Ambler says in the disturbing police video made public in June.

“I am not resisting,” he pleads as deputies pull his arms back to handcuff him.

“Sir, I can’t breathe… Please.”

Ambler’s dad told the Daily News he found it nearly impossible to watch the body-worn video made public in June, shortly after George Floyd died in Minneapolis Police custody after also saying,

“I can’t breathe.”

“Once I saw the George Floyd video, it just sent shock waves through my body, through my spine, and I thought about my boy,” Ambler Sr., 67, told The News in an emotional phone interview.

“I cry every day, every day, you know. He was my best friend,” he said of his son.

“He wasn’t resisting arrest, he was trying to resist suffocation.”

The retired veteran who served 23 years in the U.S. Army said it’s “impossible” to sit through the chilling footage of his son calling the deputies “Sir” with his last words.

But he wants those officers to watch it.

“All of them need to look at the video and see what they did to my boy,” he said.

A defiant Chody also addressed the media after his arrest Monday, saying he did nothing wrong.

“I did not tamper with evidence,” he said, claiming the prosecutors seeking the indictment were driven by election-year politics.

He blamed Moore for “failing to act” until video of Ambler’s death surfaced shortly after George Floyd’s death while she was locked in a primary runoff she ultimately lost.

“Travis County dropped the ball,” he said.

“When video surfaced during her campaign, she had to find someone to blame.”

Chody also claimed Dick supports his opponent in his upcoming sheriff’s election, a claim Dick rejected.

“Obviously people that are charged with indictments always want to come up with some explanation or some sinister plot,” he said.

“I think anyone who knows me know that I’m very much driven by what’s right.”

Chody’s defense lawyer E.G. “Gerry” Morris called the embattled sheriff a “scapegoat" during additional remarks Monday.

He said the new indictment makes it appear Chody picked up the phone and ordered “Live PD” producers to destroy the footage, and his client never did that.

Deputies used Tasers on Ambler four times as he gasped for air before he died, The Statesman reported.

Investigators told the newspaper they had been working for months to obtain video of the incident and believed the sheriff’s department and “Live PD” stonewalled them.

Ambler’s cause of death was listed as congestive heart failure in combination with forcible restraint.

The grand jury also returned an evidence tampering charge against former Williamson County general counsel Jason Nassour.


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Post by: Battle on October 13, 2020, 01:42:00 pm
Tuesday, 13th October 2o2o
ICE calls stop of Black Boston resident ‘standard practice’
by Sarah Betancourt

FEDERAL IMMIGRATION officials say they were searching for a deported Haitian man with multiple criminal convictions when they stopped and questioned a black jogger in West Roxbury on Tuesday, calling the stop “standard practice.”

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s enforcement arm said it was searching for Friendy Grandoit, a Haitian national who has pending charges for drug trafficking, and had been removed from the US in July 2008.

“ICE officers were conducting surveillance as part of a targeted enforcement action Tuesday in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, looking for a previously deported Haitian national with multiple criminal convictions and pending cocaine and fentanyl trafficking charges that may have been residing in the area,” said a spokesperson for the agency.

According to a fakebook post by his partner, Michelle Lynne, Bena Apreala was jogging on VFW Parkway on Tuesday morning when two SUVs approached alongside him and in front of him, blocking his way.

Three white law enforcement officials exited their cars and asked Apreala for identification.

They said he fit a description of someone they were pursuing and asked for his name and ID.

Since he had been running, Apreala didn’t have identification on him.

Lynne said Apreala asked if the officers were with the Boston Police Department, to which they said no and showed him badges that said “ICE.”

Lynne said Apreala told her the officers did not actually identify themselves out loud as law enforcement.

“I’m not who you’re looking for. I was born and raised in Boston,” Lynne quoted Apreala as saying.

Apreala gave the men his name and his home address.

At that point, Apreala began recording the interaction with his phone, and the men decided to let him go.

“We’re all set, sir?” asked Apreala in the video.

The men said they were done and one told him to “enjoy his run.”

As he began to walk away, one of the men asked Apreala if he had any tattoos on his arms.

Apreala responded by saying, “Am I free to go?” The officers didn’t respond, and Apreala began to back away adding,

“If I’m free to go then I’m not showing you anything, thank you. Have a great day, guys.”

He then yelled to a person across the street: “Record this in case bro, for real.”

The incident was first reported by Universal Hub, then WBUR, and other outlets.

ICE said an individual matching Grandoit’s description was spotted by ICE officers, who questioned the man and determined he was not the subject of their investigation.

Lynne said Apreala was stopped because he was black.

“He was stopped for running while black in a predominantly white neighborhood,” said Lynne.

“This blatant display of racism is a direct result of the elected officials we give power to and the man in office turning a blind eye and helpful hand to formerly closeted racists who now have an open forum to degrade and dehumanize others.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts said it is representing Apreala, a lifelong Massachusetts resident.

“This incident raises serious constitutional questions and is disturbing on a human level,” said Rahsaan Hall, director of the racial justice program at the organization.

Local and state officials are calling for a formal independent investigation into the incident.

“This is unacceptable & Boston deserves full transparency about who these men were & how we will ensure this doesn’t happen again,” tweeted Boston mayoral candidate and City Councilor Michelle Wu.

“I’ll be following up with our federal representatives to investigate further.”

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents the area Apreala was stopped in, said that as someone who jogs along that same stretch of road, the encounter hit “particularly hard.” 

O’Malley expressed concern that what he considers to be “an unlawful stop” was caused by racial profiling.

“This unlawful stop was outrageous and unacceptable. Racial profiling should not happen here or anywhere else. I am working to follow up w/the victim and will address this issue immediately w/ federal reps,” he tweeted.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said in a statement she is calling for an immediate investigation, and said that ICE should disclose how many agents it has patrolling the area.

“We must understand what they were doing and rationale behind their deployment,” she said.

State Rep. Ed Coppinger, who lives right off the parkway, said he was disgusted by the incident.

“How many times have I been stopped by ICE and asked to show them my tattoos?” he wrote online.

“Zero. This is infuriating. It is racist, It is illegal.”

ICE said in a statement that it “regularly conducts targeted enforcement operations dedicated to apprehending removable foreign nationals,” and that “it’s standard practice for law enforcement officials to request identification documents to confirm the identity of a potential target while conducting an investigation.”

The agency said its enforcement actions are consistent with federal rules passed under the Obama administration that prohibit racial profiling and the consideration of race and ethnicities in investigations.

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Post by: Battle on October 16, 2020, 09:04:56 am
Friday, 16th october 2o2o
by The Associated Press


Officials say a Louisiana police officer who was accused of posting racist and sexist statements online has resigned.

On Wednesday, a Baton Rouge police spokesperson said Sgt. chris kuhn resigned on October 9th.

Kuhn was placed on leave on September 21st pending an internal investigation.

Kuhn was accused of using a fake account under the username "PESTICIDE" to make posts on Tigerdroppings, a Louisiana State University message board.

The account was taken down.

Chief Murphy Paul said the posts were "racist, sexist, insulting ... offensive and insensitive."

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Post by: Battle on October 18, 2020, 07:49:22 am
Sunday, 18th October 2o2o
Indiana cop fired over ties to neo-Nazi website


An Indiana police officer who posted frequently on a now-defunct neo-Nazi forum has been fired after his online predilections were exposed.

Officer Joseph Zacharek, who joined the Lafayette Police Department in June, admitted to his supervisors that the posts on Iron March were his, the police department announced Saturday.

Zacharek’s ties to the site, which was taken down in 2017, never came up in a background check.

“I know the question everyone will have is, how does something like this get missed in a background investigation,” Police Chief Pat Flannelly told the Journal & Courier.

“How is it possible and how do we prevent this from ever happening again? I’m not going to sugar-coat this. Ultimately, it’s my responsibility. We missed it.”

Zacharek was initially outed by a Twitter account called “Ghosts of Past,” which, according to its bio, is run by a “boring white Southern suburban housewife who likes to dox facists and racists.”

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Post by: Battle on October 20, 2020, 02:42:12 pm
Tuesday, 20th October 2o2o
by Jerry Lambe


A uniformed Miami police officer was photographed Tuesday morning at a Florida polling location wearing a “Trunk 2020: No More Bullsh*t” face mask, a move the department said is an “unacceptable” violation of MPD policy.

The photo of Officer Daniel Ubeda wearing the pro-Individual-1 mask at the Government Center in Downtown Miami immediately went viral, causing swift backlash from the community, with many saying that his conduct constituted voter intimidation.

The photo likely garnered even more attention than it would have under normal circumstances due in no small part to the fact that Ubeda’s photo was taken by Steve Simeonidis, the chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, who just happened to be in the Government Center.

Simeonidis quickly posted the photo on social media calling for the officer’s suspension.

“Here is City of Miami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda, in full uniform with badge and gun wearing his Individual-1 mask inside of the polling location in government center,” Simeonidis captioned the photo on Twitter.

“This is city funded voter intimidation. Ubeda should be suspended immediately.”

Speaking to the Miami Herald, Simeonidis, an attorney who works downtown, told the newspaper that Ubeda was “well within” the 150-foot distance officers are required to keep from polling places without permission.

“He may have been going to vote. But he was in full uniform with the mask and a gun. That’s voter intimidation,” Simeonidis asserted. He said that when he questioned Ubeda about the mask the officer “laughed it off.”

Deputy Police Chief Ron Papier also told the Herald that he had spoken with Chief of Police Jorge Colina, who assured him that Ubeda will be subject to “appropriate disciplinary action.”

“Obviously this is a clear violation of our department policy regarding campaigning while on duty,” Papier said.

“Additionally, the mask has offensive language, which is also a violation of department policy.”

Florida election law Chapter 102.101 states that “No sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer, or other officer of the law shall be allowed within the polling place without permission from the clerk or a majority of the inspectors, except to cast his or her ballot.”

It also states that if an officer fails to comply with the provision, “the clerk or the inspectors or any one of them shall make an affidavit against such officer for his or her arrest.”

Following the incident, the Miami Police Department released a statement saying Ubeda’s conduct is “being addressed immediately.”

“We are aware of the photograph being circulated of a Miami Police officer wearing a political mask in uniform. This behavior is unacceptable, a violation of departmental policy, and is being addressed immediately,” the department wrote on Twitter. (

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Post by: Battle on October 24, 2020, 02:27:01 am
Saturday, 24th October 2o2o
police officer fired after fatal shooting involving unarmed Black couple
by ABC News


The police officer who opened fire on an unarmed Black couple in Illinois, killing a 19-year-old and seriously injuring his girlfriend, has been fired.

The Waukegan, Illinois, officer, who has still not been named, was fired late Friday, according to Waukegan Chief of Police Wayne Walles.

"In the evening hours of October 23, 2020 the City of Waukegan terminated the officer that discharged his firearm during that incident, for multiple policy and procedure violations," Walles said in a statement.

Marcellis Stinnette was killed Tuesday night when an officer opened fire on the vehicle he was a passenger in at about 11:55 p.m., according to police.

Waukegan Police Department Cmdr. Edgar Navarro said earlier this week that Stinnette was sitting in the passenger seat of a "suspicious" car that was approached by an officer.

The car fled and was later pulled over by a second officer.

"That officer exited his vehicle and the vehicle that he was investigating began to reverse toward the officer," Navarro alleged.

"The officer then pulled out his duty weapon and fired into the vehicle that was reversing. Both occupants were struck."

Tafarra Willams, the mother of Stinnette's child and diver of the vehicle, was struck in the hand and stomach and is still recovering in the hospital.

Her injuries were not life-threatening.

Both officers had been placed on administrative duty while the shooting was being investigated.(

The investigation is being handled by the Illinois State Police, a fact reiterated by the police chief in his statement Friday night.

"The Illinois State Police are continuing to conduct their independent investigation," he wrote.

"Once that investigation has been completed, it will be turned over to the Lake County Illinois State's Attorney's Office for review."

Prominent civil rights attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio M. Romanucci announced earlier Friday that he would be representing the 20-year-old Williams.

"Ms. Williams' legal team will begin our own investigation into what happened during that incident, because we do not trust the police narrative in this case. We have seen over and over that the 'official' report when police kill Black people is far too often missing or misrepresenting details," Crump said in a statement.

"We will share our findings with the public when we have uncovered the truth."

Crump and Romanucci also represent the families of George Floyd and Daniel Prude, both killed by police earlier this year.

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham said at a news conference Wednesday he was worried about violent protests in the city.

"I'm nervous because there's a lot of uncertainty out there, there's a lot of rumors flying around. I'm nervous for Waukegan," Cunningham said.

"We've seen this play out throughout this country. It just rips through communities and it takes years to rebuild."

Protests have remained relatively small and peaceful in the days since the killing.

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Post by: Battle on October 26, 2020, 04:21:56 pm
Monday, 26th October 2o2o
by The Associated Press


The New York Police Department said Sunday it has suspended an officer without pay a day after he was seen on video saying “<insert Individual-1>” over a patrol vehicle’s loudspeaker, a violation of department rules.

The suspension is effective immediately and the incident remains under investigation, the police department said.

Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted that the behavior of the officer, whose name was not immediately made public, was

“One hundred percent unacceptable. Period.”

"Officers must remain apolitical", he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised swift action, tweeting:

“ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences.

Videos posted on social media captured the officer bellowing his support of Individual-1 from a marked police department SUV just before 10 p.m. Saturday.

The vehicle was parked in a crosswalk with lights flashing in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood.

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Post by: Battle on October 30, 2020, 09:42:19 pm
Saturday, 31st October 2o2o
police murders Black man in Washington state
by Joseph Wilkinson


Police fatally shoot Black man in Washington state, leading to protests and fears of violence in nearby Portland

Police officers in southwest Washington fatally shot a 21-year-old Black man, Thursday evening in a bank parking lot.

The county sheriff said Kevin Peterson Jr. was running from police who were working on a drug investigation, the Oregonian reported.

The sheriff, Chuck Atkins, said Peterson fired a gunshot at officers before they returned fire and killed him.

Other witnesses, none of whom had a good view of the shooting, told the Oregonian and the Columbian that they didn’t see Peterson fire a shot, but that he appeared scared and that cops shot quickly upon arrival.

Peterson’s girlfriend, Olivia Selto, was on the phone with him when he died, she told the Oregonian.

Selto said all she knew was that Peterson was running and scared before she heard numerous gunshots.

Peterson was killed in Vancouver, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, just across the Columbia River that forms the state border.

Clark County Sheriff Atkins said investigators found Peterson’s gun at the scene, the Oregonian reported.

Protesters gathered at the U.S. Bank parking lot where Peterson was killed, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. Demonstrations continued in Vancouver on Friday.

Community leaders in Portland feared that violence would erupt in the city, the Associated Press reported.

Portland has seen several clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and domestic terrorist groups since the May killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Washington state law requires a different agency to investigate any fatal police shooting.

The cops who killed Peterson were officers with the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office who were part of an anti-drug task force, according to the AP.

The police department in the city of Camas, Washington, about 13 miles east, will lead the shooting investigation.

Peterson, a Camas resident, and Selto had a baby daughter together, Kailiah Peterson.

“I told him I loved him as many times as I could and he said it back,” Selto told the Oregonian.

“I’m heartbroken."

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Post by: Battle on November 22, 2020, 07:41:42 am
Sunday, 22nd November 2020
Voters Support More police Oversight
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins & Gillian Flaccus


(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Voters in communities across the country approved measures on Election Day toughening civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies, including some that took years to reach the ballot but grew in urgency after global protests over racial injustice and police brutality.

The measures take aim at a chronic sore point in many communities, particularly among Black residents: that police departments traditionally have little oversight outside their own internal review systems, which often clear officers of wrongdoing in fatal civilian shootings.

“Recent events opened up people’s eyes more to how much this type of oversight is needed,” said Monica Steppe, a San Diego councilwoman who championed a successful proposal predating the protests that will dissolve the city’s current police review board and replace it with a more independent body with investigative powers.

However, the oversight boards don’t address other points of contention, such as the lack of diversity in many departments, and the perception of a different standard of police for Black residents than white.

In San Jose, California, voters approved an expansion of an independent police auditor’s powers, including the ability to undertake investigations even without a citizen’s complaint.

The proposal was in the works for three years, but the City Council voted to place it on the ballot in the wake of protests that erupted after George Floyd died in May after a police officer pressed a knee against his neck for several minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

“It ended up being great timing for us because as the national spotlight shined on police excessive use of force and police brutality and certainly demands for oversight, we already had everything in the works,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez, a former full-time San Jose police officer and now a reserve officer.

And in Los Angeles, voters approved a measure requiring that at least 10% of county general fund revenue be set aside for alternatives to incarceration.

But statewide, voters rejected a measure to replace cash bail with a system based on public safety and flight risk.

Critics of cash bail say it discriminates against poor people, including the disproportionate number of minorities in the criminal justice system.

New Jersey in 2017 essentially eliminated cash bail.

In Portland, Oregon, voters approved a City Council-backed measure that gained momentum after the spring protests to create an independent commission overseeing misconduct investigations of Portland police officers.

The measure already faces a police union grievance trying to stop it.

In Seattle, voters gave the King County Council the ability to specify the sheriff’s public safety powers.

The goal was providing an alternative to some policing practices, such as expanding the use of social workers to respond to emergency calls of people in crisis.

The referendum grew directly out of the reckoning that followed Floyd’s death, said Councilmember Girmay Zahilay.

A successful Philadelphia ballot issue creates a new civilian review commission and places it under the control of the City Council in the hopes of making it more independent.

In Pittsburgh, a charter amendment requiring police officers to cooperate with the city’s civilian police review board passed overwhelmingly.

“If you’re going to have oversight of police actions, then you need the officers who have performed those actions to be transparent, and for other officers who witnessed it to bring their testimony,” said Rev. Ricky Burgess, a Pittsburgh council member who pushed the measure.

“Right now neither is required.”

The law enforcement community remains concerned that such oversight boards — which often don’t involve police input — are punitive and automatically assume wrongdoing by officers based on their prejudices, said Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police.

“Because they come from a flawed premise, in many instances they’re going to lead to flawed conclusions and therefore the remedies they would propose are going to be equally flawed,” he said.

In Columbus, voters approved the city’s first-ever police review board.

The measure was strongly supported by Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther, who made its passage a top priority.


The Columbus police department had already faced criticism after a number of episodes, including the 2016 shooting of Henry Green, a Black man, by two undercover white police officers working in an anti-crime summer initiative.

Later in 2016, a white officer fatally shot a 13-year-old Black teenager during a robbery investigation.

In 2017, a video showed a Columbus officer restraining a prone Black man and preparing to handcuff him when an officer who was also involved in the Green shooting arrives and appears to kick the man in the head.

The city fired that officer, but an arbitrator ordered him reinstated.

Columbus police have a “significant disparity of use of force against minority residents” that the city must address, according to a report by Matrix Consulting Group last year for a city safety advisory commission.

The Columbus review board and an accompanying inspector general’s office will have the ability to pursue parallel investigations of police misconduct alongside the police department’s own internal affairs bureau.

The board wouldn’t have the authority to discipline an officer, but its report would end up on the desk of the city’s safety director, who does.

Details of the Columbus review board will be worked out in upcoming negotiations with the police union representing the department’s 1,800 or so officers.

Many officers want the process to be fair and don’t feel as if they were treated fairly by the city during the months of unrest, said Keith Ferrell, executive director of the union representing Columbus officers.

“Fair to the officers, fair to the citizens, and quite honestly doesn’t put the citizens at risk because officers are afraid to do their jobs,” Ferrell said.

The Columbus review board is not about demonizing the police, but is instead about accountability and restoration of trust, said Nick Bankston, the measure’s campaign manager.

“We heard loud and clear from the community that we currently have a system where it’s the police policing the police,” Bankston said.

“That just doesn’t make sense, and there’s not trust that’s there.”

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Post by: Battle on November 30, 2020, 02:26:25 am
Monday, 30th November 2020
Mother of teen gunned down by Florida deputy is shot at son’s funeral
by Theresa Braine


The mother of a teen who’d been gunned down two weeks ago by a sheriff’s deputy in Florida was herself shot during her son’s burial service Saturday.

Initial reports were that someone had fired into the crowd mourning 18-year-old Sincere Pierce, who along with 16-year-old Angelo Crooms had been killed November 13th by a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy.

Police later told WKMG-TV that the shot was in fact an accidental discharge from a firearm carried by a 16-year-old at the service.

It penetrated the teen’s leg, then hit Pierce’s leg, deputies told WKMG.

The pastor had just finished his prayers, and mourners were placing flowers on the casket, when there was a loud popping sound, followed by a stunned silence before Pierce’s mother, Quasheda Pierce, screamed that she’d been hit, reported Florida Today.

After freezing for an instant, the attendees started rushing to their cars, bringing the funeral to an abrupt halt.

The 50 panicked funeral goers left the cemetery, while Quasheda’s close friends and family attended to her leg, WKMG reported.

Questions still swirl around the deaths of the two teens earlier this month, when Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda fired repeatedly into the car the teens were traveling in.

Police have said they were defending themselves as the car, driven by Crooms, headed toward them even as officers yelled at him to stop.

However, the dashcam footage indicated to the teens’ families and attorneys that Crooms was trying to evade, not hit, the deputy, Florida Today reported.

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Wednesday, 17th February Two Thousand and Twenty One

Police Unions Lose Bid to Keep Disciplinary Records a Secret
by Benjamin Weiser and Ashley Southall

A federal appeals court in New York cleared the way on Tuesday for the city to release hundreds of thousands of police disciplinary records, a major milestone in a long and bitter political battle to open the records to public scrutiny.

The ruling by a three-judge panel, which also affects firefighters and corrections officers, dealt a heavy blow to efforts by officers’ unions to block the records’ release.

The decision was hailed as a victory by New York City as well as by civil liberties groups, which have long argued that making the materials public would make it harder for problematic officers to escape significant punishment.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said his administration would move swiftly to release the records, though he did not give a time frame.

“We look forward to releasing this data,” he said, adding the city would seek “clarity from the court” regarding when that could happen.

For decades, the disciplinary records of police officers in New York were shielded from public disclosure by the state’s civil rights law.

Then, in June, the State Legislature repealed the section of the law, known as 50-a, that had kept such records confidential.

The repeal was part of a package of legislative changes aimed at reducing police misconduct in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, which had ignited nationwide protests against police brutality.

“For the past seven years, we’ve fundamentally changed how we police our city, strengthening the bonds between communities and the officers who serve them,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Now, we can go even further to restore accountability and trust to the disciplinary process,” he said.

“Good riddance to 50-a.”

Hank Sheinkopf, a spokesman for the coalition of unions that had sued to block the records’ disclosure, said the group was still considering its options and whether to pursue further appeals.

“Today’s ruling does not end our fight to protect our members’ safety and due process rights,” he said.

The order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower-court ruling and addressed complaints raised by the unions, including the fear that the disclosures could heighten the risks for police officers.

“We fully and unequivocally respect the dangers and risks police officers face every day,” the panel said.

“But we cannot say that the District Court abused its discretion when it determined that the unions have not sufficiently demonstrated that those dangers and risks are likely to increase because of the city’s planned disclosures.”

The court said many other states had made police misconduct records at least partially available to the public “without any evidence of a resulting increase of danger to police officers.”

The court also rejected the union’s argument that officers’ future job prospects could be harmed if allegations against them that proved to be unfounded or unsubstantiated were disclosed.

The court noted that although numerous other states also make such records available publicly, “the unions have pointed to no evidence from any jurisdiction that the availability of such records resulted in harm to employment opportunities.”

“Today’s ruling confirms the obvious: The unions’ arguments were inconsistent with the law and the will of New Yorkers,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, which had filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the records’ release.

While Mr. de Blasio praised the ruling Tuesday, his administration has drawn criticism in the past for using an expansive interpretation of the 50-a provision to fend off efforts to obtain the disciplinary records of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold on Staten Island.

The disciplinary records that are to be released under the court’s ruling would be the second trove made public in six months.

In August, the civil liberties gro