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Politics => Vox Populi => Topic started by: Metro on April 13, 2015, 05:02:15 pm

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?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-walter-greason/disappearing-excellence-massive-resistance-is-preventing-loretta-lynchs-attorney-general-confirmation_b_6971890.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-walter-greason/disappearing-excellence-massive-resistance-is-preventing-loretta-lynchs-attorney-general-confirmation_b_6971890.html)
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on April 13, 2015, 08:35:53 pm

Will Hillary Clinton push the Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch?

[url]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-walter-greason/disappearing-excellence-massive-resistance-is-preventing-loretta-lynchs-attorney-general-confirmation_b_6971890.html[/url] ([url]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-walter-greason/disappearing-excellence-massive-resistance-is-preventing-loretta-lynchs-attorney-general-confirmation_b_6971890.html[/url])
Good stuff!
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Metro on April 19, 2015, 09:41:08 am

Thanks. Still trying to move the mountain.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Metro on April 21, 2015, 03:11:34 pm

Confirmation could happen in the next week.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Metro on April 23, 2015, 03:24:12 pm

Done.
Now will she push for increased scrutiny of local law enforcement?
http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/23/politics/loretta-lynch-attorney-general-vote/ (http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/23/politics/loretta-lynch-attorney-general-vote/)

Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on April 24, 2015, 03:49:09 am

Done.
Now will she push for increased scrutiny of local law enforcement?
[url]http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/23/politics/loretta-lynch-attorney-general-vote/[/url] ([url]http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/23/politics/loretta-lynch-attorney-general-vote/[/url])



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:

http://youtu.be/YAQcktoQbro (http://youtu.be/YAQcktoQbro)

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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on May 22, 2015, 03:49:20 am
(http://www.hudlinentertainment.com/smf/Themes/default/images/post/xx.gif)(http://s2.tinypic.com/1zdww08_th.jpg)walking the beat goes on!

Grand Jury Returns With Indictments On All 6 Police Officers

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(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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on May 28, 2015, 06:35:52 am
(http://www.hudlinentertainment.com/smf/Themes/default/images/post/xx.gif)(http://s2.tinypic.com/1zdww08_th.jpg) Hm... the Rook is activated.

Gaming Kingpins Busted!
By Michael Herzenberg

(http://i.imgur.com/LrtWk9f.jpg)

(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... (http://media.ign.com/boardfaces/33.gif)
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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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?
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on May 30, 2015, 07:15:59 am
Has anyone seen this?  ;D

(http://i.imgur.com/edDUb4b.jpg)

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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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(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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The Mayor did exactly what I would've done.  (http://i.imdb.com/Photos/CMSIcons/emoticons/basic2/yes.gif)
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on July 30, 2015, 10:49:02 am
(http://www.hudlinentertainment.com/smf/Themes/default/images/post/xx.gif)(http://s2.tinypic.com/1zdww08_th.jpg)BUSTED!
University of Cincinnati Officer Indicted in Shooting Death of Samuel Dubose
by RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA

(http://i.imgur.com/3BViAMd.jpg)

GOTCHA!

(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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on August 06, 2015, 07:35:42 am
(http://www.hudlinentertainment.com/smf/Themes/default/images/post/xx.gif)(http://s2.tinypic.com/1zdww08_th.jpg)Early Bird Bonus!!!
Ex-Cop Sentenced!
by JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.AUG. 5, 2015
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(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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on August 14, 2015, 01:10:15 pm
(http://www.hudlinentertainment.com/smf/Themes/default/images/post/xx.gif)(http://s2.tinypic.com/1zdww08_th.jpg)Lousy rookie Cop!
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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Metro on August 20, 2015, 04:35:06 am

The problems are systemic. Harassment is increasing, even in isolated suburban communities.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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. 
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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? 

(http://i.imgur.com/D4xCzV0.gif) Here's an update:

ROGUE STATE TROOPER SENTENCED UP TO 5 YEARS

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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"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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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“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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on June 27, 2018, 06:08:43 am
Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Baltimore prosecutor wins 2nd term
by Lukas Mikelionis

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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"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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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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ray atesiano (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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." (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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
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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. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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




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https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/28/us/north-miami-beach-police-officer-fired-pregnant-woman/index.html (https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/28/us/north-miami-beach-police-officer-fired-pregnant-woman/index.html)


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/07/28/a-woman-gave-birth-early-after-an-officer-allegedly-kicked-her-in-the-stomach/?utm_term=.764ae2aef555 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/07/28/a-woman-gave-birth-early-after-an-officer-allegedly-kicked-her-in-the-stomach/?utm_term=.764ae2aef555)
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on August 02, 2018, 02:35:25 am
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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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(https://i.imgur.com/kixZRGW.gif)"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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on August 30, 2018, 06:54:30 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)"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

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on September 05, 2018, 11:40:20 am
(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)"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.

(https://i.imgur.com/6ilnD6D.jpg)

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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

(https://i.imgur.com/KiAm7uY.jpg)

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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*according to this p____'s mouth. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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.” (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)
 
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. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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






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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

(https://i.imgur.com/FGZWDiH.jpg)
YER OUT!


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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

(https://i.imgur.com/FGZWDiH.jpg)

YER OUT!

A white police officer who shot and killed her black neighbor in his apartment was fired by the Dallas Police Department on Monday.
(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)
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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

(https://i.imgur.com/9G0IJmO.png)


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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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.
Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

(https://i.imgur.com/ZmzYmmP.jpg)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

Dayoub and Fernandez had cooperated with federal authorities in making a case against former police chief Raimundo Atesiano.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

“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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.”(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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

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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.
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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on January 17, 2019, 05:28:33 am
All Eyez Are On The Chicago Cook County Courthouse

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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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.
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“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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

Police said Thursday that a preliminary investigation indicated that Hendren had “mishandled” the gun.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

She was assigned as a patrol officer in South St. Louis.(https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

She is survived by her husband, mother, father and sister.(https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

Hendren had been with the department for about a year, police said.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

His partner, also 29, has been with the department for nearly two years.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

“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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on January 30, 2019, 03:23:46 pm
Wednesday, 30th January 2019
Baltimore will stop prosecuting marijuana possession, Mosby announces

by  Tim Prudente

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(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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on February 14, 2019, 02:07:36 pm
Wednesday, 13th February 2019

Bumbling Cops Strike Again: 42 Shots, 7 Officers, within 11 Seconds
by MICHAEL WILSON, ALI WATKINS and ALI WINSTON

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.
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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. (https://i.imgur.com/O1sAc03.gif)

One of them, a veteran detective, Brian Simonsen, died from his wounds. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

A sergeant was hit nearby — “I’m shot,” he said into his radio. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

“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. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.
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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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Post by: Battle on February 14, 2019, 02:45:15 pm
Wednesday, 13th  February 2019
Chicago ex-cop assaulted in Connecticut prison

by Associated Press

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(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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/O1sAc03.gif)





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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on February 15, 2019, 11:48:05 am
Friday, 15th February 2019
Portland police are in 'collusion with right-wing extremists' after texts surface

by Avery Anapol

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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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) also directed police to conduct an investigation into the texts.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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."(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)






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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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)


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.

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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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

"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."(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)




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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on February 27, 2019, 01:05:25 am
Wednesday, 27th February 2019
Chicago will elect a black woman as its mayor for first time

by Associated Press

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(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.

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on March 16, 2019, 05:07:58 pm
Saturday, 16th March 2019
Raising middle finger at police is free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution, court rules

by Kevin Grasha

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(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. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

Cruise-Gulyas then sued the officer. (https://i.imgur.com/O1sAc03.gif)
 
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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on March 20, 2019, 04:04:41 pm
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

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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. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

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. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

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. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

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. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

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. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

She fell asleep in Ladner’s home for four hours, leaving her daughter strapped in her car seat in the sweltering heat. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

The child was unresponsive when Barker finally returned to her car. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital, where officials say her body temperature had topped 107 degrees, CBS News reports. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

Prosecutors are recommending 20 years in prison when she is sentenced on April 1.(https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

“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. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

“You will forever be entombed in a prison of your own mind.” (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

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Barker and Ladner were fired after the child’s death, the Sun Herald reports. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

Cheyenne’s father, Ryan Hyer, says he still cannot believe his daughter is dead. (https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

“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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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.” (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.
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“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. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

“The vice unit is currently undergoing an internal review by the investigative deputy chief.” (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)







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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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.
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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.
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“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.”

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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. (https://i.imgur.com/O1sAc03.gif)

“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.”(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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

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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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Post by: Battle on April 03, 2019, 07:15:55 am
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

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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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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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A Louisiana police officer almost resigned from his job after sharing a racist Facebook meme. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

Then, he became his town's police chief. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)
 
"When your daughters (sic) first crush is a little negro boy," the meme reads. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

Welsh was suspended from his job after sharing it, and he later apologized. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

When the spot for police chief was vacated last year, he was the interim for nine months. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

He ran unopposed for police chief last November. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)







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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on April 04, 2019, 05:27:47 am
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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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(DETROIT, Mich) – A Detroit police officer attended a Michigan State Police training class with alcohol in his system, officials confirm.(https://i.imgur.com/7evTJ6m.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

“The bottom line is that he showed up to work under the influence of alcohol,” Craig told the television station.(https://i.imgur.com/7evTJ6m.gif)

“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.”(https://i.imgur.com/7evTJ6m.gif)

The officer was not disciplined by state police at the event. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

State police Lt. Mike Shaw told the Detroit Free Press the officer was attending a DataMaster training class. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

A DataMaster is an instrument used to analyze blood alcohol concentration via a breath sample. (https://i.imgur.com/7evTJ6m.gif)

"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.(https://i.imgur.com/7evTJ6m.gif)








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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
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

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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.
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Before he was let go 25 minutes later, he was pulled from his car, frisked and handcuffed.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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?"(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)

"Cops have a habit of making citizens enemies for life," one commentor said.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)







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Title: Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
Post by: Battle on April 20, 2019, 07:58:06 pm
Friday, 19th April 2019
Customs officer who was part of drug trafficking ring gets 12 years in prison

by Alejandra Reyes-Velarde

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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.
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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. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)(https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

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.(https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)(https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

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. (https://i.imgur.com/AJJU6wJ.gif)(https://i.imgur.com/YPWESp7.gif)

“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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