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In The News / Re: 40 YEARS LATER... AN ARREST
« on: Today at 02:52:46 pm »
Friday, 19th October 2018
Police officers in the US were charged with more than 400 rapes over a 9-year period

by Eliott C. McLaughlin



(CNN) - A police officer in Prince George County, Maryland, was charged this week with raping a woman during a traffic stop.

He's pleaded not guilty, but it's a disturbing headline -- even more disturbing when you consider there are hundreds more like him.

Yes, hundreds. According to research from Bowling Green State University, police officers in the US were charged with forcible rape 405 times between 2005 and 2013.

That's an average of 45 a year. Forcible fondling was more common, with 636 instances.

Yet experts say those statistics are, by no means, comprehensive.

Data on sexual assaults by police are almost nonexistent, they say.

"It's just not available at all," said Jonathan Blanks, a research associate with the Cato Institute's Project on Criminal Justice.

"You can only crowdsource this info."

The BGSU researchers compiled their list by documenting cases of sworn nonfederal law enforcement officers who have been arrested.
But the 2016 federally funded paper,

"Police Integrity Lost: A Study of Law Enforcement Officers Arrested," says the problem isn't limited to sexual assault.

"There are no comprehensive statistics available on problems with police integrity," the report says, and no government entity collects data on police who are arrested.
It adds, "Police sexual misconduct and cases of police sexual violence are often referred to as hidden offenses, and studies on police sexual misconduct are usually based on small samples or derived from officer surveys that are threatened by a reluctance to reveal these cases."

The nation's foremost researchers on the subject, thus, must often rely on published media reports.

The BGSU numbers, for instance, are the result of Google alerts on 48 search terms entered by researchers.

The scholars then follow each case through adjudication.

While those numbers represent a fair portion of cases, arrests rely on a victim making a report and a law enforcement agency making that report public, after an arrest or otherwise.

With sexual assaults by police officers, neither is guaranteed.

One of the greatest impediments to understanding the scope of police sexual assault is the victims' reluctance to report the crime.
"Who do you call when your rapist or offender is a police officer?

What a scary situation that must be," said Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminal justice who served as principal investigator for the police integrity paper and whose research assistants maintain the BGSU database.

No one interviewed for this story could give an estimate, even ballpark, on how underreported these types of crimes might be.

"I have to think it's a much worse problem than my data suggests," said Stinson, himself a former police officer.

There are several reasons behind the muddy data.

The federal government cannot compel states to make the nation's 18,000 law enforcement agencies report the numbers.

Even if they could, the Justice Department wouldn't have the resources to oversee and maintain such a database, Blanks said.

Unions also work hard to protect police officers and their reputations, he said.
"They don't want their officers and membership shamed if something goes wrong," Blanks said.

There also can be legal hurdles to obtaining basic information in such cases, he said, "and that's on purpose."

Some states' laws shield the identities of police officers who commit crimes, he said, while some jurisdictions include nondisclosure agreements in victim settlements.

"The system is rigged to protect police officers from outside accountability," Blanks said.

"The worst cops are going to get the most protection."

What data is available paints a jarring picture.

One statistic from Stinson indicates that for every sexual assault that makes the news, there are almost always more victims -- on average, five more.

About half of the victims are children, researchers say.

Stinson has gotten accustomed to hearing his research assistants proclaim during their work,

"Oh my God, it's another 14-year-old."

Victims can include both the people police are supposed to be chasing and those they're charged with protecting, according to the police integrity paper.

"Opportunities for sex-related police crime abound because officers operate in a low visibility environment with very little supervision," it says.

"The potential victims of sex-related police crime include criminal suspects but also unaccompanied victims of crime."

Experts say officers who prey on people they encounter while on duty take advantage of the trust the public places in police as an institution.

"Police have a reputational advantage over anyone, especially someone accused of a crime," Blanks said, explaining that a regular Gallup poll shows again and again that police are third only to the military and small business owners in terms of trust.

"People want to believe the police."

Offenders who seek to victimize people know this, experts say, and they strategically select victims, bolstering their chances of not getting caught.
Researchers find that a predominance of the victims fall into at least one of several categories:

They have criminal records, are homeless, are sex workers or have issues with drug or alcohol abuse.

Essentially, predatory cops are "picking on people who juries won't believe or who don't trust police," Stinson said.

To be clear: The majority of police officers are good people, not sexual predators. Every expert interviewed for this story concurs on this point. But the problem is much larger than individual officers, said author and former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper.
"I think it's a huge problem," he said.

"In reality, there's probably no law enforcement agency that has not had this problem."

The ripple effect can be devastating to a community.

Stamper, who was a policeman in San Diego for 28 years before taking the helm in Seattle in 1994, recalled when California Highway Patrol officer Craig Peyer was convicted of the on-duty killing of student Cara Knott after a traffic stop.

No San Diego officer was tangentially involved, yet the department experienced enormous trust issues with the community, he said.

Residents were fearful and some motorists were anxious about being pulled over, said Stamper, whose books address the "dark side" of policing and how to fix it.

"It cheats good cops," he said.

"If a police officer is arrested for having fondled a DUI suspect in a jurisdiction, that affects all officers."

The trust issue is only exacerbated by the "blue wall" of silence that's erected when an officer is accused of a crime, he said.

That's to be expected, Stamper said, because officers rely heavily on each other, especially in dangerous situations, and ratting out a colleague could mean trouble for an officer the next time she or he needs backup.

"If I'm a snitch, then the chance that my fellow officers will not have my back is significant," the former police chief said.

Stamper and others believe the solution lies in revamping police culture.

"The paramilitary, bureaucratic structure produces a dysfunctional culture," Stamper said, adding that for one of the "most delicate and demanding" jobs in America, officers largely go unsupervised.
Specific to sexual assault, experts would like to see departments enact:

  • Policies "to make victims feel safe," Stinson said, which could include online or anonymous reporting and special officers trained in dealing with sexual assault victims
  • GPS tracking of officers, especially those with take-home vehicles, and monitoring of officers.
  • If a supervisor notices a patrolman predominantly stops women between the ages of 18 and 30 at the same time of night in the same part of town, it would raise red flags
  • Rules forbidding departments from hiring officers who were fired from other agencies, which happens too frequently, Stamper said
  • Mandates that officers must activate their bodycams and dash cams and be punished if they don't. (This will actually vindicate officers more often than not, experts say)
  • Occasional sting operations, involving internal affairs, aimed at ensuring police officers are appropriately interacting with the public

"It's critical supervisors trust officers, but trust is earned," Stamper said, adding that the job is too important to trust officers blindly.
Police chiefs and sheriffs defending bad cops also erodes trust, Stamper said.

He finds himself frustrated, he said, every time he sees a police executive step to a podium to decry the "bad apples" responsible for a crime that has tainted a department.

"If they repeatedly go back to that bank of microphones to bemoan the bad apples, it's time to look at the barrel. ... Look at the orchard," he said.

Accountability is critical to changing police culture, experts say.

Stamper believes uniformity -- via the licensing of individual officers and the certification of police departments -- is key.

All 18,000 departments operate under their own rules, based on their traditions, policies, procedures and recruitment methods, he said.
He believes creating national standards -- not for small things, but for larger constitutional issues -- could improve the quality of policing.

If a licensed officer were to violate someone's rights -- by illegally searching or arresting them, manipulating evidence, using unnecessary force or, of course, engaging in sexually predatory behavior -- that officer's license would be yanked.

Likewise, a city police department with a pattern of violations could lose its certification and be taken over the by the county.

An offending sheriff's department could be taken over by the state, he said.

It's pie in the sky, Stamper acknowledges, but until America changes the nature of the conversation around policing, things are destined to remain the same when it comes to crooked cops.

"The forces of resistance are powerful," he said. "If you push the system, it's going to push back with equal or greater force."

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Thursday, 18th October 2018
3 Florida Ex-Cops Sentenced In Scheme To Frame Innocent Black People
by David Lohr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The charges were later dismissed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Atesiano, 52, was indicted in June.

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

He’s scheduled to be sentenced in November.

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 19th October 2018
Brat tells prison inmates, "You think you're having a hard time -- I've got $5 million in negative ads"
by Caroline Kelly

(CNN) Virginia Republican Rep. Dave Brat drew parallels Wednesday between the campaign attack ads against him and the challenges faced by inmates at a Virginia prison, according to the Washington Post.

"You think you're having a hard time -- I got $5 million worth of negative ads going at me," Brat told Chesterfield County Jail inmates Wednesday, The Post reported.

"How do you think I'm feeling?

Nothing's easy. For anybody. You think I'm a congressman. 'Oh, life's easy. This guy's off having steaks,'" Brat continued, in a recording published by The Post. "Baloney, I got a daughter, she's got to deal with that crap on TV every day. It's tough.' "

In a statement after the event, Brat called meeting with those struggling with addiction "one of the most moving experiences" he has a congressman.

"As a Christian, we love the least of these -- we visit those in prison," Brat said in a press release. "As a Member of Congress, one of the most moving experiences I have in this job is talking with recovering men and women fighting to rebuilding [sic] their lives."

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Black Panther / Re: Shuri gets her own series
« on: Today at 04:06:37 am »
Those aren't 'new kicks' they are something she invented for stealth ...I think she called them sneakers ;D

Try using Google for clarification

Feel The Funk / Re: KANYE
« on: Today at 03:50:13 am »



Black Panther / Re: Shuri gets her own series
« on: Yesterday at 05:35:20 pm »
The criticism of the artwork for some of these book covers is rather amusing.  ;D

Strategically, the artist(s) clearly wants to attract readers by having the characters dress to impress by donning a pair o' new kicks or acquiring wings... or anything different than the last cover.

Thursday, 18th October 2018
by Jessica Kwong

emperor puppetine appears to have taken more questions from the media than any commander in chief past and effectively replaced White House Press Secretary sarah huckleberry sanders.

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Feel The Funk / Re: What Are You Listening To?
« on: Yesterday at 11:56:13 am »
Really appreciate when rappers get their 'grown-man' on.

Smooth rapper, Positive K can rap to most anything, even to Stevie Wonder's "All I Do".

Positive K - "Think About You"


9. kelly ann conway (drumphf's fault)


Black Panther / Re: BP710:THE PROTOCOLS
« on: Yesterday at 06:26:57 am »
IDW's Marvel Action: Black Panther #1

Kyle Baker writer, artist and colorist

Kyle Baker? :)

Now, you've got my attention! 8)

Still waiting on a new edition of the 'The Cowboy Wally Show', sir!  :D

Feel The Funk / Re: KANYE
« on: Yesterday at 05:58:22 am »

I want to thank jefferson L.O.B. sergeant for reminding me of something I've been meaning to do for some time.

I cannot allow a Tom in my enormous record collection. 

Using Thor's mighty hammer, Mjornir, because I'm worthy, makes certain of that.

Hudlin's Huddle / Re: top ten movies that influenced me
« on: October 17, 2018, 08:05:45 pm »

I'm on Kanye's side with this backlash but that is another story! 8)

Not me.    I'm allergic to Toms.

Trust me on this one...

You don't wanna be a kanye in this day & age especially stuff I'm hearing 'bout him in the underground...  y'know, the streets.

Hudlin's Huddle / Re: top ten movies that influenced me
« on: October 17, 2018, 07:54:13 pm »
I was told by an elder from Alabama that "GEECHIE" was a derogatory term meaning someone was so poor that they only ate rice.

Now its "OVERRATED".

5 DAY BAN!!!

Oohhh-h-h... that last remark was an insult, eh?  :)


Don't be a kanye.   :)

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