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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #300 on: April 25, 2021, 03:13:40 pm »
Sunday, 25th April  Twenty One
A Bill Announced Prevents Fired Cops From Being Rehired Elsewhere
by Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

A NY legislator announced a bill to ban officers who were fired over misconduct from being rehired.

Officers from NY or other states who resigned or were fired wouldn't be able to get hired in NY departments.

The legislation was announced Saturday in Harlem.

A new bill, if passed, would prevent fired police officers from being rehired in other New York jurisdictions.

It would also stop officers who were fired or awaiting disciplinary action from out of state departments from getting jobs at NY departments, New York State Senator Brian Benjamin, who sponsored the bill, told CBS News.

"If you have the power and the privilege to enforce the law, you must be held to a higher standard," Benjamin told the outlet.

On Saturday, Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Francisco Moya, and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, according to News 4 New York.

The legislation to be filed by Benjamin would stop officers who resigned or were fired over accusations of misconduct from being hired in New York, even if they worked out of state.

Johnson said there is a need to stop "wandering officers," who are twice as likely to commit physical or sexual misconduct, from finding their way into the NYPD.

Transfers into the NYPD are not common, the city leaders said.

New York City already disqualifies NYPD applicants for domestic violence misdemeanors, dishonorable discharge from the military, and felony conviction, according to News 4.

Benjamin, who sponsored the successful Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act, told CBS News he's confident the new legislation will pass, noting the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #301 on: May 05, 2021, 05:15:51 am »
Wednesday, 5th May   Twenty One
With reform, not a single shot fired in 2020
by Tom Moran

Newark Police officers did not fire a single shot during the calendar year 2020, and the city didn’t pay a single dime to settle police brutality cases.

That’s never happened, at least in the city’s modern history.

At the same time, crime is dropping, and police recovered almost 500 illegal guns from the street during the year.

“This is significant,” says Aqeela Sherills, head of the Newark Community Street Team, a group of mostly former offenders who work to defuse violence in the city’s most violent wards.

“It speaks to how reform has really taken hold in the city.”

Larry Hamm, the godfather of police protests in Newark as head of the People’s Organization for Progress, agreed.

“Police brutality is still a problem,” he says.

“But it’s fair to say the consent decree has had a real impact.”

The reforms are the results of a federal consent decree, the billy club used by the Department of Justice after a long investigation concluded in 2014 revealed the rot that had infested the department for decades.

It found a rogue department that tolerated widespread brutality and racism, with no accountability, and zero training on how to de-escalate confrontations with civilians.

“You had a law enforcement agency with no training about how to enforce the law,” says Peter Harvey, the former state attorney general who is overseeing the implementation of the consent decree.

When Paul Fishman, the former U.S. Attorney, began his investigation in 2011, he found the department’s culture was broken in almost every way.

A reflexive resort to violence.

Racial bias in stops and enforcement.

And an internal affairs bureau so corrupted that it sustained just one complaint of police brutality over five years.

“The use of force was too high, and the reporting of it was too low,” Fishman says.

This is a remarkable success story, all done at a time when serious crime in Newark has dropped by 40 percent in the last five years.

Both Harvey and Fishman say the key to that success is that Mayor Ras Baraka and Police Director Anthony Ambrose took the mission to heart.

They hired more Black and brown officers, began training programs based on best-practices, required any officer who uses force in any way to report it in detail, and for the supervisor to review it.

The bad cops were suddenly outed.

Former Governor Christie Whitman fought like a wildcat to keep the DOJ away from the State Police during the racial-profiling scandal, a defensive reaction that is more commonplace.

But the DOJ came anyway, and it succeeded.

Baraka welcomed this intervention.

He himself was a leading campaigner against police brutality before he became mayor.

And Ambrose, who looks like a stereotypical old Italian beat cop, turned out to be a progressive at heart, a guy who took a knee during local demonstrations over the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis.

“I’ve been around a long time, and that was outright murder,” Ambrose says.

“Most of the officers and the rank-and-file I speak with say the same thing.”

The work to reshape the department’s warped culture is painstaking, and even after five years, people like Hamm worry that it could all collapse if the DOJ leaves.

Even this success stories is tentative.

On January 1st, a Newark officer fatally shot Carl Dorsey III, of South Orange, during a confrontation in the South Ward, a case that’s being investigated by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who moved investigations of fatal police shootings out of local hands to ensure an impartial investigation.

Grewal calls Newark’s progress “nothing short of remarkable” and says his own ambitious statewide police reforms drew partly on that that success, and a similar turnaround in Camden.

The work to fix a dysfunctional department is painstaking. A big part is community outreach, with endless public meetings between police and civilians to work out grievances, engagement of local clergy and neighborhood leaders, and relying on civilian groups to settle differences where possible, rather than police.

During the George Floyd protests, it was the Street Team that saved the day when a group of protesters besieged the city police precinct where the 1967 riots began, throwing bottles and agitating for a clash.

The cops stayed inside, and Sherrills’ group engaged.

“There were a bunch of folks from outside the city who were determined to create havoc,” Sherrills said.

“We followed them all day. We saw the kids in back throwing bottles, so folks engaged the community. Folks literally stopped them and said ‘Enough of that.’”

Training is critical, too, especially on de-escalating violence. Brian O’Hara, the deputy chief overseeing training, said the old-fashioned version was to show officers how to win a confrontation, when to make the move.

“It was a paramilitary kind of training, just focused on stopping the threat,” he said.

Now, the model is to calm things down, engage the threatening person, while creating distance or taking cover, and buying time until reinforcements arrive, he says.

Newark officers view videos presenting challenging scenarios, offer responses, then discuss it with supervisors.

“It’s not about resolving the situation as quickly as you can,” O’Hara says.

“It’s about protecting the sanctity of every life.”

During individual-1, the DOJ stopped intervening like this in state and local departments, which should surprise no one.

State and local rights, you know.

And it’s mostly Black and brown people getting killed anyway.

So, count this as another blessing of the changeover to Joe Biden: Based on his history, he’s going to give a damn.

Newark won’t be the last city to get this forced make-over.

Progress, of course, is always fragile, and the entire effort can be poisoned by one spectacularly unjustified shooting.

Hamm notes that training doesn’t always work, and that Minneapolis police had de-escalation training before Officer Derek Chauvin snuffed the life out of George Floyd, knowing he was on film, and that his fellow officers wouldn’t think of intervening.

“He didn’t have a concern in the world,” Hamm says.

In the end, it’s not just about training and policy, but about the hearts and minds of police officers, and the relationships they have with the people they are charged to protect.

In Newark over the last five years, the evidence of progress on all that is now beyond dispute.

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #302 on: May 05, 2021, 05:28:55 am »
Wednesday, 5th May  Twenty One
Female NJ police officer fired for stupidity
by fox news

Former Hopewell Township police officer sara erwin's  feeble explanation in her fakebook post.

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« Reply #303 on: May 05, 2021, 08:13:56 pm »
Wednesday, 5th May  Twenty One
Worthless pig indicted on murder charge
by Jessica Schladebeck

A Virginia police officer accused of fatally shooting a man as he attempted to drive out of a hotel parking lot has been indicted on several counts stemming from the violent confrontation, including murder.

Bristol police Officer Jonathan Brown is also facing charges of use of a firearm in the commission of a murder, and malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle in the death of Jonathen Kohler.

Officers responded to the Rodeway Inn in Bristol on March 30 to investigate reports of shots fired in the area.

When they arrived on the scene around 4:30 a.m., Kohler was already seated in the driver’s seat of a 1994 Ford Mustang.

“As officers were verbally engaged with Kohler, he backed up and then drove forward in an attempt to exit the parking lot, at which point one of the officers fired at Kohler’s vehicle,” Virginia State Police said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to authorities’ initial statement, the 31-year-old refused to exit his car “despite repeated commands by the officers.”

Police said Kohler then put the Mustang into drive and “sped towards one of the officers,” prompting him to open fire.

Koehler died at the scene. No officers were injured.

The Virginia State Police investigated the shooting at the request of Bristol’s police chief and has since presented its findings to Don Caldwell, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Roanoke, who is the special prosecutor assigned to the case.

“I don’t believe in trying cases in the public eye,” Caldwell told The Associated Press.

“The evidence will be presented during trial, and a trier of fact, either a judge or jury, will make a decision.”

Bristol police Officer Jonathan Brown allegedly shot and killed Jonathen Kohler at the Rodeway Inn parking lot on March 30th, in Bristol.

Brown turned himself into authorities on Tuesday and has since been released on $25,000 bond.

He has also been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation

“We do not condone, nor will we tolerate the unnecessary use of force by our police officers,” according to a statement signed by Bristol Mayor Bill Hartley and City Manager Randall Eads.

“There is a time and a place for the use of force, and force must be used sparingly and within the bounds of the law.”

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #304 on: May 06, 2021, 11:04:53 am »
Thursday, 5th May  Twenty One
Another worthless pig charged with assault and misconduct after encounter with Black teen
by Kayie Mettler

A Prince George’s County police officer has been arrested and charged with assault and misconduct in office after the police department and the state’s attorney’s office investigated a use-of-force incident from October involving a 17-year-old.

Cpl. Darryl Wormuth has been suspended without pay, interim chief Hector Velez said at a news conference Wednesday with State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy announcing the officer’s arrest.

A grand jury indicted Wormuth on Tuesday and he turned himself in to authorities that evening. Wormuth was released by a judge on a $10,000 bond, officials said.

Robert Bonsib, an attorney for Wormuth, said his client is not guilty of the charges.

Velez and Braveboy said that on October 20th, the teen was standing outside an apartment complex on Davis Avenue in Suitland when Wormuth allegedly grabbed the handcuffed boy by the neck and assaulted him.

Officials did not say why the teen had been cuffed but said that there were no “active cases” against the teen related to the encounter.

Velez said the teen was not injured, but Braveboy said that authorities are still investigating “the issue of injuries” as well as the “entire incident that occurred.”

Other officers at the scene reported Wormuth’s conduct to their supervisor, who notified the internal affairs division, which investigates uses of force and allegations of officer misconduct.

Within days, Velez said Wormuth had been suspended with pay, and soon after the case was referred to the state’s attorney’s office to review for possible criminal charges.

Braveboy said her office has a “very strong case” against Wormuth, who faces charges of first- and second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

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Policing while buzzed is drunk policing...belligerent aggressive abusive vodka voices....working outside the law....don't know the law...All cops should be breathalyzed after every incident and also before they are able to start our taxpaying city cars. They are unlearned, uncurious , and mostly uneducated. If they were not cops they would be postal workers or a department manager of a big box store. They have an unaddressed culture of alcoholism. A buzzed postal worker with a gun and a license to murder and lie. They do not have continuing educating and drink vodka to sleep at night which takes their motivation away to educate themselves. They terrorize their families and the community because they have allowed themselves to become alcoholic monsters. I would not want to be touched / detained by an alcoholic with a badge and a license to murder and lie. There are some good cops out there , but they are swallowed up my the monsters they work with everyday. Take a look at the chief of polices in the different cities. They have the flat nose the extensive facial wrinkles from loving the take down and the heavy alcohol they choose to drink. People are now catching on that there is a huge problem of substance abuse. We, the citizens are lead in a " new " direction for a " new" type of society. Now its time we make changes for a new type of police department that looks down on substance abuse of any kind. This is a serious problem the ends now!!!!!!

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #305 on: May 07, 2021, 05:53:04 am »
Friday, 7th May  Twenty One
Maryland District Court chief judge bans 'thin blue line' masks over bias concerns
by Cameron Jenkings

A Maryland district court judge on Wednesday banned all court employees including clerks, bailiffs and judges from donning face masks that depict the “thin blue line.”

Chief Judge John P. Morrissey said in an email announcing the ban that the masks and other apparel with the symbol created “an issue of perceived bias,” according to the Baltimore Sun.

Morrissey's order will apply to all staff at 34 district court sites statewide, but will not affect people who are courthouse visitors.

“The Judiciary must maintain itself as an unbiased and independent branch of Maryland state government,” Morrissey said in the email obtained by the Sun.

“Employees of the District Court wearing any clothing item or apparel which promotes or displays a logo, sticker, pin, patch, slogan, or sign which may be perceived as showing bias or favoritism to a particular group of people could undermine the District Court’s mission of fair, efficient, and effective justice for all and call into question the Judiciary’s obligation to remain impartial and unbiased.”

According to a judiciary spokesperson, Maryland's circuit courts were not included in Morrissey's order, the Sun noted.

Morrissey's order came as a response to a local public defender who urged judges in a Tuesday letter to ban the symbols in courthouses, the Sun reported.

Last year, Maryland Governor larry hogan, a republican, opposed a ban of a “thin blue line” flag being displayed in a local police station, noting that he was "offended and disgusted" by the move, according to the Sun.

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« Reply #306 on: May 07, 2021, 05:09:02 pm »
Friday, 7, May  Twenty One
4 ex-city employees indicted on US civil rights charges

(MINNEAPOLIS) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air.

A three-count indictment unsealed Friday names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao.

Chauvin was convicted last month on state charges of murder and manslaughter and is asking for a new trial.

The other three are set for state trial on August 23rd.

It’s not clear what will happen in this case, but generally the state charges play out before federal charges do.

The indictment sends a strong message about the Justice Department’s priorities.

Floyd’s May 25th arrest and death, which a bystander captured on cellphone video, sparked mass protests nationwide that called for an end to racial inequalities and police mistreatment of Black people.

When President Joe Biden was elected, he promised he’d work to end disparities in the criminal justice system.

The indictments were handed up about a week after federal prosecutors brought hate crimes charges in the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and announced two sweeping probes into policing in two states.

The Reverend Al Sharpton said the federal charges against the officers show the Justice Department “does not excuse it nor allow police to act as though as what they do is acceptable behavior in the line of duty.”

“What we couldn’t get them to do in the case of Eric Garner, Michael Brown in Ferguson, and countless others, we are finally seeing them do today,” Sharpton said.

Floyd, 46, died after Chauvin pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck, even as Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.

Kueng and Lane also helped restrain Floyd — state prosecutors have said Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs.

Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint.

Lane, Thao and Kueng made initial court appearances Friday via videoconference in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, and remain free on bond.

Chauvin is held in state custody as he awaits sentencing on the state charges and hasn’t yet appeared in federal court.

While all four officers are charged broadly with depriving Floyd of his rights while acting under government authority, the indictment breaks down the counts.

A count against Chauvin alleges he violated Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and from unreasonable force by a police officer.

Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck.

It’s not clear why Lane, who held down Floyd’s legs, is not mentioned in that count, but evidence in the state’s case shows that Lane had asked twice whether Floyd should be rolled on his side.

All four officers are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care.

Chauvin was also charged in a second indictment, stemming from the use of force and neck restraint of a 14-year-old boy in 2017.

Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, argued during his murder trial that Chauvin acted reasonably and Floyd died because of underlying health issues and drug use. He has filed a request for a new trial.

A message left for Thao’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned; Lane’s attorney was unable to talk when reached by The Associated Press, and messages left later were not returned.

Ben Crump and the team of attorneys for Floyd’s family said the civil rights charges reinforce “the strength and wisdom” of the Constitution.

“We are encouraged by these charges and eager to see continued justice in this historic case that will impact Black citizens and all Americans for generations to come,” the attorneys said in a statement.

To bring federal charges in deaths involving police, prosecutors must believe an officer acted under the “color of law,” or government authority, and willfully deprived someone of their constitutional rights.

That’s a high legal standard.

An accident, bad judgment or simple negligence on the officer’s part isn’t enough to support federal charges; prosecutors have to prove the officer knew what he was doing was wrong in that moment but did it anyway.

The indictment in Floyd’s death says Chauvin kept his left knee on Floyd’s neck as he was handcuffed and was not resisting.

Thao and Kueng allegedly were aware Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck, even after Floyd became unresponsive, and “willfully failed to intervene to stop Defendant Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force.”

All four officers are charged with willfully depriving Floyd of liberty without due process, including the right to be free from “deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs.”

The other indictment, against Chauvin only, alleges he deprived the 14-year-old boy, who is Black, of his right to be free of unreasonable force when he held the teen by the throat, hit him in the head with a flashlight and held his knee on the boy’s neck and upper back while he was prone, handcuffed and not resisting.

According to a police report from that 2017 encounter, Chauvin wrote that the teen resisted arrest and after the teen, whom he described as 6-foot-2 and about 240 pounds, was handcuffed, Chauvin “used body weight to pin” him to the floor.

The boy was bleeding from the ear and needed two stitches.

That encounter was one of several mentioned in state court filings that prosecutors said showed Chauvin had used neck or head and upper body restraints seven times before dating back to 2014, including four times state prosecutors said he went too far and held the restraints “beyond the point when such force was needed under the circumstances.”

Bob Bennett, an attorney for the teenager, said the “familiar behavior” from Chauvin showed Floyd wasn’t his first victim.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office is prosecuting the state charges, said the federal government is responsible for protecting the civil rights of every American and “federal prosecution for the violation of George Floyd’s civil rights is entirely appropriate.”

Chauvin was convicted on state charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Experts say he will likely face no more than 30 years in prison when he is sentenced June 25th.

The other officers face charges alleging they aided and abetted second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Any federal sentence would be served at the same time as a state sentence.

At the Executive Mansion on Friday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden didn’t have a direct reaction to the indictments.

She added that the Floyd case was “a reminder of the need to put police reform in place through our legislative process.”

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« Reply #307 on: May 07, 2021, 05:13:34 pm »
Friday, 7th May  Twenty One
Alaskan white teacher placed on administrative leave for stupidity
by Ashley Collman

(Fairbanks, Alaska) — A high-school teacher has been placed on administrative leave over remarks she made during a class discussion on police killings, KUAC reported.

A video of the discussion - which happened during a virtual class meeting - was posted to YouTube last week.

While school officials have not named the teacher, she is addressed as "Ms. Gardner" in the video, and a Connie Gardner is listed as a special-education teacher on the Lathrop High School website.

She is heard lecturing students about recent police killings, including those of Daunte Wright and Ma'Khia Bryant, arguing that the media disproportionately focuses on incidents involving white officers killing Black suspects and defending officers for having to make split-second decisions in charged situations.

At one point in the video she turns to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis last year after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.

Last month a jury found the officer, Derek Chauvin, who was fired over the incident, guilty of Floyd's murder.

While the teacher said she did "not agree" with Chauvin's actions, she said Floyd failed to "comply" with officers' orders to get in the back of a squad car and it resulted in his death.

"I do not agree that the Chauvin guy was right - I think he abused his authority, and I think he went too far. And I think that he was complicit in George Floyd's death. I think that there were many factors that contributed to it, and that was one of them," the teacher is heard saying.

"But if George Floyd had ... just sidled into the car, slid in there, and let them put his legs in, he would be alive today and you know that's true," she added.

"So that's my message to you ... If any of you find yourself in a situation where you are - justly or unjustly - being addressed by the police and ordered to do something, please comply. Do not fight the cops. Don't try to run away."

The teacher went on to imply that her students were less likely to draw attention from the police because of the way they dressed.

"Here's the thing too," she said. "Look at how you guys are dressed. You guys are dressed nicely - you don't look like thugs. You don't have your pants down around your knees."

It was then that a woman - who identified herself as a tutor - pushed back on the teacher's comments, saying the way someone dressed shouldn't factor into whether they were targeted by the police.

The woman who recorded the video also spoke up soon after that, identifying herself as a mother who overheard the discussion while her kids were attending the class remotely.

The mother said she was a woman of color who had experienced racism and said the teacher, as a white woman, was "uneducated" and unable "to address these things that are going on in the world today."

The video ends with the mother telling the teacher to "stop this conversation."

On Tuesday, KUAC reported that the teacher had been placed on administrative leave.

Insider has contacted the school district for an update and to Connie Gardner for comment.

The school's principal, Carly Sween, also wrote in a letter to parents last week that the teacher's comments were "racially insensitive" and that officials had met with students in the class to discuss what happened, KUAC reported.

A columnist for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman defended the teacher in an article Friday, saying she was only preparing her students for the real world.

"The world is a dangerous place - and it can be made more or less dangerous by the things we say and do. And even by the way we dress. Explaining that to children in a way they can understand is difficult and does run the risk that a parent in the room will be offended and go ballistic," the columnist, Tom Brennan, wrote.

"But that doesn't mean teachers shouldn't attempt to educate their students about the world around them and the risks that they face. It is very important that they understand those things as best they can."

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« Reply #308 on: May 10, 2021, 02:30:33 pm »
Monday, 10th May  Twenty One
Jury convicts Alabama officer of murder in 2018 shooting
by Associated Press

(HUNTSVILLE, Alabama) — Jurors convicted an Alabama police officer of murder Friday in the shooting of a suicidal man who was holding a gun to his own head, a verdict that was criticized by both the mayor and police chief, but lauded by the victim’s family, who said they hope it will spur law enforcement to change how they approach mental health crises.

The panel reached its decision in the second day of deliberations in the trial of Huntsville police officer William “Ben” Darby, who was indicted in the killing of Jeffrey Parker in 2018.

Talks had to be started over after one jury member had to be replaced by an alternate because of a medical issue, news outlets reported.

While prosecutors contend Darby, 28, killed Parker without cause, the defense argued the shooting was justified because Parker posed a threat to Darby and other officers.

Darby was taken into custody after the verdict but spent less than two and a half hours in jail after being released on $100,000 bond, records showed.

The conviction carries a sentence to 20 years to life, District Attorney Rob Broussard told a news conference afterward.

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« Reply #309 on: May 11, 2021, 03:03:37 pm »
Tuesday, 11th May  Twenty One
by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Less than a month after a police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Mayor Mike Elliott is proposing a measure to remove police officers from enforcing some traffic violations and responding to calls related to mental health.

At today’s City Council meeting, Elliott will introduce the Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler Community Safety and Violence Prevention Resolution.

“This resolution is going to transform our system so police are not the only available response to everything,” Elliott told The Appeal.

“This is responding directly to our community and what they have said their needs are and I certainly hope that our council will be united behind this resolution which is a framework for how we move forward.”

In reaction to an epidemic of police violence perpetrated against Black adults and children, numerous communities are attempting to limit the role of law enforcement, particularly when it comes to traffic enforcement and mental or behavioral health crises.

On April 11th, police pulled over 20-year-old Wright, a Black man, for a minor traffic violation: expired registration tags.

The officers ran his name and discovered he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

When he stepped out of his car, one of the officers attempted to handcuff him.

Wright then got back in his car, according to body camera footage.

As he did, Brooklyn Center Police Officer kim potter can be heard yelling, “Taser, Taser, Taser.”

She then fatally shot him.

The mayor’s resolution, if adopted, would create an unarmed civilian Traffic Enforcement Department, which would enforce “all non-moving traffic violations,” including parking violations or expired registration tags.

Nonmoving violations also include infractions such as a broken tail light or having tinted windows, all of which can be the basis for pretextual (and ultimately fatal) police stops of Black drivers.

However, the resolution leaves all moving violations, no matter how minor—like failing to use a turn signal—under the auspices of the police department.

Various moving and nonmoving violations are classified as petty misdemeanors, which are civil violations, not crimes, and carry a maximum fine of $300.

Elliott told The Appeal that his understanding is that Minnesota law requires a licensed officer to handle all moving violations.

“I think it’s a right step forward,” Columbia Law School professor Sarah Seo said of the mayor’s resolution. “I think it could do more in terms of moving violations.”

Police should not enforce minor moving violations, said Seo, author of the book “Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom.”

Police should also not necessarily enforce even more serious violations, such as driving under the influence, she said.

“I’d choose somebody who was trained with how to handle substance abuse and mental illness rather than somebody who’s trained with a gun,” she said.

Under the resolution, until the measure is fully in place, the city manager would be directed to implement a “citation and summons” policy that requires officers to issue citations only, and prohibits police officers from arresting or conducting consent searches of people or vehicles for any nonmoving traffic infraction, nonfelony offenses, or nonfelony warrants.

Elliott told The Appeal it has not yet been determined if the citations and summons policy would apply to nonfelony offenses and warrants outside the context of traffic stops.

“We’re still going to be working out the details particularly when that policy will apply and when it won’t apply, but we know that it will apply most specifically right now to traffic enforcement,” he said. 

Taylor Pendergrass, the deputy director of campaigns for the ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice applauded the resolution.

“We’re hopeful that this can serve as a model for other municipalities across the country and show that solely funding armed police officers as the first, last and only resort, especially in communities of color ​isn’t the right approach to ending the scourge of police violence,” he wrote in an email to The Appeal.

The resolution also would create an unarmed Community Response Department to respond to “all incidents where a city resident is primarily experiencing a medical, mental health, disability-related, or other behavioral or social need.”

The department would consist of trained medical and mental health professionals.

The mayor told The Appeal that if the resolution is adopted, the city will create a unified dispatch system to determine whether the call is routed to the police department or the mental health response unit.

Nationally, one in four people killed by police have an untreated serious mental health illness, according to a 2015 report from the Treatment Advocacy Center.

Several communities around the country have programs that replace law enforcement with mental health professionals—initiatives that are widely supported, according to polling conducted by The Lab, a policy vertical of The Appeal.

It’s unclear whether the resolution would have prevented the death of Dimock-Heisler, a 21-year-old autistic man with mental illness.

On August 31st, 2019, four police officers responded to a call from Dimock-Heisler’s grandfather for help after his grandson threatened him.

When the police arrived at Dimock-Heisler’s home, he was sitting calmly and unarmed.

His grandfather told police that the situation was resolved.

Dimock-Heisler told one of the officers that he had been committed before and did not want to be involuntarily committed again.

When the officer said he didn’t know what would happen, Dimock-Heisler began to cry with his head in his hands, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, before running toward his grandmother.

Two officers used their Tasers on him, and another hung on to his legs.

Dimock-Heisler then retrieved a knife and attempted to stab one, according to the county attorney’s office.

The other two officers—Cody Turner and Brandon Akers—fatally shot Dimock-Heisler, striking him six times.

He was then handcuffed and died at the scene. No charges were filed against any of the officers.

The Appeal asked Elliott whether it would be appropriate to file criminal charges against Turner and Akers; he said he could not answer the question.

“What we’re doing here is simply expanding the tools in our toolbox so that the police are not the only available response to everything,” said Elliott.

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Thursday, 13th May  Twenty One
3 City Employees Arrested in Bribe Scheme Made 'Numerous References' to terrorist group
by Ewan Palmer

An "unabashedly racist" retired New York police officer who made numerous references to the domestic terrorist group known as ku klux klan has been charged with bribery and drug trafficking.

Robert Smith, 44, has been indicted along with current NYPD officers Heather Busch, 34, and Robert Hassett, 36, on five counts of using interstate facilities to commit bribery and two counts of conspiracy to violate the Travel Act after allegedly taking part in a towing company bribery scheme.

Smith, who is alleged to have orchestrated the crimes, is also charged with attempting to transport heroin and possessing a firearm.

According to prosecutors, Smith once referred to himself as "one of the most corrupt cops in the 105," referring to the 105th Precinct where he, Busch, and Hassett worked at the time.

Smith, who retired from the NYPD in March 2020, also described himself as a "perp that got away" in a text message to another officer and was recorded stating that if he wasn't in the police he would have been "locked up so many times."

Following his retirement, Smith also boasted that he would threaten and terrorize Black people by brandishing his firearm in front of them.

"Bro I point my gun out the window now at niggers and watch their reaction and drive way. Hilarious," Smith wrote in one text.

Smith and another individual also discussed how Smith, as an NYPD officer, had engaged in robberies and shakedowns of individuals and businesses for bribe payments.

In the messages, Smith boasted "I robbed everyone" during these "shakes."

After he was charged, a detention memo urged Smith be detained pending trial because he constitutes a "clear danger to the community," noting his racism and interest in the domestic terrorist group known as kkk.

"Smith's unabashedly racist and hate-filled language in his communications included regular references to Black individuals as niggers and numerous references to the domestic terrorist group known as ku klux klan, including one—just after his retirement—in which he wrote, 'Now the real smith will shine. I even shaved my head. klan," the memo states.

According to prosecutors, all three officers allegedly took thousands of dollars in bribes while directing vehicles damaged in accidents to a single tow-trucking and automobile repair business.

NYPD officers are required to use a computer system that randomly selects a licensed tow-truck business to repair damaged cars, which the officers allegedly bypassed.

Smith and Hassett are also accused of obtaining the names and information of recent automobile accident victims from NYPD databases and providing that information to what turned out to be an undercover officer in exchange for cash.

Smith and Hassett believed the individual would sell that information to physical therapy businesses and personal injury attorneys.

As he was due to retire, Smith allegedly offered to work security for a drug distribution network.

In June 2020, Smith met with two individuals, stating he could carry a firearm and his retired NYPD identification while transporting the drugs.

The next month, Smith accepted a bag containing what he understood to be a kilogram of heroin and took it to a location in Queens.

Smith received $1,200 in cash for his participation in the scheme.

If convicted, Smith faces up to life imprisonment for the drug trafficking charge, and up to five years' imprisonment on each bribery count.

He also faces a mandatory consecutive sentence of five years to life imprisonment on the firearm charge.

Hassett and Busch face up to five years' imprisonment on each bribery count, and up to five years' imprisonment on counts of conspiracy to violate the Travel Act.

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Thursday, 13th May  Twenty One
Maine Police Chief Faked a Police Report to Get Out of a Meeting
by Mary Ellen Cagnassola

A former police chief in Fryeburg, Maine, lost his certification this month following an investigation that found he falsified a police report in order to leave a meeting.

Joshua Potvin's license was revoked by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Board of Trustees in February following his administrative leave and eventual resignation during the summer of 2020, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The academy released its decision publicly after Potvin waived an appeal.

In a written report, the academy said it found that in February 2020, Potvin texted one of his officers to call him out of a public meeting of the Fryeburg Board of Selectmen, a body overseeing the town's administrative and executive powers.

Potvin then drove to the Fryeburg Fairground to meet the officer and used the computer inside his vehicle to create a false entry to justify his absence, claiming that he was responding to a suspicious person report.

Four of Potvin's subordinate officers subsequently filed a complaint with the Teamsters Union Local 340 in March 2020.

Following the complaint, Potvin was placed on administrative leave for two months before resigning in July of that year, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The academy's findings concluded that Potvin committed a misdemeanor by falsifying a public record.

Neither the Teamsters, the Maine Criminal Justice Academy nor Potvin could not be reached by Newsweek for immediate comment.

The municipality of Fryeburg paid $10,000 for an external investigation in April and May 2020 of Potvin, prior to him being placed on administrative leave.

The union also contacted external consultants for an investigation.

Potvin, who assumed his position in 2014, resigned before he could be officially disciplined.

The former chief of the Fryeburg Police Department is no longer permitted to act in any law enforcement capacity in the state of Maine.

On whether Potvin resigned to avoid discipline, his attorney Jonathan Goodman told the Bangor Daily News last year:

"I don't know if I can answer that. ... I want to answer your question but respect everybody's privacy. He was not disciplined or threatened that, 'Well, this is what's going to happen if you don't retire.'"

According to public documents, the news outlet reported, Potvin, while still police chief, had lied to a Maine State Police trooper during a criminal investigation in 2018.

The local district attorney concluded that Potvin impaired his ability to testify as a credible witness in court.

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« Reply #312 on: June 16, 2021, 08:25:27 pm »
Wednesday, 16th June  Twenty One
A city worker was recorded hitting a protester with a baton charged with assault
by Derek Hawkins

A grand jury charged a worthless Portland, Oregon, police officer with assault Tuesday after he was filmed hitting a protester in the head with his baton during last summer’s demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd.

Officer Corey Budworth, who has been with the Portland Police Bureau for more than five years, is accused of “unlawfully, knowingly and recklessly causing physical injury” to the protester, who said the blows left her with head and back pain.

Budworth faces one count of assault in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor that carries up to a one-year jail sentence.

He has been placed on administrative leave, a police spokesman said.

The indictment in Multnomah County is one of few criminal cases filed against officers who used force during protests and riots sparked by the death of Floyd, who died after derek chauvin the murderer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020.

The racial justice and police accountability movement that intensified last year has given rise to widespread allegations of misconduct, but few officers have faced charges, and some of them were later cleared of wrongdoing.

The case also appears to be the first time a Portland police officer has been charged for striking or firing at someone during a protest, the Oregonian reported.

But there was “no legal justification” for Budworth’s actions, he said.

“When that line is crossed, and a police officer’s use of force is excessive and lacks a justification under the law, the integrity of our criminal justice system requires that we, as prosecutors, act as a mechanism for accountability,” Schmidt said.

“Public trust requires nothing less.”

An attorney for Budworth didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.

The Portland police union acknowledged that Budworth had used his baton to move the protester, but it said he didn’t intend to hit her in the head.

Video showed an officer in riot gear, identified at the time by the No. 37 printed in white on his helmet, shoving a protester in the back of the head with his baton and knocking her to the asphalt.

While she is down, he uses both hands to slam the baton into the protester’s face, the footage shows.

The protester, Teri Jacobs, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in September, saying the officer’s actions fit a pattern of excessive force the police department used against protesters.

She said in court papers that she was working as a photojournalist during the unrest and was trying to pull a friend to safety when the officer “bashed her in the face with his baton.”

“Ms. Jacobs posed no threat to the officer at any time, and she had not committed any crime nor was she being lawfully arrested or detained,” her lawsuit said.

“An entire squad of Portland Police Officers witnessed this act, failed to intervene, and allowed this officer to walk away after committing a violent crime against Ms. Jacobs.”

In March, the city settled with Jacobs for $50,000 plus $11,000 in legal fees, court records show.

The police union disputed the version of events presented by Jacobs.

In its statement Tuesday, the union said a crowd had reassembled near the county building the night of the unrest after being dispersed.

Complaints of excessive police force seldom lead to prosecutions in the United States because officers in many jurisdictions have broad leeway when they perceive a threat.

Budworth’s indictment comes a week after three officers in Columbus, Ohio, were charged with misdemeanors in connection with the way they handled demonstrations for racial equality in the city last summer.

In Philadelphia, a police inspector was charged with assault last year after striking a protester with his baton.

A judge dismissed the case in January, saying prosecutors had failed to provide evidence of a crime.

A similar chain of events played out in Buffalo, where prosecutors charged two officers with assault for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.

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Thursday, 17th June  Twenty One
Students sue Atlanta city workers after being shocked with a stun gun
by Cameron Jenkins

Two students who were forcibly pulled out of their car and had a stun gun used against them by Atlanta workers during protests of George Floyd's murder in 2020 are now suing the city, according to a lawsuit that was filed on Thursday.

Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who both attend historically Black colleges in Atlanta, are accusing Atlanta city worker of assault and false arrest a little over a year after they were yanked out of their car and tased by six Atlanta city workers following a protest, ABC News reported.

"Accountability is what relieves pain and brings peace, and unfortunately there has been no accountability," Young's attorney Mawuli Mel Davis told the news outlet.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and nine city workers are reportedly named in the suit.

Both Pilgrim and Young were on their way home on May 30th of last year during a curfew that was declared by Bottoms earlier that evening.

According to the suit, when a city worker asked Young to leave the area he was unable to move forward due to traffic.

Young was reportedly recording police confronting someone else on the side of the street when the city workers reportedly retaliated and went after him and Pilgrim, ABC News reported.

Multiple police then approached the vehicle and one allegedly claimed that the couple had a gun, though they reportedly did not.

Young was pulled from the car and slammed to the ground by an officer, the outlet noted.

"There was no gun. There was no weapon," attorney L. Chris Stewart, who represents Pilgrim, said.

"Yet he screamed multiple times from a distance, 'He's got a gun,' which could have gotten these kids killed."

Prosecutors have filed charges against six city workers in the incident in June of last year.

Four of the city workers were charged with aggravated assault and another was charged with aggravated battery.

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Monday, 21st June  Twenty One
white Police Supervisor Pressured Minority Cops to 'Take People's Freedom'
by Katherine Fung

A white police supervisor allegedly pressured subordinate officers of color to take people's freedom in order to meet arrest quotas, new court documents say.

New documents obtained by New York Daily News are part of a long-running suit launched by four minority cops, who claim they faced retaliation for not arresting enough people of color as part of the department's unreported arrest quota system.

Sworn declarations from Charles Spruill, a Black officer who retired in 2014, say that officers were repeatedly yelled at to arrest "hard targets," who police allege were Black and Hispanic people.

"On one occasion in the 40th Precinct a white supervisor asked an African-American police officer, 'Are you going to take someone's freedom today?'" Spruill said in an affidavit.

"The African-American police officer had no choice but to say, 'OK, boss.'"

The latest document is among some two dozen papers from current and former police officers who have backed a claim that a race-based quota system disproportionately affected minority officers.

Their admissions come in support of Lieutenant Edwin Raymond, who along with other minority cops, filed a lawsuit in 2015 alleging they faced retribution for not going along with the "collar quotas" system.

Last month, city attorneys filed legal papers in Manhattan Federal Court disputing Raymond's allegations, claiming that he wasn't retaliated for exposing the arrest quota, but because he was unwilling to do his job.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the New York Police Department said, "The allegations of race-based quotas, or, a policy of numerical quotas are false and we are confident the evidence will show that. Beyond that, we will make our statements in court."

Previous filings in the case allege that the quota system also encouraged officers not to arrest "soft targets," who were Asian, Jewish and white people.

"The NYPD has a lot of internal names for the arrest quota, but they all mean the same thing. That officers are supposed to bring in a certain amount of arrests and issue a certain number of summonses per month," Shawn Smalls, a Black officer who retired in 2011, said in one of the new affidavits.

"The NYPD calls this arrest quota in the internal lingo of the police department many things," he added.

"These code names include, but are not limited to, productivity indicators, goals, activity, expectations, condition and/or performance goals."

Attorney John Scola, who is representing the minority cops in this case, said that minority cops who refused to arrest a higher number of Black and Hispanic New Yorkers were stripped of overtime pay, negatively evaluated by their superiors and were placed on performance monitoring as further punishment.

"This toxic culture, which permeates the NYPD, forces officers to choose between standing up for what is right and being able to feed their families," Scola said.