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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #60 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #61 on: February 15, 2019, 11:59:19 pm »
Saturday, 16th February 2019

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

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

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

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

"That's totally unacceptable."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He said that search warrants have been obtained for cellphones.

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

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

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

Acevedo pledged a thorough and impartial investigation.

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #62 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turnout was low Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #63 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He changed the ticket to a speeding violation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #64 on: March 20, 2019, 07:20:34 am »
Wednesday, 20th March 2019
San Francisco To Pay $13.1 Million To Man Framed By Police For Murder
by James Doubek

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

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

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

He sued in January 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #65 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“May God have mercy on her soul.”

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

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Friday, 22nd March 2019
A police unit went after Stormy Daniels for ‘moral’ crimes. Now due to misconduct, it has been disbanded.

by Kyle Swenson

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

On Tuesday, Columbus Police Department interim chief Tom Quinlan announced he was abolishing the department’s 10-officer vice unit, a group overseeing crimes involving gambling, prostitution and drugs, due to the negative attention it received in recent months.

“Today I removed three officers from their vice assignments, and notified the remaining seven vice officers that I am abolishing their assignments,” Quinlan said in a video posted to the department’s Twitter account.

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

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