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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #75 on: May 09, 2019, 03:45:24 pm »
Thursday, 9th May 2019
Departmental trial to start Monday for NYPD pig accused of using banned chokehold that led to death of Eric Garner
by Rocco Parascandola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #76 on: May 11, 2019, 09:12:23 am »
Friday, 11th May 2019
NYPD Detectives Racially Profiled Over 360 Black and Latino Men While Searching for Howard Beach Killer
by Aliya Semper Ewing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Civil rights lawyer Joel Berger detailed:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #77 on: May 13, 2019, 10:54:50 am »
Monday, 6th May 2019
~Here's a story about 6 lovely Jail Guards~
by Victoria Bekiempis and Jan Ransom

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

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

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

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

The officers found no contraband, the prosecutor said.

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

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

They all pleaded not guilty and were released without bail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He applauded the indictment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Hopefully these indictments lead to a safer, more respectful visiting process where visitors do not have to endure a traumatic experience simply to see their loved one,” he said.

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #78 on: May 14, 2019, 09:25:37 pm »
Monday, 13th May 2019
Ex-State Trooper sentenced to prison for up to 15 years in death of Detroit teen riding on ATV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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« Reply #79 on: May 14, 2019, 09:57:25 pm »
Monday, 14th May 2019
~It's the story of 6 cops from Louisville~

by Darcy Costello and Matthew Glowicki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All six officers are on administrative reassignment, Sullivan said.

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #80 on: May 16, 2019, 08:16:40 pm »
Thursday, 16th May 2019
White Cop Resigns After Video Shows Him Pulling Gun On Black Man Picking Up Trash
by Justin Wise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #81 on: May 17, 2019, 05:04:35 pm »
Friday, 17th May 2019
Officer Arrested For Trying To Hire Hitman Against Ex-Husband
by Jonathan Dienst and David K. Li

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

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

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

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #82 on: May 18, 2019, 07:52:20 pm »
Saturday, 18th May 2019
Fatal police shootings will become a crime under proposed California law

by Marco della Cava

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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« Reply #83 on: May 20, 2019, 01:24:05 am »
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Friday, 17th May 2019
Cop Tried to Hire Hitman to Kill Her Estranged Husband and a Child
by Chris Agee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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