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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #315 on: June 22, 2021, 09:08:22 am »
Tuesday, 22nd June  Twenty One
Stripped Of Police Powers!!!
by The Associated Press





(CHICAGO) — Chicago’s police superintendent said Monday that his decision to strip an officer’s police powers was tied in part to the officer’s ownership of a house on the city’s South Side where gunmen killed five people and injured three others.

But Superintendent David Brown would not elaborate on why such a drastic step was taken against Enrique Badillo Sr. for his ownership of a building.

He said there were “multiple reasons” the discipline, which he linked to the fatal shooting.

Badillo has an unlisted phone number and could not be reached for comment.

Police said Monday that the investigation was continuing but that no arrests have been made.

They have said they believe someone broke into the house and shot eight people; four of them died at the scene and a fifth died on Saturday.

All the people who died had been shot in the head.

Even before the mass shooting prompted the department to strip Badillo of his police powers, there were questions about the building and his ownership of it.

Police had responded to numerous calls about disturbances at the residence, Brown said at a news conference last week.

In November 2019, police responding to a call of a person shot at the residence found a man had been injured by gunfire.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that officers found shell casings and dice on the floor, and a witness told officers that there were at least 50 people in a party where people were drinking and playing dice when shots rang out.

That shooting prompted an inspection by the city’s building department that revealed a number of building code violations and the city filed a “public nuisance” lawsuit.

But the lawsuit stalled because city officials were unable to reach the building’s owner until after last Tuesday’s shooting.























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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #316 on: June 25, 2021, 01:24:10 pm »
Friday, 25th June  Twenty One
A chauvinist sentenced To 22 ½ Years
by Bill Chappell






A Minnesota judge sentenced a chauvinist to 22 1/2 years in prison Friday for the murder of George Floyd.


























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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #317 on: June 25, 2021, 02:46:21 pm »
Friday, 25th June  Twenty One


(Minneapolis)Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota released the following statement following the sentencing of the former Minneapolis officer responsible for the murder of George Floyd.



"This is another step on the path to accountability.

But punishment for past crimes is not true justice."

"True justice will require us as a community and as a nation to address the systems of oppression that create the conditions for injustice.

True justice will require us to understand how those who take an oath to protect us repeatedly take the lives of young Black and brown people.

True justice require us to ask why we continue to spend billions on increasingly militarized police departments, while basic needs like healthcare, housing and hunger are neglected. 

True justice will mean addressing decades of economic and social neglect of our most vulnerable people by local, state and federal government institutions."

"To truly achieve justice, we have to do the hard work to make sure George Floyd's murder, or the countless other murders at the hands of police, never happen again."

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #318 on: June 28, 2021, 07:42:28 am »
Monday, 28th  June  Twenty One
Two New York lawmakers are suing the NYPD
by Cannor Perrett








Two New York State lawmakers filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday against the New York Police Department, alleging officers "rammed" them and other protestors with bicycles, pepper-sprayed them, and violated their freedom of speech during a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn last year.

The suit was filed by state Senator Zellnor Myrie and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, The New York Times first reported.

The suit names Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea, and six other officers.

Representatives for the NYPD and the city of New York did not immediately return Insider's request for comment Monday.

According to the lawsuit, the lawmakers allege that officers decided to "arbitrarily" end the protest outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 8 p.m. after hours of demonstrations on May 29th, four days after George Floyd was killed by the murderer derek chauvin[ist] in Minneapolis.

Floyd's murder sparked months-long protests against racism and police brutality across the US, including in New York City.















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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #319 on: June 29, 2021, 01:12:02 pm »
Tuesday, 29th June  Twenty One
The Culture Of Law Enforcement Needs To Go On Trial
by LZ Granderson







After Friday’s sentencing of derek chauvin, I saw a sign that hit me pretty hard:

“One down three to go.”

It was a reminder that the former police officer who received 22½ years for killing George Floyd wasn’t alone that day.

A reminder that three other officers — Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.

That chauvin’s conviction was the easier part.

After all, he’s the one on camera with his knee on Floyd’s neck.

He’s the one other officers had no problem taking the stand against because his actions clearly were in violation of their training.

He’s a “bad apple,” as they like to say.

But here’s the messy part: Lane and Kueng, who are seen on the video holding Floyd down, were rookies.

Thao, chauvin’s partner, stood between them and the onlookers begging the officers to stop.

chauvin, a 19-year veteran on the force, was the senior officer at the scene.

So the question is, will law enforcement officials who testified against chauvin be as willing to testify against three officers who were following the chain of command as well as the “cops don’t rat out cops“ unofficial rule ?

It won’t just be the three officers on trial but the culture of law enforcement itself.

To understand just how pervasive this unspoken rule is take the circumstances surrounding the 2014 murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

We were told the teen lunged at officers with a knife and that they had no choice but to shoot.

The video, which the mayor’s office tried to keep secret, revealed not only that McDonald was walking away from police before shots ranged rang out, but also that he fell to the ground after the first shot.

Didn’t matter.

Over the course of 14 seconds, Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times, nine in the back.

The shooting happened in October.

The district attorney obtained the video a few weeks later, but Van Dyke wasn’t arrested until more than a year later.

Until a court ruled the video had to be made public.

And none of that is the most disturbing part.

No, the most disturbing part is that at least 16 officers were involved in the cover-up.

And unlike chauvin, Van Dyke wasn’t even the most senior officer on the scene.

Yet all those Chicago police officers participated in protecting this man — some of whom actually watched him empty his clip into a lifeless teenage body right in front of them.

There are other examples of this blue wall of silence of course — the contradiction between the Louisiana State Police report and the scenes captured in the body cam video of Ronald Greene, a motorist who died after he was arrested, to mind.

And there are examples we may never know about because body cameras weren’t turned on.

Sometimes all of the cameras fall off at the same time, which is what three police officers in Aurora, Colorado, said happened after an alleged physical altercation with Elijah McClain, a 5-foot-6, 140-pound massage therapist, who died after being put into a chokehold during a police stop in 2019.

chauvin? He’s low-hanging fruit.

A bad apple.

The initial Minneapolis Police Department statement made no mention of what that bad apple had done to George Floyd in front of a crowd, but it did say Floyd may have been on drugs.

The Times reported that John Elder, the department’s spokesman, said he got his information from sergeants who were in the area.

Who gave the sergeants that information?

It wouldn’t appear to have been from any of the witnesses begging for George Floyd’s life.

One would think if “man dies” is in the headline of a police statement, a knee on said man’s neck for more than nine minutes would have been important to include.

chauvin?

His conviction was historic but not a litmus test.

The true test is what happens to the three officers who should have saved Floyd’s life, because that speaks to the very heart of the issue when it comes to criminal justice.

It’s not about the training or the body cams.

It’s not about distancing yourself from or embracing calls to “defund the police.”

Those are important matters to be sure, but until there is trust none of those other things matter.

That’s what at stake here — trust.

That “One down, three to go” sign I saw was about so much more than the officers involved in Floyd’s death.

It’s about those good apples we keep hearing about but don’t always show up when a man is gasping for air, begging for his life.

It’s about the good apples whose response to seeing an officer shoot a teenage boy nine times in the back was to protect the officer.

That mentality, that blue wall of silence is what the three officers are on trial for and by extension every officer who ever witnessed improper conduct and chose to be quiet.





















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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #320 on: July 20, 2021, 08:43:58 pm »
Tuesday, 20th July Twenty One
Prince George’s will pay Black and Latino officers $2.3 million to settle police discrimination lawsuit
by Katie Mettler & Rachel Chason






Prince George’s County will pay a group of Black and Latino officers $2.3 million to settle their workplace discrimination lawsuit against the police department — a payout that is a fraction of the nearly $18 million officials spent fighting the case over 2½ years.



















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« Reply #321 on: July 21, 2021, 01:11:57 am »
Wednesday, 21st July   Twenty One
2 Dumb Virginia Subordinate Civil Servant Employees Face Termination Over 'Inappropriate' TikTok Videos
by Natalie Colarossi








Two police officers in Crewe, Virginia, are facing possible termination after allegedly posting "inappropriate" comedy videos on TikTok that appeared to poke fun at racism.

The videos depict Lafferty, who is a white officer, and White, who is a Black officer, in a racially-focused encounter.

In the videos, Lafferty is seen wearing a mask that resembles those worn by the domestic terrorist group known as ku klux klan, while White points a gun at him, according to a report by Inside Edition.

Lafferty then pulls off the mask and yells at White for pointing his gun, and states that he was wearing the facial covering because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two are then seen arguing over the use of the face covering.

The two police officers said the videos were meant to address racism through the use of "dark humor."

Though the videos were deleted several months ago at the request of a former police chief, the officers are now facing the threat of termination under the department's new leadership, WRIC reported.

"The way things are happening right now with, I guess, racism and everything, we're trying to show people that, you know, different cultures can come together, we can have fun, we can have, you know, a little dark humor," White said during a Crewe Town Council meeting on Monday.

Both officers are currently on paid administrative leave while the town council conducts a series of hearings to determine whether or not the videos were grounds for termination.

During a hearing on Monday, the town council said the officers would be allowed to find an attorney before the next meeting would be held, WRIC reported.

If both Lafferty and White are terminated, the Crewe Police Department would be left with just two officers in total.















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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #322 on: July 24, 2021, 11:15:19 am »
Saturday, 24th  July  Twenty One
Subordinate Civil Servant Philadelphia Employee Facing Charges After Deleting Bodycam Footage
by 6abc Digital Staff








(PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania) — A Philadelphia police officer accused of deleting a suspect's cellphone video during an arrest is now facing charges, Action News has learned.

According to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Officer Tyree Burnett was arrested and charged Wednesday stemming from an incident on March 23rd.

Burnett is a four-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department.

He was last assigned to the 35th District.

It happened around 10:20 p.m. at a gas station on the 100 block of East Champlost Avenue in the city's Olney section.

Jacob Giddings was sitting in a vehicle talking with his friend when an officer came up to ask for identification and ultimately opened the door, according to the suspect's attorney, Lennon Edwards of Mills &. Edwards LLP.

Edwards says his client told Officer Burnett he was going to record the incident.

"The moment that he says that, the officer begins to pull him out of the vehicle, you see his phone drop," said Edwards.

Edwards says there was an active warrant out for Giddings' arrest for an incident in November 2020, but he claims his client had no knowledge of that.

According to Edwards, Giddings was arrested and then Officer Burnett allegedly deleted the video of the arrest on Giddings' phone, and that act was all captured on police body camera. However, it remains unclear if the video was in fact deleted.

The lawsuit filed against the police department is seeking monetary damages.

Burnett is being charged with evidence tampering, obstruction of justice, and official oppression.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw has suspended Burnett for 30 days, with the intent to dismiss after at the end of the 30 days.





























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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #323 on: July 24, 2021, 05:57:58 pm »
Saturday, 24th July Twenty One
chauvin[ist] still facing federal civil rights charges
by Paul Best






derek chauvin[ist], 45, is currently being held at Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility, which is about 30 miles east of the scene where he kneeled on Mr. George Floyd's neck for roughly nine minutes on May 25th 2020.

His 22½ year sentenced fell short of the 30 years requested by the state, but was more than the 12½ years recommended under state guidelines.

He could be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence with good behavior, which means he would get out after about 15 years...

--- or maybe not.


chauvin[ist] is still facing federal civil rights charges in Floyd's death as well as an earlier 2017 incident in which he allegedly choked and struck a teenager.



















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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #324 on: July 26, 2021, 05:51:44 am »
Monday, 26th July  Twenty One
Body Camera Footage Showing Forceful Arrest Of 75-Year-Old Idaho Springs Man Released
by Claire Cleveland







The officer-worn body camera footage of the forceful arrest of a 75-year-old Idaho Springs man was released Thursday.

The videos, which are disturbing to watch, show former Officer Nicholas Hanning and another Idaho Springs police officer failing to announce they are police at 75-year-old Michael Clark’s apartment door.

Within one minute of the encounter, Hanning tased Clark without warning, the video shows.

“How I was brutally attacked, and almost murdered ... Has really affected me in a lot of ways. The memory of how I was treated, and not just how I was treated by the police force, but also then after that by the district attorney, like I was the aggressor, that has severely affected me,” said Clark in a statement provided by his lawyer, Sarah Schielke.





























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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #325 on: July 28, 2021, 06:08:05 am »
Wednesday, 28th  July  Twenty One
Subordinate Civil Servant Employee Kicked Handcuffed Woman In Face
by FOX 5 Atlanta Digital Team







(ATLANTA, Georgia) - The Atlanta Police Department has placed a sergeant and another officer on unpaid leave after a video surfaced on social media showing what police describe as the "sergeant kicking a woman in her head."

The department said Chief Rodney Bryant and other commanders became aware of the video on Monday and took swift action to address it.

The video, which was posted to the Atlanta Uncensored Instagram page, shows a woman on the ground, on her stomach, in handcuffs.

Another officer was seen in the video standing nearby.

The woman appears like she might have spit in the officer’s direction and that is when she gets the foot to the side of her face.


The identity of the sergeant and the other officer has not been released.

"Shocked and angered," said Gerald Griggs, vice president of Atlanta NAACP.

"You know we’ve been talking about community-police relations for a long time in Atlanta. And to see something like that, a handcuffed individual kicked in the face, nothing justifies that. So, you know, the NAACP got involved, started investigating, reached out to the police chief, made contact with the family, and ultimately we’re trying to get to the bottom of what happened."

Chief Bryant directed the Atlanta Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards to investigate the actions of all the employees who were on the scene at the time.




















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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #326 on: July 28, 2021, 11:17:48 am »
Wednesday, 28th July  Twenty One
4 Miami Beach Civil Servants Relieved Of Duty Over Use Of Force
by CBS Miami






(MIAMI, Florida) – Four Miami Beach police officers have been relieved of duty.

Monday night, Chief Richard Clements said he has serious concerns about the use of force by his officers.

“I reviewed the video footage regarding this incident, and I have serious concerns about the force utilized after Mr. Crudup was in custody, including the level of force utilized in the subsequent arrest of Mr. Vaughn. This is not indictive of the hard-working men and women of the Miami Beach Police Department and will not be tolerated,” said Clements in a statement.

A decision about what happens next to the four officers who were relieved of duty depends on the results of an internal investigation and whether the state attorney’s office will want to take action.



















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« Reply #327 on: July 28, 2021, 12:22:27 pm »
Wednesday, 28th July  Twenty One
Judge Overrules Prosecutors, Charges Cop With Homicide in 2016 Shooting of Jay Anderson Jr.
by Zoe Strozewski







A Wisconsin judge overruled prosecutors Wednesday and charged a police officer for shooting a Black man sitting in a parked car in 2016, the Associated Press reported.

Joseph Mensah, the officer, was charged by Judge Glenn Yamahiro with negligent use of a weapon in shooting and killing Jay Anderson Jr. Anderson's family had used a lesser-known provision in Wisconsin law to get the judge to reexamine the case.

Mensah, who is also Black, discovered the 25-year-old Anderson sleeping in his car after hours in a park in Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee suburb.

Mensah said he shot Anderson after Anderson reached for a gun.

Anderson was the second of three people Mensah shot to death during a five-year stint with the Wauwatosa Police Department.

Prosecutors cleared him of criminal wrongdoing in each case.

Anderson's family asked Yamahiro to review that case under an obscure state law that allows judges to directly question witnesses in what's known as a John Doe proceeding.

A judge who finds sufficient evidence for charges can file them directly, leaving prosecutors out of the equation.

At least six other states have similar statutory provisions, but attorneys say the process is rarely used in Wisconsin.

The judge said he decided that the single charge against Mensah was warranted based on testimony about the circumstances of the shooting.

Mensah should have been aware that pulling his weapon on Anderson created an unreasonable risk of death, Yamahiro said.

Mensah could have taken steps to de-escalate the situation, including waiting for backup that was on the way, the judge said.

Anderson's behavior was consistent with someone who was intoxicated, had been asleep and was trying but having difficulty complying with Mensah's orders, Yamahiro said.

The evidence did not back up Mensah's claims that Anderson was pretending to be asleep or that Anderson lunged for his weapon, the judge said.

He ordered a special prosecutor to be appointed to handle the case.

Mensah joined the Wauwatosa Police Department in 2015.

That year he fatally shot Antonio Gonzales, who identified as Latino and American Indian.

Prosecutors said Gonzales refused to drop a sword.

The Anderson shooting came the next year.

Then, in 2020, Mensah fatally shot 17-year-old Alvin Cole as Cole fled from police during a disturbance in a mall.

Mensah said he shot Cole, who was Black, after he pointed a gun at him.

That set off months of protests.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm's decision not to charge him in that shooting led to more protests in Wauwatosa in October.

Mensah remained under pressure ever after being cleared in Cole's death and resigned in November.

He collected a $130,000 severance payment and now works as a Waukesha County deputy.

The Anderson family's attorney, Kimberley Motley, also represents the Gonzales and Cole families.

She said she is considering invoking the John Doe process for them.























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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #328 on: August 05, 2021, 03:28:39 am »
Thursday, 5th August   Twenty One
Chicago cops raiding the wrong house pointed guns at two young girls, then tried to cover it up
by Kenneth Niemeyer






A Black family filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Chicago, alleging police officers pointed guns at their two young children in a botched raid on the wrong home.

The lawsuit alleges that in August 2019, officers charged into Steven Winters' home without identifying themselves and without a warrant.

The officers immediately aimed guns at Winters, yelling for him to get on the ground.

After entering the home, an officer went down a hallway and into the bedroom of Winters' two young daughters, who are 4 and 9 years old, and pointed a flashlight at them, according to the lawsuit.

After that officer notified another officer that the occupants of the room were children, the other officer continued to point his firearm "directly at" the two young girls, the lawsuit alleges.

The girls cried the entire time police were in their apartment and wet their beds during the encounter.

A third officer went to the bedroom of Winters' father-in-law and pointed a gun at him as he lay in bed, according to the lawsuit.

The family argues they followed all of the officers' orders once they entered the home, and one family member even tried to open the door as officers attempted to kick it in.

The lawsuit accuses the officers of repeatedly ignoring the family's questions about what was going on.

The lawsuit also alleges that the officers falsified reports to cover up a raid on the wrong home.

While officers say they saw a suspect from a local gas station, who reportedly had a gun, running into Winters' home, the lawsuit argues that officers' body camera footage does not show anyone else entering or exiting the building.

Several members of the family now show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the lawsuit.

Winters' daughters have experienced the effects of lasting trauma, such as continued bed-wetting, crying easily, decreased appetite, nightmares involving guns, acting out, and anxiety around police officers.

According to the lawsuit, one of the girls "not only feels nervous and afraid whenever she sees a police officer, but she runs and hides behind relatives."

Winters and his mother-in-law have also suffered the effects of trauma in the form of nightmares and difficulty sleeping.

The city of Chicago is aware that exposure to violence causes trauma in young children, the lawsuit argues, based on a Chicago Department of Public Health Program called Chicago Safe Start.

The city cut funding for the program, which trained officers on the traumatic impact that violence can have on young children, in 2012 and failed to replace it with any other form of training.

The lawsuit also references several other cases of excessive use of force against children that it argues are a result of the city's failure to follow its own policies, such as a 2013 case where a rifle was pointed at a 3-year-old, and a 2015 case where a SWAT team pointed their rifles at three children aged 4, 6 and 11.

























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« Reply #329 on: August 05, 2021, 10:31:22 am »
Thursday, 5th August  Twenty One
Black Realtor and Client Handcuffed During Michigan Home Showing
by Blake Montgomery





A Black realtor, his client, and the client’s 15-year-old son were all handcuffed during a home showing Sunday after a neighbor called 911 to report a break-in.

Police arrived at the home in Michigan with guns drawn, according to the realtor, Eric Brown.

Roy Thorne, the prospective buyer, told police what they were doing in the house from an upstairs window, but law enforcement directed them to come outside with their hands up.

Officers then handcuffed the three of them.

When Brown showed his real estate license, police released them.

Brown was quoted in local media saying, “Am I just automatically the criminal? Because that’s pretty much how we were treated in that situation.”

Authorities said the house had previously been targeted for robbery.

Thorne said, “They keep their guns drawn on us until all of us were in cuffs… The officer came back and apologized again, but at the same time, the damage is done. My son was a little disturbed. He hasn’t seen anything like that … he’s not going to forget this.”




















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