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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #45 on: September 21, 2018, 07:40:51 am »
Friday, 21st September 2018

A dumb white sheriff was caught on tape making racist remarks. Now he faces calls to resign.
by Eli Rosenberg



The sheriff of New Jersey’s most populous county apologized Thursday after a recording in which he reportedly made racist remarks about blacks as well as the state’s Sikh attorney general was published by the public news radio outlet WNYC, generating wide calls for him to step down.

NPR affiliate WNYC published comments  from a secret taping it said it had obtained of Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, who is white, making unsavory remarks after the inauguration of Phil Murphy, a Democrat who succeeded Chris Christie (R) in January as the state’s governor.

A man at the station identified as Saudino is heard talking to colleagues about Murphy’s speech.


“He talked about the whole thing, the marijuana, sanctuary state ... better criminal-justice reform,” he says of the governor.

“Christ almighty, in other words let the blacks come in, do whatever ... they want, smoke their marijuana, do this, do that, and don’t worry about it. You know, we’ll tie the hands of cops.”
 
Later Saudino says that Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh attorney general in the country, was appointed by Murphy solely because of his religion.

“He didn’t do that to help Bergen County. He did that because of the turban,” he says.

Saudino apologized for the remarks Thursday evening but did not address the swelling number of calls for his resignation.






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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #46 on: September 21, 2018, 07:06:10 pm »
Friday, 21st September 2018

Dumb white New Jersey sheriff resigns after racist remarks captured on tape

by John Bowden

YER OUT!


A New Jersey sheriff has resigned after he was caught on tape making racist remarks about African-Americans and the state's attorney general.



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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #47 on: September 24, 2018, 10:41:59 am »
Monday, 24th September 2018

Stupid Dallas officer who killed neighbor in his apartment is fired
by Justin Carissmo


YER OUT!

A white police officer who shot and killed her black neighbor in his apartment was fired by the Dallas Police Department on Monday.
Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall fired Amber Guyger after an internal investigation determined the former officer "engaged in adverse conduct" when she was arrested on manslaughter charges, according to a news release.







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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #48 on: September 25, 2018, 01:57:09 pm »
Monday, 24th September 2018
18 Convictions Overturned in Cases Tied to Disgraced Garbage Police Sergeant
by Phil Rogers



In an extraordinary move, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx did something Monday which isn't often done in Chicago's criminal justice system.

She apologized.

Foxx's comments were directed to 18 men, whose convictions had just been thrown out by Chief Judge Leroy Martin.

All 18 were arrested at the hands of notorious police sergeant Ronald Watts and his tainted tactical unit, which critics say ran roughshod and virtually unsupervised for a decade on Chicago’s South Side.
 
"The system owes an apology to the men who stand behind us,” Foxx declared, after standing at the back of the court and shaking hands with each of the plaintiffs as they walked from the bench.

"We know that what was happening with Sgt. Watts, and the way he ran his operation, is that there were many men and women who fell victim to his corrupt ways."

While even fellow officers pointed to corruption in the unit, only Watts and one of his officers, Kallatt Mohammed, were ever prosecuted for shaking down and framing residents of the Ida B. Wells housing project.

Both went to prison.

"It's noteworthy to me who's not here, and that's the city and the Chicago Police Department," attorney Joshua Tepfer said after court.

"(They) really owe the apology to these men and so many others, for letting this happen and covering it up for so long."

Indeed, residents of the Wells housing project had long argued that residents there were being unjustly targeted.

"They put cases on people who didn't cooperate with their corrupt schemes, took bribes, stole money and drugs from drug dealers, and really ruined the lives of dozens---maybe hundreds," attorney Joel Flaxman said.

"These officers knew who they were, would go after them, and would frame them over and over again."

With Monday's exonerations, at least 42 individuals have now seen their convictions overturned. And the State’s Attorney’s office says it is examining many more.

"I believe in the interest of public safety in Cook County, we must have a criminal justice system that has integrity and credibility," Foxx said.

"That means that we have to admit when things have gone wrong and actively work to fix it."

"Maybe this is a day of reckoning," attorney Sean Starr told reporters.

"We hope that the officers that are on the street that see things happening-don't continue to play a complicit part in this. Speak up."




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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #49 on: September 26, 2018, 08:10:18 am »
Thanks for posting this, Battle. I had not seen this story. It's this kind of thing that comes to mind whenever some folks talk about slavery being so long ago. Racist oppression is not distant history. It's not history at all.
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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #50 on: September 26, 2018, 09:12:19 am »
Thanks for posting this, Battle. I had not seen this story. It's this kind of thing that comes to mind whenever some folks talk about slavery being so long ago. Racist oppression is not distant history. It's not history at all.


I agree with you 100%!

I read this meme online 20+ years ago and it gave me pause.  It stayed with me forever.

It goes:

Slavery never ended. It was just extended.
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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #51 on: October 19, 2018, 01:24:42 pm »
Thursday, 18th October 2018
3 Florida Ex-Cops Sentenced In Scheme To Frame Innocent Black People
by David Lohr


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The charges were later dismissed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Atesiano, 52, was indicted in June.

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

He’s scheduled to be sentenced in November.

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

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

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

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




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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #52 on: December 18, 2018, 03:51:48 am »
Monday, 17th December 2018
2 Police Officers Railroaded
by Jeremy Gorner, William Lee, Madeline Buckley and Hannah Leone


Two Chicago police officers were killed Monday night when they were hit by a train while investigating a call of shots fired on the city’s Far South Side.





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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #53 on: January 07, 2019, 07:05:49 pm »
Monday, 7th December 2019
Stupid police officer shoots and kills recovering dog
by Michael Brice-Saddler


An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was fired after shooting a barking chihuahua in the head Friday, an incident officials labeled “disheartening.”
 
Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals said in a statement Saturday that deputy Keenan Wallace had been terminated after it was determined there were “numerous opportunities to de-escalate the incident.”

Cellphone video of the encounter shows Wallace opening fire on the dog — named Reese’s — within feet of its owner, Doug Canady. Police say the incident began following a call for service for an “aggressive” dog at Canady’s home.

The department on Monday declined to comment further or confirm reports that Wallace is a K-9 handler, referring The Washington Post to its news release on the incident. Canady did not respond to a message requesting comment Monday morning.

“Our Department is [saddened] about this incident and apologize for any distress and disappointment this incident has caused anyone who was affected by this disheartening event,” the sheriff wrote. “We will keep Reese’s in our thoughts through the recovery process.”

On Saturday, Canady shot a video of himself with Reese’s at the hospital. The dog is seen with a cast around her neck and two of her legs.

The video was posted with the caption “Reese’s Road to Recovery.”













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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #54 on: January 08, 2019, 11:39:16 pm »
Wednesday, 9th December 2019
Supreme Court rejects appeal from former Missouri City cop on death row

by Keri Blakinger


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a former Missouri City police officer convicted of hiring a hitman to kill his wife, one of two Houston-area death row losses in the high court this week.

Though he has consistently maintained his innocence, Robert Fratta was sentenced to death in 1996 after a Harris County jury found him guilty of masterminding a murder-for-hire plot designed to do away with his wife Farah.

Robert and Farah Fratta were embroiled in a heated divorce and custody battle when the 34-year-old mother was shot in the head while stepping out of her car at their home.

The ex-officer and erstwhile firefighter was at church at the time, but investigators flagged him as a suspect in part because he'd reportedly asked around for a hitman before the crime.

In the end, prosecutors said, he hired Joseph Prystash, who in turn hired a third man to carry out the killing.

All three men are now on death row.

Written from a prison typewriter, the appeal the court declined to review on Monday raised a slew of questions including everything from claims about allegedly ineffective lawyers to insufficiency of the evidence used to convict him and problems with jury instructions during his trial.

But at the heart of the claim are questions about whether Fratta was allowed to file his own appeals in tandem with attorneys' filings - something lower courts did not let him do, repeatedly ignoring some of the claims he filed himself.

"The rule of law is taking another hit," said attorney James Rytting, who represents the condemned former officer.

"Robert Fratta's trial was deeply flawed, (he) proved that himself and was penalized for figuring out serious problems with his trial on his own and for trying to bring them to the courts' attention."

In addition to turning down Fratta's case, the court declined to review the conviction of Shelton Jones, who was convicted of the 1991 killing Houston police officer Bruno D. Soboleski.











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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #55 on: January 17, 2019, 05:28:33 am »
All Eyez Are On The Chicago Cook County Courthouse



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