Category: Police State


Cops Go To Wrong House To Make Arrest, Let Dog Out, Shoot At Dog In Crowded Area

 

” Several officers attempting to make an arrest at the wrong house quickly turned their incompetence into a deadly situation.

  As police were trying to force their way into the wrong home, they irresponsibly let the home owner’s dog loose.

  When the dog ran out, he was naturally in an excited state. The dog jumped on a frightened lieutenant but didn’t cause any harm. Then one NYPD officer, with absolutely no regard for his surroundings pulled out his service weapon and fired his gun at point blank range.

  As the incident unfolded, a crowd had gathered, some of the people in the crowd had their cameras rolling. One video captured this reckless shooting first hand, from only several feet away.

  Luckily for this dog, this officer was a horrid shot. Also lucky were the people in the crowd who managed to avoid being hit by any of the bullet fragments as they ricocheted off the concrete.

“ No, no you wrong. You wrong. You’re dead *expletive* wrong for that,” a person in the crowd yelled after the officer shot.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.16.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 16, 2015:

  • Fairfax County, Virginia: A public information officer was charged with two counts of child pornography possession. ow.ly/LGKP6
  • Update: Tulsa County, Oklahoma (First reported 04-13-15): The sheriff’s office is alleged to have falsified firearm certification for the 73-year-old reserve deputy who has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a man caught on video. Deputies who refused to sign-off were allegedly reassigned. The deputy who allegedly cooperated is now with the U.S. Secret Service. ow.ly/LH6XL
  • Grundy County, Tennessee: A deputy was fired after his arrest for DUI.ow.ly/LHdl5
  • Update: Larimer County, Colorado (First reported 04-01-15): A deputy was fired for his hit-and-run incident. He hit a fenced-in yard on his way to work and instead of taking responsibility, sped home and changed clothes.ow.ly/LHe0L
  • Cumberland County, North Carolina: A deputy was fired for stealing and then selling sheriff’s department ammunition. ow.ly/LHgpI
  • St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana: An officer was fired and arrested for perjury. He lied about the details of a traffic stop that led to a drug bust.ow.ly/LHm4u
  • Yuba City, California: An officer and his cousin were arrested because of an alleged cocaine trafficking conspiracy. ow.ly/LHo37
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Savannah, GA): An agent had an affair with an Assistant United States Attorney while they worked on cases together. As many as 200 cases they collaborated on during their several-year affair may be affected by their inappropriate conduct. ow.ly/LIdNd
 

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‘Intelligent’ Streetlights To ‘Watch’ Florida Residents

 

 

” The Jacksonville, Florida, city government is preparing to install more than 50 “intelligent” streetlights under a new General Electric pilot program.

  In accordance with the “GE Intelligent City Initiative,” the “data-collecting” LED streetlights will be placed throughout the city’s downtown and surrounding areas.

  According to a Thursday morning presentation by GE, the lights will be “interconnected with one another and will collect real-time data,” as reported by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

“ GE’s intelligent LEDs are a gateway to city-changing technology, with sensors, controls, wireless transmitters and microprocessors built within the LED system,” GE states.”

 

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Frank Ernest Shephard: Texas Man Shot And Killed By Police Officers On Live TV

 

 

” Frank Ernest Shephard, known also as “Trey,” led police officers on a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning in Houston, Texas. Once the chase ended, the officers opened fire on Shephard, and it was all caught on live television.

  According to KTRK, police were attempting to pull over Shephard for what they described as “suspicious activity.” But as the officers began approaching Shephard’s vehicle for questioning, he took off, leading them on a high-speed pursuit.”

 

 

   The shooting occurs at about 6:40 point in the video and note that there is an innocent driver directly behind the suspect as the cops kill the man . A still photo on the Inquisitr’s page shows at least ten bullet holes in the passenger side windows of the suspect’s car and we would like to know how many of them went through the car and struck the innocent motorist’s vehicle that was tangled in the wreckage . 

  Compare the angles in the video at the 6:41 mark with the damage shown in the still photo while taking into account the location of the cop with his gun drawn and it seems inconceivable that the by-standing driver was not in danger of becoming “collateral damage” . Regardless of the “threat” posed by the suspect this shooting was not “protecting and serving” anyone but the cops . 

  

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.15.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 15, 2015:

  • Update: Boston, Massachusetts (First reported 01-07-15): An officer who allegedly assaulted an Uber driver in January has been indicted for assault. He was suspended without pay after the indictment.  ow.ly/LDFTr
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy was indicted on federal charges for excessive force against a restrained but uncooperative jail inmate and attempting to cover it up. According to the U.S. Department of Justice press release, “The complaint alleges that [the deputy]…placed his hands around the inmate’s neck, struck the inmate’s head against the wall and pulled the inmate to the floor.  The complaint further alleges that the defendant then struck the inmate in the face with his knee.”  ow.ly/LDO9f
  • Update: North Augusta, South Carolina (First reported 04-06-15): The now-former officer who fatally shot a 68-year-old black man in his own driveway has been charged with illegal discharge of a firearm. The City has already paid $1.2 million to the man’s estate as the result of a wrongful death suit.http://ow.ly/LE3ST
  • Update: Prichard, Alabama (First reported 08-05-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 36 years in prison after being convicted of drug trafficking and related charges. http://ow.ly/LE2Uj
  • Update: Maxton, North Carolina (First reported 05-08-15): The officer who allegedly shot her weapon at unoccupied cars has been fired.http://ow.ly/LDWZC
  • Clayton, New Mexico: An officer was fired after he was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and aggravated assault & battery after an incident with a 17-year-old girl. ow.ly/LETBR
  • Melrose Park, Illinois: A detective was arrested for conspiracy to rob police lab evidence of 2kg of seized cocaine. He was caught in a sting discussing his plan to replace the cocaine with fake cocaine after the evidence had been tested. ow.ly/LEW46
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana and Louisiana State Police: One parish deputy and one state trooper were arrested for their alleged participation in a drug and racketeering conspiracy. ow.ly/LEX56

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.14.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer is under FBI investigation for fatally shooting teen. He fired 16 rounds that hit the 17-year-old boy. ow.ly/LAwVA
  • San Pablo, California: An officer was arrested for buying drugs out of his car and possession of illegal guns. He was on administrative leave at the time and also had 2-year-old girl in the car with him. ow.ly/LAxh7
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia (First reported 02-09-15): The sheriff defended the actions that led to a 37-year-old woman’s death in custody. She was fully restrained when she was Tased four times. ow.ly/LAUH2
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 04-24-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison for providing police protection to drug deals. ow.ly/LAzC4
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Two officers were placed on administrative leave after an APD employee accused them of excessive force. ow.ly/LAxCu
  • Jacksonville, Florida: An officer was arrested for petit theft and misconduct for falsifying time sheets. ow.ly/LAXpv
  • Update: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-25-14): A now-former officer agreed to a plea bargain in a bank fraud conspiracy case. His sentence is yet to be determined. Presumably in exchange for cooperation against his co-conspirators still awaiting trial or a detailed allocution in court, prosecutors have agreed they “will dismiss the remaining charges and will recommend a reduction in sentence if [he] adequately shows he accepts responsibility.” He faces up to 30 years and a $1 million fine.ow.ly/LAZVX
  • Update: South Burlington, Vermont (First reported 03-23-13): A lieutenant pled guilty to DWI. He was ordered to pay a fine. He remains on leave.ow.ly/LBywq
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 11-03-14): Two now-former narcotics officers were indicted on federal charges for robbing and extorting drug dealers. ow.ly/LBDOV

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.11.15 To 04.13.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 11 through Monday, April 13, 2015:

  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: An officer was shown on video holding down suspect who had been shot and was complaining of shortness of breath. He said, “F*** your breath!” The man had been shot by a 73-year-old reserve officer who is also a substantial financial donor to the department. The reserve officer has been charged with negligent homicide. ow.ly/Lvz0w
  • United States Secret Service: A uniformed officer was arrested for burglary and destruction of property after allegedly kicking down the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home when he was off duty. ow.ly/LxryG
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A now-former officer was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for beating a man after responding to a noise complaint. The man suffered a ruptured bladder during the incident. ow.ly/LxCwE
  • Tuscon, Arizona: Four officers were placed on administrative leave during investigation into undisclosed misconduct. Their names will not be released during the investigatory process. ow.ly/LxIKb
  • New York, New York: A detective was suspended for stealing rent money from a deli during a raid for selling untaxed cigarettes. The proprietor thought employees had stolen the money but surveillance video shows the detective removing the over $2,500 in cash from the place the owner left it. The receipt the proprietor was given for the seized funds was just under $600. The officer’s supervisor has been placed on desk duty. ow.ly/LxMZf
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was arrested for assault in an “attack” outside a hotel in Cleveland, though the officer claims self-defense. Two suspects remain at large. ow.ly/Lymid
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A transit officer was placed on administrative probation after an excessive force complaint by passenger. ow.ly/LyvAI
  • Update: Vineland, New Jersey (First reported 04-06-15): An officer is shown on video sitting on a man’s back, punching him, and siccing a K-9 unit on him while he was face down on ground. He died in custody. ow.ly/LyAeX
 

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Another Man Died In Custody Of The Cumberland County Police

 

 

 

 

 

 

” March 31, Vineland: A 32-year-old African American man that was later identified as Philip White was arrested by city police around 11 a.m. on the 100 block of Grape Street.

  The reason of the arrest is not revealed yet, neither are the circumstances of the death in custody.

  The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Police are investigating this incident, so the details aren’t revealed to the media.

  The only public statement was made by Police Chief Timothy Codispoti, who referred to death of White as a “tragedy”. He asked everyone to be patient while the police is investigating.

  However, there are a few witnesses that wanted to talk about the incident. Ricardo Garcia told local reporters that officers had brutally beaten White, and that even after he was restrained and lying unconscious on the ground they kept beating him, kicking him in the head and around his body.”

 

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Oklahoma Deputy Tells Dying Man Shot By Accident, “Fuck Your Breath,” As He Gasps His Final Breaths

 

 

 

” A 73-year-old volunteer Oklahoma deputy who has donated thousands of dollars of items to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office over the years was allowed to participate in a high-profile sting operation where he ended up killing a man by accident.

  Reserve deputy  Robert Bates said he only meant to tase Eric Harris instead of shooting him to death.

  Bates can be heard apologizing for shooting the suspect before dropping the gun in a body cam video that is going viral.

  The shooting took place April 2, even though the date on the body cam footage reads 2008.

  Harris, who had led deputies on a pursuit after he attempted to sell a gun and ammo to an undercover cop, is seen on the ground with a deputy’s knee on his head.”

 

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Florida Cops Use Tank For Routine Traffic Stop, Assault Man For Flipping Them Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

” It is hard to imagine that this surreal story does not originate in a nation run by a violent warlord (or maybe it does), but it actually comes from Florida, where Lucas Jewell, a resident of Gainesville noticed local members of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department were riding through town in a tank-like armored vehicle that appears to be a Lanco BearCat, an armored personnel carrier intended for military use.

  As Mr. Jewell believes that this is a gross abuse of taxpayers’ dollars and is opposed to the militarization of police, he found this display of military hardware on public roads offensive and showed the individuals in riding in the tank his middle finger and proceeded to continue on his journey.

  The deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department had other plans; they followed Mr. Jewell closely for several blocks and then decided it to pull him over in an attempt to punish and intimidate him.

  What appears to be paramilitary group of individuals exited the armored vehicle and immediately proceeded to assault Mr. Jewell, accuse him that he was receiving oral sex from his girlfriend and his middle finger gesture constituted an “improper hand signal” in violation of Florida traffic law.  The suggestion that a middle finger raised in the air was intended to be a traffic hand gesture is ludicrous, but it did not stop these cops from attempting to bully Jewell into submission.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.10.15

 

 

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” Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 10, 2015:

  • Ohio State Police: A now-former trooper was sentenced to five years in prison for coercing drivers for sexual favors in exchange for throwing-out traffic tickets. ow.ly/Lr96Z
  • Germantown, Tennessee: An officer was suspended after his arrest on aggravated rape and assault charges. ow.ly/Lrb1x
  • San Bernadino County, California: Several deputies shown on video repeatedly kicking and beating man after chase on an allegedly stolen horse. The footage was provided by a news helicopter following the chase. The sheriff is investigating. ow.ly/LrcG7
  • Weld County, Colorado: A deputy was placed on leave because he may have withheld evidence in an investigation into woman’s death. ow.ly/Lrllt
  • Harris County, Texas: An officer allegedly struck his sleeping girlfriend with his motorcycle helmet and strangled her. She survived. ow.ly/LrLHg
  • Update: Paris, Maine (First reported 12-01-14): The police chief pled guilty to DUI. He lost his driver’s license for five months and was ordered to pay a fine. ow.ly/LrMqT
  • Newbern, Tennessee: The chief was suspended for 14 days on allegations of providing a hostile work environment. He encouraged falsification of time sheets to minimize overtime and incentivized high-volume ticketing.ow.ly/Ls8vs
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.09.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 9, 2015:

  • Update: Ambridge, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-19-13): A now-former officer pled guilty to drug and obstruction charges and was sentenced to three years of probation. ow.ly/Lo55X
  • Monroe County, Tennessee: Two now-former deputies were indicted and arrested for assaulting a man in their custody. http://bit.ly/1GxXQyQ
  • Franklin County, Kentucky: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing property during the search of a home.ow.ly/LoeeU
  • Orange County, Virginia: A man is facing charges for assault on a police officer. The dash cam footage available shows no assault by the man but does show the officer throwing him to the ground and inflicting other injuries. The investigative news report revealed that the audio from the dash cam and all footage from other cameras that were on the scene are missing or otherwise unaccounted for. ow.ly/LoByW
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer admitted to illegally accessing a law enforcement database, a federal crime. No charges have been filed yet.ow.ly/LoIGj
  • Update: Iowa City, Iowa (First reported 02-20-15): An officer facing a DUI charge is no longer with the department. The police chief declined to clarify whether the now-former officer resigned or was fired. ow.ly/LoRCz
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested on federal gun and drug distribution charges. The indictment alleges him to have been dealing cocaine since 2012. ow.ly/Lp1xO
  • Miami Gardens, Florida: Dash camera footage shows police fatally shoot a 25-year-old man. The state attorneys’ office is investigating the case and discouraged the man’s family from releasing the video while the investigation was ongoing. However, upon releasing the video, the family’s attorney said, “When you see this video, you will realize that this was not a justifiable shooting.”  ow.ly/Lp3Ky
 

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‘We Don’t Want Another Ferguson Circus': Walter Scott Family ‘Bar Rev Al Sharpton From The Funeral To Avoid Over-The-Top Attention’

 

 

 

 

 

” Walter Scott’s family have asked Al Sharpton not to attend the funeral, it is claimed.

  The New York-based Reverend became a prominent voice in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson last August.

  But as the nation’s attention turns to South Carolina and footage showing Officer Michael Slager shooting dead father-of-four Walter Scott, his parents and brothers have made plain that they do not want the same treatment.

  According to the New York Daily News, the family told Rev Sharpton to ‘keep away’ from the relatives-only memorial service.

  A source close to the Scotts told the paper: ‘We don’t want another Ferguson type of circus here.’ “

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Ten Deputies Suspended After Beating A Suspect In California

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Ten sheriff’s deputies in Southern California have been put on leave after several of them were shown on video kicking and punching a man following a 2½-hour chase involving a stolen horse.

  San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said Friday that the video “disturbed and troubled” him and appeared to show an excessive use of force.

  McMahon announced the action after 30-year-old Francis Pusok was arrested Thursday by deputies in a violent encounter filmed by a KNBC-TV helicopter. Pusok fled by car and then on the horse, traveling several miles while deputies chased him on foot after trying to serve a search warrant in an identity-theft investigation.

  The Los Angeles Times reports: “During the beating, which involved as many as 11 deputies and lasted for about two minutes, Pusok was kicked and kneed about a dozen times and punched more than two dozen times, according to the video.” “

 

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The Walter Scott Case

 

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” My opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times:

  A generation ago, when someone complained of police misconduct, we would learn that a police spokesperson denied the accusation and that was that. Because we were not there and did not know those involved, it was impossible to draw any conclusions. There was also an understandable reluctance to believe that the local department would spread falsehoods. Now more and more incidents are captured in cellphone videos, and that means citizens can judge for themselves whether the police broke the law. Smartphones are providing us with a glimpse of the widespread abuse that policymakers have been ignoring for years and changing the world of American policing….

  To a certain extent, the authorities in South Carolina deserve praise for how they handled this incident. They disclosed the identity of the officer and his disciplinary record. They turned the case over to an independent agency to avoid a conflict of interest, and those investigators followed the evidence. Many people will say that the system “worked.” Did it?

  Read the whole thing here.

  Btw, with this case making national news, it is a good time to blast a note to all your friends and contacts about Cato’s Police Misconduct Reporting Project.  Just a quick note saying something like “check out this website–police misconduct is more common than you may realize.”  And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook.  Thank you for considering.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.07.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

  • San Francisco, California: Seven officers were suspended over racist texts uncovered during a corruption investigation. Their past cases are under review for bias. ow.ly/Liacr
  • Update: Rutland, Vermont (First reported 03-17-15): The officer arrested last month for DUI has been fired. ow.ly/Liqs4
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A man is suing the department for excessive force. The officer at the heart of the suit was fired for insubordination and untruthfulness. The now-former officer had twice been involved in violent interactions that were not recorded by the body camera he was wearing. In addition to the incident in this lawsuit in which he claimed he was assaulted by the plaintiff, he fatally shot a 19-year-old woman. According to the news report, there is no record of the now-former officer receiving any discipline in the shooting case. The news report also notes he is petitioning to get his job with APD reinstated. ow.ly/LiuwS
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 03-27-15): The deputy chief arrested for drug distribution has resigned. ow.ly/LiRbZ
  • Norfolk, Virginia: Four officers are “no longer with” the department after a K9 unit bit a female college student who was being held down by two officers. ow.ly/LjaZa
  • New York, New York: An officer pled guilty to cocaine trafficking in Florida. He faces 10 years of imprisonment. ow.ly/LjgMQ
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for shooting a woman at a bar when off-duty. ow.ly/Ljj2m
  • Hunt County, Texas: A deputy is being investigated after video appears to show him repeatedly striking woman who was months pregnant at the time. ow.ly/LjnYD

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.04.15 To 04.06.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 4 through Monday, April 6, 2015:

  • Vineland, New Jersey: The police department is being investigated by the county prosecutor concerning the death of a man in custody. ow.ly/LfaQq
  • North Augusta, South Carolina: The city settled with the family of a 68-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police for nearly $1.2 million.ow.ly/LfofL
  • Broward County, Florida: Three deputies were arrested for illegal protection and security at a gentlemen’s club. ow.ly/LfrgZ
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer was recorded threatening a 17-year-old while handcuffing him during traffic stop. According to the news report, the officer said, “Plain and simple, if you f— with me, I’m going to break your leg before you get the chance to run. I’m being honest, I don’t screw around.”  ow.ly/Lfuef
  • Update: Eugene, Oregon (First reported 05-14-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to seven years for child pornography and hiding a camera to record people urinate in the police restroom. ow.ly/LfPzZ
  • North Carolina State Police: A trooper has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and burglary. According to the news report, he allegedly broke into the home of his estranged wife and assaulted her.  ow.ly/LfRm1
  • Vidalia, Georgia: An officer was suspended without pay and charged with statutory rape of 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/Lg6Nl
  • Victoria County, Texas: Two deputies were indicted by a grand jury for separate incidents of misconduct. One was charged with perjury, tampering, and official oppression. The other was charged with sexually harassing a suspect in custody and having a “sexual relationship” with her. He allegedly told her not to tell anyone, but she told her probation officer.  ow.ly/Lgdfb
  • Ohio State Police/Lorain, Ohio: A trooper was fired for giving a ride home to a Lorain police officer who was driving drunk and the wrong way on a highway. The now-former trooper is the wife of a Lorain police officer. The officer she was driving home pled no contest to OUI and was ordered to pay a fine. He was suspended for two days in December and remains employed with the LPD.  ow.ly/LgfSd

 

 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.03.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 4, 2015:

  • Update: Brooklyn, Illinois (First reported 03-27-15): An officer allegedly ran a towing scheme to boost revenue for the city and his family’s towing business. The entire department is under investigation for its practices.  ow.ly/La90L
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: An officer was suspended for four weeks after showing up to work drunk. He tested at .17 BAC. ow.ly/Lanmq
  • Country Club Village, Missouri: A now-former officer was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to theft charges. ow.ly/Lar4V
  • Tompkins County, New York: A deputy was arrested on assault and robbery charges. ow.ly/LaufC
  • Leadwood, Tennessee: An officer faces a felony child abuse charge for allegedly throwing a four-year-old against a wall in frustration. ow.ly/Lawuz
  • Scotland County, North Carolina: A sheriff’s lieutenant was fired after a restraining order was filed against him for abuse. ow.ly/LaEMM
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was indicted for fraud. He allegedly filed false ID theft reports to aid in an illicit credit-building scheme. ow.ly/LaLTA
  • Hill County, Texas: The sheriff and chief deputy were arrested for falsifying documents and tampering. ow.ly/LaZxU

 

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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Government Surveillance

 

 

 

Published on Apr 5, 2015

” There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.02.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 2, 2015:

  • New York, New York: A detective who is also a member of terrorism joint task force was suspended for verbally berating Uber driver. The incident was caught on video by the Uber driver’s client.  ow.ly/L7EZp
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for pointing a rifle at his girlfriend during their breakup. ow.ly/L7Jro
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was arrested and terminated for fighting with a fellow officer. According to the news report, she was “clearly the aggressor.” ow.ly/L85el
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was arrested after an altercation with her girlfriend. ow.ly/L85B9
  • Update: Linden, New Jersey (First reported 03-24-15): The officer who was driving in a fatal wrong-way crash had eight prior crashes and one prior arrest for DUI. ow.ly/L89dL
  • LaGrange, Georgia: A detective nearly hit two cars before crashing into a home. He was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/L8dAs
  • Galloway Township, New Jersey: An officer resigned after he was arrested for aggravated assault. ow.ly/L8el5
  • Update: Titusville, Florida (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aiding and abetting drug distribution. ow.ly/L8g2P
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.01.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York/U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (First reported 09-06-13): Two brothers, one a now-former officer with the NYPD and the other a now-former border patrol agent, were sentenced to three years in prison for using their positions in law enforcement to smuggle assault rifles to the Philippines. A third brother remains a fugitive from the law.  ow.ly/L4MP9
  • Meeker County, Minnesota: A deputy was charged with assault. Allegedly, he used a Taser on a police chief from a local department after the two had an argument. ow.ly/L53Hf
  • Update: Atlantic Beach, Florida (First reported 09-25-14): The now-former chief was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to steroid possession and tampering. ow.ly/L59lr
  • Nye County, Nevada: A deputy was arrested for pointing his gun at his wife during a domestic dispute. ow.ly/L5bDS
  • Update: Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 09-10-14): A detective who was arrested twice in four months—the first for DUI, the second for domestic violence—has been fired. His criminal cases are still pending.ow.ly/L5ec9
  • South Carolina State Police: A now-former trooper was indicted on a narcotics conspiracy charge. ow.ly/L5fn5
  • Larimer County, Colorado: A deputy has been accused of hit-and-run after crashing his pickup into a fenced-in yard on his way to work. According to the news report, when the police asked him why he drove away from the scene, he responded ” that’s a good question.” ow.ly/L5nU2
  • Update: Leflore County, Mississippi (First reported 12-18-14): A now-former deputy to plead guilty to cocaine trafficking. ow.ly/L5q0x
  • Frankton, Indiana: An officer was arrested for assisting a criminal who had outstanding warrants. ow.ly/L61BK
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.31.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

  • Tate County, Mississippi: A deputy was indicted by a federal grand jury for abusing a pre-trial detainee. ow.ly/L1xA7
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: A now-former agent was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He pled guilty to 11 charges of bribery and obstruction of justice. He was part of a broader scheme to obstruct an investigation into defense contract kickbacks.  ow.ly/L1Jo3
  • Update: University of Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX) (First reported 01-06-15): A now-former officer will not be indicted in shooting death of a student. ow.ly/L1QCM
  • San Francisco, California: Sheriff’s deputies are accused of forcing inmates into ‘gladiator style’ fights. Four deputies have been reassigned from the jail pending an investigation. ow.ly/L20Ro
  • Update: Cherokee, Georgia (First reported 03-23-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to serve one year of probation, pay a $500 fine, and pay over $1,800 in restitution for taking paid leave under false pretenses.  ow.ly/L21FZ
  • Euharlee, Georgia: The chief and assistant chief of police were fired and arrested for theft of government funds and violating their oaths of office.ow.ly/L22HV
  • Indio, California: An officer is being investigated for releasing confidential information. ow.ly/L23OX
  • Update: Winston County, Alabama (First reported 06-05-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to three years and nine months for extorting a woman to cook methamphetamine. ow.ly/L2OEC
  • Indiana Excise Police: An officer was arrested for sexual misconduct with a minor. ow.ly/L2Q6l
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.28.15 To 03.30.15

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 28 through Monday, March 30, 2015:

  • Inkster, Michigan: Recently released dashcam footage shows an officer punching black man he already had in chokehold 12 times during a traffic stop. ow.ly/KTVB2
  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): The now-former officer who seriously injured and Indian national has been indicted by federal grand jury. ow.ly/KXgzr
  • Update: Independence, Missouri (First reported 09-17-14): A now-former officer was indicted on federal civil rights charges for violating the rights of a minor. The officer allegedly tased the minor despite not being threatened and then deliberately dropping the minor head-first onto the ground, causing injury.  ow.ly/KXgKX
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer arrested for driving his police cruiser while intoxicated. The arresting officer noticed him trying to park his cruiser and realized it had three flat tires and bent rims. He allegedly resisted arrest when he was being booked. This is his second arrest—he had been arrested and fired for assaulting his girlfriend but was reinstated after the charges were dropped. http://bit.ly/1NFejlr
  • Update: Greece, New York (First reported 09-25-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to child pornography possession. ow.ly/KXiiQ
  • Drug Enforcement Agency and Secret Service: Two federal agents have been charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the high-profile case against Silk Road. According to the investigative news report, “[The Secret Service agent] is accused of placing $800,000 of Silk Road bitcoins he obtained in a personal account on the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. … [The DEA agent] allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin payments from the Silk Road as part of his undercover investigation and transferred them to a personal account rather than confiscate them as government property. He’s also accused of secretly working for the bitcoin exchange firm CoinMKT, using his DEA powers to seize a customer’s funds from the exchange, and later using a subpoena to the payment firm Venmo to try to unlock his frozen funds there. He put the Bitcoin in a personal account instead of turning it over to evidence. He allegedly also tipped-off Silk Road as to the progress of the investigation against them.”  http://ow.ly/KZv5O
  • Idaho State Police: A major was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and placed on leave. http://ow.ly/KZstj
  • Falmouth, Kentucky: A now-former chief was indicted for theft. He allegedly took $10,000 from a drug task force and also sold a firearm purchased with government funds for his own profit.  http://ow.ly/KZyws
 
 

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Iowa Forfeiture: A ‘System Of Legal Thievery’?

 

 

 

 

 

The plan: Hitch a ride with a family friend to California, visit relatives and check out community colleges there.

  Sanchez-Ratliff, then 20, did something that in hindsight wasn’t the best idea, but isn’t illegal. He took with him his entire life savings, including about $14,000 provided by his grandmother and an additional $5,000 he had saved from working.”

 

 

 

” The much-anticipated trip took an unexpected turn about eight hours in, as flashing lights appeared in the rear-view mirror. A Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle for traveling 5 miles per hour over the speed limit.

  An hour later, the deputy seized Sanchez-Ratliff’s cash. Despite a clean criminal record and a search that turned up no sign of drugs or other illegal activity, the deputy concluded the money must somehow be linked to a crime.

  Sanchez-Ratliff is hardly alone.”

 

 

The Register continues …

 

 

” A Des Moines Register investigation into the use of state and federal civil forfeiture laws in Iowa reveals that thousands of people have surrendered their cash or property since 2009. The system is stacked against property owners while raising millions of dollars annually for law enforcement agencies across the state, something critics contend encourages policing for profit over promoting public safety.

  The bulk of forfeitures reviewed by the Register resulted from traffic stops, often for minor violations and involving vehicles with out-of-state plates. But cash or property also was seized after police were called or sent to homes or businesses. In a few cases, police seized cash carried by johns caught up in prostitution stings.

  Among the Register’s findings:

• Law enforcement agencies in all but seven of Iowa’s 99 counties have used the state’s civil forfeiture law since 2009. They have seized cash or other property 5,265 times. At least 542 more cases have used federal forfeiture laws.

• Many of those property owners — including Sanchez-Ratliff — are sent on their way after surrendering their cash or other property. A sampling of about 600 forfeiture cases from the Iowa counties that seized the most property over the past six years revealed dozens of instances with no record of an arrest or criminal charges.

• Iowa police departments and other law enforcement agencies have seized nearly $43 million over the past six years — money divided among agencies involved in each forfeiture case. Under law, the money is supposed to be used to “enhance” their crime-fighting capabilities.

• Most of the money is used to buy equipment, train officers and fund multiagency task forces. But it also has been spent on tropical fish, scented candles, mulch and other items that appear to have little or no direct link to law enforcement activities.

  Local law enforcement agencies generally keep 90 percent of forfeited cash, split among the agencies that seized the property. The rest goes to the state, for use by the Iowa Attorney General’s office and the state’s public safety departments.”

 

 

    The Des Moines Register offers a serious investigation into the blatantly unconstitutional process of stripping law abiding citizens of their money and possessions without due process , otherwise known as “civil” asset forfeiture . Read the whole thing and remember this is not an issue limited to Iowa , your state is doing it too .

Civil asset forfeiture reform now . Every “war” results in a loss of freedoms but none so much as the “war on drugs” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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