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Postby Shyster » Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:33 am

Police officer charged, fired after holding gun to handcuffed man’s head for refusing to give his name
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2 ... uffed-man/
A sergeant with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa has been fired and charged with a felony after aiming his gun inches from a handcuffed black man’s head and threatening to kill him if the man did not give his name, according to the sheriff.

Sgt. Janak Amin, a 21-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Friday for threatening the life of the unarmed black man on Thursday, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said at a news conference Friday.

Chronister called Amin’s behavior “despicable,” saying the man under arrest was not being aggressive with officers in any way. He was only quiet — apparently enraging Amin, Chronister said.

“I assure you, he wasn’t being uncooperative,” the sheriff said of the victim, whom the sheriff declined to identify. “The bottom line is there is no reason, no rationale or justification why anyone had to point a gun at his head and threaten his life simply because he refused to identify himself."
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When officers confronted the man and put him in a “prone position” — lying flat on his stomach on the ground — the handcuffed man would not give his name, Chronister said.

So Amin knelt down next to him. He drew his firearm and pointed it inches from the man’s head, the sheriff said.

Then, he told the man that if he refused to give his name, he would “splatter his brains all over the concrete.”

“He said those words,” Chronister said.

The victim said in a statement later that he didn’t give his name because he was “scared to death,” Chronister said.

Fellow officers on scene were alarmed by Amin’s threat, Chronister said. They told Amin they had equipment that would allow them to easily identify the man with the touch of a finger. A detective assured him this was the man they were looking for and stepped in to take the man into his own custody and walk away with him, the sheriff said.

Chronister said he did not believe “this had anything to do” with the victim’s race.

The sheriff applauded the deputies on scene who reported Amin to the command staff immediately after witnessing his behavior. He said they were following recent training requiring them to intervene when they witness excessive force by colleagues.

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Postby Jim » Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:29 am


Law enforcement apologists comment on the one bad egg king of thing, but it is the other two cops in that video that make it a fundamental problem in law enforcement. $5 says that Trooper Charles Hewitt was a bully in high school.

Maybe castration/hysterectomies would start changing how these aholes act.

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Postby Jim » Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:30 am


Law enforcement apologists comment on the one bad egg king of thing, but it is the other two cops in that video that make it a fundamental problem in law enforcement. $5 says that Trooper Charles Hewitt was a bully in high school.

Maybe castration/hysterectomies would start changing how these aholes act.

Is it referred to as chemical castration if done to a woman?

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Postby Shyster » Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:16 pm

The dilemma of the good cop: Calling out wrongdoing can end an officer’s career
https://www.ktvu.com/news/the-dilemma-o ... ers-career
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - During his decade-long career in law enforcement, Ryan Adler said he witnessed racism, homophobia, and excessive bullying among his fellow officers in the Redwood City Police Department. But when he decided to speak up, he was labeled a rat and a snitch and was eventually forced out of the department.
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Adler is not the only officer who has complaints with the department.

After speaking with 16 sources for this story, some other examples include:

One retired police officer said it was routine for a colleague to take out his penis in the locker room and shove his head close to it. He also said that same officer would wrap his penis around his wrist and ask his friends if “he liked his watch.” When the officer said he spoke up and told his colleague to stop it, he said that officer made fun of his ethnicity and told him he “liked to F --- little boys.” He finally complained to a supervisor. The solution, he said, was that the supervisor told the offending officer not to tell the penis jokes in front of him because he was “too sensitive,” and so the offending officer continued his behavior, only in front of others. That officer is still a member of Redwood City PD, but is out on medical leave, according to a call made the department.

Another former officer said that a high-level commander would routinely make racist and homophobic comments. Some years back, there was a foul smell at a citizen’s academy meeting of mostly Latino community members. The high-level commander was heard saying, “Don’t worry, they’re used to the smell.” The former officer said he reported this to superiors and was brushed off.

Maggie Alava, a former Redwood City police dispatcher, said she regularly heard some officers call Latinos “chicken breath,” as a way to make fun of Hispanic accents. “In Spanish, that sounds just like ‘she can’t breathe, she can’t breathe,’ which some people say quickly if let’s say, they are in an accident,” Alava explained. “It’s so disgusting but so normal. They said it my whole career.” She also said that she spoke to supervisors about the regular office gossip about her sexual life. But she said nothing happened. So, she stopped reporting the behavior. “What am I going to do?” she asked rhetorically. “They’re just going to laugh it off.” Alava is glad she doesn’t work there anymore. She was fired, then won her job back, and ultimately quit. “If you have a good heart, you don’t fit in,” she said. “You don’t belong there. Ryan (Adler) was a good guy. He was educated. He didn’t treat people this way. I also didn’t fit in. We did not fit into their culture.”

Janine Maycroft, a former Redwood City police officer who is now a private investigator, has a current beef with several police officers, including her ex-husband, whom she accuses of abusing his power for personal gain during an ongoing child support battle last November. In police reports, her ex's colleagues stated they arrived on scene to help the couple sort out some issues during a routine “civil standby” last November to help out during a familial conflict. But Maycroft says what happened was far from routine. She said that when she went to pick up her child, her ex’s colleagues told her that her daughter had called 911 because she didn’t want to go home with her and instead wanted to go home with her father. However, Maycroft provided phone records to KTVU showing her daughter never called 911 that day. She believes they intervened and outright lied to her. Maycroft said she went to the District Attorney’s Office to file charges, but the case never went anywhere. She hasn’t gone to file an Internal Affairs complaint because the captain that oversees those investigations is the same one who signed off on the “civil standby” in her personal situation. “I’m afraid to speak up, that they’ll retaliate against me,” she said. “You just don’t open your mouth. It’s just not worth it.” Her ex-husband did not respond to a request for comment.

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Postby Shyster » Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:07 pm

Philly police officer charged in alleged robbery, assault of gamblers
https://www.phillyvoice.com/philadelphi ... y-krasner/
The Philadelphia Police Department has moved to fire an officer who is facing criminal charges for allegedly robbing and assaulting a group of 15 people nearly three years ago.

Officer Luis Miranda and two others, Gregorio Esquilin and his son Juan Luis Esquilin, allegedly conspired to rob a group that had gathered to gamble outside a business on the 4200 block of Rising Sun Avenue in the city's Feltonville neighborhood. The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 17 2017.

Miranda, 40, was charged Thursday with robbery, conspiracy, aggravated assault and terroristic threats, according to the District Attorney's Office. He also faces charges for allegedly using police resources for criminal purposes and two drug offenses unrelated to the alleged robbery and assault.

The police department has suspended Miranda for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.

"The charges against Officer Miranda are disturbing and allege behavior that is in stark contrast to everything that society expects of its police officers," Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. "Still, we must not allow the actions of a few to tarnish the reputations of the overwhelming majority of PPD officers that discharge their duties with honor and integrity.

Note that while this cop is being fired now (and because he's in Philly, we know he can file a union grievance to get his job back), the alleged robbery was committed over three years ago. The police didn't have to wait until the DA formally filed charges to fire this cop. But surprise, surprise, it took the Internal Affairs Division the exact same amount of time to act as it took the DA to file charges. So for the last three years this cop has still been getting paid on desk duty. That's what you get when only cops investigate cops.

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Postby Shyster » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:02 pm

Prosecutor: 'No explicable reasons' for officer to shoot journalists with rubber bullets
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/ ... 475343002/
A Detroit police officer, who the Wayne County prosecutor said fired rubber bullets at three journalists during a police brutality protest in downtown Detroit in May, was charged Monday with multiple counts of felony assault.

Daniel Debono, a 32-year-old corporal, had been suspended with pay while police investigated the accusation, Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed Monday during a news conference about an unrelated fatal shooting at a Coney Island.

"The evidence shows that these three journalists were leaving the protest area and that there was almost no one else on the street where they were," Prosecutor Kym Worthy said. "They were a threat to no one. There are simply no explicable reasons why the alleged actions of this officer were taken."

He faces three counts per victim.

If convicted, Debono could be sentenced to up to four years in prison.
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In Debono's case, sometime after midnight on May 31, after a protest against police brutality sparked by the high-profile death of George Floyd, Debono fired upon the three journalists after most protesters had dispersed, Worthy said.

Debono was in riot gear, and in addition to his weapon that fired rubber pellets, he also had his department-issued firearm.

The journalists — Nicole Hester, 30; Seth Herald, 28; and Matthew Hatcher, 29 — were covering the protest at Woodward Avenue and State Street, Worthy said. They wore press credentials.

They identified themselves as members of the press, had their hands up and asked to cross the street. As the three began to cross, Debono is accused of firing his weapon at them, striking all of three with rubber pellets.

The shooting, Worthy said, was unprovoked.

And here's the chief making excuses:
Craig said that since the incident, the force has had conversations and training is ongoing — with constant debriefings.

"You've got to remember, we have a youthful workforce, and I don't know of a time in the recent past that we've had to deal with violent protesters," he said. "So, by and large, this department performed in a spectacular manner."

Really? Your "youthful" cops don't know they shouldn't be firing rubber bullets at members of the press? With no provocation? And since when is a 32-year-old too young to know he shouldn't do that?

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Postby Shyster » Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:52 pm

Why Are Taxpayers Footing the Bill for Full-Time Police Union Employees?
https://reason.com/2020/07/21/why-are-t ... employees/
Police departments, fire departments, and school districts across the country pay thousands of public employees full-time salaries to do no work for the public. Instead, they work solely on behalf of the employees' unions. This practice, called "release time," means taxpayers must pay the salaries of officers who lobby against police reforms, such as eliminating qualified immunity and requiring cops to wear body cameras. When Houston Police Officers' Union chief Joe Gamaldi tells lawmakers not to change qualified immunity, he's doing so on "MBA Union Business Leave" time—funded by tax dollars.

Phoenix taxpayers pay about $3.7 million annually for officers whose only job is to work for the police union—lobbying, recruiting members, or representing employees in disputes with city officials—instead of patrolling the streets. This amounts to about 73,000 person-hours that could be spent on anything from fighting crime to deescalation training.

Release time provisions are embedded in collective bargaining agreements. Sometimes these expressly say that "released" employees won't be assigned public duties but will instead work for the union itself. The Jersey City Education Association, for example, specified in its contract with the school district that the union's president and vice president would receive government paychecks but "shall be permitted to devote all of [their] time to the [union's] business and affairs." They weren't required to report to anyone, or specify how they spent their time, and school district officials were not allowed to assign them work. Instead, they spent all their working hours on union activities, including filing grievances, circulating literature, and attending "gatherings" on the union's behalf.

Many cities and unions refuse to disclose how much time and money is involved, so it's impossible to say for certain how much it costs. But Mallory Factor, a professor of international politics and American government at the Citadel, has estimated that release time costs the nation's taxpayers $1 billion each year. That's almost certainly an underestimate, since release time exists across agencies and entities and is largely under the radar. But in Jacksonville, Florida, for example, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is entitled to 2,500 hours to be spent "by any member of the F.O.P. for F.O.P. activities" instead of police work. In Tampa, more than a quarter of a million taxpayer dollars a year fund some 10,000 hours of "release time" for public-sector union bosses. In Austin, police, fire, and emergency medical services unions all obtained agreements that pay union officials to lobby for more benefits—a perpetual motion machine whereby taxpayers pay people to demand more taxpayer money.

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Postby Shyster » Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:58 pm

Cops Open Fire on Unarmed Dad in Front of 5 Kids, Keep Shooting Bean Bags As He’s Down


Mesa, AZ — A SWAT team from the Mesa police department is facing backlash this week after video surfaced showing officers opening fire on an unarmed father with his hands up who was surrounded by his five children.

The father, Lorenzo Jones had just handed his youngest child off to the child’s mother before police opened fire.

To be perfectly clear, Jones is accused of beating a woman and a child and if guilty, deserves to be punished. Police were at the residence that day because on July 6, according to court documents, Jones allegedly punched his fiancee’s sister in her face at least three times, causing her to fall. Her children then attempted to stop him from hitting their mother, and Jones reportedly punched and shoved them before leaving the apartment.

If he actually committed the above crimes, he needs to be locked up. However, because the SWAT team opened fire on him with less lethals in front of his children, endangering their lives, he will likely win a taxpayer-funded settlement instead of simply doing his time.

According to police, Jones missed his court date for the above incident, so a warrant was issued for his arrest. The video below is of the SWAT team serving said warrant.

When Mesa SWAT went to serve the warrant on July 16, Jones, a woman and five children came out. A neighbor filmed the interaction and the subsequent child endangerment that ensued.

As the video shows, Jones tries to tell the officers that he did show up to the court date and couldn’t have a warrant for failing to appear. He then complies with everything the SWAT teams says including putting his hands up. Despite 100 percent compliance, police opened fire on him anyway.

As Jones writhed in pain on the ground, the cops kept firing bean bag rounds.

Police are claiming they opened fire on Jones because they were told he was armed. However, video shows him shirtless, compliant and with his hands in the air when they start shooting.

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Postby Shyster » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:00 pm

Veteran HCSO deputy charged with sexually assaulting young mother in front of daughter
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/h ... 421861.php
A veteran deputy at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office was held Tuesday at the county lockup on charges he sexually assaulted a young mother in front of her child while on duty in March.

Deputy Kenneth Wayne Reed, 45, of Montgomery, was expected to be released on $10,000 bond Tuesday evening. Reed, who has worked for the sheriff since 1997, faces a criminal felony charge of sexual assault. He remains employed, but could face disciplinary action, including termination, following a civil service review, according to Jason Spencer, spokesman for the office. He spent four months on desk duty after the woman reported the assault.

The weekday afternoon assault took place March 18 when a 26-year old mother was walking back to her car on a dead end street after walking her pit bull with her 7-year-old daughter, according to the woman’s lawyer, U.A. Lewis.

A uniformed Reed approached the woman in the 15700 block of Bammel Village Drive and struck up a conversation, according a statement from the sheriff’s office. He told her to put her daughter into her truck, her lawyer said. She said he then called her over to his patrol car, parked a short distance away, and made lewd comments about her body. He then sexually assaulted the woman with his hands, according to the sheriff’s office. Her lawyer said the woman’s daughter used a pad of paper in the car to write a note to her mother, which she held to the window.

Lewis said the girl’s note said something along the lines of, Mommy why is he touching you like that?

The deputy also called himself from the woman’s phone, Lewis said. Later that day, after she left the area, the deputy used the woman’s cell number to send her a lewd photograph and a sexually explicit video of himself, her lawyer said.

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Postby Shyster » Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:27 pm

Considering that gun is a Jennings/Bryco .380, I'm not sure it could be considered lethal even if assembled correctly. Those guns were known for being utterly unreliable pieces of ****. You'd think a couple of lawyers in a million-dollar house could afford something better.

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Postby Shyster » Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:29 pm

Ex-officer gets 15 years on plea to forcing women into sex
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/20 ... ng-women-/
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A former police officer in northeastern Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of two women by using his authority to pressure them into sex acts.

Former Ashley officer Mark Icker, 31, earlier pleaded guilty in federal court to using his position to force himself on two women in 2018 during traffic stops. He apologized in court Friday, saying “That’s not my character. That’s not who I am.”

A plea agreement had called for a 12-year sentence, but U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion found that “ïnsufficient,” calling his conduct “vicious.” He also ordered Icker to register as a sex offender, something victims who appeared in court had sought.

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Postby tifosi77 » Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:10 pm

So you're saying it wasn't assembled when she was brandishing it and pointing it at dozens of people?

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Postby Freddy Rumsen » Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:17 pm

So you're saying it wasn't assembled when she was brandishing it and pointing it at dozens of people?
The gun Patricia McCloskey waved at protesters was inoperable when it arrived at the St. Louis police crime lab, but a member of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff ordered crime lab experts to disassemble and reassemble it and wrote that it was “readily capable of lethal use” in charging documents filed Monday, 5 On Your Side has learned.

In Missouri, police and prosecutors must prove that a weapon is “readily” capable of lethal use when it is used in the type of crime with which the McCloskeys have been charged.

Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley ordered crime lab staff members to field strip the handgun and found it had been assembled incorrectly. Specifically, the firing pin spring was put in front of the firing pin, which was backward, and made the gun incapable of firing, according to documents obtained by 5 On Your Side.

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Postby Jim » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:54 am

While an example of police stupidity in being overly physical when people are protesting against police brutality... This individual's tweet reaction seems a bit excessive as well.

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Postby MR25 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:57 am

I really don't care about the body of the tweet. It's the video, and that tweet just happened to be the only one I've seen with the video so far.

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Postby willeyeam » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:58 am

They should just ignore it and give them a little slap on the wrist. That seems to have worked over the years

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Postby shafnutz05 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:07 pm

Who the F is this Ashley Fox guy? His (sorry, her) Twitter feed is a trainwreck, starting with the one he pinned to the top.

Anyways, yeah, pretty clear cut excessive use of force case.

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Postby Jim » Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:21 pm

I really don't care about the body of the tweet. It's the video, and that tweet just happened to be the only one I've seen with the video so far.

My point is that what happens in the video isnt much of a big deal. "Unnecessary" might be as far as it would go, however it is convenient that the video starts with two already moving towards her , and no sound. It is possible that with 5 seconds more video at the beginning, and/or sound, we would understand the situation more.

I am quite anti pig, but this video is nothing.

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Postby MR25 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:22 pm

that tweet just happened to be the only one I've seen with the video so far
It was retweeted into my feed. Don't shoot the messenger (and honestly, who cares who tweeted the video, in a discussion about the video).

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Postby shafnutz05 » Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:23 pm

Yeah, I would like to see the full video and context for sure...it doesn't look good but a 12 second clip with no audio is lacking.

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Postby Shyster » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:07 pm

CBP Official Allegedly Said Agents Should 'Beat That Tonk Like a Piñata Until Candy Comes Out'
https://reason.com/2020/07/28/cbp-offic ... comes-out/
Among the criticisms of the deployment of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to Portland is that CBP is one of the more problem-ridden federal law enforcement agencies.

CBP, the nation's largest civilian law enforcement agency with roughly 60,000 employees, has higher termination rates than other federal law enforcement agencies, lower recruiting standards, longstanding corruption problems, and a well-documented toxic culture.

Here's another small but notable data point:

A CBP official was referred to internal affairs investigators for allegedly telling a room full of supervisors in 2012 that if Border Patrol agents feel threatened by a migrant, they should "beat that tonk like a piñata until candy comes out."

A CBP use-of-force instructor emailed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which handles internal affairs for CBP, on Feb. 29, 2012, to report the potential misconduct. The complaint generated an OPR investigation report, recently obtained by Reason through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

The instructor wrote that at a supervisors meeting the official, whose name was redacted, said during a discussion on assaults against Border Patrol agents, "you tell all the guys that if they feel threatened, they can beat that tonk like a piñata until candy comes out."

"Tonk" (sometimes spelled "tonc") is a slang CBP term for a migrant. It allegedly refers to the sound of hitting someone on the head with a flashlight, although some Border Patrol defenders claim it is an acronym for "Territory of Origin Not Known."

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Postby Shyster » Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:13 pm

‘If you can talk, you can breathe,’ Arkansas officer tells man who later dies in police custody
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2 ... -arkansas/
As he begged police to stop using a Taser on him on a supermarket’s floor, Lionel Morris’s cries echoed through the produce section of the store in Conway, Ark., for 6½ minutes.

Morris had run from officers on Feb. 4 and then placed one officer in a chokehold and tried to pulled out a knife, according to police, after the supermarket had reported him for removing a drone from its packaging. But as an officer had his knee on the 39-year-old’s back inside Harps Food Store, Morris, handcuffed and lying face down, repeatedly offered a succinct and familiar plea: “I can’t breathe.”

“If you can talk, you can breathe. Chill out,” replied the officer, according to body-cam footage released by the Conway Police Department on Wednesday. “We got an ambulance. "

Minutes later, Morris was “pulseless and unresponsive” when medical personnel arrived. He was pronounced dead while being transported to the hospital.
Morris took the last breaths he would ever take with multiple police officer boots and a knee on his back. What did he do to deserve the police response? He removed a toy drone from its packaging in a grocery store in an alleged attempt to steal it. So he ended up dead over an accusation of shoplifting.

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