“THONOTOSASSA — A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot in the leg early Thursday in a neighborhood where residents say gunshots are becoming increasingly frequent.
The shooting happened in a neighborhood of duplexes at about 12:30 a.m. and prompted a large manhunt. Police were still searching for the gunman late Thursday.
Deputy Scott Ranney, 42, and two other deputies responded to the area after a report of gunshots. The sheriff’s office said that as the deputies began searching on foot, they saw a man in front of the duplexes.
“As they began approaching that subject, the subject turned on them and fired upon all three deputies,” sheriff’s Col. Donna Lusczynski told reporters.
One of the bullets struck Ranney in the leg. The deputies returned fire, but it was not known if the gunman was hit.
Faced with the prospect of a whole new trial, Baldiviez reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Wednesday afternoon, he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts, one for embezzlement of a police car and one of obstruction of justice for lying to investigators.
Baldiviez was on trial for charges of felony embezzlement and felony perjury.
He will be back in court Sept. 16 for sentencing, and faces up to two years in jail.
Baldiviez became the sixth of seven people arrested in King City on Feb. 25, 2014 to agree to a plea deal. Officer Bobby Carrillo is still on target to go to trial, with a court appearance scheduled for Aug. 11.
At issue in Baldiviez’s case was whether he signed DMV paperwork transferring a King City police car from the city to Police Officer Mario Mottu, Sr.
Investigators found the souped-up police car with Lamborghini doors and a custom paint job (that had Mottu’s name painted in elaborate script) in Mottu’s garage.
He’s invested some $6,000 of his own money on the paint job, rims and vanity plates that read “NCUSTODY.”
Mottu pleaded no contest to two counts of embezzlement, one felony and one misdemeanor, for accepting the police car. ”
“It all started when the detective, driving an unmarked car, pulled over Janard Shamar Cunningham for a traffic violation. Cunningham was told to stay in his car while the detective waited on a marked patrol car to come to the scene. However, Cunningham ignored this order, exited his vehicle and attacked the officer. At some point during the altercation, Cunningham gained control of the officer’s handgun. He then used it to repeatedly strike the officer in the head until he was unconscious.
Cunningham fled the scene, but police tracked down his vehicle and setup a perimeter around an entire neighborhood while the US Marshals used tracking dogs to find Cunningham. He was arrested without incident.”
Here are some facts about the heroes and their code of silence.
“The sampling of current officers was comprised of 2,698 fulltime officers from twenty-one different states. A total 1,116 of the 2,657 officers asked to complete a confidential questionnaire, did so. This equates to a response rate of 42 percent. An additional forty-one officers provided confidential interviews. The following facts were revealed.
In response to “Please describe the first time you witnessed misconduct by another employee but took no action,” 46 percent (532) advised they had witnessed misconduct by another employee, but concealed what they knew.
In response to the question “At the time of the incident occurred, what did you think would happen if you revealed what had taken place?” the five reasons listed most often were: I would be ostracized (177 times); the officer who committed the misconduct would be disciplined or fired (88 times); I would be fired from my job (73 times); I would be “blackballed” (59 times); the administration would not do anything even if I reported it. (54 times)
73 percent of the individuals pressuring officers to keep quiet about the misconduct were leaders.
Eight percent (40) of the 509 officers who admitted to intentionally withholding the information about officer misconduct were upper administrators. The upper administrators of the average American police department comprises only five percent of the agency.
The average age of an officer who covered up an incident for the first time was 31.4 years of age.
The average years of experience when they first took part in the Code of Silence was 8.2 years.
449 of the 532 officers were male, while 74 were female.
Of the 532 who confessed they had participated in the Code of Silence, 252 were pressured to keep quiet by the officer(s) who committed the misconduct and 118 felt pressure from uninvolved officers. The remaining 162 officers advised they covered up the incident even though they were not pressured.
Excessive use of force was the most frequent situation over which the Code of Silence occurs, with 217 were excessive use of force circumstances.
The five most frequently offered solutions for controlling the Code of Silence from the 532 officers who confessed to taking part in it were: Conduct good ethics training (listed 46 times); More consistent accountability (listed 20 times); Ensure open communication between officers and leaders (listed 16 times); Provide an anonymous reporting system (listed 14 times) and Protect whistleblowers (listed 10 times).”